Bluehour

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$30 and under
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Modern European
Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine."

As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual café and bar.


Surprising and delicious describes the Modern Northwest cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, so come in and enjoy Chef David Ezelle's seasonally inspired menu.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Portland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above and beyond
Gourmet food

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was delicious. Food took forever to arrive even through the restaurant was empty. We will come back.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was not what one would expect at a restaurant of this level. Perhaps just an off night, but disappointing. Had to ask to get server to take order, long wait for food, and forgotten drink orders.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening was perfect! Thank you all for making sure we had the best experience!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the place and atmosphere, great service. Food was good, however not excellent, didn’t meet my expectations. Lamb tasted pretty good, but was not trimmed well. Beet salad was ok, everyone at the table who ordered soup, said it’s was excellent. Desserts were very good. Would not recommend house red wine, however cab blend was very good and balanced.

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come about six times a year. It's always a memorable experience.

J
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My server Jeff had great menu recommendations and was super friendly. Even jogged my memory about the “real” best donut place in Portland since Voodoo Donuts is really just for tourists. I won’t spoil the secret, though.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty spectacular experience. We will return.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service. Kind attention to special requests. Great vibe. Perfection.

NT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice ambiance. Good trading quality food. Nice wine list. OK service. Worthed the money.

JC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This was quite a disappointment. I had read that Bluehour was one of the best restaurants in the Pearl, and being a foodie, I had high expectations. We ate here for NYE, so it was a special occasion. The prix fixe menu looked promising, the quality of the food was excellent, and the presentation was lovely. However, the flavor was quite underwhelming. The salad, greens and a tart dressing, was quite plain and seemed to be lacking spices altogether (I couldn't even taste pepper). For the main course, we both chose the pork chop which, like the salad, seemed to have been prepared without a rub or any kind. Finally, the cost was $85. While this would have been reasonable if the meal had been more thoughtfully or artfully prepared, it also didn't include a pairing, so on top of the mediocre flavor of the meal, the drinks were extra. Needless to say, we won't be returning. :/

B
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early Nee Year dinner with friends. Food and service was great as always. Price was extremely expensive for the holiday prefixed limited menus plus the 5% service fee to cover employee costs seemed excessive.

L
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Menu was limited for New Years Eve. Very spendy for what we got. It felt like they rushed us through our courses. Steak my husband ordered was really good. Soup and salad first course was great. Gnocchi was sub par. Again, overpriced, with lots of better options in Portland.

LG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Overall very disappointing
Food was worse than one gets at a low end diner. Service inattentive and disappointing.

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Service was great. The salt I ate didn’t come with enough of the pork loin I ordered. Same thing with the steak my wife ordered, the pasta my son ordered. It was good salt but I don’t remember asking for an eight ball’s worth on each bite.

Service was fantastic however. Would give them another try based on the quality of their staff.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing. They were so accommodating.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Appreciated the window table ... hopefully next time other patrons at adjacent tables aren’t as obnoxious 🤞🏻

j
Portland
61 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with friends. Had great food, server was knledgeable, casual but professional. Evening went smoothly and we were all pleased.

DW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 star, romantic, classy place. Expensive...and felt like it. We loved the experience. Great place to impress friends and apologize to spouses ;)

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful Christmas menu. Accommodated special requests/substitutions. Beautiful trees inside with twinkling lights. Highly recommend!

B
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely to go to a quiet elegant white table cloth restaurant. The Christmas decorations were magnificent .

SE
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The decor, food, ambiance / Atmosphere was great. Bread on the table would be a nice touch.

l
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service! I miss the valet parking! Please bring it back so I can host a party there. I'm comfortable with Uber but some of my friends are not!

KD
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best, and probably the most formal setting in the city. Super service, excellent plating and by far the finest dining experience possible in Portland.

TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good food with a modern, elegant ambiance.

MK
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

What a lovely dining evening! Actually, with holiday season activities going on I've been here a few times in the last month with different friends and each time has been very nice and consistent. Their extra decorating for the holidays was a nice touch. The menu is varied so everyone can find a selection. The quality and portions of the entrees is well priced and nice value. A few of the starters/appetizers are a little more than they should be, but overall was good. Couple things to be mindful of: if you ask for more of the tasty biscuits - you will be charged... refills on soft drinks (I think my companion had an Arnold Palmer) will be charged... there is an automatic percentage 'server' fee added to your bill; which if like me you have 3 or 4 for dinner with drinks, appetizers and desserts can be notable. Overall it was still good and I'll be back again, and I recommend others to go as well.

RW
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always....

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! I’ll be back.

B
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our waiter was rude. Almost stuck up like he didn’t think younger people (19-20) could afford to eat here. We came for my friends birthday They knew we were celebrating and didn’t give us a dessert or anything special for birthday yet as we were leaving they brought it out to someone else.... I would let the dessert thing slide but the manner of our waiter was impolite.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was good, however only two vegetarian options on the whole menu.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always LOVE blue Hour. It’s our families go-to for celebrations.

J
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there Friday night to celebrate a birthday -- and it was wonderful! Every part of the meal was delicious and our waitress was phenomenal. The setting felt spacious yet intimate. Live jazz started just as we ordered dessert. What a wonderful evening!!

Thank you!

TD
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinning experience, great food, great service and quiet !

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The food and drinks were delicious and while a nice restaurant, it did not feel pretentious. I will be going back again!

a
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Portland staple still proves to be as special as ever. Take a minute to check out the menu, turns out this special experience comes at a very reasonable price.

A
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the amuse bouche, but my risotto did not have much flavor. The duck was very good.

PD
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was great. It was a prix fixe menu, but the choices were varied and what we had was delicious. Service was friendly and quick. Overall it was a great meal and a reason to eat there again.

AL
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance, wonderful service and delicious food. This is the best meal my husband and I have had here in PDX bar none! We will be returning many many times! Whoever cooked the turkey on Thanksgiving at Bluehour is invited to my house for Thanksgiving next year!! It was amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Went to Bluehour for Thanksgiving dinner. Preset menu. Skimpy on side dishes, mostly starches. Desert was terrible. Sent first one back. Tried second choice not good. Overall disappointment and not good value for the money.

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