Little Bird Bistro

French Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonOctober 3
    The bone marrow is delicious - as bone marrow usually is...but it has a twist with octopus and cilantro which makes me want to order it again. The dble Brie burger is $6 for HH
  • Cusp25
    Cusp25August 26
    Halibut fish special- delicious
  • Dan S.
    Go early for a seat without a reservation.
  • Nidhi K.
    Nidhi KayApril 19
    Really great food, recommend lamb shank
  • Maggie W.
    Wonderful food! Great service,
  • Merve A.
    Merve AJanuary 29
    Everything I ate was a blast. Definitely have a look at the desert menu.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 5
    Their baked mac and cheese is made with a blend of white cheddar, Gruyère cheese and a rotating wild-card cheese that could be anything from goat to blue. We love living on the edge. Read more
  • Lu B.
    Lu B.December 27, 2016
    Closed for the winter season holidays!
  • 💕Linds💕
    💕Linds💕November 21, 2016
    Service and food were amazing. The special of the night was scallops - totally worth it.
  • Roger .
    Roger 💾November 7, 2016
    Happy. Hour. Burger.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HuffordOctober 28, 2016
    Do Happy Hour! The menu during HH is really discounted!
  • Jake C.
    Jake CohenSeptember 5, 2016
    Best meal I've had in a while.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenAugust 31, 2016
    the entire menu is amazing. my favorites were the bone marrow appetizer and the steak frites as a main, but you really can't go wrong. go with a group so you can order lots of starters :)
    Upvoted Oct 19
  • Hailey N.
    Hailey NguyenAugust 13, 2016
    Get the duck breast, you won't regret it!
  • Michelle G.
    Michelle GriffingJuly 11, 2016
    The Chicken fried TROUT... I'm smiling right now!
  • Carrie B.
    Carrie BevisJune 6, 2016
    Intimate setting with a delicious and authentic menu.
  • Terry S.
    Terry SobkowiakApril 22, 2016
    Try the salmon, excellent
  • Melon L.
    Melon LMarch 23, 2016
    Happy hour is amazing here. Get here before 5 and order the double Brie burger. It won't disappoint, especially at $5.
  • Kat .
    Kat 🐱March 23, 2016
    Bone marrow!
  • Janina B.
    Janina BrowneMarch 2, 2016
    Happy hour!!! Amazing double Brie burger, fries, bacon clam chowder and macaroni and cheese for $21.
  • Eri V.
    Eri VacorFebruary 9, 2016
    Everything was great!
  • Al B.
    Al B.January 1, 2016
    Also look into Le Pigeon as well
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy ChengOctober 5, 2015
    Truffled Foie Gras Au Torchon is amazing.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartAugust 9, 2015
    Try the foie gras torchon, brioche bread pudding and duck confit. Plates are generous!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiJuly 31, 2015
    Delicious food great happy hour (and late night happy hour 10 on)! The burger is amazing! And for $5 at HH you can't beat it! Try the Siesta cocktail. Delicious!
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyJune 29, 2015
    One of the best meals I've had in Portland. Super great quail, and friendly service. A bit spendy, but you get more than you expect. Large portions without being overwhelming. Take a date and enjoy
  • Dëva H.
    Dëva HolikMay 25, 2015
    Authentic French food. Can't go wrong with the foie gras or the cassoulet; if they have the pork stew it's light and warming. Deserts are home made and drinks are refreshing.
  • Jared
    JaredMay 1, 2015
    Amazing dinner. Superb service and a nice atmosphere. Use OpenTable to reserve your dinner!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniApril 22, 2015
    Amazing sandwiches. Ham and Gruyere is fantastic for only $9.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonNovember 18, 2014
    Salty and a bit disappointing. Good cocktails though
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveOctober 27, 2014
    The burger at happy hour is realllllly good
  • huiline
    huilineOctober 26, 2014
    Write off: How did James Beard award winner go so wrong. Poor service and even worse food.
  • huiline
    huilineOctober 7, 2014
    Bread, butter which is not made in house but local Oregon and chicken liver mousse.
  • huiline
    huilineOctober 7, 2014
    Open seats and they decide to seat my wife and I next to the bathroom. Only thing that stood out was the chicken liver mousse. Most of the food was pedestrian. They need more substance for the price.
  • Zac S.
    Zac SniderOctober 6, 2014
    The ribeye was cooked to the chef's recommendation was perfect... So big, but perfect. Late night romantic looking spot but supposedly a good lunch early in the day also.
  • Katie L.
    Katie LevineSeptember 5, 2014
    Pork belly is delicious
  • Michael H.
    Michael HarrisonSeptember 3, 2014
    I'm not clear on all thee great reviews. Although I don't get the burger. Service was less than good. A smile isn't the only thing you need. Food is boring and bland.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Ken Forkish, chef of Ken's Artisan Bakery, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Fried cod sandwich. Read more
  • John M.
    John MimsAugust 14, 2014
    Good is great. Wannabe hipster douche factor very high
  • John L.
    John LagoAugust 12, 2014
    The burger is a serious standout here. Get it with the foie gras, you won't regret it.
  • Stephen Y.
    Stephen YamadaAugust 12, 2014
    Great for special occasions, I actually cried when I tried the cremé brûlée
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    We swooned over the Radicchio with Almond Vinaigrette, the Chicken for Two, and the Chickpea Crepe!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CokerJuly 21, 2014
    Happened to visit during happy hour, and was pleasantly surprised to get such top-notch food at very low prices. Cheese plate, olives and fresh bread were all delicious! Cute atmosphere, too.
  • Caitie R.
    Caitie RMay 30, 2014
    Good macarons, but very tiny! That's why you can get a dozen for only $6.
  • Ted G.
    Ted GMay 15, 2014
    There is incredible talent in the kitchen at this restaurant . The Charcuterie plate was one of the finest flavour experiences I have ever; EVER; had. Seriously.
  • Andrea
    AndreaMay 9, 2014
    Best cheese plate I've had in a long time. Everything we ordered was delicious! Whole trout is a must! Gnocchi, warm lentil salad - amazing!!!
  • Juan B.
    The Butter lettuce salad is fantastic! All was very good.
  • Chris T.
    Chris T❗️February 24, 2014
    Burger is recommended
  • GNTLMN
    GNTLMNFebruary 19, 2014
    Love this restaurant. Little sister of Le Pigeon, one of Portland's best restaurants. Open until midnight and usually not a long wait.
  • Allyson C.
    Allyson CaseyFebruary 4, 2014
    Charcuterie board is amazing. Get it! Great service, everything delicious.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 8, 2014
    Chef Erik Van Kley serves expertly prepared takes on Parisian bistro favorites like crispy veal sweetbreads, chicken liver mousse, and cassoulet; Nora Antene's desserts are tops. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Nader F.
    Nader FarzanOctober 26, 2013
    The housemade Picon rivals the real thing!
  • Charles D.
    Charles DodsonSeptember 30, 2013
    Get anything on the chalk board. Foie gras, oysters, charcuterie, cheese plate, marrow bones. It's all fantastic.
  • Josef P.
    Josef PfeifferSeptember 23, 2013
    A great french restaurant if you are looking for somewhere nice to have dinner.
  • Chrissa C.
    Chrissa ChaseSeptember 11, 2013
    You simply must
  • Rahul S.
    Rahul SenSeptember 6, 2013
    One of the best meals I've eaten in Portland. Get the pork shoulder and the charcuterie!
  • Da H.
    Da HaggisSeptember 3, 2013
    Have the pork cheek app. Amazing.
  • Rich N.
    Rich N.August 14, 2013
    Fantastic food, even if the service wasn't...!
  • DanieRae
    DanieRaeJuly 30, 2013
    Try the Snail & Roasted Garlic Tortellini
  • DanieRae
    DanieRaeJuly 30, 2013
    Try the Alaskan Ling Cod
  • Philip W.
    Philip WinslowJuly 30, 2013
    The snail tortellini and the goat cheese and lamb gnocchi are both out of control. You're crazy not to order. Ho Lee Fuk.
  • Billy T.
    Billy TerrellJuly 16, 2013
    The Havane (refreshing but not too sweet) and the Manhattan Nouveau (great twist on a classic) are excellent cocktail choices.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 25, 2013
    Le Pigeon’s more casual sister restaurant offers inventive bistro-style food, like citrus salmon carpaccio and charcuterie with sausage and quail egg.
    Upvoted Oct 2
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Au-YeungJune 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you don't do Little Bird when you visit Portland, I feel sorry for you. The food is amaze balls and consistent for 18 months and counting. For those at R/GA, JDI.
  • Lucas J.
    Lucas JohnsonJune 11, 2013
    The food is delicious.. Menu ranges from a king salmon special which was amazing to the popular pigeon burger which was very big and juicy.. Fairly priced and you will find something you will love
  • Jina A.
    Jina AnneMay 24, 2013
    Awesome foie!
  • Alexander G.
    Alexander GranholmMay 24, 2013
    The Pigeon Burger is as good as its reputation suggests. Truly excellent!
  • Joakim C.
    Joakim CalaisMay 24, 2013
    Really really good burgers!
  • Eater
    EaterApril 23, 2013
    Chef Erik Van Kley serves expertly prepared takes on Parisian bistro favorites like crispy veal sweetbreads, chicken liver mousse, and cassoulet; pastry chef Nora Antene's desserts are tops.
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MartensApril 3, 2013
    Amazing burger
  • Scott M.
    Scott MasonMarch 4, 2013
    Eric rocks a mean beard and great wine knowledge
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonJanuary 30, 2013
    Reflecting on a recent trip to PDX, this place stands out as my favorite restaurant by *far* and likely one of my all-time favorites
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanJanuary 29, 2013
    Note: Mac & Cheese
  • alba
    albaJanuary 4, 2013
    Marrow appetizer. Shut up and get it or you're an idiot.
  • Jing Z.
    Jing ZhangDecember 9, 2012
    Get the oysters and the butter lettuce salad.
  • James P.
    James PotterOctober 21, 2012
    Get the charcuterie plate. All in house creations that will make your taste buds go wild.
  • Jeanette D.
    Jeanette DunnSeptember 21, 2012
    Must try the black garlic crepe with green beans and crispy onions!!
  • Joe R.
    Joe RizkSeptember 14, 2012
    Pork Shoulder is one of the best meals I've ever had. Comes w onion rings and peach. Crab cake appetizer is also excellent (v spicy)
  • Kim
    KimJuly 22, 2012
    If u can't get a booking, seats are available at the bar. There are 2 at table height far left of the bar which are perfect. The French Sauvignon Blanc is really good. Try the Trout or Steak Bavette.
  • Waleska
    WaleskaJuly 10, 2012
    Le Pigeon Burger. Very good. Try it.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderJuly 8, 2012
    Their Manhattan Nouveau is not to be missed: 2 oz Old Grandad bourbon, 1 oz Bordeaux, 1/2 oz Benedictine (for replicating at home after you've been charmed here).
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HJune 6, 2012
    I enjoyed the burg...
  • Dave N.
    Dave NewmanMay 19, 2012
    Johnny might be gone but bartenders still know their shit and make great recommendations.
  • Farra T.
    Farra TrompeterMarch 12, 2012
    The Brussel sprouts are ridiculously delicious!
  • Paul W.
    Paul WillenbergFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They have boneluge.
  • Paul W.
    Paul WillenbergFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the salads but not the soggy fries.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RiveraFebruary 8, 2012
    Le Pigeon Burger is the best burger I've ever eaten.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SheaDecember 21, 2011
    Steak Tartare? Order fries.
  • David T.
    David ThomsonOctober 10, 2011
    Bone marrow, its a must
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistSeptember 21, 2011
    Try the much-sought meat, slaw & fried pickled onion on ciabatta melange known as the Le Pigeon burger. Read more
  • TravelOregon
    TravelOregonSeptember 8, 2011
    2011 James Beard Rising Star Chef Award Winner Gabe Rucker's latest restaurant. Be sure to save room after dinner for the tiny macarons that will come with your bill!
  • Cem U.
    Cem UnsalAugust 15, 2011
    the le piegeon burger was pretty good. not our of this world though. Read more
  • Janet J.
    Janet JohnsonJuly 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    sit at the bar and have the oysters and jambon sandwich with a Pinot Blanc. Summer love. Read more
  • Rich W.
    Rich WalterJune 11, 2011
    At least three beers on draft!
  • Scott T.
    Scott TanakaMarch 27, 2011
    Eat up at the bar with Johnny - great drinks and awesome food recommendations
  • Scott T.
    Scott TanakaMarch 27, 2011
    The best place to eat and drink
  • Scott O.
    Scott OMarch 26, 2011
    Frog legs. Yes.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HummerFebruary 4, 2011
    The crab and celery root remoulade is AMAZING - crisp and spicy with fresh crab. I could eat this every day with their fresh bread and a glass of wine and be happy.
  • Christiaan M.
    Christiaan McPhersonJanuary 8, 2011
    Now you can get a Pigeon burger without having to go east!
  • Dean R.
    Dean RodgersDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Foie Gras Torchon with quince jam and flat iron steak with marrow-butter fries and garlic were both insanely good. I expected it to be awesome and it was.
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