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The Original

4.2
499 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
Inspired by diners the 1960s, The Original, Portland's downtown destination for all-day dining, serves up playful variations on classic menu standards.

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.

Traditional dishes like Chicken Fried Steak and Beef Stroganoff are reimagined, resulting in contemporary meals that are as enjoyable to contemplate as they are gratifying to taste.

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.

The Original: Eat. Drink. Gather.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM



Tuesday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM



Wednesday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM



Thursday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM



Friday: 6:30 AM - 12:00 AM



Saturday: 7:30 AM - 12:00 AM



Sunday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Phone number
(503) 546-2666
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Anderson
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Private party facilities
We have a variety of private and semi-private options for your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Kelly Hagerman: (503) 575-4044
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Oak
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Parking details
FREE VALET PARKING
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Public transit
On the bus and light rail lines.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 499 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food and service were great! The waitstaff were extremely pleasant, service was fast, and food was amazing!

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Kedc (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, excellent service. Staff uniformly authentic, welcoming, warm.

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National1 
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

Probably cool once upon a time. Downtown is just ghetto now. Felt cold and uninhabited. Not many patrons at should be busy hour. We were disappointed with the food and ambiance. Waitress was nice. Hostess was nice. Probably won’t go back. Need to amp it up. And modernize the menu.

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vipdiningshaman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

"Stunned by surprise," I exclaimed to friends. Went looking for some excellent comforting low key grub in downtown Portland after several days of challenging work. Saw a light saying, "Original" and went in through the glass diner doors. Wow! Sat down at a little rustic table amidst upscale diner decor followed by a friendly greeting and the rest is foodie history. A thick, clam-laden cup of Northwest clam chowder filled with creamy flavors came first followed by richly amazing meat loaf and a juice-squirting burger. The platters headed for other tables also sang notes of comfort and culinary pleasure. The finale, however, was the barrel-aged Manhattan, the smoothest, most complex, and satisfying one I've ever sipped. What a delicious surprise! This one is an original.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Sliders are unreal! Some other unique dishes and excellent service. Prices are very fair for the Portland market.

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Fuzzylogik (Portland)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This was my first time at The Original but, in all fairness, I have a friend we went with that that goes there about once a month or so. I was not impressed. The best thing I had was their Salty Jim, an alcoholic milkshake that was amazing (and I might return just for that). We tried their supposedly famous doughnut sliders and they were relatively tasteless. For our entree's I had another burger and my wife had the chicken and waffles. Neither of us felt that there was any flavor to our food. Our server was nice but, for as empty as the restaurant was on a Friday, felt that he could have been more attentive. I hope they were just having a bad night but I have no intent on returning.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Great birthday celebration for my 3 year old! Casual enough for kids, but the food is top shelf! I refuse to eat at a crappy chain restaurant geared towards kids’ birthday celebrations but it’s difficult to find a quality restaurant that feels welcoming towards families. The Original is my go to!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Amazing food and service. I had the Turkey Burger and my friend had the Oregon Salad. I would recommend both.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service with very friendly fun staff. Food was very tasty and a good selection as well. The hand crafted cocktails are a must. Will most definitely go again.

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Djoha (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

This was our second time at the Original and our first brunch. The first time we ate there I had the lamb dip sandwich and it was fantastic. This time I had the creme brûlée French toast and added a fried chicken breast and I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, just about everyone loved their meal (more French toast and an omelet). The only let down was the chicken fried steak as it was over-cooked (VERY well done) and so was quite dry (the person didn’t order the pork sausage gravy and, unfortunately, there were no other options that might have moistened things up a bit).
All-in all we enjoyed our meal very much and will be back.

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