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Mother's Bistro & Bar

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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
07:00 - 21:00
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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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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Waited 45 minutes for a table, but the food, drinks, customer service, pricing...everything was worth the wait. And really, the wait isn't so bad when they send you a text message and give you a few minutes to get back to the restaurant. The bagel lox platter was absolutely perfect. My daughter could not have been happier with her cake... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stumbled into this charming little restaurant with a big reputation. Breakfast was adequate but the setting is what makes this place.

Thank Jon S
Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have enjoyed the food at Mother's on most of my trips to Portland and it is always fantastic. This week, I forgot my credit card when I paid the bill. The wonderful staff kept it safe for me until I contacted them the next day. Thanks so much!!

Thank Wendy B
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They claim to do comfort food and wow, we ordered 3 half entrees and all three were wonderful. Pot roast was done to perfection, mac and cheese with jalapeño pulled pork was to die for and the chicken and dumplings - well, almost as good as mine! Friendly and helpful staff and the bill was incredible, even with the dessert... More 

Thank ellasahar
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this place smells like sewer!!!!! went here once and had to walk out. will never be able to eat here... i avoid restaurants with bad smells!!! if they can't even keep the place clean, how would they be able to serve clean food??? stay away!!!!!

Thank snowskii
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food at Mothers Bistro is wonderful. The steak had perfect flavor. No A-1 needed here. Friendly staff. Great couples or family restaurant.

Thank Puntagordatraveler
Oak Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were only in Portland one day,and this was our breakfast pick. Terrific food, fun Victorian ambiance and excellent service. We met people who go here whenever they're in Portland. I will, too. The biscuits and gravy are outstanding.

Thank Monsoondreamer
Amherst NH
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wrote a review almost exactly 5 years ago - if anything it is better! Breakfast continues to be wonderful plus the prices are quite reasonable. My wife had a half a portion of the salmon hash - fantastic and more than enough to eat! I wan't as adventuresome and had the biscuit and gravy (aka SOS) and it was... More 

Thank Steve M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a bit of a wait for brunch on a Saturday but we are glad we ate here. Wow, the food and the space are incredible! Just put your name on the waitlist and they will SMS you when your table is almost ready. Mimosas are a refreshing start, and then the mains are amazing! Lemon poppyseed pancakes and... More 

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Redondo Beach, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First off, it was like stepping back in time in "Mother's" dining room. There was a very good selection and my choice of salmon hash with poached eggs was out of this world. The poached style was suggested by Sierra who was an excellent server and gave us wonderful suggestions for other dining options for dinner. Overall 5 stars and... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
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?