The Original

4.2
534 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Comfort Food
  • Casual
  • Fun
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
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Sacramento
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance, clean, great waitress. Food prep a little slow. Esp. Poutine which was average. Needed more grave. Tasteless. Fried chicken sandwich wonderful.

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Portland
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great modern interpretation of American classics. The doughnut burger sliders were good. Green bean tempura was fried just right, with light batter and a little crunch. Braised beef short ribs were good but not special. Taco burger has tons of flavor. I really enjoyed the chicken & waffle. Jalopeno peppers mixed in the waffle added a little extra kick.

Our server was pleasant and efficient. Overall we enjoyed our dining experience. Will definitely go back.

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r
Portland
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We dined here one evening with some friends from out of town. Overall, it's a good place to grab a bite. They are quick and the food is good and there are some unique items on the menu like the doughnut sliders and some interesting milkshakes. Not fine dining, but its convenient in downtown and a good place for families and larger parties.

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Portland
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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Portland
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived about 19 minutes early but they seated us right away. Brought out water & coffee which happens from both sides of the table! The food was excellent and hit the spot. Could've been a tad warmer but it was all cooked to perfection!

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S
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very pleased with The Original. Service was great and you get a lot of food for your money.

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TJ
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Honestly, I was disappointed. Service was great. Atmosphere was echoey and boomy. The food? It looked great but didn’t deliver on the tastebuds.

Crowd-wise it was great for the celebration lunch we had. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

Will we come back? I don’t know. Staff was great, the space was fun, but the food wasn’t great and we couldn’t hear each other speak.

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BP
3.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We took my husband here for Father’s Day brunch. The place looks cool, has a nice layout, and is clearly popular. There was a good selection of breakfast/brunch options. Our service started out good and dwindled to pretty poor. Granted, they were busy and may have just gotten overwhelmed toward the end. However, I’m guessing they are always busy for weekend brunches.... and they probably should have been expecting it. Quality of food was very good.... I don’t know.... overall, it was fine. I would recommend it, but for some reason I’m not in a huge hurry to go back.

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Portland
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Th food was great, staff was attentive. Seating is close together, to the two d-bags that we were next to kept dropping lovely language for our 7 year old to hear. Other than that, wonderful!

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Las Vegas
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Boozy milkshakes were wonderful.

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Portland
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in a great ambiance. Brought friends from Nicaragua and Austria for their first meal out in Portland and they were wowed!

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Hawaii
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I took my folks here, knowing Dad would enjoy the diner feel and food. We LOVED the Poutine. Yummy. Also the boozy shakes - yes please bourbon and ice cream and caramel together. Short ribs were flavorful and tender. Service was very nice and attentive!

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Los Angeles
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Breakfast was soooo good!
The service was slow and I could tell they kept forgetting things... taking a while to get coffee refills.

But it didn’t ruin our experience!

The place is so cute!

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LF
4.0Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had an issue with one entrée and staff immediately replaced it!

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Portland
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is spot on BRILLIANT!! Great food, fun and eclectic twists on diner food. The Chicken and Waffles is fantastic with the smoked maple syrup and the slight kick of the Jalapeño’s in the waffle is perfect! Wr highly recommend The Original!

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BD
Portland
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is always friendly and not pushy. Food is great and the location makes stopping in for a bite easy when you're hanging out downtown.

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Portland
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our Mother’s Day buffet experience was excellent. Tasty food. Gluten free bread and Marionberry jam are homemade. Service from Stacy was great!

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MM
Portland
4.0Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a fun restaurant and the food was excellent.

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CC
San Diego
2.0Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Don’t bother. They don’t live up to the DDD hype. Chicken and waffles was not even seasoned and the jalapeños were whole slices Insead do chopped up like yo would put in something.

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SL
Portland
3.0Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Some of the menu items are pretty good—like the chili fries. Others are just average—like the chicken and waffles. The pie was excellent, however, we ordered a few minutes before closing and without being asked, it was boxed up to go for us. To be fair, we did go back and forth with the server about whether we wanted it or not, but I had a Yelp deal for a free slice so of course I had to take it. Still would have been nice to have had the dialog about it being boxed to go before receiving it that way. The server checked his watch at least twice as we discussed the pie and while I know you want to go home, there are at least two other groups that were behind us so it's not like we closed the place.

Anyway, the pie was fantastic. Truly. I'm very picky about pie and I usually don't bother with a pre-made pie because nothing beats homemade but the pie was out of this world!

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Portland
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I needed a breakfast spot that allowed reservations because in Portland there are few breakfast spots downtown that you can get into without waiting forever. The menu was awesome, virtually any type of diet could eat there. Comfort food, diner atmosphere with a touch of Portland quirkiness, and they serve alcohol. It doesn't get better than that! I just dread the thought of them becoming too popular. Thank you for being smart enough to give customers the option of making a reservation....(grrrr to Tasty n Alder on 12th st for this very reason unless you are a table of 7-10 for dinner only) Who does that? I plan on coming back frequently with my visiting out-of-town family and friends. Thank you thank you thank you!

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OT
Portland
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good with our toddler

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BW
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super awesome! The food was amazing can’t say one bad word!

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M
Seattle
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Interesting and tasty spins on diner and comfort food in a mod atmosphere. Think modern retro, with most people there under 40, or old folks like us with younger folks. Go starving because you'll want to share several different dishes just to taste them! We took our college-age daughter and her friends, and they thought it was cool. Here's what the table shared: chicken & waffle sliders (crispy, mustardy, and sweet), poutine (comfort food), donut burgers (oddly good!), and crispy cauliflower (this was devoured by all, including our vegetable-averse daughter). Hubby also had the entree chicken & waffles (those jalapeños are serious, so if you don't like them, don't go order), and I had the smoked steelhead Benedict with melted leeks and spinach (steelhead not too dry, and generous serving with enough to take home). The college kids had chili mac'n cheese (major comfort food), a burger (not a spec left), and the crispy chicken sandwich (also devoured). A chocolate peanut butter milkshake was also shared by all - it was blended in house and arrived in a soda fountain glass with the fountain blender cup filled as well, and was SO, so good.
Pros: tasty, quality ingredients. It's clear that someone in the kitchen cares. Lots to choose from on menu. Interesting combinations. Upbeat atmosphere. The one veggie dish that caught our eye was outstanding.
Con: Only one veggie dish caught our eye (salads seemed boring). Service waxed and waned.
Verdict: a place to splurge on your diet on quality, well made food with your friends.

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AB
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been doing the Keto diet for a month and it was fantastic to go somewhere they would accommodate my diet :)

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Seattle
4.0Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food here is always fresh and good. The wait staff always seem to be pleasant and efficient. This is why I always eat here when I travel down to visit Portland.

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Portland
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for Easter Brunch. It was still a little crowded, sever let us know immediately that food was coming out a little slow and kept coffee cups full. Food was great, everyone loved what they got...one person got the wrong order, it was corrected immediately without fuss. Place is a little loud, but that’s ok cause my family is too...a place you can laugh and be a little loud.

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JF
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dependably tasty food. The draft selection was well curated.
These folks don't try to do everything, but everything they do, they do well, with well-exectuted twists on standard café items.
Service was excellent, and well-coordinated.

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C
4.0Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've eaten at the Original Dinerant twice and really appreciate the level of service that's provided. The servers are so attentive and friendly. Thank you!

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AS
4.0Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here and would come back again. Good selection for everyone's taste and those 'boozy' shakes are great!

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M
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went a year ago and had the French toast. I have dreamed of this for a year it’s seriously that good. Had to go and have it again. It’s a must have. And yes it was as great as I remembered.

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MN
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the chicken and waffles! It was so good! Great comfort food! Loved the atmosphere. Service was fantastic! Next time I'm in Portland I will make sure to get reservations and order the potpie next.

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Portland
4.0Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My work group had a great lunch at the Original. Good menu options for everyone! And who doesn't like a poutine!

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were staying in the hotel attached to the restaurant so we ate here one night for late-night snack and then one morning for breakfast. We were excited because it was on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Between our two visits we tried the items Guy Fieri tried on the show: the donut sliders (you get 2 and they’re delicious) and the chicken and waffles (total let down). The waffle has jalapeño and holy moly was it hot! He enjoyed it, but the jalapeño that was in ours was really spicy (I know they can vary). The chicken was terrible. It is served with a leg/wing combo and was SO dry. The server even agreed. They quickly replaced it for us with a fried breast, and my hubby was excited to get a second waffle, as well. It comes with smoky syrup. I don’t like smoky stuff, but my husband did. I ordered the Beet Hash for breakfast and loved it. Delicious. We ordered a boozy shake - I can’t remember the name, but it had salted caramel and bourbon. Very good - they split into two glasses and I still couldn’t finish my half. They had a free check-in on Yelp special: a piece of the driest apple pie ever. Glad it was free. We tried it just enough to quickly realize we didn’t want to waste calories eating it. I literally touched the cut side and it was totally dry, completely dry. It must’ve been sitting out for a while. Don’t order that. Would we return? Maybe. There was no wait either time we went 9pm and 9:15am. I’d check out other spots though if you have the chance - Mother’s Bistro and Gravy were both awesome.

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BL
Portland
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
San Francisco
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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N
2.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

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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New York Area
5.0Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

"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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Indiana
5.0Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Portland
2.0Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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