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“Great quality & setting, but overpriced”

Departure Restaurant and Lounge
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Ranked #99 of 4,811 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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 February 16, 2014

Departure is not what most residents of the area would consider to be a "true" Portland restaurant. However, that being said it may well be worth your consideration if you enjoy great views and generally more upscale dining. The quality and attention to detail here are excellent, and their specialty drinks are also quite good. However, portion sizes are incredibly small given the prices. Expect to get three Dim Sum dumplings for your table. The main dishes are also smaller. My only other minor complaint, at least in the area we were seated, is the proximity of other diners to you. Fellow patrons are literally at arms length at other tables and since the restaurant itself is generally busy and louder than others, it is hard at times to hear your partner over other tables' conversations, which are quite audible. However, it is quite a modern setting with a great view of the city, and some very tasty dishes.

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Thank Bob A
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

I've lived in the Portland area for about 10 years and my one complaint is the lack of good Asian food. Finally, Departure to the rescue!

We went to Departure for a special occasion and were so pleased. Although the decor was a lot more hip and trendy than we are, the ambiance was very nice and we felt comfortable.

The service was fantastic. Our server was friendly, professional, personable, and very helpful when we told her it was our first visit. She gave us a great tour of the menu and helped us select just the right amount of food to share between the two of us.

Everything we sampled was fantastic, full of flavor, and beautifully presented. Particular favorites were the Spicy Carrot and Avocado Salad, the Malay Meatballs, and the Ishiyaki Steak.

I definitely recommend Departure. We went on a Thursday night and didn't have a wait or need reservations. The server said that is typically the case except on Fridays and Saturdays and during the summer due to what looked to be an amazing patio.

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Thank ToniPortland_OR
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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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