The Original

The Original

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • Gary M.
    Gary MorrillApril 14
    Been here 5+ times
    Really good breakfast menu and great cocktails
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbyMarch 28
    Stopped in foe a late night snack...did the cheeseburger and warshed it down wit a 'boozy shake' which was awesome! Definitely a place to hit up son 🍔🍟
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HorkinFebruary 22
    Milkshakes.
  • Chris H.
    Chris H.January 9
    The chicken wings are full size chicken wings. Tasty but unwieldy.
  • Enrique G.
    Poutines are great!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    This cozy diner has shakes to satisfy traditionalists and more adventurous milkshake seekers (read: bourbon salted caramel and maple bacon). Read more
  • Tracey .
    Tracey 🌶June 20, 2016
    Convenient access from Courtyard, generous poutine, and great staff!
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PurnellJune 19, 2016
    Great chicken and waffles
  • Jared
    JaredMay 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic brunch! Lumberjack breakfast is huge. Top it off with a man-mosa. Get reservations via OpenTable.
  • Parker M.
    Parker MarshallMay 14, 2016
    Milkshakes
  • Shelley B.
    Shelley BeeFebruary 2, 2016
    Their boozy shakes are so good! Also the fries with gravy and cheese curds are scrumptious!
    Upvoted Mar 28
  • Irae C.
    Irae CarvalhoNovember 2, 2015
    Eggs Benedict! Perfectly cooked!
  • Natalia P.
    Natalia PozaSeptember 13, 2015
    Poutine is awesome!!
  • Erin M.
    Erin M.August 25, 2015
    Seriously the best Cobb Salad I've ever had.
  • Saleena M.
    Saleena ManohaAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Barrel aged long island. YASSS. Ask for it.
  • Darian K.
    The salmon eggs benedict, wow, So good!
  • Ian C.
    Ian CJuly 21, 2015
    Amazing milkshakes.
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesJuly 17, 2015
    BEST smoked bloody Mary I’ve had in a long time.
  • Melani M.
    Melani MoralesMay 3, 2015
    The smoke Bloody Mary is the best we've had in a while.
  • carrie k.
    carrie kissellApril 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    try the squealer!
  • katie r.
    katie rossMarch 30, 2015
    The drinks. Crafted and delicious. Extra time to prepare, but worth the wait. Chicken and waffle sliders are amazeballs.
  • Stephen C.
    Stephen ChisaJanuary 9, 2015
    If it's a cold day order the tomato soup and grilled cheese!
  • Hector K.
    Hector KokubunjiJanuary 1, 2015
    Deluxe Burger: A fantastic option, try their original sodas, this place rocks!
  • Michael P.
    Michael PlasmeierDecember 27, 2014
    No fish tacos. Foursquare lied
  • Matthew Riley M.
    Matthew Riley MacPhersonDecember 6, 2014
    Happy breakfast times. Come here early to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, speedy service, and lovely morning meals.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WroblewskiSeptember 11, 2014
    The croissant e cristo is really nice.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CraigmileSeptember 5, 2014
    The waiter was nice; the food: Meh.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RobersonAugust 23, 2014
    Biscuits and gravy! Bloody Mary!
  • Alex B.
    Alex BrehmAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The mezzanine is an awesome spot for private events.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PenhallegonAugust 8, 2014
    Pretty tasty bloody Marys
  • Clair M.
    Clair MartinAugust 7, 2014
    The food is unique and tasty. Try the poutine. Haven't tried drinks yet.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanAugust 6, 2014
    voodoo donut burger
  • Leah S.
    Leah SinsheimerMay 26, 2014
    Polenta cakes breakfast comes with delicious candied bacon.
  • samantha k.
    samantha kingApril 28, 2014
    The train wreck fries are the best! Who would have thought chili cheese fries and poutine go so well together
  • Dafydd B.
    Dafydd BarrApril 20, 2014
    Try the apple pie!
  • Daina L.
    Daina LightfootFebruary 9, 2014
    Avoid the quinoa and black bean burger. It's flavorless and rubbery. Also their fries aren't battered, but also aren't gluten free.
  • Pablo M.
    Pablo MaganaFebruary 4, 2014
    Biscuits and gravy are plentiful and tasty
  • Elena M.
    Elena MathisJanuary 15, 2014
    Good food!
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezNovember 24, 2013
    Overpriced for the quality of food you get.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillarOctober 31, 2013
    They mis-made my veggie burrito with meat. Manager seemed nice when apologizing about the mix up.
  • Cam T.
    Cam TravissSeptember 20, 2013
    Delicious cheesecake
  • Steve M.
    Steve M.September 4, 2013
    Pretty decent happy hour grub.
  • Josh E.
    Josh EymannAugust 23, 2013
    Order the pork chilaquiles!!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KuberskiJuly 25, 2013
    Great diner; staff is super friendly & super chill. Don't come here if you are in a hurry; a big part of the appeal is that its not a drive-by experience; they will talk. Try the Frank Sinatra martini
  • Tiago R.
    Tiago RodriguesJuly 20, 2013
    Balance the Cobb omelet with a side of braised greens
  • Leticia E.
    Leticia EliseaJuly 20, 2013
    Service a tad slow
  • Dennis H.
    Dennis HarrisonJuly 14, 2013
    Their oatmeal makes for a great start
  • Richard Z.
    Richard ZaragozaJuly 6, 2013
    Portland is a foodie Mecca. Try somewhere else. Don't burn an opportunity like I did ; )
  • Reed R.
    Reed RumJune 17, 2013
    Chicken fried steak really good. excellent!!!! Ask for Joy. She is awesome!!!!
  • Reed R.
    Reed RumJune 17, 2013
    The Chicken fried steak is off the hook!!! Best I've ever had. And I have had a lot. Great cuts of beef. Quality!!!DO IT!!!! Joy is supper cute and a fantastic server 😉
  • Jeff M.
    Jeff MartensMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Careful, the checkin special does NOT include their house made soda
  • Mike
    MikeMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The chilaquiles are amazing... Almost as good as my momma makes them.
  • Gary C.
    Gary CarmanMarch 9, 2013
    Chadia makes a damn good bloody Mary
  • Shel W.
    Shel WestMarch 9, 2013
    OMG, the pancakes! Amazing. Veggie sausage, not so much. Hash browns have some odd seasoning I wasn't expecting. But the PANCAKES!
  • Stephanie V.
    Stephanie VardavasFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG the poutine is SO GOOD.
  • Jacquie R.
    Jacquie RooneyFebruary 15, 2013
    Don't mess around with any of the fancy breakfast dishes. The two eggs plate is the best you'll ever have!
  • Joy W.
    Joy WelkerOctober 13, 2012
    Manager is a bitch
  • Diana L.
    Diana LienAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love their Green Goddess salad! Half size is just the right amount!
  • Aric W.
    Aric WoodJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Seriously? Wagyu beef, with BBQ sauce, topped with bacon, AND mac'n'cheese, on ciabbata? Only at The Original
  • Meg P.
    Meg PetersenJune 30, 2012
    The tequila jello dessert is amazing.
  • Richard B.
    Richard BatchelorApril 3, 2012
    Denver omelet :)
  • Hayden G.
    Hayden GeorgeApril 1, 2012
    The elvis sighting is amazing
  • Greta G.
    Greta GillmoreMarch 4, 2012
    Greta -do not have the boozy Milkshake. Your body does not like it.
  • Sophia U.
    Sophia UnFebruary 6, 2012
    Get the 'breakfast for dinner' which is Creme Brulee french toast. Delicious!!
  • Ed E.
    Ed EdFebruary 4, 2012
    Try the original sodas. Honey grapefruit is tops :)
  • Jeffrey F.
    Jeffrey FaheyJanuary 14, 2012
    Great spot for breakfast as well as a cocktail. Hip Vibe with great food.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LuncefordJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the maple bacon milkshake...
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MayerDecember 18, 2011
    Eat it. Please
  • Julian P.
    Julian PscheidDecember 11, 2011
    No milkshakes after 10pm. WTF. It's a diner.
  • Felicia P.
    Felicia PascualDecember 11, 2011
    Do not order the fish sandwhich. Gross!
  • Val B.
    Val BarlowDecember 4, 2011
    The meatloaf tasted a little bit like spam, but the poutine was excellent!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McGahanNovember 26, 2011
    Amazing service!!!
  • Eric G.
    Eric GreeneSeptember 17, 2011
    Creamcicle cocktail is heaven.
  • Samuel V.
    Samuel VarnerSeptember 1, 2011
    Get the ham and cheese omelet w/breakfast tarred and English muffin! Gf had oatmeal w/granola and yogurt! Huge servings! Great service!
  • Phillip M.
    Phillip MaldonadoAugust 5, 2011
    They maple bacon shake is where its at. Plus the room service/ busgirl is super friendly and cute!
  • Bob B.
    Bob BrittenJuly 23, 2011
    The honey syrup is tasty, but use sparingly or you'll go into pancreatic shock.
  • Charlise P.
    Charlise PowvallaJuly 10, 2011
    The creme brulle French toast is AMAZING!
  • Martha P.
    Martha PerezJuly 10, 2011
    The grilled chicken burger was kinda bland but the chili fries and caesar salad were booming with flavor!
  • PDX P.
    PDX PipelineJuly 8, 2011
    There is a Tiki vending machine.
  • Scott M.
    Scott MainwaringMay 30, 2011
    No more donut burgers! I'll just have to imagine what those were like...
  • Allan B.
    Allan BeaufourMay 7, 2011
    For the ultimate hangover food, get the poutine and poached eggs
  • PDXHappyHour G.
    Great Happy Hour! Check out review in the Happy Hour Guidebook! And get the creme brulee French toast. Yummy!!!
  • Barside M.
    Barside MysticMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Poutine!
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RoyeMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    HOT DOG OF THE DAY
  • Iggy C.
    Iggy ColomaDecember 25, 2010
    Be sure to order one of their special soda flavors!
  • elise o.
    elise orasNovember 28, 2010
    Open till 4am (on weekends at least...) water/bus boy will let you spank him, if you ask nicely.
  • Lady Glock
    Lady GlockNovember 8, 2010
    Eggs and poutine for brunch. You had me at clogged arteries!
  • Scott R.
    Scott RossOctober 9, 2010
    Meh... Not bad, but I've been to five other places in Portland in the past 36 hours that were all *much* better than this.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MillerOctober 7, 2010
    Crazy but awesome food!!!! Sooo good
  • Annie K.
    Annie KawasakiSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef Stroganoff is to die for... Seriously, I died for it.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HansenJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love this place! Open till 4 am Fri and Sat.
  • Becky P.
    Becky PearceJune 6, 2010
    The eggs Benedict is by far the best I've had. Delicious!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SigoMay 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour offers lots of options @ around $5 each, including their delicious daily punch for $4. Great comfort food!
  • Julie B.
    Julie BoothMay 7, 2010
    Go to The Original and order any salad with grilled salmon. BIG BOWL. So YUM. Read more
  • Ash S.
    Ash S.March 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Like meatloaf? Try the meatloaf here, it might just be better than your mom's!
  • Tawan B.
    Tawan BMarch 21, 2010
    The pork chop is a great pre-party meal Perfectly cooked and not too heavy.
  • Kitri M.
    Kitri McGuireMarch 14, 2010
    Service is snooty but their food is really excellent. Try the PDX Omelet - eggs, mushrooms and chevre. Yum!
  • Scot O.
    Scot OlsenMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Their Poutine is to die for.
  • AJ G.
    AJ GhambariMarch 7, 2010
    Beef Brisket is money!
  • Paul A.
    Paul AdamsMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG The Kobe Steak was super delicious!
  • Olesya
    OlesyaNovember 7, 2014
    Классическая Diner с огромными порциями, главное не переесть 😊
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