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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.
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.
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.
On holiday from Vancouver and had a great meal! Radish drink with burger and lovely salad.
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.
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
Great service and happy hour snacks. the fried chicken was fabulous!
Great time- food and service was exceptional. Fish dishes were very small compared to both chicken dishes and quite a bit more expensive
We had a great time and our food was delicious. I would recommend!
The waitress was not friendly and seemed to have an aggressive tone. It put a damper on the evening.
Portions of the lunch entree special were extremely small. Provide some kind of salad or vegetable to make the portion appear larger.
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.
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.
Friday night's special dinner at Imperial was delightful! Vitaly Paley and Matthew Jarrell of Imperial welcomed Brian Dunsmoor of Hachet Hall in LA to Portland. The five course dinner was thoughtful, delicious and seasonal. The collaboration of the chefs was a real treat! Thank you all! Geri and John
Both the food and the service is excellent I will definitely go back.
One of Portland’s finest restaurants. First rate front of house, fantastic kitchen: the fried chicken was perfect!! Risotto -spot on!! Always delivers, each and every visit!!
The food was interesting and quite good. We really enjoyed the Portland Poke- delicious. The duck meatballs had an interesting flavor but were my least favorite dish. The harissa carrots and roasted Brussels sprouts were also very good. The Parker House rolls were okay, nothing exceptional. Our server was not very attentive or very helpful. It was quite noisy, but overall ambiance was pleasant. I would return to this restaurant.
I was truly disappointed when my halibut came. For $34, it was the smallest piece I've ever seen with no accompaniments except a couple of slices of cheap tomatoes. The brussels sprouts we ordered for an appetizer were fine but my friend's brussels sprouts with her meal were hard as rocks; her salmon was hard too and over cooked. Maybe it was a Monday night and the real chefs are not working....it was disappointing to say the least. Not sure I will be back.
On the positive side, the wine pour was generous and the service and ambiance good.
Cannot go Wrong with Imperial. This is our Anniversary tradition. Literally every single thing you put in your mouth is AMAZING!!!
An excellent Sunday brunch. Food and service were excellent and we could actually hear each other talking.
Imperial is always a solid choice and one of our favorites in downtown. Wonderful food and great atmosphere!
Food was good, but it didn't WOW me like I would have thought based on the prices, so doesn't seem to be a very good value and no need for me to go back, and therefore can't recommend to anyone.
Fantastic in every way !!! Thank you
Great food, great service. Another great Vital Paley restaurant
The entree that I ordered was overcooked. The kale and vegetable salad was good.
Very nice place too noisy
Drinks, pop tart and my husband's food were great. My omelette was really bad though. My plate was covered in water, omelette was overcooked and smelled very fishy which was not appealing. There was also a large piece of crab cartilage in my omelette. For $19, I was incredibly disappointed. I'm not sure I will come back for awhile unfortunately.
My wife and I wanted to go out and get some much needed time away from the littles. We occasionally like to try new places in and around Portland, we found the imperial on a list of best steakhouses in portland. I really enjoy a good steak and was excited to try this place out. We had been to the bar that is a spin off of the restaurant, it was very nice, cozy, good drinks, pleasant atmosphere. Imperial was a bit loud for our liking, but not crazy, let’s be real it was a Friday night at about 830 downtown. Not a deal breaker. We ordered drinks, my wife really liked hers. I wasn’t drinking that night. Ordered the 35 day aged meet York for $64 and was underwhelmed to say the least. We waited nearly an hour for our food, which can be somewhat understandable due to the busyness of the place. My steak was dry and crusty on the outside, the flavor was fair, but off. The Chimichurri had a film from sitting under the light. My wife’s hamburger had zero flavor and was way off with it being from the “special cuts” menu and being made with 35 day aged beef, for $24. They brought us Brussel spouts for the wait, a nice gesture, but no one ever mentioned being sorry for the wait or explained what was going on. Our waitress was busy the whole time running around our table but was not attentive to us in the least. She was nice and pleasant but just not attentive. I don’t believe we will return. Unfortunately because we liked the restaurant as far far as appearance.
The food was excellent and selection made available was very good. The servers was attendant to our needs. Our seating was near the bar but it was not noisy. The prices were good and the portions were generous.
We had a show at the Newmark and the staff were great at providing just the right amount of quiet time and encouragement so we could make our show.
The food was outstanding - we had the flank steak salad and the salmon. Both were delicious! The glazed carrots were amazing.
We will definitely be back to try other menu items!
Our table of 2 was legitimately forgotten about and no one seemed to care. After waiting 10 minutes after sitting down, I flagged down a server and asked to place our orders. After placing our orders and delivering drinks, that man never came back. About 40 minutes after getting our food (dropped by a food runner), a different server asked if we’d like our check (we had been trying to catch someone’s attention again. When we expressed our dismay at the lack of server we seemed to never have assigned, it fell on deaf ears. The food was delicious, but not good enough to warrant this behavior.
Service is always top notch and quietly attentive. Cocktails are excellent. The appetizers and salads are always good, especially their kale salad. Wood fired grill and steaks are their specialty and gives the food a great smoke flavor.
Estuvo muy rico pero muy lento el servicio de cocina tardó mucho en salir la comida
Las porciones muy pequeñas
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Fantastic for Sunday brunch. Lovely ambiance in a busy scene.
I try to visit Imperial whenever I'm in Portland and it's always enjoyable. Unfortunately, the restaurant had overbooked and they couldn't seat us until ~30 minutes after our reservation time. While this is something that would normally sour an evening, this hiccup was handled very well and we were extremely happy with the service. The food, as always, was great. In particular, I'd highly recommend the kale salad, peach and tomato salad, and the house rolls.
Quite good service, punctual seating even though very busy, interesting and very tasty menu offerings, noise level a bit unfortunate.
Been here 3 times. Each time the staff has been exceptionally friendly, service has been prompt, and the food delicious. Definitely recommend the seasonal Pop tarts if you are there for breakfast or brunch!
We went there to have brunch. The food was amazing! Although, there was too much noise, barely could hear the waitress.
This place is good but not somewhere I would go out of my way to recommend. The bloody mary was good and the gin cocktail was decent, but the food didn't "wow" us. The portions were somewhat small and the presentation was not great. If you need to go somewhere with a reservation, check it out. Otherwise, skip brunch here and head elsewhere.
It was the Imperial’s 7th anniversary, so we celebrated with their fried chicken. It was awesome.