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.
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
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.
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, 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 Ratings and Reviews
Everything was great except the ribeye. ...
Everything was great except the ribeye. Not a good cut of meat at all. Hard to cut around all the gristle.
Pear sale was excellent, Parker House rolls a little overdone and dry. Sweet potato side and pear sales were the winners.
I'll start with the good news - the coff ...
I'll start with the good news - the coffee is good and strong. We went there for brunch.
The bad news - we had to ask 4 times for cream for the coffee.
And that was pretty much typical of the service. It took a while for someone to take our order and then a long time for the food - everyone seemed to wait a long time for their food. Our food was pretty cold - we were sure it had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. The food was just OK. I think there are much better brunch options in Portland.
The food was, as always, perfectly prepa ...
The food was, as always, perfectly prepared and delicious. Our server, Karen, was great, and the timing of the courses and beverages was spot on. And, while we rarely order dessert, the caramel creme brulee with poached pears was incredible! I've been to Imperial on several occasions and have never been disappointed.
I have eaten here several times and the ...
I have eaten here several times and the only downside is the noise level is horrible. I could barely hear the person sitting across from me. I am thrilled that they are so busy because the food is wonderful. I just wish it were just a bit quieter.
We enjoyed the entire experience. The f ...
We enjoyed the entire experience. The food was exceptional. Fried razor clams, fried chicken. Side f roasted beets and potatoes. The only blah item reported by one of us was the roasted chicken didn't seem to have much flavor.
All in all a true winner!
We had a great variety of starters, sala ...
We had a great variety of starters, salads and entrees.grilled Cesar, duck meatballs and the fried Chicken are all musts! Or server was fantastic! She loves wine and was able to get us some good suggestions with our pairing. Loved it!
One of the best Thanksgiving spreads I h ...
One of the best Thanksgiving spreads I have had, ever! We had the turkey, the cod, the salmon and the steak for our mains, and the brussel sprouts, carrots and a gigantic charred sweet potato for our sides (and of course, PIE). Each was very tasty, and served promptly, with care taken regarding our various food allergies. Drinks were yummy as well. Coctails on tap, yeh! We were seated in the 'overflow' room, which was more quiet than the restaurant. Very appreciated by our largish party.
Great atmosphere and menu with all of th ...
Great atmosphere and menu with all of the typical Portland foodie favorites.
The hot sauce lives up to the hype, great flavor!
I was sad they did not have the smoked elk tongue on the menu as it would have been nice to add a little adventure to our meal.
Went for brunch before matinee performan ...
Went for brunch before matinee performance. Family of four with two boys, 9 & 15. The hostess seated us right away and the overall service was excellent. The menu was very creative, and had something for a variety of tastes. My younger son had the short stack pancakes, and hubby had the French Toast with caramelized pears. Both of these were amazing. My older boy had the fruit plate which was very fresh and a generous serving. I had the Chorizo and Eggs with Frybread and it was delicious. We will definitely be back.
I've been to Imperial for both lunch and ...
I've been to Imperial for both lunch and dinner. I prefer lunch much more than dinner. During our lunch, we had breathing room and didn't feel like we were stacked on top of the other patrons. Understandingly, they would pack the place for dinner, but for a nice casual lunch, Imperial is ideal. I'm not sure if the the pricing is any cheaper, but just for the fact that you don't feel like you're in a can of sardines it's totally worth it for lunch. For dinner, I'd recommend somewhere less frenetic. You'd probably get better service elsewhere also.
I went to the Imperial on a Saturday Nov ...
I went to the Imperial on a Saturday November 11th for brunch with my daughter and her wedding party prior to an appointment we had to look for "the dress". We arrived promptly at 12:30 and were seated almost immediately at a large round table in front of the window. The round table was great because we could all easily talk and no one was at the end getting left out. Several of us had the fried chicken which was amazing! I was a little nervous about eating fried chicken in a restaurant because it's usually so messy, but to my surprise there was no bones it it. Yay! Better yet, all 6 of us ate brunch and most had 2 mimosas (everyone had at least 1) and the bill was less than $160. I will definitely go back in the very near future.
Service was pretty darned good. Food ra ...
Service was pretty darned good.
Food ranged from good to poor.
Our table had duck meatballs, which sounded better than they tasted, very heavy and dense sauce smothering, what could have been pork or chicken, couldn't appreciate duck meat.
The burger was outstanding by one diner, the halibut was quite good by another.
Dessert was a huge disappointment, as the chocolate chip cookie came out burnt and hard, and only the middle of the cookie was barely tolerable.
I don't think I'd go back, and I surely wouldn't recommend this place to friends...
We had an acceptable meal, but the wait ...
We had an acceptable meal, but the wait between starter and entree was far too long and most dishes seemed oddly overpriced. Portion sizes were unclear from the menu and nothing we ate was good enough to compare favorably with east side places in the same price range like Ox or Toro Bravo.
Ben is a fantastic waiter and knowledgab ...
Ben is a fantastic waiter and knowledgable about wine -- great catch to hire him. This is the second Sat in two weeks I have eaten with you. This time the food was too salty -- we both remarked on it. Oversalted brussels sprouts and burger. Kale salad was quite good.
This is one of my all time Favorite plac ...
This is one of my all time Favorite places. The food is amazing and always changing with the seasons. The flavors are such a delightful change from the norm and really challenge your senses in the most amazing way! Highly recommend this place to everyone!
My husband and I enjoyed our dinner expe ...
My husband and I enjoyed our dinner experience at Imperial immensely. It's a great space, our server was totally professional but casual and friendly at the same time (she even gave us a short list of other places to check out while we're in Portland!), and our meal was fantastic. We'll be back and highly recommend it.
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