Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine."
As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual café and bar.
Surprising and delicious describes the Modern Northwest cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, so come in and enjoy Chef Chris Carriker's seasonally inspired menu.
Modern European, Mediterranean, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 6:30pm,
Saturday 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Cafe/bar open after dinner until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
L'Heure Bleue is the private room at Bluehour that can accommodate up to 60 people for a seated dinner or up to 100 people for a cocktail style reception on any occasion. Private Event Manager: Alice Price
Valet parking is $6.00 and is offered after 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday evenings, at the corner of NW 13th and Everett St.
On all other evenings, street parking is available. Please call for garage recommendations.
Bluehour is located three blocks west of the NW 10th and Everett stop of the Portland Street Car.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Whether planning an elegant social affair or searching for a unique venue for a corporate meeting or outing, Bluehour offers professional catering services to ensure that the vision of your event comes to life. Available: full bar service, specialty cocktails, AV capabilities and personalized menus
Bluehour Ratings and Reviews
Fantastic! The food is inventive and the ...
Fantastic! The food is inventive and the service was exceptional! Great ambiance and not overly pricey for what you get. Don't miss this place!
We went here for prom and it was wonderf ...
We went here for prom and it was wonderful! Such a great feel to Bluehour, and the servers were friendly, energetic, and very helpful :) The food was great as well! We all shared food and I every single one of the starters, salads, entrees, and desserts I got to taste were fantastic. I'm very happy with how our evening at Bluehour went!
Meal was good, especially the beets, but ...
Meal was good, especially the beets, but simply put, way overpriced.
Always a pleasure but they took it up a ...
Always a pleasure but they took it up a notch for Mother's Day brunch. Plenty of amazing food for the price.
The best Mothers Day Brunch I've had in ...
The best Mothers Day Brunch I've had in a long time. Pricey, but food was outstanding.
We had an incredible meal, service and o ...
We had an incredible meal, service and overall experience. It exceeded my expectations!
Normally one of the best in town. Must o ...
Normally one of the best in town. Must of come on an rare off night. The air was bad. Warm. Muggy. Sweaty. The air was not being circulated at all, very warm and Muggy and uncomfortable.
Sitting outside on a gorgeous day people ...
Sitting outside on a gorgeous day people-watching with great drinks (French 57 perfect on a sunny day). The Caesar salad was the best! It's a little pretentious and definitely spendy....so take advantage of happy hour!
Gone downhill - very disappointing!
Losing Chef Koi appears to be fatal for Bluehour. This used to be a consistently wonderful dining experience. Something has happened to kill the soul of the restaurant. No more valet parking, No Chef Koi, one of the great chefs in Portland. Mediocre food, amateurish service. Well intentioned but poorly trained staff. No reason to return, ever. Very disappointing.
Original presentation, excellent and ver ...
Original presentation, excellent and very fresh
From the minute we walked in, it was clear that customer satisfaction is important to the staff. The service was excellent throughout, the food and drinks were very good and the atmosphere was elegant. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Great Dinner Experience
We have been to Bluehour before and had the same outstanding meal and service that we experienced in the past.
Food is delicious! Service is very atten ...
Food is delicious! Service is very attended.
The potato soup was to die for , steelhead trout fresh and delicious with innovative greens. Cesar salad absolutely perfectly balanced. Do not miss dessert ! It is a foodies paradise!
We've eaten at Bluehour several times now, and have always had a wonderful dining experience.
Best food I have eaten in years!
The rabbit was the service was slow at first but worth the wait!
A+ Restaurant, through & through!
This was our first time dining at Bluehour, and the entire meal was amazing. Top to bottom, start to finish, handled by pros. The food was excellent (why isn't beet shortbread an every day thing?!? Mindblowingly good), the ambiance was so nice and the ability to have a conversation with our friend visiting from out of town was excellent. A place that truly cares about their guests having a positive experience. How refreshing in a city where too many places act like you should feel lucky just to be a part of their pretentious scene. Bluehour is none of that, just focusing on top shelf food, service, and atmosphere. We will most certainly be back, and will spread the word about how great Bluehour is.
Wonderful romantic restaurant with fabul ...
Wonderful romantic restaurant with fabulous food and great service. Menu changes daily. A favorite for a date night.
Not like it used to be
I have been to Bluehour a few times in the past and enjoyed the food and ambiance but things have changed. I was expecting the food to be amazing and it was just OK and slightly over salted. Service was good but a bit slow. For the money and the reputation, I was expecting a bit more of an impressive experience.
Need more menu items.
I've eaten at Blue Hour a couple of times before, the food was good. However, the menu this time did not afford a lot of options. There were no chicken entrees. The menu was filled with Rabbit, Veal, Lamb and Foui Gras. All a little eccentric for most eaters. There were no true salads, we ordered beets that the waitress said was kind of like a salad as it came with some type of lettuce that I've never heard of, very arugula-like. There turned out to be only 2 small pieces of this lettuce. The food that we did order was good but not great. I think that 3x is enough for me with this restaurant.
Great Date Destination!
We had not had dinner here for several years even though we live in the neighborhood. It was an exceptional fine dining experience!! Portions are a bit light so order an appetizer, salad and you will have plenty of room for desert. Everything was fresh and seasonal. We will not wait years to return!
elegant and refined
Enjoyed Blue Hour. Heard it had gone up and down. Thought food was elegant and cared-for. Not hip or happening. More New York than portland in a positive way.
What Happened to Bluehour?
To say we were shocked doesn't even begin to cover our feelings. We have been regulars at Bluehour since around 2005. We had not been there in a year. While we felt it may have dropped off a little in the last few years, this was unbelievable. It took 40 minutes for my wife and her friend to get their first drink. They no longer have valet. After the guys finally arrived it was another 35 minutes until we ordered. Five meals. I thought mine was not good, but everyone else agree that actually mine was the best. The manager came by and asked us how things were, we let him know they were pretty bad. He didn't see to concerned.
Great quality of food. Portion size too ...
Great quality of food. Portion size too small.
Family Get Together
We dined late (8:30pm) on a Monday night; thus, not sure if the noise level would be "quiet" on any other evening or time. The dining area was beautiful! The food was creative and spectacular!
Good for a business meal
The food menu is somewhat small, but there is a good wine selection. All the food items that we had were very tasty, and everyone in our party including those from out of town enjoyed it.
Portland Dining Month
Tried it with the dining month special. W everything was wonderful, the food, the low noise level, the atmosphere and the service. Will be back for sure!
Food was fine, but ultimately forgettable
Bluehour is exactly what you can expect from a fine European dining restaurant. The food, for the most part, was good, but not memorable in the least. The best dish was the himachi appetizer, but the main course, a polenta dish with mushrooms, was sorely underseasoned and considering the large portion size got boring very quickly. Our waitress, however, was incredibly friendly and the cocktails were great.
Our server was obviously inexperienced , we ordered drinks and we were not asked if we would like another, the meal flowed with servers from the kitchen delivering each coarse so I'm not clear on her exact function but this falls back to management in allowing this to happen. We did ask for a latte but we're told the machine was not functioning yet I did see coffee being delivered to tables again no offering. Food is great but Bluehour is in need of training their staff in being polite and courteous .
This has always been a special place for us. Last Saturday evening, the atmosphere and the service were superb but the food barely reached 2 star I have always loved the selection of entrees and was under impressed that the entree offerings had little variety. My lamb was so tough I only ate one small piece. My partner ordered the Suckling Pig. It definitely did not in any way resemble this amazing dish. It was small pieces of pork, most of them tough. It could have been more truthfully called "random pieces of unevenly prepared pork" We ordered carrot cake, a lovely traditional dessert and were presented with pieces of tasteless, dry carrot cake scattered around the dessert plate, saved only by a dollop of ice cream. Not sure when, if ever we select Blue Hour again
Great wine selection but food not worth the price
We tasted several different wines and thought they were great. The setting is very romantic and we were instantly pleased. The issue we had was with the food. As vegetarians, we had a very limited selection but chose happily from that. When we were told that none of the three options were available, we opted for a modification in another pasta dish without complaint. The entree we received was alright for pasta, but definitely not worth the bill that it came with. We felt the same about the two appetizers we tried. Alright, but not enough to justify the price. We may come back for a glass of wine in a nice atmosphere but we won't be purchasing any more food.
As always we were extremely happy! We di ...
As always we were extremely happy! We dined with friends who had never been to Bluehour and they enjoyed it tremendously, I took advantage of the Dining Out menu of asparagus salad, trout and panna cotta, delicious! My partner had marinated mussels and lamb, again delicious! Our friends had oyster, beet salad, lamb, gnocchi and the deconstructed cheesecake. Our wine choices were fantastic as well. It's always a pleasure at Bluehour.
We went as part of Portland dining month ...
We went as part of Portland dining month and greatly enjoyed all three courses.
I was in a group of five and suggested dining here. It was my first visit and thought the ambience was perfect. The beet salad I ordered was fair, it needs some acidity for contrast. My steelhead entree was salty and it was the only flavored imparted in the dish. It came on a plate smeared with a black swoosh, its flavor undetectable. The small shriveled fiddlehead ferns were the accompaniment. I had high hopes for dessert and ordered the apple tart. It was misrepresented as the apple portion was a small cold disk, mushy in texture, with some savory pastry disks scattered on the plate. No one wanted to complain and ruin an evening of pleasant conversation but no one thought their meal to be outstanding either. I was very disappointed, especially since the prices are mid to high. Our wine was the best part of the meal.
Overall the food was good, however it wa ...
Overall the food was good, however it was not necessarily a style I would choose to eat again.
After we sat down we were told we could not have the menu we reserved through Open Table. We asked to be served an equivalent menu but the manager refused. We asked him to make us a menu but refused. They said the only menu we could have was a $60 one. I questioned the ethics of the restaurant and asked for a written letter saying we were not served the menu we had reserved. They did. We were not going to go anywhere else at 8:30 PM, so we stayed and ended up paying $121 for 2 people (instead of twice $29). This restaurant used to be very attentive to its clients. We had been there before.
My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice place to dine in Portland and came across bluehour. From the moment we walked in the door until we left we were greeted with kind smiles! Once sat our waitress was quick to greet us and had some great recommendations on the menu (the chicken was fantastic). Our water glass never once hit empty! By the time dessert came around everything had been so good we were too full! We will definitely be returning, this time maybe to check out the happy hour!
Portland Restaurant Week
We arrived early and got a two person window seat. We chose the 3 course Restaurant special for $29 featuring fresh asparagus, trout, and a delightful lemon curd. We added marinated mussels appetizer which were melt in your mouth. Add a cocktail and a glass of wine and we were off to theater. Great friendly prompt service at all times. Can't be beat!
First, our wait person was great! I've seen reviews complaining about the service and this was definitely not our experience. Everyone was friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. We had the tasting menu. Everything was fantastic! My husband doesn't care for oysters: Yay! More for me! It evened out with the elk tartare. The only thing that didn't work was whatever they were trying to do with the dessert foie gras.
Great meal, great service!
Our dining experience at bluehour was fantastic. The server was knowledgeable about dishes for which we had questions. At first we wanted the tasting menu, but I am pregnant and after discussing it with the chef, decided there weren't enough options for me to warrant ordering that menu that particular evening. The chef felt bad to disappoint and sent out a few extras I could have. He also said to call in advance next time and he could make accommodations for my dietary restrictions. We felt like that was way above and beyond the call of duty. He didn't take all of my questions as a pain or picky dinner, but expressed genuine concern. It was our anniversary and it was romantic and special. Get the pastrami foie gras if it's in season (like most of their menu)...so good!
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