Portland, OR 97209
Bluehour means different things to different people. In French literature it describes any time of day "of heightened emotion." In Portland it has come to mean "a great place to dine."
As the premier modern restaurant in the Pearl District, Bluehour opened its doors in 2000, with what Gourmet Magazine describes as, "the most sophisticated, contemporary food in town." Guests choose between the elegant dining room or the casual café and bar.
Surprising and delicious describes the Modern Northwest cuisine we create in the Bluehour kitchen each night. The menu is printed daily, so come in and enjoy Chef Chris Carriker's seasonally inspired menu.
Modern European, Northwest, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday -- 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Thursday - Saturday -- 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
Happy Hour: 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday -- 10:00-3:00PM
Cafe/bar open after dinner until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
L'Heure Bleue is the private room at Bluehour that can accommodate up to 60 people for a seated dinner or up to 100 people for a cocktail style reception on any occasion. Private Event Manager: Alice Price
Valet parking is $6.00 and is offered after 5:30pm, Friday and Saturday evenings, at the corner of NW 13th and Everett St.
On all other evenings, street parking is available. Please call for garage recommendations.
Bluehour is located three blocks west of the NW 10th and Everett stop of the Portland Street Car.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Whether planning an elegant social affair or searching for a unique venue for a corporate meeting or outing, Bluehour offers professional catering services to ensure that the vision of your event comes to life. Available: full bar service, specialty cocktails, AV capabilities and personalized menus
Bluehour Ratings and Reviews
We first tried Blue Hour on a Sunday morning (11 am) for brunch before going to as theater matinee. Our service was spot on and the food was divine. We were so impressed we came back a couple of weeks later for the Happy Hour and then dinner around 6 pm. The food was exquisite but the place was near capacity and the few people on the service staff were nearly overwhelmed by large crowd. The service was still great but the attention to us was not 100 %. They missed adding our bar tab to the dinner tab which I pointed out to our server who corrected the error.
Not great! Service was really bad - I usually judge by the food,but that was just ok.
Brunch, large group - not memorable except that I think it was 45 min in to get drink and 1.3 to get food. Some of the guys left hungry. I had the eggs / hash which was good ( also small )
Portland has so much great - why settle for ok?
Sadly, we tried BH for our first Valentines Day in Portland. Raw , not medium rare steak, - twice. Incorrect dessert. Server seemed to disappear on us after she realized the second steak was raw. Not sure why people adore this place. To be fair, they have a good wine list and it is a beautiful restaurant. Was looking forward to making it a tradition. Over-priced for mediocre, bland food.
Lovely evening with the family. Ambiance is relaxed, elegant dining. Service was fabulous and food out of this world. We are always looking for menu items we 'can't make at home' and this menu was it! We had 4 different entrees and each was perfect. The fish was flavorful, lamb was melt in your mouth, and the pasta was rich and satisfying Thank you for a special evening out with family we will be back.
We were honoring a gift certificate and combined an evening at the theater with dining here after. The restaurant was quite quiet on the Sunday evening and we were quickly seated at a table of our choice. The waitstaff were efficient and helpful and we both enjoyed the Amuse Bouche and the grilled octopus. The dining choices were comprehensive and were well-prepared. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
We were so bummed. we spent about $180. We felt the service was wonderful by each and every staff member! The food however, lacking serious flavor! Honestly, the best item was the free taster plate they graciously brought out. The dessert was disappointing to our pallets all together. And - a suggestion for the calamari starter; perhaps more than four slices of octopus and 20 less Lima beans. :/ thank you to each of the servers and staff! The ambiance was impeccable!!
We arrived late, due to traffic, were seated immediately and Bret our server made major efforts to get our orders in and to the table so we could make curtain time @ PCS! What a great evening and thanks to everyone that had a part in making this a great Tuesday theatre evening.
Overall, it was a nice restaurant. The food was quite good but, not outstanding. I loved the music selection, not quite what you'd expect from such a place but, it was nice. The service was just fine, very friendly. My server helped me find a suitable drink since they were out of what I wanted to try. When we went it was very quiet and relaxed, so that was very nice. It was a great experience for sure and might go again one of these days.
I've been going to Bluehour since they opened in 2000. They always put on a wonderful meal and I've always had a very enjoyable time. This visit offered six different types of steak preparation as part of the regular menu. Our table ordered three of the different steaks and each were expertly prepared and delicious. While Bluehour may be challenged by some newer, more trendy restaurants, I think it's still one of the best restaurants in Portland.
Starter of scallops, steelhead entree, followed by specialty coffee - all very good. My preference is for quality over quantity so this was met. Service was excellent - friendly waiter with just the right level of attention. Despite seeing complaints from other reviewers, I experienced excellent, timely service.
The portions are a joke for what you pay. We have had a couple iffy nights at Bluehour and have always supported but this took the cake. Significantly has lost their edge. Way better restraunts in this city. Food tastes great but you leave hungry after spending a lot of money.
Delicious dinner and great service from our server Keith. My only issue is that we ordered the Zefiro Caesar salad for four people, which I understand is "usually only served in the bar" (it was not on the dinner menu. Keith was able to "make it happen" for us - at a cost of $ 18 per salad (or $ 72 for our four guests). The salad is delicious - but it is only romaine lettuce and croutons with Caesar salad dressing (no chicken, shrimp or steak). $ 18 for four salads would have been a good deal... Noting that the bar menu states "Zefiro Caesar for two) is $ 18, this made me feel a bit cheated.
I have dined at the Blue Hour many times. Once again, it did not disappoint. The food was great as was the service. We had tickets to the Gerding Theater and the service was prompt, but not overly hovering. We got out at exactly the time we'd requested with a bit of time to spare before curtain time (albeit there is no curtain at the Gerding Theater).
Ambience is friendly and elegant, comfortable leather wrapped chairs and white tablecloths. That's where the pleasure ended. Although the service was attentive, the food was not. Brunch is arguably the easiest meal to prepare, but the chef failed miserably. My mushroom omelet arrived warm, not hot, and the eggs were overcooked to the point of browning. The eggs in another dish were scrambled to death and tough as well. We had to wait over 30 minutes, even with only 1/4 of tables filled at 10:30 Saturday AM. Three of us were finally served but had to wait several minutes for the 4th in our party to get her plate. If a chef in an expensive and upscale restaurant can't cook eggs, they should check out Julia Child's instruction or go back to school. Jan 21, 2016
Came for the New Year's 4 course prix fixe dinner. Loved the ambience, but slightly disappointed in the food. We both really enjoyed our first course and our desserts, but underwhelmed by the rest of the meal. However, we still enjoyed our evening and the staff was wonderful.
The End of a nice restaurant.
My family and I ate at Blue Hour last night. I had been surprised to find a table for 7 available just one day prior to reserving; it seemed to always be full in the past.
Last night, just days before Christmas, there were many empty tables and now I know why. Service was worse than bad.
We stood at the bar for 10 minutes after arrival never being noticed by a bartender, so we went to our table where service got increasingly worse. Our waiter appeared to be working his first job in a restaurant and apparently with no training from Blue Hour. He messed up our wine order and then after bringing the correct bottle, proceeded to begin pouring with a plan to empty it into our 4 glasses in the first pour...6 oz. wine pours are never a good idea. He turned the wine pouring over to me.
We ordered 2 cheese plates as an appetizer and at his suggestion placed our dinner orders as well, which he assured would be timed "smoothly" to our cheese consumption. In reality, he tried to deliver our first course concurrently with the cheese plates; I asked that the first course be delayed until we'd enjoyed the cheese.
Although I next enjoyed my Brussel sprouts, my pasta main course was barely warm. By then I had resigned myself to give it up and recognize that Blue Hour's days of excellence no longer existed. I might have talked to a manager about the whole experience but it wasn't evident that one was working that Thursday night.
Really sad experience, good bye Blue Hour, you had been a good restaurant.
We had the tasting menu. Small plates of wonderful flavors playing with your senses. We enjoyed the progression of flavorful surprises. We paired our meal with a cuvee and nice local pinot. If you love food and are open to try anything, I highly recommend this experience.
Rather average! Took a while to be greeted and seated even though the restaurant was quite empty. Got some wine and an amuse bush arrived, very welcome but also very underwhelming. Brussel sprout veg was great! Matsutake pasta and duck entrees were quite good.
We had the tasting menu. 1st 2 dishes were seafood. hard to cut because they were on a bed of shells. Then some vegetable dishes, then wagu beef. we had 2 course of desserts, 1 of which was a beet cake, which was very good. I would do the menu again. We also had a wine pairing which was expensive but paired well.
Beautiful, quiet restaurant with good food. Our lovely holiday experience was marred, however, by the deplorable service. The waiter was hurried and disinterested, it took 30 minutes to get a drink, and another 30 minutes to order. We were told we'd receive four free desserts for the wait, then told we would only get two when we ordered them. Our Rez was at 6:30, but they were already out of a featured entree. Too bad, we won't be going back.
I was underwhelmed by Blue Hour. The dining room is beautiful, but lacked any true ambiance. Our main server was courteous but cold and only really took our dinner order. The food was ok, but nothing special. There are too many great restaurants in Portland that give a full dining experience, to overpay for so-so food and service here.
We recently had a most enjoyable dinner with friends at Bluehour. The service was impeccable, the food outstanding, and the wines delicious. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The ambient noise was low and all seven in our group (including several with hearing challenges) were able to hear the conversations with ease. My only concern was a draft from a nearby door (temps were in the 30s outside), but I was provided with a blanket which saved the evening. Would highly recommend Bluehour for special occasions or when you need a little pampering!
The understated attention to detail cocoons you the moment you enter Bluehour. Taking coats and being shown to our table was caringly done, making us feel most welcome, and pampered. Pre-dinner drinks were delivered in a flash, and the selection on the menu favoring local ingredients and freshness took some time--yes, there were several items we wanted to try, so it took a little time to figure out which one we would settle on for that evening. One of us had special dietary needs, but the kitchen accommodated the request without a blink of the eye.
The service was impeccable as we never felt rushed; even as the restaurant tables filled for the evening. It was a birthday celebration, so were surprised when a little sparkling wine arrived as a generous gesture to add to our pleasure. By the end of the meal, we felt content and happy.
Although it had been a while since we'd last eaten at Bluehour, this experience reminded us why this kitchen, as well as the bar, have always been top-rate!
Our third visit in past two months as pre-theatre diners (we are subscribers at PCS so get 15% off our meals) and I've had superb dinners each time plus lovely wines.
Last visit my husband ordered a sirloin steak and was terribly disappointed that it was tough as could be. We reported the fact to our waiter and were very pleased that they did not charge us for his entree (though our waiter was a tiny bit stroppy about it).
We were visiting Portland with friends...we were THRILLED to eat here, as we had raving reviews from friends. Great ambience, beautiful restaurant . Nice staff. We opted for the 5 course prix fixed menu to experience the cuisine...it was pretty bland to be honest. Really bad at points. The gnocchi was delicious but overall it was pretty underwhelming.
The staff was so friendly and accommodating! When booking I asked to be seated near a window if possible and they gave us, in my opinion, the best seat in the house! It made for a beautiful Thanksgiving. I would recommend BlueHour for anyone willing to spend a little extra for beautiful ambience, friendly staff, and wonderful food.
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