Little Bird

4.6
2379 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
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Delivery or takeout
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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sun 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Wed 2:00PM - 2:30PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM
Thu - Fri 2:00PM - 2:30PM

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2,379 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
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Good
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Fair
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
2.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was over salted, pretentious, pricey. Drinks were decent, bread wasn’t warm. Left us waiting 30 min after entrees to see dessert menu which never came. Much better places to eat in pdx for that amount of spend

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PB
4.0Dined 3 days ago

some menu items are outstanding, others are just okay. Service was excellent. We ate in the mezzanine, and it was a bit too noisy at times.

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p
4.0Dined 4 days ago

Descriptions are online so my comments below for what it’s worth. I’ve eaten at this sister restaurant and love it. 6:00 res can be quiet depending on the day of the week, a favorite for lunch and dinner. Although anlate lunch can be a little more relaxing.
Coq au Vin-awesome
Corn Raviola-not my personal favorite although new on the menu I had to try. For me it didn’t work but others liked it.
Green beans-awesome
Kale salad -awesome
Chocolate olive oil cake dessert-awesome
The wine selection is great and I asked for guidance and got a terrific French Gamay recommendation to go with our food @$55 didn’t it didn’t break the bank and was quite nice.
The quality of the food here is always stellar, waitstaff knowledgeable and we were seated right away. I tend to stay away from upstairs as heat rises and I get too warm. A few tables outside for those who want to be outside.
The Pigeon and newly opened Canard are different experiences and a must try.

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s
5.0Dined 7 days ago

As great as a restaurant can be! Everything perfect, delicious beautiful and good

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b
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Jaye gave us fantastic service! She read us from the beginning and responded to us and the kind of night we wanted. Food was very good. When leaving all guests should give a shout of appreciation to the kitchen staff next door. Very enjoyable restaurant!

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p
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food and drink are great, pacing and service impeccable in a space that in inviting and unique. French bistro with a PNW twist. Very special.

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JK
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Knowledgeable staff, tasty food, good wine selection. Unique take on traditional French. Highly recommend a visit to this intimate downtown eatery.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Lovely little macaroons as the birthday surprise. Thanks Little Bird!

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JK
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was solid, as usual.
Service was lackadaisical - odd because restaurant was only 1/3 full. Very disappointing as I have come to expect better at Little Bird.
Hopefully an anomaly....
New menu items were a welcome sight and the stuffed cabbage was delude and showed the kitchen’s skill.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Vacation in Portland wonderful restaurant

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MR
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

I dined on the balcony level of Little Bird while catching up with an out-of-town friend. We both were attending a conference and Little Bird was pretty much on the main thoroughfare of going anywhere in the downtown area. Small, quaint, and airy, it had a very European feel to it, without any pretentious foo-food decorating. The menu had just enough courses to choose from, and most of the items were unique, or had a creative twist to them. My friend had a couple of wine flights to check out both some whites and reds. The sommelier was polite and knowledgeable. We had bone-marrows topped with squid to be scooped onto tapenade crostini, served as a delicious appetizer. We had a beef dish with a side of mushrooms for our entre' which was also delicious. Although we were full, we got homemade bon bons for dessert. I would say that Little Bird is for the more adventurous diner and the portions were perfect for a multiple course dinner. Reservations are highly encouraged.

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TM
2.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Salmon was over cooked.... tables are very close together... service was pleasant but very slow... will not likely return.

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KN
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

They accommodated our request to sit by the mezzanine and it was a beautiful view overseeing the entire restaurant. We were there for a celebratory dinner and the food was amazing. I highly recommend the mushrooms and oysters as appetizers. The Montlouis was also an excellent white wine that they had. I thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and it was a dinner to remember. The service was great and all the wait staff were very attentive and checked up on us often.

Highly recommended for a special occasion.

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d
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Enjoyed Little Bird. I hadn’t eaten there since the first year they opened. The food was quite good, though I still feel the sister reassurance, Le Pigeon is a step up.

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M
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Little Bird is clearly trying to produce a high quality unique dining experience. Unfortunately, they do not deliver on this concept. We had (in order) the oysters, bread and butter, fish special of the day (salmon), and the crispy duck confit ravioli. The oysters were good (but probably hard to mess those up). The bread and butter was good. After that it was steadily down hill. The salmon dish came in a sauce that was salty beyond repair and the salmon was a little over cooked. The duck ravioli was doused in a very tart sauce that overpowered the rest of the dish (they should have exercised some restraint there). Finally, the mini macaroon amuse at the end of the meal was dry. I get that the food isn’t overly expensive, but at the same time if you’re going to do something, do it well.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food is absoutely outstanding!! Extremely well balanced meals and appetizers. Service was top notch as well. Very well trained wait staff with superb knowledge of the menu. We came in with high expectations and we were not disappointed. We will return!

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J
2.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Disappointing meal. I'm usually easy to please but the food was not good, especially for the price. My husband ordered the duck confit but it was pretty much just a ravioli pasta dish with a very little bit of shredded duck on top. It was more of a topping than a duck confit. Very misleading on the menu. I got the chicken fried fish and i thought it was okay. My husband thought it was good. The bibb lettuce it came with had bugs on it so clearly not washed. Overall would not recommend.

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BH
3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Thanks for your request for a review.
My wife and I have dined at LB several times before, the last about 2 years ago.
Last Saturday was a disappointment, mostly based on a comparison with the excellent cuisine from prior kitchens.
We ordered trout and coq au vin. Both entrees were fried with an uncomplimentary batter. My chicken already unrelated to coq au vin was then smothered in a jarring balsamic reduction.
The one redemption was a tasty kale and roasted carrot salad.
One diner's opinion of the off putting renditions supplied from the chef.
Service was earnest and delivered by a surprising array of staff who must train to pull so well together. Bravo.
Bob.

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DD
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We sat upstairs and enjoyed the perspective. Plus it was quiet. Our server was super friendly and attentive. All of the food was super and the total bill was much less than we expected. We recommend wholeheartedly.

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MK
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic. We all really enjoyed our dinner.

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JP
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The food was delicious. It was too noisy for our tastes. The service was a little slow so the waiter offered to not charge us for our salads ( we declined because it was not that slow and we appreciated the salads very much). I would definitely recommend this restaurant: next time we will request a quieter table location.

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AR
3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

The dessert was fantastic and the service was really good! That said, both my daughter and my meals lacked a balanced flavor palate. They left a VERY acidic after taste. I would definitely return for a coffee meeting or Happy Hour, but the entrees I was left disappointed with, unfortunately.

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S
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

One birthday a year, if we are fortunate enough to make it to that oddly auspicious occasion. And this time, we decided to spend it at Little Bird. I have several difficult food allergies, and the team at Little Bird did an amazing job making sure that they were accommodated. We certainly over-ordered, but that was on us. We started with the cheese board and several selections from the charcuterie then moved on to marrow bones for my wife, and a clean, slightly over-acidic salad for myself. My wife said that the mix of squid and olive tapenade grilled toast seemed a little strange on paper, but it worked wonderfully with the rich marrow. We ordered a chicken-fried coq au vin for me and duck confit for her as entrees. We had an obligatory bite of each dish and then asked for them to be boxed up, as we were so full from the charcuterie and the apps we couldn't manage to dig in to the entrees with sufficient gusto. I will state that they both were beautifully presented and that one bite was something that made us wish that we hadn't filled up earlier. We did order a Morgon on the advice of our server and although I thought it was a bright, delicious wine, my spouse found it to be a little less enjoyable. Finally, the kitchen sent us out a small dessert bite that fit into my dietary restrictions but also gave my wife a little macaroon to enjoy so that neither of us left without a sweet note to end our experience.

Overall, we feel that we made the right choice for my birthday and it impressed us enough that we are interested and looking forward to dining at their sister restaurants.

No photos, we were too busy enjoying the experience and each other's company to bother with phones.

I highly suggest making a reservation; when we walked in at 8pm, we were directed to a great table upstairs and had a bird's eye (no pun intended) view of the entire space.

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ML
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

As usual, Little Bird was the perfect place for wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. One of my favorites PDX..

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OT
1.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Local Portlander. Our collective culinary experience has taken us across the world. Michelin Star restaurants and famous chefs yet we always tend to come back to the amazing restaurants of Portland as our favorites. Little Bird has been a gem favorite of ours. We have dined at Little Bird twice before and we’re dazzled.

Our latest encounter was an absolute train wreck and I’m wondering what is going on in this kitchen. We dined for our second wedding anniversary recently. It took the kitchen over an hour to get our entrees out. The staff was visibly flustered and apologetic. I ordered the fried chicken and my wife the Brie burger. My chicken tasted like flour. I didn’t finish,as it was not edible. The excess of flour stuck to the roof of my mouth. My wife’s Brie burger was burnt and they forgot the brie... it’s supposed to be a brie burger and they didn’t notice. The staff didn’t even ask how our meal was and seemed absorbed in some kitchen drama. Sadly won’t be coming back ever again.

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BC
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

We loved dining at Little Bird on our recent trip to Portland. I always look for a good French restaurant, and again, I found one. The food and portion sizes were perfect. Prices were good for quality food and excellent service. MAX stop right across the street helped us get back to our hotel quickly. Great evening.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great! Most of my reviews end up saying good not great. This restaurant is truly great and not to be missed. The food is spectacular.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was awesome and place was homey on the inside

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l
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

As good as ever! We hadn't been to Little Bird in a year and had a splendid pre-concert dinner. Old fashioned cocktail was superb as was the recommended Syrah by the glass. My wife had a double brie burger accompanied by perhaps the best French fries on the planet. I had the New York steak, which came beautifully slides in thin morsels and was perfect. Lovely service. This is truly one of the best restaurants on the planet -- and they don't take it for granted.

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P
3.0Dined on June 7, 2018

A sports bar with a restaurant added on? Very simple order took forever to appear on a Wednesday night. Nothing noticeably French or Bistro about it. Prettygood food.

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LT
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We had a reservation for 8:30, but had to wait for 25 minutes before we got a table. Once we got to the table, there were not much reason to complain. The food was good, the servings definitely oversized. The wine list was acceptable too. The noise level on the loud side. We were not compensated for the long wait in any way, they even charged us for the coffee.

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E
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The restaurant has a great atmosphere and usually has fine food but this night there was a flaw in the entrees that we ordered. The duck leg was good but nothing else accompanied it so we felt it was rather expensive for the sparse dish. The rib entrée was tough and very little meat so not really a good experience. Appetizers were excellent as usual so I would recommend just skipping the entrees - at least the ones we had.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The hanger steak was best I've ever had! Love the french fries too.

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EB
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Our server was amazingly well informed. She was very attentive and wonderful. The meal was good. There was a sauce that was burnt and I was disappointed in the sparse peas and morels that arrived on my plate when they were the feature of the special.
Overall, I'd give them another try and hope for a little more .

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

A very short review bc everything was just absolutely amazing.

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G
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Every time we travel to Portland, we always go back there, one of our favorite restaurant in the world, the service always immaculate ,and friendly, and the food tasty and good, my husband and I , just love this little place, one of the best places we eat.

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DT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Incredible meal. The duck confit was absolutely amazing. Our waitress was incredibly helpful in guiding us with menu selections for our gluten free(celiac) mother. Thorough and accurate knowledge of food and beverage (wine & cocktails) on the menu. I come to Portland for a weekend usually 1-2 times a year and this restaurant is now on my must visit list. Everything we ate had such depth and attention to detail. I will be back!

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JR
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Lovely atmosphere and excellent food. The server was knowledgeable and personable.
He had excellent knowledge of local wines.

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k
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

So delicious!! Great meal, with interesting spins on classic dishes. Everything was done well.

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p
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My wife had heard good things about Little Bird so we decided to go there for our 20th anniversary! We were seated upstairs at a nice little table overlooking the main floor. That was fine until a large group of 7 women and 3 men were place at a large table a few feet away from us. The noise level went from moderate and enjoyable to loud and obnoxious! The large group was having a good time and many, many times one or two of the ladies laughed so loud you could probably hear it in the kitchen. The waiter apologized a couple of times but we weren’t going to let it ruin our evening. We had the Chicken Liver Mousse and Goat Cheese dish for appetizers and both were excellent. For main course, my wife had the hanger steak and I had the Coq au Vin. Both were excellent. Along with a nice Bordeaux, chocolate Olive Oil crack and ice cream for dessert, we very much enjoyed our dinner at Petite Oiseau. My only suggestion would be more cognizant of where you sit large parties, and it not be next to couples that are most likely out for a quite evening or celebrating a special event!

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