The Original

4.4
660 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Inspired by diners the 1960s, The Original, Portland's downtown destination for all-day dining, serves up playful variations on classic menu standards. Good for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.

Made from ingredients seasonal and local, and prepared with classic French techniques, our menu of eclectic American cuisine takes on regional favorites and modifies them with flavors and textures unique to the Pacific Northwest.

In an atmosphere that's stylish, sophisticated, and cool, The Original honors the past as it listens in on the pulse of Portland's evolving tastes.

DINER + ARCADE = THE DINERCADE
The Original’s Dinercade is located on the mezzanine level of The Original. A cool mix of new and retro arcade video games, with a craft cocktail, beer and wine lounge. A great space for all to enjoy while you and your group are trying to beat the high score on Pac Man.

The Original: Eat. Drink. Gather.
Dinercade: Eat.Drink.Play

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ChrisW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The speed the food was made was kind of slow. And the size of the whiskey sour was not worth $10. But the food was amazing and the service was as well.

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GinaO
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place all around!

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RegularJoe
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The meal was good. We had eggs Beni . The hashbrowns made the dinner- amazing crunch all around and moist and tasty inside. Excelent! Boozy shakes were novel but I wouldn't come back for them. Service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere felt like work related or day time friendly, not an evening destination.

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vipCraiglb
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

GREAT, AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!

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vipOregonAbe
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Kitchen had challenges with food orders. Ordered two omelettes, both came out wrong. Went back to kitchen and order brought out with both incorrect again. Wouldn't order an omelette again.

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Poet44
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice, friendly service; large windows with downtown views. But the food was only OK, and the prices were a bit more expensive than warranted.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch with the family

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best bloody mary you're gonna find

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

there was great food and large portions- but a bit noisy. Great hash browns and biscuits and gravy.

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vipMaleahG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always visit The Original when In Portland, OR. We just love this restaurant!

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PaulT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fast service, and pleasant atmosphere.

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vipVirginia
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun place with fabulous food!! Great service and personable staff. Like having dinner with a huge group of friends but it was just two of us ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Staff was nice, food was not good, hash browns burned and sausage was under cooked. Way to expensive for what I got. Won’t go back anytime soon.

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OblongToaster
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came after seeing The Original on Diners, Drive Ins, and Drives and was not disappointed. Food was fantastic, server was attentive without being overbearing, and the atmosphere was fantastic. Overall, a wonderful experience for me and my colleagues who were visiting from out of town. Definitely have already recommended to others when they are in Portland.

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JodyO
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! We felt very welcomed before attending a Blazer game. They made sure we got there on time! We all cleaned our plates!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another great experience! Love the Northwest Logger breakfast. The scrambled eggs are so incredibly fluffy and the pancakes so tasty. It’s a huge breakfast so I always have leftovers for another meal. The Eggs Benedict that my friend ordered looked good as well, although the meat was a little dry. It got a little loud when the lunch time was in full swing but it’s a fun ambiance overall. Service was good, although not as friendly as other servers we’ve had. I recommend The Original and will definitely go back!

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vipChristopherB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Will definitely be back. Roughly my 10th time dining here. This time breakfast party of 4 people for my birthday. We stay at the hotel attached to the restaurant so it’s convenient for morning breakfast. Thank you for the birthday dessert! Super tasty cherry tart. Biscuits and gravy were nummy as was the huevos rancheros.

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vipAndyN
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. The food was excellent.

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SadieJ
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mexican omelet made for a great Christmas morning breakfast! Great service and great food, excellent prices for such a fun atmosphere. Only negative was the coffee. Just not very good which is probably more noticeable since it’s such a coffee driven city. I’ll definitely be back and I’m looking forward to trying out dinner.

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Jessi
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We came in for breakfast, ordered a bloody Mary, large orange juice, Northwest Logger and the Chicken Fried Steak. For $12 I would have expected more of a larger size for the cocktail and for $7 for a large orange juice, that it would have been bigger.
As for the food itself, it was ok. The portions were definitely small for the price, making it almost not worthwhile. The chicken friend steak came out rare instead of medium which is the standard, as confirmed by the waiter when we asked. It was still bleeding on the plate and the portion was very very small. We also had to wait quite a while after we were finished eating for the check, since our waiter was too busy chit chatting with other servers and then attending to other tables before making his way back to our table.
Would not return for a breakfast experience, but perhaps dinner service.

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Jertjitboo
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our service was impeccable! I tried Poutine for the first time. Tasty and messy! The food could be seasoned a bit more strongly, for instance, the gravy on the poutine was a bit bland. All in all a great experience and I will be returning with guests from out of town!

JP
vipJustinP
Las Vegas
36 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The original is an excellent dining experience...food is delicious, service is friendly and attentive, and the vibe is cool and relaxed...our favorite bite are the doughnut sliders, but ‘the people’s choice’ Bloody Mary was our favorite part of breakfast...would recommend the original to anyone and everyone

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vipMikePDX
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Inventive menu. Attentive staff. Reasonable prices. Can't ask for more. We especially loved the Croque Monsieur, the french fries poutine, and the sauted mushrooms. Drinks were also delicious. Free valet parking for dinner was also helpful, but they are also near the light rail line

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vipLuveatingouttgthr
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and very nice servers! Nothing out of the Ordinary (no pun intended!) in terms of breakfast food but overall a really lovely option! Definitely would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a birthday brunch. Everyone left full and satisfied!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our waitress was really friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place for food, service and atmosphere! Lots of great comfort food on the menu.

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vipDDinCambridge
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Loved the chicken and waffles and creme brûlée French toast

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vipAlexIdaho
Seattle
35 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place downtown. Great comfort food. Service was attentive and fast. Don't miss upstairs - pinball games and old video games! Breakfast 24/7 and all items we got were delicious.

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Adorable, lovely server, great cappuccino and a brilliant chicken with jalapeño waffles. The salmon Benedict was on the upside of okay.

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EmmaL
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in downtown!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hash browns are cooked too much on the outside and not enough on the inside; they're also made in the form of a brick so there is quite a bit of uncooked potato.

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DawnM
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our breakfast at The Original. The ham on the eggs benedict was "off the bone", very lean and generous. The burrito was "as big as your head" and wonderful. Classic diner feel and great service.

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Ameliad
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food! Great service. Strong drinks. Good for a meal before a show downtown. I would definitely go there again.

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vipzenviking
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy crispy chicken and tuna melt sandwiches! Friendly service. Fun decor.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Downtown parking. To be fair, I enjoy Ruben sandwiches but yours was so bad that I could not finish it. You served no condiments or chips with it. It really is very rare when I do not finish a meal or take home the rest. Even Arby's Rubens are superior which I tried once. My guests also mentioned the poor quality of the food and did not finish their meals or take home left-overs. They ordered a burger and a breakfast. It was simply gross. I am sorry but I would never recommend The Original to anybody. Your servers were great but your food is substandard and not fit for human consumption.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve been a few times now and have enjoyed the food and service each time. There’s a fun, quirky vibe with great food and drink options. Great for kids, too.

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vipMellieduck
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Food is tasty. Good variety to choose from. Cute ambiance. Not too noisy. A family go to. We love The Original.

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vipBrazilNut
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cauliflower was very good.

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Xcetera
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great selection of healthy and vegetarian choices for breakfast. The veggie sausage patty was killer, unlike any other, I have eaten. My friend had the delicious braised greens instead of potatoes and we both indulged in their extremely tasty biscuits.

FAQs

The Original offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 546-2666.

The Original is rated 4.4 stars by 660 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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