The Original

4.2
568 reviews
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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.

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.
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Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Table was ready right when we got there and the service and food was exactly what we needed for a group of 7! Already planning on coming back.

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JP
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Experience was Meh- nothing special. Service was slow. Food was like warm. Fine for a quick breakfast before yo leave the hotel but nothing special.

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had visited about 2 years ago for a big birthday party and this time just as a couple. The service both times was excellent. The food was tasty and fun and we especially enjoyed the banter between our server and ourselves and the other patrons. The fact that we could ride Max to and from the restaurant and not have to worry about parking was a plus!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly service and yummy food. The chicken and waffles was a must try dish!

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, and wonderful service! We came here on New Year's Eve, and it was such a fun and low-key way to have dinner before going out. Great handmade cocktails and our server recommended a wonderful drink after I said a few of my traditional favorites I lean towards.

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Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Original is a great place for breakfast in Portland, its unique and original.

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m
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch!!

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JB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly staff... super accommodating with our young children... food is beyond delicious

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The poutine was delicious, and the serving size was much larger than expected. My hubby had the braised short ribs with mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, and green beans. It was delicious. I had the chicken pot pie. The potatoes, carrots, celery, and chicken were delicious. We were too full to try the boozy milkshakes, so we will be back.

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RG
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and staff. Very loud noise during lunch hour.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The French toast creme brûlée was amazing!

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AT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive wait staff.

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AN
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy up in a booth for a delightful take on a dinner experience. We all loved our meals. I had the pork chop special and it was perfect. My husband had the chicken pot pie and you can tell they made the golden flaky crust in house. I will definitely be back.

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m
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

It was an enjoyable experience. Though we were able to make reservations via OpenTable, it is unfortunate that we do not get to collect points.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is totally dope

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NH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was fine, but not worth going back for. Considering the price and the location, I expected more from the wait staff. Our waitress was wonderful, but one of the staff members who was helping her deliver food was lacking in all areas of professionalism. He seemed so put out to have to handed anybody at our table what they ordered that he just gave it to the nearest person and told them to hand it down.

I tried to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but as I watched him serve food to other tables around us it was apparent that either large groups (including two kids over the age of 10) is a bit much for him to handle or he was just not feeling like serving certain patrons. Our out of town guests made comments every time he had to come to our table.

I had been looking forward to going to this restaurant for quite some time and was thrilled that we had an opportunity to go, it's disappointing to say that the service was equivalent to going to McDonald's.

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DP
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live in the Gorge and we come in to visit our son and this is just a great place for a breakfast or early lunch. Waffles and chicken are out of this world with smoked maple syrup.

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

It was my and my boyfriends anniversary, we thought it’d be fun to come here instead of somewhere fancy because this was where we met.

The hostess wasn’t up front, when she finally got there she was telling me about her stomach ache, and then after I told her we had a reservation she said, ‘oh! we have a cake for you’. The food was all fine, but then no cake was ever brought, and we got brought our tab without even asking if we wanted anything else. It’s whatever, it’s not a five star restaurant, I never asked for a cake, but it’s weird to tell us we are getting one, the server has no idea what’s going on, and we awkwardly don’t get one. I didn’t demand the cake because my boyfriend already had a homemade dessert for me. Still annoying enough for me to write this

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had terrible service and inattentive wait staff. I went to complain to the host, which is out of character for me. It was a birthday celebration for my mother-in-law, and we often overlooked for people dining in that arrived after our reservation time.

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F
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried this because we saw it on DDD. Service was outstanding. Just my husband and I so seated at a table for two by the window. We were there for Breakfast. I had the Red Flannel Hash. It was delicious and different with beets and chunks of Corned Beef. Bloody Mary's good but I like spicy and mine bland. I didn't complain and if I did I'm sure they would have fixed it. Again, service was spot on. Glad I could make the reservation on Open Table. There was a line but when I told them I made an Open Table reservation they seated us right away. They had our table waiting. :)

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Original was very good, would definitely recommend!

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s
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for some great comfort food! Our server was so kind and very helpful with menu suggestions 😄

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C
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

We actually got up to leave because glorified mediocre diner is all we could find on the menu or decor. No veggies and super limited options outside of “diner” food.

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R
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Original Dinerant is always my preferred brunch place. Service is always great and food is definitely worth it. Whenever I come here, I feel a great vibe with great people sighting too!

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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saw The Original on the TV show Diners, Drive-In's & Dives. Had to come in and try some of the unique flavors while we were in the area. The donut sliders are amazing and so are the Boozy Shakes! I had the Knight Rider and my husband had the Berry Blast. Both are awesome. Tried the chicken waffle appetizer, pretty good. Next time we want to try the entree version. The Original Poutine was good but I think it needed more gravy. Mac and cheese of the day was flavorful. All food was served pipping hot, serve was good. Definitely recommend. Great place for a date night.

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CG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Music loud during breakfast and lunch, difficult for phone or 1:1 discussions.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch spot with my girl friends. Delicious food and some yummy cocktails

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B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place! Visiting from Chicago and saw an episode of Diners, Drives and Dives before coming into town. The donut sliders brought me in and the chicken and waffles will bring me back!

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J
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The chicken and waffles were good and they had a nice kids menu!

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BM
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot with delicious food - just a little on the noisy side for good conversation.

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L
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Breakfast for 7. Extreme subpar service. We had to ask to place our order. We had to ask for refills on our coffee. Others that were seated at the same time as us has finished their meals and we're ready to leave by the time we started getting our food.
The itself was fine.

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TH
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time we have been to The Original, and we will be back for more! The food was delicious, and love the atmosphere. Great location downtown Portland...not far from the Keller Auditorium which was our destination after lunch.

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LA
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have stayed at the Courtyard around the corner numerous times but had never eaten at the Original. Portions are large. Staff was very friendly and the service was great!

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food

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D
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
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
1 review
Dined 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
26 reviews
Dined 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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GN
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 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
1 review
Dined 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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