Departure

Departure

Lounge, Cocktail Bar, and Roof Deck$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • GNTLMN
    "One of the best views of the city, but super douchy crowd."(38 Tips)
    Jessie L.
    "Asian fusion joint with an amazing rooftop bar!"(2 Tips)
    Hailey N.
    "Get the crispy pork belly and the brussel sprouts!"(7 Tips)
    CITY GRIT
    "Crispy Pork Belly!"(3 Tips)
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  • Ted P.
    Ted PalenskiOctober 17
    Decent food but the vegan desserts are weird. Nice view of PDX
  • Jason K.
    Jason KAugust 31
    Rooftop, HH
  • Emma C.
    Emma CainAugust 18
    i love departure even though ive never eaten there ;) just sneak up for the view
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CoatesAugust 18
    Be here to be seen. Go on, get dressed up, there aren't a lot of places like this in Portland, so just enjoy yourself and the view.
  • Samir N.
    it is a nice view, but not a superlative one
  • megan
    meganJuly 30
    Come for the balcony views and cheap happy hour, leave for the food.
  • Ingrid B.
    Best pork belly in the universe!
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEJuly 26
    Yes, rooftop is nice. But, the ambiance stinks! There's no music & it's "line service" @ bar. Blah!
  • Pavan K.
    Fancy roof top bar with really good scenic view of Portland downtown .
  • Shane M.
    Crispy pork
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid BorlandFebruary 25
    Love the wasabi skirt steak!! The chicken wings had a very unique presentation.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HaleJanuary 13
    Awesome food and a great view!
  • Fátima H.
    Fátima Herrera'pSeptember 16, 2016
    I feel like someone should say they have really loud club music, that was an instant turn off as we walked in so we had to leave.
  • Hailey N.
    Hailey NguyenAugust 14, 2016
    Get the crispy pork belly and the brussel sprouts!
  • Marina L.
    Marina LadudaMay 15, 2016
    A bar with food and a view. Better for a group.
  • Jesse
    JesseFebruary 26, 2016
    Just get some water to drink & hold in your hand while you pretend you're bougiecool like the other idiots —Sincerely, college student on a budget
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEFebruary 17, 2016
    Great sushi and cocktail options in one of the trendiest scenes in Portland.
  • Jess ⚓
    Jess ⚓February 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Impress your date with drinks at this rooftop locale. There are heaters on the patio so it is open year-round.
  • Hariharan S.
    Hariharan SubramanianJanuary 21, 2016
    Veggie options are good. Nice ambience. Loud and noisy on Saturday nights.
  • Jackie
    JackieJanuary 20, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    All the food is wonderful and the drinks are delicious. Great atmosphere and you can't beat the view!
  • Louise N.
    Louise NaudJanuary 9, 2016
    Tuna sashimi are delicious, and the bibimbap is awesome. The apple dessert is absolutely delicious as well.
  • Al B.
    Al B.January 1, 2016
    Excellent happy hour and nice view above
  • Chris M.
    Chris MatthewsAugust 20, 2015
    If Virgin Lounge had a bay with a psuedo pan asian new american restaurant and put it on a hotel roof.
  • Colleen S.
    Colleen ShowalterAugust 2, 2015
    Everything is good. The menu is a perfect taste every time.
  • Irfan K.
    Irfan KerawallaJuly 31, 2015
    Ambience is good. The grilled shrimps and chicken skewers were awesome. All the food we ordered was delicious and flavorful
  • Amber
    AmberJuly 16, 2015
    cocktail = rising son. also, kimchee pork belly fried rice during happy hour
  • Hemant J.
    Hemant JawaleJuly 14, 2015
    Cocktails and the city view. Can't go wrong here!
  • Drake B.
    Drake BridgewaterJuly 8, 2015
    Happy Hour is delicious with a great view
  • Craig C.
    Craig ComstockJune 16, 2015
    Go with lots of friends so you can try as much as possible. Affordable tapas style dishes
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJune 13, 2015
    Be sure to hang out on the rooftop. Good place to grab a drink before dinner.
  • Gaurav K.
    Gaurav KhannaMay 24, 2015
    In addition to nice views of thr city, especially at night, the food is great, appropriately portioned and not very heavy, allowing you to try a bunch of things.
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn ParkMay 11, 2015
    A Spicy Korean rice noodle (AKA "Topokki") is great! Not so spicy but you should try it! :)
  • Andy R.
    Andy RiffelApril 19, 2015
    A beautiful view with metropolitan glam. Definitely a departure from Portlandia.
  • Stacey B.
    Stacey BrownMarch 11, 2015
    Great view! Confusing and fun mirrors that *someone* ran into on the way to the bathroom!
  • Jade A.
    Jade ApplegateMarch 1, 2015
    Go for Happy Hour: Daily, 4 pm - 6 pm Late Night Happy Hour: Sunday to Thursday, 10 pm to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 pm to 1am
  • Theresa I.
    Theresa IrvineFebruary 24, 2015
    Get anything, or everything...not a single mediocre item on the menu. Patio has heaters for colder nights
  • Mike G.
    Mike GushardFebruary 16, 2015
    Watery lack luster drinks that are outrageously priced. You're paying for the view not the food or drinks.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    Amazing views of the city, especially at sunset. Happy hours are 4-6pm and 10pm - close, Tuesday to Thursday, then 11pm - close Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyOctober 31, 2014
    Delicious food and great vegan & gluten free options. Impressed with the portions as well
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmOctober 6, 2014
    Come for a sunset on a clear Portland night. Stay for a drink and some sushi.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SperberSeptember 18, 2014
    Lovely rooftop dining with a full vegan menu! I loved the gingered mushrooms and the kale salad.
  • Josh Y.
    Josh YaganehSeptember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The garlic fried rice and yakitori chicken are amazing.
  • MikaelDorian
    MikaelDorianSeptember 8, 2014
    It's the best rooftop of Portland ! Enjoy the view of the city with a good cocktail. It's in 15th floor of the Nines.
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LeeSeptember 5, 2014
    Very trendy. Asian fusion joint with an amazing rooftop bar! Good hangout place of you want to put something nice on for a night.
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Top Chef contestant Gregory Gourdet slings sophisticated, flavorful Asian food in the city's finest rooftop restaurant.
  • carrie k.
    carrie kissellAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    let your server order for you!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Jason French, chef of Ned Ludd, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Spicy carrot & avocado salad. Read more
  • Vahid
    VahidAugust 17, 2014
    wear classy and order smoked salmon roll
  • Shweta M.
    Shweta MAugust 16, 2014
    Cocktail with chilly vodka was the best
  • Ava
    AvaAugust 10, 2014
    Great views from outside!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Chef Gregory Gourdet is the man! Our favorite bites = the Departure Wings, Baby Back Ribs, Crispy Squid, Octopus, and the Crispy Pork Belly!
  • Nammer
    NammerJuly 10, 2014
    Great Rooftop, be sure to try the shumai.
  • Departure
    DepartureJune 19, 2014
    So sorry for any inconvenience but we are closed this evening! See you tomorrow!
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    On the rooftop of The Nines Hotel. One of the best views of the city, but super douchy crowd. Good Asian inspired food though.
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya ReynoldsFebruary 16, 2014
    Pork belly will change your life
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HFebruary 6, 2014
    Beautiful views and the Tasho Macho is spicy good ;)
  • Billy S.
    Billy SountornsornDecember 27, 2013
    Crazy 88 is a delish cocktail!
  • Jacob H.
    Jacob HalesSeptember 7, 2013
    Kick-ass open rooftop lounge.
  • Sai S.
    Sai SundarSeptember 3, 2013
    Make sure to call and book ahead - this place is packed !!
  • Gina H.
    Gina HarrisonAugust 28, 2013
    Amazing service and food was delish!
  • sonai p.
    sonai perezAugust 16, 2013
    It looks like a space station in here
  • SELF Magazine
    SELF MagazineAugust 12, 2013
    With a maritime theme and a view of the ever-majestic Mount Hood, the lounge atop the Nines Hotel is the coolest spot in Portland.
  • Anastasia X.
    Anastasia XJuly 20, 2013
    Felt like I was stepping into the "End of Line" club. Fantastic looking bar with a very yummy specialty cocktail list (made with drinking vinegars). Must check out the rooftop view.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 14, 2013
    Outdoor drinking at its finest: Watch the sun go down over an amazing view of Portland--knock back a cocktail.
  • Wen B.
    Wen BJune 9, 2013
    Ask for vegan and gluten free menus, so many choices pick and choose off either menu. Yummy
  • Laura B.
    Laura BeckMay 28, 2013
    Get the brussels sprouts, tempeh bun, and noochi sushi!
  • graceface k.
    graceface killaMay 28, 2013
    Jameson and ginger beer- you'll thank me later.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LinMay 25, 2013
    Great view from above
  • kate s.
    kate shitspatrickMay 17, 2013
    One of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at....two words...BLANCHED WATERMELON! Lisa is the best hostess in town and oh Kerry's not a bad bloke either. Beautiful sunsets here.
  • Chinky C.
    Chinky ChinkininiApril 20, 2013
    Seek Kat or Sheila as your server. Theyve been here the longest.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissApril 17, 2013
    There's something very Starship Enterprise about this place, albeit with sweeping views of downtown Portland and surrounds and solid cocktails. Great pick for a fancy night out.
  • Urban Farmer
    Urban FarmerApril 4, 2013
    We're often jealous of our upstairs neighbor's stellar views!
  • Kaitlyn H.
    Kaitlyn HurtMarch 31, 2013
    Try sitting on the patio during the summer! Great views!
  • Nicelle H.
    Nicelle HerronMarch 15, 2013
    Great view but I wouldn't go here unless you really wanted to meet a basketball player or feel like you're hanging in an airplane.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GillespieJanuary 16, 2013
    Avoid ... Avoid ... Avoid! The cocktails are terrible. You have been warned.
  • Priya B.
    Priya BDecember 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Peking duck was great, definitely give it a try if you have a group of around 3-5 people.
  • Shane B.
    Shane BaileyNovember 9, 2012
    Enjoyed Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll!
  • Paul F.
    Paul FenwickNovember 9, 2012
    Courtesy Vegan Portland by Natalie N.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HiemenzOctober 21, 2012
    Get there before 6pm for the drink specials ( wine, saki, beer, and cocktail of the day) for less $!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HiemenzOctober 21, 2012
    Order the fantastic vegan sushi, the curry is so good, tempeh, mushrooms, and make sure to save room for the AMAZING vegan desserts. Service is also excellent.
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HiemenzOctober 21, 2012
    Vegans this is where it's at. They have a dedicated vegan and (and also a dedicated gluten free menu) so you actually get full selections not just that one choice like at most restaurants.
    Upvoted Sep 3
  • John B.
    John BergquistSeptember 30, 2012
    #DDOsafehouse a perfect spy perch #thedirectorate
  • Gene D.
    Gene DexterSeptember 30, 2012
    Try the chicken samosas
  • Rob. A.
    Rob. ArrAugust 7, 2012
    Ask to see the Vegan menu & hope you get Kylie as your server (she is amazing and great with kids). Ask her about the time she saw D. Beckham @the bar.
  • Johnny I.
    Johnny IglehartMay 11, 2012
    If the weather is nice and you want to sit outside, don't arrive any later than 4:01pm
  • ELS Language Centers
    Located on top of the Nines Hotel in Pioneer Square, this is a great place for happy hour and a wonderful view of the city.
  • Robert T.
    Robert ThomsenMay 6, 2012
    The sashimi kampachi is excellent!
  • Viet N.
    Viet NguyenApril 12, 2012
    Pork belly kim chee fried rice is the best
  • PDXHappyHour G.
    A Perfect Ten Happy Hour! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Heads up -- kind of fancy. Asian food slant. Best-ever outdoor rooftop deck!! Find more Happy Hour BESTS in the Happy Hour Guidebook! http://bit.ly/jxrLJ
  • Patrick A.
    Patrick AlgyerFebruary 14, 2012
    Spring rolls are to die for!!!!!
  • Moira L.
    Moira LynchFebruary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Family style dining-- order a handful of goodies & share with everyone!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PadgettJanuary 31, 2012
    Tip: bring your own bottle corking fee 15 bucks. Pop bottles ;)
  • Darrin Q.
    Darrin QuillenJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive, place to be seen, but the most un-Portland of places when you want to feel like you're somewhere else.
  • Alex L.
    Alex LaughnanJanuary 5, 2012
    Get a delicious martini :D
  • Todd G.
    Todd G.December 31, 2011
    Douchiest place in Portland. Seriously.
  • Louis B.
    Louis BerkowitzDecember 28, 2011
    Oh man the shitake roll
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºDecember 27, 2011
    STRICT hat policy!! These jerks wouldn't even let me in with a hat when I told them I had a growth and was embarrassed to take it off... And it was 30 mins before closing, with my family...real asses
  • kathleen f.
    kathleen fitzgeraldDecember 6, 2011
    amazing view!
  • amy D.
    amy DubinOctober 27, 2011
    Worth it for the view if it's a nice day. Food is okay at happy hour, but I wouldn't pay more for it. I like to go there if I have to wait awhile for a MAX or bus at Pioneer Square, just below.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerOctober 7, 2011
    Opens at 4pm on the dot. Great for picking at a series of small plates and enjoying a bottle of champagne. Can be a great date venue, if you're willing to splurge.
  • Sean P.
    Sean PaisantAugust 25, 2011
    Happy hour Menu changed. Prices are same but portions got smaller. Also food wasnt as good. Think ill stick to going for the view and drinks.
  • Corinne S.
    Corinne SchmidtAugust 21, 2011
    Pork belly is delicious.
  • Jacky B.
    Jacky BJuly 27, 2011
    The Maguro Karai roll was excellent!
  • Krys R.
    Krys RonquilloJuly 6, 2011
    Check out the Jane Jetson uniforms and enjoy the gorgeous view of Portland.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MJune 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathrooms could be cleaner - I hope management reads this!
  • The P.
    The PortlanderApril 23, 2011
    The patio is the place to be when the weather is good.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RileyApril 10, 2011
    Departure...the place you can't wait to leave.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RileyApril 10, 2011
    How many girls get Rufied here a year?
  • Jen H.
    Jen HarrisApril 3, 2011
    But...small portions and the eggwhite omlette is very oily. There is almost no mushrooms or leaks in it. Not imppressed.
  • Jen H.
    Jen HarrisApril 3, 2011
    Great atmosphere, yummy calamari
  • Monica G.
    Monica GuerraFebruary 19, 2011
    Worst service ever!
  • dj clint kuper
    dj clint kuperFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great views!
  • Extreme Road Trip
    Extreme Road TripJanuary 31, 2011
    Sit outside for the best views
  • @mrfboyer
    @mrfboyerJanuary 22, 2011
    Meatballs & pork rolls are the cats meow!
  • aaronpk
    aaronpkNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Murai Family Genshu. A strong sake!
  • Rebecca G.
    Rebecca GOctober 22, 2010
    Tempura Calimari is like Buffalo calimari. But in a good way.
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DonnellyFebruary 18, 2010
    Gorgeous atmosphere and amazing drinks. The setting is unlike anyother place in Portland and has an amazing view of the city.
  • Aysia W.
    Aysia WrightFebruary 13, 2010
    A little pre-birthday revelry
  • Rachel N.
    Rachel NeillDecember 4, 2009
    Venture out to the deck w/ panoramic views of Ptown!
  • Amber C.
    Amber C.August 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Go here and do things appropriate to the venue.
  • Akshay D.
    Akshay DodejaJune 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    White wine love? get the Viognier. cheers!
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