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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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Downtown
International, Bistro, American
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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
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7:00 am - 9:00 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Willamette Week's "restaurant of the year," Mother's serves comfort food...
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
Better Than My Mother's!

I just wish my mother was as good a cook. The food is outstanding. Very fresh and a wide variety of dishes make this an outstanding restaurant. The service is also up to the quality of the food which just adds to the experience. We've eaten here many times and always found the experience... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Ohio
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  • Local cuisine
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Ohio
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I just wish my mother was as good a cook. The food is outstanding. Very fresh and a wide variety of dishes make this an outstanding restaurant. The service is also up to the quality of the food which just adds to the experience. We've eaten here many times and always found the experience outstanding. We've had lunch, dinner and... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped by for brunch on Sunday. Arrived by 9 am and only had a 15-20 minute wait, not bad. Great breakfast/brunch menu. The frittata was huge (my son and I split it and we all kind of shared dishes with each other) and a bit dry; breakfast nachos were great and blueberry pancakes were the best! The portions make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

We loved the Irish nachoes! It's a bit crazy inside but after one bite you understand the insane number of people inside and waiting outside.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is so good! We ate breakfast here every single day we were in Portland! We had the Tofu Hash and Migas (with tofu in place of the eggs) every single day! The wait staff is superb! The restaurant decor is charming! I wish I could go there today! If you are in Portland you should definitely go!

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Folsom, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had breakfast here one day and dinner another. The dinner especially was so delicious and incredibly affordable. The special Mac-n-Cheese was delicious, and I liked that they let you get a half portion. They bring you warm biscuits and butter while you're waiting, so for someone who grew up on biscuits with dinner, that was a real treat. I... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Well, you know you're going to have a good meal when people are lined up outside in the early morning. The line does move fast however - I did not have the opportunity to inspect the whole interior, but they must have a fair amount of seating so that things keep moving. The service was fantastic as the staff works... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Such a cute restaurant well decorated with mirrors, portraits and chandelier. Perfect place for brunch with my mom. Definitely a place for mothers to be honoree. Menu featuring mom of the month. Even the mugs have a subtle hint to "call your mother" We ordered their wild salmon hash and fried French toast. The salmon dish came with salmon chunks... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Been here many times and very good. Indoor and outdoor seating. You can have you dogs at outside tables which we love as we have dogs. Food is all made from scratch and very tasty. Large portions. Lots of things to order and lots of comfort food options. I'd say it's got a great variety of choices so everyone could... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

What a wonderful experience! Mother's was a great Saturday afternoon lunch. It was busy when we got there but when you place your name on the waiting list they take your phone number. They call to tell you you're on the list then they call when your table is ready. The dining room looks small but then you realize there... More 

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Yakima, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Both were delightful. There is a reason mother's is a staple in Portland... Quality food, reasonable prices and FRIENDLY service! It's amazing how many places don't have good service. It is really great to see a place care about customers.

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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, Bistro, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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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