About Le Pigeon
Portland, OR 97214
Le Pigeon serves adventurous French-inspired food, along with a varied selection of wines in an intimate dining room on Portland’s East Burnside Street. We take reservations at our communal tables, and offer our chef's counter for walk-ins.
French, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Every Night
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
#12 and #20 buses.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Le Pigeon Ratings and Reviews
Very creative fare. Great if you want a ...
Very creative fare. Great if you want a culinary adventure. All the varied tastes and textures clicked in all the dishes except for the foie gras appetizer. That was a bit too sweet / savory different for my palate. Service was impeccable. Very attentive ,but not intrusive. Not a big fan of open seating, but that seems to be the trend. Overall it was a bit spendy, but an enjoyable experience.
My dear husband brought me here for the ...
My dear husband brought me here for the first time to celebrate my birthday... and we both can honestly say that this was the BEST meal we have ever eaten! Every single aspect of the evening was perfect... from the greeting at the door to the "happy birthday" at the end of the evening, EVERY dish, each wine pairing (we chose to do the 5-course pre fixe with wine pairings) - all could not have gone better! We chose to sit at the bar and watch the chefs preparing the food and will definitely do that the next times we come as well. Xan (one of the chefs) was so friendly and answered our questions cheerfully and informatively. Each course was brought to us with a wonderful description of what we would be enjoying and we were blown away by each and every course! Creative, delicious, presented beautifully. Our MOST wonderful compliments to the chefs of this outstanding restaurant!! Thank you to all of the staff who made our evening just perfect! (we did have to drive home in a snowstorm, but made it safely!)
My boyfriend and I are big foodies. We'v ...
My boyfriend and I are big foodies. We've been talking about eating at Le Pigeon for a year, and finally got in for his birthday. When the restaurant confirmed the reservation I was able to plan the birthday dessert ahead of time so there was no stress the evening of. The restaurant is small, quaint, warm, and inviting. The people and overall ambiance is very "Portland" in the best way. One of my boyfriend's favorite dishes of all time is foie gras, so it was perfect that this was for dessert and we were able to try some other starter options. We had tuna tartare which was extremely fresh. There was a hint of spice but nothing over powering or too hot. We also had the beef dumplings that were rich in a French onion perfection sort of way, and incredible. This particular dish came with a Parmesan crust that you cannot forget to add to each bite. For entrees we decided on the fish of the evening which was steelhead with baked kimchi. The fish was very good even though we aren't the biggest fans of kimchi. We also had the beef cheek that was wonderful. One of the highlights of this restaurant in my opinion is their wine list. My only regret is not doing a chef tasting. Five or seven courses with wine pairings. We will be back.
I'm an enthusiastic foodie and cook, and ...
I'm an enthusiastic foodie and cook, and had wanted to go to Le Pigeon for years. My prior partner refused to go because he'd once gone and had experienced such terrible service he wouldn't go again. I recently managed to go with a new partner. I loved the food--my entree may have been the best entree I've ever had in Portland. I also thought prices were perfectly fair for the quality and volume of food served. BUT I'm unlikely to return, and would only recommend it to a hard-core foodie. Service was decent, but nothing more. Noise verged on intolerable--it might be okay for two people who are louder, but both my date and I are very soft spoken, and with almost-shared-table seating, it was too much. Finally, we went on a freezing cold night (having made our reservation well in advance) and even though we were seated far from the door, I found myself at points too cold even to be able to enjoy my food as much as I should have. I was dressed warmly and eating hearty food, too! For such a small place, it shouldn't be impossible to warm it up a bit!
This was our first trip to LePigeon and ...
This was our first trip to LePigeon and we were very excited to go. When we got there though, we were disappointed to see that we were to be wedged in elbow to elbow at a communal table. The noise level was very high and it was not easy to relax and enjoy ourselves. But when the food and wine came they were mind-blowingly good, and the service was spot on. That made up for most of the uncomfortable atmosphere...and I would definitely go back. Also I love the no-tip policy and I applaud their efforts to pay their staff well in compensation (I hope!!).
We had Foie gras appetizer, beef cheeks ...
We had Foie gras appetizer, beef cheeks and a pork dish. The main ingredient in all three dishes was lost in an unappetizing mish-mash of waaay too many incongruous ingredients. We literally could not stomach the completion of any of the dishes. The foie-gras (?) was overly sweet and sour, the foie gras was not cleaned properly and I got a mouthful of raw textured sinew/membrane on top of too many ingredients, many unidentifiable. The beef cheeks were very smokey, dry, and clashed with what ever else there was in that dish. The pork dish was also dominated by an unidentifiable pile of something. The first bite was...shrimp(?!!)...this was probably the worst dish of the three. We wanted our 25th anniversary to be memorable and it was! This was one of the worst dinners we have ever had in Portland. My husband was too embarrassed to say anything. There is something very wrong in this kitchen. Who ever is in there is not tasting this yuck before it goes out to diners expecting to experience some of the best food in pdx. I would title this review "The emperor wears no clothes".
Great like always! Fois gras & Jerusale ...
Great like always! Fois gras & Jerusalem artichoke soup were lovely. One of our group got the always excellent beef cheeks bourgegogne (she refused to share), two got the pork short ribs, I got the sturgeon. All excellent. Sometimes I think the dishes have too much going on & the flavors get a little muddled, but I would go here every day of the week over any other restaurant in Portland! Service was excellent. First time since tipping removed. Prices reflect this, but we always tipped well anyway. Beware the $30 corkage fee (if you buy 1 of their bottles, they waive the fee)!
Dinner was wonderful up until the cheese ...
Dinner was wonderful up until the cheese course. The timing was delayed by about 10-15 minutes.
We were seated by the door and the next party of four that was scheduled for our seats arrived. The two desert courses were served to us at almost the same time by an unsmiling female waitperson. There was pressure for us to vacate our seats for the people standing at the door and the unsmiling waitperson. This marred our dining experience. We just didn't expect this behavior from this caliber of dining.
We opted for the 7 course chef tasting m ...
We opted for the 7 course chef tasting menu with wine pairings for my partner's birthday. Although it was expensive, every penny was worth it and it was honestly a bargain for the amazing food--an experience I will never forget and I hope it becomes a birthday tradition.
This was a special birthday. Le Pigeon ...
This was a special birthday. Le Pigeon was reputed to be tasty and innovative. It didn't disappoint! Everything from tuna tartare to aged pigeon to foie gras profiteroles was unusual and tickled the taste buds. We were glad we came.
Creative and delicious (but not precious ...
Creative and delicious (but not precious or trendy) food, prepared with attention to detail, and presented by an extremely knowlegeable and personable staff.
We enjoyed their well timed tasting menu with unusual but perfectly paired wines, all done in a cozy room with an open kitchen to let you watch the show (super cool copper hood).
Seating was at communal tables, but the people we sat next to were very nice and fun.
The experience is one of fine dinning without any of the accompanying stuffiness or formality. Come as you are and you will be treated like the King of Portland.
The food and the experience was so good that my parents almost seemed to enjoy the Sex Pistols (don't panic, it was just one song) playing on the sound system.
Must have: "Breakfast for dinner" - seared foie gras with peppered pancake, proscuitto, and little "yolks" of pumkin puree, finished with a chestnut, date, and maple compote.
The entire experience was outstanding in ...
The entire experience was outstanding in every aspect from the time I entered the restaurant until I departed. The staff was friendly and professional and the food simply remarkable. Well worth the time to explore this amazing place. Highly recommended.
The food was superb! Love that the kitch ...
The food was superb! Love that the kitchen is open. The music stream was a blast from the past, but very fun! We really like the fact that you don't have to pay a gratuity (it's built in to the price of the meals) which equates to higher wages for the staff. This restaurant continues to impress.
Enjoyed an amazing Birthday dinner here ...
Enjoyed an amazing Birthday dinner here with my love and had the best fine dining meal of my life in this cozy, quaint and casual restaurant, because this is Portland after all. I made a reservation the night before on open table and requested to sit at the Chef's Table for my birthday. When we arrived we were warmly greeted and and our seats were waiting for us. We had the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairing and it was the perfect amount of food. I was pretty full by time dessert came out so I'm glad we opted for the 5 course instead of the 7. We were lucky to see Chef Gabe Rucker in action and he was even so kind as to sign my menu. Highly recommended this place and I look forward to coming back!
First time at Le Pigeon and the food did ...
First time at Le Pigeon and the food did not disappoint. Had the five course tasting menu with the paired wines. All were excellent, though very pricey. It is only worth it if you are either rich or very much into fine food, or preferably, both. Service was also excellent. The big shortcoming in my view is the room, including seating and ambiance. Communal seating is not conducive to fine dining, as we were subject to intrusive conversations and little elbow space. The boxy room is not attractive. Shame such good food is served in such a poor environment.
We had a wonderful experience at Le Pige ...
We had a wonderful experience at Le Pigeon on a recent Friday night. We sat at the chef's counter and watched them work their magic. We started with tuna tartare with Yuzu ice. Amazing! The sturgeon was another highlight of the meal. The service was attentive and the servers are knowledgeable. We'll be back.
My husband and I had a really nice anniv ...
My husband and I had a really nice anniversary dinner at Le Pigeon. We did not find the music to be very loud or unappealing as others reviews had suggested. There was a sound check at some point and that was fairly loud, but did not last very long. Also, despite having common tables, the staff seat people so as to space them out. We only people seating on either side of us for the later part of our meal.
The food was delicious. I am a somewhat cautious eater and I found the flavor combinations of the food incredible and well worth the risk of trying things I was not sure I would love. The staff also treated us to a lovely drink to accompany our desert because it was our anniversary.
Overall we had a really lovey experience.
It's rare to find beef cheek, pigeon, an ...
It's rare to find beef cheek, pigeon, and quail-ducken on a menu and to have them all sound delicious. We had the beef cheek which was fork tender and just melted in your mouth. The famous burger did not disappoint one iota. The ambience was cozy and warm. The communal seating was an interesting touch as well. It's a little pricey, but worth every penny.
We had two complaints if you wish to say ...
We had two complaints if you wish to say that a) someone was smoking a cigar outside the restaurant and since we had window seats, the smoke came into the restaurant and bothered one of our party and the second is that the people sitting at the bar didn't seem to care about us who were seated at the window table.
Great dinner my husband and I had. We s ...
Great dinner my husband and I had. We shared a soup which had veal cheek fritters in a mushroom and artichoke base. I had short ribs with a harissa seasoning and truffled yogurt. My husband had the fish special which was mahi mahi. Both entrees were outstanding.
Our server was as usual on top of his ga ...
Our server was as usual on top of his game. The 2004 Pierre Moncuit champagne and '13 Judith Beck St. Laurent paired perfectly with apps and entrees. Ahi tartare, chanterelle and sunchoke soup, harissa glazed short ribs and dry aged pigeon were not to be missed. If you leave Le Pigeon without ordering foie gras profiteroles for dessert you've wasted the evening. My only regret is we didn't order seconds.
Over rated. Ambiance was terrible. Had t ...
Over rated. Ambiance was terrible. Had to talk very loud to be heard. Loud music and did not appreciate having a couple with a fussy infant seated at the community table that also happened to be right next to the front door. Really nothing spectacular or memorable about the appetizers or main courses. None of us found the need to insist that the others try their dish. Fish was over cooked. Really not sure what the fuss is all about.
My ono was only half cooked: I wasn't su ...
My ono was only half cooked: I wasn't sure if this fish was supposed to be seared or not.
The bed of what apperared to be cole slaw in pesto sauce did NOT appeal to my taste buds.
The communal seating along with the Guns and Roses music did nothing to add to my dining experience.
I have made many, many trips to
Paris in the past year and found nothing even closely resembling French cuisine served here.
My husband and I left wondering why this restaurant received high marks.
We were hoping for
much better food and a much nicer atmosphere.
We had the 5 course meal with wine pairi ...
We had the 5 course meal with wine pairings and every dish and wine was amazing. My only suggestion would be to assure that a vegetable dish be included in the 5 courses. Every dish except the dessert was a meat or fish dish. All delicious but a bit heavy.
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