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LeChon

4.9
4.9
2641 Reviews
$30 and under
South American
Lechon is a South American dining experience that seamlessly combines the fiery cooking of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia, along with creative inspiration of the chef. Enjoy perfectly charred 28-day dry-aged ribeye, grilled octopus with chorizo, housemade piquillo pepper and pork empanadas, slow roasted lechon, refreshing ceviches and smoked bone marrow.

Executive Chef Jaco Smith consistently pushes the boundaries on traditional Latin fare by incorporating wood-fired flavors into his cuisine while boasting a view of the Willamette River that few Portland restaurants can offer. Smith comes from a large family of cattle, sheep and grain farmers. He started cooking at a young age in his mother’s kitchen. His favorite childhood memories include the tastes of dulce de leche, flan and grilled breads, reminiscent of South American flavors and commonly found on South African kitchen tables.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    South American, Argentinean, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 219-9000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jaco Smith

  • Catering

    We do offer offsite catering through our exclusive catering partner, Spork Bytes. Please reach out to chris@sporkbytes.com or info@lechonpdx.com for more details!

  • Private party facilities

    Our sister property located around the corner from Lechon (called Lobby by Lechon) is our exclusive private event venue. The space can accommodate 24 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 35 for a cocktail reception, and it the ideal environment for a variety of corporate or social events. Please send an inquiry to events@lechonpdx.com for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (855) 901-3067

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Portland

  • Cross street

    Between SW Pine & Ash

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking (free after 7:00pm)<br />Next to several Park & Pay lots

  • Public transit

    MAX stop 1st & Oak puts you one block away; Red and Blue Lines only

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food5service2ambience4
    It was my birthday and I was thrilled to try this restaurant because I had heard nothing but great things. However, it took almost 30 minutes to get a drink and the server straight up forgot to ring in several items, multiple times and we had to remind them of what we had ordered among other issues. The food was great, but I don’t know if I’d go back because of the poor service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a last minute reservation with a friend who was visiting from out of town. Boy we were not disappointed. Being a local I had not visited this restaurant before. The vibe was amazing, the server was outstanding and the food, Out of the world. And we got the best seat in the house which was right in front of the kitchen. Overall amazing experience. I will definitely visit again with my family and colleagues.
  3. D

    Daniel

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great great food and drinks! Favorites are the shrimp ceviche and the tuna tiradito. Scallops with polenta was incredible. If you like old fashioneds, the "what the chef is drinking" is a great rendition with aged cachaca. Cocktail list changes seasonally and is overall awesome. Very friendly and knowledgeable service. Cool interior. Sidewalk tables a little lacking.
  4. DD

    DinDC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic from start to finish. One of the best meals I’ve had in recent years. Only complain is that it’s so loud inside.
  5. KF

    KristenF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time! Everything was amazing, from the tapas to the meal, to the drinks and the dessert. It was authentic, flavorful, unique, and delicious. Can’t say enough good things.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Not the best service (timing and a better explanation about how many dishes are ordered for a party of four. The food was solid. Initially loud but the volume leveled. Very warm in the rear of the restaurant.
  7. C

    Carlislefoodie

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose LeChon on reviews visting from Boston. The restaurant delivered! The best dish was Baocitis! The Elote, vegetarian empanadas and the pistachio cake were amazing! We sat outside and Dillon was terrific making for a fun evening. Shout out to the bar manager for the creative mocktails, margarita and Old Fashion bar!!
  8. AB

    AnnaB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite tapas restaurants! They also have a great happy hour.
  9. SS

    SylvieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant in Portland. Each time I eat here I am impressed by a new dish and delighted by old favorites. Lechon needs to change nothing.
  10. W

    Warhorse

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sharing all plates was fun, but I did want all of the scallops to myself. Our server, Isabelle was wonderful. We had an excellent experience.
  11. g

    garfield8981

    Portland

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely phenomenal food. Our server was very kind and thorough. The restaurant added several touches to make my birthday meal special. Can't wait to go back!
  12. KW

    KellieW

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went here for our anniversary. The food, as always, was amazing. We had several small dishes and two cocktails. Our server was prompt and attentive. It was warm inside but that’s not anyone’s fault. The front part of the restaurants seating is a little tight, but we were able to sit in the back where it was roomier which was nice. Looking forward to the next visit.
  13. MM

    MaryM

    Central Coast

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved LeChon! Food was outstanding! We had the Lechon Margarita, Foraged mushrooms, lamb chops, flank steak - it was all amazing! The service was great! We sat at a high top table overlooking the chefs at work. When we get back to Portland this will be at top of our list for dining!
  14. MM

    MelissaM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  15. j

    jadeh

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everyone was so accommodating! food was phenomenal too.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, great drinks, we loved it! ☺️
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The staff was friendly and the service was really attentive. Bone marrow was incredible.
  18. n

    noodlier

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lechon is my absolute favorite spot in Portland and it never disappoints! They had a live performer there tonight and he was incredible! The food is always a hit and the servers are all so kind and accommodating!
  19. AB

    AndrewB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. Sat outside which was very nice although I would suggest they purchase outdoor heaters for when the weather turns cool. Service was very very good. Oh, and the Pisco/Vermouth cocktail is truly exceptional!
  20. P

    Paul

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creatively crafted dishes made to share with your table mates. Loved it.
  21. MO

    MikeOG

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here several times and last night was the best visit yet. Delicious.
  22. T

    Tomv

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food to share for a fare price. Nice veggie meals. Prefer inside
  23. R

    Rofromtx

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food took a longer than expected to come out. They serve family style so food ordered comes out when it is ready, not in a particular order. I’m all for not rushing through a meal and am perturbed when restaurants bring courses out on top of each other, but it seemed to take unusually long to bring out the food once ordered. Next time, I will order a couple of courses together to span the gap. Other than that, food was delicious and we had a good time.
  24. CC

    CharlesC

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best place in Portland! Value and quality abound. The menu has something for everyone
  25. M

    Marieness

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had a reservation at 9pm, got there 9:07 were finally seated at 9:45. We were a big group of 12 so we understand it's difficult but we literally saw our table open and reserved but they didn't seat us for over 30m. So we waited outside in 90 degree weather just looking at our open table and no one setting it up. Not sure why the delay. Once we were seated, service was great! fast and friendly esp with such a large group. we love the atmosphere and casual but elevated vibes. Food was delicious as always. Wish the AC was better tho!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was tentative and great service.
  27. MG

    MariaG

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A really good place to have a nice dinner and taste latinamerican flavours
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our portland favorites!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great drinks! It was my first time there and I will be back.
  30. DC

    DevinC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, quick service! If you sit outside you might catch a whiff of some funky Portland smells, besides that it was a great night.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is good. we sat outside everything is well except one homeless sat next us,so the services came to two times to suggest him leave. The pork chop and lamb chop is excellent.
  32. AW

    AlexandraW

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Our experience here was ok, but we probably won't go back. Had to wait a good while past our reservation time to be seated. Service was fairly slow and not very attentive, we had to get up to refill our own waters a couple of times. My son appreciated the birthday note that was on the table for him when we arrived, nice touch. The food was fine, but in the category I refer to as "Portland Fussy", aka trying too hard with too many disparate ingredients. If that's your jam, you'll probably enjoy it a lot.
  33. LW

    LizW

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for happy hour and I love this place so much! Food is great, service is friendly but not overbearing. My friend got a Pimm's Cup and the bartender came over to check and see if it was to her liking! Will be brining my dad here when he comes to visit in a week. Also sometimes they have live music outside and it's just lovely! It was Spanish guitar last time. This place is a Portland staple.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was helpful and made great recommendations for food choices. Service was great and the food was terrific! If we lived in Portland, we would be there regularly. Please bring one to the East Valley in Phoenix!
  35. S

    Sonja

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my top favorite restaurants in portland. It never disappoints. Amazing service, food and ambiance.
  36. C

    Cynthia

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat with family and friends. The food was amazingly delicious. LeChon is unforgettable 😍.
  37. a

    ashtync

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    I always order the shrimp ceviche but this time it was very tasteless and I had to ask for sauce because there was no sauce in it
  38. AN

    AlisonN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible food, great drinks, excellent service. Portions were surprisingly plentiful—great value. Would highly recommend.
  39. CM

    ClarkM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and excellent food. We’ll be back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Just disappointed the only option was to sit outside. I really enjoy getting the experience of being in the restaurant and experiencing the ambiance of the restaurant itself I can sit outside on the street and eat anywhere….not my thing to be nestled next to a car parked on the street and be subject to some of the homeless folks walking by If I am spending north of $200 at a restaurant which is the going rate most places I go, I would like to have the option to sit inside at least and be more comfortable

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

LeChon does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

LeChon is rated 4.9 stars by 2641 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

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Google Map for LeChon

113 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between SW Pine &amp; Ash

  • Neighborhood

    Southwest Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    South American, Argentinean, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Metered street parking (free after 7:00pm)<br />Next to several Park & Pay lots

  • Public transit

    MAX stop 1st & Oak puts you one block away; Red and Blue Lines only

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jaco Smith

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 219-9000

  • Catering

    We do offer offsite catering through our exclusive catering partner, Spork Bytes. Please reach out to chris@sporkbytes.com or info@lechonpdx.com for more details!

  • Private party facilities

    Our sister property located around the corner from Lechon (called Lobby by Lechon) is our exclusive private event venue. The space can accommodate 24 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 35 for a cocktail reception, and it the ideal environment for a variety of corporate or social events. Please send an inquiry to events@lechonpdx.com for more information!

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (855) 901-3067

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