Imperial
Imperial

Imperial

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.imperialpdx.com/
  • Phone: 5032287222x
  • 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: American, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Vitaly Paley and Doug Adams
  • 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: Danika Duren 5032412127x

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 from 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 Chef de Cuisine Doug Adams will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Paley and Chef de Cuisine Doug Adams 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNorthwest
Imperial reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (54)vibrant bar scene (42)good for groups (38)great for lunch (34)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (27)great for brunch (26)notable wine list (25)romantic (24)late-night find (9)great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • My second lunch in a week.
    jfmPortland
    Dined on 9/24/2012
    My second lunch in a week. LOVED my lunch the first week (stuffed pepper was amazing). This week's choice (soup of the day and grilled romaine) wasn't as outstanding, but I will be going back for more. The menu is so appealing, it's hard to choose. A really great new downtown option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for dinner and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We went for dinner and the meal was excellent. I would highly recommend the Tuna Ceviche as a starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was so so, service pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    food was so so, service pretty good. Crazy busy so fun atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went to Imperial on a Friday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    We went to Imperial on a Friday evening. The staff was attentive and friendly. We had tomato appetizer, the clams and the meat plate. They were all very good and nicely done. For entrees we had the rotisserie chicken, which was moist and tender, the rabbit and hamburgers. The rabbit was fried nicely but bland. They serve a dropper of hot sauce with it, but that becomes bothersome trying to figure out how much or how little. The hamburgers were like muck in your mouth and were so wet that the buns could not really hold up to them well. The other thing that is a little bothersome is that they serve plates on thick circles of wood which elevate the food close to the height of a feeding trough. The atmosphere also feels confused.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice decor, food needs tweaking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    We went for lunch and had a nice time--better company than food, however. I had the albacore tuna club, which was the best selection of our group. It was one of the yummiest tuna sandwiches I've ever had--tuna salad with bacon and ripe tomatoes. It was a very fresh tasting dish. Our server highly recommended the 'fish n tators' and the reuben sandwich. The fish n tators arrived in a stark presentation metal basket and were very greasy--with the grease pooling at the bottom. While the fish tasted good, the tators were rather dry and flavorless. It was a disappointing dish reminiscent of what you would get at Skipper's! The reuben had wonderful flavor, but it again was also overloaded with grease that puddled all over the plate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were excited to dine at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    We were excited to dine at Imperial given the caliber of talent at the helm and had a nice evening for the most part. The hosts were very friendly, cocktails were delicious, and food was well prepared and tasty. The wine list is ok, not interesting though. The service was very lackluster, which was the one disappointment. For only being open for a week, I would have expected our server to show more enthusiasm about the menu and restaurant in general. He didn't talk to us about anything at all, just came to the table, took our order, and left. No information about the menu, the style of cooking, no mention of the awesome grill/rotisserie they are using, and barely a smile. Not the type of service I would expect from this team at all.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Vitaly Paley (and Kimberly)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    Vitaly Paley (and Kimberly) have done it again -- an exciting, sophisticated, upbeat "new" address, using the downtown area where tourists can easily see Portland at its happiest (and not weird) -- with food that is Vitaly-created (and that is "food properly prepared, respectful of what people really want -- beautifully presented, and so DELICIOUS you crave more)!!!!! I represent the Geriatric Generation. "Imperial" made me feel so very happy -- the "noise" -- well, that just seems to be how it is these days. This restaurant will do just fine. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Give them some time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    I love Kimberly and Vitaly Paley and what they bring to Portland, have brought for so many years. Perhaps I should have waited awhile before dining here. I am used to their meals being outstanding and nothing was outstanding. The space is noisy; it was difficult to hear my guests. It is a huge undertaking, and I will wait and watch reviews, and hopefully it can be brought up to the quality I am used to experiencing from them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • How can I say it? The pastrami
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2012
    How can I say it? The pastrami Reuben was outstanding! Perfectly tender dark dark meat with what seemed to me to be perfectly stewed cabbage, almost creamy, on rye that held everything just so. This is for real.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have nothing but a glowing
    peddyVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    I have nothing but a glowing report of Imperial. The service was perfect. The food was outstanding and innovative. The ambiance was fun and festive, but also seriously foodie. I can imagine popping in for a burger at the chef's bar, and also being there for my birthday dinner (which it actually was when we went). The tuna main dish was to die for. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most food excellent new
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Most food excellent new restaurant understandable bumps
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was lovely, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    The food was lovely, service terrific. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved our dinner at Imperial.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    We loved our dinner at Imperial. The menu items were all so enticing, we had a hard time choosing just one. Highly recoommend...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • loved everything but the acoustics.
    gjaniej
    Dined on 9/17/2012
    loved everything but the acoustics. a table of four should be able to hear each other's conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This barely opened restaurant
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    This barely opened restaurant has a lot going for it. Highly recommended. The food was excellent. The clams with linguica sausage were awesome. Talk about a flavor packed dish. Wow. And, the Pork cooked on a wine stave was every bit as good as it sounded. The romesco sauce, grilled leeks were perfect accompaniment to the super tender pork. My wifes Salmon and daughter's fried rabbit were also quite good. Service was quite good, though they are still working out a few small execution problems. Our server was excellent, knowledgable and very friendly. Some of the staff were a bit less "ready." No serious issues, though. Great wine options, from bottles to by the glass (including a couple "on tap" selections.)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paley strikes again! The perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Paley strikes again! The perfect showcase for a culinary celebration of simple elegance and taking advantage of what's best about the Pacific NW. The only negative is that it took this long for his second Act.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud with no soft surfaces
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    Loud with no soft surfaces to absorb the noise. Beware of the cost of drinks. If you want a cocktail on the rocks, you will be charged $2.00 for the "rocks"!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Imperial - Anything But!
    restaurantlover
    Dined on 9/14/2012
    I had to send my order back and the waitress was snippy about it. They were actually chopping ice with a mallet and we had to ask them twice to stop, as it was a constant horrible noise. They even messed up the parking receipt and the valet said he would fix it. Then they put it on my credit card in error instead of my friend's card as requested.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was excellent!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Everything was excellent!!! Food is delicious and I love the little wood cutouts they serve dishes on. I recommend the charcuterie, the duck meatballs (they're a MUST have!), and all of the cocktails.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/12/2012
    Had dinner on opening night and the food was fantastic! The tuna had a crisp exterior and was cooked perfectly. Don't miss the rainbow chard gratin with pork cracklins! The interior is elegant and well decorated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic