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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
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Phoenix, Arizona
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148 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cannot believe how many people were eating breakfast at 10 am on a Thursday morning. The place was packed and fortunately we had made a reservation. One of us had the sweet potato pancakes which were superb. The flavor is good and the quantity is great. The other had the corned beef hash with stone ground mustard with scrambled... More 

Thank KB9MNN
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was "ok" although I suspect my Columbia press pot was really Ethiopian...(having owned a coffee shop I can speak with some authority...) Quite busy for a non-peak dining time. The tables are packed together and many seats are in very well traveled serving/traffic lanes. It seemed like the servers worked hard at 'turning' the tables and were overly solicitous... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Mother's has some interesting and tasty eats. Salmon Benedict/Hash is amazing. Had the daily special - sweet potato and pecan hot cakes. Huge cakes and great coffee selection.

Thank Marcos P
Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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112 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A trip to Portland is never complete without a trip to Mother's. Where can you get home-baked flaky biscuits and a decent bagel? Mother's. Where can you get creative mac and cheese? Mother's. Where can you get delicious teas or cocktails? Mother's. This place has an extensive menu and a wait staff that is warm and smiling. Mother's never fails... More 

Thank Barbara M
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very cute decor in an older building, but right in the middle of town. Food was very good, service was quick and attentive. The house salad is not the usual as it had cranberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds with a balsamic dressing. It is a very busy restaurant, so it is advisable to make reservations.

Thank trvdrmr
Gardena, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Weve been to Portland twice and the first time we happened to find Mothers Bistro. The breakfast food is to die for... Extra flavor and a great selection. Loved it so much I have ordered her cookbook to give to my friends and family in Southern California.

Thank michelleota
Port Charlotte
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived during off hours and the menu was limited 2:30-5:00 , everyone found something the liked and food and drinks were amazing. A must stop while in Portland !

Thank Kathy O
Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is great, whether you go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, cocktails or dinner, you''ll get great food and have fun. Their coffee is perfect--hot, strong and rich. It's all French press, with a good variety of beans to chose from. All of their food is like mom used to make, provided she was a good cook. It's comfort food... More 

Thank Sharon Y
Seguin, Texas
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had dinner here on girl's weekend--was a wonderful restaurant!! Food excellent--service excellent--drinks excellent--what more can I say--eat here!!! Great selection on menu.

Thank blb1942015
Portland, Oregon
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

a friend took me here just for the cheesecake, and it was fantastic. a generous piece, and creamy deliciousness. I really like cheesecake, and this was up there for the best i've ever had the pleasure to savor, well ok, inhaled. Everything i've eaten at Mother's has been excellent. I highly recommend going here for anything. The french pressed coffee... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $21
International, American
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?