Le Bouchon

★★★★☆
  • 517 NW 14th Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-248-2193

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Hours
Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat 5:30pm-11am
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We were jonesing for some great French food and I thought of Le Bouchon. We'd never eaten there but a friend had once raved about their meals and we thought it was high time we checked it out.

It was a dark and stormy Tuesday night (heh) in Portland, but we were still surprised to be the only customers for Le Bouchon. We started to worry that we might have made a mistake... fear not! It was a lovely dining experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every element - I had the Lobster Bisque, which was lovely and he enjoyed the Broccoli Cream soup. We were celebrating, so a nice glass of champers was ideal.

The main course - I had the special Quail and my guy had the Pork loin. Both were classic examples of the French style and very tasty.

Our server was super friendly and nice, and very considerate in leaving us to our own devices as well as sharing in stories, etc.

The *only* gripe we have is that the prices seem a bit inflated. It's a highly competitive eating area - surrounded by great establishments that are just a few dollars less per plate. The food is made from scratch, fresh and delicious, though - don't let the difference of a few dollars at the end of the night discourage you from giving Le Bouchon a try!

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★★★★☆

We were jonesing for some great French food and I thought of Le Bouchon. We'd never eaten there but a friend had once raved about their meals and we thought it was high time we checked it out.

It was a dark and stormy Tuesday night (heh) in Portland, but we were still surprised to be the only customers for Le Bouchon. We started to worry that we might have made a mistake... fear not! It was a lovely dining experience and we thoroughly enjoyed every element - I had the Lobster Bisque, which was lovely and he enjoyed the Broccoli Cream soup. We were celebrating, so a nice glass of champers was ideal.

The main course - I had the special Quail and my guy had the Pork loin. Both were classic examples of the French style and very tasty.

Our server was super friendly and nice, and very considerate in leaving us to our own devices as well as sharing in stories, etc.

The *only* gripe we have is that the prices seem a bit inflated. It's a highly competitive eating area - surrounded by great establishments that are just a few dollars less per plate. The food is made from scratch, fresh and delicious, though - don't let the difference of a few dollars at the end of the night discourage you from giving Le Bouchon a try!

Pros: Friendly Service, Great Food

Cons: Pricey

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it's been a while we went there (we live in Seattle), but I can't believe the reviews.... How all these people can be writing about the same place. I have to believe some are having fun destroying restaurants, just like kids on blogs. It is not possible that there would be such a difference at the same place ! So, this place was quite nice when we went, good service, food was fine. I am from France and it was a pleasant, if not memorable experience. We are coming down this week end and will have go back and will post comments !!

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★★★☆☆

it's been a while we went there (we live in Seattle), but I can't believe the reviews.... How all these people can be writing about the same place. I have to believe some are having fun destroying restaurants, just like kids on blogs. It is not possible that there would be such a difference at the same place ! So, this place was quite nice when we went, good service, food was fine. I am from France and it was a pleasant, if not memorable experience. We are coming down this week end and will have go back and will post comments !!

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We had not been to Le Bouchon for a couple of years but seeing the negative review about the very fun and funny chef made us return. Wonderful experience yet again. I cannot imagine the experience expressed in an earlier review, we've had nothing but a warm reception even when the chef was under great duress when his wife was seriously ill. Thanks for sending us back.

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★★★★☆

We had not been to Le Bouchon for a couple of years but seeing the negative review about the very fun and funny chef made us return. Wonderful experience yet again. I cannot imagine the experience expressed in an earlier review, we've had nothing but a warm reception even when the chef was under great duress when his wife was seriously ill. Thanks for sending us back.

Pros: Good food, funny chef

Cons: High noise level

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This is probably our 8th time dining here and we have our favorites like the lobster Bisque, so velvet-like and incredible flavor, but this time we tried the Mussels Mariniere (white wine sauce that was just like in France) and I had my stand by: stuffed Quail ,which is always delicious and not something I would try making at home. He had the Confit of duck over a goat cheese and potato galette which I Tasted, rich and flavor, flavor flavorful! We just had 2 glasses of house wine which was a nice suggestion from our waitress....A Bordeaux. The service was good and unintruding and even though I love to hear people speak French I understand that you can't always get a French Server! Sometimes the Chef comes out to talk to people and he's really nice about answering food questions with his French accent! This is the only place we come to for BistroFrench and it's a relief that there's nothing uptight about the place. Cute provencial tablecloths, french music and wonderful food in an environment where wecan relax. That's what we like!

2
★★★★★

This is probably our 8th time dining here and we have our favorites like the lobster Bisque, so velvet-like and incredible flavor, but this time we tried the Mussels Mariniere (white wine sauce that was just like in France) and I had my stand by: stuffed Quail ,which is always delicious and not something I would try making at home. He had the Confit of duck over a goat cheese and potato galette which I Tasted, rich and flavor, flavor flavorful! We just had 2 glasses of house wine which was a nice suggestion from our waitress....A Bordeaux. The service was good and unintruding and even though I love to hear people speak French I understand that you can't always get a French Server! Sometimes the Chef comes out to talk to people and he's really nice about answering food questions with his French accent! This is the only place we come to for BistroFrench and it's a relief that there's nothing uptight about the place. Cute provencial tablecloths, french music and wonderful food in an environment where wecan relax. That's what we like!

Pros: Chef makes food requests with notice

Cons: Closed Sundays

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Never before has my family been insulted at a restaurant by anyone working there. Here is my letter to the chef:

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M. Musquin:

Yesterday evening my wife and I ate at your restaurant. You insulted us, and we will never return.

It was obvious you cared more for your cheap carafe than you did for your customers. The carafe was on the table because Gigi understands customer service. Instead of berating your staff for actually treating me well, you should have been thanking her. Tea is very important to me (I drank two carafes full). I would never spill it. To suggest that I would break your precious carafe is to imply that I am thoughtless oaf, which I am not.

You overreacted to our daughter touching your mirror. She understood what happened. I told her to be careful. Everything was fine until you grabbed her and gave her to my wife saying, ??Keep your kid.? Again, you implied that we did not know what we were doing and that your physical possessions were more important to you than your customers.

Equally obvious was the reason your restaurant was empty on a Friday night. I think everyone understands that you should be alone with your possessions so that no one ever comes near them. You stared at us until we were out the door, afraid that our daughter would harm them. You treated us like criminals. You are a big jerk.

Equally obvious was the fact that your staff suffer a great deal under your oppression. They understand all of this, but they are powerless to tell you anything because you are their employer. I am happy to tell you for them.

I hope you go out of business soon, and I will do everything legal in my power to contribute to this happening. I will tell everyone I know to go elsewhere for a pleasant dining experience.

You do not know how to run a business. You do not understand customer service. And your food? It is bland and overpriced.

Adieu.

Robert Peate

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★☆☆☆☆

Never before has my family been insulted at a restaurant by anyone working there. Here is my letter to the chef:

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M. Musquin:

Yesterday evening my wife and I ate at your restaurant. You insulted us, and we will never return.

It was obvious you cared more for your cheap carafe than you did for your customers. The carafe was on the table because Gigi understands customer service. Instead of berating your staff for actually treating me well, you should have been thanking her. Tea is very important to me (I drank two carafes full). I would never spill it. To suggest that I would break your precious carafe is to imply that I am thoughtless oaf, which I am not.

You overreacted to our daughter touching your mirror. She understood what happened. I told her to be careful. Everything was fine until you grabbed her and gave her to my wife saying, ??Keep your kid.? Again, you implied that we did not know what we were doing and that your physical possessions were more important to you than your customers.

Equally obvious was the reason your restaurant was empty on a Friday night. I think everyone understands that you should be alone with your possessions so that no one ever comes near them. You stared at us until we were out the door, afraid that our daughter would harm them. You treated us like criminals. You are a big jerk.

Equally obvious was the fact that your staff suffer a great deal under your oppression. They understand all of this, but they are powerless to tell you anything because you are their employer. I am happy to tell you for them.

I hope you go out of business soon, and I will do everything legal in my power to contribute to this happening. I will tell everyone I know to go elsewhere for a pleasant dining experience.

You do not know how to run a business. You do not understand customer service. And your food? It is bland and overpriced.

Adieu.

Robert Peate

Pros: Waitress Gigi understands customer service

Cons: The Chef is a Dick.

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Perfect dining experience. Excellent menu and fantastic specials. We had the duck & beef specials of the night and couldn't have been more satisfied with our choices. The sauces were fabulous!! Meats perfectly prepared. Our waitress was wonderful, perfectly attentive and had all the right suggestions of wines & cocktails to go with our meal. Ambiance was casual, comfortable, cozy and romantic. We couldn't have had a better dining experience. We will definitely be regulars.

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★★★★★

Perfect dining experience. Excellent menu and fantastic specials. We had the duck & beef specials of the night and couldn't have been more satisfied with our choices. The sauces were fabulous!! Meats perfectly prepared. Our waitress was wonderful, perfectly attentive and had all the right suggestions of wines & cocktails to go with our meal. Ambiance was casual, comfortable, cozy and romantic. We couldn't have had a better dining experience. We will definitely be regulars.

Pros: excellent service, fantastic food

Cons: nothing wrong with this restaurant

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It is always a pleasure to go to Le Bouchon. Lunch is reasonably priced (most entrees are $8) and the french onion soup is a warming treat ($7.95). Never fail friendly service with french pop music in the background. Monsieur, the chef, is French with a capital F. It is more Lyonnaise than Parisien. More Bistro than grand restaurant. A great place for lunch. Over the years have never been disappointed - they are wonderful with children and it is romantic in a very European way. Lots of good talk, good wine, good food.

2
★★★★★

It is always a pleasure to go to Le Bouchon. Lunch is reasonably priced (most entrees are $8) and the french onion soup is a warming treat ($7.95). Never fail friendly service with french pop music in the background. Monsieur, the chef, is French with a capital F. It is more Lyonnaise than Parisien. More Bistro than grand restaurant. A great place for lunch. Over the years have never been disappointed - they are wonderful with children and it is romantic in a very European way. Lots of good talk, good wine, good food.

Pros: Flavorful sauces

Cons: Parking

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Friday night erperience ---we were on ly customers and there were only 2 people working then--a waitress and a cook ----no French people around. French onion soup
was very disappointing, entres were barely edible --i had the bouibase and wife had chicken dish ----no sauce no seasoning --mussels were old and tasted tainted --- 2 appetizers,2 entres, 2 glasses of bad expensive wine --total bil was $75. We felt lied to by previous reviewers and that we had been robbed of
$75--we could have had a better meal at Carls Jr. for lot less.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Friday night erperience ---we were on ly customers and there were only 2 people working then--a waitress and a cook ----no French people around. French onion soup
was very disappointing, entres were barely edible --i had the bouibase and wife had chicken dish ----no sauce no seasoning --mussels were old and tasted tainted --- 2 appetizers,2 entres, 2 glasses of bad expensive wine --total bil was $75. We felt lied to by previous reviewers and that we had been robbed of
$75--we could have had a better meal at Carls Jr. for lot less.

Pros: none

Cons: poor, stale and poorly cooked tasteless food

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Le Bouchon is the type of bistro one would find in the neighborhoods of Paris and many smaller cities throughout France. It is family owned and largely family operated. Monique, until recently, was at the "front of the house." Claude remains in the kitchen. This is not L'Arpege. Nor is it Le Grand Vefour. If you are thinking Paris, think Peraudin (but a century younger). The food is French family cooking--in a family with a very good cook. The lamb shanks are wonderful. The white fish with butter, onions and white wine is always good. The entrecote makes one think of just how good Steak Frites could be in France if they had American beef. The wine list is short but includes some interesting selections--including a fun Languedoc. The seating is a bit close. The volume can be a bit loud when the place is busy. Which, to my mind, reminds me of wonderful trips to cities abroad. If you try it, it might remind you of a fun vacation or of a restuarant you and your family have gone to for years--if your family lived on the other side of the Atlantic.

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★★★★☆

Le Bouchon is the type of bistro one would find in the neighborhoods of Paris and many smaller cities throughout France. It is family owned and largely family operated. Monique, until recently, was at the "front of the house." Claude remains in the kitchen. This is not L'Arpege. Nor is it Le Grand Vefour. If you are thinking Paris, think Peraudin (but a century younger). The food is French family cooking--in a family with a very good cook. The lamb shanks are wonderful. The white fish with butter, onions and white wine is always good. The entrecote makes one think of just how good Steak Frites could be in France if they had American beef. The wine list is short but includes some interesting selections--including a fun Languedoc. The seating is a bit close. The volume can be a bit loud when the place is busy. Which, to my mind, reminds me of wonderful trips to cities abroad. If you try it, it might remind you of a fun vacation or of a restuarant you and your family have gone to for years--if your family lived on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Contrary to some rather negative reviews recently posted, my wife and i find Le Bouchon to be very similar to a small french bistro. I have beeen travelling to France on business for the last 22 years and have eaten in many different styles of resturants ranging from the most expensive in Paris to small family-run bistros in quaint, rural villages. The owner's are an authentic french family, the premises are somewhat cramped, just like many of their counterparts in France, the food is good, as is the wine list. True, the atmosphere can get to be quite noisy on a busy night, again just like a comparable bistro in France. These are the things we love about Le Bistro, it reminds us of our times spent in France. If it doesn't suit you then perhaps it would be a wise decision not to visit France either as you will probably find things to annoy you there too, from an American perspective.

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★★★★☆

Contrary to some rather negative reviews recently posted, my wife and i find Le Bouchon to be very similar to a small french bistro. I have beeen travelling to France on business for the last 22 years and have eaten in many different styles of resturants ranging from the most expensive in Paris to small family-run bistros in quaint, rural villages. The owner's are an authentic french family, the premises are somewhat cramped, just like many of their counterparts in France, the food is good, as is the wine list. True, the atmosphere can get to be quite noisy on a busy night, again just like a comparable bistro in France. These are the things we love about Le Bistro, it reminds us of our times spent in France. If it doesn't suit you then perhaps it would be a wise decision not to visit France either as you will probably find things to annoy you there too, from an American perspective.

Pros: Good food, good wine, friendly staff and an authentic french atmosphere

Cons: Hard to find parking

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Having enjoyed a good number of Portland's great restaurants, Le Bouchon lacks much of what makes so many other restaurants great. Ambiance: This small establishment has a loud, & crowded atmosphere so don't expect a romantic evening. Parking can be a nightmare, and the tables are covered in garish orange plastic tablecloths that remind me of my grandmothers breakfast table. Waiters: The wait staff was helpful, and the food got to the table quick, but that's about it for the positives. Food: The steak was over cooked, and the fish marginal. Portions were medium to small but low quality. Don't order the creme brulee either. The custard was grainy, not at all creamy as the eggs were curdled. This meal was on par with what you'd find at a Claim Jumper, but without a decent portion or reasonable price. Save your money folks. This is not fine dinning.

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★★☆☆☆

Having enjoyed a good number of Portland's great restaurants, Le Bouchon lacks much of what makes so many other restaurants great. Ambiance: This small establishment has a loud, & crowded atmosphere so don't expect a romantic evening. Parking can be a nightmare, and the tables are covered in garish orange plastic tablecloths that remind me of my grandmothers breakfast table. Waiters: The wait staff was helpful, and the food got to the table quick, but that's about it for the positives. Food: The steak was over cooked, and the fish marginal. Portions were medium to small but low quality. Don't order the creme brulee either. The custard was grainy, not at all creamy as the eggs were curdled. This meal was on par with what you'd find at a Claim Jumper, but without a decent portion or reasonable price. Save your money folks. This is not fine dinning.

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Le Bouchon is a wonderful French restaurant in the Pearl district of Portland. It is cozy inside with a few tables outside for pleasant weather dining. The owners are in the kitchen and on the floor and they are personable and witty. The food is excellent...be sure to ask the owners for help with your wine selection as you will get a wonderful dissertation on wine. And do not pass up dessert!

5
★★★★★

Le Bouchon is a wonderful French restaurant in the Pearl district of Portland. It is cozy inside with a few tables outside for pleasant weather dining. The owners are in the kitchen and on the floor and they are personable and witty. The food is excellent...be sure to ask the owners for help with your wine selection as you will get a wonderful dissertation on wine. And do not pass up dessert!

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I wonder if the people raving about Le Bouchon have ever had French cuisine or been in France. There is nothing authentic or even derivative. Meat is touch and inedible, flavors are unpleasant and service indifferent.
The owner, however, was quite friendly and jolly. Avoid like the plague. Au revoir! It is very dark and noisy in addition and the tables are cramped.

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★☆☆☆☆

I wonder if the people raving about Le Bouchon have ever had French cuisine or been in France. There is nothing authentic or even derivative. Meat is touch and inedible, flavors are unpleasant and service indifferent.
The owner, however, was quite friendly and jolly. Avoid like the plague. Au revoir! It is very dark and noisy in addition and the tables are cramped.

Pros: Friendly hostess

Cons: Service, ambience, food, parking

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A HUGE WASTE OF OUR MONEY..The owners and waiters were friendly and it stops there. The food for 4 of us was unremarkable, tiny portioned, tepid, underseasoned, and way overpriced . House wine by the glass was $8.75 and we never saw or were offered to buy a bottle. Plastic tableclothes and drugstore furnishings should have been the warning. After dining in downtown Portland for two years , several times weekly and with no budget constraints, this is the first time I felt fleaced! Portland offers sooo much better. Don't waste your money.

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★☆☆☆☆

A HUGE WASTE OF OUR MONEY..The owners and waiters were friendly and it stops there. The food for 4 of us was unremarkable, tiny portioned, tepid, underseasoned, and way overpriced . House wine by the glass was $8.75 and we never saw or were offered to buy a bottle. Plastic tableclothes and drugstore furnishings should have been the warning. After dining in downtown Portland for two years , several times weekly and with no budget constraints, this is the first time I felt fleaced! Portland offers sooo much better. Don't waste your money.

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I have a soft spot for traditional French dishes and they are hard to find. This place does not mess with perfection. The chef offers so many specials, not to mention the fact that the menu is well rounded. I had the escargots in garlic butter ....they were tender and flavorful just how they should be!, then I had stuffed quail with a port sauce....this dish really caught me off guard, but the waitress suggested it and she was right - I loved it, from the mushroom/rice inside to the sauce. I had no idea I liked quail!! My boyfriend had the Bouillabaisse, which he loved (I admit I had a taste) Wow! the seafood broth was worth it alone. They have homemade French desserts (try the Tarte Tatin) it's a warm baked apple tart - it's better than I'm explaining, just try it (if you like apples). The place is a bistro so think relaxed, but the food is gourmet and fine. We went on a Tuesday night and it wasn't too crowded, but buzzing a little and the waitstaff are friendly and they seem to all speak French if you want to practice, like me. I'll be back very soon!

2
★★★★★

I have a soft spot for traditional French dishes and they are hard to find. This place does not mess with perfection. The chef offers so many specials, not to mention the fact that the menu is well rounded. I had the escargots in garlic butter ....they were tender and flavorful just how they should be!, then I had stuffed quail with a port sauce....this dish really caught me off guard, but the waitress suggested it and she was right - I loved it, from the mushroom/rice inside to the sauce. I had no idea I liked quail!! My boyfriend had the Bouillabaisse, which he loved (I admit I had a taste) Wow! the seafood broth was worth it alone. They have homemade French desserts (try the Tarte Tatin) it's a warm baked apple tart - it's better than I'm explaining, just try it (if you like apples). The place is a bistro so think relaxed, but the food is gourmet and fine. We went on a Tuesday night and it wasn't too crowded, but buzzing a little and the waitstaff are friendly and they seem to all speak French if you want to practice, like me. I'll be back very soon!

Pros: THE FOOD and friendly people

Cons: So many choices, it's hard to decide!

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Ate here about 3 years ago and it was O.K.. After reading the reviews tried it again and it is off the list.
Plastic table cloths should have been my first clue. I got the bouillabaisse, $19.95. First of all, it was bland, devoid of any taste. In addition, it was the size of an appetizer, 3 small shrimp,. 2 muscles, and 3 small clams. With some grilled bread.
What a rip. I could do a better job being the enthusiast I am. Friend got the rib eye which was paper this but a better flavor. At this point we gladly cut our losses and up the street to finish the meal with a creme burlee.

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★☆☆☆☆

Ate here about 3 years ago and it was O.K.. After reading the reviews tried it again and it is off the list.
Plastic table cloths should have been my first clue. I got the bouillabaisse, $19.95. First of all, it was bland, devoid of any taste. In addition, it was the size of an appetizer, 3 small shrimp,. 2 muscles, and 3 small clams. With some grilled bread.
What a rip. I could do a better job being the enthusiast I am. Friend got the rib eye which was paper this but a better flavor. At this point we gladly cut our losses and up the street to finish the meal with a creme burlee.

Pros: none

Cons: many

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I have been to Le Buchon twice for dinner with a friend and feel I can recommend it heartily. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this restaurant is not of the fancy, haute-couture types. In taking in the ambience, I had the feel that I had been invited to dinner at someone's home in the country, or maybe a small countryside restaurant. More of a cozy, less formal feel. The staff were happy to speak with me in French though I'm not a native-level speaker. I enjoy the bouillabaise which is wonderful (better than the Heathman), but I see from other reviewers that I need to try the onion soup! It is small, was a bit noisy during my second visit, parking is difficult and the prices maybe a bit high but the service, ambience, and food were all wonderful. I recommend it to those who would enjoy good food of gourmet quality, but in a casual atmosphere, and certainly to any true francophile. It's terrific.

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★★★★☆

I have been to Le Buchon twice for dinner with a friend and feel I can recommend it heartily. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, this restaurant is not of the fancy, haute-couture types. In taking in the ambience, I had the feel that I had been invited to dinner at someone's home in the country, or maybe a small countryside restaurant. More of a cozy, less formal feel. The staff were happy to speak with me in French though I'm not a native-level speaker. I enjoy the bouillabaise which is wonderful (better than the Heathman), but I see from other reviewers that I need to try the onion soup! It is small, was a bit noisy during my second visit, parking is difficult and the prices maybe a bit high but the service, ambience, and food were all wonderful. I recommend it to those who would enjoy good food of gourmet quality, but in a casual atmosphere, and certainly to any true francophile. It's terrific.

Pros: Quality of food, friendly service, French speaking, casual ambience.

Cons: Size, parking, noise.

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The food is not what it used to be. Its quality has declined over the years. Avoid the champagne, it's awful. I hope the restaurant will improve its menu and go back to a better quality cuisine.

1
★★★☆☆

The food is not what it used to be. Its quality has declined over the years. Avoid the champagne, it's awful. I hope the restaurant will improve its menu and go back to a better quality cuisine.

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there are other places I'd rather visit. Le Bouchon serves tasty French dishes with aimable enough service, though for the money, I can think of serveral other worthy spots. Its not that it's terribly expensive, but the space itself conjures up images of my grandmas living room. Some may call that warm and inviting, but if you're searching for the romance of Paris, it's nowhere to be found. Soups, starters and entrees were good, though not particularly special, and the dessert list left something to be desired. In summary, the overall casual experience does not warrant the dressed up price tag.

1
★★★☆☆

there are other places I'd rather visit. Le Bouchon serves tasty French dishes with aimable enough service, though for the money, I can think of serveral other worthy spots. Its not that it's terribly expensive, but the space itself conjures up images of my grandmas living room. Some may call that warm and inviting, but if you're searching for the romance of Paris, it's nowhere to be found. Soups, starters and entrees were good, though not particularly special, and the dessert list left something to be desired. In summary, the overall casual experience does not warrant the dressed up price tag.

Pros: Enjoyable food

Cons: Decor, casual atmosphere and service with fancy prices

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My husband and I have been dining at Le Bouchon for many years now. We reserve going there for special occassions like our Anniversary, Birthdays, and of course Valentines. It's small, tasteful dining area is cozy and romantic and the owners always go out of their way to make us feel welcome. We love to take our time and enjoy the delicious appetizers like.... the scallops, the oysters florentine (?) - wonderful and I am not a huge oyster fan...every appetizer we have tried, we have loved. Our absolute favorite dish is the Bouilabaisse - it is an out of body experience!!!! If you dare ask for a cheese platter with your wine after dinner as well...talk about decadent!!!

The wait staff is always polite and charming, the owners - a lovely lady who always make people feel welcome and the chef is a true "artist".

We rank Le Bouchon as our NO. 1 favorite restaurant in Portland - mainly because the food is beyond delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must go!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been dining at Le Bouchon for many years now. We reserve going there for special occassions like our Anniversary, Birthdays, and of course Valentines. It's small, tasteful dining area is cozy and romantic and the owners always go out of their way to make us feel welcome. We love to take our time and enjoy the delicious appetizers like.... the scallops, the oysters florentine (?) - wonderful and I am not a huge oyster fan...every appetizer we have tried, we have loved. Our absolute favorite dish is the Bouilabaisse - it is an out of body experience!!!! If you dare ask for a cheese platter with your wine after dinner as well...talk about decadent!!!

The wait staff is always polite and charming, the owners - a lovely lady who always make people feel welcome and the chef is a true "artist".

We rank Le Bouchon as our NO. 1 favorite restaurant in Portland - mainly because the food is beyond delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You must go!!

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What a fun night! We didn't know what to expect, but everything from start to finish was wonderful. There were six of us in our party. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. He did a great job pairing food and wine for each of us. Without a doubt the BEST onion soup I've ever had. I don't know what the secret is, but I hope they never change it. We've been back three times since our first visit. This place is on our list of "sure hits".

2
★★★★★

What a fun night! We didn't know what to expect, but everything from start to finish was wonderful. There were six of us in our party. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. He did a great job pairing food and wine for each of us. Without a doubt the BEST onion soup I've ever had. I don't know what the secret is, but I hope they never change it. We've been back three times since our first visit. This place is on our list of "sure hits".

Pros: Onion soup; friendly, helpful service; ambience

Cons: Parking

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We visited Le Bouchon in the evening but I recommend this restaurant for lunch dining. My husband wore a suit and it's not necessary. Slacks and nice shirt would do.
I had the chicken with truffle sauce and it was the sauce that definitely made it enjoyable. My husband had the steak and it wasn't all that impressive. Oddly enough, it was the vegetables served with our dishes that took our senses on a wonderful ride - after every bite, we kept saying, "Wow!" We spent approximately $60, including tip and we both had a glass of wine.
Waitstaff spoke french and had lovely accents. They were pleasant and welcoming.
I definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch and a window seat (though there isn't a view).

2
★★★★☆

We visited Le Bouchon in the evening but I recommend this restaurant for lunch dining. My husband wore a suit and it's not necessary. Slacks and nice shirt would do.
I had the chicken with truffle sauce and it was the sauce that definitely made it enjoyable. My husband had the steak and it wasn't all that impressive. Oddly enough, it was the vegetables served with our dishes that took our senses on a wonderful ride - after every bite, we kept saying, "Wow!" We spent approximately $60, including tip and we both had a glass of wine.
Waitstaff spoke french and had lovely accents. They were pleasant and welcoming.
I definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch and a window seat (though there isn't a view).

Pros: Vegetables were amazing and the french accents were appealing.

Cons: Remember, it's a bistro - not "fine-dining".

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As a frequent visitor to Paris, I often long for the French bistro type of atmosphere and food. Le Bouchon is about as close as I can get to Paris without actually flying there. The wait staff is wonderful in explaining each and every minute detail of a sauce or type of preparation for a dish. The onion soup is like none I have ever tasted with a multitude of savory onions and a rich stock covered in cheese and croutons. Their duck dishes are the most savory I have tasted and be sure to try the gratin potatoes which are elegant. Desserts are also a treat. Our waiter was French and I had a wonderful time testing my French for which he was most tolerant. If you want a leisurely experience in French bistro dining and ambiance at its best, rest assured that Le Bouchon will fit the bill. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

As a frequent visitor to Paris, I often long for the French bistro type of atmosphere and food. Le Bouchon is about as close as I can get to Paris without actually flying there. The wait staff is wonderful in explaining each and every minute detail of a sauce or type of preparation for a dish. The onion soup is like none I have ever tasted with a multitude of savory onions and a rich stock covered in cheese and croutons. Their duck dishes are the most savory I have tasted and be sure to try the gratin potatoes which are elegant. Desserts are also a treat. Our waiter was French and I had a wonderful time testing my French for which he was most tolerant. If you want a leisurely experience in French bistro dining and ambiance at its best, rest assured that Le Bouchon will fit the bill. Highly recommended.

Pros: Ambiance and liesurely dining. Authenticly prepared cuisine.

Cons: Parking

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Although I appreciated that most of the staff spoke French, I was a little insulted by my appalingly rude waiter.

I have to watch my cholesterol, so I asked if my fish could be prepared with a little less butter than usual. My waiter responded, "Of course not, this is a French restaurant! There are no substitutions!" He then pointed out, "Don't worry, you can still stay slim. See all of us French people, we are slim!" After five minutes of having to defend myself and my reasoning behind the "less butter" request, he agreed to ask the chef that my fish be cooked in olive oil instead. With this statement he made it as clear as possible that he was doing me a magnificent favor and that I should be overwhelmingly grateful. When I recieved my fish, it was so drenched in oil that it could barely be recognized as a deep-fried filet-o-fish (of which I've eaten better at McDonalds), and my vegetable/starch were drowning in a puddle of extra virgin (I suppose I should just have been grateful it wasn't butter?).

The night was topped off when my companion ordered a glass of wine, and I ordered some tea. The waiter turned to me and smugly informed me, "It's good that you didn't order the wine, because you know I would have carded you." Although I am of legal age anyway, I couldn't quite seem to figure out what he was trying to accomplish other than being the most obnoxious waiter I've ever had in my life.

1
★★☆☆☆

Although I appreciated that most of the staff spoke French, I was a little insulted by my appalingly rude waiter.

I have to watch my cholesterol, so I asked if my fish could be prepared with a little less butter than usual. My waiter responded, "Of course not, this is a French restaurant! There are no substitutions!" He then pointed out, "Don't worry, you can still stay slim. See all of us French people, we are slim!" After five minutes of having to defend myself and my reasoning behind the "less butter" request, he agreed to ask the chef that my fish be cooked in olive oil instead. With this statement he made it as clear as possible that he was doing me a magnificent favor and that I should be overwhelmingly grateful. When I recieved my fish, it was so drenched in oil that it could barely be recognized as a deep-fried filet-o-fish (of which I've eaten better at McDonalds), and my vegetable/starch were drowning in a puddle of extra virgin (I suppose I should just have been grateful it wasn't butter?).

The night was topped off when my companion ordered a glass of wine, and I ordered some tea. The waiter turned to me and smugly informed me, "It's good that you didn't order the wine, because you know I would have carded you." Although I am of legal age anyway, I couldn't quite seem to figure out what he was trying to accomplish other than being the most obnoxious waiter I've ever had in my life.

Pros: french-speaking staff, french cuisine

Cons: rude service, overpriced menu, "no substitutions"

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GOOD, not the best but I do recommend giving it a shot. Prices were a little high(two dinners, one salad, one dessert, one glass of wine=75 bucks) but the service was great, and the overall experience worth the coin. The food itself was fairly impressive, my backround consist of eight years of cooking, being trained both in French and italian cuisine so I may be just critical.... the menu is well thought out and fairly classic however some of dishes could be stepped up a notch. I still enjoyed it and had a great time.

2
★★★★☆

GOOD, not the best but I do recommend giving it a shot. Prices were a little high(two dinners, one salad, one dessert, one glass of wine=75 bucks) but the service was great, and the overall experience worth the coin. The food itself was fairly impressive, my backround consist of eight years of cooking, being trained both in French and italian cuisine so I may be just critical.... the menu is well thought out and fairly classic however some of dishes could be stepped up a notch. I still enjoyed it and had a great time.

Pros: service, food

Cons: none really

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My husband and I ended up New Years Eve with no set plans, and Le Bouchon were able to fit us in for a reservation for us. It was a prefixed dinner for $45 which I think was a very fair price for the evening and five courses! The asparagus soup was excellent, along with the goat cheese salad. The prices for wine by the glass are a little more expensive (starting at $7.50) but the wine was excellent, and we had wanted our filet to be medium, and we were told it would be very pink in the middle, but it was pretty well ton, a little more than my taste, but we still enjoyed it. I can't wait to return to try the regular menu, I will be back. The service was very fun, attentive, and friendly. Great French food in a nice cozy comfortable atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I ended up New Years Eve with no set plans, and Le Bouchon were able to fit us in for a reservation for us. It was a prefixed dinner for $45 which I think was a very fair price for the evening and five courses! The asparagus soup was excellent, along with the goat cheese salad. The prices for wine by the glass are a little more expensive (starting at $7.50) but the wine was excellent, and we had wanted our filet to be medium, and we were told it would be very pink in the middle, but it was pretty well ton, a little more than my taste, but we still enjoyed it. I can't wait to return to try the regular menu, I will be back. The service was very fun, attentive, and friendly. Great French food in a nice cozy comfortable atmosphere.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Wine's by the glass

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We went to Le Bouchon just recently and let me tell you, I have never tasted such fantastic french onion soup in my life! YUM, yum, I can still taste it. The rest of our meals were also extremely good. I had some delicious salmon and my husband had a very tast pork chop, all elegantly and expertly prepared. They were succulent and flavorful. Our server was amiable and attentive. I've decided to go back there for my birthday next week, can't wait to savor some more of that soup! C'est magnifique!

2
★★★★★

We went to Le Bouchon just recently and let me tell you, I have never tasted such fantastic french onion soup in my life! YUM, yum, I can still taste it. The rest of our meals were also extremely good. I had some delicious salmon and my husband had a very tast pork chop, all elegantly and expertly prepared. They were succulent and flavorful. Our server was amiable and attentive. I've decided to go back there for my birthday next week, can't wait to savor some more of that soup! C'est magnifique!

Pros: Good value, Delicious food, Good service

Cons: Not good for groups

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This is a new Portland favorite! The food was melt-in-my-mouth wonderful. I ate everything as slowly as I could to prolong the tastes and textures for as long as I could. The bread is lovely (even the butter tasted better than normal). The stuffed quail and bouillabaise (both were the daily specials) were divine. The waitress was a little high-strung and got my wine order wrong. It's definitely not a place that I would go for a leisurely and long French meal, but I can live with the fast pace with food like this.

2
★★★★★

This is a new Portland favorite! The food was melt-in-my-mouth wonderful. I ate everything as slowly as I could to prolong the tastes and textures for as long as I could. The bread is lovely (even the butter tasted better than normal). The stuffed quail and bouillabaise (both were the daily specials) were divine. The waitress was a little high-strung and got my wine order wrong. It's definitely not a place that I would go for a leisurely and long French meal, but I can live with the fast pace with food like this.

Pros: The food, The food, The food

Cons: Loud, Hurried Service

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You will think upon entering that you have died and gone to Paris! This is a french lovers dream. Do not miss out dining here at least once chances are you will return again and again. The staff even speak french.

2
★★★★★

You will think upon entering that you have died and gone to Paris! This is a french lovers dream. Do not miss out dining here at least once chances are you will return again and again. The staff even speak french.

Pros: Best french food, Great Service, Very nice atmosphere

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I must say I like to try new restaurants in the PDX area...overall this is going to be one of my top favorites. We went on a Friday night and it was very crowded. I would suggest going on a week night for any romantic dinners.

2
★★★★★

I must say I like to try new restaurants in the PDX area...overall this is going to be one of my top favorites. We went on a Friday night and it was very crowded. I would suggest going on a week night for any romantic dinners.

Pros: Food, Staff, Romantic Enviroment

Cons: , Small Area, Loud

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A recent Saturday night dinner delivered good food at a good value, with only some minor misses. The lamb shank sauce was remarkably unflavorful though the meat was tender and succulent. The Coquille St. Jacques was richly and rewardingly sauced, with real depth, scallops perfectly cooked. Service was super friendly. Noise level was reasonable despite reports otherwise, tho the music was a bit strange.

2
★★★★☆

A recent Saturday night dinner delivered good food at a good value, with only some minor misses. The lamb shank sauce was remarkably unflavorful though the meat was tender and succulent. The Coquille St. Jacques was richly and rewardingly sauced, with real depth, scallops perfectly cooked. Service was super friendly. Noise level was reasonable despite reports otherwise, tho the music was a bit strange.

Pros: Seafood, Service, Good Value

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I went to france this year and when I came back all I could think of is how much I wanted be there instead of here, lucky me last week I just happened across this modest little restaurant in the midst of the pearl district. I stopped in for a bite to eat, and fell in love. It was as if I traveled to France and didn't even have to fly 14hours. I was immediately greeted by Madame Monique and seated promptly. The service was excellent and the food even better with a beautiful presentation. Everything authentic to a restaurant in France, even the company. I asked Madem what part of France she was from and she was so delited I was intrigued we talked for hours. Anyway If you are dieing for a great French restaurant Le Bounchon will give you just that, and quit possibly more!

2
★★★★★

I went to france this year and when I came back all I could think of is how much I wanted be there instead of here, lucky me last week I just happened across this modest little restaurant in the midst of the pearl district. I stopped in for a bite to eat, and fell in love. It was as if I traveled to France and didn't even have to fly 14hours. I was immediately greeted by Madame Monique and seated promptly. The service was excellent and the food even better with a beautiful presentation. Everything authentic to a restaurant in France, even the company. I asked Madem what part of France she was from and she was so delited I was intrigued we talked for hours. Anyway If you are dieing for a great French restaurant Le Bounchon will give you just that, and quit possibly more!

Pros: Inexpensive, Easy to find

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I just walked in and found this restaurant very comfortable. Not pretentious, yet has its own ambience. This is definitely one of my best favorite restaurants in greater Portland area.
I cannot ignore a French Onion Soup whenever offered though, it was quite well prepared with perfect combination of ingredents. Also, fast service! Food was good and their delicate espresso was surprising.

2
★★★★★

I just walked in and found this restaurant very comfortable. Not pretentious, yet has its own ambience. This is definitely one of my best favorite restaurants in greater Portland area.
I cannot ignore a French Onion Soup whenever offered though, it was quite well prepared with perfect combination of ingredents. Also, fast service! Food was good and their delicate espresso was surprising.

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While not the place for a quiet, romantic dinner, the food was quite good with distinct flavoring. The place tends to be crowded and the tables are small. Service is o.k., but sometimes forgetful. I especially enjoyed the french onion soup.

2
★★★★☆

While not the place for a quiet, romantic dinner, the food was quite good with distinct flavoring. The place tends to be crowded and the tables are small. Service is o.k., but sometimes forgetful. I especially enjoyed the french onion soup.

Cons: Noisy, Crowded

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Dining last Friday night at Le Bouchon was excellent! Great service and our reservation was honored without the slightest hitch. We had smoked salmon and onion soup as appetizers - both wonderful! I ordered shrimp in the red wine reduction, my girlfriend got the chicken breast in cream sauce. We were floored with the flavors! The waiter was kind enough to let us know upon ordering that the chicken would take 20 minutes, very considerate. It was worth the wait! Chocolate mousse dessert and the coffee were top notch. I will undoubtedly be back with people i want to impress! Plus the whole thing with a glass of wine and soda was only $64! Bargain!

2
★★★★★

Dining last Friday night at Le Bouchon was excellent! Great service and our reservation was honored without the slightest hitch. We had smoked salmon and onion soup as appetizers - both wonderful! I ordered shrimp in the red wine reduction, my girlfriend got the chicken breast in cream sauce. We were floored with the flavors! The waiter was kind enough to let us know upon ordering that the chicken would take 20 minutes, very considerate. It was worth the wait! Chocolate mousse dessert and the coffee were top notch. I will undoubtedly be back with people i want to impress! Plus the whole thing with a glass of wine and soda was only $64! Bargain!

Pros: Delicious food, Good waitstaff, Reasonably priced

Cons: Very loud

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My girlfriend and I stopped in here for a quick bite, and had the most delicious scallops for an appetizer. The musky flavors with olives and garlic were an unexpected pairing with scallops, and if I lived in Portland I would make myself a regular at their lovely bar. The owner was extremely hospitable and the atmosphere was perfect, cozy french bistro. More wines by the glass would be a nice addition, but this is a great Portland restaurant.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriend and I stopped in here for a quick bite, and had the most delicious scallops for an appetizer. The musky flavors with olives and garlic were an unexpected pairing with scallops, and if I lived in Portland I would make myself a regular at their lovely bar. The owner was extremely hospitable and the atmosphere was perfect, cozy french bistro. More wines by the glass would be a nice addition, but this is a great Portland restaurant.

Pros: Food, Service, Inexpensive

Cons: small wine list

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I love the food at Le Bouchon. After a number of dinners, I just cannot go to this restaurant any more. More than once I've run across obnoxious people also eating in the restaurant when the owners chose to take no action.

The restaurant is very small and can be quite nosy. When a diner has too much to drink and becomes loud and obnoxious, they should be asked to leave. If not, I have to leave, which I've done twice now.

1
★★☆☆☆

I love the food at Le Bouchon. After a number of dinners, I just cannot go to this restaurant any more. More than once I've run across obnoxious people also eating in the restaurant when the owners chose to take no action.

The restaurant is very small and can be quite nosy. When a diner has too much to drink and becomes loud and obnoxious, they should be asked to leave. If not, I have to leave, which I've done twice now.

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Le Bouchan was better than I expected and better than advertised.

2
★★★★☆

Le Bouchan was better than I expected and better than advertised.

Pros: Value, Decor, Service

Cons: Parking

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This little restaraunt reminds me of real French cafes in southern France. Great unpretentious and absolutely delicious food, perfectly sized portions, and lovely wines by the bottle or the glass to complement your meals. Be sure to save room for the dessert!

2
★★★★★

This little restaraunt reminds me of real French cafes in southern France. Great unpretentious and absolutely delicious food, perfectly sized portions, and lovely wines by the bottle or the glass to complement your meals. Be sure to save room for the dessert!

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Can be a bit noisy, small

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The owners welcome you in French from the start. Then your senses are enticed by the aroma from the kitchen. We had 3 appetizers (salmon, escargot, and mushroom filled pastry) that arrived in turn, teasing you for the next one. Then the entrees arrived. A true feast for the eyes, nose and mouth! We topped this off with 3 desserts and espresso for only $112. I left a $30 tip because it was so good! We left with smiles on our faces. Everyone should go, they'll be hooked!

2
★★★★★

The owners welcome you in French from the start. Then your senses are enticed by the aroma from the kitchen. We had 3 appetizers (salmon, escargot, and mushroom filled pastry) that arrived in turn, teasing you for the next one. Then the entrees arrived. A true feast for the eyes, nose and mouth! We topped this off with 3 desserts and espresso for only $112. I left a $30 tip because it was so good! We left with smiles on our faces. Everyone should go, they'll be hooked!

Pros: inexpensive, attentive, excellent food

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Having been born and raised in France, I can truly say this tastes like home. My father is French and I am not ashamed to bring him here for authentic French food at a reasonable price. My one suggestion...serve creamer, sugar, and butter in dinner/tea ware, not little paper packets. By the way, save room for dessert!

2
★★★★★

Having been born and raised in France, I can truly say this tastes like home. My father is French and I am not ashamed to bring him here for authentic French food at a reasonable price. My one suggestion...serve creamer, sugar, and butter in dinner/tea ware, not little paper packets. By the way, save room for dessert!

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I was trying to impress my girlfriend who is not from Portland with a nice, unpretentious French restaurant so we tried Le Bouchon on a friend's advice. The food was very good, with an excellent flavor and attention to detail. Service was very pleasant if not a little too attentive (it was not crowded). Both our meals arrived quickly and and the owner/waiter was very friendly. For two entrees, a couple glasses of wine and dessert for $60, I was very impressed. Definitely

2
★★★★★

I was trying to impress my girlfriend who is not from Portland with a nice, unpretentious French restaurant so we tried Le Bouchon on a friend's advice. The food was very good, with an excellent flavor and attention to detail. Service was very pleasant if not a little too attentive (it was not crowded). Both our meals arrived quickly and and the owner/waiter was very friendly. For two entrees, a couple glasses of wine and dessert for $60, I was very impressed. Definitely

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Simply put this is great French food without attitude or stuffiness served in a cozy and warm restaurant. Service is attentive without being overbearing, the wines are fantastic and you must try their desserts.

2
★★★★★

Simply put this is great French food without attitude or stuffiness served in a cozy and warm restaurant. Service is attentive without being overbearing, the wines are fantastic and you must try their desserts.

Pros: service, cleanliness, food

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As a french food lover, I am happy to see that almost all entries from the menu are below $20, which is pretty good for a french restaurant. There are some interesting variety too but I wont say it is among the best french food I ever had. The roasted duck is recommedable. The service is quite warm. All the waiter, waitress even chef seems to speak french pretty well. That gives the little place an exotic spell. However, the light condition is not that comfy. It is probably meant to be dim and romantic. But it is a bit overdone. I found it a hard time even to read the menu. A lady sit at the next table actually used a flash light to read the bill. After all, it is a nice place for a casual date, but not a must to go.

2
★★★★☆

As a french food lover, I am happy to see that almost all entries from the menu are below $20, which is pretty good for a french restaurant. There are some interesting variety too but I wont say it is among the best french food I ever had. The roasted duck is recommedable. The service is quite warm. All the waiter, waitress even chef seems to speak french pretty well. That gives the little place an exotic spell. However, the light condition is not that comfy. It is probably meant to be dim and romantic. But it is a bit overdone. I found it a hard time even to read the menu. A lady sit at the next table actually used a flash light to read the bill. After all, it is a nice place for a casual date, but not a must to go.

Pros: interesting food

Cons: limited parking

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The experience of dining at this friendly neighborhood bistro on the edge of Portland's Pearl District can feel like a mini-vacation: the menu is traditionally French, French music wafts through the room, and to drink, you'll find a wide…

 

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