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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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

R
Portland
107 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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

MJ
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Portland
1 review
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.

G
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Z
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and the service is excellent I will definitely go back.

p
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

D
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

AM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cannot go Wrong with Imperial. This is our Anniversary tradition. Literally every single thing you put in your mouth is AMAZING!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent Sunday brunch. Food and service were excellent and we could actually hear each other talking.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imperial is always a solid choice and one of our favorites in downtown. Wonderful food and great atmosphere!

G
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic in every way !!! Thank you

CG
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service. Another great Vital Paley restaurant

J
Las Vegas
32 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The entree that I ordered was overcooked. The kale and vegetable salad was good.

VT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very nice place too noisy

AA
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

D
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

KN
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

KF
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

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.

OT
Portland
77 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Estuvo muy rico pero muy lento el servicio de cocina tardó mucho en salir la comida
Las porciones muy pequeñas
El Pie el MEJOR
GRACIAS

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DB
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic for Sunday brunch. Lovely ambiance in a busy scene.

EM
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

L
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Quite good service, punctual seating even though very busy, interesting and very tasty menu offerings, noise level a bit unfortunate.

BK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

C
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went there to have brunch. The food was amazing! Although, there was too much noise, barely could hear the waitress.

TS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the Imperial’s 7th anniversary, so we celebrated with their fried chicken. It was awesome.

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