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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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every plate was more delicious than the last. Excellent service, vibrant atmosphere, perfect for taking guests for a casual business dinner.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was delicious as always but the service was really poor tonight. Waited 45 minutes for our first two dishes - ceviche and empanadas. Then waited another 30 minutes for patatas. Every five minutes after that we got our last two dishes. Every other time I’ve been in food came out without huge gaps of times. Was shocked the server didn’t come over and apologize for the wait. Hope next time service will be more on par with other times I’ve visited.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend get away! Great experience. Food was amazing!

F
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was delicious. I could easily have eaten just orders of the gaucho bread with chimchirri sauce, but the mussels were perfectly cooked, the crab toast was delicious and crabby, and the fried chicken was perfectly hot ( meaning spicy, but not overpowering) and delicious when wrapped in the fresh basil leaves. Had the chocolate dessert and even though I have had more then my share of chocolate desserts before this was absolutely in my top 5. The margarita was delicious too, don't skip the smoked salt. Our server was fantastic. Attentive without being obnoxious and easy to chat with.

SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Indeed in my opinion a very good all around restaurant. Can't wait to take my wife.

D
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Just all-around great spot for Lunch or Dinner. I was entertaining an out-of -town client who's not really into the whole tapas thing and the server/kitchen were very accommodating in bringing most of the tapas selections first and then serving our entrees together. You never have to question the food at LeChon; it's always tasty and entertaining....the Grilled Octopus is not to be missed!

AM
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing evening at Le Chon! Our food was incredible; everyone loved everything they ordered. I had a reservation for 4 people, but needed a table for 5. They accommodated us in a gracious way. The service was fantastic! This is a must visit when in Portland! We’ll be back for sure!

N
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Everything was wonderful except for the service. I was a little disappointed in the lack of attention we received from our server Rylee. She didn’t check on us once to see how our food was and it took to long between the appetizer and meal before she came back. Ambiance and food were fabulous!

SE
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, great bar with terrific fish tanks. Waitperson was very helpful in figuring out what to order. And delicious cocktails, great bar.

KA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Everything was delicious! Our only complaint is that the entrees come out 15 minutes apart. 🙁

DW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Overall food and drink were excellent.
Atmosphere is great, but if you are sensitive to hot/cold temperatures don’t sit at the front on the restaurant. Every time the door opened the lady’s at our table were cold.
Staff were OK. We had a late dinner and our waiter left after taking our desert order. Needless to say coffee and deserts didn’t make it to the table. The remaining staff apologized but...no desert leaves a bad taste.

s
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Great cocktails.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing live this place!

JB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service. Great menus with diverse choice options. We really enjoyed the
Optional shared plates to experience more diversity on food choices. Fair pricing for quality of food. Great place to get a drink and appetizer without having to spend big, or go all out with big meal and dessert.

AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been wanting to try LeChon for awhile now and good thing we finally did. It was one of the best restaurant's we have been to and quickly became one of our favorites.

BE
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

MG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot right by the water. Staff service was on point and the food was amazing! Can't wait to come back!

e
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whole meal was excellent. Some dishes better than others but everything was great. Order a bunch and try it all!

t
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Been there a few years ago when it was quite spectacular and we had the rolled meat dish to pick.

Got the asado and it was a bit over burnt, meats were tasty.

Empanadas were ok (vs WOW before)

CK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in Portland! Such amazing food and drink.

E
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We loved the short ribs and the octopus! Less noise than a lot of popular restaurants, so the seniors in our party were happy! Highly recommended.

TL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was very good. Service was quite slow and inefficient.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal. The burrata was a standout among many delicious foods! Fun to share everything with my partner too! Highly recommend.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love this place.

K
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LeChon has amazing tapas, so fresh tasting with many different sauces. Such a fun way to share bites with your sweetheart. Service is very good as well.

s
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, as always. Empanadas are always a good choice and the short ribs are wonderful.

PP
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This restaurant is so much bigger than it looks when you first walk in. The first table we sat at was opposite the open kitchen and the col air vent was over the table and it was COLD! We moved into the back garden area and it was much nicer. Te drinks were ok, some of the dishes were delicious but for the price the servings were small. The chicken which the waiter praised was cooked unevenly - the dark meat was done perfectly but the white meat was dry and we didn't eat it all. We told the waiter and he asked if we wanted something else but we had already finished eating so that didn't work. Surprisingly he didn't take anything off the bill. It was good but for $98, small portions and two mediocre size drinks, we probably won't be rushing back. Too many other places we prefer.

s
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was great, Wagu steak cooked perfectly. The service was fine and professional but I wouldn't say staff is warm and fuzzy. Also, staff said that our reservations were at 7:00 pm when in fact reservations were at 7:30 for dinner so we were on time, but made to feel we were 30 minutes late. I'd go back again, but the staff should do a little better next time in delighting in their service ability.

H
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Amazing food!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time and we had a blast again. Food was excellent even though my favorite dish was not on the menu this time (Brussels sprouts) staff was great!!

DF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. A great assortment of tapas. Good music and bar area to sit and have a drink before dinner.

AJ
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. She remembered us from back in October.

PK
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

With the exception of a waiter that seemed disinterested in serving us, and who’s smell indicated he went on a smoke break after our initial chat with him, the experience was great. The food is a bit pricey but everything tasted great and overall we enjoyed our dinner there.

EA
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most delicious meals we have had. The restaurant was busy but we were never neglected. The foraged mushrooms and braised shank were outstanding!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a very nice new place for us to try. Everything was good, but something was just missing for me to say this place is outstanding. The brisket empanadas were good.so was the salad.

EC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We’ve been to LeChon probably 20 times in the last 4 years. It has always been delicious and we have never previously been disappointed until this time.

Something changed with the menu and two specific things I believe have suffered. There is a mussels entree that is our favorite thing ever. Unfortunately it has now been relegated to happy hour only. That’s very sad for those of us with kids who can’t make it out to happy hour.

The other disappointment is the empanadas. They somehow changed. Too fried, and seemingly basic. I can’t tell exactly what changed but it’s not as good as it was like a year ago.

Anyway, most of the food was pretty delicious. The Chilean pork chops weren’t anything to write home about.

JU
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Pretty awesome place, great food, great atmosphere as well.

KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and definitely not our last! Food and drinks were so flavorful! Service was great too. Highly recommend.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot 🔥🔥🔥🙏⚡️

OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing! Great spot for special occasions