Permanently Closed - Bluehour

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.

Support Permanently Closed - Bluehour during COVID-19

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at Blue Hour is delicious!

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tm12
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portland Dining Month menu was spectacular. We have been to several so far (had planned to visit more, but this was probably the last one for a while) and Bluehour was the best. The carrot soup was lovely, although it was not hot. That was the only complaint I had, though. The salads looked fabulous, although we did not have one. The gnocchi was so good I almost wished I had ordered it after tasting my husband's, even though cassoulet is one of my favorite things (also great). Husband loved his dessert of chocolate and peanut butter, a combo I don't care for. I had the blackberry sorbet, and it was very, very tasty. Stayed in the bar after to listen to the live jazz, which was great. I felt good about going because we had gotten an email that they had not only sanitized everything but were continually doing so throughout the evening, but had also moved their tables further away from each other for social distancing.

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vipSharonS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the lovely evening. We enjoyed it all particularly the quiet peaceful ambiance

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HeidiL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place would be great for any special occasion. And since the prices are so reasonable, any given Tuesday could be a special occasion.

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CathyS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has everything...great service, great food, great ambiance! I can't wait to bring my husband next time.

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ShaunS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

One meal was quite excellent the other was quite the opposite... Service was fine although we where never asked if we liked the food. Would not recommend nor go back

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nonickname
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The food average. Not something we couldn’t do for ourselves.

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Hannah28
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent vegetarian option for Portland Dining Month. The staff was cordial and attentive and my dinner partner and I had a truly stellar time.

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DanielFN
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Kim was awesome! She was incredible and she made our special night even more special. I posted that the noise level was moderate because it was Jazz night on the 29th of February. But that wasnt a negative thing.

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DaveM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kim our server was a delight she made everything easy easy easy. The hostess was extraordinarily friendsky and helpful in getting us a table with a view of the jazz band which was our main reason for visiting. Vegan dinner was excellent. Thank you!

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MatthewB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

1st- Food temperature was on the cold side... last I checked steak is not supposed to be cold... 2nd- some of the food was overly salted... 3rd- Service was ridiculously slow. 4th- in my opinion if a hostess or a server removes a drink from your table it would be common sense to ask if you would like another drink as we just started with our main course and now I was left with nothing to drink (happened two separate occasions !!!!strange!!!!)
I eat out three or four times a week at higher-end restaurants I am sad to say I would not recommend Bluehour. I do not know what happen within the last year as Bluehour was decent in the past... don’t waste your money & time

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SaraD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Celebrated birthday and they prepared to have candle, and were there at every minute needed. Delicious menu. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Bluehour has been one of our favorites for years, but our experience last night was extremely disappointing. The host was wonderful, and Grayson, our server, was very attentive and accommodating, but the food was lackluster and mediocre at best. The gnocchi was mushy and the beets in the beet salad were much too hard. The radicchio salad was acceptable, as were the oysters, but for one of the top restaurants in Portland, it was not worth the premium - at least not last night.

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luv2dine
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really inventive, delicious food, plated well. Our waiter was outstanding, friendly and helpful, but not a hoverer. The ambiance was like a private club. Excellent value!!!

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vipQnbeejh
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant with live music. Delicious meal with excellent service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

we waited a very long time for our food and when it arrived the eggs benedict were lukewarm

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Music was great and good food

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Zachary
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, outstanding food, and lovely atmosphere. Everything from the staff, service, and food was exceptional.

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Ariel
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The appetizers and salads were great, the steak was really tough and quite gamey. The restaurant was pretty, service was nice and well paced.

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vipRecentTransplant
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By now Blue Hour has the status of a Portland tradition. Each of the small number of entries on the menu is superb. The service is professional, friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The decor is pleasant and the noise level permits real conversation.

One small complaint. In years past valet parking was available. Now one must either hunt for a scarce space in the nearby streets or use a local garage.

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vipMorty
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Well soup came out first. Waiter said he would come back with spoons but never did? By the time someone noticed us blankly starring at the dish our entrees came out. Tried to get wine after a fair amount of time Somali came out and said they were out of vintage. Overall just very sub part service. While I understand that it was a busy night this is not the first vale bribes day on record.

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vipNateK
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

Unremarkable meal. Service is great. What happened to the valet?

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KatieK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The place itself is good looking however the food is not that great. Valentine's Day menu was so limited and barely anything to choose from. Very overpriced for the quality of food

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. I’d go again.

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JohnD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were never offered bread between getting our first cocktail and main course. We asked for a bottle of wine but they only brought one glass. The lamb looked amazing but it was burnt. The crust had a burnt taste. The live music didn’t start until after 9pm. It was good but not enough of it. The wine list was really good! Oysters were very yummy.

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MikeH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

My meal was overcooked I told the waiter he took my plate never offered me anything else to eat. We went for Valentine’s Day.

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VeronicaC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Server was polite but forgot drinks. Very long wait between the first and second course. Others who ordered after us received their meals prior to us. Once I received my meal, the chicken was red and juices were bloody. The server said it’s because of how it’s cooked (sous vide). As a pregnant woman, I did not feel comfortable eating that meal so it was a waste. The soup was good and desert was delicious. I’m just overall disappointed in the experience as I expected more from previous reviews. I rated 3 stars because the ambiance was great and the food wasn’t horrible (aside from the possibly undercooked chicken.)

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ryano
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food1service1ambience3

The food was tasteless! Steelhead came in a broth that made the fish soggy. Our wine didn’t arrive until we were halfway done with dinner and had to stop and ask a different servers as ours was nowhere to be found. Overpriced for the quality of food that was served, lack of ingenuity.

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vip2dineout
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We went for Valentines fixed menu dinner. The restaurant is beautiful with noise dampening drapery. Unfortunately we were seated towards the kitchen where a man stood shouting out orders to the staff. My main portion was nice sized, but my husbands was small and over cooked. The desserts were very small and for the $$$$ price insufficient.

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kateatdinner
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. Just right for an intimate Valentine's Day celebration. The service was excellent. Josh was our server and was wonderful. The soup, potato leek was really tasty and the dessert, a dark chocolate torte was also great. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Special valentine menu okay but not spectacular

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MELISSA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely will refer! And will return!! This was a gift to us and we loved everything. Food, ambiance, jazz was perfect. Our waitress Stevie was the best ever!!! And she was so much fun:) We didn't know about your Happy Hour and we want to bring friends to it also! Fabulous find for us!!! Thanks to a generous friend...

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KeithD
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undeniably the best service in the city. The staff are great: our server timed our meal perfectly—not too fast and not too slow. She offered great suggestions and was very knowledgeable. And the food is great too: creative, tasty and each dish is beautiful. BlueHour is our go to place to eat!

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DonBurtIrisBurt
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences of dining I’ve had so far, very relaxed evening, over joyed with satisfaction

BRAVO

Michelin Star

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff was very professional, very knowledgeable regarding menu items and extremely polite and helpful all around. Live jazz music was cherry on top! Food was very good, even had a few complimentary treats from the chef. Overall a very lovely experience.

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VictoriaL
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was outstanding. Our waitress was very experienced, professional, attentive and personable. I am on a restrictive diet and the chef was more than eager to accommodate my needs. Our waitress said he loves a challenge. Our food was amazing. I highly recommend Bluehour.

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HanC
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a great business meeting at this restaurant and the food and ambiance was great, but the service left something to be desired. We reserved a table for 6 on the bar side because the bar menu accommodated our group's dietary restrictions better. They seated us in the formal dining room and we didn't realize until after we had ordered drinks that we couldn't order off the bar food menu from there. We asked to be reseated and our current server was courteous in helping us move. However, the hostess told us to remain seated while she investigated whether it was okay for us to move (it was fine) and then she continued to complain about our group audibly to other staff members throughout the evening while scowling at us, despite our original waiter and new waiter seeming fine with the move. We had a good dining experience overall but wish this had been treated differently and didn't appreciate the angst when the original reservation we made was clearly for a bar table.

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vipWasmuthk
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had SUCH a good time here for brunch. The service was impeccable, the ambiance was amazing and the food was perfect. Well done!

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SandraV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I didn’t like the food. The risotto was too salty and soaked in sauce. The pork was so so... however the ambience is a very beautiful classic and the service great. Would give it another try.

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vipzimzim
Portland
54 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a beautiful setting. Tables are placed so that there is less noice affecting conversation at each table. The addition of jazz starting at 9 pm is an added bonus for music lovers.
Overall a lovely experience.

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Permanently Closed - Bluehour offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 226-3394.

Permanently Closed - Bluehour is rated 4.6 stars by 2068 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed - Bluehour does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.brucecareyrestaurants.com/product/bluehour-gift-certificate/.

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