Every summer, North America’s largest concentration of Vaux (rhymes with flocks) Swifts graces Northwest Portland on their annual migration south to Central America. Since the 1980s, this flock of birds has roosted inside a chimney at Chapman Elementary School in NW Portland and thousands of revelers gather to take in this natural fleeting spectacle. Vaux, the restaurant, is named for this special Portland phenomenon and draws culinary inspiration from their migration through the Pacific Northwest.
Located in the heart of the vibrant Pearl District, Vaux features an all-day, seasonal, contemporary menu that highlights favorite local products. Led by Executive Chef Sara Woods and drawing on her diverse culinary experience at some of the country’s best restaurants, the menu draws heavily from flavors and products of the Pacific Northwest with Italian and French influences. We create signature and seasonal cocktails from producers located among Portland’s renowned Distillery Row and we also serve world-class wines from Willamette Valley and beers from Oregon's finest craft breweries.
Vaux offers a breakfast buffet, lunch, happy hour and dinner daily. Lunch menus feature a mobile menu designed for those on-the-go, including sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads. Dinner features shareable entrees, a la carte, like Roast Half Chicken, Braised Short Ribs and Salmon with seasonally developed sides. Vaux offers two daily happy hours, from 4 to 6 pm, as well as late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 pm.
Vaux is located inside the Canopy Portland | Pearl District set amidst an extensive collection of fine and local art curated by neighboring Elizabeth Leach Gallery, including an expansive sculpture inspired by our own Vaux Swifts from Portland-based artist Sean Healy. Vaux boasts an outdoor patio along NW Glisan, dining room seating, a comfortable lounge and a private dining room perfect for intimate groups up to 30 guests.
We look forward to welcoming you!