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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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San Francisco, California
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Met friends for a late lunch in Sunday. While the menu was an abbreviated list (it was after 2:00) the food was good. In reality, breakfast is our favorite Mother's meal. Can beat it.

Thank Jan N
Arlington, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because of some confusion around seating and we weren't fans of the cinnamon roll, but otherwise it was amazing! Went for brunch. Good bloody mary, mimosa, and excellent french press coffee. The waitress had good breakfast recommendations, and we loved the breakfast nachos. One order is plenty for 2-3 people as... More 

Thank lori n
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hubby had the biscuits and gravy and I had the 2 eggs any style. Both were amazingly good and we also ordered tea and coffee and they were both also very good. I would advise on getting reservations or getting there early if you can. The wait for a table can be ridiculous but totally worth it. Price range is... More 

Thank Cookiebirds
Gig Harbor, United States
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We fell in love wth Mothers a few years ago and we are always so pleased with our meal. I was thrilled when 'mother' signed my cookbook. I love how they have a different Mac & Cheese everyday. Be sure to stop by!

Thank Sue G
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dropped in for lunch after a busy morning sightseeing. The service was super and the setting very relaxed and fun. We did make a poor summer choice in food; we went for the mac and cheese. Seemed like that would be a much better choice in winter and needed a bit more seasoning. At any rate, the savignon blanc was... More 

Thank phillykat50
key west, fl
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139 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A must every time we are in Portland. The chicken & dumplings are delicious to say the least and are served in a large crock. I dare you to finish it. Mostly white meat with herbed dumplings. We had breakfast there 3 times and dinne twice during our week in Portland. I won't even start on the baked goods and... More 

Thank collye
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Waited an hour to get in, obviously a very popular place. My son said these were the best waffles he has ever had and everyone had excellent meals. So put it on your list, you will leave happy you took the time.

Thank wetcoastrabbit
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is really a cute, romantic restaurant. Larger than it looks. Good service. A great menu with lots of choice for everyone. We had a great lunch, I can suggest the BBQ Pulled Pork, one of the best I ever had. Not too much bbq sauce and very well cooked meat. All others in our group were oositive abiut the... More 

Thank Arjan v
South Florida, Florida
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120 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had dinner at Mother's during the week with a party of 6. Had made a reservation and the table was ready upon our arrival. Decor of the restaurant is very interesting, mirrors, chandeliers, very eclectic. Menu offered plenty of down-home choices, including meat loaf, pot roast, chicken fried chicken and more. Some of which can be split into half orders... More 

Thank TheKodiak
Orange County, California
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90 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this is a place to have breakfast or brunch. No reservations on the busy weekend, but we didn't mind the 20-30 minute wait catching up with friends. The waffles with fresh berries was really light. good waitress/waiter service.

Thank C W

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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, Gluten Free
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, 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?