Nearby points of interest
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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
$30 and under
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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.
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
Great dinner at Imperial- loved the food and atmosphere. Kitchen worked to accommodate the menu to fit the two vegans in our party. Cocktails were great. Only slight negative was we felt a bit rushed - drinks, appetizers and dinner, and we were done and out in 45 minutes. Minor point - still recommend highly.
On the recommendation of a friend, we went to Imperial for our 35th anniversary with another couple. To say it was one of the best restaurant experiences we’ve had would be an understatement. From our waitress, Allie, to the nine dishes we ordered and shared, everything was perfect! We would order every dish again—especially the grilled padron peppers and the charred sweet potato, finishing with the Barley Malt Caramel Sundae that was huge and easily shared between the four of us.
We complimented the manager and she was gracious and spent a number of minutes talking with us. This is the sort of place that when you say, “We ought to go back there,” what you mean is “We will definitley be going back there!"
Fantastic atmosphere and service. We've eaten at a number of 5-star restaurants and this was right up there with the best but had a more casual feel. My wife's salmon and my steak (rare) was cooked perfect and the flavor combinations were unique but delicious. I would highly recommend for any occasion.
The food was excellent but the service was a little unreliable. Simple errors and bad process by the waiter put awkward pauses in the meal. Coffee with sugar but no cream to add even when it was suggested. Given the wrong check... just little things. I will however return as the food is excellent.
I came for the grilled grapefruit, which was very good. The rest of the experience was meh. Having to flag down the disappearing waitstaff for salt, pepper, ketchup, jelly, and more coffee was ridiculous considering that I was there before the brunch rush. Also being told they can't make substitutes because they're too busy (the place was at about 25% capacity at the time) is ridiculous too. Last time I go there.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed mixing the small plates. In general, these were excellent. The wait staff was superb in terms of helping with the menu and wine list. A great evening all around except for the steady beat of loud music and even louder conversation of patrons trying to have a conversation above the music. Our suggestion: the food is great, let is speak. Turn down the music. People enjoy talking to one another.
Despite making a very last-minute reservation, we were welcomed with genuine warmth and treated extremely well. The staff and service were exceptional. Loved the food. Some dishes were needlessly heavy on the salt; I'd simply ask them to go light on it next time. The acoustics amp up the noise level a lot, but it calmed down while we were there… Or perhaps we just got used to it. In any event I look forward to a return visit very soon. Thanks, Imperial!
The food was amazing. Went there for our anniversary but it was so loud, really hot, and the tables were too close. The waiter's backside actually touched our table while taking the next table's order (as we ate). Next time we will ask for a booth in the front of the restaurant. Highly recommend the kale salad as it has brittle chunks on it!!!
It was my boyfriend's birthday as well as his brother's birthday. The service was less than impressive, being left to our meal without much further comment. Our meals were good but less than impressive for what was expected. My favorite item was the roll as part of our appetizer selection. For their birthday, our dessert selection was sold out. And we had to ask about dessert menus.
We have been to Imperial many times for dinner and it has been awesome. Tried it this Sunday for Brunch. Made a reservation for 12:00pm but didn't get food until 1:15... overall service was really poor which is sad because the fried chicken is amazing.
It would have been okay if the restaurant was really busy but it wasn't, there were tons of open tables.
First time at Imperial. Noise level was a bit high, it was hard to hear the waiter respond to our questions. Waiter was knowledgeable but somewhat disengaged. It was a special night for us but just seemed like another day at the office for him. My wife had the pork secreto which was excellent and I had the halibut which was fine, not off the chart great. The openers, however, were terrific - the seared Cesar and the duck meatballs. All in all a fun night at Imperial - will definitely return.
We flew in from the SF Bay Area and were in downtown Portland for the night. We decided to try Imperial based on rave reviews for their kale salad, among other items. Kale salad was meh....Pricey for the portion size and grossly over-dressed. We eat kale salads regularly, and there was just nothing special about this one.
The rest of the meal, while decent, was nothing to write home about. Personally I felt this place was quite over-priced based on the quality and quantity of the menu items we ordered. We had the kale salad, duck meatballs (super salty), grilled asparagus topped with a poached egg (underseasoned), flat top burger, fries, and lastly the fried chicken (tasty but come on....$19 for two small pieces??!).
Wouldn't make a special trip to try this place--particularly with so many other great restaurants in the downtown area.
This was my first time dining at Imperial for lunch. It's just not the same when I have to be back at work afterward and can't have one of the stellar cocktail offerings from the bar! The food was fine - I had the prawn skewers, which were tasty, but the prawns were a bit overcooked and the pasta was a bit undercooked - surprising, since all dishes we have had at happy hour or dinner have been perfect. One less than perfect meal will not keep us away, though. Imperial is especially fun at happy hour.
The food here was exceptional! From reading the menu, it sounded delicious but not out of the ordinary. But, when the dishes arrived at our table, we were blown away. We ordered the duck meatballs, the polenta and the fried chicken. Everything arrived at the table piping hot, and the flavors of each dish were just a little unexpected and more delicious than we had anticipated. The prunes were a nice touch with the duck meatballs, the fresh corn in the polenta converted it from a side dish to a dish that stood on its own, and the honey (from their rooftop beehives) drizzled over the fried chicken was just the perfect accent. We ended our meal with the malted chocolate sundae - the best malted chocolate anything that I've had in years. The flavor was spectacular. It took me back to my childhood and the local frozen custard stand that was so finicky with its flavors that it wouldn't serve hamburgers because the grease would alter the taste of its frozen custard. We also ordered two bourbon cocktails, an Old Fashioned and a New Money. Both were expertly prepared and good. Our server was great. We received excellent service from the moment we walked into the restaurant. And, we liked the ambiance. We had a full view of the kitchen and enjoyed looking over at the activity now and then during our meal. We would love to dine here again on our next visit to Portland.
Food was great and service was good. Bar was slow and the noise inside was very loud. Ended up selecting a table outside because of the noise. Just made it a little hard to have a private conversation but the food and service were definitely worth the cost. Very reasonable.
Went as a party of 4. The food was exceptional, and the cocktails were quite good. Unfortunately the noise level made conversation a bit difficult, and our server seemed to wish he was elsewhere. Might go again with just one person so we could sit near enough to each other to have a conversation.
My husband and I ate two dinners here while staying at the Hotel Lucia. Both were excellent and we would recommend both the food and service. Especially loved the fried chicken and manila clams. For dessert you've got to try the "honey pie", if it's available. So decadent and delicious!
We had a reservation but chose to wait a little for an outside table. Inside was way too loud for us but outside worked well and the weather was great. While waiting for the table, I had probably the worst vodka martini EVER from the bar (wrong glass, not cold, too much vermouth, wimpy old olives), so should have ordered one of the specialty drinks as my husband did and his was great. Our server outside was wonderful. I wish I could remember his name, but he was very upbeat and knowledgeable about the food, very into wine, and very helpful without food and wine selections. Poke and crab salad were great as was the steak/shrimp combo. Best roasted sweet potato ever! Noticed our bar drinks were not on our bill when we went to pay so pointed it out to the server and he was very appreciative. Figured karma might get us if we did fess up.... Great time and would go back!
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