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Departure Restaurant + Lounge - 12 Reviews - 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR - Late Night Dining Reviews - Phone (503) 802-5370

Departure Restaurant + Lounge

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525 SW Morrison St (at Southwest 5th Avenue)
Portland, OR 97204
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(503) 802-5370
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Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR
Departure Restaurant + Lounge - Portland, OR

Reviews

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Best

It's a transporting experience up there-the views are stupendous and the drinks not too shabby either. Upscale interior draws ire from the locals, but that's okay. Being out on th...

Worst

The place and the food was enjoyable, except for the snobby waitress, Amy. What a disappointed attitude!

It's a transporting experience up 4/11/2012

It's a transporting experience up there-the views are stupendous and the drinks not too shabby either. Upscale interior draws ire from the locals, but that's okay. Being out on the deck makes you feel like you're on a cruise ship. Decent service and cool bathrooms. I like it here. more

Eating at Departures is one of the best 3/22/2012

Eating at Departures is one of the best dining experiences in Portland, OR. I am vegan and I go there with friends who are Gluten Free, Vegan, and meat eaters. The Pan Asian style cuisine is diverse inventive, creative, and delicious!!! The service is amazing!!! The drinks are also innovative and taste incredible. The view and interior is stunning. The vibe is trendy, but with the down to earth vibe of Portland. I have been in similar places in LA or NYC and the wait staff can be snotty. Not at Departures! The wait staff, management, and host are all the kindest and warmest people you'll meet. This is my new favorite restaurant in Portland. Thank You to everyone at Deaprtures for making my life happier!!! And PS: Deaprtures is an amazing place to throw a party. My friend had a Birthday bash for his wife at Departures on March 16th. They rented the room off of the balcony. The views were gorgeous. The staff handled the party beautifully. Everyone was commenting on how great the party was, and the birthday girl had an evening she will never forget. more

Amazing View & Trendy Vibe 6/8/2011

Go here to see and be seen. Taking a chance at sounding snobbish, this is where the ""pretty people"" go. If your vibe is casual or hipster, this place will not make you happy. If you like some flash, a kick-ass 15th floor city view atop a great patio, and you're trendy you'll enjoy it.\r \r Trendy, young, with a small LA sort of vibe. Wear your sexiest shoes and dresses here. If your wearing jeans, dress them up with lots of accessories, a fabulous top and a stylish coat. \r \r Pick and choose your food wisely and ask your server what portion sizes are like. Usually food is smaller than you'll get elsewhere and definitely more expensive. I recommend coming here for a couple of drinks , socializing, taking in the view and moving on. . .that is, if you can get past the very long line to get in.\r \r more

Snobby waitress 2/16/2011

The place and the food was enjoyable, except for the snobby waitress, Amy. What a disappointed attitude! more

So many better places in Portland 5/26/2010

I found this place to be dirty and worn our for being fairly new. The bathroom felt like I was in prison and not in a good way. Drinks were fine once we were able to order them. I thought the patios were small and unconfortable looking for having such a great view they could do so much more with them. Also they need more windows and a good cleaning of the entire place including the elevators. I probably won't go back there. Cons: 8 wait staff talking at the bar 0 taking my order more

Why have a Footlong when You Can Have a Cockatail? 5/4/2010

My sisters and I went twice for happy hour on a recent PDX trip. They have an ""Everything's $5.00"" gig from 4-6 (ish) Great food and service. The wait stuff were adorable (fun and kind and also cute) We split 4 plates, a little too much for 3 but it was fun to try so many things. The miso eggplant is amazing. The cocktails were inspired and got the job done. It got noisy as the night wore on but I'd go back in a snap. Nothing wrong with trendy if it's good and affordable, in my humble opinion. Pros: Happy Hour, atmosphere, light, view, service, food Cons: hmmm, have to think about this one more

Love the atmosphere! 4/26/2010

Well, yes, it is pricey. But that might be a good thing, really. It keeps certain types of people away and encourages you to dress up and enjoy the evening. \r The food was delicious, we shared each plate. The portions were small but that way we could taste more items! Drinks were quite original. The atmosphere is trendy and fun.\r \r What a great gem this place is. Pros: atmosphere, food, view, decor, well dressed patrons Cons: sticker shock:)) more

""I don't mind it"" 1/17/2010

I went here for a work happy hour a few months back, and was excited by the fun atmosphere. I remember the skewers being pretty tasty. Its pretty neat that a East Coast/LA vibey place like this exists in the Portland area. I took my husband about 2 weeks ago on a Friday night for dinner/drinks. Drink menu is fun and inspired. Dishes are of course overpriced but not that unique. My husband said he ""didn't mind"" one of the dishes. Not ""this is delicious!"" or ""tastes great"" but he didn't mind the taste of what he was eating (aka this is bland and wasn't worth ordering). If you're wondering, it was the Crab Fried Rice for $16. Fried Rice is about $8 at any other Asian restaurant. You are definitely paying twice as much as what you would for food elsewhere - here you are paying for the atmosphere, people-watching, and downtown location. Fun to check it out, but you might be disappointed. Pros: great views, fun ambience, decor Cons: food is expensive and not that great more

Good for the view, too pricey, food just alright 11/5/2009

I went there for happy hour, which is the only time I would ever return, since prices are a bit better then. Food is asian inspired, ""fusion"", and pretty good but I've had better at other asian restaurants. Wine of the day and bubbly of the day are 5 bucks for happy hour so thats good. Wee bit pretentious.....Good view though Pros: View more

Not Everyone is ""Open Minded""... 10/31/2009

Felt like a gay bar... Our server went on and on about his boyfriend... I am very open minded but took business partners to dinner/night out. I figured this place would be upscale representing PDX, etc... Several in my group couldn't handle it and left. Sorry kids.... I would go there again with girlfriends (don't bother looking for a single straight guy!, lol) but never with couples or anything business related. Nooooo way! Pros: Nice views... interior Cons: What about us ""Straight"" Folks??? more

Not all it's hyped up to be but views are great 8/27/2009

Located inside the Nines Hotel on Morrison Street in Downtown Portland on the 15th floor, this is where those wanting to be scene flock and frequent. The implication is dress to impress - this is not a casual fine dining restaurant. Very trendy and very spendy (even for those who don't mind throwing down some cash). The portions are VERY small but taste good. The servers and bartenders seem indifferent, which no one seems to mind. THE VIEW from the outside patio or windown dining seats are INCREDIBLE! My recommendation: take a date here for pre-dinner drinks to enjoy the design and the fabulous views, or gather up your girlfriends or buddies for a couple Friday/Saturday night drinks. Esthetically pretty, but not down to Earth. TIP: If you expect to get in after 9pm on a Friday or Saturday be prepared to drop a $50 or $100 bill to the hostest near the elevator or you will wait in line indefinitely - this comes from personal experience of myself and friends. Enjoy! Pros: Great inside design, Patio is fabulous Cons: SMALL plates, overpriced, wait forever in line on weekends more

Nice View - That was about it 8/16/2009

Was disappointed in the extremely small food portions for the price, and each meal came out for our table of four at different times. Maybe the way it is supposed to be, but just so you know what your getting. . .Kobe meatballs ordered for dinner ($15). Served on a tiny appetizer plate with ""only"" 3 meatballs. Lamb chops ($21) - two little chops, mostly bone and sized for a toddler. We also ordered sashimi for an appetizer ($15), a total of 5 small pieces of tuna and yellow fin. \r \r My wife ordered the Harami Garlic skirt steak which was very tasty. The meatballs had good flavor.\r \r There were 4 of us having dinner - -my meatballs came out first, then about 5 minutes later, another meal, the a few minutes later, another meal and then my wifes, which was about 10min after my meal.\r \r Maybe we mistaked how this place works and everything is really appetizers and shared at the table at different times. Still not sure.\r \r Again, just so you know what you are getting into. The view from the outdoor bar is quite nice.\r \r Pros: Nice view Cons: Food portions, food service more
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Editorial

  • The words dive bar don’t factor into the vocabulary of the polished urbanites who convene in this slick white and blond wood space fit for after-work cocktails. Large-scale wall maps and white...

  • 8/13/2009 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Fri-Sat: 4pm-1am, Sun-Thu: 4pm-12am
  • Payments:

    Discover, Master Card, American Express, Visa, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
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