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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
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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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A friend I were staying at the Hotel Vintage a short walk away and we were looking for somewhere good for breakfast, Mother's Bistro came highly recommended on Tripadvisor so we gave it a go. The menu is excellent, all the usual American breakfast options plus a few others. I had the Wild Salmon Hash which was very good indeed... More 

Thank tom_uk1976
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The mac n cheese du jour is fantastic. Great comfort food! Two outdoor tables for those with pets. A pleasant time with very good food.

Thank russellboydquinnell
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Friendly environment, awesome prices, busy because it's worth the wait, family style, great menu. Easy to get to, street parking but not too hard to find. Love their biscuits and gravy!

Thank taras l
Sydney, Australia
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143 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mother's is an institution and quite right so. Amazing, buzzing place for brunch on a Saturday morning. Both large rooms are packed with patrons, and people are queuing outside. Once you get a table, please read the menu and espeaiclly M.O.M - Mother Of the Month. Fantatstic way to share recipes and what food is all about: quality and conviviality.... More 

Thank Peter_Euskadi
Boise, Idaho
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here on Mother's Day Saturday, arriving early (before 730am). Definitely top5 in Portland for breakfast, because of the atmosphere & food quality & selection. The food is flavorful with a great vibe. We sat outside and enjoyed the sunny morning. Highly recommended, and I recommend arriving early cuz this place is popular nearly every day!

Thank themntneer
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Best brunch place around. Get the salmon hash for sure and their amazing coffee. Get there early because there's a long wait. Luckily, they have coffee available while you wait!

Thank Sarah R
Salem, Oregon
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not sure why the reviews have been so great for this restaurant. Ate dinner here, and honestly I couldn't eat half of my meal. I ordered the vegetarian tofu curry dish. I ate the tofu. However, the vegetables were over cooked, almost mushy. I thought that perhaps the reason why it wasn't nearly as good as what others rated their... More 

Thank Karen C
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97 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner and on another day breakfast at Mothers. Each month a different mother is chosen and her recipes feature on the menu as specials. Such a lovely idea. I was recommended the chopped liver which was good as chopped liver goes and then had the sliders which were all just far too big. Breakfast was good but to... More 

Thank stargazeypie
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Come hungry! The crunchy French toast is divine, and Mother's can cater to gluten intolerance (note intolerance, not allergy, because the grill is the same as for pancakes and other glutinous delights). Nourishing, sweet, and magnificently paired with a creamy cappuccino, this breakfast kick started our day wonderfully. Thank you! Ps. For a little history of how it came to... More 

Thank Ludionthemove
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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102 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

it was a pleasant breakfast and though we almost pulled out since the host was not friendly at all but the waiter made it up and was very nice. Breakfast was great and tasty with reasonable portion and different choices. a nice place to visit if in the area with pleasant atmosphere but over loaded and you can hardly move... 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
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?