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, Northwest, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday -- 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday -- 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday -- 10:00-3:00PM
Cafe/bar open after dinner until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
$30 and under
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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, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, 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
Decided to try Bluehour for Brunch this ...
Decided to try Bluehour for Brunch this past Sunday. Bluehour did not disappoint! Great food, drinks and service! The Mac & Cheese was excellent and my husband had the Duck Confit Benedict which was also wonderful!
I highly recommend Bluehour for a great dinning experience. Looking forward to trying them for dinner too!
Clams were about a day past when they sh ...
Clams were about a day past when they should have been served by, pork was not cooked enough near the bone. Extreme salt levels on the melon dish. Decent food but not for $80 a person (drinks included). This is Portland, and the value just isn't there for me anymore at Bluehour
Great service and seasonal fresh menu wi ...
Great service and seasonal fresh menu with a great selection. We were surprised and delighted at the number of vegetarian options which were absolutely delicious. Everything was very fresh. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. We were celebrating our anniversary and they greeted us with two glasses of champagne. A nice surprise and festive touch!
Low score due to the over hour wait for ...
Low score due to the over hour wait for food with no explanation until close to the house mark. A large group had come in and as it appeared all meals in the regular dining area were held until the large group was fed. Chef did provide small taster appetizer on the house due to the wait and then in the end two courses of small dessert tasters. Without the addition of the tasters and the chef personally coming out to talk to us, the score would have been lower. On top of the wait which was very hard to get over the food we ordered was not what I expected from such an expensive meal. The cut of prime rib was not marbled and nice tasting and instead had large fat areas with little meat left in the small piece to be enjoyed. However the salmon was good tasting but not out of this world. We did see a table next to us doing the courses option we saw on the menu which looked very good. In hind site we should have ordered that. All in all we may go back for the tasting menu or drinks and dessert but the experience did leave a bad taste in my mouth so to speak.
Came in not knowing much about the resta ...
Came in not knowing much about the restaurant but had heard some good things. We had some summer cocktails, oysters, tartare, crayfish/watermelon small plate, cucumber/melon, and venison ribs. A lot of the dishes had a great ideas/flavors behind them but execution was slightly off. Tartare was spon on I thought. Any of the dishes with fruit, the fruits were all over ripe so the texture was too mushy and the flavors a bit cloying. I would come back for a few things but wouldn't come back for a full round on the tasting menu. Service here is excellent. All of the wait staff were on point.
This is formal dining, but the service i ...
This is formal dining, but the service is extremely friendly and not stuffy. We enjoyed the wait staff in white tops and white ties. We had a server and a follow up helper. They were very well informed about the menu, and if they did not know the answer, they got it. There was accommodation for gluten and dairy free. Instead of mash potatoes my husband got crispy fried potatoes. We got free courses of bites that the chef was experimenting. Yummy. They replace all the dishes and flatware with each course. This is good because my husband is always forgetting to keep his fork. Everything you would expect with upscale and tony.
The food is creative. The foie gras , which they nick named peanut butter and jelly, was absolutely amazing. I don't know how they made foie gras seem like mouse. Also, what they call the starter "fish and chips", was to die for.
I had a pasta and husband a steak. Both wonderful.
We had a fabulous evening! Having ordere ...
We had a fabulous evening! Having ordered the five-course pre-fixe meal, the kitchen ultimately sent out 8-9 courses; each of them well-crafted, labor-intensive and especially delicious. While our experience should not be considered normal - it was a slow night (Monday night holiday) - the level of innovation and service was world-class. Highly recommend!
It took about 1:20 to get served. They w ...
It took about 1:20 to get served. They were not particularly busy but clearly understaffed. It would have been less annoying if the staff acknowledged the slowness of getting served, but no one said a word. If we had other plans after brunch we would have left.
We indulged a second time in the tasting ...
We indulged a second time in the tasting menu and were as thrilled with the delicious offerings just as much as the first time. The creativity and imagination, the varied and very fresh ingredients, and the beautiful plating make for one of the best tasting menus anywhere around!
Pathetic. No wonder the restaurant was ...
Pathetic. No wonder the restaurant was empty. Our waiter reeked of body odor.
The Monte Cristo was a bare nod to the original version, as the bread had not been soaked (if at all) in the custard long enough for it to absorb, so basically it was grilled bread with jam, ham, and a dusting of powdered sugar. The companying spring greens had not been picked through, and several leaves were black and slimy.
Not willing to take a risk on their dinner menu for sure.
The space is well desighned with long cu ...
The space is well desighned with long curtains creating modern yet intimate ambiance. Non imposing soft modern music playing . Impresive fresh flower arrangments. The food just does not cut it. If you are a foody this is not the place for you. The fruit salad as opening dish was light and pleasant yet nothing special. The hallibut dish ,although the fish was cooked properly the flavors were not ballanced souce did not complement the fish. Overall if you are looking for gorme food stay away . Or maybe order meat;)
We ;;haven't been there for a while. It ...
We ;;haven't been there for a while. It was always a good stand by for us. What a disappointment.
The menu is quite limited, and the food just not good. It was a special birthday and we were quite embarrassed to treat our daughter in law to such a mediocre meal at best. The place really feels like it is getting ready to go out of business.
We had a surprise birthday party there . ...
We had a surprise birthday party there .My partner's mother from NY. thought it compared to any of the best in the city ( NYC). Overall best birthday gathering ever.The pastry chef's cake was excellent. Thank you very much.
We've been eating here since it opened a ...
We've been eating here since it opened and all of our dining experiences have been great. BH is unique as it has a great bar that can be vibrant at times and a wonderful restaurant that's quiet and romantic. One of our biggest likes is that there are NO televisions as we don't patronize places that have them.
We sat at the bar this time and the bartender was attentive, polite, friendly and professional. In fact most of the staff coming and going from the bar was the same.
The burgers were perfect and generously sized. The beers from Deschutes Brewery are of course great.
Our only complaint this time was that the greeter did not document our Open Table arrival, but that was easily rectified via an email.
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.
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