LeChon

4.8
1488 reviews
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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. Executive Chef Jaco 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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MH
Portland
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A was a absolutely fantastic evening. The oysters were amazing.

P
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed the smoked trout on toast a lot, the other two dishes (short ribs and pork belly) were not that good.

CD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The server was polite and attentive to us. She made food recommendations and service was perfect

HE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lechon is one of my favorite places to eat in Portland. It's not overly expensive, but has a nice professional feel, which makes it perfect for company dinners, and nice get togethers. Food is outstanding and the drinks are wonderful.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location and service, 4 of the five dishes we ordered were fabulous, but the octopus was fatty and over-marinated in lemon. That was the only disappointment.

S
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have taken our friends to Le Chon, it has been an amazing experience. The food is scrumptious and the service is top notch. Different fusion of taste and flavors cannot be beaten. No matter what you order is always above your expectations.
Not only the food is excellent but the desserts are also decadent.
We love everything about this place from food to ambiance and from service to convenience of location. This place has our heart and soul💕

DO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing, fresh and tasty, love the seasoning used on dishes, worked well together and not overpowering.

Service not consistent, we had to get server attention every time.
Coffee was lukewarm, we had to ask them to reheat.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE the food!

NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and interesting menu. Our table was closest to the hostess and the traffic pattern meant that our chairs on the north side of the table were banged into constantly. It was disruptive to our enjoyment.

EP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, though a bit too warm on a hot day. Food was quick and delicious. Drinks were awesome! Will be adding LeChon to our regular rotation!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place - we did a team business dinner but we're all friends as well. A little too loud for the typical business dinner. Food and drinks were great! We all enjoyed it!

OT
Miami
48 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas recommended by our waiter were excellent. The service was impeccable. The atmosphere was divine. The fish tanks are tremendous. Thank you

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I seriously love this place. The food, the drinks and the people just makes it one of my very fav places to dine.
If you have thought about trying it but just never made to leap, just do it. The price is always worth the experience.

P
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

They took 9:30 dinner time, but waiter request us last order 10pm. Why taking 9:30 booking. Food was great!!!

PD
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is not the best fish and chips I've ever had, but it was solid and quite tasty. I loved the Jalapeño tarter sauce. The side salad was excellent. The service is great and the room interesting.

PD
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At LEAST as great as its reputation! The food and drinks were innovative, exceptionally well prepared, and very tasty. Service was attentive, engaging but discreet. What really stood out as unusual was the remarkable variety of eating "modes" -- high two-tops, high tables, bar seating, booths, quiet and not so quiet tables. Whatever your mood and whatever the character of your group, Lechon seems to have it covered. Will be back there as soon as I can find an excuse.

JD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Creative menu, unique cocktails, excellent food and knowledgeable service! My only issue was that the restaurant has an open kitchen area that created a smoky atmosphere. My sensitive eyes were burning and watering - my poor dinner guest thought I was crying.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal out! Best quality and flavor in town.

PP
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two visits confirm this waterfront restaurant as one of Portland's stars! Once I got my attention away from their unbelievable salt water fish tank (worth a separate trip), and focused on the menu, I was very impressed by the range of food offerings, especially the Tapas. One Tapa is enough to food one person. And all of the ones I got to sample were delicious. I particularly like the octopus, the bone marrow, and the spicey chicken. I would have thought that they would have had more craft beer selections on draft, but the IPAs I had were great. A visitor to Portland should go out of their way to dine at LeChon!

c
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I call this a business meal but we’re all friends too, so this casual atmosphere worked perfect. I would HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone who is a foodie like me. They also have fantastic cocktails & the service was outstanding. Literally zero faults or complaints - bravo to all involved!

PD
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lechon is a great place for foodies. The ingredients are familiar but the preparation and flavors are eclectic and make you want more.

Great place for groups as it takes reservations , drinks are great. Portions are really small for the price so its meant to be a special occasion place.

CB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food , great service and a top notch place

JN
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn’t sure about bringing kids but we did and it was great. They had a kids menu and were very accommodating! And the adults could enjoy delicious food!

CK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined in for happy hour. The prices were good and the quality of the food was on point. We loved the service. We were tended by not only our server but our hostess on multiple occasions for water and food items. The jelly fish tank in the bar was also a very cool addition to the atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, not too noisy so conversation was not in competition with other diners. Food was tasty, nice selection. Our server was attentive, friendly. Would definitely go back!

OT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Spectacular Polenta/Scallops, you nailed it! Only downside was my fiance's steak being served a good five minutes later with no apology.

AP
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible. The service and drinks were great too!

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great time with my girlfriends celebrating our friend’s birthday, our waiter was so accommodating and even gave my friend a birthday dessert with a candle at the end of the night! Drinks and food are so good, have been here multiple times and have never been disappointed!

MD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, divine food, a must for anyone in Portland. Bartender is brilliant and you should try any of their specialty drinks. New favorite place in Portland!!

MI
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good and interesting food. We had a great server and enjoyed the evening.

b
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So many flavors! We had 3 different small plates and all were exceptional. We tried the crab,steak and chicken. All very different and all were delicious! Highly recommend!!

LH
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, bartenders knowledgeable & personable, loved the fish tanks the fish looked so happy!

BH
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious food - especially the pork ribs and steak sandwiches. Nice that they have "small" drinks mid-day as reduced prices. The only flaw was the noise level: it was very hard to have a conversation; we all ended up shouting, which is not a pleasant dining experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. The food was amazing. The service very professional and the ambiance great. This was our second time at LeChon. It will become a regular!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Vegetarian and vegan dishes need A LOT of work

AP
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. The cocktails are fantastic. LeChon never disappoints. We were seated in the back where it was quieter, which I appreciated.

NO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a number of drinks and tapas items during happy hour. Everything was amazing! Brisket Empanadas, corn fritters, shrimp ceviche, and a pork skewer special. All phenomenal.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is so incredibly tasty! It is tapas so we ordered plenty to eat

SR
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outside seating on a nice day was perfect. Although we picked everything that the server recommended as house favorites, the food was above average and not as good as we were expecting. Maybe we will rely on our own judgement the next time! Service was attentive.

SR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a superb experience at Le Chon. My friend and I had traveled and lived in S. America and thought this was the most authentic and gourmet food we ever had. The tapas choices were outstanding, as well as the drinks and constant service. They kept our reservation open for an hour on a busy evening and allowed us to stay talking and eating/drinking past closing hours. There is no other restaurant in Portland that serves this kind of food!

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