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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
+1 503-802-5370
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Overview
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“sushi” (70 reviews)
“bibimbap” (22 reviews)
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CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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LOCATION
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I booked a night at The Nines while passing through Portland, and at the same time requested a table at Departure (following up twice my request during that time). I arrived at hotel 2 weeks later and reservation was never taken care of, however concierge...More

Thank Tatude
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the most fantastic meals ever. Everything was shareable and just absolutely mouth watering and fantastic. Every bite was something to savor and relish over! Well crafted cocktails as well. The harami beef skewers by far was the best thing I've ever...More

Thank Navigator20484750023
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant is absolutely stunning with impeccable service from everyone, especially our server, Ben. We chose the Imperial tasting menu with accompanying wine pairings and it was one of The best decisions I have ever made! Every course was flawless and I was surprised by...More

Thank Laura C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our number one restaurant when visiting Portland. Gianna, Haley, and Maddy are delightful and very welcoming. Nia our server was BEYOND amazing. She was so attentive, knew the menu well and her suggested items were wonderful. Jim always takes the time to come...More

Thank LynnK161
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

LynnK161, Thank you so much for your feedback!! I have relayed your kind words to our team, and I am so thrilled you enjoyed your time with them as much as I do! Would love to have you back again soon! Cheers, Arianna

Reviewed 1 week ago

Some really great food- it's "small plates" so order a bit more than you think you need. And they have special menus for vegetarian/vegans eaters as well- just ask.

Thank staceyp87
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words staceyp87! Hope to see you back soon!! Cheers, Arianna

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland. The Executive Chef, Gregory Gourdet, was featured on top chef. He serves up innovative pan-Asian food, from street food-styled starters to meal-sized classics, rice and noodle specialties to...More

Thank Susie1028
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words Susie1028, glad you enjoyed your time with us at Departure! Looking forward to your next visit! Cheers- Arianna

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jennifer was our server throughout the night she was very professional an kind! Doesn’t get any better!! #PDXHITSQUAD

Thank hughesnathan9859
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

hughesnathan9859, Jennifer does rock! Glad you were able to join us- see you soon!! Cheers, Arianna

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jennifer was excellent and kind throughout the whole dinner for the PDX Hit Squad! She’s the best! :)

Thank Trevor S
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Trevor S, Thank you for joining us, we think Jennifer is great too! Happy we were able to have the PDX Hit Squad in, looking forward to your next visit!! Cheers, Arianna

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had dinner here last week while we were staying at the Nines Hotel. It is very cool inside...looks like you are going a a plane (hence "Departure"). The menu is interesting with a lot of choices of sushi and typical asian...More

Thank Valerie L
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Valerie L, Thank you for your kind review and we are glad you enjoyed our ambiance and time at Departure! Warm regards, Arianna

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a reservation and ordered an appetizer (scallops) and then ordered chicken and steak as a main course. We were quite hungry and it took forever. People who arrived later and ordered the wok dish got served very quickly. The food was delicious but...More

Thank Bubblechoc
Arianna P, Guest Relations Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Bubblechoc, Thank you for your kind words! I apologize that your food had a noticeable delay that was not addressed, would love to have you back to show you a more successful experience. Warm regards, Arianna

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Bridgette B
22 February 2018|
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Response from ttlee | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the answer above...the high top seating is along the bar
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ic_36
10 December 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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Lukasz P
20 April 2017|
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Response from JessicaLorraine2015 | Property representative |
Hello! Thank you for your interest in Departure, currently the West Deck Bar and Lounge is open every evening, with the exception of high winds or storms. The East Deck Dining Patio will be opening sometime next month, once... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 23:00
Monday
16:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 23:00
Thursday
16:00 - 23:00
Friday
16:00 - 00:00
Saturday
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 SW 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
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-802-5370
  • E-mail
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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