Imperial

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$30 and under
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Northwest
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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j
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imperial has become our annual go to for my cousin and I when we head to Portland for Christmas shopping. There are so many wonderful dining choices in Portland and Imperial is at the top of our list.

MD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambience.
Loved the exposed old architecture.

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I've been to Imperial over the past four years for various occasions (parties, dates, hangouts, etc.), and both the food and service were stellar. The Flat Iron steak was my go-to and I would always order it due to its flavor and presentation. However, I went last week and was met with 5 small slices of steak, some guac underneath said steak, and a side of this orange colored puree (carrots?). It used to be presented with bone marrow, thick steak slices, and a side of pico de gallo or similar salsa.

I've never had any health issues when going there in the past, but since eating there, I had stomach issues into the weekend. I'm not sure if it was the steak or the poke, but I didn't have issues prior to the restaurant. Maybe something changed over the past four years, but whatever it is, I don't plan on returning to Imperial for the time being. The waiter was really cool though.

CM
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Jonah was magnificent, very attentive and pleasant. Our bartender/barista Ryan was great also.

SB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very limited menu.

H
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An absolutely exquisite dining experience. The food and service were both amazing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Be sure to hydrate before going (and after) because the sodium levels in the dishes are through the roof!! wild mushrooms with bone marrow sounded phenomenal but was inedible because every bite tasted like a mouthful of salt and no other flavor. very disappointing.

MG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have been coming to Imperial over the past few years periodically, for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and it's always excellent, and a treat. The most recent occasion was for Thanksgiving dinner, and it was fantastic as ever.

EB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. Crowded accordingly.. Glad we used open table.

TJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Thanksgiving. Was kinda disappointed at being put in a back room. Very nondescript without ambiance. They did have a movie playing. Service was exceptional.

l
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect on any and every level you would measure it!!! I can't wait for my next visit!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Thanksgiving day

MS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful for the 7 members of my family--a round table, good food, excellent service.

TB
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so amazing on Thanksgiving. And the food was beyond description (a bit over the top at $42 for a turkey dinner, but that is a minor thing). Jonah was our server and he was an absolute delight. He made the meal perfect and made sure we were in need of nothing at all times.

B
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately my food was not even warm when it arrived. My husband had better luck.

MP
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Brunch was high quality, if just a little unimaginative. Everything was delicious.

d
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I would have to give a mixed review based on the food and service for a brunch service. The food was good, but the delivery of said food was slow, uneven and incorrectly fired or just delivered incorrectly. We got two of one entree. The toast to come with two of the meals and the side of bacon that was to come with another was delivered as an afterthought. My wife asked for a specialty cocktail. A Spinnaker, as served by another food establishment consisting of Earl Grey Tea, a shot of Amoretto and a float of cream. It came without the Amoretto. Our vegetarian friend could have pieced together a meal, but didn't need to as my daughter who has firsthand knowledge of "the breakfast menu" knows there to be more options, but when asked if any of them could be accessed the answer was a flat no.
This all constitutes too many errors/mishandles for a restaraunt with Chef Paley's name on the front door. So would I reccomend? I'd have to try a dinner service first.

J
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was great, especially the elk tartar. The noise level was incredibly loud, I would not be able to take my elder parents. Service was efficient, if not personable.

FC
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The guy who “greeted” us was extremely off-putting, and rude. Kind of took the sails out of our entire evening. We arrived a few minutes early, and asked if we could be seated at our table. The host stared at my husband for a few, long seconds, and finally said, “Your table’s not going anywhere!” Really? Wow. Thanks for the welcome. We’ll think twice about returning.

LD
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was excellent!! Service was, unfortunately, very poor.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter made excellent menu suggestions and was very friendly and accommodating. Excellent food, excellent service and an excellent overall experience!!

P
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

We have been coming here for brunch for 5 years. The service was terrible this time and the food just ok. Was not worth the expense.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

SM
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was ok!! I had the flat iron steak which I’ve had better steaks at sizzler for far less. One of the others in our group got the cider pork which was actually pretty good!! The pickled berries that were on it really made it pop! The grilled half chicken was tasty! The skin was crisp and the seasoning was good!! What really made the good was the green chili sauce on the outside!! The salmon was kind of foshy smelling!! It had ok flavor but nothing spectacular!! Over all for the money I don’t feel that it would be a place I would be willing to frequent!!

PM
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came out for girls night out. Food was great as usual. Atmosphere loud and upbeat. Fun. Service a bit slow as they were busy. Took awhile to get cocktails. This place is consistent.

EA
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great .. just have to remember it’s not a great place for catching up with friends as it’s very loud. Our server was very nice! They messed up on my open table reservation but I think it got fixed.

S
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Get the apple cinnamon roll! It's made of brioche dough, with spiced apples, cream cheese frosting, and a caramel drizzle. It's big enough to share, but you won't want to. I also recommend the house hot sauce, if only for the novelty of having it come out in a medicine jar with a dropper to apply it to your food. Staff was very friendly. The restaurant charges a 3% "wellness" tax to provide health insurance to the staff.

NH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The duck meatballs were one of the tastiest dishes we have ever eaten. The mushrooms were excellent and the sweet potato was good.
My hamburger was slightly overdone, but still good.

The menu is small and the portions are medium. Service was very good!

Prices are more than fair. All in all - highly recommended.

CT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So accommodating to our large foodie group wanting to try practically everything on menu and share on the small plates. We loved all the flavor bursts and variety of textures and presentations.

K
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

On holiday from Vancouver and had a great meal! Radish drink with burger and lovely salad.

R
Portland
107 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived earl so we went to the bar for a drink, so when the time was right, they seated us. Our waitress, Karen, was fabulous which only enhanced our celebration. The restaurant gave us a special vegetable dish while Karen gave us a glass each of Sherry to celebrate our 54 years. We both love their fried chicken, their most popular dish which we enjoyed after we split a salad. Wines, drinks, coffee were excellent but the people were the best.

DB
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience -from the service to the food. My husband enjoyed the fried chicken and I enjoyed the flat iron steak - both were very good. . Ordered the mushrooms as a side. . Wow! Absolutely delicious- would definitely recommend this restaurant. . We'll definitely be back

CS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dinner experience with client's from out of town.

MJ
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and happy hour snacks. the fried chicken was fabulous!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time- food and service was exceptional. Fish dishes were very small compared to both chicken dishes and quite a bit more expensive

LH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and our food was delicious. I would recommend!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The waitress was not friendly and seemed to have an aggressive tone. It put a damper on the evening.

RE
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions of the lunch entree special were extremely small. Provide some kind of salad or vegetable to make the portion appear larger.

k
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was okay. Pickles were coated in extra hot sauce and wait staff failed to warn us. Ruined the palate completely. Chicken was over cooked. Pork secretta was incredibly dry and tough. Waitress was SURLY and stopped at table twice. Entire experience was disappointing.

AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have been coming to Imperial for a few years. Been seeing a deterioration in quality of food and service over the last few months. Last visit will be last.

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