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
This place makes us go back again and ag ...
This place makes us go back again and again every time we visit Portland. Small dining area with an interesting counter overlooking the action in the petite kitchen.
The communal table is always a challenge due to space. You have to have a loud conversation in order to hear each other. But it doesn't bother us anymore, we looked at it as fun!
Ratatouille is sooooo good! Complex flavors that matches the wine! Halibut was perfectly cooked. Love love the short ribs!
Overall our experience and love for good food is always met by Le Pigeon. Will still come back!
Delicious tasting menu and the staff acc ...
Delicious tasting menu and the staff accommodated our request to have the foie gras be one of our tastings -- very kind and attentive with personalized service. The foie gras profiterole was one of the best things I've ever tasted in my life. This is spectacular restaurant not just for Portland, but for the US.
There are better restaurants in Portland ...
There are better restaurants in Portland for a special meal. This might have been one of the original fine dining establishments, but it has not stood the test of time. Dishes are all over the place - too many flavors that do not go together instead of focusing on expert preparation and letting the ingredients speak for themselves.
Don't order the 7-course tasting. It was ...
Don't order the 7-course tasting. It was gratuitous - portions too large, no rhythm to the courses, meat and starch followed by meat and starch. Course three was gnocchi with braised pigeon - very tasty, but more or less ruined the rest of the meal. We sent back half eaten plates every course. The food was good - at times trying to hard and over complicated. Left feeling bloated and gluttonous.
I would go back for an à la carte meal, but I imagine the 5-course is also a bit much. I've had dozens of tasting menus, many Michelin or James Beard starred, but Le Pigeon is not the same level because of the lack of narrative/balance in the coursing.
Wine, service, quality of good were all excellent.
We chose Le Pigeon primarily because it ...
We chose Le Pigeon primarily because it was voted #1 restaurant in Portland, and after dining there it truly was the best meal of our weekend trip.
We had the pleasure of sitting at the counter, so we were able to chat with the chefs and watch the magic happen. The menu was diverse and the ingredients were prepared to perfection. My husband and I shared the gnocchi, and for our entrees he got the short rib and I got the burger. Best burger meat I have ever tasted. For dessert we shared a Swiss roll with kona cream and ice cream that was just the right amount.
The staff were so kind and fun. The Pandora playlist was R-Kelly's Remix and the jams just made the experience that much better.
We were given our dinner as a wedding gi ...
We were given our dinner as a wedding gift. I cook mostly at home and am rarely satisfied with meals out--I tend to think I could do it better myself. This was a rare and delightful exception. Marvelous, gorgeous food. Unpretentious and knowledgable staff. Would highly recommend.
Le Pidgeon was highly recommended to u a ...
Le Pidgeon was highly recommended to u and the staff was enthusiastic and friendly. The dishes a bit overly creative (too many flavors and complex) making it hard to distinguish the real focus of the dish. It was fun to try, but not memorable. The finale of deserts were outstanding and the accompanying Saturne wonderful. It also seemed a bit overpriced. I'd rate the restaurant a B but it probably has slipped a notch from its high marks by James Beard.
This was our first time at Le Pigeon and ...
This was our first time at Le Pigeon and I had high expectations. I was not disappointed. We ordered the 5 course tasting menu, but realized towards the end of the meal, that we were being served the 7 course instead. I loved almost all the dishes. I had read the reviews before going and took the advice of many, by sitting at the bar. It was very entertaining and the chefs showed their true artistry. We had the beef bourguignon, the cod, steak tartare, Foie Gras, Foie gras profiteroles and another desert that I can't remember the name of. One desert would of been plenty and I was wondering if I would be able to finish the last two courses. I did. I wished we had gotten the 5 courses like we asked - it would have been the perfect amount. My favorite was the beef bourguignon. I'd like to go back and try their hamburger or the Pigeon - both looked and sounded yummy. Everyone must go to this restaurant, if only once. A wonderful experience.
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... (:
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