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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Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, as always. Noise level is high, though. Challenging for a round table of boomers. (Was better after some loud fellow patrons left, but is an issue.)

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Great atmosphere and location! Coffee was good and food was pretty good! Service was ok

BG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Our trip to Imperial was a mixed bag. We were told a large group had gotten in before us and caused the long delay. My wife had the pork chop, which was very bland. I order the short rib special, which would have been wonderful, but came out cold. The brussel sprouts were over cooked and had a slight burnt taste to them. Overall, you could tell under optimum circumstances our meal could have been good (other than my wife’s pork chop). All might have been caused by a weekend rush on restaurant week. Our server was professional and unsolicited sympathetic – he deserved high marks. We were not in any sort of rush because we were with good company, which was a good thing.

d
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the flank steak and it was AMAZING!

RH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food. Really was a great date night thanks to everyone at Imperial!

AJ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was fantastic. We were offered seats at the chefs counter overlooking the wood fire grill, which was a fun experience. The chef was interactive throughout our meal, the food and drinks were spectacular. We will be back!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My mom and I went here for brunch. We like to ramble around Portland and try out different spots and we had originally written off Imperial because we thought the menu was too plain. OMG WE WERE SOOO WRONG! The items they had on the menu were simple with a twist. I had the best fried chicken of my life here. So moist on the inside but crispy on the outside. I brought my leftovers to my boyfriend who ate it 2 hours after we got home which was actually about 4 to 5 hours later and he said it was still just as crispy. Don’t know how they did it but bravo. The only bad thing was we said we wanted boxes for our food and our waitress somehow thought we wanted our food thrown out so she tossed it but she was nice enough to make us another meal on the house to compensate.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Horrible service / great food. Would not come back solely based on how all the staff treated our group.

a
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Razor clam linguini - crazy good! And Timothy was a great ssrver!

NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imperial had great food selection. The services was great, we left our orders to our waitress and she delivered!

JR
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal; we miss the coal-roasted sweet potato, but plenty of other options. Short rib and risotto were excellent. Good GF and V options. Only note is that items from the big fire tend to arrive warm rather than hot, possibly because they’re waiting on rest of order? Still an excellent meal.

OT
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

DON’T waste your money here. We enjoyed our steak dinner last year so brought friends with us this time. I’m tired of being escorted past several empty tables( at least 20) to the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. Guess my color?
The Delmonico steak at $52 was TOUGH and DRY. The Brussels Sprouts were burnt. Portions laughable. We did like duck meatballs which cost $6 each!
The restaurant began to fill up and the only other party of Black folks were seated in the rear at the table we refused.
Never going back.
The waitress was informative but did not check on us during the meal. No pleasantries as we left.

s
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the cocktails to the dessert was fabulous. Elk tartare is a must-have, as was the duck breast. Creamed kale was outstanding as well. A very nice dining experience that isn't too over the top.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Burger was good but our salmon and razor clam linguine was small and disappointing for the cost. Clams did not taste fresh. Suggest ordering the burgers and fried chicken.

KH
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch. Food was excellent. They serve one of my favorite teas and my friend felt that the coffee was excellent. You pay a bit more for the name, but the food was good.

KG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations on every front.

Great place for an affordable romantic date night

S
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best!! We have been many times and many occasions. The service is always outstanding

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were great, but the combination of an open kitchen, ambient dinner noises plus fairly loud piped-in music made it very difficult to talk to each other.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Pretty loud, not good for a meal where you want to have a conversation. Food was okay a little pricey for basic fair, about on par with Downtown though.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me la pas de maravilla, la cena verdaderamente riquísima.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Fried chicken was burnt, risotto was soupy, and salmon was chewy. Worst experience we’ve had at Imperial.

RH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and our server was a doll. I had a bunch of other servers pass with a water jug that didn't notice that I needed more water, even when I lifted my hand politely. However, my server came by to check on us and upon seeing us not having water grabbed a jug, so I don't blame her at all. Overall super yummy brunch to spoil ourselves. Also, the "poptart" should be renamed to "dreamtart" or "heavenlypastry" or something because it was the lightest, fluffiest, perfectly sweet with tart jam filled tasty treat to ever touch these lips. Thank you to whoever invented that little gift from above. 9/10

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fried chicken, oysters are delicious as well. Great service even though it was a busy night. Also have been for happy hour and enjoyed both.

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines weekend!

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was great. Knowledgeable when we had questions. We were early and they were accommodating even though they were busy. Food was delicious and spirit selection was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We LOVED everything we ate. Cleaned our plates! The only odd thing was that we were a group of four and we were seated at a round table for five. I wish they would’ve removed the 5th chair so that we could evenly disperse ourselves around the round table. We didn’t ask for it to be removed so that’s also partially our fault. All in all, it was enjoyable and the food was superb. Drinks were delicious, and the details in the decor really make the place.

N
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience on Valentine’s Day! Our server was awesome, the menu was great, and everything was delicious as always. The only downside is that it was quite noisy, but it was a holiday and every table was full. Will be back, of course!

AH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Everyone raves about the pork chop and I was disappointed. It was half fat and not super tender. The pear? Sauce didn't compliment it very much. The mustard seed was good with it though. The bacon collard greens were delicious. My bfs flat iron steak was super good and tender. It was kinda cold. The bread rolls were amazing. The cocktails were tasty too.

c
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The number one no-no for a chef is under seasoned food. The food was woefully void of seasoning. I remember the chicken being perfectly seasoned last time I had it several years ago. Another no-no is serving food that is cold that is supposed to be hot. My husband’s pork chop was cold and when he sent it back it unfortunately returned warm - but, dry and overcooked. The service was excellent and I would give them an A+ for that. They comped desserts/ but, my husband doesn’t eat dessert.

C
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was delicious. Veggie sides were inventive and had incredible flavor. Price points for proteins were a tad high for the portions provided. Otherwise, wonderful experience.

BI
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The entire dining experience was amazing! The atmosphere was fun and lively, but not too loud. The food was delicious and the combinations of flavors and plating was impressive and very creative. I cant wait to try more items on the menu. We will be back every time we visit Portland!

FD
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Service let this place down. There wasn't a request made of our server that didn't seem to make him annoyed. Not sure if it was attitude or just boredom. Food was decent. Pity the service isn't up to par.

KW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time to eat at the Imperial but won't be our last. Reservation made online and received a reminder call day of reservation. Tough drive from Hillsboro for a 5:15 pm reservation, but was rewarded by friendly and consoling server with wonderful service. Our meals were first rate. The mushroom risotto was out of this world. I thought my wife was going to pickup her plate and lick up the remnants on the plate it was so delicious. Thanks and cheers for the Imperial.

j
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

amazing creative food and fun atmosphere. it is very loud so some people may not like that.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We booked imperial last minute. The food was good. I had the clam linguine and bread and the gf had the wings and fries. The service was prompt but the food could have been better. Definitely not the Imperial of Old

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Prime rib night.

DB
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was really excellent. I came with my wife and daughter-in-law and we all agreed about that. The service was also excellent BUT, we unfortunately we would not come again because the noise level was just SO LOUD that we could hardly hear each other speak.

Wish you could something about that. It probably doesn't bother the younger crowd but it sure did bother us.

Thanks

d
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went here for a business team dinner. We had great service from the staff - start to finish. Food was well timed and delivered promptly. One item was mis-delivered, and the wrong person started eating it. Once they realized the error, they promptly ordered a replacement item and delivered it quickly. Food was good quality and tasty. They had several options to cover multiple needs - vegan, veg, paleo.

Biggest bonus was a large round table that could comfortably seat our 8 diners. Was great for cross table conversation.

Got a bit loud as the night went on, but never over the top.

We'd go back again!

C
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and outstanding service. I would have preferred it if the atmosphere was perhaps more conducive to quiet conversation, although overall the noise levels were not overwhelming, but what would be expected for a busy restaurant on a Saturday night.
The food itself was fantastic and makes me want to explore everything on the menu. The service was extraordinary as with our server never leaving us feel neglected, and was very attentive to the timing we wanted our food to come from the kitchen.

Fantastic place

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic service was exceptional.

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