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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” (20 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 3 days 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 5 days 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

While staying at The Nines, I reserved Departure for hubby’s birthday. Dinner was delicious as was the wine. Service was okay and we did not get a table with a view even tho I made reservations a month in advance and mentioned birthday to the...More

Thank LeBonVieTravels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to go here two to three times a month. Awesome views and food. Saw a lot of sport celebrities here. Sushi was really good.

2  Thank Praneet R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atop The Nines Hotel with a great view. Nice night time spot to enjoy a drink and a view! Friendly bar service!

Thank DennisG50
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Departure was great. Great service, varied menu and wonderful cocktails. Would go again on next visit to Portland.

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Samantha A, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello! Thank you for the kind words. We hope to have you in again soon. Thank you, Sam

Reviewed 1 April 2018

I won't return to Departure. My party and I arrived an hour early to enjoy cocktails on the outside deck only to be told it wasn't open. There weren't enough bar stools to seat 5 of us so we elected to take the elevator down...More

Thank jscjbd
Samantha A, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback. My apologies that the deck was not open the night you were in. Our fixed schedule is to have the West Deck open Friday's and Saturday's only in the fall and winter months. We are now open...More

Reviewed 20 March 2018

Good view and even if you're not staying at the Nines then you should check out this bar. They have all types of goodies to eat and plenty of drinks to choose from. Very knowledgeable.

Thank A934NCscottd
Samantha A, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hello! Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you back sometime soon. Thank you, Sam

Reviewed 11 March 2018

There are not many restaurants in Portland that you can compare to big city fine dining, We were excited to try something that could potentially compare to the experience you can have at Nobu or Hakkasan. Unfortunately departures food did exactly as the name implies,...More

Thank alexandra r
Samantha A, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hello Alexandra, Thank you very much for your feedback. I apologize that you had such a negative experience dining with us. We take the quality of our food very seriously, and I will pass your information on to our culinary team. Thank you, Sam

Reviewed 6 March 2018

Outstanding restaurant in every aspect. Service was outstanding, food was amazing and both with an incredible view. Do not miss the carrots. Yes - the carrots!

Thank Camille S
Samantha A, Manager at Departure Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi Camille, Thank you for the kind words! Our new spring Carrot Salad just launched today! We look forward to you coming in and giving it a taste! Thank you, Sam

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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
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View
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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