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.
Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Le Pigeon Ratings and Reviews
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:(
Definitely one of the best restaurants i ...
Definitely one of the best restaurants in the Portland area. Not a large location, but great ambience. The service was excellent, very professional and friendly, also appreciated that gratuity is already included in the prices.
Had high expectations for the food and was not disappointed, infact it went beyond my expectation.
If you love food then this is certainly a place not to miss
My wife and I went to celebrate our anni ...
My wife and I went to celebrate our anniversary, and we were treated to a great experience. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and our waiter was knowledgeable without being overbearing. We would definitely make a return visit.
This is cuisine that tries too hard, wit ...
This is cuisine that tries too hard, with flavors and textures that don't marry well. Lacked nuance, blend of flavor contrast, depth and complexity, with no overall finesse. Truffle pasta was way too salty. Personally found this very disappointing.
I have loved this place. It's been a whi ...
I have loved this place. It's been a while visiting Le Pigeon. Many things changed, such as tip policy, dish style, and menu (which normally does). Tipping is not required. But, I felt that almost 25-30% tip is included in the food price. This pre-include of high-tipping does not make sense because no one can say Le Pigeon always provides excellent dining experience. Food seems a bit transitioning towards fusion. I liked their French foods. But, what I had was poorly combined French and Korean. Also, foods were very salty.
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.
Tremendous experience. The staff was inc ...
Tremendous experience. The staff was incredibly accommodating, tasting menu and accompanying beverages were fantastic, and eating the famed dishes from the cookbook was awesome.
Thank you to the staff for a wonderful meal. I ate at Eleven Madison Park the following week, and I preferred the Dirty Bird. Much Love!
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.
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