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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.
Portland, OR 97204
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: (503) 575-4044
Banquet, Bar Dining, 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
Need to add Breakfast to the above list - this place is amazing. Never yet had something that wasn't total chow - and I am here regularly. Getting good wait-staff can be a challenge - some of them act more like they are doing you a favor than providing customer service - but the food makes it worth it.
The breakfast was, as has been our experience with a single exception in the past, quite good. We quit for a while due in large part to the volume and style of the music. It was OK if the place was jammin' but the fewer the guests the more intrusive the sound. This visit the clientele was sparse and the music just too much. We hurried through our meal and left. Too bad because, as I said, the food is generally above average and the menu is quite inventive.
I love this place! Downtown Portland foodie hangout without the ridiculous foodie prices. I had a lamb sandwich this week and it was awesome - I enjoy introducing friends and co-workers to this place - you can get in/out and stuffed with good food in less than hour -
First visit was for Father's Day 2017. Looking for a great brunch, particularly pancakes. They handled our group of 6 no problem! All our food came out at the same time and piping hot. The Dad in our group who is picky about pancakes, likes them thinner and crisp around the edges, deemed them perfect! Their spin on the classics - chicken fried steak and biscuits and gravy - amazing. Easily handled the special requests of one of our kids and their special "Elvis Sighting" is amazingly tasty.
Our drinks were never empty, they anticipated our other needs (extra napkins, etc.), and our server was very friendly. Definitely going back to try other menu items. FYI, don't skip dessert, the banana cheesecake was totally worth it.
The only issue, and this is totally minor, is that it has very large west-facing windows and the sun was very bright that afternoon.
The Lox Frittata was awesome and very Portland with Feta cheese and asparagus.
Have not seen Drew serving in the window section for quite a long time and it was great to benefit from his level of service.
My favorite Bar young Lady served up a Bloody Maria that equaled her warning of intense spiciness.
If you have not enjoyed this go to restaurant you Are missing out!
We were visiting Portland for just a day and a half and wanted a casual, low key (and quick) dinner. The reviews I'd read praised the "home style" cooking and service. Well, the Original didn't disappoint. The food was good; we ordered a Cobb Salad and the special "Mac n Cheese of the Day", which was a Dungeness crab Mac dish. Both were tasty, but honestly probably not the absolute best I've ever eaten. What was impressive was the friendly, attentive and generous service we received. Granted, they weren't real busy at the time, but our server(s) were great -- and I'd go again just because of the friendly service!
I love the large fresh Cobb salads that they serve here. The milk shakes are very tasty. They come in a large glass with the extra served in an additional metal container. Service is very good. The food is so good here that I make it a point to eat at least one meal here whenever I visit Portland.
The food and service were fantastic. The only problem we had was that I requested a quiet table on the reservation because my father-in-law was with us and background noise really irritates him. That request was not acknowledged and when we asked at the hostess stand there was clearly not a quiet table in the restaurant so she said she would turn down the music which did not happen. The music was good, but a little disruptive to a pleasant experience.
My first time there and was pleasantly surprised. My lunch companion showed up late, but I was not hassled by the wait staff. They were very patient. The Eggs Benedict was delicious -- the idea of an all day breakfast is always appealing. I will definitely be going back.
Based on other reviews, I think we must have been there on a bad day. Our server was great, and so was the coffee. That's about it. I had a mediocre veggie scramble that came with raw hash browns..my sister had a mushroom omelet that had lots of muchrooms but they were rubbery and it was cold. Even my Bloody Mary wasn't good. Parking is a nightmare, so between that and the numbers of excellent restaurants in Portland, I'm not inclined to try this place again.
As a tourist (lived here 35 years ago) and staying nearby, we were looking for good food within walking distance of our hotel. Found it on TripAdvisor and Open Table. When we walked up, it was first, oh oh...a hotel (Marriott) dining spot. However, unsure it really is associated with the hotel being able to access from the outside. The greeting was pleasant, the service (Kiefer) was excellent with a lot of team help. The food was outstanding. I tried the Northwest Clam Chowder as I love razor clams which they make theirs with. Obviously different with razors as the abundant pieces were tasty and somewhat more chewy (which I like). In fact we're thinking of returning today for breakfast vs eating the free one here at the hotel!
Unique and interesting menu. Chicken and Waffles were great. I also had a taste of my wife's Elvis Sighting French Toast which was also great. Service was friendly but a little inattentive at times. Not a big deal though. The place was uncrowned for a weekend breakfast, but we were there at 8:00 a.m. We plan to go back in the near future.
My partner and two close friends at at the Original this past weekend for the first time. The place is fun in decor and ambiance. The waitperson was cheerful and very attentive. We had mixed opinions about the various meals we got. Big thumbs up for the eggs benedict with fish and for the breakfast burrito. Thumbs sideways for the burger on donut ("a unique taste") and the hash ("veggies not fully cooked through").
Despite the mixed reviews, we are planning to try it again in the not too distant future.
The Original is a go-to place for our office since it's close, has decent food and not too expensive. On the downside, getting your food can sometimes take a while and prices aren't great, for what you get. It's basically American comfort/diner food with a few attempts at modern/updated dishes, i.e., banh mi burger.
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