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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Mariah
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a super cozy spot right downtown. The waitress was great and very knowledgeable and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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LindaP
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best tapas I've ever eaten... I'm still thinking of the bone marrow!

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lynnt
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, great food! And an old fashion bar?!?! Yes please!!!!!!!

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FGFoodie
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! Highly recommend for Portland dinning month!

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KristiV
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I did the Portland dining month menu. The dessert was average,but everrything else was delicious. There portions were perfect for me, but if you require larger portions, order some addional tapas from their menu. The service is excellent and the drinks are very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We arrived a half hour early for our reservation but they were able to seat us right away which was fabulous. The restaurant has a very modern feel with an open kitchen and a welcoming vibe. Although the tables were fairly close to one another the noise level was very reasonable. Our table all had the 3 for $33 menu which included 6 courses. The food was excellent. There wasn’t one dish that we all didn’t love. Cocktails were unique and delicious if not a bit speedy and the wine (an Argentine Syrah) was the perfect complement to the meal.

I guess the only unfortunate issue was that we ordered a bottle of wine and our waitress forgot and we did have to remind her. In the end it was not a big deal and she was a very good waitress.

This was our first first visit to LeChon so rhe 3 for $33 was the way to go. We will definitley be back!!

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Jacaranda
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Nice attractive atmosphere. Fun menu. Really good cocktails. Highly recommended.

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Saad
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We went there for Dinning month package. The food was good. But the overall service was below standard. At First, we were not introduced to the "Dining month" menu properly. At online we saw both vegetarian and non-veg option available. But the actual on-site menu had only non-veg options. For example, we don't eat pork. The first starter was pork belly based food, and our server forgot to mention it to us. For other dishes, they were really in a rush to serve them and did not gave any (or proper) description of the food. But I must say that the foods were delicious, especially the salad and the shrimp with rice.

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Campenne
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic (and interesting!) food choices!
Fun atmosphere and great service. We’ve never been disappointed.

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vipdininginPDX
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. They had 6 dishes for Portland Dining Month so we didn't need to choose! The drinks were also excellent. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Best meal I have had in a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Was more of a Chinese/Asian influence than I expected. I probably wouldn’t try that place out again if it wasn’t for the ambiance...unimpressed by the food for sure

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pvgemini
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous all the way around. Highly recommend. We ordered lots of small plates - loved the octopus, ceviche, beef ribs. Attentive service; great wine and cocktails.

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NickG
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love LeChon! They ALWAYS win Dining Month by all the nice extra courses.

They are brilliant with red meat; creative with beddings and garnishes, and intra-meal variety.

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Libybee93
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here when I was in Portland 5 years ago and have been dreaming of going back, and it did not disappoint the second time. Me and my boyfriend enjoyed every dish we ordered, the waiter was friendly and helpful, and we never felt the least bit rushed even though we realized when we arrived that we made a reservation half an hour before close. The restaurant was beautiful, the food and drinks were amazing, we would definitely recommend Le Chon to everyone looking for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had eaten there with friends a few weeks ago and was blown away. This time we tried Portland Dining Month and while it was 1/2 the price, it was 1/2 the quality, portion and service. The shrimp dish was overwhelmed by the teriyaki, and the meat cuts were of lesser quality.

I’ll try it again, with hopes of a repeat of our first visit. :) it really was exceptional.

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mhmsm
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Like every time we have been, the food and service were just great. This is the first time we sat in the back patio area and frankly I prefer the front of the establishment but it was still just fine. They had just started with a new drink menu and her previous visits they were delicious. Overall, I highly recommend this establishment.

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Mindy
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks. The malhumorada is a little Spicy and sooo good

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ClaireR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious. Main bartender was very friendly and helpful. Host was helpful as well when I made a reservation at a high top and she was able to move us from the low table by the door to the bar.

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ChristinaT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been before, visited for Portland Dining Month. Was super impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Portland Dining Month and it was a phenomenal experience! Delicious food, great value at $33 for a 6 course meal and wonderful ambience - some of these portion sizes I posted are for two orders!

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vipAnamP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried the Portland dining month! Everything was amazing, food and service. Enjoyed our experience, will go again and recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was perfect! We were seated immediately, tended to when needed, and all of the staff was so friendly! They even heard I was a vegetarian and made sure to give me my own menu for Portland dining month, as well as paired drinks with the food they recommended. Definitely will be returning to try more of the food on the menu I couldn’t fit in my stomach!

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LeslieP
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about LeChon is great. Excellent value for the high quality. Great ambiance, unique, yet palatable cuisine. It's like a (not so hidden) gem. Go here if you want to impress your friends/client by its charm.

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WilliamRB
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love coming to Lechon. The small plates concept, the variety of the menu, the good choice of cocktails, beer and wine and the great service is makes it an enjoyable experience. Our server, Amy, was so friendly and knowledgeable that it added to our visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was terrible. Waitress completely forgot to ask if we needed a second drink. By the time she remember it was past 9pm and bar closed @ 9pm she apologized and explained how she couldn’t serve drinks after 9. Not quite sure what the big deal was since the drink was a beer. The worst part was that she was extremely busy providing exceptional service to the table next to us it was obvious it was a friend,family the main reason why she forgot us.

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KimberlyS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to LeChon for Portland Dining Month and got the 6 course menu. What a delight! The pork belly slider! The tuna tiradito! The flat iron steak! I cannot pick a favorite. Every bite is an explosion of tastes. The staff is frindly and attentive. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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1inAmelian
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved my meal, the ambiance, the service and the location. I went for Portland dining month and was not disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding at LeChon. We liked the Portland Dining menu....it got us to try some different items so we were glad you could not make substitutions! And everything we tried was wonderful. Service was great too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty food, good with kids, nice for dinner with family and friends

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NicholeF
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a tasty adventure, the bone marrow is the most delicious!

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JohnnyHaze
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled octopus was life changing, steak was cooked to perfection, overall excellent experience.

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DougB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktail selection. The dishes are delivered when they are ready, rather than all at once. The fish and jellyfish tanks are amazing!!!

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emeyer2040
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating upcoming wedding

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was delicious. We had our four year old son with us and they were very accommodating to him and even had fun crayons for him to color with.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal tapas food and drinks.

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vipJodiH
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was overall quite good as expected. The astoria crab was outstanding. The disappointment was with our server not seeming as engaged. He was quite kind but rarely checked in. Also, when ordering our cocktails, I had said I wanted the first cocktail but then asked about WTCIH. I said, "oh yes, I want that" so he brought me both at the same time. I didn't realize he didn't understand that I wasn't asking for two at once and I just think he could have asked for clarification since most people don't order two drinks at once. Again, nice guy. Just doesn't seem as suited for this profession. But we will return, no matter!

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AnotherPDXFoodie
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined with 3 friends and we thought all of the dishes were terrific. The Brussel sprouts are a real stand out as well as the farmers green salad. We also had flank steak (very tasty), the grilled octopus, the smoke steelhead and avocado toast (tasty), and many other dishes. I am definitely going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . Could very easily become our favorite restaurant in PDX 👍🏿

JT
JoyceT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! It was a great experience