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/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
Overpriced with OK food. Not a lot of se ...
Overpriced with OK food. Not a lot of selection for lunch. More brunch options. Pancakes were small and something I could make at home. Fruit was good but waitress said there were delicious local berries. It came with no berries. We asked and they brought sad looking black and blue berries. Eggs Benedict were charged extra to swap in fish for the meat with no notice.
Had the pleasure of dining here recently ...
Had the pleasure of dining here recently. We've had fried chicken at other local restaurants but none can come close to Imperial's! Great service - we were greeted warmly and seated quickly. Very attentive and helpful server. Grilled caprese with peaches is a fabulous starter.
This was our first trip to Portland and ...
This was our first trip to Portland and had read a very favorable review, so wanted to give it a try. It has a very cool look to it and was bustling. The service was a bit slow, but it didn't detract too much from the experience. We started with drinks and then my fiancé had the pork chop and I had the Caprese/grilled peach salad. The salad was delicious. It's not a large portion (and was NOT an entrée type salad), the ingredients were very fresh. We had also ordered the Parker House rolls which were delicious and came with butter with flaked sea salt which was fantastic. The pork chop was the best my fiancé had every had. He loved it. The only criticism was that it came with absolutely nothing else. No starch, no veggie and the server never made that clear. So it was pretty pricy for having no accompaniment. But the pork itself was fabulous. I would definitely recommend this place, but just be prepared that it's fairly expensive and you have to really look into the details of what you order and what it comes with.
The food and service were very good. Th ...
The food and service were very good. The noise level on a Tuesday evening at 6:45 was terrible. My husband said "It's so loud I can't hear the music." My response was "Oh, there's music?" It is clearly a very popular place, but there are other restaurants in Portland with good food where you can have a pleasant conversation over dinner.
Excellent all around. A "Portland" fine ...
Excellent all around. A "Portland" fine dining experience featuring excellent food, tasty drinks and the casual atmosphere you are seeking for a group of close family & friends. Best notes: the fried chicken, pork secretta, and grilled Caesar salad are to die for, while the dinner rolls, roasted potatoes, and perfectly-selected desserts are well worth the effort to complete the experience. Kudos to a great menu and friendly staff all around.
Have been wanting to try Imperial for so ...
Have been wanting to try Imperial for some time, the food did not disappoint. the sound level was very high, and only due to a being seated next to a wall was I able to hear conversation. Tables for two are really small, considering how much service ware is needed to enjoy and split plates. Food was excellent - not an "off" dish in what we had - from appetizers to dessert - all GOOD!! Service was concise and we took recommendations that we appreciated.
The food was very good, my coulottes wer ...
The food was very good, my coulottes were tasty and the fried chicken was delicious. The savory bread pudding was good but the presentation wasn't great. The panacotta was also very good. Wait staff was attentive, knowledgeable and responsive. It was very loud and the industrial design didn't help.
Food was absolutely amazing!! Waiter was ...
Food was absolutely amazing!! Waiter was probably one of the poorest I have had. I was a server for over 10 years and I grew up in my fathers restaurant so I am one of the most understanding when it comes to service. Especially if the restaurants is busy or the server seems overwhelmed, I totally get it. We were there around 515 on a Saturday. Our server was very flat affect and hard to read and understand. We explained it was our first time there and her mumbled a few recommendations then walked away. Ok, whatever, I don't get offended or anything. Where I was very disappointed was when he kept clearing things from the table when he assumed we were done. Once again, this dishes didn't bother me (or my husband who was also a server and bartender for over 5years). What bothered me was the rather brisk clearing of our drink glasses as my husband and I were talking. Mine of which had a very small amount of my drink remaining. I looked around and it didn't not appear to be overly busy as there were tables opened. During this time my husband had paid via CC and signed the slip and our server picked it up almost immediately (then our drink glasses were gone shortly after). This is a let peeve of both of ours. He seemed to be pacing around our area (understandably his other tables were in the same section). We felt as though we were being pushed to leave. At this point we hadn't been there a hour and a half. We both know how servers act when they want to turn a table quickly, we've been there. Especially at the end of the night or if it is busy. Both of which it was not at this time. We will return back cause everything else was great, but we would refuse this particular server again.
The noise level hit us as we walked in t ...
The noise level hit us as we walked in the door. Our waitress apologized and explained they had 2 very loud parties who were close to leaving. They did eventually. My dinner was delicious we have been traveling for 2 weeks and this was undoubtedly my favorite dinner - halibut in a wonderfully tomatoey soup. Reservations are a must.
I love the variety of the menu and the s ...
I love the variety of the menu and the surprises that I find each time I return. Try the fried chicken. It's great. This is a stable for lunch with friends and a special Sunday brunch (get the bloody mary).
Service is usually impeccable. Sometimes the room is too loud for me. But loud also signals a happy room.
It's been about two years since I dined ...
It's been about two years since I dined here, and I came back for brunch to see what the buzz was all about since the chef was featured on "Top Chef." Well, Imperial has really stepped up its game. The breakfast potatoes were rustic and very crispy, and the melon and prosciutto flatbread was absolutely delicious. I will be back for sure.
I came in with high expectations based o ...
I came in with high expectations based on other's reviews. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.
The food didn't have much flavor at all. The best dish I had was the grilled caprese salad, which was a bummer.
The halibut, which was one of our mains, was pretty dry. We had to get extra aioli to help it not be as dry. The roasted potatoes were bland and had hardly any flavor.
While our food came pretty quickly, the table next to us, who arrived about 10 minutes later than us, still had not gotten their food after we had finished our appetizers and our main.
I was much disappointed. Over hyped restaurant. No where near as good as Andina or Toro Bravo!
Skip this place other than maybe to get a drink.
Excellent wine, a good tomato and a dece ...
Excellent wine, a good tomato and a decent server. Very very loud, not cosy or comfortable. Apparently I do not like this style of "grilling". I normally love red meat but the rib eye here was inedible. My dining partner said is was saturated with a mesquite flavour. I am not sure what it was but I did not like it.
We were lucky enough to get to sit at th ...
We were lucky enough to get to sit at the counter that views the kitchen - what a great experience. This restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine and the food was magnificent. We had an excellent bottle of wine, too, as the restaurant was complete with a great wine list. Definitely try the bread pudding. It is like nothing we've ever had and both agreed it was the best thing of the whole dinner.
We were pretty disappointed by Imperial. ...
We were pretty disappointed by Imperial. The waitstaff treated us with disdain, the food wasn't good enough to justify the price, and the atmosphere was joyless. We ended the night wishing we had gone to a food truck, at least then we would have gotten enough food. And it doesn't say this anywhere, but you can only order from the happy hour menu if you're seated in the bar or outside, which means we paid $8 for 3 bites of watermelon.
The halibut was too salty, although it w ...
The halibut was too salty, although it was cooked well, interesting combination with roasted peppers. The service was horrible, too slow, also the location was odd, they had to reach out from behind rubbing my head every time they did something. I have previously had better experience here. The folks who sat next to me hated their pork chops, for being too salty and sweet, they also said the experience was great the last time, perhaps the place has started to degrade ?
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