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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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“bibimbap” (21 reviews)
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204-1440
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Reviewed yesterday

This place was absolutely jumping the evening we dined for dinner. The menu is very creative and the food was deliciously prepared. Our waiter was a kick and very attentive. I would go back repeatedly if I lived in Portland.

Thank F8314LTjackf
Reviewed 3 days ago

then moved inside to eat dinner. Sushi and pork bellies were awesome. Brussel sprouts were good and dim sum ok. Pretty pricey for the small portions you get. I'd definitely go have drink in the rooftop bar, but if you're very hungry, go somewhere else...More

Thank Ashley C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Seated atop the luxury hotel "The Nines", Departure is branded as an upscale modern Asian restaurant. My first thought when entering the restaurant was that it should have been a cocktail lounge and dropped the pretense of fine dining. Maybe I'm out of touch with...More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 5 days ago

The companion and I had dinner here earlier this week. It was generally a good experience. The tables are a little too close together, and the noise level too loud for our taste. Regardless, we had great service, and the menu items we selected were...More

Thank pasbuffalo
Reviewed 6 days ago

Departure has one of the best rooftop bar locations in the city. Hard to beat these views. Great place to visit for a special occasion or with out of town guests. They do offer happy hour pricing. The rooftop bar area is set up nicely...More

Thank Stevey1612
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant has the best ambience and the best food. Ben our server was amazing honestly. He made the experience that much more amazing also. The food here is my favorite as well. Great place for a date!

Thank Natalie L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really love the environment, I felt welcomed and the host did an amazing job doing so. Sitting across from the love of my life waiting for the “wow” factor from the food she’s been raving about, we were greeted by a wonderful table host,...More

Thank mycah b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the top floor of The Nines hotel, this place had a lively vibe. Super busy on a Sunday night and it looked like a lot of locals. Hostess seemed a little too busy to be bothered but other servers were great. Cocktails were great....More

Thank lynnannmc
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of 11 in town for a family celebration. We could not have been more pleased with our choice to dine at Departure. Our server Jennifer was the best! The wine list offered varied selections, many local and not seen outside of...More

Thank Lori D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner last night at Departure, and have to say, the food, service and ambience was excellent. We had Snapper, Wings, Steak, Crab and Rice, Bibimbap, and more....all excellent. The view is nice, if you can get a window table (we did). Great place! Asian...More

Thank Thomas C
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Bridgette B
23 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
11 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
Bar Scene, View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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 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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