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Le Vieux - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
82 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Founded in 2014, Le Vieux has brought French cuisine to the heart of Portland and placed a heavy emphasis on the elegance of presentation. One look at the menu will also show you that Le Vieux has almost everything lovers of French food could ask for. There’s the braised rabbit, for one. The lamb mixed grill, roasted steelhead and Moroccan beef brisket are equally sumptuous. Being a French restaurant, you can count on a number of amazing vintages and some to-die-for desserts like warm brioche doughnuts or a chocolate layer cake served with peppermint ice cream. Even the cheese plate at Le Vieux is incredible.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Wed - Fri: 5:00pm - Close Sat & Sun 4:00pm - Close Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 208-2907
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Brian Leitner
  • Neighborhood
    North Portland
  • Cross street
    Vaughn
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 82 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

82 Reviews
  1. Laurie

    Portland

    104 reviews

    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went to Le Vieux for dinner last Wednesday for the Portland Dining month, and enjoyed the meals very much! We did feel that the portions we were served of the salads and the entrees were somewhat on the small side, and wondered if that was because of the $29 special for the month. The hostess was great and we found out from her more about the restaurant which was interesting, then we came home and read more on-line about how it began. No bread was served, probably OK, so don't expect extras like that before your meal. It took longer than expected to get our food, but I think that is because there is one chef to put out all the delicious meals. Overall, nice!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toledo

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The four of us dined here during Portland's annual Resturant week and enjoyed the three course options of lamb and tangine chicken-cauliflower leek soup was excellent and service was attentive but wasn't really a memorable experience. We would stop by again if in the neighborhood but wouldn't choose it for a special event. Come here for good food and a nice atmosphere - you will have an enjoyable evening.

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  3. SharonA

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tried as one of March Dining Month new place to go. Everything was fantastic and the regular menu looked just as good. We asked for help matching the wine and were more than happy with pairing. We will be back!

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  4. TeresaS

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic, however one of our dinners arrived about 15 minutes after the others due to an error in the kitchen. It was first reported to be coming out in 2 minutes but that didn't happen. This caused us to be late for a theater date and made it a rush to finish desert and bolt. One of the servers was unapologetic, blaming it on the kitchen and the other just avoided us. The management did nothing to make up for the error. A multitude of things could have been done to bridge the gap, they could have asked if the unserved diner wanted the incorrectly cooked meal or something to bridge the wait rather than just leaving them with an empty spot and our dinners getting cold. Or comped a small menu item like the appetizer. Customer service is important when there is so much competition in this town. Perhaps they will become better organized or learn to value a diners time in the near future.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was interesting and we spent three and a half hours enjoying appetizers, salads, entrees and dessert. The wines were very good and moderately priced. We will return.

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  6. Mermaidstale

    Portland

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The menu sounded great and based on several reviews we wanted to give it a try. My husband and I tried each item on the dining month menu. Overall, the meal lacked flavor as we both kept looking for a salt shaker. The lamb served "2 ways" was dry and really "was nothing new". The chicken entrée presentation was good, but the flavor and texture (dry and chewy) did not live up to it. The dessert was a basic chocolate cookie filled with mint ice cream. It needed to be tempered as it was hard as a rock when we received it.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great setting, with dinner served until after 9 pm. Knowledgeable and passionate staff. After a slow starter we had outstanding main dishes, the steelhead and the cassoulet. Wine list lacks a 'house wine' but the Vacqueyras wine served was very good. Nice, relaxing atmosphere.

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  8. GaryO

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner here. Service was friendly and very responsive. Our party of three had three dishes: half a roster chicken, steelhead, and cassoulet. Also were excellent - rich and flavorful, good-sized portions, and perfectly cooked. Appetizers (pickles and cheeses) were also excellent. Overall a delightful country French culinary experience. Try to get in soon. It's a shame, but they will be going out of business in late March.

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  9. HughB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most enjoyable! The cauliflower appetizer was lightly fried, crisp on the outside and just crunchy enough on the inside. The Bouillabaisse entree had a rich savory broth that complemented the fresh Pacific Northwest fish and shellfish, and the cassoulet really showcased the duck confit. Friendly and helpful front-house staff and a very competent team in the kitchen. It's on our "go back" list.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great wine list! Excellent brunch food. Good service.

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  11. ChrisD

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    really loved the service and the food. This outstanding tasty food and french wine list would be highlighted with a nice simple tablecloth ... beside this "le vieux" has only the name ... everything inside is clean fresh tasty and very pleasant. thank you for this night!

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  12. SMcG

    Portland

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cassoulet! Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.

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  13. Thia

    Portland

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I shared three dishes; mushroom and celery root gratin, the seared scallop special of the day, the egg and pork belly sandwich and coffee. Everything came out hot, was very tasty, and plenty to fill up two women who can eat! I would have given 5 stars on the food if it had a touch more seasoning. Overall, it was a fantastic value for the nice setting, service and timing (we were out of there in exactly an hour). We each paid about $20 before tip. Will definitely be back!

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  14. ValriC

    Portland

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner this past Wednesday evening was our first time at Le Vieux and also happened to be our anniversary. We were delighted with our evening and our meal from cocktails on through. The maitre d' was able to advise us about ingredients, portion size and things that would go well with each other, both from the drinks and wine list as well as the food. Pacing of service was perfect, noise was minimal so we could talk, but also not feel as though the rest of the room was listening. We shared a pate plate with our cocktails - a lovely combination of textures and tastes, along with pickles and mustard plus small baguette slices, and then shared an octopus and scallop salad which was exquisite. It was perfectly seasoned and cooked with a little greenery to add contrast in texture, color and taste. One of us had the pork shoulder over soft polenta with braised leeks (heavenly!!) and the other had the steak with potato chunks and sautéed greens, also delicious. We went rogue and had the two cheese options for dessert - perfect! We had a good conversation about the wine choice in that our choice was one with substantial taste and impact. She discreetly let us know this and when we said we didn't mind if it competed slightly with the food, she smiled and said we would love that particular wine - and we did! It was a great evening all around and we will certainly go back.

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  15. Pennine

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have had dinner at Le Vieux on two occasions. Both times the martinis were tops, food was remarkable and creative and service was what one expects. Whenever we are in Portland, Les Vieux is a must stop for us.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a really great experience. The food was delicious and well presented . The service was amazing.

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  17. NEneighbor

    Portland

    65 reviews

    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We finally had a chance to try this new spot and arrived the week of their first anniversary. Now we wish we hadn't waited so long because this was our top dining experience of the year! The main dining room has seven tables and an intimate feel though still definitely NW casual. The service was prompt, cordial and informative without being overbearing. In additional, Annette's suggestions on wine and draft beer were spot on. Back in the open kitchen, you can watch Brian cranking out what we discovered to be exceptional cuisine. He's obviously in his element back there. The cassoulet and octopus with mussels almost drew us back the next night - those dishes along with the warm gingerbread cake. Now we're spreading the word and making plans with friends to return.

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  18. SwampygirlPDX

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is handmade and it is obvious and delicious. Preparation, saucing, and presentation was superb. Many great main choices on the menu and be sure and try some apps as they are all wonderful. This is not everyday faire. And the attention to good service by the owners completes the experience. This was our 4th time dining here and we will be back many more.

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  19. 1126

    Seattle

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cozy, lovely food and drink, great place to meet friends and have dinner conversation

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  20. BeauInPDX

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had dinner with five friends, they were super accommodating. Great food, great wine list, great ambiance. Annette, the owner, was a wonderful host. I hope more people go to dinner here.

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  21. Colleen

    Pittsburgh

    51 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place to dine!

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  22. alex

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Some lovely light options. Great for brunch.

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  23. mmcp

    Portland

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Relatively quiet, out-of-the-way restaurant. Minimalist, clean atmosphere, with delicious and unusual dishes. We both loved it!

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  24. CPDX

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an excellent restaurant for date night or dinner with friends. The interior is simple and elegant with a glassed patio on one side and an outdoor deck in front. The food is always interesting. The menu can be counted on to have several things you'll want, whether it's a favorite or it's something new for you. Well thought out, well prepared and presented with concern that it was what you hoped for when you ordered, an excellent wine list, thoughtful service, dining at Le Vieux is sure to leave you with the good feeling you hoped for from your dinner or brunch.

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  25. CascadianRiot

    Portland

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Met a friend here for brunch. Had a lemon huckleberry pancakes for an appetizer with a sausage, bra and egg skillet. pancakes were wonderful but the skillet was boring and kind of tasteless.

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  26. KCKJ

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Locally sourced ingredients,seasonal, well prepared and presented even at the busiest time. Imaginative combinations of foods. Noise level can be a bit loud when restaurant is full. Great cocktails and wine menu. Service was excellent and informative.

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  27. plumeriapdx

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Le Vieux last weekend and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meals and their wine selection. This place is a little off the beaten track (just a couple blocks from NW Thurman's action) but it's worth it and parking is easy. The desserts were some of the best I've had in a long time. We all shared three and each one was fantastic. I can't pick a favorite! The chocolate cake with homemade pistachio ice cream, apple tartine and ginger cake were all so yummy! Give this place a try and save room for dessert!

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  28. aaronsqd

    Portland

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at Le Vieux over 1/2 a dozen times since it opened and we have always been pleased with the experience. The changing seasonal menu, the friendly and helpful staff, the quiet ambiance make this one of our "go to" restaurants in Portland.

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  29. Kent

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my 'go to' place for fine dining when I lived in Portland, it still is when I am back visiting. I highly recommend making it a destination and giving it a try.

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  30. PDXWriter

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was fine, bistro fare, but nothing special. We had the salmon and it was okay but the accompanying food was weak. Okay spot if you end up here, but not worth seeking out.

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  31. saint

    Seattle

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    for the quality and prices charged I would expect better service. surrounding tables left unbussed after diners had left, my glass of wine filmed from two separate bottles(!) also too many hard surfaces in restaurant, so noise level was like being in a busy bar; not great for parties of two

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  32. RichardB

    Portland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    In a field of great restaurants in PDX, this is our favorite for consistent, inventive and delicious dining. Annette is a great hostess, fixing intriguing cocktails, and Brian does wonders with the local food bounty.

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  33. larryL

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The server and Annette were very friendly and the food was excellent

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  34. JuliaG

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the yummy squash blossoms, grilled octopus with fingerlings and oh so tasty Romesco sauce, to the osso buco, seared duck breast, and smoked eggplant soup, to the warm walnut cake it was top notch. The staff could not have been more gracious and accommodating. There were 8 of us and one has celiac disease. It was a non-issue. Our group is close-knit and we travel together. The evening reminded us of our dinners in Italy. Lovely.

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  35. AuntNellie

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, professional service with top-notch cuisine in a casually elegant setting. Annette is the bomb, as is her staff.

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  36. DavidB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great dining experience! My wife and I were visiting Portland for the first time and we were really glad that we found Le Vieux. The food quality and suggested wine pairing was spot-on. The service from the staff and co-owner (Annette) was excellent. It will be our first reservation made on our return trip to Portland next spring.

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  37. RebeccaB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of the best restaurants in the city with an exquisite chef, a seasonally shifting menu and an attention to detail and layers of flavor like few others. The service is impeccable, at once friendly, welcoming and efficient. This is the second time I have dined here and will be sure to be back very soon!

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  38. FoodFussyLP

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best brunch in Portland, hands down - tenderest (if that's a word) omelettes with the perfect amount of things in them, always changing. Heavenly little side dishes of various veggies. Coffee is french press and marvelous, wine list terrific too. You must go.

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  39. Oregontruffles

    Portland

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    While we enjoyed everything, the squid was truly wonderful. Seafood is so good here.

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  40. toughcritic

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food ,and the wine recommendation proved spot on. The stuffed squash blossoms sent me back to Roma! Service was outstanding -- professional and not “in your face."

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1937 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Vaughn
  • Neighborhood
    North Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Wed - Fri: 5:00pm - Close Sat & Sun 4:00pm - Close Weekend Brunch: Sat & Sun 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Leitner
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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