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.
Outstanding service. Food is tasty. Good variety to choose from. Cute ambiance. Not too noisy. A family go to. We love The Original.
Cauliflower was very good.
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.
Great food, real fast service & overall an excellent choice for lunch.
The food was delicious. Just be aware that if you look online and see their "All Day" menu, it is not served all day. The have periods of time that are not considered to be part of the day and they serve a smaller menu. Luckily for me, after expressing that was what I came in for specifically, the chefs agreed to make me the french toast that had looked soooo good online. Can confirm - it was worth the long drive to get there for the Creme Brulee French Toast. It is a must if you go there.
Excellent host and server; humorous, attentive and engaging. Food was delish and served quickly. My bloody mary and candyland were both superb.
It was pretty pointless to have a reservation and to have noted it was a special occasion. We got the absolute smallest table and it was right against the window. Literally against the window. The table must have been no bigger than 24 inches by 24 inches. The two people seated after us were taken to a comfortable, spacious booth across from us and they didn't have a reservation. As for the service. It was not the best but that's another story. It was just average. Pointless to have used open table. They did not give two sh**s.
Such an interesting menu! I tried the donut sliders and chicken waffle sliders and both were worth trying. I was a fan of mustard sauce paired with chicken waffle sliders and waffle was a cornmeal flavor. The donut burger sliders were so yummy.. donut was harder than a donut but the patty with sweet was like a flavor explosion. Very cool! Vibe is like diner yet upscale bar remixed into one.
Fun and we were a big group. Service was great.
I stumbled upon this place on Open Table. Nice, retro vibe. Food was good, although the server was slammed - could have used a little more help.
What happened? The Original has long been a favorite of mine, but if this visit is representative of the current state of things, no need to come back. The service was prompt, friendly and excellent as always - no issues there. However, the food was not so good. My favorite dinner, the meatloaf, was dry, topped with an overpowering mustard sauce and looked like it had been kept warm for hours before serving. The mac & cheese, another favorite, is no longer. Just a bland mix of pasta shells and watery sauce. Three of us had the same thing, so it can't even be excused as one bad plate - it was universally bad. Yet another favorite, the boozy shake Salty Jim, was just as boring and lackluster as everything else. I don't know what happened here, and I am really disappointed that this place has gone downhill so much, but there are too many good places nearby in downtown Portland to settle for this.
Fantastic food. Vegetable Scramble was amazing, TILLAMOOOOOOK. Only disappointment was Poptart, looked amazing, but ended up being average, was basically stuck pie crust with filling wrapped inside. Tasted just like a piece of pie but with less filling. Overall a great place!
Food was awesome! Great coffee...Chicken and waffles were amazing!! Pancakes were fluffy and fresh! Service was friendly and fast!!
Great experience! Our server, Kiefer, was awesome. The food was delicious. Definitely the best chicken and waffles I have ever had.
BLAT and Oregon Salad and Bloody Mary.
Nice little Saturday morning.
Awesome , great food , great service , fantastic views
We love grabbing Sunday breakfast at The Original! The food is always delicious, the staff is fantastic and it's just an overall great little joint; suitable for any type of group. Chicken & Waffles are a personal favorite!
Great food & friendly, efficient service! Love the all day breakfast & other menu items. I had the corned beef hash & it was delicious.
We enjoyed the ambiance and of the Cafe and the wonderful, cheerful service. The food better than was described on the menu, Cream Brûlée French toast tasted creamy with caramelized bits of sugar on top and the Mixed greens with beets, hazelnuts, Chèvre dosed in a yummy Vinegerette. It was nice sitting and watching the activity on the street through the huge windows while eating our lunch. We would highflying recommend coming here for a bite and drink as they also have a full bar. We will be back soon!!
Not for Mother's Day. The food selection was limited which I did not know to expect ahead of time. The services was VERY slow though our waiter was pleasant. I would not recommend this for special occasions or for people in wheelchairs.
Thanks Drew for the great mother's day breakfast! Was very accommodating to my mom who is vegetarian. Went out of the way to make her day special.
Went with family on Sunday morning- excellent service, great variety of options since they serve the whole menu all day
Great service! Gave us a discount for an order mixup without us asking for it! Would highly recommend!
The Original was a great place to have brunch with friends. The food was good, the service was quick and attentive, and the restaurant was clean and nice. We had a great meal here.
The Original was a pleasant surprise for brunch. The food was very good...I had the eggs benedict which is my standard for judging a breakfast place. All the staff were very friendly and attentive. Next time, we'll get a table not near the door as it was a little drafty as people came & went. Other than that, the place was great with a modern twist on the classic diner. And to top it off, the newly opened arcade on the 2nd floor was awesome and a blast from the past!
Our server was great, explained and shared his opinions which I love. Pot pie is awesome!
Food was very good, although nothing super incredible to note. Service was pretty poor. Overall a decent spot as long as you are ok with slow service.
Doughnut Sliders and Chicken and Waffles - way to go!
The food was amazing and the server was very friendly and helpful.
My first time visiting this restaurant and it was great! Came in with a group of 7 and everyone was super friendly and helpful. Nice atmosphere, great food, & delicious drinks! Stacy was our server and she did a fabulous job taking care of us! Will certainly request her on our next visit!
My first time at the restaurant! I saw the profile of the restaurant on DDD and told myself, I'll definitely visit while in Portland! Food was good and service! I wasn't disappointed!
The Original continues its decent into complete failure. It has gone downhill for many months now. Will not give it another chance.
Fun restaurant with lots of food and drink options. Very friendly staff and great service the entire visit. Food was hot and fresh. Would go back for a meal. Love the Decor and layout of the restaurant.
It's ok, wasn't horrible, but wasn't great either. I didn't order the right thing. Hash browns were great though.
Great food and great service. What else is there?
Went for brunch and it was outstanding. Our party has dietary restrictions which were accommodates
Such a charming step back in time to the traditional diners of the 1950’s. Good service and great food!
The server was great. She recommended an amazing dish for me, offered separate checks for our group of 8 (which we didn’t take her up on), was prompt to refill coffee, she told us all about the new game room, and even took our picture when we asked. She let us visit as long as we wanted. And the food was excellent. I love that they take reservations for breakfast and that they can accommodate groups.
My family is quite picky but all loved their food and service while they visited from out of town. *
Fancy place, fancy food, affordable price, and awesome location. Best place for brunch.