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
I'm still debating if this was the best ...
I'm still debating if this was the best meal I ever had or not. So far I can't recall having a better fine dining meal than the one we had here. Really delicate flavors, well-balanced, and just so well thought out. The chefs here are extremely talented.
Service was good, and they have a no-tip policy as it is all included in the price. I think this concept is growing on me, as I thought it would make the Front of House staff less motivated to give great service, but that is not the case here. We did have to share a large table with another family, but the place is pretty small, and it did not bother us.
If we are ever in the portland area again, we will be sure to come back here. Amazing.
Given the price point and the talk about ...
Given the price point and the talk about Le Pigeon, I was expecting a meal that would really impress. The foie gras appetizer was spectacular. Everything outside of that felt like expected fine dining cuisine. My brother (a chef) and myself agreed: had we not eaten the foie gras with banana miso (again - AMAZING), we would have left disappointed.
The food was delicious! Expertly prepar ...
The food was delicious! Expertly prepared, beautifully presented. Unexpected combinations of ingredients yeilded fresh and delightful surprises. The only thing I didn't like is that the party next to us at the shared table was loud and pretentious. I would have preferred a more private table for our quiet party of 2. The space is tight and I was bumped into by servers and patrons numerous times. I would definitely recommend it despite this however, because of the outstanding food.
Food was quite good, however service was ...
Food was quite good, however service was atrocious. Took over 3 hours for 4 people to have appetizers and entrees. The server was non-existent even though the restaurant was half full. I'm assuming he didn't put in the orders but it ruined the evening for us. Would have ordered more wine or drinks but he was nowhere to be found (in a very small restaurant)
Wow, somehow the Le Pigeon we read about ...
Wow, somehow the Le Pigeon we read about and heard of from friends was not the one that we actually ended up eating at. We did a five-course tasting menu, and probably only enjoyed one or two of the courses. I don't know if they always do this, but there was a poorly executed Asian/fusion theme to the chef's tasting menu that night, and we were not fans. We work and live in Asia and eat excellent Asian food all the time - adding a "Chinese sausage" which is a really common and oily street food to a foie gras dish is not at all creative, it's just lazy and kind of cheap (Chinese sausage is about a cent a link, and they served a single link as half the dish). And then to put a large scoop of miso paste next to it, as if you could eat that like mashed potatoes! Another dish had half a pigeon-stuffed fried egg roll, we were rather stunned, given that we were expecting a Northwestern interpretation of French cuisine. And we LOVE well-cooked Asian food or Asian fusion. This, sadly, was not well conceived or well executed.
The fish course was fine, and the dessert (an avocado granita with lime) was quite refreshing and interesting. The foie gras profiteroles were tasty, but overwhelmingly creamy/rich after two bites. Their tasting menu pricing went up, and for 90USD a person, it was not at all a good value for what you're eating.
We decided not to order ala carte so we ...
We decided not to order ala carte so we can order more items off the seasonal menu.The appetizers were amazing. The fish of the day, skate, was a definite standout. We should've ordered the pigeon instead of the beef bourginon, which was too rich and sweet for our taste. Make sure to order the Bordeaux with the profiteroles as it helps cut through the richness of the dessert.
Service was on point and watching the chefs prepare the dishes was a delight.
The food was, as it should be, the star ...
The food was, as it should be, the star of the evening. Everything we had was amazing: Scallop starter, brisket and chicken entree and the burger. Wine was also great. Service was so-so. He seemed incredibly rushed and even left in the middle of an order when one of us said "I'll order first so she can have a minute." It was a weekend night and I get the restaurant was busy but the whole meal felt rushed after that, which for the price and how good the food is, felt like a bit of a shame. That being said however, we'll be back because the food is just that good.
Le Pigeon is at the top of some lists fo ...
Le Pigeon is at the top of some lists for Portland dining for a reason. We did the 7-course tasting menu and found that each dish had a beautiful presentation, and a fascinating and delicious combination of flavors and textures. The service was great. The only thing is, I don't love the communal seating scenario. I suppose it saves space and allows them to seat more people, but I'd wait another week for a reservation if I could have my own table. In my particular case, we didn't end up socializing with the people on either side, so it was awkward to be so physically close to people who weren't part of the conversation we were having. Anyway, it was a small price to pay and we knew about it going in, so it didn't ruin the experience.
Excellent. Best food in Portland. The ki ...
Excellent. Best food in Portland. The kitchen concept with communal tables was a little weird at first but didn't matter because the food was out of this world. The wines by the glass weren't great and it took our waiter awhile to find the right bottle for us but we did. Everything else was spot on. Can't wait to come back to Portland and eat here again.
Dining at Le Pigeon has been on our list ...
Dining at Le Pigeon has been on our list for a while and it did not let us down. Although the menu has details you might want to ask about(because I may not be a refined diner ) but the plates came out beautiful and the tastes were so different. It was definitely in a good way. It was hitting taste buds with notes i was not used to and I liked it. I will definitely be returning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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