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: (503) 241-2127
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 belated Valentine's Day dinner. The food was very good, as was the wine. But what made the most difference was the service. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. An altogether excellent experience. We are long time fans of this restaurant and this just reinforced the fact that nothing has changed! We'll be back.
A friend and I popped in for lunch in this beautifully designed downtown restaurant. The burger was one of the best in my life! House made bun, pickles on grilled Kobe beef. Fries were ordinary. Dressing on salad very tart. My friend enjoyed her cobb salad with smoked chicken. Warmed chocolate chip cookies were fabulous! Great coffee.
We selected Imperial for for our 25th anniversary based on its reputation and the fact that we had not previously eaten there. It did not disappoint! This was quite possibly the best meal we have had in Portland, and we have had some pretty impressive meals in Portland over the years. Every aspect of the evening was flawless, from the smart and knowledgable wait staff to the impeccably sourced ingredients, and exquisite execution. Every aspect was perfectly thought out and just right. Nothing was precious or pretentious. The staff was busy (it was Friday after all) but nothing ever felt rushed. Our server happily decanted the bottle of wine we brought with us too. Front and back of the house are both very well run and the love of good food permeates the place. It was thoroughly enjoyable evening and we look forward to returning.
I met my girlfriends at Imperial for lunch. This place always delivers. The kale salad is delicious but small. As a vegetarian i did not add Chicken so the portion didn't satisfy my hunger. I do wish they offered more hearty vegetarian options because what they do They do very well.
We LOVED the food. It took a long time before our waiter visited our table for the first time, but other than that she was excellent. It was on the more expensive side for the same quality restaurant in Portland, but not that far off from the average I suppose. It was pretty loud while we were there. The food and drinks were really excellent.
Made reservations for lunch and so glad that we did as it was packed when we arrived around 12:15. As soon as we were seated, we were promptly greeted by Emily T. We had already looked at the menu online and placed an order of the crab salad, fried chicken and fries with secret sauce. Our food arrived quickly and everything was stupid good! When I could finally tear myself away from the ridiculous fries, I was ready to tear into the steaming hot chicken. Unfortunately, Emily had not visited our table in a while and I had to flag down another waiter to bring us hot sauce. He told us that hot sauce and honey should have been provided...hmm...Emily was so not on her job. As soon as he brought the in house accoutrements we tore into it and it was delicious! The combo of the fresh made honey and hot sauce spoke volumes. Next it was on to the salad, which was wonderful; filled with lots of meaty fresh crab meat.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert. I do not like fruit and cake combined, wasn't in the mood for pie, so we decided on the cookie. Emily finally showed up and told us the cookie was big enough to split. When it arrived, we were like really? I could have easily eaten that by myself. I wasn't to pleased, but the cookie was warm (the best) and the addiction of the chocolate chip ice cream was perfect. It wasn't your typical ice cream filled with bits of chocolate chip, but the actual cookie! I can't wait to come back here to dine for dinner!
We decided to celebrate Valentines day with breakfast instead of dinner because availability is so much easier. We thought it would be busier but it was downtown on a workday. When we got there they didn't have a booth and pointed us to a table that could have bene shared with someone.. We didn't want that so I asked if we could be on the end because it seemed a little more private. There was only a small section open for breakfast. I know this restaurant is amazing for lunch and dinner but breakfasts don't seem to be their main thing. Good service and nice people and good food though. :)
Our reservation was at 7:15 on the Saturday before Valentine's Day..It was our Valentines meal. We didn't get sat till about 7:40 and they tried to seat us at the chefs tasting bar, both things we were not expecting. Luckily, my wide saw a little table for two and we were able to sit there. We had oysters, poke, a kale salad and the NY steak in that order and everything was fresh and well prepared. The drinks were good. I really liked the huge cube of ice in the "new money." We have been to Imperial a few times before and outside the wait with reservations and the attempt to sit us not facing each other the meal was great.
We got there 20 mins early before purchasing reservation and they seated us right away. The service was great, but they come to your table a lot. I MEAN A LOT. They give you new silverware each course which made it a little awkward during conversation. When the food came it was delicious. We had the bison short rib and the flavors were complex, I couldn't get enough of it. The fried chicken was also wonderful. Crispy, nice spice and the sweet pickles were a perfect touch. The only complaint is how often they clear and clean the table, it is excessive and should be limited. We will come back even for happy hour, the food was great!
Our first visit back since Chef Doug moved on. I have to say: the food (which was exceptional before) is , dare I say, even better now. Well done. Your attention to detail is spectacular. And of course, we'll be back.
btw; my wife and I are both vegetarians and we can always find not only delicious options at Imperial, but interesting, well-thought out options. Something many restaurants don't bother with when throwing together the 'veg option'.
Thanks for that!
Energetic vibe - loud but we could talk just fine. Our food was beautifully cooked with nice accompaniments. I had seared steelhead and my husband had black cod - both delicious. Roasted beer starter was super good. I had a good Pinot Noir on tap and he had a cider from France. Left happy!
I had fried razor clams and french fries. Both were excessively salty. The clams were tough and I've had good razor clams properly prepared that were not tough. The batter on the clams was oily and thick. The sauce for the clams was boring. My friend had a crab omelette and had a hard time finding the crab. I have been here 3 times now and have found it overrated and not exceptional in any way, except maybe being able to sit near the kitchen.
Hi there! We enjoyed out outing at the Imperial, but it was terribly loud. The food was acceptable. Very small portions. Prices somewhat above value. VERY close proximity to another couple which was a wee odd. With reservations, we expected to be booth seated, but were located in the mid section next to another couple. Waitress attention was good.
We have come here a number of times, and especially enjoy it when we are in the private party room, very few offer that.
The service is friendly, and helpful.
I would recommend the cocktail "a radish on the way to the bar". I stop whenever I can for that.
Best in Portland.
Very comfortable for a business lunch meeting. The food choices were great. We both ordered different fish items that were perfectly prepared and shared the grilled Caesar salad. The salad is delicious with flavorful tomatoes even this time of year. Service is always excellent and friendly. Imperial is my go to for business lunches.
This is by far my favorite Paley place. Maybe it is because we go here often and the waitstaff knows us and that is why the service is so stellar or maybe they are so stellar and that is why we keep coming. Either way, great service. Great food. I LOVE their french toast and their bloody Marys. I love that you can book on OpenTable so you don't have to wait in line for an hour at other places for subpar food.
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