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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

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525 S.W. Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440 (5th and 6th Avenue)
+1 503-802-5370
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4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went for Portland Dining month, and all ordered the special menu. The best part was the view from the deck before dinner. The space and ambiance was hip and cool, and definitely not "casual" or "comfortable." The food was ok, but certainly not with coming back for. The fact that they forgot 4 out of 6 of our entrees... More 

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Wilsonville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After a group function at Departure earlier in the month, I was impressed enough with food, wine, service, and GF options to come back a week later. We could've made a meal from appetizers, and almost did: outstanding sushi selection, not mention tiger prawns and Brussels sprouts, and even a happy hour sake! Duck curry was a tasty and filling... More 

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Thank Jeff R
San Diego, CA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

And fantastic views of Portland. Been here many times and it never disappoints. Great for meetings and get togethers

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Thank Emily D
Boston, Massachusetts
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend of mine took me to Departure and when I looked at the menu beforehand I thought this is going to be another one of these Asian restaurants with ok food. I am so glad I was wrong. The food was amazing. Very flavorful en even though you order small plates to share the portion sizes are decent so... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for dinner based on review from varoius websites and knowing the chef was a contestant on Top Chef. When we arrived at the elevator, I didn't realize the restaurant was on the top floor of the hotel. That had me worried. Most "scenic view" restaurants live solely on the view and terrible food. When we arrived at the... More 

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JessicaLorraine2015, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your kind words, and detailed experience! I am so glad that you enjoyed yourselves, and will take the comments to the kitchen, we take our guests recommendations and ideas very seriously, so thank you again. We do hope to see you here again in the future, All the Best, Jessica More 

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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126 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love this place. We are staying at The Nines and went out w friends who live in Portland who recommended Departure. So glad they did!! The bartenders are so nice, helpful w menu and made great drinks. I live in Vegas - the drinks here are spot on. Cocktails I mean. Chris our bartender / waiter is THE BEST.... More 

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Everett, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was confused as I got out of the elevator as I was lead down a dimly lit hallway. I totally felt out of my element as this was not your ordinary restaurant. We walked out to the outdoor bar and patio to take in the view of the city. You've got a 270 degree view of the city, heaters... More 

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Pacific Grove, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked reservations, excited to try the Portland Dining Month menus on what was our first visit to Departures. As an FYI, it's at the top of Nines Hotel -- signage was rather lacking downstairs/outside of the main entrance of the hotel, and so a couple in our party walked right past it a couple of times, before figuring out... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for dinner as a family on holiday weekend. Was a bit anxious as had young kids. The restaurant was busy, good music. Food was great. Pork Belly, crispy cod and chili prawns especially. Good and reasonable priced wine list. Experience was made exceptional by our server, Ashley. Great recommendations, even for kids. Judged pace of service and level of... More 

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Thank Chris W
JessicaLorraine2015, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Thank you Chris! We are so glad to hear that you and your family had a great time, and I will make sure to pass along your kind words to Ashley. Having a young child myself I know what it's like to try and dine out, so it makes me very happy to hear that you were able to enjoy... More 

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great view, but this restaurant works on the basis of shuffling people in / out. We ordered a couple of cocktails which were great and a few food dishes. I really like the crispy halibut (dim sum) and the tuna poke - by far the best dishes. We ordered the waygu - which was a complete disappointment. I don't think... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $20
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S.W. Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
    (5th and 6th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Within a block of max transit. Within a couple of blocks of bus system of Trimet.
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-802-5370
Description
Departure Restaurant is located atop the Nines Hotel and offers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek, cosmopolitan setting with two outdoor decks and stunning views of the city, mountains and river. Chef de Cuisine Gregory Gourdet creates traditional Asian preparations with Northwest ingredients in signature dishes such as the restaurant’s grilled kushiyaki selections, Indonesian spiced chicken and maguro karai honey sushi rolls. Departure’s bar showcases exotic cocktails, a global wine list and the city’s largest sake list.The saké and shochu list is one of the largest in the city and represents many hand-crafted, artisan producers. Departure boasts the design skills of Jeff Kovel of Skylab Architecture, one of Portland’s leading architectural firms. The overall design of the 9,000 square-foot space added a new full-level 15th floor to the original 1908 Meier & Frank building and two new rooftop patios with views overlooking downtown Portland, the Willamette River, Mt .Hood and Mount St. Helens. The design elements play off the notion of an urban escape.

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