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About Imperial

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.


410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Northwest, American

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

Cross Street:
SW Stark and Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 228-7222

Website:
http://www.imperialpdx.com/

Parking Details:
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

-Star Park
615 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205

Should you need any assistance with group parking, please inquire.

Public Transit:
MAX Light Rail: All Lines(Red,Blue, Green & Yellow) lines stop at Pioneer Square, a 2 block walk from Imperial.

Executive Chef:
Vitaly Paley and Matthew Jarrell

Additional:
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

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (58)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Special Occasion (49)
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Good for a Date (47)
Local Ingredients (44)
Business Meals (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (36)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Casual (31)
Comfort Food (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Bar Seating (24)
Fun (23)
Great for Lunch (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Cozy (16)
People Watching (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Authentic (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Seasonal (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Healthy (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Romantic (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Great Beer (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Quick Bite (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Organic (5)
Tapas (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Spicy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vegan (2)
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·Dined 16 hours ago

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Family getaway from seattle

This was our 3rd time here. Usually the first time here is the only good experience but 3 times is crazy. We love sitting at the chefs table.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

I recommended my friends get the fried chicken (because I usually get that) and they loved it. I got the sausage of the day and it was delicious too. Great service and drinks on top of all that!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I’ve wanted to try Imperial because I’m a huge fan of Vitaly Paley. We were underwhelmed by the food. Wine list is extensive, but lacks mid-range options. The Brussels sprouts were amazing. My pork was served cold and should have been hot.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service. The grilled grapefruit was an excellent start to the meal. Meats were cooked to perfection. The shrimp and grits were amazing, although I’d lighten up on the cheese. Excellent experience!

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 (Austin)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Imperial offers a sophisticated menu without the snootiness. It is always a great dining experience and a go-to place for taking customers.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A great dinner menu, with interesting variations on food combinations and presentation.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I love bringing out of town guests here and have done so several times. Wonderful Portland vibe, nice interior, excellent food and fun drinks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The food and service here are outstanding. The only negative I could report is that it is extremely loud in this place with no where to hide from all the noise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

My wife and I were here for a dinner. The main course dishes were very nice. I especially liked the half chicken. Beer was also nice. The desserts were not that spectacular, the pie was flat and small. Cocktails were not great also. The service was great!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I've become more of a fan of Imperial each time I eat here. The service was very good and brunch was delicious. I highly recommend the poptart!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Too much salt on everything. Management adjusted our bill when we complained.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The kitchen and bar very connsistent. The "Rabbit" cocktail is unique and inventive; we are very happy that it remains on the menu. We had the Impossible Burger and the sausage of the day. Everything was delicious, and the service was excellent as usual.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We make sure we can get a meal here if we are anywhere near Portland! Oysters were super fresh and the fried chicken is always the best. Can’t forget the hot sauce either. Yum!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing burger!

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Always great food there. Highly recommend New Money and Parker Rolls!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was excellent and the service was spot on! I would recommend it to anyone.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Overpriced and not very tasty.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome meal with great service. Ben was an outstanding server! We’ll be back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Just outstanding. One of the best dining experience I've had in portland in a long time

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The Rockstar resturant in Portland. Best service and great food. Make sure you make a reservation for busy hours. All the food is fresh and organic.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food good to very good. Small portions, served rapid fire. Expensive. Noisy. An OK experience but not a place I would return to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Imperial is our go-to restaurant. It is a noisy restaurant, so an intimate dinner doesn't work as well. Food is consistently great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious. Would go again. Specials were too expensive for me. Regular menu was excellent.

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