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, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Le Pigeon Ratings and Reviews
Overrated faux French cuisine. Service ...
Overrated faux French cuisine. Service was excellent but food was mediocre.
EXQUISITE!!! This restaurant is amazing ...
EXQUISITE!!! This restaurant is amazing in every way. Exceptional service, truly over the top knowledgeable of menu and ingredients, perfect recommendations. The food was exquisite!! We did the 7 course with wine pairing. Absolutely incredible! Unique combinations, wine pairings were a home run. Highly recommend!!
This restaurant was on a list of top 100 restaurants in the US and since I was going to be in Portland I just had to try it. It did not disappoint! Three of us went and all had amazing meals. The food is very creative and absolutely delicious!
First Time at a French Restaurant
I had a great time at Le Pigeon! The food was so different and delicious! It was great to get to try foods I never have and whether I liked them or not, I was glad I did! The Wagyu Brisket was the most amazing for me personally, but I can't say anything wasn't good!
Great Dinner at Le Pigeon!!!
My girlfriend and I ate at Le Pigeon the other night and had a really fabulous dinner. Everything we ordered was marvelous. The Spring Salmon "Pokey" was not your traditional tartare, but was spread out on the plate with hard boiled eggs and other goodies, lovely. The Seared Foie Gras was spectacular. The Beef Cheek Bourguignon and fish special were both great too. We finished off the meal with an order of Foie Gras Profiteroles (because you just can't get enough Foie Gras). This was a very inventive dessert and a nice complement to the meal. The only small downside of Le Pigeon is the communal tables which make this not so much a "romantic" dining experience. The flipside, you might get to see some dishes served next to you before you order and possibly meet some other interesting diners.
The hostess was very friendly.
The hostess was very friendly.
Music weird and way too loud
The food was wonderful and the service very good. however, the music was WAY TOO LOUD and oddly not at all in keeping with the food and ambience. The music was weird retro songs from the 70's and got in the way of a positive experience. We had a hard time hearing eachother talk and we couldn't hear the waiter well when he described the tasting menu.
Great french inspired menu that is creative and extremely well executed from appetizers to dessert. I had the Beef Cheek Bourguignon and it was fork tender with a deep dark sauce. Fantastique! The Profiteroles with Foie Gras are a beautiful sweet/salt combo you will remember.
Overall it was a good experience. Cute, small place with community style tables. Service was good. Food was very good too.
Once again this is one of best dining ex ...
Once again this is one of best dining experiences I have ever had. I have been to some amazing restaurants and this one is still at the top of my list.
I've been here 4 times now, and each time has been terrific! The food is absolutely amazing! The wait staff are caring and offer advice about wine or other questions we've had. The other guests we've been seated next to, have been an added bonus to a lovely experience. Each time I visit my daughter in Portland, I make a point to visit Le Pigeon - and I've given her gift certificates for birthday and holidays! It really is THAT good.
We had the lamb salad, the beef bourguig ...
We had the lamb salad, the beef bourguignon, the duck entree, and the strawberry shortcake dessert. All of them were amazing.
Lives up to "Keep Portland Wierd" slogan!
We were glad they called us to let us know ahead of time about the communal seating! My husband was put off by that, and I dragged him there anyway. We started with a Foie Gras that was out of this world, so that got us off to a good start. The wine selection was excellent which also helped him adjust to this new experiment. The duck dish with edamame and beans was filled with flavor and the duck was done to perfection. His tortellini was good but he probably should have ordered something a bit different. Overall, a good experience!
DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. Hali ...
DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS. Halibut was cooked perfect !!!
Wonderful All Around!
My partner had been telling me her desire to dine at LePigeon ever since she first moved to town. I made a reservation for her birthday and managed to keep it a surprise even though I needed her to supply certain information to make the evening a success. You see, she has an allium allergy, the onion strain, and Le Pigeon called to inquiry if we would be partaking in the Tasting Menu. I had to ask if she preferred a tasting menu or a la carte, we decided upon the five course tasting menu and I also set her pairing to be the premium pairing. When we arrived, we were given the choice of joining a table or sitting at the counter, we took the counter and had no regrets- we got to see the magic happen! The staff was so kind and patient in their concern for my partner's allergy that we got so excited we upped to the seven course tasting menu. We are so grateful to the chef for taking so much time and care in customizing that menu to be onion free, we know with french cuisine how hard that had to have been. Everything was amazing and so very worth it. The evening has become legend as one of my partner's best birthdays ever!
Me & my husband love to visit local restaurants for chef tastings. The menu is Le Pigeon is always changing and bursting with thoughtful and expertly prepared plates. The seating is cozy and the noise level just right. We always try to sit at the bar to watch the chefs at work. They do an excellent job. This is by far the best tasting in Portland with a real eye on the fresher ingredients prepared perfectly. Don't miss it.
Service was great and very attentive. Go ...
Service was great and very attentive. Got the five course meal. The price was ok, but feel it was not worth the price. The first two dishes were appetizers, which were very good. However the main course was not so great. The beef cheeks had very little flavor, but the carrots that accompanied it was way salty. The 4th dish was a white fish, again the was under seasoned, but the vegetables and sauce were way too salty.
The food is phenomenal, but the service ...
The food is phenomenal, but the service is very inconsistent, not the strength here...Reserve your table early in the evening to avoid waiting outside on the sidewalk while other diners wrap up. Seems there are some disgruntled employees afoot.
Go for the food! Love the people you me ...
Go for the food! Love the people you meet. Prices reasonable. Just go!
Surprisingly not up to historical standards.
With a broken heart had to send back the first plate. The goat salad was a significant followup disappointment, with the meat far too fried and everything soaked in pickling broth. What happened?!?! We were hungry so didn't dig our heels in.
In Portland for a long weekend and enjoyed our dinner at Le Pigeon!
Casual atmosphere, fancy schmancy fare
I took my girlfriend here for dinner. We had the seven course pre-fixe meal. It was all delightful but a bit too much. I'd recommend the five course, that's plenty for anyone. We will go back to order off the regular menu. It was a special occasion, so we played it up big. Memorable experience. Best service too.
Did not care for seating (long communal ...
Did not care for seating (long communal table) but food was wonderful. Well worth the price!
A great restaurant for a special occasion. Food was really good and very well prepared. We will be back.
Small intimate space. Entrees were unusu ...
Small intimate space. Entrees were unusual but well executed. On A Monday the slowest day of the week for most restaurants there was a good crowd no one stormed rushed. Though it is expensive the entrees drinks were not overpriced
loved the meal ....dessert pretty uninspired....
not a great setting for an intimate meal....long table seating which is great for some but I prefer a table.... great kitchen .....great staff, well informed on the wines also
Great Food just maybe trying a little bit too hard
French Food, the inspiration for Le Pigeon, is known for its great sauces. In this, Le Pigeon succeeded admirably. And these great sauces accompanied great ingredients prepared with skill. I enjoyed the meal immensely and had an even more rewarding time perusing the great wine list, ordering from it, and consuming the results. My only criticism, somewhat nebulous, is that the dishes appeared almost too complex. Where an elegant entree, with its great sauces, an accompanying vegetable or starch, would have been enough, there was several times a few more contrasting items on the plate, resulting in some confusion of the effect, of the flavors of the main item. So, great effort, well worth the experience and the expense, but sometimes just a bit over the top.
Thank God for Le Pigeon
As a fifty-something-before-my-time foodie, I had begun to despair that really great food had disappeared from the scene, being replaced by overpowering trends. After one meal at Le Pigeon my faith has been restored. The cream will always rise to the top and Le Pigeon is the creamiest of the creamy. Wild and organic ingredients are crafted into surprising and delightful world class meals that are subtley disciplined by the classic methods of French cookery.
We will very likely be back - not inexpensive, but I felt we certainly got our money's worth. Somewhat unusual dishes available for the slightly adventurous. Good, friendly service, and a chance to chat at the communal tables with other diners - a very civilized group when we were there! BTW, parking in the evening on a week night was pretty easy - walked just a couple of blocks from off Burnside.
We had a great time at Le Pigeon!! Every ...
We had a great time at Le Pigeon!! Everything was awesome from the food, our waiter Kevin and the playlist!!! I can see why it's Portland's best restaurant and it will definitely be my go to when I return. Thanks for giving me another reason to come back!!
Disappointing. I've been several times a ...
Disappointing. I've been several times and always had amazing dinners. It was an off night. The food was inedible. I won't rush back.
Everything about our experience at Le Pigeon was top notch. I've never been treated better at a restaurant - I really felt like family. Everyone from the waitstaff to the cooks were incredibly friendly and always willing to talk about the dishes and answer our questions. The food was incredible. Totally out of this world and like nothing I've ever had before. They're not restricted by any norms and really let their food take creative directions all their own. The best part about it was that the restaurant isn't pretentious at all. Le pigeon is the perfect mix of five-star world class dining with an attitude for the modern age. They don't care if you order a seven course meal with wine pairings or a burger and a coors at the bar - the staff just wants to serve you the best food they can cook without any judgements. I will absolutely recommend Le Pigeon to anyone and everyone looking for the best food and dining experience in Portland.
Wish Le Pigeon was in Seattle!
Every item on their small menu looks to be a winner! Unfortunately, we couldn't eat more! We shared an appetizer, salad, two entrées, and dessert (crazy good chocolate ice cream sandwich with Oregon truffles and some killer salted caramel). I'll be heading back to Portland for this gem.
My spouse has been wanting to dine here almost since they opened. We've been to the owner's other place Little Bird four times and absolutely love everything about it: inventive food, wine list, service, atmosphere all outstanding. We were expecting to have the same type of experience at Le Pigeon so maybe went with too high expectations. We sat at the bar so were able to watch the prep. Didn't expect to be entertained or have a Benihana experience but a question to one cook elicited a quick, no nonsense reply with no smile or apparent joy in the task at hand nor any elaboration. Found the menu to be a bit on the heavy side with none of the inventive dishes we've had at the other place. The food was certainly well executed but it seems over priced by comparison to other establishments in the same category. Service was efficient, perfunctory and to the point. It could be that the place is so small and serving the bar doesn't appear to be easy that all the attention is paid to not dropping or spilling anything and dodging chairs and diners. All in all, a let down and definitely over hyped.
Great food, inventive menu
The restaurant is small with some shared tables. The menu is original, the wine list very good and the service is excellent
Our meal was delicious, but service was ...
Our meal was delicious, but service was lacking tonight. Some of the servers seemed standoffish, and one of them kept mispronouncing "latke." My poor Jewish ears couldn't take it!
great for a special occasion.
What a wonderful place for a special dinner with my wife. they offer an engaging wine/beverage list with knowledgable waiters, the appetizers were fantastic. i went for the burger, which even though the least expensive on the menu, did not disappoint. the pigeon sides were better than the main dish. i did not realize you could walk in and sit at the bar, where you can watch cooking on display
Good but not great!
Was really looking forward to our meal at Pigeon (this was a trip with friends who had not been before) as previous experiences had been great. Now that the restaurant has a sister property, other chefs are cooking the food and while the meal was well prepared and interesting, overall it was good but not great. Portland food scene is extremely competitive and must be brutal to maintain that level of excellence and innovation. Service was outstanding and staff is very knowledgeable and professional, no complaints there.
Outstanding, amazing, special.
Foodies, this is a must go place with food only to be rivaled with the NY food scene. Amazing food for a sophisticated palate and excellent service.
Great wine selection and price variance. ...
Great wine selection and price variance. Fun and interesting foo. Amazing cognac
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