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About The Original

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.

300 SW 6th St
Portland, OR 97204
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Comfort Food

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

Cross Street:
Oak

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 546-2666

Website:
http://www.originaldinerant.com/

Parking Details:
FREE VALET PARKING

Public Transit:
On the bus and light rail lines.

Executive Chef:
David Anderson

Private Party Facilities:
We have a variety of private and semi-private options for your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Kelly Hagerman: (503) 575-4044

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

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The Original Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Brunch (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Casual (14)
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Sunday Lunch (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
People Watching (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Fun (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Vegan (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

Had the logger and a dude.....recommend both

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was quite good and has always been consistent, even as kitchen staff has changed. The service as also very pleasant. This is an excellent place for a high-quality, casual meal.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 8, 2017

First of all I would like to say, the food was amazing! We ordered the eggs Benedict, polenta cakes, and the croissant monte cristo. All three were very well prepared and plated excellent.

Secondly, our server was very friendly but easily distracted and our food was delivered by three different servers at three very different times.

Overall a great place for breakfast and we will certainly dine there again!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Booked a table for 2 for Thanksgiving. Got there early but would not be seated even though there were plenty of open tables. Service was not up to par, waiter could of cared less about our table, people that came in after us were served before we were. The food was was not seasoned well, I had raw green beans and overcooked green beans in my side dish and my friend had one small solid piece of turkey and the rest was chopped up leftover pieces. Nothing tasted right and was a huge let down. The meal was priced at $30 each. not worth $30 for both. Since we were not seated right away we went walking the city,I joked with my friend when i seen street vendors selling food , I said " lets eat here and forget about The Original".I wish we had.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Have gone to The Original many times for dinner. Always enjoy it. Went for brunch this time. It was very good. I had Eggs Benedict with steelhead. Wife had a salad with Salmon that was perfect for her. Order got messed up a bit, but servers made good and gave us a free fruit bowl while we waited. Highly recommended downtown eatery.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tasty Brunch with a few classic options and a few fun options. I had the Elvis French Toast with Bacon and Hazelnuts. Well cooked! Large Portions, everyone at our table was happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Overall a great experience! Keifer was awesome!! Food was great. Barrel aged cocktails had good flavor, but extremely weak, especially for the price.

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of my favorite places in Portland. Good food, great service, full bar. Good value. What might be called an upscale diner, it's a nice place to take a family for breakfast or to meet a friend for lunch or for cocktails after work.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

a modern diner in the middle of downtown Portland.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great meal and friendly service. I had the Mexican omelette without the beef. It was one if the best omelette's I've ever eaten! My mom lived the creme brulee french toast. I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2017

really enjoyed the brunch options here! the french toast was divine and we tried the 'impossible burger' which was awesome! who knew vegan burgers could be so good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

My friend and I went to The Original Dinerant to celebrate my birthday. I had been there once before for the boozy milkshake. I had wanted to check out the food.

I had a BLAT sandwich on como bread and a cup of coffee. The sandwich ingredients were fresh and tasty. The side salad was lightly dressed which I prefer.

The server was attentive and friendly and kept the coffee cup full. She brought me a cherry and amaretto tart for my birthday.

The only downside was the noise level but, then again, the place was packed with people.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great vibe, great food. We were from out of town and our hotel recommended it. It was a great choice.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a Sunday brunch with friends and overall another good experience at The Original. Part of our party arrived about 15 minutes early and were seated to await the remainder of the party. Service was prompt and pleasant and food was as expected, not the finest meal I've ever had but good enough that I will return without hesitation. One member of our party ordered a corn beef hash dish and didn't feel that it was well done. He mentioned his feelings to the servicer and the item was removed from the bill. I regret that the situation arose but the staff handled the situation promptly without hesitation.
This was probably our 6th visit and will gladly return.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always enjoy the ambiance and food here. A great place for brunch. Options for seating along the windows for people watching, which I find enjoyable as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, People Watching, Disabled Access, Casual, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I come here frequently for business lunches. The food is very fresh especially the greens! Breakfast is also delicious. Great bacon, avocados are always perfect! Love their salads!

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very good food, great menu variety, reasonable prices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We made reservations for a party of 8. Our table was ready upon arriving. The service from beginning to end was excellent. Everyone enjoyed their lunch. Great food. Thank you!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had some issues with my order so they didn't charge me, but just not up to the standard used to but I still recommend

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Highly suggest making reservations! Great Sunday Brunch for our first visit to Portland.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food and service were excellent, a nice surprise for a downtown location. Server was exceptional, and very patient with my 85 year old mother, thank you.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The Original at 300 SW 6th Ave. in downtown Portland is rich in hometown diner nostalgia, with more modern takes on some old favorites combining with traditional diner fare to round out a great menu.
We were there for Sunday brunch, and sampled a variety of there menu. Overall it was great, with just one low point out of four meals.
I had the grilled polenta cakes with candied bacon. The preparation was great, with big thick slices of polenta that had obviously been cooked and formed in a loaf pan then sliced and grilled for service. The flavor was bold and wonderful, with lots of sharp cheddar cheese and milk giving it a smooth and rich texture. Served with 3 slices of candied bacon and then drizzled with real maple syrup it was a wonderful take on the old fashioned Johnny cakes my grandmother would make for Sunday breakfast when I was young. A definite hit.
My wife had the "Red Flannel Hash" and wasn't as impressed. The potatoes were undercooked and seasoning was non existent. For a dressed up corned beef hash with beets, red peppers, and potato it should have had flavor to spare but clearly something was missing. It was the one low point for the table.
Our niece Megan ordered their house chicken& waffles, taken up a notch with chicken confite instead of fried chicken, and the combination of a great malty waffle and the chicken was scrumptious.
Her husband Jeff had the bacon cornmeal waffle topped with a boneless fried chicken breast. I'll have to take his word for how amazing it was because he inhaled it, but it looked fabulous. He said the waffle was full of flavor and the chicken cooked perfectly.
If you are looking for a terrific brunch and great character, forget Mother's next weekend and give The Original a try.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Seated quickly in a lovely corner with floor to ceiling windows.

We didn't see our server for about 15 minutes after being seated, which was a bit disappointing. I don't think it was communicated to her that we were her table since she seemed to come from another area in the restaurant, so not necessarily her fault.

Great menu options for carnivores and herbivores alike.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 13, 2017

A group of us went to The Original for a celebratory work breakfast. The food was great and there was plenty of space for us. The restaurant was not overly crowded, and we got great service!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Diner vibe, but upscale, with great food and service. One of my favorite places in Portland if dining alone or with others. Offers a full bar but is also family friendly. A great value too. Perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We often bring guests to The Original if they are looking for a "Portland breakfast experience" rather than waiting in long lines such as can be found at The Screen Door and other trendy establishments. Always good food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This spot is charming with good food and customer service.

Tags: Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Not the best. The food was not really good I mean I’ve had better food at Denny’s. I got a the beef chorizo omelet with a veggie sausage sub for the chorizo and it came with potatoes and I got a the house made biscuit. My date has the biscuits and gravy. First of all, my omelet was so over cooked it was hard. Like actually hard. I couldn’t chew it. I took two bites and didn’t even disney the second bite I had to spit it out. The potatos were very unseasoned. The only thing that was good was the biscuit. And my coffee. My dates gravy was basically nonexistent. It was a slight drizzle. It just wasn’t anything I’d go back for nor recommend to anyone. The food at Denny’s is similar and yet better. The service was slow but great. It was a Sunday and they seemed busy and as someone who’s worked in the service industry I know how it gets so wasn’t upset at all about that. The waitress was very friendly. The venue and environment is very nice but the food is not good.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

This was the perfect spot to take my in-laws for an anniversary brunch! The food was delicious and it was great being able to make a reservation for a Sunday morning. Would definitely recommend!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My experience at The Original was fantastic. All of the servers were beyond helpful, attentive, and kind. The food was excellent and the portions were very large - so ultimately, a very good deal. It was very busy when we got there and regardless of the volume of customers, our food came out quickly. I've worked in a lot of restaurants in my time and I feel confident saying that the folks who work here are PROS. I have no idea how everyone there was so slammed yet cool headed, helpful, and quick. Damn. Y'all did a great job! I wish I could remember our waitress's name so I could demand a raise on her behalf. If any of the bosses are reading this - the tall woman with long, brown, curly hair deserves a raise! Please and Thank You!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Another great lunch at an excellent restaurant. Can't believe something this tasty is across the street from where I work.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Positively fabulous. Finished our event early and they were busy but able to seat us an hour + early!!! Wait staff was a kick! Fun time! Great food!!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great food, great service, and they take reservations, which is awesome! I got the eggs Benedict, and my friends got the biscuits and gravy and pancakes. All of it was fantastic. Hot coffee, good food, great company. Couldn't have asked for a better first experience there. Will be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Disappointing...

My wife ordered the lemon poppy seed pancakes (menu listed as the special of the day) and she was served blueberry (supposedly what the kitchen thought was on special). Had to send her order back which took some time to correct....I was almost done with my meal before hers re-arrived. The waitress did "comp" the meal without us asking.

I ordered the "Red Flannel Hash." The dish was decent with the fresh ingredients but very bland. I usually don't salt things....this needed a lot. When the dish originally arrived I inquired if I had gotten the correct dish and was told I did; I thought that the menu said the hash had corned beef in it so assumed maybe I misread the menu. After eating the dish, I looked at a menu on our way out...it clearly stated ingredients are "...corned beef, beets, ...." There was not a single piece of corned beef in the entire dish. With the corned beef I think it would have been about right.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

I loved eating here. Some places can be intimidating to eat at (i know, sounds weird) buy my friend and I were very comfortable and were really able to enjoy our breakfast. We were not rushed at all and our waitress was nice in manners.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Diner food should be tasty.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Good food, went for brunch found the menu to be kind of limited, but what they had was good. The noise level was kind of high and not the type of place that I would normally choose. I might go back to try the more expansive dinner menu, but not my first choice for a relaxed ambience.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Had a great meal with friends! Loved the ease of making a reservation, service was great. Food was really good. Highly recommend as an alternative to super busy Portland brunch spots.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Feels like a Diner, food prepared like a fine restaurant. The whisky, in 6 month aged oak barrels, is unbelievable.

We will be back to try breakfast... if it's half as good as Dinner it will be great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Casual
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