Imperial

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At Imperial, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and the culinary team will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and his culinary team 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Imperial doesn't disappoint as there is something for everyone and always prepared in a unique way.
It is good for sharing as well and has a menu that showcases the fresh and best of the Northwest.
When trying to visit with friends, it is very very noisy and that is my only complaint ......makes it hard to hear one another and I believe the acoustics issue can be solved.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Amazing heirloom tomato and peach salad.

JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Breakfast at Imperial is a real treat. The crab and shrimp omlette is great and the french toast is amazing for those who want a more decadent fair.

BK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Just an okay place but overpriced for variety, value, and just staff friendliness.

CT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imperial is one of the few restaurants that can do a variety of cuisine styles not just well, but VERY well. The staff are always attentive and orders come out rather quickly, which is why this restaurant is one of my top picks for a business lunch.

D
Portland
46 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was spotty, for the first time since we have eaten at this restaurant. Food was good as usual.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was just ok ☹️

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting brunch options. Great service. Fun ambiance.

BW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Good ambiance.

Food quality was average.
Overpriced.

Preparation and delivery of food was suspect.
Never had a cold T-bone. This falls on chef, server or management.
A $69 T-bone should arrive the table hot or at worst warm.
Unfortunately, it arrived cold to the touch!

The manager (Aurei, sp?) came to the table about my lack of satisfaction with lots of attitude showing his dissatisfaction that a piece of meat had to be discarded. He then said “a medium rare steak is going to be cold, would you like it cooked medium so that it’s warm on the inside to please you”... Wow!
I told him I expected the T-bone to arrive hot in temperature. Not cold!

Once he brought another T-bone to the table he mentioned TWICE that “this ribeye came right off the grill”.
Pitiful customer service and a total lack of respect for his customer!

Management and waiter never offered to bring fresh sides of potatoes or vegetables after waiting 20 minutes for the steak.
Did not matter to them that my sides had to be eaten prior to the new steak or that my son had to eat his salmon on his own..
No offer or thought of “hey, sorry for the inconvenience. Can we get you fresh sides, a glass of wine or a dessert”.

MG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine and food! Love the location and the owner helped us pick out wine and kept our glasses filled!

s
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Bar might be good. No lunch menu on Saturday, only brunch then they “were out of” what is likely a signature dish. Other stuff can be found elsewhere. Stadft was nice.

JE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What great good and fun we had at the imperial. Can’t wait to come back!!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Compared to other Portland restaurants, this one was slow and overpriced. The steaks were also tough. We waited 45 minutes for our meal and 20 minutes for our check. It was a bit of a disappointing last night of our vacation.

NB
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked in we were treated like old friends. Service and food were top notch. I don't drink and I really appreciate a hand built mocktail, a nice touch. Thank you for a lovely evening. The only thing better than the food was the service. Kirsten and Ari took great care of us.

MC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The second Chef Vitaly Paley restaurant we visited during our short time in Portland. Rosa Rosa at Athens Dossier was outstanding but Imperial is good too.

KC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Very good service. Server & mgr went extra mile for my husbands b-day. Steak disappointing - $45 steak that was $20 of fat. All tables nice wood & polished, except ours - dull, scraped, rough.

OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Extremely overpriced!!
Blah menu and seriously small portion of food with zero side items. You even have to pay for a roll!

R
Sacramento
83 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch, great service and a great room for a business lunch

OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried chicken ever!

G
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The eggs benedict was amazing! The traditional english muffin was traded for a homemade biscuit and the hollandaise was spot on! A great experience.

MA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 1st time here. Celebrated hubby's birthday, we all ordered different entrees and all was delicious. Service and recommendations by our server all spot on!
Have recommended restaurant to many friends. i

ST
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am from Ohio, and have only been to Imperial twice. Both times had excellent food and the atmosphere is very nice. Enjoyed the experience! Would highly recommend.

DW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We were on vacation in Portland and were celebrating my husband's birthday. After reading about Imperial in our guide book, we decided to give it a try...and it was right next door to our hotel.
Imperial is delicious and the ambiance was cool and classy! Best cocktails!! Went back twice, after having dinner that night. Would highly recommend it!

h
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavors of every dish we ordered were incredible! The staff was attentive and knowledgeable. I’d definitely come back

Y
Portland
63 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid choice for a pre-show meal! The salmon was excellent.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food but a bit slow service. I guess they were overwhelmed with the crowd. However I will definitely recommend this place as the food was very very good.

t
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Brunch. Service was super slow. Food was just ok. Nothing special. Maybe Sunday brunch is not the right time to go. Seemed very disorganized

OT
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Rica comida , ingredientes muy frescos , pedí el salmón y está un poco desabrido . Pero lo demás muy bien preparado, hay influencia de comida mexicana lo cual me gusto mucho.
Los cócteles también muy buenos .

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AF
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The Imperial is a very popular place in downtown Portland. The host was very friendly and helpful when I arrived and accommodated my request for a quiet table. The menu is eclectic with a good selection of seafood and meat dishes. We shared the bay scallop cerviche and the wild mushroom bone marrow. The cerviche was nice and fresh. The mushroom bone marrow was yummy. I had the razor clams which was quite tasty but the portion was small (as the waitress warned me). My colleague had the halibut en papillote and the portion was very generous. The service is prompt and friendly. The noise level is high in the restaurant. The Negroni I had was very interesting and had a smoky flavour which cut the sweetness.

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing food - the waiter was great and easy going - we sat ourside so that we did not have to deal wht the interior noise - so all was wonderful!
we went to Imperial two days in a row!! we were from out of town and heard that the happy hour was terrific - so that was the first magnet...the second night was because the night before everyonw was terrific, it is celiac friendly, and has great ambiance!!

MW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The waitress was sad and bitter and not warm or friendly. The food was poor quality, skimpy portions, cake dry and fries soggy and rolls overcooked. Bleh. Not at all worth the money. I used to like this place a few years ago.

EL
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great. Not a ton of people was a perk. The server was pleasant and service was top notch.

JJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We would go back again:
good service , good menu options , nice interior and decor.
Thank you !

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat at least one meal at Imperial every time we are in town.

KG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing! The razor clams were to die for. The service was spectacular.

OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Poor service and just ok food quality

TB
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steak and fish. Huge and tasty sweet potato side. Excellent wine list. Ken Wright Pinot Noir on tap was really good.

HL
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was excellent! The waitress was exceptional-very patient with our orders, our party #, and very flexible. The food was incredible and our seating area was superb (private room with doors). We'll be back!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff and food!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was excellent. The server was not helpful with choices however, too busy to help us navigate the menu. It didn’t help that the noise level of the room was off the charts. I am certain it was at an unhealthy level for everyone’s hearing. Something needs to be done to address it.

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