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
My wife, daughter and I were treated so ...
My wife, daughter and I were treated so warmly, professionally and kept amused all evening by Mr. Steele, an entertaining and knowledgeable person who waiting on us. He made our meals and features of plates and drink come alive for every course we ate. His ability to connect with the customer was excellent, and we all had instant rapport that made the evening more about the total experience as opposed to just the food. For the first time, in pairing wine, I've never had an explanation like the one Mr. Steele gave about the geology and meteorology of the region that influenced the wines we were sizing up to go with the meal. The context for each wine provided the input we needed to pick out the wine that went with our meal, perfectly. It was such a joy to have him as a waiter, and in fact, when we come back to town for our daughter's graduation next spring, he clinched our decision as to where to have the family and celebratory dinner. That is, if he's still working at Blue Hour next Spring!
From the food perspective, the first bites got the evening off to an inviting start, and the entrees of smoked roasted salmon and rich cheesy gnocci were delightful. Desserts were flavored perfectly with our wine; a wonderful end to a great evening.
The food had plus and minus. The squash ...
The food had plus and minus. The squash side dish with egg was amazingly good! The elk tartare was tasty, too. But, the flavor of the elk meat was masked by all the strong taste it was seasoned with. The first pork chop that came to the table was raw inside. The second one was cooked through but a little too well done. Prefer the well done over raw. The quail dish was also very good. The wine we selected was really, really good. We went to the winery the following day. Service was good. Thought the prices were a bit high.
I had dinner on Friday evening with thre ...
I had dinner on Friday evening with three other women. We are all professionals who travel extensively and eat in great restaurants all over the world. That said, we found the service strange. The waiter referred to us each of us and collectively as "MiLady(ies) throughout dinner.
It was off-putting to say the least. We wondered if perhaps his previous job was in a
Medieval-themed restaurant or if we had been transported to the Renaissance Faire.
In addition, when we asked him to let us pour the wine, he bristled and then left us alone for some time.
Otherwise, the meal and atmosphere was very enjoyable. We suggest that the wait staff be coached on how to treat all customers in a professional and sophisticated manner.
Brook is awesome and the wait staff was ...
Brook is awesome and the wait staff was so kind and brought us a little extra palette sampler - that made us feel so special. They knew it was our "long overdue date night" as a married couple with 2 young children. Thanks.
when our bread arrived cold we asked if ...
when our bread arrived cold we asked if it was supposed to be hot. It was, and it took 5 trips to get it warm! The food was good, the presentation was nice, but a bit over the top. Just because it's made of potato doesn't make it gnocchi!!!
Our server was really nice and professio ...
Our server was really nice and professional. But, overall, the service was extremely slow. I ordered a glass of wine and, after waiting, 15/20 minutes, I asked someone else. We had to ask for bread and salt and pepper. I do enjoy a slow pace meal but this seemed to drag on way too long. The restaurant was not very crowded to offset the slowness of the service.
Had asked for as quiet of spot as possib ...
Had asked for as quiet of spot as possible as 2 member of party were hard of hearing. Waiter at next table very loud. Very difficult for them to hear and enjoy conversation. Not appropriate for groups of 5 people where hearing is a problem. Management did come by after we commented on issue. Stated they would check back, never did.
Fabulous as always. the Beet salad was i ...
Fabulous as always. the Beet salad was impeccable with differing textures and flavors. Presentation out of this world. Loved the halibut "chicarones" as an amuse! Oregon albacore was great as well. Different than Ahi, sustainable, color and taste clearly showed its freshness. Service attentive but not intrusive. Love this place. Elegant yet accessible. Has not fallen off my list of great restaurants in Portland. Good job, Bruce. You are still an icon in the city.
I have eaten here a few times and always ...
I have eaten here a few times and always had great food. This time I got the steak, and it was perhaps the most awful steak I have ever eaten. I actually had to spit it into my napkin. It was all gristle. They cooked it too rare (still mooing I think), took it back (which I NEVER have sent food back in my life) it came back, and it still was gross. Of the two bites I took, both ended up in my napkin. Server was great, great atmosphere, generally great food.
We have dined at Blue Hour many times du ...
We have dined at Blue Hour many times during recent years. Also given gift certificates and
June 11th was a celebration of my partner's birthday. We had an early reservation in anticipation of a relaxed and quiet dinner. Wait person was excellent. People that clear tables
seemed overanxious and hurried. This detracted from otherwise leisure dining experience.
The plates were very small, and expensiv ...
The plates were very small, and expensive. We are steak tartare lovers and we have never seen such a small portion. Also the service was very slow, right from the beginning. It took 15minutes to get a bottle of wine. Very disappointed.
I was a little nervous to eat here as I had read a review saying they had lost a Chef recently..Well they are not missing their Chef as the food was fabulous and we live in LA and have foodie, high expectations.. The ambiance was perfect for what I wanted, downtown, trendy, hip and chic Portland.. PS. I am a native Oregonian and remember as a child when there was nothing built int he Pearl..It is nice to see my city all grown up and sophisticated.. Great wait staff, accommodated my (11) year old daughter with no issues. Yes Kuddo's on all front's to you!
So disappointed after so much hype! My h ...
So disappointed after so much hype! My husband and sons food was Luke warm and the potatoes were downright cold. We asked if they were supposed to be and the waitress said no and got them hot plates of fresh potatoes. My halibut was over cooked but I was so hungry I ate it as is. The did redeem themselves by comping all three of our desserts but still quite disappointed!
This was our first time to popular Bluehour. What a treat to finally enjoy a wonderful meal here. The decor is quite beautiful with long brown drapes separating the dining areas. Tables are spaced so that you have a sense of privacy. Our server, Brook, was especially personable and so willing to explain the food. He even told us a little about himself and how much he loved working the "front of the house". Well, it was clearly demonstrated during our delicious dinner. He was careful to explain how the chef preferred to prepare certain signature dishes. The seasonal pea salad with buttermilk dressing was outstanding. The homemade pastas are not to be missed. Split a dish of pasta with lamb ragu as a second course. We had pasta as our main course, but we are looking forward to returning to enjoy one of their exquisite meat or fish entrees soon! Highly recommend Bluehour for a truly memorable dining experience.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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