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Janken, Portland, OR

Janken

4.7
4.7
820 Reviews
$50 and over
Creative Japanese
Experience a culinary journey through Japanese-Korean Fusion cuisine. Our mission is to spark joy and imagination with every dining experience through fusion cuisine demonstrating that everything is better together. Focused on small plates, hand-crafted cocktails and sharing, Janken provides a nod to the variety of experiences you can have when you dine with us. We embrace a traditional-contemporary blend to create a comfortable upscale dining experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Korean, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 841-6406
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Pearl District
  • Cross street
    NW 13th Ave & Everett in the Pearl District
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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Experiences

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    $49.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 12, 2024 only
    This Mother's Day, treat your mom to brunch. Join us for a unique Japanese-Korean fusion sharing-style meal. This brunch menu is sure to leave your taste buds dancing with delight. To secure your seating time, a pre-payment of $49 per guest is required, which will be credited to your final bill due at Janken. Please keep in mind that all reservations are refundable up to 72 hours before your reservation day and time, and a 20% service charge will be added to all parties. This Mother's Day, show your mom how much you appreciate her with a special brunch experience she won't forget.

What 820 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Portland / Oregon

    Hot spot

  • Portland

    Hot spot

  • Portland

    Most Booked

820 Reviews
  1. StuartF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Why upscale restaurants use QR code menus is bizarre. Shows disrespect to guests to ask them to sit around staring at phones. The online menu is clearly designed for print and hard to read on a phone. Food was fine to good.

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  2. StephenT

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Extremely loud music, so I couldn't hear the waitress or my partner. It was also surprisingly hot in there. The black miso cod was incredible and so was the Peking Duck, but the sushi and sides were overpriced.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was amazing, the vibe was pleasant, and the staff was friendly and attentive at all times!

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  4. BrianK

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food, service, and atmosphere (formal but relaxed - good for date night). Menu (food and drink) selection was very comprehensive and varied. Overall good value for the cost.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dining experience was phenomenal. Our server was exceptional as was every meal we ordered. The plates are delivered as they are made so our meals were fresh and warm. Our empty plates were cleared immediately. Our friends from out of town were thoroughly impressed as were my husband and I. We will be back. Cheers!

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  6. Soni

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my third time at Janken. The first two times were fantastic, but last night was definitely off. There was a special - grilled napa cabbage - that was largely raw on the bottom and very difficult to share because it hadn't been cut all the way through. The mushroom Bao's were great, as usual, and so were the various sushi rolls we ordered, but the halibut was odd. Good fish but on top of some kind of marinated Daikon, which just didn't work for us. It overpowered the delicate fish. About halfway through the dinner I ordered a glass of Sake which never arrived until after we were finished with our meal. Nothing was bad, just not up to par so I wanted to make you aware of it.

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  7. 2tasty4u

    Portland

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and vibe. Prices are not for the faint of heart however. Also, they charge a 20% 'service charge' and then ask for an 'additional tip' which is completely awkward. The service was outstanding btw and warranted a 20% tip but now when we don't give extra we feel like we're stiffing them. Sour end to an otherwise lovely evening. We'll be back but I do hope they reconsider their policy.

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  8. SarahH

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Beautiful! Stellar service! Lovely ambiance! Delicious sushi. Can’t recommend enough and the staff are so amazing.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was our first time dining here. There was a huge selection of different dishes, amazing service and food.

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  10. TaylorF

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience and will be a returning customer once more.

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  11. aiim

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mushroom bao buns are a must try! Great food. Good for a date night or special occasion.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat!! The only complaint is the music is a little loud 😬

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  13. Allig92

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food and cocktails! Loved our server and had one of the best A5 wagyu steaks we’ve ever had!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely experience with great service and great food.

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  15. GXXX

    Portland

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Innovative, well-cooked food politely served. Some good meat dishes but the lamb was not great. Some of the fusion dishes like A5 Wagu rice are better. Some sauces overpowering like on the broccoli, but overall, this is a great restaurant. Corkage fee a little steep at $50 but overall, I'd recommend this restaurant.

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  16. OliviaB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Misha, our waitress really made our whole experience. She was knowledgeable, kind and just fun!

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  17. JJJ3

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Read mix reviews but we thought we give it a try. Bad idea. The food was mediocre. Nothing we haven’t had and nothing too spectacular. The person who filled our water glasses was the most attentive. If it wasn’t for him, I would not rate the service a 5. Icing on the cake was when the server dropped the plates. The food splattered onto me and dipping plate broke under my kid’s chair. That in itself was not the problem. The problem is in the poor performance from the manager. Oh wait! Was there even a manager on shift 🤷🏼‍♂️ No acknowledgement or checking on us to make sure everything was ok. This kind of experience separates a stellar establishment from a mediocre one. Portland is a foodie scene. There are many places to try. I would not waste your time or money here. They should learn from Shalom Y’All - service and food!
    JankenResponded on March 31, 2024
    We sincerely apologize for the incident with the server dropping a plate and the subsequent cleanup. We understand how unsettling such an incident can be for our guests. Regarding your concern about the manager's presence, we want to assure you that the manager did indeed come to your table to assist with the cleanup under the chair after the mishap. After providing an apology, the manager was led to believe that everything was fine at your table, but we are saddened and regret any miscommunication that may have led you to feel otherwise. We strive to continually improve both our food and service offerings, and we value your input as it helps us in this endeavor. Once again, we apologize for falling short of your expectations and thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A must try!! Food is absolutely delicious and the service is outstanding! It’s more spendy than your average restaurant but it’s worth every penny

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  19. KatieC

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely loved the sea bass and sashimi ..amazing . The decor is sleek and minimal with a gorgeous appointment of a cherry blossom tree. Our only shock was the corkage fee.. $50 for the first bottle and $80 for the second bottle. This information was not available on the restaurant website although we searched for it .

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  20. Nancy

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pricing is actually super high in my opinion. It’s like going to el gaucho. The ambiance for sure is excellent and our waiter is very attentive and knowledgeable and awesome.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, good portions, lovely food. I was looking forward to eating here and it exceeded my expectations

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  22. CarmH

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have read good and bad reviews and was leery of going to this restaurant. However, what a great experience!! The food was beyond great, it was fantastic. Service was exemplary. Sonia was our server and was wonderful. The minuses were the music was too loud and I didn’t appreciate the servers cleaning the table while we still eating and talking but overall a very great experience. Costly but worth every cent.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food and great service. Pretty expensive for the price though but I’ll definitely come back.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second visit to Janken; the food, ambiance, and service are excellent. I love the cherry blossom sculpture. We ordered steak tartare, broccolini, sea scallops, and salmon tataki. Janken has a strong grasp of the concept of umami, in my opinion - the complexity of flavors is just lovely. The prices are relatively high for Portland, but this is a special place.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michael was the best. I love this spot so much. Amazing owners.

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  26. Fooddogg

    Portland

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, service was good, and nice ambience but way overpriced for what you get in small portions. They tell you everything is meant to be shared, but the servings are small, and some come with only three pieces so with a party of 4, you’ll have to order at least two, or someone is left splitting a piece or not having any at all. We ordered the smoked pork belly that had only 3 small pieces for $39, Dynamite roll was $39 with very little Dungeness crab for six pieces, $56 for 10 pieces of ribeye, two prawns were $20, you get the picture. Alcohol is also very expensive, bottles are marked up at least 3-4x from retail but you know restaurants pay wholesale so the markup is really 6-8x. Moet Imperial is an inexpensive champagne for $49, Janken sells it at $220. Dasai 23 sake is $195 but sells for under $70 retail. Janken is a very vibrant scene but the music is so loud I had to wonder if I went to a dance club that served food. I had a hard time hearing the server telling us the specials over the very loud music. The last kicker is Janken automatically adds 20% service fee to your bill. Better hope you have good service or it’ll feel like you got a slap on your way out! For a family of four my bill was over $460 with only two cocktails. Overall I will admit the food is very delicious, service was great for us, but value wise I don’t think we’ll be going back.

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  27. PatrickD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Morgan made some outstanding suggestions and made the meal memorable!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Server could have been more attentive. I didn’t like that server didn’t cater our need properly and was kind of rude. Rest food and ambiance are top-notch.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, stellar service, and beautiful ambience 

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  30. Whitney

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was my 3rd time coming to Janken. Food is always superb, however the server we had was terrible. She had an attitude upon us getting to the table and our last dish took over 30 mins to get to the table from the time we ordered it. What made matters worse is that when we kept on inquiring about it, she indicated everytime that it was on its way out. She also disappeared multiple times where we had to ask other servers to assist us with items we needed for the table. The cost of each plate compared to the service is NOT worth it. In addition, automatically including a 20% gratuity is unacceptable if the service is not top notch. Put that in the food pricing or don’t add it at all.

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  31. Liora

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I definitely would return to try more dishes. All products were fresh and tasty. Nice music was playing. The atmosphere and interior are top notch. I recommend this place.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were having a blast celebrating our friend's birthday and absolutely loved the delicious food and cozy atmosphere. This spot really gives off a vibe of elegance and style for a fun night out in PDX. Plus, the diverse menu options were a hit with everyone in our group.

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  33. Jamess

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love this place, service and food is amazing! Unfortunately it costs about $500 to feed four people, so can’t make it a habit.

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  34. UA2956

    Portland

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very expensive. Many dishes felt flat. Confusing menu that is too large. Dessert seemed amateurish. Seems to be geared towards the IG crowd and for making flashy posts on social media rather than quality food.

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  35. Katiel

    Portland

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening and enjoyed all the food!

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  36. Nikole

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Food came out quickly, service was professional and personable and the ambience is relaxing. Branzino was 10/10

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  37. ssampat

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely time - some of the dishes were rather small, but still delicious.

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  38. EricS

    Seattle

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was so- so for value. No sure who else would actually intend to serve a ice cold waffle with chicken that is overcooked and hard and cold syrup. I expected more out of your caliber of restaurant and especially for the price. Service was kind but rather indifferent to the whole thing. You really need up your game if you want serve brunch. Also, a 3 ounce cocktail is insufficient for a mimosa. All in all, we were both very disappointed unfortunately.

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  39. MiekieL

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Excellent service. But VERY expensive.

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  40. JohnM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were amazing. Every single plate was fantastic both in terms of presentation and taste and the staff was very exuberant and kind. Prices are definitely high, but that is pretty typical for restaurants that serve in this style where the experience and delivery of the dishes is part of the service. My only complaint is that the music was quite loud and made it a bit hard to hear each other or the service personnel.

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Janken is rated 4.7 stars by 820 OpenTable diners.

Janken does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Janken

250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2953

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    NW 13th Ave & Everett in the Pearl District
  • Neighborhood
    Pearl District
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Korean, Asian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Vegan, Wine
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