Bluehour

Trendy, spendy and effortlessly stylish, this Pearl District classic is the popular kid you hated to love in high school, and your beautiful meal comes with a side of rubbing elbows with painstakingly coiffed and lacquered Pearlites and oh-so hip Wieden + Kennedy-ites in their vagrant-chic best (W+K’s global headquarters perches atop the restaurant). Bluehour is the best place in town to take a) a really hot date you’ve got on the seduction fast track, b) colleagues from the LA office, c) your parents because they’re paying.

rock-paper-scissors-2-illustration Bluehour is the best place in town to take a) a really hot date you’ve got on the seduction fast track, b) colleagues from the LA office, c) your parents because they’re paying.

Executive Chef Dolan Lane’s menu melds Mediterranean sensibilities with Oregon’s endless bounty to create a contemporary, seasonally-influenced menu. Start with the marinated tomato and watermelon salad or pork belly with pickled peaches, move on to the fromage blanc gnocchi with braised lamb sugo, and then reluctantly play rock paper scissors between the duck breast in sweet corn purée or roasted rack of lamb with caramelized cauliflower. Sips match the food–Bluehour’s wine list, overseen by super-sommelier Erica Landon, is one of Portland’s best, and the happy (Blue)hour is one of my personal favorites.

Beware the swarms of well-oiled wannabe Don Juans lurking at the bar, wearing identical white button down shirts, blazers and leather loafers and wielding AmEx black cards instead of roofies. Repeat after me: No, I do not want to see the view from your penthouse.

Details

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Executive Chef: Dolan Lane

Atmosphere: Swanky, high ceilings, billowing curtains, huge windows, modern aesthetics

Outdoor seating: Bluehour boasts a very lovely row of umbrella-covered patio tables facing NW 13th, ideal for those sunny afternoons when you can slip out of work early.

Best Seat: A table in the window, or one of the patio tables.

Noise Level: Energetic in the dining room, Boisterous in the bar

Dress Code: If you’ve been dying for an excuse to wear your new Louboutins, this is the place to do it. Patrons’ garb ranges from dazzlingly over the top to Portland casual and everything in between.

Bring the Kids: No

Bathrooms: Go through the bar towards the back of the restaurant and down the hallway on the far right side of the restaurant. Lovely floor to ceiling length mirrors allow you a good look at yourself taking a wee, there’s nice music playing, very thick paper towels.

Parking: Valet is available for $6 after 5:30pm, pull up at the intersection of NW 13th and NW Everett. Parking is metered on surrounding streets from 8am-7pm Mon-Sat, 1-7pm on Sunday.

Cocktails: Full bar and signature cocktail list (all $9)—try the Diva: vodka, lime & blood orange purée

Beer: Small but well-rounded beer selection ($5-$6), both tap and bottle

Wine: Gorgeous wine list--glass pours $8-$16, bottles $24-$390

Corkage: $15 per 750 mL

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Vegan Friendly: There will be a mighty fine salad you can eat, but you’ll probably get pretty drunk just eating greens and drinking Divas, so pack some soy nuts in your handbag

Good for the following occasions: Romantic Date, Impress the Client, Out With Friends

Group/Private Party Details: Bluehour has a beautiful L’Heure Bleue private room that seats up to 60 for dinner and can accommodate up to 100 for cocktail receptions. Contact events@bluehouronline.com for more info. Tables for up to 14 can be reserved in the main dining room.

Reservations: Yes, call or reserve online at Open Table