Imperial

4.5
2554 reviews
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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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Portland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s actually one of the best meals we’ve had in a while. Dishes are ala carte. Sweet potato side was amazing. Solid

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KK
Seattle
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We chose Imperial based on it's proximity to our hotel and the good reviews. We were not disappointed. Despite being very busy, service was excellent. It was Portland Dining Month, so I tried the special 3 course menu and wine pairing. Each course was delicious! My husband selected off the regular menu, and the specialty beers list. A great evening!

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Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Too noisy
Food portion was small
Service was slow
Waiter did not bother to determine “who” made the reservations or who was paying for the meal

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RG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the amazing fried chicken, smoked mushrooms and fries with yummy dipping sauce. We had amazing service despite being one of the last reservations of the night. One of the best meals according to my teenage daughter!

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c
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 1

Update... Very pleased that Clay at Imperial responded to out comments and reviews. They have committed to provide feedback on the menu selection and preparation. By responding I am adding a star to my review and will give it a try again. Previous review -->Tried the Portland dinning month menu. If that is a sample of their menu we will not return. Chicken was over seasoned and portion very small. Ambiance is very noisy not a place to have a business meeting. Overall disappointing.

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JB
Portland
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Timothy was a great waiter.

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R
Houston
86 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the house made barrel aged habanero hot sauce (available for purchase). The baked/grilled sweet potato with the unique sides of pesto butter and house made salsa was a fantastic vegetarian choice. Fish was amazing too. We really enjoyed our dinner here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Family from out of town was visiting we have ate here other times. Great food was thinking the Bloody Mary use to be bigger. Felt like drinks all 4 of us ordered came out a little different looking with toppings. Little more love into them would be nice.

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SE
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, Delicious! Drinks were very good as well!

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Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined at Imperial for the first time recently. It was on our list of restaurants to try. The food was good and the service was outstanding. The noise level was very high. Great spot for casual dining but I wouldn't recommend it for a special occasion. Most of the patrons were in their 20's and 30's. It was busy and clearly a hopping place for hipsters.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was average. The service was below average. When I asked for ground pepper for my salad, the server returned with a small pepper shaker.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! I ordered the kale salad with fried chicken on the side.

Friends ordered other brunch menus.

Super helpful staff took care of everything and let us finish up a private meeting in their private dining room.

Scrumptious. Great Downtown location also!!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was mind blowing. The rolls, the duck meatballs, the sweet potato the size of your head....

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We got a last minute, late (9:45PM) reservation on a Friday evening after traveling to Portland. It was a pleasant surprise to find a Portland Restaurant Month menu and the selection was a good value, but my food was "meh." The salad leaves were smushy, as they were overdressed. The chicken special was flavorful, but was very small. The cheesecake was nice, if unique - the citrus twist was different!

Of course the time we were sat impacted our meal tasting fresh but I also just felt like the service was "meh" too. This restaurant has so much potential, so it was a bit disappointing.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time, familiar dishes with twist on the spices. Excellent choice for the night

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MB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We both had the Portland Dining Month special and it was messily arranged on the plate, overpowered with flavors, and small portions for the price. The wine pairings were unsatisfying. I’ve been there a few times, but this experience was not great. On the positive side, they did make the dessert gluten-free for us, which was nice, and they helped us get our food in time to make our show.

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MR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a breakfast meeting with out of town guests. It was a good place to meet and discuss the upcoming agenda, and to welcome guests to Portland.

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J
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It’s a great experience. Went to enjoy March Portland dining month at the Imperial. Prefer to have been seated at a different table versus the long shared one in the middle. Will try again and have something off their menu.

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G
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We four ladies had a delightful day; the high-quality comfort food was delicious. From the Parker Roll to the raspberry chocolate pie, the "yum" factor was high. It is very noisy so one ends up almost shouting to luncheon partners across the table. That is the only real negative. The wait staff is superb--two young women formerly from New Jersey (from whence I came) were cheerful, professional and most accommodating. I asked for a cider which wasn't sweet enough for me; the server recommended a rose which still didn't taste just right. I finally had a non-alcoholic drink that was perfect. Server was most gracious and no extra charge for my samplings. Ahi tuna was delicious but probably a tad pricey for a few pieces @$19. Friend had chicken, another pea/lentil soup and fourth had great hamburger. All in all a wonderful non-rushed experience. Tone down the noise and it's a 5-star experience.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imperial always impresses! Great food and service for a fair price creates outstanding value. The fried chicken is a must and the miso albacore was delicious! Highly recommend!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Not a big fan of sitting at the cafeteria table. Had an annoying group next to us. When they were finished with their plates they just pushed them down into our area.

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C
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak was fantastic. Reasonably fast service. Server was very attentive.

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S
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Cool place! We will definitely go back we also want to try another of their restaurants in the group.

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l
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 5

The food was mediocre, service was awful. The waitress even rolled her eyes when asked to try a small sample of $16 wine which i did not like. Will not.go back

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Worth the price! They definitely know how to cure and cook their meats. And such amazing flavor combinations!

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MG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food delivered, no complaints, well done!!

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PB
Montana
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! My husband says it’s his favorite restaurant! We sit up to watch the chefs cook the meat on the fire grill! So fun to play such and educational too! They don’t mind if you ask questions, which is great ask we asked a lot! Food is amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Dining with friends.

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CH
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Underwhelming. It was fine but that’s it. Greeted by a very nice hostess. Ordered the roasted chicken and it arrived Luke warm after what tasted like it was sitting in a warmer long before we got there. Parker rolls were great. Cocktail was nice. Waitress forgot to put order in for fries so son had to start on his burger without the fries and all she said was sorry I forgot to put the order in. Had to flag her down for catsup. Overall not terrible but not worth the trip. Don’t see us going back anytime soon.

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GM
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good food and great service.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and polite hostess and waitress. The staff was extremely respectful. Food was wonderfully prepared and the atmosphere was great. Will most definitely recommend to colleagues and friends.

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r
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with WONDERFUL food

I had the pork secretto and need to learn how to make this at home. My husband loved his steak which was cooked to perfection.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for our anniversary dinner, and we had a great experience. Great staff, great food, awesome service. Worth it!

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GG
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic all around. This is one of the best spots in Portland. Full stop.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

There were four of us and we were all disappointed with our food. The trout was cold and the steak was over cooked. Even more disappointing were the desserts - not even edible. I believe the chefs has changed recently because this was very different than previous experiences there.

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S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

My only reason for not giving a 5 star rating was due to the fact that our glassware was dirty on the outside; wine and water. The waitress replaced but seemed irritated. We loved the food, and have been to Imperial several times...we will be back.

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RB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive and delicious food, fun and welcoming staff.

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ER
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talk about a popular happy hour! Geez. Though we don't often go just for the happy hour and instead reserve a table for a wonder dinner at reasonable prices. The food is always creative and excellent. The service is wonderful.
We do however, enjoy the happy hour in the bar when seating is available. Great food at very reasonable prices with exceptional drinks. Again, the service is outstanding.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Imperial is always perfect.

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BF
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Steak was amazing. Service is awesome! Really cool to watch the wood fires grille.

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