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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I enjoyed some kid free drinks at this lovely Bistro Bar. The bartending staff was absolutely wonderful. Located on the main floor of the hotel was a wonderful convenience.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A past experience for brunch was amazing. This time was dinner and my meal was sadly not as good as I expected, but I think I may have ordered the wrong thing, the Mediterranean lemon chicken bowl, on a cold night. Perhaps the "healthy" option...is not the way to go at Mother's? The LEMON CHEESECAKE was the best part and my reason for 4 stars, not three. Save or make room for this tasty treat!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022

We are three times at this restaurant due to its location in the Embassy Suites Hotel lobby. The lunch was excellent - tasty and good service even though the restaurant was quite busy. Our first dinner experience was okay. The food was good but the...service was a bit rushed. The food was good for the second dinner although one entree was lukewarm. The service was good but the room temperature was uncomfortably cold. If you have a choice of when to go, opt for breakfast or brunch.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 9, 2022 via mobile

We chose this as 2 Brits who fancied some traditional American food on our last night in Portland. We even made reservations at 7:30. We were out before 8:15! Our waiter even said “I don’t mean to hurry you” but that’s exactly how we felt....Important note: food and drinks were all excellent. No criticism whatsoever, unless oversize portions can be a criticism. We’re Brits remember. We arrived and were taken straight to our table. Very nice. Ordered drinks, 1 starter between us and 2 main courses. The starter was calamari. A portion easily large enough for 2 main courses arrived within 3 minutes of ordering it. Impressive! We had taken a plateful each, with c.75% of the portion still on the serving dish. This was going to take some eating! But within 3 or 4 minutes out came our main courses! “I’m sorry these are so early, the kitchen just gave them to me, I don’t mean to rush you” I know we should have sent them back until we were ready but it’s the restaurant that creates the experience. This just shouldn’t happen! My main was a “double down” of 2 small portions of regular main courses - both huge, both with gravy that was going cold. My wife’s macaroni was doing the same. So push the calamari to one side and start on the food that needed eating. And when we’d eaten all we could no-one wanted to go back to calamari! And it was only 8:00! No-one felt like dessert, my cocktail was half drunk, the arrival and payment of the bill was the slowest bit of the experience but we were still back on the street by 8:15. And, good as the food was, that’s all we’ll remember. If you go don’t let them rush you! The food is good enough to be worth making an experience of it.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 29, 2022

One of the absolute BEST restaurants we've been to for homecooked food! My sister and I enjoyed both dinner and brunch. The pancakes are out of this world! I have to say they are the best and most fluffy pancakes we've ever had. Loved the...fresh blueberries! The biscuits are also delicious and melt in your mouth. We also enjoyed dinner. I had the meatball special and my sister loved her chicken and dumplings. The portions are HUGE! My sister also received a complimentary chocolate cake for her birthday. What a delightful visit!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 12, 2022 via mobile

Lovely decor, perfect kind attention from the servers and delicious food made this a perfect 70th birthday celebration. Prices are reasonable and the chef checked on us personally! Best matso ball soup ever! This is a don’t miss near the Portland, OR Theater District.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 7, 2022 via mobile

Had the ribs and pot roast. Service was good and waiter very personable. The pot roast was delicious however the ribs were cold and tasted like they were old. For the price charged it should have been hot and fresh. Sketchy scene in front of...the restaurant with man tripping and the manager took care of it.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022 via mobile

Cody walked us to our table. What a sweet young man. Great first impression. There’s a hopping bar on the other side of the hostess area. Mother’s moved from a smaller area, where people were waiting outside the door, to a larger place a few...years back. Across the street diagonally from Voodoo donuts. It’s connected to the Embassy Suites hotel. There are articles screaming accolades of Chef Lisa and her successes. Each month, Mother’s features a mother from the area. Chef Lisa cooks with her, and learns about her culture. The colors inside are very soothing. Beiges. Yellows. Light blues, greens. Sheer white curtains. This place is absolutely adorable. Tray ceilings. Chandeliers. “Tin ceiling” boarders around the walls. Choice of booths, tables, and tables with window seats with cushions. Outside seating/pets. Lacy was our server. She’s from Mississippi with southern charm galore. My husband enjoy the DOUBLE DOWN meatloaf and Mac-n-cheese. I had a small Greek salad.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 23, 2022 via mobile

We popped in for brunch and it sure was tasty. I had the chef special omelet and it was delicious. Cute atmosphere great service.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

Excellent service, delicious food, just like mom makes! Chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, Mac and cheese… so many good options!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

We went to Mothers for breakfast and it fantastic! Everything can be ordered in half-sized portions and there is a wide selection. The crunchy challah French toast was AMAZING! Friend service as well! We’ll be back!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 27, 2022 via mobile

Mothers did not disappoint. Cool funky vibe is accompanied by solid comfort food choices. Just like mom made but in most cases better. My husband and I got the pot roast dinner and the mac & cheese and shared them. Excellent choices!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022

My daughter and I visited Mother's Bistro & Bar. The service was outstanding! Efficient, friendly, attentive and fun! The biscuits were melt in your mouth and the gravy so flavorful. My omelet was perfect and tasty! It was a classy experience. I will be back.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 1, 2022 via mobile

It was so good to come back and have an amazing breakfast at Mother’s. It’s a new location but the same vibe energy is till in play. Amazing dishes, to-die-for cinnamon rolls and delightful servers. Consider yourself fortunate if you have the pleasure of being...served by Mark M. Delightful personality and fantastic service. He represents the Mother’s philosophy and overall staffing with excellence. Now, get out there and call your mother!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 24, 2022 via mobile

There is a reason that Mother’s is on the list of best restaurants in Portland. There is plenty of seating, lots of friendly staff, and some of the greatest breakfast foods ever (all for a great price)!! And the Brown Cow is SO GOOD -...I have been thinking about that drink for months.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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We did not have a reservation on a Wednesday when we arrived at 11 am. We did not need to wait, but we noticed the people that arrived after about 11:15 needed to wait, so I would suggest reservations.
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Mother's Bistro & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5