Le Pigeon

French Restaurant$$$$
Buckman, Portland
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  • Kate Y.
    "Make reservations well in advance and get the chef's tasting menu."(16 Tips)
    Caleb W.
    "The seared foie gras and foie gras ice cream are both amazing."(20 Tips)
    CITY GRIT
    "Chef Gabriel Rucker is one of our favorite chefs!"(4 Tips)
    Josh W.
    "tasting menu with the wine pairings."(4 Tips)
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  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainSeptember 4
    Keep it simple and delicious. Go for the tasting menu if this is your first time.
  • Gabe S.
    Gabe SumnerSeptember 4
    The 7 course tasting menu was one of the best meals I've had in my life.
  • Marcella S.
    The Prawn Procuitto Benedict is superb!!
  • Wilson F.
    Real artistry here, but tilted towards the front end of the menu rather than the main courses and desserts. Superb truffle dumpling and other joys to start. Namesake pigeon was disappointing.
  • Benjamin K.
    Benjamin KintnerFebruary 28
    Excellent service and very good food, but the dishes tend to be overwrought. Too many elements competing for attention on the plate. The desserts tho are simple, decadent standouts.
  • Caleb W.
    Caleb WangFebruary 21
    Get the tasting menu but expect to leave really full. The seared foie gras and foie gras ice cream are both amazing.
  • Nick C.
    Nick CorichOctober 5, 2016
    Don't order the 7-course tasting. It was gratuitous - portions too large, no rhythm to courses, only meat and starch. We sent back half eaten plates every dish. I would go back for an à la carte meal
  • Jesse G.
    Jesse GrantJune 4, 2016
    Brisket with strawberry rhubarb sauce and slaw! OMG so good!
  • Kirs P.
    Kirs PMay 13, 2016
    If you get the 7 course menu you will leave fat and happy. And tipsy, if you opt for the wine pairing. Oh, and sit at the bar overlooking the kitchen.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PApril 23, 2016
    Intimate and cozy dining room with an open kitchen.
  • Leila R.
    Leila Reeder-EsparzaDecember 18, 2015
    BEST. DINNER. EVER. We got the 7 course tasting menu and it was worth every penny. You need to get the foie gras ice cream puffs because they're out of this WORLD!
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangNovember 23, 2015
    7 course tasting is the way to go. Interestingly, the meal does not involve any bread courses. 5 savory, 1 cheese, 1 sweet - absolutely no need for the wine pairing. Get a pFriem beer or wine instead.
  • Heather D.
    Heather DuntonOctober 28, 2015
    Tasting menu
  • Spencer J.
    Spencer JanykSeptember 23, 2015
    Great food, nice people.
  • Reinaldo P.
    Reinaldo ParreirasSeptember 20, 2015
    Burger followed by foie gras profiteroles. Perfect night.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanAugust 24, 2015
    Make reservations well in advance and get the chef's tasting menu. Each meal ends with a foie gras ice cream puff which is unexpectedly delicious.
  • Bryce R.
    Bryce RobertsJuly 23, 2015
    Starters are stronger than mains. If they're serving the rabbit pie with mustard ice cream you must get it!
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy McCrayJuly 23, 2015
    Sit at the counter and watch the chefs cook.
  • Teresa
    TeresaJune 19, 2015
    Tasting menu. Hands down. One of the best places in Portland.
  • Priyanka K.
    Priyanka KanseMay 15, 2015
    They were really accommodating to all the allergies at the table. The angel hair pasta was incredible. BUT it feels a bit past its prime
  • Mary-Lauren S.
    Try the pigeon . . . you won't regret it.
  • Vinmania
    VinmaniaMay 10, 2015
    Tasting menu
  • Sultan
    SultanApril 29, 2015
    Order everything, eat everything, and leave happy.
  • Ana Q.
    Ana QuiñonesMarch 11, 2015
    Three words: foie gras profiteroles. Eat them!
  • Raquel M.
    Raquel MunozMarch 9, 2015
    Everything was delicious: foie, wine, fish and creme brûlée.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChenJanuary 26, 2015
    This is a must. Get a reservation. Communal dining table.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmSeptember 17, 2014
    Try your best to save some room for dessert.
  • Laura G.
    Laura GSeptember 14, 2014
    Tasting menu is a great deal.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MorliniSeptember 9, 2014
    Tasting menu
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Le Pigeon as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 24, 2014
    The rabbit will blow you away. Make reservations ahead of time!
  • Christian T.
    Christian TrappAugust 23, 2014
    Incredible!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Chef Chris DiMinno eats here on his nights off. He loves the Honey bacon apricot cornbread w/ maple ice cream. Read more
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    The Butterscotch Pot de Crème is unreal!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Chef Gabriel Rucker is one of our favorite chefs! If you don’t do a tasting menu, make sure you order the Beef Cheek Bourguignon and the Garganelli!
  • Maha
    MahaJune 24, 2014
    Worth the wait. Flavorful, inventive food and stellar service. Shawn the maître d was so helpful to us out of towners. I hope we can see an offshoot in NYC!
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 5, 2014
    Grab a seat at the bar of James Beard Award–winning chef Gabriel Rucker’s kitchen to watch cooks turn out meat-centric platters including squab, served here with kumquats and charred marrowbone.
  • Sally Y.
    Sally YoonApril 16, 2014
    get the chef's tasting menu to try all of their signature dishes. if you're not feeling that, def get the duck confit and foie gras profiteroles
  • Jenny
    JennyMarch 24, 2014
    The duck with hummus was the best thing we had here, and the hazelnut cake with rhubarb was the best dessert. The foie gras profiterole was only okay.
  • Wine R.
    Wine RocksFebruary 25, 2014
    A superb dining experience on every level. You can not eat here once, there are too many items that must be tasted!!!
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    One of the more expensive restaurants in Portland, but also one of the best. Chef Gabriel Rucker won last year's James Beard Northwest Award and the James Beard Best Rising Star Chef Award in 2011.
  • John T.
    John The BastardNovember 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Eat everything. All of it. Every single dish.
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WoolfOctober 20, 2013
    Do NOT leave without trying the Foie Gras Profiteroles with Caramel Sauce and Sea Salt...MANDATORY (this coming from someone who doesn't even really love desert)
  • Dan S.
    Dan SteinOctober 14, 2013
    Holy shit.
  • Xande M.
    Xande MacedoSeptember 21, 2013
    Abacore Crudo and the Grilled Lamb Shoulder were terrific. Get it.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChanJuly 7, 2013
    Space is small. Only 3 tables in the entire place (2 short tables, 1 long table. Don't expect any intimacy or privacy unless your group can fill the entire table.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LinMay 27, 2013
    Damn amazing!!!! If you're in portland don't skip this place. Try the tasting menus
  • Sean L.
    Sean LiMay 22, 2013
    Duuuuuude foie gras profiteroles with caramel + sea salt ftw
  • BillysBurgerBlog.com
    Le Pigeon Burger
  • Catherine H.
    Catherine HughesMay 16, 2013
    The chef gabriel rucker is a genius!
  • Luis F.
    Luis FreitasApril 28, 2013
    The Foie Gras Profiteroles are sinfully amazing. Do yourself a favor and order them!
  • Laurence P.
    Laurence PaverdApril 8, 2013
    One of the best & most memorable meals of my life.
  • Tela A.
    Tela AndrewsApril 5, 2013
    They serve the catch of the day garnished with bottarga. You won't get the same umami flavor any other way. Its hard to find and worth it!
  • M.G. S.
    M.G. SieglerMarch 29, 2013
    Foie Gras.
  • Jared G.
    Jared GreenFebruary 17, 2013
    Very cool place its has a small bistro feel but with very high end food on par with many 3 star Michelin restaurants
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YFebruary 5, 2013
    The Portland Foodie Rite of Passage. Have not been, but this is the place the chowhounds will send you.
  • Terence L.
    Terence LauJanuary 18, 2013
    If you didn't order the foie gras profiteroles you have failed - go back and try again.
  • Matt
    MattDecember 17, 2012
    Do the chef's tasting or do the burger. Anything else just doesn't do it justice.
  • Irena C.
    Irena CJuly 28, 2012
    Great burger...pickled onions are perfect on it. Mashed potatoes with the beef is a new addition and a great one. Summer of Riesling is a good deal. All three are tasty.
  • Alex
    AlexJuly 24, 2012
    This was the best food I have had in a long time! To die for! Everything was flawless! The chicken, summer "thanksgiving" both were phenomenal!!
  • Of a Kind
    Of a KindJuly 10, 2012
    Local jewelry phenom Sara Dudzinky, of brand "better late than never," claims this spot to be her favorite in Portland! Check out these awesome Ocean Quill Studs by Sara for OfaKind.com! Read more
  • Dan V.
    Dan VJune 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If I had $10 left to my name I'd come here for the bacon waffle and then take my chances with the world.
  • Jhoana O.
    Jhoana OJune 13, 2012
    Foie monte cristo. Smoked rabbit pie. Foie profiteroles.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LeeJune 4, 2012
    Our waitress insisted that I have the Rabbit Pie as an entree. I did not regret it for a second.
  • Amanda
    AmandaMay 25, 2012
    Try the 4-6 course tasting menu! It is seriously the best I've seen in a while. Visited from Seattle, and we didn't want to leave!
  • Pam K.
    Pam KJanuary 23, 2012
    Loved the elephant fish and crab appetizer. The creme brûlée was ridiculous.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WillsDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If Gabe Rucker is there and your stomach/wallet is up for it, ask for the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings.
  • Brent
    BrentNovember 8, 2011
    Foie Gras Profiteroles are a must-have!
  • Rob L.
    Rob LoweOctober 9, 2011
    Sit at the bar and watch the magic from the open kitchen. Great food and ambiance.
  • Willamette Week
    Willamette WeekAugust 24, 2011
    WW's Restaurant Guide 2010: "...layering complementary flavors and textures in clever combinations, as in the foie gras au torchon, an appetizer of warm scallion pancakes, hot cherry vermouth jam...
  • Peter Y.
    Peter YangAugust 3, 2011
    Sweetbreads, cheeks, and the burger. They also do wine pairings.
  • Dustin W.
    Dustin WhittleJuly 29, 2011
    Try the tasting menu. It's amazing.
  • Portlandia
    PortlandiaJuly 26, 2011
    Diners can’t stop talking about their meals at this restaurant.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Please don't leave without ordering, finishing and thinking long and hard about the Honey Bacon Apricot Cornbread w/Maple Ice Cream. If you snag one of those elusive burgers, thank your lucky stars. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    You’ll find pickled onions on your burger and foie gras in your profiterole, but also some killer fried green tomatoes on your pork belly and a really good chicken-under-a-brick. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Portland Monthly
    Portland MonthlyNovember 4, 2010
    At 29, Gabriel Rucker is a Portland original whose ideas have crackled into something electric. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 21, 2010
    Late night and limited-edition burgers are so popular! Gabriel Rucker, of Le Pigeon, only serves ten burgers a night. You can order one in advance when you make a reservation.
  • Nick
    NickJune 21, 2010
    go eat here
  • Steven M.
    Steven MillerMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bacon or foie gras for dessert? YES!!!!!
  • Greg J.
    Greg JonesFebruary 10, 2010
    My longtime fav. in Portland. Read more
  • T. Alden W.
    T. Alden WaageAugust 7, 2009
    Best Hamburger I've ever had.
  • Tomoyuki T.
    最高の店。ポートランドに行くなら、必ずまた行きたい。
  • Tutta K.
    Tutta KarlsonOctober 31, 2014
    Интересная кухня, стоит хоть раз сходить. Место хоть и крутое, но пускают в джинсах-кедах. Столик лучше бронировать заранее, а то прийдется ждать пару часов в ближайшем баре :)
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