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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
RM 24 - RM 139
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
International, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Meh. Don’t go here for dinner. After you wade through the homeless people cussing at you, the restaurant is very nice. But I can make better chicken and dumplings and meatloaf, and I don’t cook. I can’t believe this place is rated #9 in Portland....I assume this is for breakfast/brunch? If you are not staying at the hotel here, I would just stay away. The Portland mayor and his staff really need to get something done here. I have been paying a lot of money on new taxes to fix the “homeless problem”. And what did they do? They sent me a huge content free very expensive pamphlet. What a waste of my money. WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY DOING TO HELP THESE PEOPLE????More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

we cycled downtown yesterday wanting to show love for the region that gets a bad rap......we sat at the bar and i had a mimosa, and my partner had the mimosa with pomegranite juice...next, i had the special goats cheese omelette with red potatoes and...whole wheat toast, and she had the one half ordier of wild salmon hash and one half order of a pancake.....the food is always excellent, the ambiance so relaxing, and the staff are so great....we have nice conversations with the staff, saying we love mothers and wish more would come downtown and give the city some love.....we also, picked up trash for earth day today...thx so much....More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

I have heard great things about Mother's for years, it's a favorite brunch spot for some friends and family who live in Portland. My husband and I were in town with another couple and I convinced them that Mother's would be a fantastic dinner choice...for a Sunday evening. The decor and atmosphere were wonderful, our server was a delight. The food was simply mediocre. Our table had the $15,000 crabcakes, dry and flavorless, and the tiny bit of accompanying mustard sauce did nothing to enhance them. The other appetizer we had, a pulled pork quesadilla was limp and oily and bland. The pot roast was pretty good, but certainly not exceptional. The fish of the day special was the best thing we tasted, fresh and simple. I wonder if it was an off night, a Sunday, but those crab cakes were so disappointing I don't think any night could have been that far off. If you can't always have good Dungeness for your dishes, don't have it on the regular menu!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

We ate here for lunch today. The place is HUGE! We were able to wait comfortably during the short wait to get our table and our youngest enjoyed playing in the children’s area. We were seated and had a hard time choosing from the amazing...menu. We ended up with Rueben Egg rolls, Irish Nachos, Corn beef Hash and our kids had plain buttered pasta (fan favorite) and macaroni and cheese. We ended with kids sundaes and the key lime pie. I will never forget that key lime pie. Amazing service and we enjoyed our window view.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

Attached to our hotel, so it was very convenient when we had just pulled into town after a long trip. Reuben was fantastic, although their 1000 Island dressing was a little too strong with onions for my taste. Kids had their mac n cheese and...all were happy. The desserts, chocolate cake and a chocolate cream pie, were really good. The service was absolutely outstanding. We ended up eating here multiple times during our stay. Very well done!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 February 2024 via mobile

So, I dug into my food and then remembered that my mother really wasn't a great cook. She was ok, with some good dishes. Hah. Good solid meal to be had here, just not wonderful. Convenient to the hotel, but don't think I would come...downtown for this?More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 February 2024 via mobile

Extensive brunch menu with all items ordered by our party were delicious and ample. Service was attentive and friendly despite being quite busy. Salmon hash was especially wonderfully. A great place for brunch in downtown Portland.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 January 2024

Just off the grand lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Portland, Mother's Bistro and Bar is a great choice for a five-star meal at a reasonable price. Cocktails are very nice--I got a delicious martini. The menu offers a wide variety of starters...and main dishes, including beef short ribs. I come from the Chesapeake Bay area, so I'm sort of a sea food snob and turn my nose up at crab cakes any farther than 50 miles from the Bay, but next time I'm at Mother's, I will try the Dungeness crab cakes. I trust Mother's. Tasty food, a fine atmosphere, and excellent service make this restaurant a reliable go-to that will not break the bank.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 3 January 2024 via mobile

Our son was visiting us from New York over the holidays & we decided to take him to Mother’s for dinner on Dec 21. My wife & I had lunch there once before and have wanted to go back for dinner since then. Our service...was wonderful-including those who brought us our drinks & food. Our primary waitress-Rita- was so relaxed & made us feel relaxed-even though it was quite busy. We ordered drinks & enjoyed them while deciding what we wanted to eat. My wife & son ordered what I would call “comfort entrees “ chicken dumplings for him & Salisbury steak for her (just like Mom would make!). I went with the Dungeness crab cakes heaped with very good & very thin potato sticks. All of our meals were delicious. We passed on dessert, only because we had eaten so much but next time we’ll allow for & have dessert. Our bill, before tip, was $121.00 which I felt was reasonable given the quality of the food & service, along with the nice atmosphere. Oh, we were able to park in the adjoining hotel parking lot so parking was easy and close by. I highly recommend Mother’s & look forward to our next meal there!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

Awesome place for breakfast. We ordered Biscuits & Gravy, Stuffed Frittata, Wild Salmon Hash, Pumpkin Pancakes, Strawberry Belgian Waffle, and Coffee. Everything was super delicious!!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

All the famous people come here when in Portland. Fabulous food - can't be beat. Sweet decor, great service. We live here and this is one of our favorites

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023

Run don't walk to this great place. Tucked away in the Hilton Embassy Suites this bistro offers excellent food and super yummy bakery treats! Thye also have a great little bar area that serves the best of the best of the local microbrews and IPA's....The staff is all phenomenal also. The prices are very reasonable, and they sell the best t-shirts. Next time I am out there I will 1000% be back!!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023

We were staying at the Worldmark and this was not that far (even in the rain). We had been here on our last trip so it was a perfect selection to start our trip while waiting for our rooms. Between the 3 of us we...had the reuben which was grilled and NOT greasy; a generous omelette and lovely and warm crab cakes. All were generous and delicious. Service was very good.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2023 via mobile

Amazing food and service! Our server was KJ a true professional, funny, pleasant and on top of everything. We are visiting from San Francisco and sure will come back.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023

We were desperate! The restaurant we had intended to go to was closed for Labor Day, and we sort of stumbled upon Mother's. In all my years in Portland, for some reason I had never visited this icon. We were sensitively seated off to the...side (which we loved!) and the service was professional and efficient throughout. My partner ordered off the small plates menu (and had more than enough to eat), and I ordered the Mac and Cheese (disappointing in both portion and taste). We were pleased to have bread to tide us over until the main course was there. The special cocktail was tasty, though expensive for what one got. And for some reason most of what was on the special menu was no longer available -- although we were there early and not late at night?!? The decor was homey, over the top and inviting. I can't wait to come back when the weather gets cold and I'm in the mood for something comforting and warm!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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