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Le Bouchon

4.2
218 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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Le Bouchon is an authentic French restaurant in NW Portland. Owners and chefs Monique and Claude Musquin have set up an especially cozy atmosphere within the dining room that's great for a date with your special someone or an intimate meal with friends and family. While you're in Le Bouchon you can try a variety of delicately cooked French meals, such as the juicy lamb shanks or the Demi-oulet Grand Mére (a half chicken cooked with red wine, onions, bacon and mushrooms).

All entrées at Le Bouchon are served with complementary bread and butter. If you want to add a bit more authentic flavor to your meal, you can order a French vintage wine or a brewed beer from the fully stocked bar. Special orders for popular French cuisine, such as the Soufflé au Chocolat, should be ordered 48 hours ahead of time to guarantee preparation time.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm. Sundays 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
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(503) 248-2193
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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John (Portland)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

It is obvious that the food is prepared from "scratch" and the service is special.Large daily specials menu.

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Dave (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

The owner was very welcoming and the food was great. Must have the pigeon soup.

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llpierce (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

When we made our reservation there was no note of a limited menu. Even their website only said that they offer a special menu on Valentines DAY. However, we made a reservation for February 13 and were never notified of the limited menu. There were only 3 items on the menu...two of which were red meat which we don't eat. So our only choice was duck. For both of us. That on top of the cheesy balloons and the paper napkins used to decorate the table. We were over it and left. Ended up at Andina which was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Good unpretentious French place that feels like a neighborhood bistro in France. Very friendly service and great food, the French Onion Soup is the best I've had in Portland. Great for a date or nice evening out with the spouse.

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feech (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Wonderfully-prepared traditional French cuisine and run by an adorable French couple who may come out of the kitchen and chew the fat with you if they have the time or the mood strikes them. A lovely experience that feels more like sitting on a streetside cafe in Paris than Portland. Small, intimate setting and friendly, knowledgeable staff. I really need to go here more often.

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vipLaceyUnderall (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2016

Fantastic experience at Le Bouchon. Reminds me of a typical Parisien bistro. The pommes salad was delish, and the steak frites was cooked to perfection. Good selection of French wines, and the servers were friendly and attentive. A great spot in Bucktown - this was my first trip, and I'll definitely be returning.

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Kago (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Le Bouchon is a warm and friendly French Bistro style restaurant. The food is prepared with fresh ingredients and done to perfection. You feel as if you are in a nice French neighborhood Bistro, probably in Lyon. We tried three of the four dishes on the menu that night - Beef, Lamb and Duck. Each was delicious. The salad was just like the ones I have had in France, fresh and with a light vinaigrette dressing. Dessert is required. We tried the Creme Caramel, Chocolate Mousse and Tarte Tatin a la mode. Each was authentic, fresh and wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2015

Let Bouchon took is back to a recent trip to France. The quail was out of this world, and Natalie's service impeccable.

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FromOlympia (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2015

We've come here several times to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Love it!

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patandmaryjo (Portland)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2015

We have eaten here before, but not in awhile. Having recently been in France for a couple of months, we were looking for a place near home to celebrate the country and its wonderful cuisine. While they made us feel very welcome and service set the right tone of attention but not intrusion, the dishes we chose (bisque d'homard, escargots, confit, and cassoulet) were bland and uninspired. There used to be obvious passion in the food that came from this kitchen; but their "get up and go" has apparently gotten up and gone. We hope they can turn it around and return to their former excellence.

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Robert (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

The food was, as always, delicious. Our server was very kind, very attentive, and unobtrusive. We traditionally eat here to celebrate our anniversary and regard it as a most suitable restaurant for such an occasion.

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PortlandBeer (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

I can't believe it took me 15 years to dine here. We loved it. Family run in both the front and back of the house. Moderately priced meals & ūber affordable wine list. We'll definitely be back. Intimate seating arrangement is very cafe like. Just a hint noisy. Could be a romantic dinner for two. Feel free to order in French if you speak it. The mom, daughter & son were all working the night we dined there.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2015

As our 8-year-old said after our delicious October dinner at Le Bouchon, the restaurant is our regular favorite standby for when Grandma and Grandpa come to town. We all love the authentic French food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

The lamb shank was outstanding! Everything was fantastic. Wonderful night!!! We'll be back as soon as possible.

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Pikeski (Portland)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2015

The food is exquisite! Their French Onion Soup is the best I have had outside of France and the duck & lamb shank dinners were divine.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

Our first visit & won't be our last. The food was excellent & service great also. The one poor waitress was the only one we saw on the floor that night but everything was great. Too hot in the restaurant though, stronger AC would have been appreciated. Also: they were out of escargot. How can that be allowed to happen in a French restaurant?
The food seemed authentic French and was delicious!

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Antonio (Portland)
4.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

Dinner was a pleasant surprise. The roquefort dressing was traditional and perfect, the quail was roasted perfectly, the tart tatin was tastey but the pastry was uninspired. The juliennes were perfect, a fundamental of decent french cooking. The only feature that was bizarre was the music. American country hits sung in french are hardly a catalyst for a good dining experience. All in though the vale was great and the food was very well prepared and served.

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NavyDoc (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2015

We hadn't dined at Le Bouchon for several years, and are now sorry to have stayed away! Delicious food for our party of 3 - the escargot and mushroom appetizers, the beet salad, and the bouillabaisse, lamb special and poisson du jour (ling cod) entrees were beautifully prepared and served, and delicious! The Gigondas from the small but varied wine list paired well. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Thanks for a delightful evening - we'll be back!

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vipkeepersg (Portland)
4.0  Dined on July 5, 2015

Very nice informal setting with excellent service. Although this cuisine is not as popular these days, all of our dishes were outstanding with delicious sauces.

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DandS (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2015

We had Coquilles St. Jacques for an appetizer, and I had the lamb shank and my wife had the duck. We had Creme Brulee for desert. All was excellent. The service was very good, although there was only 1 server, and she was pretty busy. Le Bouchon always reminds me of the restaurants we ate at in Paris a couple years ago.

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dp12 (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

Great food, quite authentic. Lovely meal. Only downside was that I ordered a bottle of St. Emilion and the waiter brought a burgundy. First, I rejected it as it was not the vintage on the label. She said it was the only vintage they had, so I requested again the St. Emilion and she brought the burgundy. I neglected to examine the label in detail until after she opened it. While she offered to exchange the bottle, I declined, as I felt it was my error not to ensure the label matched what I ordered.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 12, 2015

I've been going to this restaurant on occasion for 10 plus years. The food is classic French and just wonderful. It's really a shame that it isn't busier. I've never tried anything at le Bouchon that I didn't love. Seriously people, check this place out.

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Lara (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

I've been here a few times, and the food is always outstanding. I grew up on the border of France and Germany, and the French onion soup and Escargot paired with the classic bistro ambiance always makes me nostalgic. The ribeye was the best I've ever tasted--medium rare was perfectly executed. Likewise, the duck confit is fantastic.

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vipPhilipD (Baltimore)
1.0  Dined on March 21, 2015

I was excited to experience a French restaurant in Portland! I travel extensively, so I enjoy good food with my family when I am home. I read the reviews on Le Bouchon, had perused their menu, and was looking forward to a great experience.

My first clue that it may be less than expected was when I noticed as we entered the restaurant at 7PM on a Saturday night that it wasn’t packed. The 2nd clue was when we were served French bread that was equal to the quality of something you would purchase from a Safeway bakery. Third clue was that the butter was served in packets. I would expect something more upscale from a French restaurant that is moderately priced. My niece had the pork. She said it was delicious. My nephew and I both had the chicken. It was very watery and the texture was tough/rubbery. Our potatoes were lukewarm at best. The only thing that was truly hot was the plate itself, and the vegetables. My nephew ate his, so we didn’t complain about his, but I took a bite or two and was going to send it back.

The server did not return to the table until my niece and nephew had finished their meals. (Side note: I want to be fair to her. I have a feeling she was either new, or completely swamped. She was very sweet.) I told her my meal was not up to par, and she apologized, and took it back to the chef. A few minutes later she came back and let me know they would take it off my bill. Even so, it was a $76 lesson (before tip) to learn that Le Bouchon is a very disappointing experience. I work in hospitality management, so I always want to be fair, but honest in my reviews. I would like to think we caught them on an “off” night, but some of the other clues I mentioned above tell me this may be a has-been that has gone downhill.

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johncur (Portland)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

great food, tight spaces, good service. The host did not even ask our name for our reservation, just seated us.

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vipDiscernible (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2015

Go to a bustling restaurant area, the Pearl District, and step away from the crowds for a distinctive French cafe. All the stalwarts are ready for enjoying, Coquille St. Jacques, onion soup, Bouillabaisse, and of, course, a tarte tatin. Enjoy, we did. It's a small restaurant in an unpretentious setting, but the food transports you to a sidewalk cafe in Paris. Very pleasing.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on January 31, 2015

We were greeted and seated immediately in this casual and intimate dining room, and enjoyed appetizers of escargot, and muscles, as well as the Romaine salad with Roguefort cheese. I enjoyed the fish of the day, which was Red snapper in a delightful sauce with scalloped potatoes. I could have licked the plate when done! Others in our party enjoyed the roasted duck, cooked to perfection, and the lamb shanks on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, also with a delicate and flavorful sauce. The desserts did not disappoint either, the Chocolate Mousse being my favorite by far. You should get a reservation as this place gets packed as the evening goes on. The only con we had was they seemed to be short on servers as the tables filled up. This was not an issue for us as we were celebrating a birthday, and we were there to spend as much time as possible. The little restaurant is very small and quaint. It is not fancy or pretentious. The price of their food is excellent and the taste will far exceed your expectations! This will continue to be one of our favorite eats in Portland.

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vipPdxpizzaboy (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2015

Our Friday night dinner brought us back to evenings in Paris. Cute, intimate, filled with wonderful soft French music that brought back memories. While we listened to Maurice Chevalier and sipped some reasonably priced French wine, we were transported back in time. Our food was spot on as was the service. If you want a truly French meal experience here in Portland, go to Le Bouchon.

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Happytrails (Portland)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

We went here for New Years Eve. They offered a prix fixe menu for $58 plus drinks. Restaurant was cold, but the service was warm. The food was fine but nothing special. We enjoyed a couple items particularly the entree beef, but had higher expectations for the cost. The wine (by the glass) was mediocre. This is a traditional restaurant with decent fare and atmosphere but can't say I was impressed.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2014

The bouillabaisse was very tasty. The service was nice and attentive. The owner is French and the server greeted us in French; it's a nice touch especially for those who speak French. An overall positive experience.

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