Imperial

4.4
2230 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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.


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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, American
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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
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Phone number
(503) 228-7222
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vitaly Paley and Matthew Jarrell
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SW Stark and Broadway
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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.
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Public transit
MAX Light Rail: All Lines(Red,Blue, Green & Yellow) lines stop at Pioneer Square, a 2 block walk from Imperial.
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.

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Reviews from verified diners
2,230 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
62%
Very Good
25%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

This restaurant is fun and lively with a great bar. The food is on point as far as flavors however we waited almost an hour for our entrées to arrive and when they did everything was room temperature. We even had our pasta dish redone and it came back room temperature a second time. They are very accommodating when it comes to food allergies such as dairy. All dishes are all a cart and big enough the share.

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SP
Portland
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

I was running behind for a business dinner and they canceled my reservation even though they had plenty of room. Unimpressed by staff.

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OT
Portland
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Very good experience.

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LL
Portland
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Always great service at Imperial.

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B
Seattle
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been here for breakfast and dinner. The food was very good (get the crab omelette! Very crabby!). The service was great. The atmosphere is sophisticated without being overly fancy or pretentious. It’s also quite large, which is nice for groups.

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Portland
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful service amazing food.

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Phoenix
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Watermelon gazpacho on a 100 degree day was perfect!

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J
Seattle
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

Nice place! Enjoyed the Bloody Mary and oysters. Great server.

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CF
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

A bit noisy but the food and service was wonderful

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Seattle
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Their food was phenomenal! Especially the desert. Some are vegetarian AND vegan friendly. Had the coconut rice pudding. The only thing is the environment is a little loud and from what I saw there weren't tables in a quieter spot. So good for friends, maybe not a date given the noise level. Overall wonderful experience!

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OT
Chicago
4.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

Great drinks.
Carpaccio was delicious, but too dressed up.
Dry-aged T bone was excellent

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Portland
4.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

My first time there. Had a nice brunch. Will definitely be back!

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New England
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed the drinks and service! Would definitely come back.

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Great, practical menu. Solid taste and not overly prepared. Simple but tasty with something for everyone

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TW
San Francisco
2.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

We ate at Imperial on our first visit to Portland and we liked it. So we decided to go back but this time the food was just okay. In fact, I am sure some ingredient were missing in a couple of our plates, like the nicoise only had green beens, salad, tuna and the egg was not quail egg. Anyway, it was weird because our fist experience was good.

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SJ
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Really vibrant place with lots of great brunch choices

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Seattle
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Quite disappointed by my brunch at Imperial. It wasn’t that busy yet our food (only 2 of us) took 30 mins to arrive. It was ok but average to be honest and the gravey for the biscuits was way too thick. Wouldn’t have minded so much , but having pointed out how long we were waiting our server said ‘we are really busy’ which it wasn’t and it’s not like you can’t staff up for a Saturday brunch. No apology when it did finally arrive either. Won’t be back.

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KS
Portland
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was excellent, as was the service. Atmosphere was a bit too noisy for a special occasion dinner.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The fried chicken was perfectly fried and very juicy but needed more flavor. It was somewhat bland but still very good

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C
Dallas
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Great food. At our table, we had the ribeye, roasted chicken, bacon chop, and surf&turf. Everyone raves about their food. Good stuff.

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AK
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Loved the place, food, and the staff is great. We shared lots of dishes and all of them were delicious.

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SE
Portland
2.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Nice venue and great location, but far too small of a menu! Mediocre food with high price tags!

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PB
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Probably the best bone-in dry-aged ribeye I’ve ever had.

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CT
Seattle
4.0
Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was excellent. I had the goat cheese omelette and spouse had scrambled eggs, potatoes and toast. The potatoes were nice and crispy on the outside, and we appreciated the skins were left on. The host was not very friendly at check in or when we left. Server was good - checked in on us and was helpful.

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TS
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Overall, Imperial's food continues to impress each time I revisit. This time I tried the ribeye that's usually on the menu and it was quite good, even better than the wagyu coulette someone else in the party had. Cocktails are worth checking out too. Note that it can be VERY noisy here, so if you're looking for quiet conversation you may want to look elsewhere.

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Portland
2.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was very good. Our server was also very good. Host/hostess lacked professionalism and good customer service. Waited for 20 mins to be seated after a mess up on their end and they barely recognized the inconvenience.

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l
Portland
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

I'm becoming disillusioned with Imperial. We go here for breakfast because it is easy to get in, but this time the espresso drinks sat on the counter and cooled off before they were delivered to us (Water Avenue espresso - over roasted and bitter; they used to have Cafe Umbria and should bring it back--or Spella would be awesome). The the salty salad served with my crab omelette was off putting, and the crab omelette was dried out. I recall being disappointed the last time I was here too, so it will likely be a while before we go back. The best meal I've had here was for dinner (salmon collar to start, fried chicken entree). Ahh, it seems so long ago...

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Portland
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Arrived early for our reservations and started with creative drinks at the bar. We were seated at a small table in the middle of the restaurant but it still felt private. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive without hovering. The food was delicious.

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LW
Boise
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

I didn't even know this second restaurant run by Vitaly Paley existed! Loved the location, loved that I didn't have to make reservations weeks in advance, and loved the food. Yeah, it's spendy, but I thought it was reasonable, considering the quality of the food. My husband and I were there for a special occasion, and I would definitely choose it again as a special occasion destination.

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Hawaii
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Service was intermittently slow or good. 2 entrees arrived well ahead of three others, so a bit awkward. Cocktails were great! Speciallty burger was nothing special, potatoes over cooked. Steak was delicious as were salads and mushroom sides. Rolls as always were wonderful.

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Chicago
4.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Great place! Enjoyed everything about

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RC
Sacramento
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Sat at a sidewalk table on a beautiful evening. Felt almost like Paris. Great service, delicious food (loved the scallops and halibut; desserts were also excellent). Try the pickles - who knew pickled pineapple would be so yummy. Timing was perfect; we easily made it to the theater afterward. I will go back.

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Palm Springs
5.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

Excellent food and ambience. We loved the recommended Oregon wine!

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Portland
5.0
Dined on June 18, 2018

Loved it! Belated birthday dinner with my husband. We both loved our choices - I had surf and turf, husband had roasted chicken. Also got potatoes. Excellent service, great menu choices, great wine choices. And, valet parking is a real plus! Portland casual, but I honestly wish Portlanders were willing to dress up a bit more for a nice, expensive dinner out. Definite go back.

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OT
2.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Service was fair to poor. Had to ask for our drinks 3 times and the food was served before the beverages arrived.

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Charlotte
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Best Bloody Mary ever!!

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O
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Delicious brunch options- the honey roll, ham benedict and simmered greens were outstanding!

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JT
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We had a nice meal with out of town friends. Excellent service!

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C
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

From making the reservation, to our server Kathleen, and to the table we settled wonderfully. The light fixtures and chandelier were even eye catching, it’s interesting how they were made of bicycle chains. We enjoyed the attention to detail, superb quality service, and Kathleen our server. Their tasteful flavor and texture of food is beyond words. We ordered the grilled oysters, Brandt beef Rib eye, Wild King Salmon, and Grilled Halibut dishes with the spicy green salad sub raspberry vinaigrette, and warm Parker house rolls. My special someone even enjoyed my Rib eye and potatoes said it was the best he’s ever tasted at any restaurant. The drink choice “New Money” was a fine hit as well. Oh and the delectable salted Carmel Banana split topped off a great dinner. Mom said she’d get a second order. We look forward to the next time we return, maybe test the breakfast, brunch or lunch, or dinner again!

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LM
Portland
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

We brought out-of-town visitors, and they were beyond pleased. Every single bite was flavorful and well executed. Our server understood our needs and was an excellent guide through our meal.

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