Portland >Food & Dining > Le Pigeon
738 SE Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.522844 -122.657803
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Count yourself lucky if you are able to score one of the three dozen seats at this lower Burnside Beard award winning bistro without much of a wait. Order the foie gras profiterole, pan seared squab, beef-cheek bourguignon whatever dessert the server recommends and a bottle of red--you'll thank me later.
Chef's counter and communal seating available.
Gabriel Rucker's meaty bistro may not produce the lightest food in the world but it's hard to think of anywhere that does this kind of rustic, robust food so artfully and seemingly effortlessly. The guy is just a superstar, and deserved his Beard award.
One of Portland’s forever favorites, prepare to make new friends at this Burnside bistro’s communal tables, or go right at 5pm and get the best seat in the house, at the kitchen-facing bar. If you feel like a burger, get the burger—it’s legendary.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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..
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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