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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.
Also check out our sister restaurant Paley's Place here.
Portland, OR 97205
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
SW Stark and Broadway
$30 and under
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There are a wide variety of Parking options within a few blocks radius of The Imperial.
-Valet Parking is available at $10/car.
-Union Bank of California Garage
707 SW Washington
Portland, Or 97205
615 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205
Should you need any assistance with group parking, please inquire.
MAX Light Rail: All Lines(Red,Blue, Green & Yellow) lines stop at Pioneer Square, a 2 block walk from Imperial.
Vitaly Paley and Matthew Jarrell
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Imperial & Hotel Lucia are widely recognized for our award-winning team of Chefs, attention to detail, unique Portland vibe, and commitment to impeccable, personalized service. We currently have three lovely Private Dining spaces that suit a variety of different event types.
Imperial Ratings and Reviews
Our server was not friendly and was very unresponsive to our table. We had a reservation and the time to wait between ordering and receiving our food was very long. Food was very small portions with high price tags that was more mediocre in flavor. Wouldn’t go back. Had high expectations and it did not live up to them.
We had not been here before but have been to other VP restaurants. It was fun to see his menu in a more casual setting. Food was excellent as was the service. The cocktails were excellent. Would like to go back for Happy Hour sometime, but wish it was until 6 rather than 5 pm.
The food was superb. My friend had an allergy and they were fantastic in working around it. My ribeye was perfect. I was aware in advance that it was loud and confirmed it for myself. We were lucky to be seated in one of the two lone booths opposite the bar and that helped a lot. Looking forward to returning on a future visit to Portland.
We stopped for a casual late lunch date. Although it was very loud when we arrived, the lunch crowd left shortly after our arrival creating a nice atmosphere for the two of us! The options on the menu here are amazing. It was difficult to choose among so many delicious choices. Probably the best tomatoe soup I have had at a restaurant! We plan to return for a dinner date to try more of the menu!
This place is a very noisy bar scene with some decent entrees on the menu. It is attached to a nice hotel but is nothing like most hotel restaurants: very noisy and mediocre service. It does have high prices, small portions and everything is al a carte - including bread! I will never return.
We went to Imperial for dinner on a Saturday evening. We had reservations for 6:30 and were seated toward the back of the restaurant near the kitchen. The music was really loud and it was hard to hear my dining companion. I got the Sauvignon blanc and my partner ordered one of the house mocktails. We settled the pickle plate (pretty tasty) and a couple parker house rolls to start and ordered two entrees, the surf and turf steak and prawns and the bacon chop with the brussel sprouts. It took about 40 minutes between the time we ordered and when we got our entrees. We were famished and would have appreciated our server telling us what was going on - something like "the kitchen is a little backed up, sorry it's taking so long." When our entrees finally arrived, we were pretty disappointed. The surf and turf was pretty tasty but a pretty small portion (4 slices of steak and 3 prawns) for $38. The bacon pork chop was moist but so salty it was hard to eat; there was one slice that was completely raw in the center and I wasn't able to eat it. I'm not sure if it was intentional but the squash salad on top of the pork chop was cold. We decided to stay for dessert and ordered the raspberry cheesecake to share with a cup of decaf. This was the saving grace of our meal. I should say our server was helpful and friendly but she totally disappeared during the 40 minutes when we were waiting for our entrees.
Imperial was disappointing. There are too many other places in town where you can get a good meal for the same price and with much better food and a much shorter wait between ordering and eating.
There were 4 of us for a Saturday night dinner out. All of us are in the food biz and eat out ofter. It had been several years since we visited Imperial. That being said, for the price, the portions were somewhat small, and and the flavors were unimpressive. It was disappointing. Not sure if we will go back.
The menu and the prices promised a lot that the meals couldn’t deliver. Three of us ordered The Silent Partner cocktail and all three of us hated it. The rolls were good. My scallop dish came with 3 scallops in a barely there squash purée. They were cooked well, but way over salted. Others got the roasted chicken and the fried chicken. Fried chicken comes with toppings but no sides. The roasted chicken came with potato salad and corn. Nobody ate the potato salad. I also had an “our favorite “ appetizer. It was dumplings in a borscht sauce. The dumplings tasted like beef bouillon cubes and the sauce was a “just okay” stroganoff once you mixed in the sour cream. We were just completely underwhelmed by the food given the prices and the descriptions.
A family member recommended Imperial as a great place for two friends to celebrate a recent birthday over Sunday brunch. The choice couldn't have been better. Lots of yummy selections on the menu to appeal to all tastes, plus a great mimosa to start out. Not only that, but nowhere else I know offers custom made "pop tarts" for grown up kids who regard them as a gourmet treat!
The noise level was a bit high. But we got quickly used to it. The pickle plate we ordered had too much apple cider vinegar in it. So if you don't like vinegar or apple cider vinegar may be this disk is not for you. The duck meat balls were great as were the Brussels sprouts.
Ordered a variety of things to share, all of them delicious!
Charcuterie and cheese plate, olives, fried chicken, steak frites, Oysters in the half shell.
My favorites :steak was melt in your mouth tender and the Pacific Oysters were very fresh ...
I recommend their bar menu during happy hour for saving $$$ on their terrific food.
Sadly, our dining experience was very mixed. Scallops were delicious. Roasted chicken was overcooked, dry and vastly over seasoned. Roasted brussel sprouts and potato salad bizarrely seasoned and inedible. On the other hand, our server was extremely helpful and pleasant.
Our waiter was great and when there was something wrong with the kitchen and our food was late he brought us rolls free of charge. Very attentive. When I got my food the only thing I tasted was salt. There was no other flavor. The fries were also over salted and over powered the dipping sauce it came with so I didn’t even know what flavor it was supposed to be. I could have gone elsewhere for cheaper and better food.
The Imperial is a nice restaurant, good food, moderate/high price, great atmosphere.
I would have preferred to have a table for 2 that wasn't sharing a table with other couple (bench style), menu didn't have any obvious starters, we ended up ordering fries as a side with our entree and the waitress asked if we would like them as a starter which we did, but its a bit strange, we would have preferred to have appetizers to choose from.
Food was ok, menu was not particularly inspiring, pretty safe fare.
Overall it was an ok meal.
I took a job applicant to dinner. we each had very modest meals (ie one course or 2 appetizers) and a glass of wine for $70. The wine by the glass was very disappointing , and relatively expensive. The riesling "on tap" had a weird chemical flavor in the finish- is that from the "barrel"?. The chardonnay was just ok - for $14, a brut rose was thin and frankly I think had been open and oxidized- it was definitely not fresh. Service was fair to middling- the waiter actually abandoned us and sent someone else to take our order after we asked twice to sample a taste of wine. He was frankly rude. He did tell me that only 2 scallops were served, so I should order a side with this- the problem was the menu was very limited and there really were not sides to choose from.
The restaurant was so noisy we could not have a conversation, even with raised voices- It was very disappointing. I've eaten at 2 other Paley restaurants & would choose either Paley's place or Headwaters over this. I would go to any other of a number of restaurants before this one actually....
The Ahi Tuna appetizer was delicious, very light but tangy & tender. Our entrees were both nicely plated. My Sister had the flat iron steak with prawns & said it was very tasty. I had the grilled Black Cod, it was perfectly cooked and flakey, however the stars of the dish were the lemon sauce & the grilled leeks. The leeks were scrumptious, I could have eaten a whole entree of vegetables cooked this well. That would be my only suggestion; more vegetarian entrees. I also had the coconut-lime sorbet for dessert & enjoyed it very much.
The food was fabulous. The half roasted chicken was perhaps the best that I have ever had: moist and perfectly seasoned. Loved the fried flat bread. The service was attentive without being intrusive. I did find the restaurant so noisy that it was difficult to have a conversation.
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