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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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.
I was expecting more out of the meal.
It was amazing to say the least. Our server was fantastic and the food was out of this world.
Excellent menu, and wonderful place for a date night!
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!
It was good. Food just needed a little more salt.
Great meal of tapas and drinks before a play. Service was great and food was too.
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
Sarah was an excellent server. Her recommendations were spot on! Highly recommend this place. Thank you for everything.
Tapas were delicious and the service excellent. The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and guided us to good choices. We shall return.
The food was great and its a really good place for a business lunch.
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!
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!
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.
Awesome. They were very nice and the food was great
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!!
Excellent as always.
Great place to eat before a concert at the Moda. Only a few stops away on the Max train.
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.
Awesome as usual! Love the service and you just can’t beat the food. One of my favorite spots in PDX currently
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!
The one restaurant in Portland that consistently delivers great food and great service, night after night.
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.
The tapas are delectable. The smoked trout on avocado toast made my eyes roll back into my head.
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
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.
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.
Amazing Anniversary dinner met with greeting card and Champaign
We were very surprised to see a handwritten anniversary card at our table with complementary champagnes. Great touch
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!
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!
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.
The service was prompt and good. The food was excellent. We’ll definitely be coming back.
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.
The flavors are always amazing. Quality is unwavering.
doesn’t stage the food so well. all tapas came at once
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!
Always a good meal and good service. Not my first visit nor will it be my last.