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Stevebowain

07/09/2011

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Overall
Good but rich

The food was amazing! I did consume 2 days of calories in one meal however. The wine pared perfectly. Great environment but very loud. Felt like we had left Portland and were in New Orleans or Europe.

Rudymer

05/25/2011

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Overall
Wow

Let me make it simple, in terms of the food, you'd be hard pressed to find a better restaurant - innovative, caring, with great attention to detail. In my opinion, the top.... Now, innovation does not mean that you are guaranteed a world class meal every single visit -yes there will be variation, but overall, the food is amazing.
Service has been consistently excellent.
Atmosphere and location leave a bit to be desired.

QuiGonJenn

05/07/2010

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Overall
Hell Yes

Be still my beating heart. Always my favorite meal since the last time I have eaten there. There is always a vegetarian option, and sometimes it's my favorite (leek bread pudding) of all the plates (no one gets to finish their plate without letting me try!).

reginette

02/01/2010

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Overall
unimpressed

We were a party of four and all of us ordered something different. The only dish that made a hit was the hamburger. Seems they only have a few on hand most evenings. Hmmm. Doesn't come close to real French food, presentation messy and combination of ingredients way off. Chef needs to hold off on the salt Brewpub food I've sampled in this town so much better, so are the prices.

PortlandBuzz

01/19/2010

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Overall
best for foodies

Cozy bistro with open kitchen, watch the chef get inspired to design his next dish infront of your eyes.

The food is spectacular. The soup is my favorite every time.

Love the artwork of the chef and staff on the walls as well.

Great touches all around the bistro that make you feel comfortable at Le Pigeon.

bittermuch

10/21/2009

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Overall
Not for restaurant rookies who dont get it

Don't come on a Saturday night at 7pm and expect peace & quiet. It's small, it's cramped, but go in on a weeknight and even us big people get plenty to eat and enough room to sit and enjoy it. We went there on our first childless date in 2 years and couldn't have asked for a better meal or better service. Don't fast all day before you get there, and your portions will be ample. It's not cheap, but as an overweight American, I have no complaints about the portions we were served. The food was wonderfully executed and thoughtful - the only minor negative point, if I were to really try hard to find one, is that the grapes with my fois gras appetizer were old and soft and just regular seedless red flame grapes. This time of year you can find excellent eating and wine grapes at any Farmer's Market. But, hey - you get yummy Plugra butter with your impeccable baguette (even with Portland humidity!). I would recommend this to anyone in the mood for perfect, rich food - prepare to eat fruit and salad the next day to balance it out, though! And really, just try the fois gras profiteroles - share them with 3 friends, though - they are so evilly rich!

Alocasia Green

10/09/2009

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Overall
Amazingly Inspired Food

I honestly cannot say enough fabulous things about the food at this restaurant. If you sit at the bar you can watch the chefs construct your meal, and every last bite is absolute perfection from start to finish... every time. The well paired flavors are never overpowering or unbalanced and the changing (and seasonal) menu ensures that you're getting fresh meat and produce. I make myself try other dishes each time, but the beef cheeks are absolutely to die (I think the guy complaining about salt content is mistaking flavor for sodium, honestly). About the only complaint I have in the food department is the too-dry-and-crusty (in my opinion) bread - though it *is* served fresh-ground salted butter.

I'm not sure where the bad commentary about the wait staff comes from, as I've had them be nothing but helpful - recommending good appetizers, suggesting well-matched wines, and refilling drinks without being asked.

If I could change one thing about the place it would be the prices (but even those are absolutely appropriate for the wonderful meal you'll have). I just wish I could afford to eat there more often!

zeffer555

08/03/2009

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Overall
VERY good Restaurant...

We were having a house guest from France move out and were taking her to a French restaurant to say goodbye. I thought the food was really good. It took awhile, but it's a sit down and dine experience. It's not BK. People say the staff were rude...dude try working in a REALLY TINY room and see if you can keep a positive face 24/7...I thought they did a fine job. (Except the bus lady was a punk...) Anyhow, this restaurant is a really good place and the food is really good and I miss it. Too bad its way out of my price range and I did not pay for a bite!

LogicalChoice

06/25/2009

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Overall
Soap My Mouth, Please!

One Bad Meal! OK, so I had to try the pigeon. Before I got to the entree I endured an hour of boredom because I couldn't hear what anyone in my group was saying. Conversation was limited to the person next to me, as it was for everyone. The wait staff seemed very impressed with themselves, and they should be! Shame on me. I paid $28 for a greasy, aerial rodent served in a bowl full of horribly clashing flavors. I, too, would be amused and smug if I were successfully serving this fare. Portland has great restaurants, if you try this one-you'll remember it. Just a warning: the aftertaste of the nasty bird seems to have a life of it's own which grows stronger by the hour. Onion's have nothing on pigeon.

rickpdx

06/25/2009

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Overall
Over priced, bad Service

The louder people talked, it seemed like the louder the music got. Very rude, impatient wait staff, maybe they should be in Paris. Very small portions of food and very over priced, food took forever to get to table had to keep asking for bread.
Not worth your while, not woth the money.
dont do it.

JPRncsu

04/30/2009

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Overall
Not the place to go if you are on a LOW SALT DIET

I was visiting Portland and heard that Le Pigeon was a highly rated French restaurant. That was not to be so. The food is so over salted and FRIED it was difficult to eat. It was probably one of the worst unhealthy meals I have ever eaten. The veal dish came out over fried (more like deep fried veal if you can imagine that) and the beef cheeks were okay but over salted. I want to say great things about this restaurant but unfortunately I can’t. It really is at the low end of restaurants I’ve gone to for the past 25 years.

cpretty

04/22/2009

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Overall
Phenomenal!

I have been to Le Pigeon twice in the last year and was not disappointed either time. I absolutely love the atmosphere of the restaurant - very cozy and hip. The last time I went, my date and I split the seared foie gras appetizer - absolutely divine! Probably one of the best things I've ever tasted, no exaggeration. For entrées, I had duck and he had pork. Both were cooked to perfection and paired with wonderful vegetables and sauces. Le Pigeon has become my favorite restaurant in Portland and I will definitely be back soon!

Jeri532

04/07/2009

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Overall
disaster

There was only one vegetarian choice on the menu, which some people ordered. One of our party did not get their meal with the rest of us, and she was told it had been taken to the wrong table. After sharing some of our items, she decided she didn't want hers, and told them to not bring it, which they did anyway and charged her!
The food was extremely salty.
The salmon was undercooked for one order and about right for another, no consistency.
The wait staff put her hand on people's shoulders unnecessarily. The music was loud but they turned it down when we asked . Will never go back.

jengee323

03/12/2009

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Overall
Better than my wedding!

I'm trying not to respond to the people who wrote bad reviews and focus on my review which would include 6 stars if possible. I've eaten here a few times and am planning on going next week in fact. For the money NO ONE in Portland is doing the things with food that Gabe is doing with food. The foie gras profiteroles are so good they make me cry. Every dish I've had that has had an item in it that I've been hesitant about (i.e. frisse, sweetbreads) has utilized it in such a way as to make me think that I must have been mistaking it for something else entirely. My husband and I ate here on the day we got married and we both agreed that the meal was the high point of our day. The sommalier (Andy I believe) achieved perfection with all 5 pairings he chose for us. Even the item or two that I've had that's not been my absolute favorite has at the very least been interesting and fresh. Here's a helpful hint to those not in the restaurant industry- go early and go on a weekday. Don't like sitting next to the door in a crowded restaurant? Don't show up at 8:00 on a Friday. As for service... I thought it was unobtrusively crisp. The waitstaff is pleasant, smart and quick. Everything about this place is five star and I only wish I had the kind of disposable income to (gladly) eat here every week.

elenaburns

03/04/2009

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Overall
Very disappointing..

To make the story short: very busy and very noisy, music was annoying and loud, had to yell to be able to hear anything; people were packed like sardines: no possibility to have a nice conversation; if you ended up to get a seat in the corner, no way to go to the restroom! - will have to ask 8 people in arrow to let you go; and finally, food was not so fabulous as expensive! I found nothing pleasant about this place..

buben

01/11/2009

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Overall
Overhyped and overpriced

We were excited to score 2 seats at this much written about place. When we arrived we were seated next to the constantly opening door and when I asked to switch to empty seats at the end of the table I was refused. I spent the entire meal physically miserable and cold. The wait staff was abrupt and arrogant; when they showed up. The only food we like was the appetizer. The foi gras dessert was actually sickening; although my husband said he was glad for the experience of it he did throw out the leftovers. For real gourmet food and pleasurable surroundings we will spend our money and time at Alexis, Paleys, Simpatica, or Castagna Cafe.

Butterballs

12/18/2008

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Overall
Solid Food

Ate here a few months ago with 4 friends. Having six people is the way to go here. Our food was right on through every course. Concentrated flavor profile, fantastic complementing ingredients, excellent crossover deserts. I do not understand the negative reviews on here. This is not a 4 diamond/3 star dining experience. It is someone who knows how to cook. If the chef should take a well deserved day off, I am sure his chefs are expected to perform, regardless of their appearance. This is the kind of establishment where the roles are juxtaposed. You should feel lucky to eat at Le Pigeon in it's prime, not the other way around. We had a great dining experience here....sure the wait CAN be long.....who cares, plan ahead. I do wish there were more Champagne selections and magnums available on the wine list.

Sincerely, A Portland Certified Executive Chef and Sommelier

cynthiapalmer

11/23/2008

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Overall
Overpriced restaurant not for the claustrophobic

Hearing that LePigeon was one of the top 10 restaurants in Portland (Portland Monthly) and choosing out of all the different restaurants in Portland for a going away special dinner which was looked forward to for a long time. I was very disappointed. There was no room to sit and we had to sit outside and have a drink while we were waiting even tho there was an empty table (there are only 3) Everything is overpriced and this is after having ate at fine restaurants all over the country. The pairing are strange and if you want liver and bacon in desserts this is your place. Everything Saturday nite on the menu was mostly liver and pork and we ended up ordering a lamb and flatbread for something like 14 dollars. you could go to any middle eastern ethnic restaurant and have better at a quarter of the price. It was like the emperor's new clothes. My partners pork belly and macaroni had a delicious reduced sauce and was very tasty. My monkfish dish had two tiny fish patties which would be half an order of fish and chips anywhere else with some cut up boiled potatoes and a lobster leek ""sauce""... for 29 dollars you could have had a better dinner just about anywhere in Portland. It tasted like they dumped a salt shaker on the fish. This restaurant would be out of business on the east coast in any major city if they served this dish and charged those prices in this economy. They said well next time you come in we will try to make it better. Do they think people want to drop over $100 dollars and come out hungry and so very dissapointed? I recommend many other restaurants in Portland but this is highly overrated. and the chefs look like the work at the local commune.
good luck

jroarke

11/02/2008

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Overall
One of the best restaurants in PDX

Believe the hype LePigeon lives up to everything you've heard about it. My girlfriend and I ate here recently and although we were initially a little put off by the amount of time we had to wait for our table, it was totally worth it. We spent about an hour and 1/2 checking out the stores on Burnside which made the time go pretty quickly (if you give the hostess your cell phone number, they will call when your table is ready so you don't have to just stand in the street). When we were seated, we were a little wary of the kind of 'family style' feel of the place at first. But we warmed up to it quickly when we realized that it really felt as if we had been invited to a friends house for dinner. I ordered the steak and she got the pork and we both agreed it was the best dinner we had had in a long time, maybe ever. Everything was simple, but totally flavorful and perfectly prepared. Our waitress was very helpful in suggesting wines for us to compliment our choices. Dining here is not cheap, but the experience is worth every penny.

100percentitalian

10/05/2008

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Overall
most overrated restaurant in town

The most overrated restaurant in town! They try hard to surprise you, at the expenses of taste with odd food pairings (bacon in dessert, just to name one, and the result is not interesting but just like it sound, the wrong ingredient in the wrong place), or by decorating your appetizer or entree with fried claws, but the substance is not there. Not an authentic French either. The food is not worth the trip, moreover you will end up by eating uncomfortably in the same narrow table with other customers and not being able to have an intimate conversation. The price is outrageous for the experience. Do not waste your time and money, choose a different restaurant.

Details

Phone: (503) 546-8796

Address: 738 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Website: http://lepigeon.com

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Extra Phones

Phone: (503) 961-8482

Fax: (503) 961-8482

Payment method
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Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Buckman, Kerns, Southeast Uplift
Categories
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: No

Cuisines: American, French, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, No, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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