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, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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The Original Ratings and Reviews
This was my fourth visit to this really ...
This was my fourth visit to this really great "dinaurant" and it won't be my last, for sure. From the friendly greeting by every one of the staff as you enter to the competent and comfortablly fine service and the really unique and fabulous menu, I'm surprised it isn't always crowded. I have recommended this place to more friends than any other restaurant I've enjoyed, save one. If they keep it up, I'm sure I'll continue to enjoy as well as recommend this truly wonderful place. Can't wait to get back.
I can't really rate the food, because th ...
I can't really rate the food, because the service was just that bad. We were seated and quite simply never got served. We sat there for over 10 minutes and never had a waitperson come back to help us. When we left, the hostess didn't even realize that we were the people who just came in.
We dined here on the recommendation of a ...
We dined here on the recommendation of a local. We were looking for something good but simple. We were in the main not disappointed . The grilled cauliflower with arugula pesto was simply stunning, but enormous for a starter. Easily enough as a vegetarian main and really really good.
My Cobb salad was disappointing, too big, enough for 4 and just not great. My husband's meat loaf was very good. We didn't try desserts as we had been recommended to try somewhere else just for their cakes. However what we saw looked very good.
We wanted a great breakfast early in the ...
We wanted a great breakfast early in the morning before a Portland tour we were joining several blocks away. We tend to like the "diner" experience a lot, and we really enjoyed the food at The Original. The pancakes were my favorite!
They never fail to have a table ready wh ...
They never fail to have a table ready when you've reserved, even in busy times. The staff is always alert and on the ball, solicitous without being smarmy. The food can be irregular- a dish that is spectacular on one visit can be pretty ordinary the next. Generally, however, they deliver good food at a fair price. We usually go in for breakfast or lunch at least once a month.
Took my daughters here before we went to a play at the Keller Auditorium on a Sunday. We made reservations but didn't need them as they had plenty of tables - HOWEVER - that was because it was 4:30 in the afternoon. (our play started at 6:30). We parked on the street and then just headed up to the Keller after.
We shared the classic poutine - good but heavy... and I think you could hear your arteries hardening. I only had 2 bites for this reason. The roasted cauliflower was very good. My youngest had the NW Logger - she LOVES breakfast so this was perfect for her. I had a bite of the pancakes and they were very tasty... a cross between a very well seasoned griddle and a new griddle gave it that old diner taste. I had the club sandwich and the bacon was crispy and VERY tasty... the entire sandwich was very good. I even saved the other half for later and it was delicious even 4 hours later - Ha! My other daughter had a burger and I had a small bite of the meat and it was also very flavorful.
I also had a Double Mountain Pilsner and it was awesome! a new favorite for sure. They only have a few beers on tap but it was a good selection of IPAs, stouts as well.
I'm anxious to come back and bring my husband - he would love it. Love the atmosphere as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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