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Imperial Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.imperialpdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 228-7222
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest, American
  • Executive Chef: Vitaly Paley and Benjamin Bettinger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Imperial has two incredible event rooms available for rent. Our Monterosso Room, just off the artfully appointed Lucia lobby, accommodates up to 80 for a seated dinner or 100 for a cocktail reception. The Monterosso features a built-in retractable screen and overhead sound-system, great options for enhancing your special occasion or meeting. The colorful Genoa Room features a one-of-a-kind photography collection and is a terrific choice for more intimate groups of 10-50 people. We offer a wonderful variety of menu options and we provide tables, chairs, linens, dishware and décor, making planning your event a breeze. If you are interested in using any of our event spaces, please contact our events department.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Petzold (503) 522-8779

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stark
  • Public Transit: MAX Light Rail: All Lines(Red,Blue, Green & Yellow) lines stop at Pioneer Square, a 2 block walk from The Imperial.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are a wide variety of Parking options within a few blocks radius of The Imperial.

    -Valet Parking is available at $10/car.

    -Union Bank of California Garage
    707 SW Washington
    Portland, Or 97205
    (located directly across the street fro The Imperial)

    -Star Park
    615 SW Alder St.
    Portland, OR 97205

    Should you need any assistance with group parking, please inquire.
A word from Imperial
At Imperial, Chef/Owner Paley and Executive Chef Bettinger will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Paley and Executive Chef Bettinger will explore menu ideas that have historic significance while exploring cooking methods and ingredients from the diverse bounty of our region. The most prominent feature of Imperial's kitchen is an impressive wood fire grill and rotisserie that will incorporate the use of native hard and fruitwoods. Inspired by warm, primitive, burning campfires and the big open spaces of the Pacific Northwest, Imperial will concentrate on natural and uncomplicated preparations, serving the community by celebrating its past and providing a welcoming and generous place to eat.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, great place! We showed up for an early dinner and ended up eating off of the happy our menu, everything we tasted was wonderful (including the drinks)."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We go to Imperial often and have never been disappointed. We brought another couple this evening, and they loved it too. We all started with cocktails, which were excellent. (My spouse even went beyond the fabulous Radish cocktail this time.) We split the kale salad to start, which is very tasty. For entrees, my spouse had the trout and I had the house made pasta. Both were exceptional. We also shared many of the sides (broccoli, cauliflower and the fabulous Parker House rolls). As usual, we ate too much to try dessert, though we did give serious consideration to sharing the delicious pie! As always, a very good place to have an excellent casual meal."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very good food, attentive service but beware that the dining room is over-air conditioned in the summer."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. Great wine suggestion."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the kale salad with chicken this time. I'll be back for more."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Remained on the telephone discussing the menu instead of even acknowledging us. eventually she asked if we wanted to sit. He said," we have a reservation on open table", and she remarked that we were late and then seated us in a glare filled window . We decided it was uncomfortable, in every aspect and decided to go to "Saucebox", bruce Carey's restaurant, one block away. DELICIOUS!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The interior design is edgy modern yet warm and welcoming. Service was informed and timely, but it's all about the food. Lucky Portland, we have a superior chef dishing out delectables at his eponymous location-Paley's Place and more recently Imperial. Small plate concept with inventive food--oh the amazing tongue with a duck egg called "Steak and Eggs". Where else could you have goat, tongue, crab, and duck in one heavenly collection of perfect? The duck meatballs with prune and whatever were immensely flavorful with a bit of a kick. The goat and pea crepes were original and delicious. The crab pasta with asparagus was amazing--the pasta alone would have been a splendid dish. Value for $? Fantastic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The noise level at Imperial was enough to make me want to run from this restaurant, which I should have. Very difficult to carry any conversation without shouting! The food was very mediocre for Paley's standard. I love Paley's restaurant in NW but skip this one. The kale & vegetable salad was over dressed and the grilled cauliflower was limp and saturated with balsamic vinegar, hardly nicely grilled as I expected. We stopped at this and went elsewhere for main courses."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "everything we had here was amazing! and the cocktails were great too. we would love to go back!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Imperial was our backup choice for our anniversary dinner - we hadn't been there before, so it felt a little risky for a special occasion. Never have I been so glad that our Plan A fell through - Imperial was really wonderful! The drinks were phenomenal, the servers were lovely and they were willing to accommodate our dietary preferences, and the food was great. We so enjoyed our meal there - we'll definitely be back! Very keen to check out their happy hour."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Went on a date to Imperial. We started with cocktails; she had an Esplandido (loved) and I had a Harlequin (not so much). Artichokes for appetizers (she eventually was overwhelmed by the oyster mayo). I really enjoyed the ribeye with fingerling potatoes. She had the pasta with dungeness crab & preserved lemons (she noted it was very peppery & there were pockets of intense lemon). While this sounds like the food & drink were uneven, the overall experience was great. She was even taken aback when the server mentioned which foods had nuts in them (I noted in my reservation of her nut allergy)."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "As tourists in Portland on the Fourth of July (here for a weekend wedding), we were casting about for good restaurant. We called several, each of which was on summer break or closed for the holiday, but Paley's suggested trying its newer sister restaurant, Imperial. Knowing Paley's, that was an easy try. It was excellent. The clientele was a mix of ages. The food allowed one to mix and match among small plates and entree sized plates. The menu items were inventive and delicious (at least as many as we could try). And it was all done in a warehouse type space with a very good vibe."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Lunch was great. Had house smoked turkey that was just the right touch of smoke. Too many places do too much of a good thing. Desserts were amazing. Service was as good as anywhere I've ever been and certainly better than most."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Working on the Oregonian's top 40 recommendations of Portland restaurants, we started here. We were thrilled with this choice. The portions were perfect for sharing (thank you to our server who pointed that out) and each item we ordered came wonderfully timed (so we didn't have 8 dishes all at once). Our group practically licked the plates, we enjoyed everything so much! We will return, even before we get through the top 40 list!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I really like the "Radish" cocktail, very tasty & inventive. We both split the kale salad and each had the trout for dinner. I love trout, and this one is among the best I've had! It was a great evening overall, and the staff was professional and friendly for the entire experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I had the lamb and it was really tender and delicious"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My wife and I had no idea what to expect, but it exceeded our expectations. Great atmosphere and ambience. Very nice play for to have breakfast. Looking forward to trying the rest of the menu another time. Also the menu was wry reasonably priced for what your getting."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Overall good experience at Imperial as always, however staff was unable to accommodate small child (age 3.5) with us as we were told they were completely sold out of pasta, were unable to cut heads off of prawns prior to being served, etc. which was disappointing. I would expect a hotel restaurant to have better options for a family. Otherwise, food and wine for the adults were very good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Finally made it to the Imperial and wish I had gone sooner. Food was creative and fun and delicious. My friend and I shared several dishes and wanted more. The grilled radishes were divine as was the grilled romaine salad. We loved our entrees and had fresh raspberry/rhubarb pie for dessert. It was great and we'll be back. It may have been a little loud when we got there, but that was during happy hour, but after that, it was the normal restaurant noise and just fine."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I try to get to Portland at least twice a year and Imperial is always my first dinner stop. Food is perfect with attention to detail. Drinks are the coolest with the hand cut ice cubes. Service is always outstanding. If you can make it for breakfast try the house cured bacon. Rick"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I'm glad we reserved on OpenTable since it was busy with the walk-in lunch crowd. I had the half tuna salad sandwich which was delicious but it would have been great if it came with a small salad. My friends also had sandwiches and we split an order of fries that came with a great dipping sauce. I would order it again."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We loved our experience. We have eaten there on a few occasions and will most definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We dined at Imperial a number of times in one week during a visit to Portland, exploring their enticing well-varied menu. Each dish is beautifully orchestrated: quality of ingredients and superb taste are matched by elegant presentation and professional friendly service. What a lucky find! Delicious meals, unpretentious lively atmosphere, with each detail guided by a subtle and original sense of how to create great cuisine."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My first visit to the Imperial did not disappoint. Food was very yummy, dessert sooo good, and excellent service. Will be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This restaurant never fail to impress! We have taken out of town guests here multiple times and it's always a favorite. They have a varied menu so something for everyone and a creative list of sides."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This was an enjoyable meal. The food choices were interesting and varied. The only negative was the music was very loud, which made it difficult to hear any conversation. On request, it was turned down some, but the noise detracted from the ambiance"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It is all about the food: fried radishes in a maple syrup sauce, kale salad with not cheese, but peanut brittle and the salmon was soooo flavorful. Go for lunch and have the restaurant cured pastrami sandwich. Always a treat!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The French toast melts in your mouth. The pastrami hash is amazing"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Loved it! This place was recommended by a friend. Delicious. Cant wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "First, "energetic" doesn't quite capture the noise level. "Loud" would be more to the point. That's why Imperial would not be my primo "go back" Portland destination as I usually prefer a more serene experience. BUT it will be on my go back list. My guest and I ordered several smaller dishes including the lamb tartare, roasted mushroom bone marrow, roasted cauliflower, duck meatballs and 2 or 3 baskets of super hot french fries- all well executed. Service was friendly and attentive. Overall a very enjoyable experience"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We came here for dinner with friends while visiting Portland from out of town. We had such a great time that we came back the following morning to have brunch. We ordered a variety of different items from the menu and all of us shared, it was really fun. Cocktails were great as well! Will definitely come back the next time we are in Portland."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A goof food adventure...all was excellent. Thank you"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We went for the first time during the recent Starlight Parade and sat outside. Despite the obvious crowds and all that was going on, the service was great. The menu has a lot of eccentric meat options (goat?) if you like that, but we had plenty of vegetarian options to fill us up. Overall we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We unknowingly scheduled this reservation for our anniversary on the very night that there was a big parade and running event that went by the restaurant. Hence we suspect this may not have been a good night for the restaurant. The bar scene was quite noisy so this would certainly not be classified as a romantic spot, at least for an elder foodie couple. The menu was well conceived and the wine list nicely balanced. The preparations for the most part were exciting and had good complexity of taste. Salt was the big issue, especially the wood fired quail dish which had excellent ingredients but were overpowered by excessive salt. Wait staff was pleasant and attentive. We may give Imperial another chance, but more likely Paley's."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our first visit to Imperial. Loved the family style sharing giving us a chance to try several different dishes at a reasonable price. My wife loved her lamb, and my albacore tuna was also excellent. The service was spot on. Just wishing I'd left room to try the chocolate cream pie!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Every dish was inventive and soooo good. One of the top meals I've ever had. Service was good. But it was way too noisy."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Chose Imperial for a before concert dinner after having lunch there some time ago. We were seated at a decent table and had a nice greeting from our server. From then on we had a series substitute servers and finally had to ask for our bill. There were a couple of large tables in our area restaurant commanding a lot of attention. Interesting, but pricey menu and cocktail/wine list (generous pours). I don't think we will return as the food was the only attraction (and in Portland you can't have that as your only distinction). The service and ambiance were not a good fit for our "date night". "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food was delectable and the service was impeccable. Be prepared to spend well over $100 for dinner for two (ours was $144 including tip)."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Vitaly Paley has a way with food. The menu at the Imperial is covered with things that sound great. Our meal was delightful."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent choice for an ala carte brunch. The chilaquilla with choice of eggs were well prepared with enough spiciness. Imperial French toast was equally good. Recommend it highly. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014