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Departure Restaurant and Lounge

525 S.W. Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
+1 503-802-5370
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
525 S.W. Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was quickly seated, attended to by waitstaff, and presented with excellent and imaginatively created dishes. The sushi was fresh and brilliantly seasoned. Noise level is a tad high and this is clearly a happening place on the Portland food scene.

Thank TwinComanche
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful way to enjoy the city while enjoying time with friends over drinks or dinner. We actually liked having drinks and dessert the most. The service is top notch. Atmosphere makes this a unique venue for the downtown community.

Thank cdog612
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fusion food IS Portland, and this is no exception. It’s a rooftop restaurant where you can go outside to the rooftop lounge and view the city. Upon arrival, the decor is such that you feel like you are boarding a spaceship. The fishes arrive as...More

Thank floodnik
JessicaLorraine2015, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and I will let the culinary team know as well. We look forward to seeing you here again soon! Best, Jessica

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent an evening with family enjoying delicious eats on their outdoor seating area several weeks ago. Everything was most excellent and the view is to die for.

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for a cool place to sit down for some decent food, this is the place to go. Great views, ambiance, cocktails, and service make you comfortable. However, after reading all the reviews I expected the food to be amazing. While the food...More

Thank Jessica S
JessicaLorraine2015, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jessica, Thank you for taking the time to reach out! I will make sure that your comments get back to the Chef and culinary team, we just changed our menu for the season last week so I know that they will appreciate the feedback....More

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend this restaurant but do get a reservation. Very popular with all age groups and was full Saturday night. Web site a little deceiving as only some of the seats get a great view and according to our server you can’t walk around to...More

Thank Harold C
JessicaLorraine2015, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Harold, Thank you for your comments! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us, and with our brand new Autumn menu. (The carrot salad is one of my favorites right now!) I will make sure that your kind words...More

Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

My coworkers and I came here after the Portland Trailblazers’ Home opener. I called to make sure our dress code was okay since we were coming from a basketball game and if we needed to make reservations. Made reservations for 9:30 and got seated inside....More

2  Thank Bernard H
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Man these have to be the best views in Portland however unlike many rooftop bar the drinks are actually good. The food looked good but I didn't get a chance to have any.

Thank TKEIG847
Reviewed 12 October 2017

One would think a skyline eatery would skimp on the meal while maximizing the view. Departure Restaurant maximizes everything; ambience, flavor, and variety of Asian dishes. My wife and I shared a smoked mushroom salad with thin sliced yellow beets and radish covered with tangy...More

Thank geezerwheezer
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Came in with my friends looking for good Asian food. Found this fantastic space-age looking lounge with a superior view. The restraraunt had a 2 1/2 hour wait for a sit down table, and this was a Tuesday! Make sure to make reservations. But we...More

Thank Padma W
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11 December 2017|
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Response from Daphne A | Reviewed this property |
Clever play on words. Answer. Neither arrive nor depart.
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
Marilynn K
3 October 2016|
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Response from Jonathan G | Reviewed this property |
Only if it is a service dog.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Lunch, 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, Groups, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S.W. 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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