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Bluehour

#253 of 3,559 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2953 (Everett)
Bluehour is located three blocks west of the NW 10th and Everett stop of the Portland Street Car.
503-226-3394
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4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Description: Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature...
Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine." As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual cafe and bar. Simple, delicious and classic describes the Mediterranean cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, but Bluehour standards remain, like the pillowy potato gnocchi with black truffle and the perfectly seared, bacon wrapped sea scallops. Our cheese cart is among the finest on the West Coast, featuring regional and international artisan cheeses.
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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Serene but salty

I was shopping in the neighborhood (at Babette) and asked the salesperson where I should have lunch. She was very enthusiastic about Bluehour restaurant, just 2 or 3 doors down. She said the atmostphere was serene and the food was very good. So off I went. The decor of Bluehour is wonderful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Barbara M
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Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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70 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was shopping in the neighborhood (at Babette) and asked the salesperson where I should have lunch. She was very enthusiastic about Bluehour restaurant, just 2 or 3 doors down. She said the atmostphere was serene and the food was very good. So off I went. The decor of Bluehour is wonderful. Very high ceilings and yes, the atmosphere is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barbara M
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Barbara, I'm so glad you had a chance to join us for such a lovely afternoon; of course, I do wish that soup would've been prepared to perfection, so I'm sorry that it was just a bit too salty. Hopefully next time you're back, we can show you our best. Thanks again, Bruce Carey Owner More 

Franklin, Tennessee
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Due to flight delays, we called ahead to ask if it was okay to be 20 minutes late on our table reservation. We were told that was fine but on arrival, we then had to wait another 40 minutes before seating. Waiter seemed completely disinterested in us and despite checking how much time we needed for the tasting menu (a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Fleurelizabeth
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Elizabeth, when you called and we said it would be okay to arrive later than your reservation, we meant that we would be able to get you a table. That said, when a reservation is pushed back last minute, we just can't always accommodate you the moment you walk in. I do want to apologize about the service -- our... More 

San Francisco, California
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214 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Dined here last night. Had a beet salad, gnocchi and red velvet dessert (beet ice cream was good!). Lovely interior, attentive staff. Food was just ok, nothing great or special. Expensive for what it was.

Helpful?
Thank ReginaPhelps
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Regina, while I love seeing that our staff and atmosphere left you so impressed, I do wish you would've enjoyed our food a bit more. We certainly never want to serve food that's "just ok," so I can't apologize enough. If you're ever back in town, we'd love to welcome you back and show you a better time. All the... More 

Toronto, Canada
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1,088 reviews
516 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 743 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Bluehour is a stunning restaurant. The sleek interior, huge windows and well placed drapes create a great setting. The tables are well spaced providing some privacy and the low light accentuated by many table candles results in an intimate setting at dinner. Unfortunately, the evening we dined neither the food or the atmosphere quite lived up to our expectations. But,... More 

Helpful?
Thank John B
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

John, while I'm glad our food did impress you, I do wish your experience would have been just a bit more memorable. As you mentioned, long weekends do sometimes cause issues for our deliveries, so I'm sorry about our smaller menu. You also brought up our portion sizes -- though our plates are a bit smaller than what you might... More 

New York City, New York
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117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This restaurant offers outstanding cuisine. This is fine dining at its best. Our group enjoyed a wonderful dining experience.

Helpful?
Thank Andrea T
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

You're too kind, Andrea, and I'm thrilled that you enjoyed such a lovely evening with us. I hope we'll be seeing you again sometime soon! All the very best, Bruce Carey Owner More 

West Covina, California
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Dinner was delicious. Every dish was prepared as requested, and was served at the appropriate temperature. The staff was attentive, but not overbearing. General Manager, Bob Doxey was very friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere was nice and the noise level, low. We actually could hear each other at the table, which is rare formost of the restaurants in the Pearl... More 

Helpful?
Thank Carol C
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Part of going out to eat is enjoying conversations around the table, so it's great to read you were able to, Carol. Also, thanks for this great rating! I hope we have another chance to serve you soon. Best, Bruce Carey Owner More 

Portland OR
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went to Bluehour with friends for dinner on a Saturday night, after we could not get into our first-choice restaurant down the street. We had not been to Blue in many years. We ended up sitting on the terrace, with a too-small table, but we got to see and hear all the excitement in the Pearl. We shared a... More 

Helpful?
Thank Linda M
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Linda, I'm so glad you got to join us after not visiting in a few years. Of course, I'm even happier that we still showed you the amazing food and service that you remember from those years back. Hope to see you again soon! Best, Bruce Carey Owner More 

Happy Valley, Oregon
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122 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Hosted a business dinner for 12 here in their banquet room. Very nice layout with a separate entrance and our own bartender and waiter. Cocktails were outstanding as were the selection of appetizers, which included tiny crab finger sandwiches, pork meatballs, and fried cauliflower. Great presentation and flavors! After we sat down, most of us started with caprese salads featuring... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jim A
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Jim, from the drinks to the main course, I'm so glad we were able to host you and your colleagues for such a memorable evening. With such large parties, we aim to make your experience as seamless as possible, so service is incredibly important. We'd love to welcome you back again soon -- I'm sure you'd love our happy hour!... More 

Cortez, Colorado
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Although the food was good, not great, I would not recommend Bluehour. We visited on a Tuesday and the restaurant was so noisy I left with a headache and ringing in my ears. I cannot imagine what it would be like on the weekend.

Helpful?
Thank curtiszoo
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

I'm incredibly sorry that things were so noisy during your visit. Because of our extensive use of sound dampening drapery these rare sorts of complaints are rooted in one particular table or party, so I wish you would've let us know -- we would've been happy to move you to a new area of the restaurant had we just known... More 

Portland, OR
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54 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Having been a chef myself for many years, it takes a lot for me to go to an "expensive" restaurant. Far too often I am left unsatisfied and thinking to myself, "Man, I could have done better than that at home for a lot less money!" The nice thing about BlueHour is that when the meal is over, I can... More 

Helpful?
Thank Tony F
BluehourPortland, Owner at Bluehour, responded to this review

Tony, we're always happy to have your support, and I'm so glad that you continue to join us after all these years. We'll see you soon! Best, Bruce Carey Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 250 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-2953
    (Everett)
  • Public Transportation: Bluehour is located three blocks west of the NW 10th and Everett stop of the Portland Street Car.
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503-226-3394

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 34 - 80
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine

Description

Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine." As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual cafe and bar. Simple, delicious and classic describes the Mediterranean cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, but Bluehour standards remain, like the pillowy potato gnocchi with black truffle and the perfectly seared, bacon wrapped sea scallops. Our cheese cart is among the finest on the West Coast, featuring regional and international artisan cheeses.
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?