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Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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,
$15 - $20
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Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Sushi, Asian
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of visit: May 2021
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed August 24, 2020

Departure has one of the best foods in Oregon. The ambiance and setting of the place is breathtaking with a view of the city (especially during sunset/evening). The food is so carefully thought out and each taste note is spot on. It is on the...expensive side but it is completely worth it for the whole experience. Our experience with the staff there was also positive. We went for our Anniversary and our waiter, Austin, was really great. He went above and beyond to provide us with a great experience. I HIGHLY recommend coming here!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 22, 2020 via mobile

Even during Covid-19 the service and food is still good as ever. Kaela greeted you downstairs as you entered and made you feel very welcome and made the process simple. Austin is always a joy to see and is so kind. Virgina provided excellent service...and explained the menu changes very well while recommending new items. The only thing missing was Jim, he added so much charisma to the atmosphere and it will never be the same without him!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed August 20, 2020

There's pros and thers cons... I guess like with most things in life, except it was expensive, so I was hoping more for all pro's. The Asian dishes are fun and different and fusion, and the variety was amazing. However, the Nines Hotel did not...provide good service and that carried all the way up to the 15th floor where this restaurant is located. I have decided I will return, the food is worth it, but I expect more from the service.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed April 3, 2020 via mobile

This floating restaurant is on the 15th floor of The Nines, Luxury Hotel. They offer a limited menu, daily specials, and cocktails. Nice ambiance and great service. The food was excellent and delicious. Definitely a must if you’re ever in Portland. Will definitely go back!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
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June 30, 2019|
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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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February 22, 2018|
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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
December 10, 2017|
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Response from AlwaysEating73 | Reviewed this property |
Departure has insanely awesome food and service for a reasonable price
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Departure Restaurant and Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5