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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived had reservations on Saturday night. Departures bar/terrace seemed packed but the restaurant was not as busy. We waited a long time before our server finally came to greet us. We were a bit disappointed in how long it took someone to even attend...to us. He was very nice and asked if we wanted to move to a terrace seating, which we accepted. The ambiance was cool and chic. The vibe was very fresh. Our server walked us through the menu after we shared our restrictions (we are vegetarian). We couldn’t quite figure out what was happening because as attentive as he was, he seemed very forgetful too. The service was delayed but not enough to complain. It helped us pace out our meal. We ordered: Heirloom Tomatoes & Stone fruit salad: coal roasted shallot, Serrano chili, pine nut Cham dressing. We were underwhelmed with this entire dish! The peaches/nectarines were bland and dry, no flavor and not juicy. The combination didn’t satisfy by any means. The Cucumber avocado roll was typical, and nothing extraordinary. Mahogany Noodles: chili glaze, truffle marinated crispy tofu, sweet pepper, shiitake, rabe. This is as our favorite dish! It was delicious! We found it curious and funny, because at the time of ordering and at the time of being served, the server stressed 5 pieces of tofu. The dish literally came with 5 pieces of tofu. The drinks were very good and made well. We ordered Tasha Macho (their version of a Moscow mule) and 75-ish (their version of a French 75). We liked them so much we ended up ordering a second round, which we typically do not so. Well mix/made and consistent. We don’t like sweet cocktails and these defiantly were not. All in all, a great place to check out, but we experienced super slow service. Our server was Daniel who was very friendly and helpful but also very busy.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022

The food is outstanding, exceptional, every bite was incredible! Staff are fabulous, attentive without hovering, engaging, & professional. The NOISE nearly sent us off our rockers! Blasting loud thumping music, that you could barely shout across at the dinner table, nearly ruined our enjoyment and...digestion. Shame. We struggled against the noise to stay and continue eating because the food was so good. If we ever return, it will be to ask for take-out. Bravo to the chef & staff! Ask the radio manager to re-think the job.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 29, 2022

This was a last minute choice that worked out great. Far exceeded our expectations. Beautiful decor and atmosphere, very sleek. Short wait for table, and got a great cocktail in the bar that we brought to the table. Excellent service, and super food. Absolutely no...problem for someone with celiac.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022 via mobile

Our server Austin was fantastic. His recommendations for food and wine were spot on. The space is really nice and a window seat is a big bonus. We ordered a la carte and it was plenty of food. Great that restaurant is open late.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Heather D, Marketing at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2022

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are very pleased to see you enjoyed your experience with us. We promise to continue to earn your high regard on future visits. Thank you for choosing Departure Restaurant + Lounge!

Reviewed October 31, 2021 via mobile

Due to weather our outside table reservation was changed by them calling the day prior. They provided us with seating away from others- greatly appreciated . Service was excellent as was the food and beverage. We tried almost every small plate (shared amongst four adults....Got seconds of the oysters. Only “average” item were spring rolls. Cannot wait to go backMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

Restaurant on the top floor of The Nines hotel and as such gets a diverse crowd - from a family with small children to folks literally dressed to the nines. The space is decorated like a futuristic airport? Not sure. It’s a nice space. Tables...are not too close. Big bar area. But onto the things that really matter. The food was very good, but not quite good enough for 5 stars; a little uneven. We ordered the departure experience, which had decent, but limited choices. The crispy dim sum had great chicken and overcooked pork belly. The steamed choice was good. The cod was very good. The steak was good, but not excellent. Decent wine list. Service was very good. I did not give any stars for the view. If that is going to be a big draw for you, then it’s probably worth a try, but enjoying the view might be tough from October- April.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 31, 2021

If you want a high-end experience with good food and good craft cocktails, this is the place. They have spaced out sitting areas for Covid so there is less seating and you may have to wait for a table. Service is good. Can be windy...some nights but views are awesome. Great for family, friends, business gatherings.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 23, 2021 via mobile

When you get off the elevator to enter Departure, you feel like you’ve entered the ride queue for Space Mountain; it’s definitely a fun, trendy vibe. Departure supposedly has a wonderful view from from the outdoor deck, but I have never actually been able to...snag an outdoor table to see it, as the wait is always an hour or more. However, the inside is still fun for happy hour. They have a nice offering of cocktails and wines by the glass. We ordered the wings and spring rolls for appetizers. The spring rolls were a bit fishy, but I could have eaten 10 plates of the wings. They serve them in such a way that your fingers don’t get messy and the chicken is so tender and flavorful that it practically melts in your mouth. This is a great spot for a girls night out or a fun date.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 7, 2021 via mobile

Happy hour tonight: Tasho Macho cocktail -Thai Chili-infused vodka, Thai basil, ginger syrup, and citrus. (Fabulous drink!) Steam buns with Wagyu beef meatball, sticky soy and ginger cabbage. (Fabulous and I’d order it again and again.) Sweet shrimp spring rolls with black mushrooms and spiced...coconut honey. (Didn’t find the shrimp in there, and was only okay.) Chiang Mai duck sausage with strawberry-rhubarb mustard and turmeric pickle. (Disappointing as these weren’t the actual flavors, and the ones there really didn’t go together well.) Finished with pork belly with cherry candy, pumpkin seeds and cilantro salad. OMG YES! Best way to end this.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021

Wonderful terrace for cocktails. Food was very good. Loved the design and architecture of the restaurarnt.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 18, 2021 via mobile

To start Austin our waiter really set the tone for this experience being fantastic. My girlfriend and I are always indecisive when ordering because if possible we would order everything on the menu... With a few quick questions Austin was able to recommend cocktails that...were just perfect to our taste and both amazing creations we’ve never tried before. For our food we opted to do the 5 course departure flight which Austin also helped us pick out. Everything was beyond delicious and it’s hard to mention just one thing but to start their steak entree is definitely worth trying. It melted in your mouth while having a crunch on the edge and the bed of greens it was on was a perfect melody of flavors to pair with it. We will undoubtedly be back next time we are in Portland!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 6, 2021

Very chic place with great views and cocktails. The food was good, but we just got appetizers. Would recommend for sunset views and drinks!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 7, 2020

Austin was a great server and made my 21st bday unforgettable! Dine at department for great food and ever better drinks!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 7, 2020

Austin was so great and really worked with us to figure out what we would like and enjoy the most from appetizers to cocktails. This is our new favorite spot and we cannot wait to come back!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 7, 2020

Eating vegan can be socially awkward at times. But I was asked to pick the place for this business dinner, so I checked on line and they had plenty of options. However all the vegan options listed on their website were not available, possibly due...to a reduced covid menu. Regardless, what I chose from their convenient QR coded menu was awesome. One of the more satisfying meals I've had at a restaurant in a long time. I recommend the Cucumber Hosomaki, Spice roasted Carrots, and Mohogany Noodles. My non-vegan friends said everything they had was also excellent. 1st time there...but not my last.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Response from rwashick | Reviewed this property |
I would try. Definitely make one for dinner or you will have a long wait.
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Response from Tana N | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the answer above...the high top seating is along the bar
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Departure has insanely awesome food and service for a reasonable price
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5