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Janken, Portland, OR

Janken

4.6
4.6
774 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 48 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Creative Japanese, Korean, Asian
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 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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What 774 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Portland / Oregon

    Hot spot

  • Portland / Oregon

    Most Booked

  • Portland

    Hot spot

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    Most Booked

774 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very helpful. With ordering small plates, it was not ideal to have to use your phone.

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  2. pdxf

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very expensive, service was ok but pushy and constantly trying to take plates, sell us dessert (with our initial order) and the place seemed be run by 18-22 year olds. For this price level there should be more professional service with experienced staff.

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  3. PaulM

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and experience. Exceptional ambience and every dish we ordered was top notch. Will certainly be back

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  4. 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
    It was so hard choosing what we wanted from the menu because everything sounded delicious. We had the half dozen oysters with the caviar plate and chefs choice nigiri. Every bite was absolutely mouth watering and an experience of its own.

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  5. Tisha

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here last night for my birthday dinner and this place went beyond my expectations. Not too loud, beautiful ambience, outstanding food presentation, and the flavors of each dish were outstanding. Definitely will come here again for celebrations, date night, amd girls night.

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  6. Cheyenne

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so pleased with the environment, service and food at Janken! From presentation to quality, the food was excellent. We ordered the crispy rice TWICE because it was so good and I will be dreaming about the Black Miso Cod until next time. I would recommend Janken for an intimate night or a nice dinner with friends. The music was a little loud at times, but it still fit the environment and ambience. Our server, Daniella, was personable, outgoing, and extremely knowledgeable and the support staff was quick and consistently made sure we were 100% taken care of. Only major complaint was viewing the menu via a QR code. While I know that’s the norm, for such a nice place, having a phone out on a date was cringy. Would definitely prefer a physical menu. Other than that, thank you Janken for a beautiful night and lovely food!

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  7. RandallC

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really tasty Japanese Korean fusion spot. First timer on a Valentine’s Day dinner and enjoyed every bite. Caviar platter was dynamite!

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  8. BridgetK

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend had never been to the restarant before and we celebrated her birthday there. She enjoyed all of the food and particularly liked the brussel sprouts which had flavor upon unique flavor. The Miso Cod is suculent and the charred corn remains a favorite of mine, even when prepared without the dairy.

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  9. Sebin

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a great experience for us. Hospitality was over the top . However we made the mistake of leaving our left over to go box . When we did return to pick it up after taking the car out of parking, it seemed the restaurant had tossed it out. We wish they had held it a few mins before doing so. Other than that, we had a great experience and we wish to visit later again.

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  10. Arro

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal experience I have never experienced anything like it

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place to eat out in a upscale ambient in Portland.

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  12. SarahD

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was exceptional! Peking duck also very good, great flavor, perfectly cooked. Sticky ribs were good but very dry. Wagyu gyoza, delicious, great flavor, vegetable fried rice, really didn’t seem like a fried rice. Oily, missing the rice texture, we would try something else next time. It’s very expensive so we would probably try Peking duck a few other places to determine if it’s worth coming back. Beautiful restaurant though, fun for a date night. I did find it odd that on average, you’ll probably spend $150-200 and many people were dressed like they were going to McDonalds. Covid comfort is still very real.

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  13. Fooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! The food the service the drinks everything was great!

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  14. FrancesA

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the lamb, Peking duck, and gyoza. All very tasty!! It was very pricy, or we would have tried more dishes!

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  15. Antonio

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Customer server was a little lacking good was ok price was too much for what we got

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  16. CatherineC

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Absolutely loved the wagyu, sticky ribs and shrimp cocktail. Definitely a splurge but the e food quality was excellent

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  17. Runnergirl262

    Portland

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Extensive menu with lots of options. Food is served as it is prepared and is easy to share among the table. Some dishes are overpriced as seasonal specials. Beautiful interior is then restaurant with an LA meets Portland vibe.

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  18. Drea

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Janken has so many delicious things to enjoy. The molten lava chocolate cake was the perfect end to a fantastic meal!

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  19. BigFoodie

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was mostly good. Food: Tuna, scallop, and amberjack sashimi, spicy tuna roll, mushroom tempura, wagyu fried rice, and the dark chocolate meltdown cake (which was amazing). The wagyu fried rice was the only issue. The rice was pretty much season-less and super oily. The wagyu got overcooked as it was served in a hot stone bowl. The toro (fatty tuna) was also more stringy and chewy than I've had in the past. Wasn't my favorite. We asked the staff to return this item and they did and were incredibly gracious about it. I think that this restaurant is mostly worth it for a cool ambiance, but similar to the rest of portland, overpriced compared to the quality of the food.

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  20. WilliamB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic place to go for an intimate celebration

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was phenomenal. Great spot for a date night or special occasion.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was awesome. Took most of his recommendations. Food came fast and was delicious!

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  23. StevenJ

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service was excellent. It is like tapas size plates so you can try multiple things. The cocktail drinks were good. The music was too loud. It made it hard to talk to each other.

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  24. TerryM

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Imaginative, innovative, tasty food. Love the decor and ambiance. Music a little too loud for conversation but we managed to rise above it!

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  25. Eryn

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent experience, food was delicious & service was very attentive. Way too expensive for what you get, though.

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  26. Livelife

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really a first-rate dining experience. I feel like this is what some other places are trying to be and are not quite hitting the mark. But this place hits the mark. The only thing is they are tight on the table time you got to know what you want in order together and keep it moving so it does feel a little rush for a meal that is so theatrical and considered.

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  27. Cher

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The kind of food that makes your eyes roll into the back of your head when you take a bite. Do not skip the Kristy rice.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience, food is unique & beyond reproach

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  29. Mike

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice looking restaurant with good vibe. Food and beverage selection excellent. Parking and noise level a real problem. Suggest Uber, Lyft or Taxi to/from Janken.

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  30. Char

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I would absolutely recommend Janken. The food is unbelievable and the service is great. Absolutely worth the price tag!! The crispy rice and miso cod were amazing.

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  31. Maxwell

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food, but in a city with hundreds of excellent restaurants at a fair price, absolutely not worth the price tag.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got reservations for my wife and her friends. They did omakase which wasn’t on the menu. They said it was great. This place is surprisingly affordable compared to the other places that do small plates . Not stuffy too

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Morgan is, hands down, the best server in Portland! 10/10 everything was perfect.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The veggie dishes were fantastic, however, the meat dishes (lobster, fried chicken and ribs) were disappointing. We did not try the sushi and I have heard it is quite good. We loved the wedge salad, brussel sprouts, broccolini and corn. The wine list could be better especially since they charge a $50 corkage fee. If you are going to have that steep of a fee, the wine options should be better. The service was great and the pace of the food was spot on. We also love the cherry blossom tree in the center of the restaurant and the Nelson lights…just turn down the lighting on the wood slats above the tree to keep the emphasis on the tree.

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  35. PDXfoo

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Specials are overpriced. We regret ordering the surf and turf special, it was way overpriced for the amount of food received and lack of creativity. Also, do not recommend the KFC dish. The restaurant is pretty and has nice ambiance. There were a lot of people working there and servers were attentive. Overall food was fine.

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  36. RonH

    Portland

    24 reviews

    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great ambiance, but way overpriced across the board ($24 for a Martini? Is this Portland or Tokyo?) with bland, under-spiced, mediocre food quality. I predict this place will not be here next year. Pretentious like "The Menu" -- I was actually waiting for Ralph Fiennes to walk out any moment and loudly clap his hands...lol. Thank goodness my date was so cute and hot to keep me focused on things other than the food!

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  37. DemiH

    Portland

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable, thanks to Ella and the staff who assisted her. The food was prepared perfectly and was delicious. We will return.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Expensive but worth every penny. Amazing food, service and ambiance. Presentation and quality were remarkable!

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  39. spikequark31

    Portland

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the time you check in the staff are very warm, friendly and attentive. I was able to enjoy happy hour before my reservation. Everything was great, our waitress, the cocktails and of course the food. Highly recommend it!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was great, will definitely be back. Some of the tables felt a little too close to one another and it was a little noisey. I still give it 5 stars overall. Food, service, cleanliness, and aesthetic was great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Janken is rated 4.6 stars by 774 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 48 times today
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 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 4:00 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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