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The Original, Portland, OR
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The Original

4.2
4.2
598 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Breakfast

  • 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 - 11:00 PM Saturday: 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

  • Phone number

    (503) 546-2666

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adam Schuller

  • Private party facilities

    We have a Dinercade (Arcade) located on the mezzanine within the restaurant. Host receptions with a fun atmosphere and challenge your friends to a game of Pin Ball or 4 vs 4 Pacman.

  • Private party contact

    Josue Moreno: (503) 546-2666

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Oak

  • Parking details

    FREE VALET PARKING

  • Public transit

    On the bus and light rail lines.

  • Entertainment

    Video Arcade Pin Ball

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 598 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. CW

    ChrisW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The speed the food was made was kind of slow. And the size of the whiskey sour was not worth $10. But the food was amazing and the service was as well.
  2. GO

    GinaO

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great place all around!
  3. RJ

    RegularJoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The meal was good. We had eggs Beni . The hashbrowns made the dinner- amazing crunch all around and moist and tasty inside. Excelent! Boozy shakes were novel but I wouldn't come back for them. Service was prompt and friendly. Atmosphere felt like work related or day time friendly, not an evening destination.
  4. C

    Craiglb

    Portland

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    GREAT, AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!
  5. OA

    OregonAbe

    Portland

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Kitchen had challenges with food orders. Ordered two omelettes, both came out wrong. Went back to kitchen and order brought out with both incorrect again. Wouldn't order an omelette again.
  6. P

    Poet44

    Portland

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice, friendly service; large windows with downtown views. But the food was only OK, and the prices were a bit more expensive than warranted.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch with the family
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Best bloody mary you're gonna find
  9. AB

    AmyB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    there was great food and large portions- but a bit noisy. Great hash browns and biscuits and gravy.
  10. MG

    MaleahG

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always visit The Original when In Portland, OR. We just love this restaurant!
  11. PT

    PaulT

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, fast service, and pleasant atmosphere.
  12. V

    Virginia

    San Antonio

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fun place with fabulous food!! Great service and personable staff. Like having dinner with a huge group of friends but it was just two of us ❤️
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Staff was nice, food was not good, hash browns burned and sausage was under cooked. Way to expensive for what I got. Won’t go back anytime soon.
  14. OT

    OblongToaster

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came after seeing The Original on Diners, Drive Ins, and Drives and was not disappointed. Food was fantastic, server was attentive without being overbearing, and the atmosphere was fantastic. Overall, a wonderful experience for me and my colleagues who were visiting from out of town. Definitely have already recommended to others when they are in Portland.
  15. JO

    JodyO

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food! We felt very welcomed before attending a Blazer game. They made sure we got there on time! We all cleaned our plates!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Another great experience! Love the Northwest Logger breakfast. The scrambled eggs are so incredibly fluffy and the pancakes so tasty. It’s a huge breakfast so I always have leftovers for another meal. The Eggs Benedict that my friend ordered looked good as well, although the meat was a little dry. It got a little loud when the lunch time was in full swing but it’s a fun ambiance overall. Service was good, although not as friendly as other servers we’ve had. I recommend The Original and will definitely go back!
  17. CB

    ChristopherB

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Will definitely be back. Roughly my 10th time dining here. This time breakfast party of 4 people for my birthday. We stay at the hotel attached to the restaurant so it’s convenient for morning breakfast. Thank you for the birthday dessert! Super tasty cherry tart. Biscuits and gravy were nummy as was the huevos rancheros.
  18. AN

    AndyN

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time. The food was excellent.
  19. SJ

    SadieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Mexican omelet made for a great Christmas morning breakfast! Great service and great food, excellent prices for such a fun atmosphere. Only negative was the coffee. Just not very good which is probably more noticeable since it’s such a coffee driven city. I’ll definitely be back and I’m looking forward to trying out dinner.
  20. J

    Jessi

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We came in for breakfast, ordered a bloody Mary, large orange juice, Northwest Logger and the Chicken Fried Steak. For $12 I would have expected more of a larger size for the cocktail and for $7 for a large orange juice, that it would have been bigger. As for the food itself, it was ok. The portions were definitely small for the price, making it almost not worthwhile. The chicken friend steak came out rare instead of medium which is the standard, as confirmed by the waiter when we asked. It was still bleeding on the plate and the portion was very very small. We also had to wait quite a while after we were finished eating for the check, since our waiter was too busy chit chatting with other servers and then attending to other tables before making his way back to our table. Would not return for a breakfast experience, but perhaps dinner service.
  21. J

    Jertjitboo

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our service was impeccable! I tried Poutine for the first time. Tasty and messy! The food could be seasoned a bit more strongly, for instance, the gravy on the poutine was a bit bland. All in all a great experience and I will be returning with guests from out of town!
  22. JP

    JustinP

    Las Vegas

    157 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The original is an excellent dining experience...food is delicious, service is friendly and attentive, and the vibe is cool and relaxed...our favorite bite are the doughnut sliders, but ‘the people’s choice’ Bloody Mary was our favorite part of breakfast...would recommend the original to anyone and everyone
  23. MP

    MikePDX

    Portland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Inventive menu. Attentive staff. Reasonable prices. Can't ask for more. We especially loved the Croque Monsieur, the french fries poutine, and the sauted mushrooms. Drinks were also delicious. Free valet parking for dinner was also helpful, but they are also near the light rail line
  24. L

    Luveatingouttgthr

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and very nice servers! Nothing out of the Ordinary (no pun intended!) in terms of breakfast food but overall a really lovely option! Definitely would go back.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was a birthday brunch. Everyone left full and satisfied!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and our waitress was really friendly!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place for food, service and atmosphere! Lots of great comfort food on the menu.
  28. DD

    DDinCambridge

    Vancouver

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Loved the chicken and waffles and creme brûlée French toast
  29. AI

    AlexIdaho

    Seattle

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun place downtown. Great comfort food. Service was attentive and fast. Don't miss upstairs - pinball games and old video games! Breakfast 24/7 and all items we got were delicious.
  30. AM

    AshleyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Adorable, lovely server, great cappuccino and a brilliant chicken with jalapeño waffles. The salmon Benedict was on the upside of okay.
  31. EL

    EmmaL

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places in downtown!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Hash browns are cooked too much on the outside and not enough on the inside; they're also made in the form of a brick so there is quite a bit of uncooked potato.
  33. DM

    DawnM

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our breakfast at The Original. The ham on the eggs benedict was "off the bone", very lean and generous. The burrito was "as big as your head" and wonderful. Classic diner feel and great service.
  34. A

    Ameliad

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food! Great service. Strong drinks. Good for a meal before a show downtown. I would definitely go there again.
  35. z

    zenviking

    Phoenix

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy crispy chicken and tuna melt sandwiches! Friendly service. Fun decor.
  36. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2019

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    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.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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.
  38. M

    Mellieduck

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service. Food is tasty. Good variety to choose from. Cute ambiance. Not too noisy. A family go to. We love The Original.
  39. BN

    BrazilNut

    Orange County

    43 reviews

    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Cauliflower was very good.
  40. X

    Xcetera

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.

FAQs

The Original offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 546-2666.

The Original is rated 4.2 stars by 598 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Oak

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • 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 - 11:00 PM Saturday: 7:30 AM - 11:00 PM Sunday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    FREE VALET PARKING

  • Public transit

    On the bus and light rail lines.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adam Schuller

  • Entertainment

    Video Arcade Pin Ball

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (503) 546-2666

  • Private party facilities

    We have a Dinercade (Arcade) located on the mezzanine within the restaurant. Host receptions with a fun atmosphere and challenge your friends to a game of Pin Ball or 4 vs 4 Pacman.

  • Private party contact

    Josue Moreno: (503) 546-2666

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