Mother's Bistro & Bar

Breakfast Spot and Bar$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
  • Michael R.
    "Both the crunch French toast and the biscuits and gravy are amazing!"(10 Tips)
    Janine D.
    "Wild salmon hash with scrambled eggs is to die for."(9 Tips)
    Rey F.
    "Try the Breakfast Nachos - Ted Potatoes, Onions, Bacon, Cheese"(7 Tips)
    Sean G.
    "Pecan cinnamon roll goes great with the French press coffee...!"(5 Tips)
227 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • brunch food
  • lively
  • biscuits
  • French toast
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  • Colton G.
    Colton GrovesJune 6, 2016
    I took the recommendation for Salmon Hash and it did not disappoint! Combine with the French press coffee and you're set. If you come alone or group of two sit at the bar. First come first served.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongJanuary 19, 2015
    Best brunch place in Portland! Great service, great food, great price! There may be a wait but leave your name and number and they'll give you a call when they are ready! So gooooooooddddddddd!
  • Mike W.
    Mike WongMay 4, 2013
    Jason is an amazing server. Very passionate about his job, especially since he's been working here for over 12 years! Definitely get the salmon hash and the frittatas! Oh, and the Bloody Marie's...
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJuly 2, 2013
    It's all about the love! Get cozy under a chandelier and try the biscuit breakfast, super crunchy French toast, and drink a Bloody Mary. The Salmon Hash is quite popular too!
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonApril 28, 2013
    Get the apple pork sausage and cheddar scramble, sub biscuit for toast and a pot of Stumptown French press!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DahlinAugust 1, 2013
    Wild salmon hash is delicious. Also it's large enough that you can have it for brunch and be satisfied the whole afternoon. Two-person coffee press is a great deal for $8 (32 oz of gourmet coffee).
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Their menu is an updated take on classic home cooking like chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and a daily rendition of mac and cheese that has been known to inspire squeals of glee at my table. Read more
  • Angie S.
    Angie SMarch 20, 2015
    This is the premier downtown breakfast spot that I recommend to all visitors. Friendly, farm-to-table and locally sourced ingredients. Stumptown french press coffee fresh to your table-perfection!
  • Marcel E.
    Marcel ENovember 12, 2016
    Prosciutto and Swiss cheese omelette was incredibly good. The red roasted potatoes were perfectly cooked and you can't go wrong with unlimited coffee. If you're in Portland, it's a must go.
  • Kelly
    KellySeptember 20, 2016
    Crunchy French toast wasn't quite as amazing as all the hype, but the scramble and coffee were top notch. Worth the hour wait - put your name on the list, and take a walk.
  • Maureen L.
    Put your name on the list then get coffee at Stumptown while you wait. Our server was great and food portions are generous! My asparagus frittata was awesome but red potatoes were dry and tough.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SantosFebruary 26
    It is a cozy, warm atmosphere, elegant, yet also homey. The service is quite good, with friendly hostesses, and servers who were all helpful, accommodating, and a pleasure to talk to.
  • Bruno Z.
    Bruno ZalumFebruary 28, 2014
    Ordering coffee is a delicate and thorough interview process. Mother is theatrical and delicious, and our waiter Jason should replace Fred Armisen on Portlandia.
  • prima f.
    prima filiDecember 6, 2014
    Comfort music for comfort food. Most of staff are pretty attentive with things such as refilling your coffee without even you asking. Recommending the sausage platter, it's the best!
  • Craig B.
    Craig BallSeptember 21, 2013
    Breakfast Nachos are amazing. Best to order them as a side dish to share. Nice ambience. Crowded at all times, and worth the wait. Fine service. Coming back here!!!
  • Erin L.
    Erin LowNovember 20, 2011
    Such a great place. The decor is super cute. The food is amazing! I had the Meatloaf but I tried my sister's pot roast! So good. AND 'Mother' walks around and talks to everyone too!
  • CRUZiiiE
    CRUZiiiEFebruary 18, 2016
    A long wait is expected here. This is wildly popular for breakfast and everything I've had is great. Order your breakfast with confidence, it will be delicious.
  • Ellen
    EllenJuly 28, 2013
    Came for dinner and had delicious special salad, matzah ball soup and chicken and dumplings. And the biscuits are fantastic!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HartmanAugust 20, 2011
    We're in from out of town with 2 kids, really really nice service and despite very nice interior it is very kid friendly. Like having dinner at your really nice friends' nice house.
  • Billy
    BillyFebruary 27, 2015
    I had the Three Little Piggies omelet. It has ham bacon and sausage! The crispy French toast was great too. Awesome service. Definitely recommend this place.
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbyMarch 30
    Great atmosphere with superb food. The Salmon Hash is terrific and the Biscuits & Gravy are thick and rich.
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TilleyJuly 24, 2013
    The crunchy French toast is the best ... Worth the effort to find this place. Raspberries and bacon make this even better. Love it, highly recommended.
  • Sara
    SaraJanuary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Had the "green eggs and no ham" scramble special. It was fabulous! I added the prosciutto ham though for $2.
  • Coach D.
    Coach DudleyOctober 20, 2013
    Great atmosphere, delicious, fresh and reasonably priced. Free coffee while you wait for your table. Make sure you get a reservation for weekend brunch.
  • RTWgirl A.
    RTWgirl ArnetteNovember 23, 2015
    Breakfasts are great. It's super busy so be ready for a line. Love their Benedicts and scrambles.
  • Roy B.
    Roy BrittonDecember 2, 2016
    Loved this place. Friendly staff. Excellent coffee. Felt charming. Nice seating, good for people watching.
  • Paul L.
    Paul LewandowskiJanuary 9, 2016
    Large enough portions that two people could share one of their scrambles. The potatoes were soooo good.
  • Arun S.
    Arun SudhindraNovember 30, 2015
    One of the best places to visit in PDX for a brunch. The food here is to die for and the crowds here wholly support that notion
  • Jean M.
    Jean McCarthyOctober 27, 2016
    The food was decent, the service was good... but overall I think this place is over-rated. I would give it a solid 8.
  • M T.
    M ThurmanAugust 18, 2015
    Biscuits & Gravy is a good bet on the restaurant. In the bar let the bartender choose for you. You won't regret it.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    Wonderful dinner find. Extensive menu, great wines and really helpful service. There's a children's play area, too!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeMarch 19
    Excellent salmon hash and French toast. Among the best breakfast spots I've been to throughout the country!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MartinskisApril 29, 2013
    This place is amazing! Great ambiance. They waitstaff are very sweet and accommodating. And they have GREAT merch. :)
  • Duane B.
    Duane BrownMay 3, 2015
    Great biscuits with country gravy. A must try for breakfast/brunch.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HammerMay 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you visit Portland and you don't visit Mother's. You've wasted your trip! Biscuit breakfast was one of the best I have had, and I am a southern boy!
  • Anne B.
    Anne BezborodkoApril 20, 2013
    Delicious macadamia/coconut pancakes, great playlist (Queen, Terence Trent d'arby, Stevie wonder, Chic, Timberlake...) awesome staff!
  • Igor G.
    Igor GembitskyMay 10, 2012
    The salmon hash is other worldly and the coffee is the best I've ever had. Really uptake and pricey. Breakfast served until 2:30.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 5, 2013
    In the heart of downtown, Mother’s takes the heart of home-cooking—think roasts and biscuits and gravy—and gives it a touch of refinement.
  • Kelly G.
    Get there for breakfast ten minutes before doors open on a Saturday or Sunday. Very good breakfast. Potatoes are yummy. Try the mocha too.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerJune 25, 2015
    Call ahead and be prepared for amazing service-the restaurant's goal is to never say no!
  • James M.
    James MartinezNovember 23, 2012
    Get the salmon hash. Seriously. I don't want to hear "but I wanted to try..." NO. Get the salmon hash. You're welcome.
  • Jenni B.
    Jenni BostMarch 20, 2010
    Had the perogi appetizer that was an a+, pulled pork dinnner went amazing with the rolls and to top it all off we shared a slice of bananna butterscotch cream pie. I'd suggest going all out here!
  • Michelle
    MichelleApril 11, 2011
    Best brunch restaurant in Portland. Order the Eggs Benedict and sub the Canadian bacon for crabcakes like I did. Only a few dollars more.
  • Ben S.
    Ben SMarch 15, 2015
    Make sure you spend some time here. Talk to the bartenders and they'll find you a new cocktail favorite
  • Enrique G.
    What a great place! Potato nachos, Cobb Salad and fried calamari for sharing! With one main dish is enough
  • cami j.
    cami j.September 6, 2015
    the wild salmon hash was delicious! flavorful and not too heavy.
  • Yellow S.
    Yellow SequoiaOctober 13, 2011
    Sunday morning breakfast was yummy. Although we arrived at 9.15 am we had to wait - this place is popular. Good for people watching too.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CookMarch 9, 2013
    Ask server Jason to play Enya on the stereo. And get the salmon hash with a half of biscuits and gravy
  • Jonno S.
    Jonno SchmidtJanuary 10, 2016
    Excellent brunch in Portland. The wait can be long, but it is definitely worth it!
  • Saurabh S.
    Saurabh ShahMarch 15, 2014
    Migas were excellent. Portobello scramble was salty. French toast was corn flake crusted and awesome.
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