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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
08:00 - 14:30
Closed now
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Sun 08:00 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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300 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I ate here for dinner one Friday evening while visiting downtown Portland. Although the cafe seemed small, we were seated immediately. They had a good selection of typical "home cooked meals" (like pot roast and meat loaf) and some nice desserts on the menu. We ended up both getting the meat loaf which was great. So, if... More 

Thank cohoman
Gladstone, Oregon
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199 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tonight the stars aligned and we found a parking spot directly in front of the doors to Mothers Bistro, right at 5:00, 30 minutes before the restaurant opens for dinner. We enjoyed happy hour in the bar, on a cozy upholstered round bench seat which winds across the back wall scattered with tables. Since it was so cold for drinks... More 

Thank Oceantoes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really, don't miss this place if you're in Portland. Do make a reservation, though. The service is excellent and the food delicious.

Thank Jennifer D
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent a night in Portland for Valentines Day, and looked for a good breakfast place downtown since our favorite place had closed permanently. Mothers was recommended to us by some friends, so even though the location was in an unfamiliar area to me, we gave it a shot. We were not disappointed at all. I guess... More 

Thank DADeetz
Bellevue, Washington
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199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

People line up for more than an hour to have brunch at Mother's. The extensive menu offers the usual brunch food, the meal is good, but not outstanding, portions are plentiful, and the service is efficient. We had scrambles and frittatas with coffee/tea and left completely stuffed.

Thank Mayatravels
Salem, Oregon, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good breakfast food, good coffee a good place for a date. They have a long line, I recommend making a reservation before visiting.

Thank Sue U
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I were in Portland for President's Day weekend. We loved breakfast so much on Saturday morning, we went back again Sunday morning before leaving town. We were able to skip the long wait by lucking out with a couple bar seats. I don't really know how to put this other than YOU. WILL. LOVE. IT. The eggs... More 

Thank kensmash
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went on a Saturday late in the morning so we expected a long wait. We were surprised at it only being 30min and they sat us sooner. The staff is great and very professional and friendly. The atmosphere, although chaotic, was light and inviting. The food came out very quickly and hot and cooked properly. We... More 

Thank Kyle G
Kennedale, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed in Dundee and a winery recommended Mother's to us for New Year's Day brunch. We were uncertain of our plans and arrived without a reservation (which I do not recommend). However, they accommodated us within the hour they told us the wait would be and we were able to walk around downtown a bit waiting to be texted... More 

Thank Aimee T
Graham, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Holy. Moly. What a find! Our waiter was over the top, efficient and HILARIOUS! And the food was so, so, sooo good. One of the best eggs Benedict I've had...the pancakes were fluffy and just sweet enough...and the breakfast potatoes? Yowzers! The best! Went on a Sunday at 9:30 and was so happy I had made reservations ahead of time... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$21
International, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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?