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.
Portland, OR 97214
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
We went to Le Pigeon for a special occasion of sorts, and found it to be a lovely gem, on par with one of our other favorite restaurants, but in a very different way. We did the 5-course tasting menu, which was more than enough food for the two of us, and the wine pairings, which were generous pours, of lovely wines, some of which went better with dishes than others. The food was incredible in flavor and composition, and kept to the French roots of Le Pigeon while still getting creative. It was all plated beautifully as well, and came out in a timely manner. We very much enjoyed the restaurant, and I have no doubt that we will be going back.
Wonderful flavors. Foie gras appetizer portion was generous, to the point that we were unable to finish our entrees (but was so delicious we didn't mind). Both meats in the entrees (pork and beef cheek) were cooked well, but the accompanying vegetables were the standout to us. Complimentary champagne as we were celebrating our anniversary was a thoughtful gesture.
For foodies what a great spot!! I had the 5 course pairing dinner and was not disappointed. Better go hungry as the 4th course stuffed me. My only suggestion to the chef is just a bit smaller portions would be great. My spouse had the beef cheeks and enjoyed her meal as well. The portion size again was large but delicious. We will go again for sure. Also enjoyed sitting at the Chef's counter. Cheers!!
Fun decor -- eclectic and interesting. The menu was quite whimsical and I enjoyed the variety of choices. We chose two starters and a main course followed by dessert. All were very good. But my favorite was the prawn and prosciutto Benedict. YUMMY. The wine selection is great and I love that they have a great amount of half bottles. Overall was a nice dining experience.
It's really hard to say anything about this restaurant that has not been said before, but the bottom line is it is great. This was our 3rd visit and this time we dined at the counter and watched the food prep and talked to the staff, including the chef, Gabriel Rucker. We did the tasting menu and let them pick the courses, plus the wine pairings. It was all great in every way and we made an evening of it. Highly recommended!
We are from Denver and I did my "foodie" research before coming to Portland. Le Pigeon didn't disappoint. We sat at the chefs table and watched with excitement while the made each plate in front of us. Our food, foie, rabbit, fried chicken and the house fish Halibut were all exceptional. The flavors were layered perfectly and paired so well together. If we ever come back to Portland this will be my first stop!!
Our server Chris was awesome! We ordered the 5 course tasting menu and opted to not do the wine pairing tasting menu with it but he had some great glass suggestions for us. We really enjoyed talking to him. The kitchen is open so it was cool to see the chefs working, next time we will request to sit at the bar so we can watch. The food was so amazing as well. Hands down the best meal we've had in Portland.
We did the seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Overall very tasty, but we were surprised that three of the courses were sweet. Also, there were two courses with foie gras which we thought was one too many. We loved the ambience and sat up at the bar where we could watch all the action in the kitchen. The staff was extremely attentive and helpful, taking care to explain each dish.
The Portland restaurant scene is amazing. But there is one that stands out in a class by itself. Le Pigeon is quite simply a world class restaurant. Astonishing how Gabe Rucker pushes the envelope without waiving the flag of "I'm creative". The food is a masterpiece. And Andrew Fortang's wine selection refuses to take a back seat to the food. Which creates perfect pairings and an exquisite dining experience.
From the host to the server to the chefs everything about the service at Le Pigeon was phenomenal. We felt so welcomed and taken care of and the tasting menu was perfect. The wine list offers enough choice but is not overwhelming and is obviously conscious of the menu options. If I didn't live in Canada, I would make this spot a regular date night restaurant. Thank you so much for taking care of us. I will be back as soon as possible!
This restaurant is expensive, has unique food combinations, and had promising reviews so we expected positive experience. My husband had the special, halibut with scallops and fresh made noodles. The halibut and scallops, though cooked well and tender, were ruined with excessive liquid smoke flavor and the noodles tasted like top ramen. That was a real surprise.
The server noticed the mostly uneaten food and asked how everything was. My husband is too polite to complain so just said "fair." At 40.00+ a plate, the answer should never be fair. You could see in the servers face that he recognized something was not ok but instead of responding to that, we just didn't see him again. Would never go back
Everything was great. Sauces were flavourful like they are dancing in your mouth. Personally, I think if the seasoning can be a little lighter so I can taste the freshness and natural flavour of the main ingredient will bring to it perfection. For example, my first plate has a horseradish sorbet and it overpowered the geoduck while geoduck shall be a really fresh shellfish. Dessert is very well balanced tho.
Service was A+. Their tasting menu portion size is very generous. I would definitely recommend this place. Just remember to book early.
Excellent restaurant! Wonderful combinations of very fresh ingredients. Had the 5 course chefs choice and it was all excellent. Staff was helpful and very friendly. Wine service was good. Had reservations about the communal tables, but it wasn't an issue. I understand why they have communal seating, it's a very small restaurant.
We loved the food here. Very well presented, and the wait staff knows a lot about what they are serving you. We chose the 5-course, and I dropped our own bottle of champagne pre-dinner ($30 corkage). There was not any part of the meal we did not love, and I even got a lovely substitute from the chef for the foie gras part of the tasting menu (it does not sit well with me), but the bite I had of my partner's was pretty amazing.
Love that they do no gratuity... it makes a difference.
On the downside, I do not understand the communal table thing. I had to get up 3+ times to let people sit down, and/or go to the bathroom. They were not part of our party. They were loud, pretentious, and annoying--so loud that we chose not to talk a lot because of them. When I am paying over $200 for a meal, I kind of like some privacy, and I really do not want to have to accommodate other people. Communal seating is not trendy, or cool, and it does not bring me closer to anyone. It's annoying, and it is probably part of the reason I will not go back even though the food was amazing.
Even though this tiny restaurant was rated #1 in Portland in 2016 we were not impressed. The 4 of us ordered different entrees and two different desserts. Only the desserts were considered good. One of us ordered coffee with dessert but it was never delivered. We had so looked forward to a fine meal our first night in Portland so we were sorely disappointed!
Three of us dined at Le Pigeon on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is small and seating is at communal tables or the bar. Bar seats allow you to watch the food being prepared. We had three courses and were able to split/share items whenever we requested. The butter lettuce salad was huge and extraordinarily fresh. Highly recommended! The sweetbreads were a different preparation than we had had before but were excellent, as was the foie gras. The quail entrée was good but the salmon special was outstanding. Service was friendly and efficient. There is a good wine list with a wide range of prices for bottles and glasses.
We had a wonderful meal. This was the first tasting menu for any of us, but everyone loved the meal, even the items that had ingredients that they aren't usually willing to eat. We had the seven course version and every course was a winner. I had the wine pairings and the other three in our party had the non-alcoholic pairings. The wines were lovely and presented with a lot of information about their characteristics, but the non-alcoholic pairings stole the show. They were inventive and in combination with the foods, the result was greater than the sum of the parts. Highly recommended for a special occasion for those who want a comfortable casual environment for their fine dining experience!
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