Mothers Bistro

Mothers Bistro

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Hours
Sun
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tue
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wed
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fri
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$5.00 – $29.00
CUISINES
American, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
meals, features
Menu

Soups, Starters, Small Plates
Belles Chicken Noodle Or Matzo Ball Soup
Cup
$3.95
Bowl
$6.95
Soup Of The Day
Cup
$3.95
Bowl
$6.95
Pierogi
hand-made potato-filled dumplings, topped with sauteed onions & sour cream
$7.95
Hummus Plate
a dip of garbanzo beans, garlic, & sesame, served with sliced tomatoes, spicy chili paste, kalamata olives & pita bread
$7.95
Dungeness Crab Cake
with creole mustard sauce & housemade cole slaw
$6.95
Grilled Portabella Mushroom
with organic field greens
$6.95
Three Sliders
mini versions of our favorite sandwiches, served on a potato roll, pulled pork honey bbq sauce & swiss cheese, burger with cheddar & caramelized onions, crab cake with cole slaw & tartar sauce
$11.95
Chopped Liver
like pate my mothers recipe made with slowly sauteed chicken livers & onions, served with assorted crackers
$6.95
Fried Ravioli
ricotta cheese-filled, sprinkled with herbs & spices, topped with parmesan cheese & served with tomato basil sauce
$8.95
Fried Calamari
crispy calamari served with a sweet & sour garlic sauce
$9.95
Salads
Greek Salad
tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese & red onions on a bed of lettuce tossed with celery, dill, green onions & red wine vinaigrette (contains anchovy)
S
$6.95
L
$8.95
Mexican Chopped Salad
julienne leaf lettuce, grilled marinated chicken breast, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, cheddar cheese & crispy tortilla strips, with honey-lime vinaigrette, topped with cotija cheese
S
$7.95
L
$11.95
House Salad
organic field greens with cranberries, feta cheese, sunflower seeds & red onions, lightly tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette
$5.95
Caesar Salad
mixed leaf lettuce tossed in a lemon, anchovy & garlic dressing, topped with parmesan cheese & house-made croutons
S
$6.95
L
$8.95
Add Grilled Chicken Breast
$3.00
Add Grilled Wild Salmon
$4.95
Cobb Salad
red leaf & romaine lettuce, grilled chicken breast, sliced egg, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese & bacon, with side of blue cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, thousand island, poppy seed or honey mustard dressing
$10.95

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About
Mother’s Bistro & Bar serves home cooking from mother’s around the world specializing in slow-cooked dishes that take hours to prepare like pot roast, chicken and dumplings, home made biscuits, pierogi and more. Each month we also feature the cuisine of a different mother, tell her a story, and future some of her special dishes.
PRICE RANGE
$5.00 – $29.00
CUISINES
American, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles3,258 reviews
Excellent
2,130
Very good
818
Average
232
Poor
53
Terrible
25
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

wannaCitall00
Seattle49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 none
Admittedly, my mom's house was not as spacious or well-decorated, but the food surely felt like home. We stopped for lunch on our way to Cannon Beach and had a satisfying, home style experience. Not being familiar with Portland and its maze of bridges and one-way streets, it was a bit of a challenge to find in the old, historical section of town, but worth the effort. I ordered the soup/sandwich combo: meatloaf sandwich (predictable) the daily special mushroom soup (far exceeded my expectation!), and left the potato salad on the plate. Our server allowed my partner to order the $15,000 crab cake starter from the dinner menu. In my mom's defense, she never tackled crab cakes, and being a bit of a crab cake connoisseur, we'd say they didn't measure up to the hype. Still a very fun and pleasant experience, and we're glad we went out of our way to stop by. We couldn't resist the gift shop and still smile when we read the back of our shirts; spooning leads to forking so use condiments!
Written January 20, 2020
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SeattleTravelLover1
Seattle276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Side note.. what is with the 1degree of separation in wierd ways Portland refers to NewOrleans? Voodoo donuts? Cajun restaurants? Mothers? I'm sure this isn't intended but merely adds to the Weirdness of Portland. Mohter's is a mutha! Sweeping menu alternatives. Most entree's big enuf for two, Huge facilty with multiple rooms, each decorated with dozens of pictures and photo's of dear old MOM! Any Mom! Anywhere! Food was very good. Chicken soup with matzah balls,pretty darn good. Oversalted a bit for my companion's taste, but I thought it was "reasonably oversalted" if that makes any sense. Half corned beef was excellent. The $16,000 crabcake wasn't all that, as the filling was mushy and the crab a bit sparse. Thankfully we didn't have to pay all $16K for that ;-) The worst item we ordered was the gumbo. Probably should have sent it back... Strange taste... The roux was clearly made from a fish base, but there was something off there for sure.The rest of the ingredients seemed to be fine. Erick was an excellent server.
Written February 22, 2020
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Zoyenka
Hillsboro247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 solo
Visited Mother’s after several years. Still good! Chicken noodle soup was warming; would have liked homemade noodles. The meatloaf sandwich was substantial-made with challah, sliced tomatoes, lettuce and mayo and served with a tasty macaroni salad with celery and red onions. Good dill pickles! I can also recommend the chopped liver sandwich. Prices are a little high but for quality food, I am happy to pay it.
Written February 11, 2020
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Jennifer L
Portland131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 solo
This restaurant was in the lobby of the hotel I stayed at It is currently only open Thursday through Sunday Only drawback. The food was great. I had the special and the steak was cooked perfectly. I had the pie of the day Key Lime Pie and I have not had one that is better If it is offered on your visit go for it
Written August 16, 2021
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Art F
San Francisco21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Instead of donuts and fried chicken sandwiches for breakfast , we opted for a traditional breakfast at a sit down restaurant and chose Mother’s Bistro. The diner type restaurant is apparently a new addition to the Embassy Hotel where it relocated recently. The setting serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a varied menu from eggs and bacon, sandwiches to meat loaf, For breakfast, my son and I enjoyed bacon and eggs with English muffins while my wife thoroughly enjoyed her corned beef hash. Food was good and came as expected. Service was super friendly and we fortunately snatched one of the last few tables because when we left there was a massive line of hungry customers . Plan accordingly.
Written March 1, 2020
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WellTraveled3
Lexington810 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
We had a great dinner at Mother’s Bistro, which has a very varied menu with lots to choose from for any taste. We had the wild grilled salmon bowl with brown rice and the salmon was excellent, with a spicy Asian sauce and fresh broccoli, snap pea pods, carrots, etc. Very good attentive service. Save room for dessert and head to Voodoo Donuts, which is right down the street!
Written February 17, 2020
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Gary S
Honolulu13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
When we were departing for Portland one of my first comments to my wife was I need to visit Mother's. When we arrived we were stunned at the new location in Embassy Suites. The space seemed to be a least double the former location and was so well done. Fortunately the breakfast was still great. Starting with the biscuit and sausage gravy with an egg. I never order stuff like that but for some reason it was crying out to me and it was fantastic. I did the 1/2 order and it was more than enough even giving up a couple of bites to my wife and son. We also has some bacon which was another winner and we ordered one pancake to share which was well worth ordering. We ended up making a second visit before we left Portland but will head back to Mother's on our next Portland trip.
Written February 4, 2020
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VOgirl
249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
Hadn't been to Mothers since they moved. What a beautiful new location ! You can enter from the Ebassy Suites and use their valet parking for just $10. The meals were as expected...delicious. We did the Double Down and shared 2 half portions of our choice. It was just the right amount. It was my birthday, which I happened to mention to our waiter, and he brought me a huge piece of Devils Chocolate cake, enough for the 2 of us, with a candle. So thoughtful.
Written February 14, 2020
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pinotforall
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
Saw a billboard that said (I may be paraphrasing), "Remember when your friends were jealous that you lived in Portland? Captured how it's been tough to want to go downtown recently, what with Covid/riots/sidewalk tents/etc. But went to Mother's recently and it was great to see that some good things haven't changed. Get the ribs, get the chicken & dumplings, and then when you realize you've over-ordered get a dessert to take home for later or maybe the next day. Always feel like we've been taken care of here.
Written November 14, 2021
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Susan C
Port Angeles161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 friends
This was my first visit to the new location. My friend arrived a little before me and she was offered coffee while she waited. Our brunch was excellent: I had the "special" Belgium waffles with strawberries, whipped cream, and syrup. My friend enjoyed the tofu scramble. Brian seated us and I was very grateful for his assistance in helping me to my seat since I am disabled. Our waiter was attentive and helpful in describing the various meals. I highly recommend brunch at Mother's Bistro.
Written March 4, 2020
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Miles S
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 couples
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.
Written September 9, 2022
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Laura R
Singapore54 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 family
Portland is a lot of things, food centered is one of our best features. With that said, this was a mediocre menu, flavorless, basic and expensive menu. With how busy it was, I can definitely see how it is attended because they are in downtown for tourists and take reservations on a Sunday brunch. Waiting a half hour or hour anywhere else would have been better than waiting here to be seated then waiting a long time for food that was simply not good. Server forgot to bring French toast out first per our request, didn’t bring a hot cocoa till our food was about to be platted. The server did not quite notice my mother in laws cochlear so she only spoke to her from a distance on top of the fact that it was too loud to have any conversation. The bottle of sparkling wine was the only good part. Which was $38 to share. Better than nothing but not ideal. Really just go literally anywhere else.
Written March 19, 2023
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isabill
6087 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 family
Oh my, what a lovely meal we had. We made a reservation for 7:15 one week night and were promptly seated. Our server was a delight (blonde white lady originally from the southeast) and helped us with our selections. For a starter, we shared the calamari- the best I’ve had in a long time. The bread and biscuits melted in our mouths. Hubby had the pot roast - “like buttah.” I shared the salmon with our daughter. It, too, was good, a little well done but still very good. For dessert we all shared the sorbet trio which included a fabulous pear flavor. Service was very attentive, and the decor is quite charming. My family and I agree this was one of our favorite meals in Portland.
Written March 12, 2020
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KCinLG
Los Gatos1414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 none
Didn’t realize how huge this restaurant was. Don’t be fooled though. As big as it is, it’s super crowded and you will have to wait. Reservations are accepted via Resy.com and thankfully we made one. Upon arrival we were greeted by the hostess and didn’t have to wait very long for our table of two. The ambiance is great, the food is good and service exceptional. We came for brunch, and they had pretty much all the popular brunch items (omelets, scrambles, etc.) The mimosas are a great deal, and we’re glad we went with the smaller size, which was plenty and super boozy. Overall, a pleasant experience and would definitely go back again.
Written January 19, 2023
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JenJenSeattle
Olympia62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
Absolutely LOVE this place. Menu is very challenging as there are so many delicious options. We went for breakfast and Howard, our waiter, was terrific! We each selected different entrees and we liked all of them. One had the French toast, two of us had the scrambles and one had the bagel and loxs. Generous portions (I could not finish despite valiant try!). The grimosas (champagne and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice) were delightful. We were there on a Friday morning so street parking was easy. I’d plan on a hunt on Saturday as they are very close to VooDoo doughnuts and the Saturday market.
Written August 2, 2021
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