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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.
Portland, OR 97204
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
FREE VALET PARKING
On the bus and light rail lines.
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
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
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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