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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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$$
Downtown
International, American
As featured in 3 Days in Portland
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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Description: Willamette Week's "restaurant of the year," Mother's serves...
Willamette Week's "restaurant of the year," Mother's serves comfort food classics made from scratch, perfected in the hands of four star restaurant-trained chef Lisa Schroeder. With melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, pot roast, chicken & dumplings and a decadent, different macaroni & cheese daily, home cooking is elevated to high art for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Full Bar & happy hour too!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice surprise of a gem

Looking for breakfast, I searched top rated breakfast restaurants and chose Mother's. As I was walking through the last few blocks to it's location I became a little hesitant by the look of the neighborhood changing, but a minute later I spotted mothers. Nice interior with chandeliers and a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Rob B
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Montreal
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Montreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Looking for breakfast, I searched top rated breakfast restaurants and chose Mother's. As I was walking through the last few blocks to it's location I became a little hesitant by the look of the neighborhood changing, but a minute later I spotted mothers. Nice interior with chandeliers and a white/green paint job. Friendly service, okay breakfast menu- thought it was... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

So...brunch. It's busy. VERY busy. But I love their use of technology! Got a text when my table was ready and headed to a nice table with a charismatic server and a yummy cup of coffee. I ordered Eggs Benedict and was sooooo no disappointed. My friend had eggs and biscuits. Wow - never had such yummy biscuits in my... More 

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OLYMPIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Read about this bistro in a magazine which rated it one of the best - and I agree. The place is quaint and the food is great. The staff makes you feel right at home and are very attentive. It's a small place and the wait can be long but it's worth it.

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Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We get back to Portland at least once a year and always try to include a visit to Mother's. This time we made it to breakfast and dinner on a different day. Breakfast includes wondrous biscuits -- one of my favorite foods and a huge array of other interesting choices. I went with the house-cured salmon with cream cheese and... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to brunch with 1.5hrs left to get to the airport. There was a "10 min" wait and we were out with 45min left to spare. Service is awesome and the food is AMAZING.

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Chatham, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You may have a short wait, but it will be worth your time to dine at this wonderful restaurant. The wait staff is amazing, the ambiance is French and fun, and most importantly, the food is delicious. I ate lunch here twice in one month and hope to return. Be sure to ask your server for their opinion if you... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting Portland with my brother-in-law and his wife. One of the restaurants that was a must according to their list of "things to do" was to have breakfast at Mother's. They shared that the place is so popular, if we arrive any later than 8:15 on a Sunday morning, we will be in a long line. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully decorated. .. although there was a LONG wait, we got lucky and got 2 seats at the bar right as we walked in... the food was DELICIOUS.... great options on the menu... beware of the lengthy wait... although they have a little waiting area outside under a tent while u wait... I will be back!!

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Marburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for lunch and loved absolutely everything: the hearty, healthy food bursting of flavour, the funny, attentive and non-irritating servers, the beautiful building and interior design, the atmosphere in general. Try their amazing homemade strawberry lemonade that comes with a free refill - it's delecious!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Mother's Bistro for breakfast and it was as delicious as we remembered. We were seated quickly and had very good customer service. The pork sausage scramble was delicious.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 503-464-1122

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 21
  • Cuisine: International, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children

Description

Willamette Week's "restaurant of the year," Mother's serves comfort food classics made from scratch, perfected in the hands of four star restaurant-trained chef Lisa Schroeder. With melt-in-your-mouth biscuits, pot roast, chicken & dumplings and a decadent, different macaroni & cheese daily, home cooking is elevated to high art for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Full Bar & happy hour too!
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?