Little Bird

4.7
2480 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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Little Bird, the bistro by the team behind Le Pigeon, is open from 11:30 to midnight during the week, and from 5 to midnight on the weekends. The food and ambiance are inspired by the bistros of Paris, but are Portland at heart. Little Bird features a great bar, and a large selection of wines with a focus on French, as well as a selection of local options.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - Midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 5:00pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(503) 688-5952
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gabriel Rucker
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
in between OAK & PINE on 6TH AVENUE
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Parking details
There is ample street parking at night, and a number of garages and parking lots within the immediate vicinity. We recommend the lot in basement of the US Bancorp Tower. The entrance is on 5th between Oak and Pine.
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Public transit
The Green and Yellow MAX lines stop directly across the street.

The following bus lines stop within a block: 4,8,9,17,20,31,32,33,35,36,44,54,94,99.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.7
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j
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

All of our party of 4 had a delicious dinner, and liked very much the French feel of the restaurant. I had the duck, which was exquisite; cooked perfectly as I wanted it (regular is rare to medium) and the sauce that accompanied it was magnificent. very bold, as you might expect of any french entree. My friend (a Frenchman, as it happens) opted for one of the two froi gras starters, which he said was a little disappointing. One of our party had the fried fish which was surprisingly huge for a 'french' plat, but completely scrummy. We had a fantastic bottle of St Emillion - best wine we have ordered in a long time.
We would come back for the food, but we hated the neighborhood, with all the homeless lying around the restaurant entrance, and the MAX right outside the front door. Horrible parking and dingy neighborhood.
If they relocated, we would go back!

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OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was very nice, and except for a slightly over cooked duck dish, the food was wonderful. My only complaint is our table was so close to two others that I could hear everyone’s conversation, and felt like my husband and I couldn’t talk without every word being overheard.

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P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

this one of my favorite restaurants in PDX, although I just wish they would change up their menu selections more often. The chicken fried trout and their Coq au Vin version have been there forever and after having them before would not select them again. The charcuterie board is very nice but lose the pork chitlin' or whatever it is.

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E
Portland
418 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LB continues to reinforce our view that this is among the best restaurants in Portland. Each dish we had was truly excellent and the service was remarkable.

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GM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service.

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H
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely Birthday celebration at Little Bird! Everything was perfect, especially the service! The escargot dish is a different twist on the French Classic which we very much enjoyed. The duck was done to perfection!

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p
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been here for multiple special occasions and had high expectations for a flawless dinner. Overall things went pretty well but a few issues were: person who brought out our 2nd course didnt clear our empty 1st course plate, and didnt offer/bring new clean plates for us. The duck served to my husband had a 1 inch piece of hard plastic on top of it, which we sent back. Our server was extremely apologetic and we appreciated that they comped one of our beers but its these small attention to detail items that was disappointing to say the least. I just expect more from a place like Little Bird especially when they have been so perfect before :( still, the food was just excellent so I do recommend this place for a great meal.

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AJ
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This is the third time I’ve been to Little Bird. It was a disappointment this time. The burger bun was cold. The ambience was sad. It’s a better night spot than a lunch spot.

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Charlotte
111 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Reston PDX, never miss going. We really love all of your places

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and interesting food with great service. Good location. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great wine list. Staff was very attentive.

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PS
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little Bird Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. I often take the street car from the university for lunch with colleagues. It's also a favorite place to take job candidates during interview visits to Portland. The food is consistently great and impressive. The only issue is the last two times I have had an interview lunch there the music was exceedingly loud making it difficult to hear the other person.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last meal in town on vacation and was the perfect finale! Loved it

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed this, but nothing really outstanding. Flavors good but execution a little off. Duck skin not crisp & parmesan chip a little burnt. Great French 75 though.

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SG
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet our relatives who were in town for the night. The food, service and ambience made it feel like the special occasion that it was, but it was also very comfortable and not over-the-top at all. The salmon was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. My husband's rib eye was outstanding. The servers were attentive and accommodating without being intrusive. We will come back, for sure!

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PS
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Little Bird rarely lets me down. The rare occasion a dish doesn’t meet my expectations I want a “do over”, try another. And soon I return ordering something I haven’t before, or partake the prix fixed for the day. Poached Eggs was a surprise, a one dish meal, easily enough for two. I gobbled it, remembered it, want it again. Shepherds Pie, Rabbit for an added twist. Their soups can’t be ignored. Velvety, full flavored and rich. Fresh salad greens glisten with dressing. More than likely if you treat yourself to a meal at Little Bird, you’ll return for another, it’s just that special.

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CH
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. The service was attentive, the ambiance quaint and the food was stellar. This was business lunch and my colleague and I both raved about our menu choices. We enjoyed the soup of the day - a carrot puree and I savored every bit of the shrimp toast while my colleague savored the ahi tuna salad. The flavors and presentation were spot on. Kudos to Little Bird. We'll be back!

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J
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I had a late lunch with my wife here the other day; the place was busier than I had anticipated at that time of the day. The food quality and taste were excellent. The service was attentive and friendly. The seating was a little too close for me, and I couldn't have a discussion due to the conversation noise nearby. You may want to request a table upstairs if you require a little more privacy.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiting long time for main course, about 1 hr 15 mins. Not enough staffs and chefs likely. And the meat overcooked.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and staff were friendly and efficient. The sweetbreads were the best!

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MM
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We spent a very good time with my wife as her birthday dinner. The food was great, and the service was also nice. I definitely would like to go there again.

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M
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our table by the window, our attentive servers, and the delicious "French" cuisine made for a lovely 44th anniversary dinner date!!

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K
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Great service and starters but the entrees and dessert were seriously lacking. I would go back for drinks and the chicken liver mousse but not for a full meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love it here! Kristin made it extra lovely, by choosing the perfect table for my date and I, upstairs. I wish I could remember our server’s name..she was delightful and most knowledgeable.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Food and ambiance was excellent. Extensive French wine selections. We had dinner before the theater and it was perfect!

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BB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The acoustics were awful! Need to improve!

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JY
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I had the chicken fried trout. I think the oil used to fry the fish is not fresh. Part of the fish tasted "old oil"

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v
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant, we've never had a bad meal or a bad time. Little Bird is Excellent!

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K
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Autumn was exceptional server. Very knowledgeable and attentive. We enjoyed her service and will return again.

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B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was an excellent choice for dinner. We had foie gras and sweetbreads to start and then the pork chop and the steak.. both were excellent. no room for dessert.

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SP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered Steak Frites and Coq au Vin. I will continue to dream about the sauce on the steak, and will likely come back just for that! Thank you for such beautiful food!

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FJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service! The 5 of us ordered the roasted bone marrow, ahi tuna tartare , sweetbreads, salmon special, the fried trout, Hanger steak, rib eye steak, dueling rosettes, blackberry clafoutis and chocolate raspberry roulade. I know it's a lot of food and all of them were DELICIOUS! Highly recommend it!

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P
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional as was the service - notable teamwork. The portions were normal - not typical American huge - so we had room for appetizers and dessert too. My husband ‘s caprese salad was exceptional. And the desserts were fabulous. Light and not too sweet. Make sure to indulge. Wish we lived 3,000 miles closer!

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B
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a PDX favorite... never disappoints. Great food, drink and service and a must do whenever we're visiting.

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P
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service! Will definitely be returning and would recommend to any and every one!

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s
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The seared Foie Gras was really, REALLY good... almost like what I had in Lyon, France. My better half had the Baguette sandwich and said it was really salty. My Chicken Fried Trout was also good, except the bones from the head of the trout were still intact and camouflage into the flesh of the fish (spent half my meal picking bones out of my mouth). Other than that, it was a good experience ... friendly staff and good ambience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic. We will be back!

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EP
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food! We enjoyed our experience very much!!

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LM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Nora, took wonderful care of us and helped make our anniversary dinner really special!

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was outstanding. Didn’t like the blueberry dessert. Way too tart.

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T
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

On a Friday night, our table was even ready early. All the staff are friendly and professional. Started with the shrimp toast, but don't think of this as a dainty little plate of gentile toasts--no this was a halved baguette covered in cheese and bay shrimp. Very hearty and delicious. Our main plates did take a while to arrive, but not horribly long. The "Open-face Ravioli" was of the deconstructed variety. Layered ravioli with duck confit, peaches, and a sauce I don't remember the details of. The Pork Chop was cut in rectangles and served over a bed of "sea beans" sort of a seaweed that was quite tasty.
The room is small with a small mezzanine and the tables are quite close together, so it can seem a bit cramped. I was glad when the table next to us left since he was leaning over the divider between our tables with his arm making it seem a little to snug for me.

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