About The Original
Inspired by diners the 1960s, The Original, Portland's downtown destination for all-day dining, serves up playful variations on classic menu standards.
Made from ingredients seasonal and local, and prepared with classic French techniques, our menu of eclectic American cuisine takes on regional favorites and modifies them with flavors and textures unique to the Pacific Northwest.
Traditional dishes like Chicken Fried Steak and Beef Stroganoff are reimagined, resulting in contemporary meals that are as enjoyable to contemplate as they are gratifying to taste.
In an atmosphere that's stylish, sophisticated, and cool, The Original honors the past as it listens in on the pulse of Portland's evolving tastes.
The Original: Eat. Drink. Gather.
American, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday: 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 6:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday: 7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Sunday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
FREE VALET PARKING
On the bus and light rail lines.
Private Party Facilities:
We have a variety of private and semi-private options for your special event needs.
Private Party Contact:
Kelly Hagerman: 5035754044x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Original Ratings and Reviews
The Original was a great place for a holiday!
As always, The Original was a wonderful dining experience for my daughter and I to enjoy a holiday brunch. We had a great time, were seated promptly even though we were early. Breakfast was on point and it was a lovely time on Mother's Day.
Great Mother's Day Treat!
Our first time at The Original. Had reservations and a table was set up and ready for us. Enjoyed a Bloody Mary and Eggs Benedict cooked just the way I like it. Great service, great food!
Food was average, but you can make a reservation!
This is one of the few places in Portland where you can make a reservation for brunch. We have grown tired of waiting 2 or more hours to be seated on a weekend morning, so we gave the Original a shot. The poached eggs on my Eggs Benedict were hard-boiled. The ham was a bit dry. My husband felt the biscuits and gravy didn't have quite enough gravy considering the side of the biscuit. The poached egg he ordered on the side was also hard-boiled. Service was GREAT, though, and the place has a nice enough atmosphere. We might try it again because anyone can have an off day.
First time visiting...Very friendly serv ...
First time visiting...Very friendly service, food was delicious. We will be back.
A nice diner style restaurant
This restaurant is like a cross between bar food, a diner, and an ice cream shop. They serve great milkshakes with or without alcohol and mostly comfort food. The wait staff is friendly and efficient. The food is not the healthiest, but it is tasty.
I'm a bit mystified by the great reviews for this place. The atmosphere, which has some elements of an old fashioned diner, was appealing. The coffee was good and plentiful. I ordered a scramble and it arrived lukewarm such that the cheese on top was not melted. In addition what was described as vegetable sausage was essentially without form and hard to identify. The wait staff was friendly and prompt with coffee, but I don't understand serving food over the sidewall of the booth such that we each had to reach up and take our plates. It's not that far to walk around to the front of the booth. All in all, not worth a return with all the options available in Portland.
Unique PDX Diner
Unique diner menu. Barrel aged cocktails(yes the whole cocktail is aged), boozy shakes, and over the top burgers! A must try in downtown. Family friendly and unique. Great service!
We ordered the delectable donut sliders, ...
We ordered the delectable donut sliders, a taco burger, a turkey club, drinks, and a salted caramel boozy milkshake and it was all top of the line delicious. The service is also top notch! Thanks Zoe!!
Casual Brunch/Breakfast Spot
Mid-Century Modern diner style atmosphere with some really good breakfast items. The Creme Brulee French toast was decadent and the Mimosas were inexpensive. Service was ok; it definitely felt like a diner.
Easter Brunch was Fabulous!
My daughter picked this trendy restaurant for our Easter celebration. We had a great time and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Waitress was very attentive without being overbearing. Food was so gorgeous we had to snap a pic and post it to Facebook. Everybody was so jealous and hungry after seeing the photos.
We got the soup/salad combo and the burger with salad. The special chicken vegetable soup was rich and filling, plus the Oregon Salad is great. At $10, it's an extreme value. The burger was prepared exactly as expected and the side salad was very good.
Breakfast Poutine - You know it!
We sat at the bar for Saturday brunch. I wondered if we could get poutine any time of the day. "Of course,” exclaimed the feisty bartender. Not only poutine, but how about we add eggs and bacon to make it a healthy, well-rounded breakfast? Who could beat that? Add a milkshake featuring a delightful blend of caloric gluttony and booze and your morning will never be the same.
not THAT Original
Underwhelming would be the adjective I'll use to describe the food and service. The decor is a bit over the top in counterpoint. Meh...
Excellent food, service and ambiance.
REAL biscuits and gravy. Delicious house-made coconut soda. Everything was great. We will be coming back (soon, I hope).
Wonderful diner worth going to anytime
Wonderful diner worth going to anytime
Great tasting food for a reasonable price.
My wife loved it for our anniversary. It was a quiet atmosphere, and ideal for a romantic dinner.
Good for brunch. Yummy morning cocktail ...
Good for brunch. Yummy morning cocktails. Mimosa and Bloody Mary were on point.
I loved the fact you offered reservation for brunch. The food was good. I will definitely be back!
Good food, interesting menu, but ambiance is noisy
Party of 3 had lunch there in a booth, close to the front windows. Visibility is good, booth comfort is fine, but as soon as the place got busy it god so loud I could barely hear the others at the table. The food selections are nicely varied (e.g., a lamb French dip sandwich and a caprese sandwich on foccacia bread); service was good, but quite as attentive as it might have been. Note free valet parking at Courtyard at 550 SW Oak with $15 parking is a nice touch.
Services was outstanding from the moment we walked in the door. Food, unfortunately, was nothing special. Only OK.
Perfect for quick brunch
Classic brunch dishes - fried chicken & pancakes, bacon, etc... Good filter coffee. . All around good value. No complaints. Perfect for the morning after the night before.
This may become a regular brunch spot!
We all really enjoyed brunch. The staff was wonderful and attentive. Food is excellent. Great value also.
This place is EPIC!!!
Food and service were top-notch! They made it not just a find, but a place we went back to two days later for brunch. And my daughter and I will be going back next weekend for brunch again!!!
Creme brulle French toast rocked. Will ...
Creme brulle French toast rocked. Will be going back!
pleased & grateful!
I was looking for somewhere we hadn't tried that was family friendly. I was thoroughly pleased with the food options, the downtown location, the friendly staff and the fact that it was incredibly family friendly!
Kept going back for more
This was the second time I went to the Original within the span of a week. and my friend wanted something tasty and near her school and I said I know a place. She had never been to the Original before and she had a wonderful evening. the drinks menu was just the beginning of a great time (named after pop culture characters) things just got better from there.
Went on a first date and the staff quickly figured that we were having a fantastic evening and gave us our space but also kept checking on us if we indeed need something. He wasn't intrusive he was his job and that is the kind of work I truly appreciate!
Food For Thought
Very enjoyable. Good food. Good service. Great place for Brunch
Great meal for a great price
Was in town with some friends for a concert and found The Original on Yelp and it was close to our hotel. We went for brunch on Sunday. We arrived early and they went ahead and sat us. Food was great and thought the prices were VERY reasonable. My friend and I split a ham & cheese omelet and the creme bruelle french toast. Both were wonderful. Service was good and food arrived quickly. Would highly recommend to friends.
The Original Delivers
Check out the Original for Breakfast & Brunch! The restaurant has a cool vibe- sort of 50's/MidCentury meets 2015 contemporary diner. The service was first rate: we had an open table reservation that we were late to: when we called to let them know they said they would hold our table for us. And they did- sat us right away when we came 15 minutes late. Breakfast choices are excellent: Omelettes, Hash, eggs & stuff all had flexible choices- especially for those who need/like to deconstruct everything on a menu. I had a chorizo, avocado, & cheddar omelette- which is not on the menu. The highlights for our group were the pancakes. One of us had regular & another had bacon.... they were light, fluffy and not stuffy at all! They serve Stump Town coffee as well which added to the flavorfest. Service was friendly, cooperative and attentive. This is a great place and we'll go back again!
Extremely nice staff--waitstaff and mana ...
Extremely nice staff--waitstaff and manager. Steak came out rare--very rare--we ordered Well Done. We discreetly asked waitress to take it back. The manager came over and was extremely apologetic. We advised it was quite alright--these things happen. They insisted on comping that meal and brought out a new steak--we told them it wasn't necessary. They comped that meal and gave us a certificate for a free breakfast for two at a future date. Really went way out of their way to make sure we were satisfied. They take service to a great level and made sure we will come back. The food was excellent anyways!
Cute spot! Loved the cornmeal bacon waff ...
Cute spot! Loved the cornmeal bacon waffles. Our server was attentive and helpful with suggestions. Definitely recommend for a weekend brunch place.
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
Great basics made better by modern twists. Great drinks. Something for everyone. Great, fun and experienced staff.
The omelettes are delicious!
The omelettes are delicious!
The original is the best
In my short 26 years of life I had never experienced such an amazing, excellent service with an exquisite menu of wonderful items. I went here for my birthday and they made this one truly to remember even after all the tasty drinks and food was done away with you'll wonder if life is worth living without The Original in your life.
The asparagus frittata was fabulous. Th ...
The asparagus frittata was fabulous. The bloody Maria is one of my must-have's with Brunch. My server picked a dessert for me that was outstanding and an item I would never pick but totally enjoyed for 2 dinners.
Great scene and exceptional drinks
I love The Original and I've been multiple times with many different people and I love the variety of food and the location and the great service but unfortunately the last entree I purchased wasn't great? My friend that I went with agreed and we both got the same thing but it really just wasn't as great as it was the other times I've had it. I will say my honey rosemary soda was the BEST drink I've ever had.
Diner Kitch and Creative Comfort Food
The atmosphere is pure diner, and the food is mostly familiar comfort-food standards but everything has that creative Portland twist, and was very well prepared. I had the Chicken Waffle Slider, and the chicken was very moist and flavorful, the waffle "bun" was tasty, and the house-made pickle chips were amazing. I could have done with less of the syrup drizzle on the waffle, but I'm not a huge sweet fan - there wasn't actually a lot of it in the first place. The collards with ham were also very, very good. Tender and flavorful but not cooked to death, and with just the right amount of vinegar and heat to give that wonderful sour zing of great greens. The service during my visit was very friendly and helpful, and we all enjoyed our meals. It was a post-event dinner with colleagues, and we sat and talked after eating for a good hour without anyone seeming to mind or want to move us along. (The place was only about 1/2 full, but it was a Friday night so I appreciated their willingness to let us hang out a bit.) I took home a milkshake to the husband, and he seemed to love that as well. Overall - a good find, and a place I'll happily go again.
This is a great stop for breakfast/lunch ...
This is a great stop for breakfast/lunch or a late night stop. I have not been there for dinner. All of the ingredients are local, which makes everything taste spectacular. The menu is very simple, comfort food like steak and eggs or biscuit and gravy. Their milk shakes and the boozy versions of them are great! It feels like the best version of a dinner taken up a few notches. The go to spot and a no brainier recommendation for people from out of town staying in the downtown pdx.
The polenta cakes with candied bacon and ...
The polenta cakes with candied bacon and buttered honey was amazing. The fried chicken and waffle was delicious and not over-breaded. The waitress recommended honey mustard with it and the flavor was incredible. I'm amazed we could get in so quickly on a Sunday for brunch but so glad!
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