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“Stylish and fun”

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
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Ranked #99 of 4,675 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 5th and 6th Avenue
Transit: Within a block of max transit. Within a couple of blocks of bus system of Trimet.
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.
Reviewed January 25, 2014

Is on the 15th floor of a downtown building with large balconies and a lovely view of the city.

Departures is an Asian contemporary restaurant with a sleek design and a sizeble bar area. We had reservations on what seemed to be a busy Saturday night. Had a window table with a pretty good view. They have three complete menus: regular, gluten free and vegan. This is a small plate to share place. The service was in all respects friendly, efficient and helpful. The food was quite lovely. Most enjoyable evening.

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Thank MikeBirdman
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were staying in The Nines hotel, and went to the happy hour at Departure two days in a row! the wine the were serving was really good, I think it was $6 a glass, and there is a happy hour menu which is all sharing plates, everything we had was great! There are two patios, with great views of the city, it's worth going up there for the views alone! We didn't make a reservation, but if you are going for dinner, I'd definitely recommend making one!

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Thank jettsgal
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

At first kudos to this restaurant for having a special vegan menu card. Being vegetarians, it is very difficult for me and my husband to plan special dinners anywhere. Most of the restaurants just serve a meatless alternative of the meat dishes which obviously tastes bland and empy. However, the vegan sushis in this restaurant were pretty amazing! The add on was the beautiful view. We would definitely want to visit again!

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Thank Rachna P
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

We chose Departure Lounge for our Christmas Eve dinner. My husband and I had been there previously with a group of friends and found it to be busy and the food was good. The rooftop scenery is great and with the holiday lights was rather special. We revisited with our teen children on Christmas eve, as we choose a "fancy" place to eat on the holiday. We had made reservations and when we got there we had to wait for almost 2 minutes even though we saw many open tables in the main room.
We were seated in the "almost inside, almost outside narrow "waiting area". A large table with children and parents were seated after us. Our waiter started out attentive, but after about an hour of many dishes coming out, he sort of forgot about us. We were still expecting 2 more dishes and when we asked about them, it became apparent that he had forgotten to put them on the order. We really wanted to try the sushi and the bimbimbap. These ultimately came out after another 20 minutes. By that time it seemed he had forgotten us anyways and our drinks were gone and really we were just ready to go.
We had a hard time even seeing him. I guess if you have kids and are not "hip" and in the main room you are really just another table. We spent a lot of money and really felt that he should have remembered that we were paying customers also.
So although the majority of the small plates were tasty, especially the brussel sprouts and chicken drummies, beware that you might lose your waiter if you are not what he expects as "hip". We may go back but likely not unless we are with the right people.
We felt like we were sat at the "other table" or the "little kids' table" although we spent a lot of money on drinks and dinner.
Don't order the chocolate torte dessert with pistachio ice cream. The worst chocolate dessert ever and most of the dessert had nuts so difficult to have dessert if you have a nut allergy.
One additional observation, we observed a young women in very high heals and leggings on the patio looking for her night work partners. A bit uncomfortable for those of there with our family. Might be great if the staff could ensure that the patio is not a spot for drumming up that kind of business especially on a holiday eve.

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Thank skirafthike
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

We just had drinks on the roof on a clear night, the coldest of the year. It was great. The seats were comfy, the heaters were warm, and the drinks were good. The view was something special.
I don't know that I would have been very comfortable in the narrow, odd space leading out to the terrace and we didn't see the rest of the place.

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Thank Opossums5
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