Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Departure Restaurant + Lounge

525 SW Morrison St. Send to Phone
503-802-5370 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Dining, drinking and people-watching atop posh The Nines, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Portland.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner nightly
Open late

* Click here for rating key

  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 3 reviews

Departure Restaurant + Lounge Restaurant Review

: Entering Departure requires walking up an airline-style ramp, even passing a host who seems ready to take your boarding pass. The interior affords a striking view, and a patio deck with heat lamps is ready to enjoy even in cooler weather. The menu stars Asian fusion food attractively presented, with substance behind the style. Chef Gregory Gourdet and his team prepare an array of small plates, such as squid with miso lime sauce, juicy buns prepared with barbecue short ribs, shrimp dumplings, sushi rolls, and “wok-fried” dishes like chili prawns with candied walnuts. Slightly larger plates include creative combinations: crispy pork belly, pickled cherries, ginger and pumpkin seeds; tom kha soup with Dungeness crab or shellfish. Discover interesting salads as well, perhaps one featuring Asian pears, apples, hearts of palm, tamarind and macadamia nuts. Vegetarians and gluten-free diners will find numerous choices, and there's even a special vegan menu. Don't miss the chocolate and curry peanut bar for dessert. Expect exotic cocktails and a lengthy (and expensive) wine list that includes numerous sakés.

User Ratings & Reviews for Departure Restaurant + Lounge


Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.