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“Gastronic Adventure in PDX”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Pigeon

Le Pigeon
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Ranked #37 of 4,249 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$100
Cuisines: French, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 8th Avenue
Transit: #12 and #20 buses.
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Gastronic Adventure in PDX”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

We visited Le Pigeon in Sept once the tourists had left and you can get a seat without waiting for ever. The seating is communal as is common in a lot of PDX restaurants.

While the menu is limited, there are a lot of innovative dishes to try. We passed on the Chef's Tasting menu as we knew what we really wanted to try. For the apps, we had the Foie Gras and the brazed short ribs - Perfecto. For the main, we had the rabbit and the lamb - both were done perfectly and the sides were well matched.

The service was attentive, the servers explained the menu well (willing to take the time and answer your questions). We also asked the waiter to simply select the wine pairing for each course individually, which he did and the rests were excellent.

For dessert, the Foie Gras Profiteroles were awesome as was the Crème Brûlée.

Definitely will be going back here on a monthly or quarterly basis when in the mood for French Cuisine with a PDX twist.

  • Visited September 2013
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Chesterfield, Michigan, United States
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“Cool Place with Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

We had an amazing time at Le Pigeon. The atmosphere is very cool. The staff is well trained and extremely helpful. But... The food is the star of the show and dish after dish was spot on, and the wine pairings were perfect. We thoroughly enjoyed our entire evening.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Birthday Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

We had read about Le Pigeon on several sites and it had been recommended as a place to try when in Portland. We went for my birthday and it was a great experience. The food was tasty and the service was wonderful. I would recommend the Beef Cheeks or Venison if on the menu. Both were amazing. Great place for a special occasion

  • Visited November 2013
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“Great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

We have heard of this place from friends, we were in from out of town, fois groie 3 courses, between 4 of us tried most things on the menu and not disappointed, glad we had reservations very small place with community tables, those that shared our table were from our area

Visited November 2013
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freshpho
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“Le Pigeon consistently serves salty food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

I am ashamed to admit that I come back to Le Pigeon over and over again because they change their menu constantly. My husband and I have been there on a monthly basis. I have ordered their entrees each time and they continue to be very salty! So I can say that the saltiness is not a fluke.

I do like the fact they have foie gras and it is usually good. Our last foie gras was not good and didn't taste like Le Pigeon quality. Pretty spendy meal for two people.

One word of advice: do not buy their $25 off at restaurants.com. They require you to purchase an entree for each person. Since their entrees are so damned salty it would not be worthwhile.

The restaurant is tiny so you need reservations. You will be sitting in a communal table with a bunch of other people. We witnessed a husband and wife argument, which resulted in them promptly leaving. So your dirty laundry will be everybody else's LOL. We used to like coming early and sitting at the bar to watch them prepare food.

So our last trip to Le Pigeon will be our final visit there since Portland has an abundance of good restaurants.

  • Visited September 2013
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