LeChon

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$30 and under
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South American
Lechon is a South American dining experience that seamlessly combines the fiery cooking of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia, along with creative inspiration of the chef. Enjoy perfectly charred 28-day dry-aged ribeye, grilled octopus with chorizo, housemade piquillo pepper and pork empanadas, slow roasted lechon, refreshing ceviches and smoked bone marrow.

Executive Chef Jaco Smith consistently pushes the boundaries on traditional Latin fare by incorporating wood-fired flavors into his cuisine while boasting a view of the Willamette River that few Portland restaurants can offer. Smith comes from a large family of cattle, sheep and grain farmers. He started cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen. His favorite childhood memories include the tastes of dulce de leche, flan and grilled breads, reminiscent of South American flavors and commonly found on South African kitchen tables.
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MS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Food was mediocre at best! Service is better than average, especially for Portland!

I would try it again because the pictures online and reviews look good! Maybe they had an off night.

The service saved the night

JV
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time based on recommendation and was not disappointed. Service, food and overall experience was outstanding

OT
Tahoe
176 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nice local option for casual dining. Drinks are creative with some hits and misses. Food is tasty but hot food was not servers hot. Service is pleasant .

KB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was absolutely amazing. We were there for a birthday celebration and they made it feel very special and welcoming.

AN
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. The grilled octopus was tasty and tender and the bone marrow was fantastic

CB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We can’t wait to come back!

CK
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, excellent food. I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a night out at a nice restaurant with a polished sophisticated menu.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in Portland - outstanding experience across the board everytime

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place. The food here is really delicious , every single bite was a taste of the real art of cooking.
Simply amazing!

HH
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy Hour is a great invitation to sample a variety of tapas. They suggest 2 per person at a minimum. Our faves were the chicken bites. Think spicy chicken nuggets.

SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

What a wonderful restaurant. We were there with six people celebrating my husband’s birthday. The food was outstanding. We ordered tapas, including the trout, ceviche, calamari. It was amazing. The service was excellent.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeChon is exceptional in every way. Prompt, thoughtful, kind service. Fantastic food bursting with flavor. I only wish I lived in Portland so I could dine here more often.

MW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

2 of us ordered the expensive aged steak which was nowhere near the 14oz stated on the menu. Disappointing. Server acted as though she could care less that we were dining there. Not a people person apparently which is kind of important when you're a server. Ruins the experience. Won't go back.

KM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We had a great time- and enjoyed a few tapas to share. Everything was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Great service and incredible food!

AF
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fun spot, great options and affordable menu. We celebrated. Friends birthday.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to LeChon several times and it never disappoints. Great experience from the moment you walk in...the hostess, service, food, ambiance. I will be back...again!

CD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate and cozy all at once. Everything was wonderful. Grilled octopus outstanding . Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in PDX

DD
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed The Lobby first, and our meal at Lechon was excellent, with great service and marvelous good.

JB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a great place for lunch. Just wish I could have had one of their amazing Old Fashions

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was amazing. Can’t wait to go back.

JD
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere of this restaurant were perfect for a date night!

CP
Portland
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food is so flavorful, and exciting to the pallet. It's a treat that we love giving ourselves. We always start with the Brisket Empanadas as we study the menu. We also get an order or two of the Gaucho Bread and the White Corn And Cheese Fritters. That's a great start and then add protein of choice choice.
Great bar, and love the house Margarita and also the Manhattan.
Enjoy

e
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding again, LeChon! We ate far too many things and they were all perfect. My favorite this time was the scallops, but your chimichurri is nop notch. That cocktail the chef is drinking was ridiculous! So good. Thanks for another great meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

There was a mess up with what server was going to help us and we had to wait quite a bit to be acknowledged. They over cooked one meat but caught it before coming tot he table and re-did it. We weren’t in a hurry so we waited and it was delicious.

o
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Delicious food. Excellent service.

M
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and great service. Scallop I had was really delicious.
I think cost performance is good.
The only thing I had hard time was that it was too dark to read the menu.
Also, I did not realize that 20% gratuity was added for parties of 8 or more, and ended up paying about 40% of gratuity. Well, waiter was great, so it is OK, but it would be greatly appreciated if waiter can remind it when he gives us a check next time.

LC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great meal with great service. Just a few blocks from Living Room Theaters and perfect for a meal before the show!

BB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

When I visited in July, the food was much better. It seems to have lost it's luster in the past 4 months. The food was not good. It made two of the four diners ill. The grilled cheese sandwich did not list bacon as an ingredient, so my vegetarian friend ate bacon on accident. We waited 25 minutes for our food, which was not fresh or hot. Also the restaurant was not full, so it's a wonder why the wait was so long. Over all it was disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was expecting more out of the meal.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Maybe the best meal I’ve had in Portland. So many wonderful flavors in each dish. Recommend the octopus and scallops. The bone marrow was good, but wasn’t amazing.

TH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing to say the least. Our server was fantastic and the food was out of this world.

MM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, and wonderful place for a date night!

KB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was fabulous and so was our service. I was a bit nervous because my husband's taste buds often prefer more - shall I say? - bland food. LeChon is definitely not bland - quite the opposite. Everything is cooked and flavored to perfection!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was good. Food just needed a little more salt.

BW
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Empanadas were great!

EC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal of tapas and drinks before a play. Service was great and food was too.

AH
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food here. So many interesting dishes to choose from and great wines to pair them with. The fish tanks are also spectacular

OT
Grand Rapids
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sarah was an excellent server. Her recommendations were spot on! Highly recommend this place. Thank you for everything.