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
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.
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.
This was our first experience at Le Pige ...
This was our first experience at Le Pigeon, we sat at a large communal table with people on either side, it was terribly awkward and we found ourselves not even able to talk to each other across the table because it was so loud. I asked one of the wait staff what the loud music was and where it was coming from, it seems there is a night club that runs sound checks so loud it was causing our water glasses to shake. Once the sound check was over the restaurant music was almost as bad.
The couple next to us were on their cell phones the entire time they were dining, and what made it completely unbearable was the gentleman across from me was coughing and was clearly sick, being in such close proximity to people during the meal was miserable. Towards the end of our seven course meal I started covering my face with my napkin because the coughing kept getting worse.
Most courses were ok but for the price not what I would have expected but we were impressed with the reserve wines. Won't go back anytime soon, not a great experience and definitely not a relaxing dining experience.
This is an incredible exploration of dec ...
This is an incredible exploration of decadent eating, with plenty of delicious plays on fat and super rich flavors. However, it feels like this indulgence is done with intelligence and intention, as opposed to an over-reaching chef throwing a bunch of buzz-ingredients at a dish. Really good wines as well, and don't miss dessert.
Loved the old building this tiny restaur ...
Loved the old building this tiny restaurant is in. The Qauilducken was my fav of the evening. I ordered the special of the night, a king salmon with octopus fried rice. The fried rice was crispy and delicious, but the salmon was barely cooked. This barely cooked trend sucks! Usually a waiter will say, "The chef recommends medium-rare on the salmon." Not this time so I was thrown off when the fish arrived somewhere south of medium-rare, closer to seared sushi. I love salmon sushi, but when I order cooked salmon it should be cooked. A restaurant should not assume a diner wants nearly raw fish. Yes, I could have sent it back, but that interrupts a meal and the experience further so I ate what was more done around the edges and left the rest for the garbage. What a waste of the best salmon in the world.
Lucky for us dessert made up for the raw fish. The banana split was creative and tasty.
We would consider coming back but would be on guard for raw foods disguised as cooked.
Incredible! Have been wanting to eat her ...
Incredible! Have been wanting to eat here for A LONG TIME and finally made it happen. The food had so many complex flavors- I sampled 3 other friends' dishes. Wine pairings were spot on. Staff weren't pretentious like some similar restaurants I've been to can be.
Taking friend for birthday dinner who wa ...
Taking friend for birthday dinner who was visiting from out of town. We are both in our sixties. Restaurant had blaring rockisic playing. Ruined the evening for my friend. I finally asked that the.music be turned.down. Was disappointed to have to share the evening with"Lola"
Although I had little to complain about ...
Although I had little to complain about the food and service, I feel the atmosphere is not appropriate for an elegant dining experience. Reasons I feel this way are the communal tables and very small space. Furthermore the background music was a bit too loud and rock genre isn't appropriate for a sophisticated restaurant. In my opinion, ambience is equally as important as the food and service so Le Pigeon provides 2 of the 3.
We had an amazing time trying the five c ...
We had an amazing time trying the five course chef's tasting menu. Each dish was amazingly presented, and insanely delicious. Ingredients were combined that I would never think to order on my own, but we trusted the chef, and it paid off in dividends. Highly recommend this adventure to anyone!
This was our first experience and would ...
This was our first experience and would not likely have gone had our daughter not have given us a gift certificate. Very glad she did...and we did. We eat out a lot and I have to say this was a unique dining experience. The combination of flavors and textures was outstanding. The service was great and they did a nice job of explaining each course as they brought it. My wife did the non alcoholic pairing and I have to say, because I cheated and tasted some of her drinks, there were some unusual, but very refreshing, flavor combinations that went very well with the dishes being served. The local cider the waiter recommended for me was very good. Not a cheap date, but a very enjoyable one. We will definitely be going again.
The food was very good, but not 5* in my ...
The food was very good, but not 5* in my opinion. Had the tartare as an appetizer and felt is was trying to be to fancy for its own good. The meat really didn't come through the way it does in a classic tartare. Had the coq + belly for an entree. too much chicken and too little pork belly. not quite hot enough. I like that they have lots of demi bottles of wine, although they are somewhat overprized. had one very good one (cristom 2014 pinot noire) and then a really disappointing barolo. the Barolo ($ 75 for a demi bottle) should not be on the wine list of a restaurant of this caliber. Service was good. Noise level high.
All in all, a good restaurant, but I am not anxious to go back any time.
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!
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