The Original

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$30 and under
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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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Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MM
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

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.

OT
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

M
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BN
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cauliflower was very good.

X
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

LG
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, real fast service & overall an excellent choice for lunch.

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

HL
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent host and server; humorous, attentive and engaging. Food was delish and served quickly. My bloody mary and candyland were both superb.

SP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

LO
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and we were a big group. Service was great.

R
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

ST
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome! Great coffee...Chicken and waffles were amazing!! Pancakes were fluffy and fresh! Service was friendly and fast!!

SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Our server, Kiefer, was awesome. The food was delicious. Definitely the best chicken and waffles I have ever had.

DA
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummmm.
BLAT and Oregon Salad and Bloody Mary.
Nice little Saturday morning.

h
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome , great food , great service , fantastic views

AA
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

KB
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & friendly, efficient service! Love the all day breakfast & other menu items. I had the corned beef hash & it was delicious.

NW
Portland
36 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

KS
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

p
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with family on Sunday morning- excellent service, great variety of options since they serve the whole menu all day

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Gave us a discount for an order mixup without us asking for it! Would highly recommend!

BF
Memphis
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

G
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was great, explained and shared his opinions which I love. Pot pie is awesome!

M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

d
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Doughnut Sliders and Chicken and Waffles - way to go!

L
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the server was very friendly and helpful.

W
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Cheers !

D
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The Original continues its decent into complete failure. It has gone downhill for many months now. Will not give it another chance.

PF
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

DD
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's ok, wasn't horrible, but wasn't great either. I didn't order the right thing. Hash browns were great though.

AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. What else is there?

BS
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch and it was outstanding. Our party has dietary restrictions which were accommodates

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a charming step back in time to the traditional diners of the 1950’s. Good service and great food!

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