American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    • Serious Eats
  • Susan R.
    "You must try the remarkably moist duck meatballs with prune sauce."(10 Tips)
    carrie k.
    "you must have parker house rolls + dougie's fried chicken!"(3 Tips)
    Lindsey F.
    "Try the fried rabbit!"(3 Tips)
    Audrie W.
    "The mushrooms cooked with bone marrow are truly wonderful."(3 Tips)
84 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • parker house rolls
  • happy hour
  • fried rabbit
  • new money
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  • Eater
    EaterMarch 26, 2013
    Brandon Wise's affordable drink menu includes a classic Vieux Carre, the "New Money" (featuring bourbon, Nardidi amaro, hickory vermouth, and bitters), and the Radish cocktail featuring radish sorbet.
    Upvoted Jan 4
  • Jana R.
    Jana RocheleauSeptember 13, 2015
    Tuna belly was the best plate I have ever had! The best service in Portland. We ordered all small plates and a couple entrees. Each one took us on a journey we will never forget. Highly recommended
  • Paul S.
    Paul SorensonJune 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the end of the bar closest to the door and watch Brandon make custom ice cubes for cocktails - he's a great bartender and conversationalist too - salted pepper prawns are killer good.
  • Denis S.
    Denis S.August 5, 2017
    Beer great, service amazing. Burger is simple but so delicious! Gnocchi are fried so good! Duck meatballs are spicy but interesting. Prices are reasonable definitely must visit!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BallSeptember 20, 2013
    The duck meatballs are transporting. No joke. The Parker house rolls put the rolls at the original Parker House to shame. There is not a dessert that is less than splendid here. Imperial is amazing.
  • ECava
    ECavaJuly 7, 2013
    Needs: Duck meatballs, fried rabbit with honey, barrel-aged hot sauce and pickled watermelon rind and a friend who will order the ribeye. Wants: Every single one of Brandon's cocktails.
  • Beau B.
    Beau BrokerApril 17, 2013
    If you have dinner at the imperial, please have the porkchop. Absolutely the best I have ever had. Over 2" thick and cooked perfectly
  • Susan R.
    Susan RussoDecember 2, 2012
    You must try the remarkably moist duck meatballs with prune sauce. The sauce laced with cinnamon, star anise, orange zest and cloves is good enough to eat by the spoonful.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 6, 2014
    Traditional American breakfast and brunch dishes dominate the morning menu while local Oregon ingredients are the star at dinner.
  • Whit B.
    Whit BreedenJuly 5, 2016
    Oh boy, this place is as good as advertised. Go for lunch so you can really take your time and enjoy this gem.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChinApril 10, 2016
    Duck meatballs paired with Parker House roll (crisp, faintly sweet top cracks open to reveal warm, airy, delectable interior) - So yum!!! My new comfort meal.
  • Pat M.
    Pat MobleyOctober 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the beet salad with ham hock and white chocolate lardo. The quail, porcini risotto, duck 3-ways, oysters, and pork chop were also incredible.
  • Jim C.
    Jim ContardiMarch 8, 2015
    It's connected to a hotel, which made me leery, but the food, service and atmosphere were terrific. Don't miss the house made pop tart at breakfast
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweMarch 8, 2016
    Great vibe, good food and cocktails. The duck meatballs with home rolls and cauliflower are 🙌🙌🙌
  • Alisa D.
    Alisa DeanJanuary 13
    Try the kale salad! The sunflower brittle they add is amazing! Classy environment and lots of local and healthy options. Check it out :)
  • Andrea T.
    Andrea TomlinJune 2, 2013
    Everything was excellent, and the waitstaff and hos were extremely nice - this is definitely on our "must visit again soon" list...
  • Mike W.
    Mike WalekeApril 3, 2016
    For brunch the Cinnamon Toast Crunch was the best, but everything else was pretty swell as well.
  • John L.
    John LagoJanuary 28, 2014
    The fried rabbit is exactly as good as everyone here says. Also, don't miss the sweetbreads if they have them available.
  • Megan P.
    Megan PJuly 25, 2017
    Absolutely must try the duck meatballs and fried chicken!!!! The signature cocktails were excellent, as were the flatbread and rolls!!
  • Matthew Riley M.
    Matthew Riley MacPhersonDecember 6, 2014
    Wildly great cocktails and a fantastic dinner menu without an intimidating price. I left with a huge smile.
  • David H.
    David HamiltonAugust 31, 2016
    Amazing Tuscan grill used to cook my transcendent hanger steak. Only one other grill like it in the US of A
  • Ellen
    EllenJuly 26, 2013
    Coddled eggs with spicy tomato sauce and fry bread was excellent! My husband took the sauce and put it on his omelette.
  • Megan C.
    Megan CampbellFebruary 25, 2014
    Food was actually just so-so for me. I got the pork and it was a slab so dry and thick I couldn't eat it. The best part was the Vieux Carre drink...I now make this at home and its almost as good :-)
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HoweyDecember 1, 2014
    I showed up during happy hour and was a little disappointed that they didn't offer any other menu items. But, the burger was legit and the kale salad blew my mind.
  • Lane C.
    Lane CollinsJanuary 8, 2017
    Excellent fried chicken, the pickles are great, and don't underestimate the delicious vegetable dishes.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SantosSeptember 8, 2017
    Breakfast is amazing! Make sure to try the grilled grapefruit, and get some of their amazing potatoes!
  • Theresa .
    Theresa 💜August 20, 2014
    Always happy to see great local ingredients on the menu! Great drink menu as well
  • Katie D.
    Katie DOctober 16, 2012
    The New Money is a must for any fan of smokey bourbon drinks. The hickory smoked vermouth is heaven.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LMarch 26, 2016
    Fried chicken is amazing. Come for happy hour and have a strong cocktail too.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorDecember 21, 2017
    Excellent dinner in a funky space - definitely recommend the rolls and watermelon salad.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SmithAugust 22, 2013
    Gluten-free marked on menu but tell your server too to get some tips. Delicious!
  • Alison R.
    Alison RadkeNovember 22, 2014
    The Imperial Bloody Mary with smoked tomato Bloody Mary mix and house pickles will forever alter your brunch cocktail flavor perspective. Order it immediately.
  • Brad D.
    Brad DonahoeFebruary 2, 2014
    @ Bourbon & Whiskey drinkers. Jong makes the best Old Fashioned I've ever had...... And I've had a fair few.
  • Carla R.
    Carla RogersApril 12, 2013
    Great cocktails, unique selection. Try the bitter greens salad with ham hock.
  • Matt C.
    Matt ChanNovember 28, 2016
    Duck meatballs are a must. Also enjoyed the sweet potato (it's massive).
  • Audrie W.
    Audrie WestonOctober 30, 2014
    The mushrooms cooked with bone marrow are truly wonderful. Order multiple servings.
  • Charles M.
    Charles M.April 7, 2016
    Duck meatballs are dope and the bartenders know their way around the bar.
  • Megan C.
    Megan CampbellJanuary 19, 2014
    Vieux Carre was amazing. The main course of pork chop was the opposite.
  • Michael V.
    Michael VisserAugust 2, 2013
    Best after-work happy hour around! $5 artisan cocktails and gourmet eats
  • Cason B.
    Cason BangAugust 16, 2017
    From the outside tables you can see the state flag, same one featured on Wikipedia. Try this trick on a friend to really freak them out.
  • Jared
    JaredDecember 25, 2014
    Fantastic dinner that was delicious. Service was beyond great too to bottom an amazing meal.
  • Aaron D.
    Aaron DouglasMay 22, 2013
    Kale salad is fantastic. All the vegetarian stuff is outstanding.
  • Brandon H.
    Brandon HoangSeptember 10, 2017
    Best biscuits and gravy I've ever had. A must for mushroom lovers.
  • Erin S.
    Erin SmithSeptember 3, 2013
    Knowledgeable chef and staff with gluten-free clearly marked on the menu
  • carmen h.
    carmen hillApril 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot for my GF friends! Lots of choices and well noted menu.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisonJune 19, 2016
    The mushrooms with bone marrow are out of this world
  • Michael M.
    Michael MilbergerAugust 4, 2014
    The crispest, most delish breakfast potatoes in all the land!
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FreemanSeptember 23, 2012
    Try the fried rabbit! It comes with fried bacon, honey , and hot sauce.
  • Meeka C.
    Meeka CharlesOctober 6, 2013
    The mushrooms with bone marrow - amazing!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SNovember 28, 2015
    Great cocktails with a different type of ice for each one.
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