* Click here for rating key
THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED L'Auberge Restaurant Review: There are two venues in this warm, homey wooden structure thats been a happy gathering place for several generations of Portlanders. One area adjoins the bar, and in this relaxed, cheerful ambiance youll find excellent bistro dishes, including stunning soups and pâtés; light dishes such as mussel platters, grilled chicken, and flank steak; and desserts, especially an ambrosial, cumulous-cloud-light lemon chiffon cheese cake. The bar itself feels like a mellow party scene, cheery and lively, indeed one of the best places to have a drink late in the evening. Next to the bar is a stunning deck, perhaps the most romantic al fresco dining spot in town: private and floral. A few steps below the main level is a beautiful dining room, with its focal fireplace and old cooking implements: French provincial and modern in feel at once. There the kitchen turns out a small assortment of dishes that may be described as casually elegant: duck pâté, thick bourride with aïoli, pork loin with prunes marinated in Madeira, pepper-crusted rack of lamb, and salmon with grilled fennel and a yellow tomato coulis. If you find a wonderful dessert that occasionally shows up---frozen ginger soufflé glacé---dont hesitate to order it. This is a fine place for special occasions, but since the cuisine is always thoughtfully done, and the lighting will flatter you as much as Maurice Chevalier would, its worth turning up here more often.