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At Imperial, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and the culinary team will re-imagine and re-present Pacific Northwest culinary pathways. Exemplifying Oregon’s own James Beard's culinary philosophy, Chef/Owner Vitaly Paley and his culinary team 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.
Also check out our sister restaurant Paley's Place here.
Portland, OR 97205
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
SW Stark and Broadway
$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
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 Imperial.
Vitaly Paley and Matthew Jarrell
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Imperial & Hotel Lucia are widely recognized for our award-winning team of Chefs, attention to detail, unique Portland vibe, and commitment to impeccable, personalized service. We currently have three lovely Private Dining spaces that suit a variety of different event types.
Imperial Ratings and Reviews
If you're looking for a nice plate to eat that isn't too expensive, Imperial is the way to go. The food comes alone (meaning you won't get a side of fries) but it is plenty on its own. The side salad is enough to fill you up, the atmosphere is one where you feel welcome but not overpowered. Also, try the rolls. 100% the best in the States, hands down.
I've been here before and had a terrific meal, but this time it was just a massive fail. We went for a quick breakfast and ordered basic foods - eggs, potatoes, toast, bacon, etc. And every single thing was just off. The breakfast potatoes were absolutely the worst - dry, cold and inedible. Maybe they were having an off day, but I would not recommend this place for breakfast. There are far too many options for a delicious breakfast in Portland to risk an off day meal.
We had less than an hour for dinner but I really wanted my friend from out of town to have a memorable meal. Our server cheerfully helped us make choices that we could enjoy fully but quickly enough to get to our event up the street (at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) on time. The four small plates we ordered all landed on the table within 10 minutes. Three out of four were excellent (duck meatballs, fried chicken, roasted Brussel sprouts that were the best Brussels I've ever had) and the fourth was good. We even ended up having enough time to split a slice of outstanding pecan pie. Oh, and we enjoyed our mocktails as well. Nice work, Imperial.
Chose to try Imperial because of others' ratings and proximity to the venue of our concert. Halibut and Surf n Turf were amazing. Loved the shared dishes and side. Tables are a little close together and got fairly loud. But our server was great and food was wonderful.
This is my second time eating here. The first time was with just one friend and we sat closer to the front window. This time we had a party of 4 and sat next to the grill which wasn't bad but the ambience is nicer in the front. The food was ok but the vegetable sides are way overpriced and small portioned. Our server was a bit too scarce and we had to flag him down for questions or to get another drink. This probably won't be my first choice next time we eat out.
Overall I thought the food was quite good. I had the Rockfish sandwich, which is a bit like a Po' Boy, and I thought it was delicious. My wife had been very specific about how she wanted her meal cooked and it did arrive underdone, but when she sent it back it returned exactly to her original order. We've had experiences in other places where that kind of request results in an over-cooked inedible piece of tree bark. My only complaint was that the sound baffling could use a re-think. I could hear a lot of conversations around me, but not the people across the table with whom I was dining. General noise level was a bit loud for me.
Normally I would rate the Imperial a 4 or even 5. However, my last visit was barely a 3. I gave it a 3 due to the service (always great) and my wife's dish (which she loved). However my Rib Eye was very tough and extremely fatty (more than it should be). I could barely cut it. 1/2 way through I gave up and simply let them take my dish. Normally the food is excellent and I don't normally order the Ribeye, so I would say "beware" of the steak. Get the fried Chicken or Sole. They are known for that!
Imperial has been one of our faves, been there many times. Loved seeing Doug on Top Chef and he never disappointed. This is the first time we've had dinner at Imperial where it was majorly disappointing. The fried chicken was NOT Doug's fried chicken. The gnocchi was "just okay." The grilled Cesar salad was nothing like it used to be, I would never order it again. The corn polenta was good but not out of this world. Thinking that Doug leaving as head chef really had an impact on Imperial, and not for the good. I don't think we will be coming back since our $100 meal wasn't even close to worth it. It's very sad because we loved Imperial.
I remembered loving Imperial the first time I ate there, about a year ago. So I was excited to eat their again. But I was disappointed this time with the food. I have no complaints about the service. The food was just ok, but pretty pricey for not being super yummy. And the last thing we ate (s'mores cake) was a total let down- dry and boring.
Had a great birthday meal! Food was delicious and service great. We had a terrific view of the semi-open kitchen (view of the fire pit with a glimpse into the kitchen), which was really fun. I wish I lived in the area because you can dine in many different ways at Imperial. While we had a larger, special occasion meal, I could easily eat from the side dishes, which were mainly vegetarian and looked fabulous -- we had the roasted artichoke to start and it was perfect! Oh, and the cocktails are worth a try! Thanks Imperial for a wonderful and special night!
We chose Imperial because we enjoy Vitaly Paley's original restaurant, Paley's Place. On walking in, we were initially disappointed that Imperial didn't share Paley's Place's quiet, intimate atmosphere. In the end, it didn't deter us from enjoying our meal and our company, but we are more likely to return to Paley's Place than to Imperial.
The quality of the food and service were both excellent, but also a bit pricey for the relatively small portions. You are expected to order starters, sides, and desserts to compliment your entrée, which add to the price of your dinner. Dinner for three came to $175, and that was without wine. (Wines by the bottle start in the high $30s and quickly go up from there.)
Absolutely delivers every time I go. The food is consistently great with some favorites and added seasonal specials. Food is equaled by the professional friendly service - so helpful.
I gave introduced Imperial to several friends and colleagues who always thank me for finding great food and great service in a casual atmosphere. Big fan.
I have had excellent meals here for dinner so I thought it would be a good place to take my 22 year old son for breakfast/brunch to celebrate his birthday. Limited menu, food was terrible. If you are not going to make an effort to match quality of the dinner offerings, then it would be better to just not offer breakfast.
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