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“My favorite restaurant in Portland!”
Review of Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon
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Ranked #46 of 4,293 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 8th Avenue
Transit: #12 and #20 buses.
Newberg
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant in Portland!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I love sitting up at the counter in order to watch the kitchen. It transports me to Europe, the small space, the mixed vintage china, the great staff that hums in seamless coordination. I like watching the finesse of the dishes being composed before and after the fire, and tiny quail eggs being de-albumened for steak tartare tasters.

  • Visited October 2012
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English first
Portland, OR, USA
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96 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 304 helpful votes
“A wonderful meal”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

My wife and I are foodies, and we have had wonderful meals at many places in the world, including Portland, but also including many places in Europe. This was among the best.

We had the 5-course tasting menu with the paired wines. Each wine was excellent, and the pairings were perfect, including a couple I would never have thought of. Each food course was delicious - a couple of them stunningly so. The only tiny complaint was that the duck was a little below top notch -- the meat itself, not the dish. Some of the dishes, when described by the server, sounded as though they would fall into the "trying too hard" category because of the number of and seemingly odd combinations of ingredients, but every dish worked beautifully. We were very pleasantly surprised.

It is a tiny restaurant. All tables are community tables except the counter overlooking, and right on top of, the kitchen. We are not fond of community tables and we wanted to watch the activities in the kitchen, so we arrived very early (before they opened), which is the only way to ensure a counter seat. They will not reserve those as such, although you might end up with one by luck if the community tables are full. It was fun and fascinating to watch the chef and his assistants produce their fine results in a very small kitchen while keeping their heads and good humor about them.

Highly recommended. .

  • Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
“Excellent French Cuisine”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Excellent, unique food and great service. Seating consists of community tables and bar-like spots with a view of the kitchen. A Portland favorite in a city full of great restaurants.

Visited September 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Small space - Big flavor”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Le Pigeon is VERY small - so when you plan to go - don't expect to be seated directly. They have gained tons of press over the last few years- and this place is on everyone's 'hit list'. The food is amazing and will give you a glimpse of a true chef's genius. Don't go if the Olive Garden is what you want - this is NOT that ;). If you need to wait for your table go across Burnside to Kir - a cute (also small) wine bar that will keep you warm and dry till (The Pigeon - as we all call it- including the Chef) calls you on your cell. If you want to watch the action of the smallest kitchen in the world... sit at the counter- VERY entertaining.

Visited January 2012
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CT
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“Achingly good food!!”
Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Had a phenomenal meal!We got the 7 course tasting menu- do NOT HESITATE to do this! Perfectly plated, perfectly timed wonderful food! We did the wine (and 1 great beer) pairing -AWESOME. yes we sat at a long table with several other couples, honestly coming from the north east if we didn't want to be chatty we had enough room to keep to ourselves. Here on the east coast space is limited and the table reminded me of several eateries in NYC. But we were feeling chatty and the couples to either side of us enhanced the experience! Its hard to call out any of the courses specifically but we think our favorites were uni and roe tapicoa, pork belly, and oh my god the foie gras profiteroles This was HANDS DOWN the best meal we had in Oregon! GO

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