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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

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (18)
Great for Brunch (14)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Cozy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Worth the Drive (2)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 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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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·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.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Portland)·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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 (Portland)·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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 (Portland)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·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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 (Portland)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The Original offers different menus for day and evening. Breakfast and lunch are outstanding. Happy hour offers huge portions for happy hour prices (ends 7pm?) - you'll get more fries than two people can eat for $6. Have yet to explore the dinner menu of pastas etc. The servers do love to serve.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I have a monthly lunch meeting at The Original and it's always excellent food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Nice popular priced family restaurant.
Portland downtown has few places like this. Most are upscale and food carts. Food very palatable. Reasonable menu and wine selection. All day breakfasts. Pleasant decor. Not too noisy. No blaring music. Friendly and attentive staff. Good for children.

Tags: Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We live 15 minutes from downtown, but rarely have time to enjoy all the things to do there. Once or twice a year we take a "one day vacation" and spend a whole day hanging out and trying new things downtown. We started one of these days recently with breakfast at The Original and were not disappointed. Expect diner food, but less greasy and more upscale than that roadside diner on your road-trip through Nebraska. The portions are very large - neither of us could finish our food. My husband had a scramble with vegan sausage - I had a mushroom and swiss omelette. Both tasted great. I loved the option for a side of braised greens (also a portion too large to finish) and made-in-house gluten free toast that was thick sliced and tasty. The service was fantastic. The hostess didn't blink when I asked for a list of the ingredients in one dish and our server was very aware of which menu items were made with gluten, so this was an easy place to eat for someone with food sensitivities.
The food here is good and the service was great on our recent visit. Don't expect anything fancy or especially creative on the menu, but you can get a lot of good standard breakfast fare for a decent price.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Brunch, Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 25, 2017

They had a limited menu for Christmas, which I was not aware of prior to our reservation. If I had known that I would have looked elsewhere. The food we ordered was good- no complaints there. Just disappointed we could not order what we saw on the menu ahead of time. Great service and ambiance.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing food and service there was a kid running a round and came to our table a couple of times didn't care for that much . Parents so have to keep their kids at there tables. But the place is great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I was not thrilled with this restaurant. It was more like a coffee shop and the menu didn't have much I was interested in. I had the cornbread waffle and it was good but not filling.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Slow service, food okay and $60 for 3 for breakfast not worth it

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We wanted to like this place, the space and concept are cool, but after two tries, I can't recommend it to anyone. My meat loaf was like a day old meal that I would expect from an airline. My other guests had nothing positive to say about their salads, burgers or sandwich. I feel that the staff were nice, but oddly formal or stiff for this new age diner experience.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Long plane flight and wanted some really good food. Chicken sandwich, Reuben, biscuits and gravy all very good. Fries were perfect. Donut sliders a big hit. Impeccable service. Not knowing Portland, didn't realize they were downtown. Worth the effort.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great place for a classic breakfast in downtown Portland. Nothing too fancy, just plain good.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 8, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on November 23, 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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 (Portland)·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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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (Portland)·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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 (Portland)·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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 (Portland)·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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