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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
+1 503-802-5370
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“sushi” (69 reviews)
“bibimbap” (22 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 23:00 Hours
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wonderful food and beautiful atmosphere. Especially grateful for the gorgeous gluten free meal. Our server Jennifer was attentive and excellent. Thank you, Departure!

Thank Leslie W
Reviewed 4 days ago

Departures had been highly recommended to us and we reserved well in advance and looked forward to our visit. Unfortunately, we wee disappointed by the food, the ambience, and the attitude of the kitchen. The restaurant essentially surrounds the bar, so it is noisy and...More

Thank david92130
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I went to Departure for the first time and were very pleased with the food and beautiful view of Portland. I recommend the crispy pork belly dim sum, and our waitress Jennifer was very sweet and friendly!

Thank Erica_nk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Jennifer was our waitress and she was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to all my famoly and friends because of the great food and ambiance. The place is absolutely gorgeous.

1  Thank Ryan Jordan V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed! No where close to a Japanese restaurant! It's a Asian fusion restaurant! The produce was really fresh and service very helpful. But seems the chef doesn't really understand Asian food. Dishes were very salty and spices used overpowered the taste of the food....More

Thank Compass703659
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just arrived in Portland and needed a restaurant close by. Our hotel concierge recommended Departure. It was only 2 blocks from our hotel. We arrived there and they sat us right away on the 18th floor patio. It was warm, but we were under...More

Thank luanngarber
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I had the chance to eat at Departure recently, on the recommendation of a friend. Totally worth the drive across town on Sunday night before heading back to Eugene! I had the ishiyaki steak and my girlfriend had the whole snapper. Post...More

Thank Todd P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The best restaurant I have been to in Portland. Fantastic food and a great wait person named Virginia who made it an extraordinary experience.

Thank 1kobemac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible view and ambience. Incredible food and menu choices. But by far the most incredible thing was our waitress Virginia. She was knowledgeable and fun and made us feel like we were the best customers she ever served. Now that is talent! I can’t wait...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I decided to check this place out for date night. We started off by having a drink on the rooftop patio overlooking the city. Thanks to a reservation, we were seated promptly. Service was amazing from the time we walked in the...More

Thank Becky W
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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
10 December 2017|
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Response from AlwaysEating73 | Reviewed this property |
Departure has insanely awesome food and service for a reasonable price
Lukasz P
20 April 2017|
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 00:00
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
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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