About Le Pigeon
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
The food was delicious and innovative. ...
The food was delicious and innovative. We were visiting from San Francisco and wanted to experience the Portland "food scene" and love le Pigeon, really enjoyed the chef's preparation of local food and presentation. The wine selection is great service very attentive & the ambiance is lovely. A must !
I've been dining superbly at LE PIGEON s ...
I've been dining superbly at LE PIGEON since I moved to Portland, OR seven years ago. Gabriel Rucker's French-inspired cuisine is creative, challenging and delicious all at once. He's a master at building flavors and inspired combinations. He challenges your palette in the best possible way. He deserves all the heaps of praise that have made LE PIGEON perhaps Portland's premier dining establishment. The staff here is excellent. There is no condescension, no silly "excellent choice," fawning. The sommelier, wait staff are interested in making sure your are having a first rate dining experience. I don't love the communal dining but I make an exception for it here, as everyone surrounding you seems intent on the same experience. The restaurant offers exceptional value for its reputation. This year, we lost Willd Wood, one of Portland's iconic restaurants. LE PIGEON is in the same league and II hope it is here forever.
Birthday for my daughter's boyfriend and ...
Birthday for my daughter's boyfriend and he picked this restaurant. High energy, shared tables, lots of fun and a sense of camaraderie but it is a bit noisy though not like live music, just energetic competing conversations. The food was excellent and unique. Who knew you could even get pigeon as a dish? Atmosphere is fun, food is fantastic.
We have come for years, it never disappo ...
We have come for years, it never disappoints in food quality and taste . However you use to really get a Beef Cheek when you ordered a beef cheek, but now it's a much smaller portion and not really the cheek, but a portion of a check however the taste was delicious and the service supper great. Loved the deserts, don't forget the deserts !
On a visit to Portland, we went to this ...
On a visit to Portland, we went to this restaurant based on reviews we had read. It was very disappointing. The food was at best average. We had the pigeon, gnocchis, the vichyssoise and the short ribs. Remarkably, they managed to make them all taste virtually the same. The ambiance is terrible. We shared a communal table with a party of 20 somethings who apparently were loudly celebrating and a couple who were in the midst of an argument. Add to this the loud music and we could barely hear each other. While not terrible, the service was lackluster, and seemed to get worse through the evening although the restaurant was certainly not packed. We've been lucky enough to travel and eat in many of the great cities of the world and Portland is certainly nice overall. However, this restaurant is apparently considered one of Portland's best and it would be a distant "also-ran" in most large cities.
Le Pigeon is one of our favorite Portlan ...
Le Pigeon is one of our favorite Portland restaurants. We have always had great meals. The dishes continue to be creative and we are never bored by the selections, despite the fact that we have eaten there so many times. We have taken many out-of-town guests to Le Pigeon and all have been wowed. Chef Rucker never misses.
Food is not great as advertised by revie ...
Food is not great as advertised by reviews, beef bourgignon and cod are drowned is salty and heavy sauce, pigeon meat is dry. Only foie gras is ok. So I'm not recommend this ... So called .... French restaurant to my French friends!
Food was excellent, as expected. Poor r ...
Food was excellent, as expected. Poor rating on ambiance given the issue of communal seating, which effectively negated any chance of conversation between me and spouse. We were seated in middle of communal table with diners on either side involved with their separate groups. Could hardly converse about usual topics (family, politics) under the circumstances given how close the seating. I also believe the seating arrangement for all of the above diners inhibited their enjoyment and reduced conviviality and communication. $167 for a meal that scored poor for overall enjoyment. Not again.
The food was terrific! We had the five ...
The food was terrific! We had the five course tasting menu, and one of us got the wine pairing and split it, which is a decent amount of wine for lightweights. The waitstaff tried to be accomodating, so brought my wife an alternative course to the foie gras, which, incomprehensibly she doesn't like. Unfortunately the alternative was lamb which she doesn't really like, and spicey which, wait for it.. she doesn't like. But she did ok with it.
For me the quality of the food was amazing; and the way they combine the ingredients is just crazy good. The service was ok; attentive with efforts to accomodate, but folks were very serious, and I found it interesting that nowhere was it advertised that the restaurant now is gratuity-free. We saw some gratuities left with the check. When I asked our waitress if indeed there was no tipping, she said Yes, and when I asked how that was going, she said fine. These responses were verbalized very quickly.
This was perhaps the best meal we have h ...
This was perhaps the best meal we have had in the 19 years we have lived in Portland. We have tried lots of restaurants but this one really lived up to its reputation. Family style is a fun way to meet new people and we did. But the creativity of the food was truly amazing. We will be back.
Bit if an awkward dining experience espe ...
Bit if an awkward dining experience especially for our group of four people. I'd only recommend for a slender (seating is super tight), couple interested in a nice glass of wine/champagne while they waiting for reservations elsewhere.
Ordered the 5 course tasting menu with a ...
Ordered the 5 course tasting menu with accompanying wines. Although the wines were outstanding, after the first 3 courses our palates were exhausted. They were beautifully presented and delicious, but there were just too many distinct tastes in each course to properly appreciate everything. We yearned for one simple course or a palate cleanser or some other break in the string of complexity. Have eaten there before without ordering the tasting menu, we'll order a la carte again next time. The service was exemplary, which is really nice since the gratuity is already included.
I highly recommend sitting at the bar, s ...
I highly recommend sitting at the bar, so you can watch the chefs in the open kitchen. Also: it's pricy, so if you're there for a special occasion just go for it and get the 5 or 7 course chef's menu. Absolutely worth every penny. Food was delicious, wait staff did a great job navigating tight spaces gracefully, chefs were happy to talk about ingredients/preparation while they worked. Highly recommend.
Wonderful Portland gem. The owners and ...
Wonderful Portland gem. The owners and chef are creative, conscious, elegant, tasteful and everything comes together beautifully for your dinner experience. Great wine selection also. Want to come back and sit at the counter and drool... (:
We are never disappointed here! This wa ...
We are never disappointed here! This was a birthday celebration for our party of 7. It was everything we had hoped for. Friendly, attentive servers, busy, but not noisy, just perfect. We ordered every starter on the menu and were amazed by the presentation and taste of each one. The entrees were fabulous. Most in our party agreed it was the best dinner they had ever had in a restaurant. For these reasons, Le Pigeon is always dear to my heart and I cherish every visit! Thank you!
Our meals were not special. Husband had ...
Our meals were not special. Husband had "beef cheeks" and I had daily special, King salmon. There was nothing special about it. Service was very good. Disappointed in no cocktails. Also community seating. There was nothing outstanding, exxept creme brûlée.
We spent 6 days in Portland and ate at a ...
We spent 6 days in Portland and ate at a well reviewed restaurant every day. This was by far the most expensive place, but not our absolute favorite.
We were seated at a communal table, next to a friendly couple from Canada; they had been at Le Pigeon before and loved it.
Starting with Butter lettuce, blue cheese and radishes - very, very good.
Albacore crudo was good, just too many different garnishes and sauces, same with Seared foie gras ( octopus, fruit, nuts) and Dry aged pigeon - leg meat dry - (mustard sauce, taleggio, cured egg yolk)
Foie gras profiteroles (3pieces!) with caramel sauce were amazing. Better bring friends with you to share:)
My biggest peeve: we became invisible after paying, no thank you, no goodbye. Staff was the least friendly on our Portland visit.
There are very few James Beard award win ...
There are very few James Beard award winners who still work the kitchen, probably even less who devote at least a day to prep. But that's what Gabriel Rucker does. I saw the NY Times food editor speak at Oregon State a while back and she raved about LePigeon, pretty high praise. It's the best restaurant in Portland in my opinion.
The atmosphere at Le Pigeon was cozy and ...
The atmosphere at Le Pigeon was cozy and upbeat, sharing a long communal table with others. The service was friendly and warm, and put me at ease very quickly. I enjoyed the grilled lamb starter, and my entrée of fresh salmon with encrusted crab was delicious, cooked to perfection. I asked to try a sample of the seared Foie Gras, not being convinced liver could ever be a desert, and I am now a believer. It's true and you have to try it to believe a desert that good could be liver. I will definitely be back, there are many other 'firsts' I want to try on their menu.
Inspired and highly original food. Appet ...
Inspired and highly original food. Appetizers, entrees and desserts equally outstanding. You must order the Spaghetti Pigeon and the foie gras profiteroles. The beef cheeks are to die for. Great wine list. The only detractor is the communal tables. A great couple to our right with whom we spoke for an hour. An extremely loud man to my left who literally screamed across the table to his dinner mates talking nonsense for an hour, drowning out our ability to talk to one another. He ruined the ambience. Where you sit at the communal tables is the luck of the draw and can make or break the experience.
We ordered foise gras , and it was perfe ...
We ordered foise gras , and it was perfect. We had a vichyssoise that included lobster and smoked oyster. unfortunately, the oysters were somewhat overpowering. We ordered Wagyu beef brisket , beef cheeks bourgignon, and pigeon--all amazing. No room for dessert.
Unfortunately, we had a member in our party who dislikes communal seating, and it is a communal seating restaurant. That's our bad:(
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