At Imperial, Chef/Owner Paley and Executive Chef Doug Adams will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Paley and Executive Chef Doug Adams will explore menu ideas that have historic significance while exploring cooking methods and ingredients from the diverse bounty of our region. The most prominent feature of Imperial's kitchen is an impressive wood fire grill and rotisserie that will incorporate the use of native hard and fruitwoods. Inspired by warm, primitive, burning campfires and the big open spaces of the Pacific Northwest, Imperial will concentrate on natural and uncomplicated preparations, serving the community by celebrating its past and providing a welcoming and generous place to eat.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There are a wide variety of Parking options within a few blocks radius of The Imperial.
-Valet Parking is available at $10/car.
-Union Bank of California Garage
707 SW Washington
Portland, Or 97205
(located directly across the street from Imperial)
615 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR 97205
Should you need any assistance with group parking, please inquire.
MAX Light Rail: All Lines(Red,Blue, Green & Yellow) lines stop at Pioneer Square, a 2 block walk from The Imperial.
Vitaly Paley and Doug Adams
Private Party Facilities:
The Imperial has two incredible event rooms available for rent. Our Monterosso Room, just off the artfully appointed Lucia lobby, accommodates up to 80 for a seated dinner or 100 for a cocktail reception. The Monterosso features a built-in retractable screen and overhead sound-system, great options for enhancing your special occasion or meeting. The colorful Genoa Room features a one-of-a-kind photography collection and is a terrific choice for more intimate groups of 10-50 people. We offer a wonderful variety of menu options and we provide tables, chairs, linens, dishware and décor, making planning your event a breeze. If you are interested in using any of our event spaces, please contact our events department.
Private Party Contact:
Danika Duren: 5032412127x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Imperial Ratings and Reviews
We were greeted with a Luke warm welcome ...
We were greeted with a Luke warm welcome and offered seats at the bar while we waited for our friends to show. We were then asked to leave the bar so that two others could sit there and told our table was ready. It wasn't. So we stood around for 15 mins. We were then scowled at by the hostess. Not a good start. And from there the service was just ok. Food was good.
We are visiting Portland and it's the be ...
We are visiting Portland and it's the best dinner we have had so far. The grilled Caesar salad was to die for as were the duck meatballs with prunes and carrots. We also had the roasted half chicken served on top of aioli which was smoky, juicy and delicious. Would definitely recommend for dinner.
This place is special, perfect for every ...
This place is special, perfect for everyday dining and special occasions.
Great food. Really good service. Just an ...
Great food. Really good service. Just an overall excellent restaurant.
My meal was superb, as always at the bes ...
My meal was superb, as always at the best restaurant in Portland. I had French toast with lemon curd, so tender and succulent, with a side of thin, crisp-tender bacon, fresh fruit starring sweet, locally-sourced blackberries and cherries, and a smoked-tomato Bloody Mary. It was a sumptuous feast, served by a friendly, efficient bartending and wait staff. I can't rave enough about Imperial!
Took them TOO LONG to serve. They forgot ...
Took them TOO LONG to serve. They forgot to bring some items. Poor communication between servers & kitchen. No vegan choices. Really bitter, bad house salad.
Maybe our favorite restaurant! Food is a ...
Maybe our favorite restaurant! Food is amazing, always familiar but unique. Like bone marrow fire roasted mushrooms. Delicious mushrooms with a dense extra flavor. Great ambiance and service ha always been exemplary. (Only once did we have a server that was a little more "official" than we like, all others have been laid back but knowledgable and efficient). And if you are a desert person, you will be very happy with the choices, especially their homemade pies, ala mode with house made vanilla but they can run out early so make sure your server saves you some. Whenever we travel to Portland, we visit the Imperial at least twice.
Overall the experience was great. The fo ...
Overall the experience was great. The food was spectacular, the service was ok. It wasnt bad, a little standoffish but nothing I would complain about. I guess I would normally expect better service for that type/level of restaurant. The food was amazing and is highly recommend.
Great food and service. We had a lovely ...
Great food and service. We had a lovely time. The simple kale salad with sunflower seed brittle was AMAZING and I could've eaten it all night...but it was also a perfect compliment to the rest of our meal. Their cocktails on tap were also actually surprisingly very good and half the price!
Took friends from Florida, they loved i ...
Took friends from Florida, they loved it Ore waitress from Pendleton Or was the best
I had the watermelon gazpacho, and the p ...
I had the watermelon gazpacho, and the pork loin, both were outstanding. We had a window seat the faces Broadway at lunch time, and the people watching was great too.
A simple beautiful meal. Flavorful veggi ...
A simple beautiful meal. Flavorful veggies, salad and flank steak divine! Definalty a hot spot with great ambiance.
Absolutely the best friend chicken I hav ...
Absolutely the best friend chicken I have ever had. I have been to Imperial about 6 times now and am a one-trick-pony as I can only order the fried chicken. It is incredible. Other people in my party ordered the pork chop and other dishes and they all raved about the deliciousness of the food. From the cocktails to the grilled Caesar Salad, to the entrée and the dessert, this place serves fine food deserving of praise.
The server was knowledgeable. High price ...
The server was knowledgeable. High price for small plates, à la carte style so you'll most likely leave a little hungry but the food was amazing. I recommend the Pork
Our waiter was the best! Service was pr ...
Our waiter was the best! Service was prompt and all of our food was delicious. We arrived at 11:00 for brunch. Noise level moderate but it did get louder during our meal. Not crazy. Would definitely come back!!
We were in a group of 6 and we're seated ...
We were in a group of 6 and we're seated in a semi private room. We started sharing one sticky bun with smoked pecans but the highlight was their house made pop tarts with fresh raspberry filling. The pastry was so flaky. We ordered several entrees and shared. The favorite was their steak and eggs. The steak was seasoned just right and cooked to perfection. Their brunch menu was amazing and their coffee was good too.
Some of the best food in Portland period ...
Some of the best food in Portland period. Service is effecient, the menu has a great mix of seasonal and favorite items. Elevated comfort food for sure. Vitaly Paley can't miss.
Favorite Portland stop
This may be my 4th or 5th time at The Imperial. Breakfast this time, but in the past both Lunch and Dinner. Yes the fried chicken is amazing. The Chef seems to embrace the N.W. ingredients and keeps the menu interesting. Truly a fantastic place.
I enjoyed my meal at Imperial. I had the ...
I enjoyed my meal at Imperial. I had the Portland Poke and it was very good. I have never had a fish salad before, and my first experience was phenomenal. I am very glad I chose this restaurant as one of my stops on my short visit to Portland.
The food has gone down in quality and cr ...
The food has gone down in quality and creativity since the change of chef, sadly.
A local star! The ambience was awesome.. ...
A local star! The ambience was awesome...hip, lively, attached to the beautiful Hotel Lucia. The logo looks like an old mid century beer can logo, and the interior is inviting with natural shades of wood. The chandeliers were made with bicycle chains! The cocktails were lovely, while the wine selection was a bit limited. The open kitchen allows you to feel like a part of the action. The food was great. You could taste the smokiness in almost all the dishes. The chef used fresh, local ingredients that made this place unique. After sharing a few small plates to start, I had the tagliatelle with Cremini mushrooms, the secreto with romesco. The secreto (pork tenderloin from an Iberian pig) was a tad overdone, but I like mine really pink. The use of hazelnuts in the romesco was creative and tasty. The place is packed...get a reservation early.
All round winner
We were lucky enough to be seated at the bar in front of the kitchen so could watch all the action. Fantastic food including the beat flank steak I've ever had. Rounded off by our server Ally who was absolutely terrific
The food selection and preparation were first rate. The place looks very hip. The noise level will not allow conversation, at all.
Get the Fried Chicken!
Hands down the best fried chicken I have ever had. Everything we had was great and server was very friendly and helpful. Started with the crudo and grilled romaine salad, both were outstanding. Had the fried chicken next, which is by far some of the best fried chicken you will ever have. We were too full to venture into the wood grilled items, but they all looked great. Finished up with the pecan pie that was outstanding as well! Only downside is would have liked a few more choices of wine by the glass, but I think Portland is more of a beer and cocktails town...beer selection very good and nice cocktail list as well. This place is a must when visiting Portland!
Imperial was one of my favorite meals in ...
Imperial was one of my favorite meals in Portland with the exception of Paley's Place, which is a real gem. Food and drinks were excellent, and the atmosphere and location were hip and vibrant without feeling pretentious. Imperial is laid back enough for casual dining, but the food is so delicious it could be for a more special occasion as well. For a truly special meal though, it's worth the trek to Paley's place, where the fare is similar though a bit fancier, but the atmosphere is infinitely more intimate and romantic.
The fried chicken and watermelon salad g ...
The fried chicken and watermelon salad go great together. Delicious food as always.
My husband and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary with a Sunday brunch here. It was a nice day and so we sat out front and were entertained watching the valets working for the neighboring boutique hotels running to retrieve and park cars. We split the house-made pop-tart, and then I got the french toast and my husband got the potatoe latkes. It was all so delicious! The service was friendly and attentive (the espresso machine wasn't working, so they even got me a cappuccino from a nearby coffee shop). I will definitely be back and recommend to friends!
Not what we thought it would be
I read so many great reviews that I was really looking forward to our breakfast. The service was good and we were greeted right away. The only issue we had was the food itself. The fruit plate came with molded grapes and molded raspberries that we couldn't eat yet we were still charged for the overpriced fruit plate. The main meal came but was skimpy and lacked much flavor. We cancelled our reservation for the next morning after this visit. It just wasn't worth our time, wasted calories, or money.
Outstanding food and service. Pretty Noisy
The title says it all - absolutely outstanding food and service. We were very pleased with those aspects. The dining room was definitely loud; we were seated off to the side which helped a bit and were able to have conversations. Imperial management should look into some sound baffling materials as the ceiling is a hard surface. But.....I'd still come back because the food and service are top-notch.
Great food, small portions
I adored the food. I am a good cook myself, and it doesn't happen often that restaurant blows me away. That said, the portions were incredibly small and both me and my husband were still hungry after spending $80 in food here. I am not sure if I would dine here again because of that, which is a shame.
Doesn't live up to hype
Heard great things about Imperial, however service was poor (cold coffee and espresso drink and "fixed" it by re-steaming the milk vs making a new drink and coffee then tasted burnt and horrible. Server was noticeably irritated). Food was nominal at best. Portland has amazing restaurants and Imperial looked great, but doesn't live up to hype.
Duck meatballs are a must have, especially when enjoyed with a glass of wine and a homemade roll - fabulous food!
We enjoyed breakfast and the service was amazing.
Get the crab omelette on our recommendation. Lots of fresh crab and so much flavor. Loved that they make their own hot sauce too!
Brunch before airport
Had a reservation so we were seated quickly but not immediately seen by server, had to ask for one. Food came quickly and open kitchen is fun to observe. Good food, noisy but not obnoxiously so- a baby slept the whole time at a table nearby.
Terrific meal and great service. We got ...
Terrific meal and great service. We got great wine advice from our server after enjoying cocktails with our oysters. The watermelon salad was amazing, but I needed one of their Parker House rolls to put the fire out from the heat. The freshness of the salad and roll made the pain well worth it. My wife had the sausage and sauerkraut while I had the pork secreto. We fought over who had the better dish - I am certain I won, but it was a close race. There is a reason this place is getting so many accolades. I highly recommend a visit.
Excellent food, small portions, especial ...
Excellent food, small portions, especially since the sides are all separate from the entrees. Very attentive service.
The food was delicious. As usual, the n ...
The food was delicious. As usual, the noise level was high, but not deafening. The wine selection is a bit intimidating and expensive. Perhaps more mid-range wines should be included?
Food was really good. Waiter graciously moved us to a table further from the kitchen since it was a bit loud and warm from the oven.
Halibut was amazing!!
Halibut was amazing!!
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