LeChon

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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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BB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was expecting more out of the meal.

TH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu, and wonderful place for a date night!

KB
Portland
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

EC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AH
Portland
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

F
Portland
105 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tapas were delicious and the service excellent. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and guided us to good choices. We shall return.

JL
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and its a really good place for a business lunch.

SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had previously tried to walk into LeChon and was told there was a 90 minute wait. I planned ahead and made reservations and we were seated exactly on time. We had small plates and everything we ordered, including the wine, was wonderful. Our waiter was attentive and helpful. We will definitely be back!

MH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Evening.

EV
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best meals I've had in Portland in a very long time! Every dish was delicious and interesting. The portions were generous and it's a great menu that's easily shareable! Highly recommend!

j
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become my new "go to" place in Portland. The cocktail menu is fantastic - a build your own Old Fashioned menu - I'm going to try every combination over time. We loved everything we tried on the tapas menu. The Empanadas are fantastic. Everything on the grill menu was fantastic as well.
The decor is beautiful, chic and rustic feel. It's a great place for a date night, to entertain anyone you want to impress or for happy hour. The service is as good as the food. My only concern is that everyone will find out and I'll never be able to get a table again, but this place is not to be missed.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome. They were very nice and the food was great

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. We had out of town guests who are huge foodies. They totally loved it. The food is complex. The flavors are rich. The drinks are creative. And the staff is super knowledgeable and friendly. Going back!! Soon!!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

SS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat before a concert at the Moda. Only a few stops away on the Max train.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary, arrived early and was accommodated. They had a nice handwritten card for us. Food and service was great, this place is top of our list as we are out of state visiting.

MM
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual! Love the service and you just can’t beat the food. One of my favorite spots in PDX currently

DC
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I enjoyed a fantastic evening at LeChon. The food and wine were delicious and the service and environment were superb. We look forward to returning soon!

ES
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The one restaurant in Portland that consistently delivers great food and great service, night after night.

IT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to LeChon to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The food was delicious, server very knowledgeable and attentive. Got champagne and husbands desert on the house. It’s a unique dining experience where you slow down to socialize, share and celebrate.

SR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas are delectable. The smoked trout on avocado toast made my eyes roll back into my head.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Made a reservation to Celebrate our anniversary. Service was great & the food was excellent. Loved all that we ordered including our servers recommendations. The tapas were the right portions. Only disappointment was the way our bill was made out. Didn’t realize there was such a thing as a ‘health & wellness’ charge that I believe was not in the original bill & was not explained to us by our server which was not a big deal but ended up giving more to either the restaurant or server on the tip portion as we left a 15% tip on the bill plus a separate $20 cash tip to our server....smh. Oh and $50 parking violation that we missed by a few minutes...lol. Otherwise a must eatery to visit when in Portland

RC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great and very well flavored food. Have been trying to get a reservation and finally got one for a Thurs evening. Ambience is good, but noisy. Really excellent and enjoyable food! Very good service.

CP
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to LeChon for dinner and lunch too. Great cocktails, and delicious, super flavorful food. I love that it's not flavors that you will find everywhere. We always bring our out of town guests to dine here and it never disappoints.

DS
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Anniversary dinner met with greeting card and Champaign

Just wonderful

AJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very surprised to see a handwritten anniversary card at our table with complementary champagnes. Great touch

KS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here for dinner a few times and loved it. Am pleased to report that happy hour, while a different vibe, is just as excellent!

CP
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four friends spent a wonderful evening over Happy Hour treats and drinks. The service was great and the food even better. We'll definitely return!

RO
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and it was perfect. Everything from the little congratulations note they left us on the table, to the complementary dessert made us feel special and well looked after. Not to mention the food was fantastic - highly recommend the octopus! And the service was great. We will definitely be going back.

DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was prompt and good. The food was excellent. We’ll definitely be coming back.

JL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had "What the Chef is Eating" for our party of 6 and everyone loved it. They even graciously provided a substitute item to a member of our party who had a food allergy, while not otherwise reducing the amount of food provided to the table. Really great experience.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The flavors are always amazing. Quality is unwavering.

OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

doesn’t stage the food so well. all tapas came at once

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and Joe our waiter was able to speak Spanish to my Argentinian mate with me. Loved the fish tanks, they are mesmerizing, and the food was delicious and came quickly, I see now why it is hard to get a reservation, well done!

Gray Ottley

JM
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal and good service. Not my first visit nor will it be my last.

G
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Super slow.