Portland, OR 97205
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
This was a first time visit for brunch. ...
This was a first time visit for brunch. We were impressed with the service and friendliness of the staff. The food was good, not exceptional. Prices very reasonable. The food was a bit slow getting to the table, but our overall experience was great. We will return!
First two times were great for food, ser ...
First two times were great for food, service and atmosphere. Last three times (included a lunch) the food and service was not as good. Food is heavy on the salt and I like salt, but it's a bit much when it's heavy on all the food including the salad.
Wish it would stay consistent on the great end of the spectrum. It was such a great standout those first two times... over 1 year ago.
I wish them the best!
I was disappointed. We had reservations ...
I was disappointed. We had reservations and watched "walk-ins" be seated before we were. It was noisy -- happy hour time -- and we had expected a quieter environment. The menu was intriguing and enjoyable. The servings were small -- we intended to share the fries, and we did, but it wasn't the size I expect in a side serving. The $60 T-bone was chewy.
The noise level in this restaurant is ou ...
The noise level in this restaurant is outrageous. To top it all off they continued to play some sort of music over the PA system with a heavy drum beat for the entire evening. We had to shout to be heard by our table. No reason to return to enjoy a meal here. The food was good and service slipshod. The waiter was less than attentive when we failed to accept the recommendations for the top priced items on the menu. This is the opposite of Pailey's Place where you can enjoy a quiet atmosphere and attentive service with great food.
My husband, another couple and I went to ...
My husband, another couple and I went to Imperial for an early dinner on New Year's Eve. The food was well prepared from the initial tapas to the main entrees to the final desserts. Our wait staff was attentive without hovering. The restaurant was crowded, but the noise level was surprisingly moderate. We all said that we would return!
Our annual New Year's Eve afternoon lunc ...
Our annual New Year's Eve afternoon lunch was a huge disappointment. After ordering, we waited one full hour for the food which was under-whelming. Crab omelettes had brown edges with no garnish or plate appeal and my Eggs Benedict featured a flat hard cooked egg with a glop of room temperature hollandaise and dry petrified potatoes. I've been a regular patron of this restaurant since it opened. Regretfully, I will not return.
Use the valet parking. It's only $10 and ...
Use the valet parking. It's only $10 and will save you time and money. We had Parker House rolls (crisp outside with a tender center) duck meatballs (good and a little spicy), charred broccoli (delicious!) and the bacon chop. Service was prompt and polite. We ended up taking home left-overs. Plenty of food! The space is full of hard surfaces so noise is a problem, unless you get a booth.
We went to the Imperial with friends and ...
We went to the Imperial with friends and were disappointed.
The caeser salad was actually excellent, but the roasted chicken was extremely salty.
I did not care for the caramel crème brulee, either.
I just felt that the food was lacking. No bread was included in the meal.
My chicken was served with a salad and I ordered a salad, I would have liked to know that the chicken was served with a salad and I would have not ordered the caeser salad.
In a city with very good food, The Imperial was not special enough to return to.
The service was the highlight. They alw ...
The service was the highlight. They always have excellent people in the front and back of the house. We had brunch with lots of eggs and potatoes (possibly the best breakfast potatoes in town). We then finished with some cocktails to celebrate.
We planned a special trip to Portland ov ...
We planned a special trip to Portland over the holidays and hoped for a super restaurant experience. We fell for the concept that a sister to the Headwater restaurant would be worthy. We were disappointed on every level. Noisy, rude waitress and overly salted food with small main portions 120 dollars poorer does not leave me feeling very generous in my reviews of the Imperial. I am a uber open table user and very disappointed.
Outstanding visit. Get a table within ey ...
Outstanding visit. Get a table within eyeshot of the open kitchen. The roaring wood-fired grill provides great ambiance. Both of our dishes were outstanding -- fried chicken and pork chop. Also try the Grilled Caesar Salad. And the best cocktail ever -- "A Radish Walked into a Bar...."
The service was slow and although the re ...
The service was slow and although the restaurant wasn't very busy, food was served a little over an hour after the order was taken. We opted for the Fried Chicken based on reviews on Yelp but the chicken was extremely dry and felt like it was over cooked. The sauce was pretty good though, however, the experience we had with the chicken was horrid.
The one thing that was great was the Parker Rolls. They were amazing!!!
Our service was extremely slow and the experience we had the store was not particularly great.
This was the first time here for our gue ...
This was the first time here for our guest, a fairly discriminating diner. We all loved the food. Great, inventive preparations and use of local ingredients. The dressing based on fish sauce on the shaved pear salad sounded weird to me but my wife, more adventurous than I, ordered it and it was delicious. Excellent help from the waiter re the beer and wine by the glass selection, which was good. Noise level a little more than I like but I'm more sensitive than most.
Excellent food & service. On the expens ...
Excellent food & service. On the expensive side but a good choice for special ocassions. Cozy & comfortable booth with a sound level that allowed for easy conversation (unlike so many restaurants where it's hard to hear the person sitting across from you). Recommended.
As always great service, fast, friendly ...
As always great service, fast, friendly and efficient; great food and comes quickly; reasonable price. Open floor plan can make this a little noisy at times. Recommend for relaxing brunch. Food was the best ever on our last visit.
The half chicken and clam pasta was both ...
The half chicken and clam pasta was both salty. Charging for mediocre dinner rolls is kinda ridiculous considering the price on the meal. Would not recommend to anyone or go there again. My party and I are foodies and this is not a great find .
My sister gave my wife Cheryl a $100 gif ...
My sister gave my wife Cheryl a $100 gift certificate for graduating with B.A. Business from the University of Phoenix. We had a delicious celebration dinner with soup, parker rolls, fried chicken, black cod, hazelnut parfait and ginger bread. Very unique and flavorful spices, cooked on wood fired grill. The waiter was excellent and kept our water glasses and decafe coffee full.
The Imperial is crowded so you need a reservation. The atmosphere is joyful and boisterous. I strongly recommend the valet parking for $10. It is worth it and saves the hassle of trying to find parking or paying more. We reserve the private room for family Thanksgiving every year and I will take special business clients there for a power lunch or dinner.
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