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
We were seated in the private dinning ro ...
We were seated in the private dinning room for 7 convention associates . The food was Great!! The service was good but thankfully they put us in private room because the rest of the restaurant was very noisy. I don't know if I would come back unless we had that private room.
We decided to eat at the bar and what a ...
We decided to eat at the bar and what a treat! Our bartender was SO knowledgeable about the food and wine that we just asked her to pair all our plates for us. Amazing! I fee awful that I can't recall her name but what an ambassador for this place. The poke, pork, fried chicken, oysters - all divine!!
The food, though tasty, lacked serious i ...
The food, though tasty, lacked serious invention--there was nothing out of the ordinary, not even a spin on ordinary. The one exception was the cocktails, which were unusual, and very inventive. Overall the place, with its somewhat dated design elements, has a distinct lack of soul.
This is a wonderful restaurant in the Po ...
This is a wonderful restaurant in the Portland downtown area. It has very good food, excellent service staff, well-designed interior, and overall good vibe. The only drawback: This is a very lively and noisy room.
The Pork was out of this world, as was t ...
The Pork was out of this world, as was the fried chicken. One of the best dinners I've had in Portland. The atmosphere was nice. The service was also excellent, which as anyone from Portland knows, is a rarity. Would recommend Imperial to anyone looking for a top meal.
We had dinner at Imperial on Friday nigh ...
We had dinner at Imperial on Friday night. It was date night!
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant. We made a reservation and did not have to wait. The service was friendly, and helpful.
We had the grilled caprese salad, Parker house rolls, king salmon, fried chicken, and the warm corn cake for dessert (server recommended, and it was good!). We would definitely order these items again. Everything was wonderful.highly recommend. Simple, well prepared food.
Our first time dining at The Imperial le ...
Our first time dining at The Imperial left a wonderful impression on us. The food was incredible. The service was incredible. The best part of the entire night is that we were seated in our own private room off of the main restaurant. No request on my part when I made the reservation for our party of 6. The room had a sliding glass doors so you had privacy plus you felt connected to the rest of the restaurant. What a great dining experience in every way. Thank you Imperial!
Unfortunately my reservation was lost du ...
Unfortunately my reservation was lost due to a computer glitch. The hostess was a little put off when I asked her what happened, ok no big deal they found us a table. Once seated we were lost in the shuffle of service. I'm not sure how we were forgotten considering we were sat next to the kitchen. We asked for help from a passer by server who took care of us by taking our food order and answering a couple of questions. Then another server came over profusely apologizing for the mistake. Once our food arrived my grilled cheese was burnt on one side and a mistake was made with with a soup order. The mistake was fixed and all in all the food was ok. For such a well reviewed restaurant I was greatly disappointed with my experience.
We went for our anniversary dinner on a ...
We went for our anniversary dinner on a weekend in Portland. The service was warm and friendly, not stuffy or pretentious. The food was excellent, and when the main course took a while to come out they sent a free veggie side dish which was both thoughtful and delicious. Our meal started with the savory bread pudding which was fantastic and enough to share. I had the salmon, which was supposedly cooked medium rare but came out more like medium well. No matter as it was flavorful despite being overcooked. My wife had the ribeye which was cooked perfectly to the recommended medium and tasted wonderful. Side of mushrooms hit the spot as well. Our server recommended a very good local wine. Overall it was a very good experience.
Too salty! I am a salt lover and even ...
Too salty! I am a salt lover and even for me this was way over the top. Unfortunate because everything we ordered was very creative. Lovely flavor combinations but all overpowered be salt, especially the pork chop. With salt cut by 50% this could be my favorite place.
So excited to visit Paley's latest place ...
So excited to visit Paley's latest place, but service was ho-hum (waiter could make no recommendations of food or wine; just said it was all on the menu) and the noise level made it impossible to have a meaningful conversation with old friends. Also, we felt rushed on completing our meal
This place used to be good - but the foo ...
This place used to be good - but the food has gone downhill.
I had the halibut special of the day - over cooked and dry, even the fingerling potatoes were dried out.
Just not what it used to be ...
also it's so loud in there that you cannot hear the conversation at your own table without yelling.
I ate at this restaurant when I was in P ...
I ate at this restaurant when I was in Portland in March and it was outstanding. This visit did not live up to the last one. The food was very good, but not outstanding. The service was just okay and the acoustics in the room made conversation very difficult. Poke, caprese salad with peaches and t-bone were very good. Dessert was disappointing.
After hearing great things about Imperia ...
After hearing great things about Imperial, we were excited for dinner. Upon arrival the host was dismissive and rude to the point we considered leaving. However, we stayed hopeful the food and service would counterbalance the first impression. Our server was equally rude, taking a great deal of time to take our order. The food took over an hour to arrive with other diners who arrived after us getting their meals before we did. The food was bland, cold and unimpressive, definitely not worth the wait. I would tell anyone to save their money and dine elsewhere. In a city filled with amazing restaurants, don't bother.
We were visiting Portland this Labor day ...
We were visiting Portland this Labor day weekend and read excellent reviews on the restaurant. The restaurant is in a great location in downtown Portland an easy to walk from our hotel.
I ordered half a dozen oysters on the half shell, which were served with house made horseradish. Never, would have put horseradish on oysters, but it worked. The horseradish was delish. My partner had the watermelon salad, which was a beautiful presentation. It was a clean, light and refreshing start to the meal. We also ordered two Parker house rolls, nice and good. Our waiter was apologetic that the food took a long time to arrive. We are both ok with waiting, as long as the food is good. We enjoyed the starters and were anticipating excellent entrees. Again, our waiter had to come by to let us know our food would arrive soon.
Finally, the entrees. Boy were we disappointed. I had the SRF wagyu Coulotte, it looked beautifully cooked, but wow was it tough. The meat was under seasoned. I only finished half of the meal, because it just was not worth it to continue. My partner had the fried chicken and it was mostly fried batter and not a lot of chicken. He did finish the chicken, but left plenty of batter on the plate. We had also ordered the savory bread pudding. Needless to say this pudding was not savory. The pudding was an unbalanced and under seasoned side dish.
Our waiter asked if everything was good, if we wanted to take the leftovers and did we have in interest in dessert. No thank you to the leftovers and dessert and the food was ok being our response. I genuinely think he was surprised by our response! Maybe we should have sent the dishes back, but considering the length of time to prepare we just did not think it was worth the fuss. Not a recommendation on the next visit to Portland.
The food was good and I can not say that ...
The food was good and I can not say that the service was bad but our wait time was 1.5 hours. We were not very hungry so it was not hard to wait for food but I think that it is too long by any standards. Also even in the most expensive restaurants some bread served before the meal. At the Imperial it is $1 per piece. Seriously? Just bump the price of your appetizers $1 up but do not make your customers feel that you are squizing them for every dollar. It is so not an Imperial tactics.
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