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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CH
New England
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good dining experience! I had the Brussels Sprouts and tomato soup and quite tasty. I didn't give it 5 stars because the brussel sprouts were a little unevenly cooked with some not cooked quite through. But tasty nevertheless and I would return.

ES
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The fry bread chorizo breakfast dish was sooooo good.

IE
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was well prepared and the service quite good. Portions was filling and satisfactory and overall we will come again to try other items on the menu. I will note that we were a party of six and we each had a different dish and all were exceptionally flavorful and tasty.

OT
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and a menu to please most anybody. As is the case with too many restaurants today, the noise level is harsh when it is busy.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Few vegetarian entree options. More entree options and vegetarian dinner specials are lacking.
Imperial was fine, but I'm not in a rush to return.

MM
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Near spot. Will definitely come back. Do double check their service windows. For example, we had to wait around to try things off their dinner menu, because Nrunch is exclusively, and strictly only served until 3pm. No biggie, we just had another round of drinks and waited an hour. Get the chicken biscuits with an egg. Just do it.

DH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service, some menu items overpriced, others fair value.

OT
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very pleasurable dining experience at The Imperial. The food was delicious and there were a wide variety of choices. Out waiter was helpful in making suggestions. He was also helpful in our wine choice. We were never rushed and our waiter was attentive to our needs. Our dinner was a little slow in arriving, but not so much that we had to ask about it. We had enough to eat but still had room for dessert, had we so opted. All in all, a nice dining experience. We sat in the middle of the main dining area, so the noise was a bit high. I've eaten here before, so I know other, more peripheral locations are quieter.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic!!

OS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really love going to Imperial. Had the roasted brussels sprouts, which included bacon and apple pieces a in a mustard-based sauce, roast beef with root veg mash and yorkshire pudding, and the marinated pork shoulder (a favorite), and we finished with a chocolate-hazelnut pie. All were fantastic. It's often very loud at Imperial, which is about the only thing we don't like, but we were there somewhat early for a Friday night, so it was a bit quieter this time.

RL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our dinners a great deal and had a wonderful time with excellent service and a fun atmosphere.

T
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve dinner

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

BM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and the wood fire cook was fun to watch.

s
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with creative thought and nearly perfect execution!

HB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was very good. They give you a little time to figure out your selection, then when you are ready to order, service moves quickly.

A
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was pretty standard for Portland. Maybe a little expensive for what we got. I thought the rolls would be hot.

RV
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I loved everything except the charred sweet potato and in the end we didn't really need it (as suggested by the wait staff) as the portions were plenty big. Also the prices seemed to have been raised. The whole bill was pretty shocking for 3 people.

KB
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fried chicken, as every one said I would. We had friendly service and enjoyed the Christmas decorations!

O
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The weekend brunch is great. The menu is great and staff is excellent. The fried chicken at brunch is a great deal.

C
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and overall experience. The pork chop was the most delicious cut of meat I’ve experienced. Just to note, the “chefs table” is a very hot seat with the wood burning fire... not like the “cozy warm” seats the hostess eluded to. None the less I would recommend this to anybody and return when we can.

EJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a good time here. A little spending but a good happy hour just could have had better prices on the drinks that were in small glasses
We shared the rib eye and potato on the side and it was plenty to eat.

m
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the private room with our family of 9 plus a baby. They are so great and accommodating at the Imperial. The drinks are exceptional and the food is always delicious and interesting. We had just about every entree on the menu except the steak options and everyone was happy. Probably the roasted chicken was the least fav but still good. Thanks for another delightful meal and experience for our post holiday family gathering. We’ll be back!!

G
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointed thought their be a Christmas special menu !!!!

A
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delightful evening for Christmas eve. The food was great and beautifully presented.

J
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had planned on happy hour, reservation at 4 for9 including out of town guests. Once seated at our table we were given menus, Which were expensive entrees. I asked for the happy hour menu and was told they weren’t serving happy hour that day. Their website said they had happy hour every night. 4 pm entrees? We spent so much more than we wanted so it was sad. Good food but small portions for 9 and expensive drinks. 😞

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got a lovely private room for our party of 6! Great all around.

DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was so looking forward to this dinner. I selected Imperial as the location of a special dinner for my family. Upon being seated we waited a long time, even though only half the tables were seated, for the terse hostess/busses? to ask us about our water choices. Finally the waiter arrived after another long wait. The music, 70s-80s Funk, was loud and incongruous for the setting and the crowd who were trying to talk and enjoy a meal. The fried chicken was drowning in wet onions and pickles which is a poor decision when most people like crispness. My daughter’s burger was over cooked and my risotto was salty and watery. We fled as soon as possible and would caution others not to go there.

DH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Service, food, drinks. Spot on every time.

MF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Able to sit in the bar area, had prompt service. The risotto was dynamite and was perfect on a stormy day.

IW
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals ever!!

Small steak cooked to medium-rare perfection. Roasted Brussel sprouts with bacon and apple was amazing - and I hate Brussel sprouts! The charred sweet potato with onion butter and sea salt toppings defied description - in taste and color! Everything I could do to not finish this giant potato treat!!

Cold, crisp Portland evening with a hearty PNW meal and some fine wine. Thank you Imperial!

NV
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server was very disengaged... like she had no time for us.. very short with us when we asked questions about menu.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My spouse, our child and I went for Sunday brunch. It wasn't very busy but service was still slow. I ordered the latkes and was very disappointed. I was served potato pancakes (not latkes) that had a sour after-taste. My problem with this is that if you are going to serve potato pancakes (and not even good ones at that), don't call them latkes. What I was served was not a latke and should never be called a latke. The manager spoke to me about the dish and said it was "the chef's interpretation of a latke", yeah, no. Latkes are latkes or they aren't. They are not something you interpret.
The cinnamon roll was tasty but was luke-warm even though it had just come out of the oven. My spouse had the eggs benedict and those were tasty as well but nothing to write home about.

AF
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, quality service and overall a really great restaurant! Only drawback was the noise level made conversations somewhat challenging.

LS
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Small portions, over priced for fair food quality . Probably won’t return

DB
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our 3-generation family group enjoyed a special celebration in a private space, with attentive service, delicious dishes - for children too - and very helpful staff when we sought extra assistance. Our occasion was enhanced by both the quieter ambiance of the semi-private room and the restaurant's happy willingness to serve our own birthday cake. We know the food always is inventive and delicious.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had a reservation at 8:30 and didn’t sit down until 8:45. Our drinks took another 20minutes and we didnt get our food until 10. My husbands order was wrong.

t
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to visit . Friday night and it was packed. Maitre d promptly seated us, staff was gracious, food was delicious. One our best meals and evenings ever!

j
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
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 on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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