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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 08:00 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Go early. We got there at 9 am on Sunday and it was getting packed. I had Mike's scramble. Excellent! My wife had the wild salmon hash. She was in heaven. Or sons had the biscuit and gravy and the French toast. Both rated them high. Definitely recommend!

Thank David C
Everett, Washington
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner and drinks here. Loved the rolls, drinks and nice touch with small cookies with the bill. I would definitely go back!

Thank kelttie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Make a reservation and don't bother arriving early. There isn't a comfortable place to stand. We had a 7:30 and it was still hopping! Wait staff enthusiastic, wine list extensive, bread pudding is excellent. Only reason for a 4 out of 5 is that both our meat courses (steak fritte and pork medallions) were tough and hard to cut. Medium... More 

Thank TravelBGS
Hillsborough, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the cutest restaurant ever. The mashed potatoes and meatloaf was the best meal I've ever had. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Sometimes there is quite a wait so try and get a reservation.

Thank 619christinap
Bend, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We snuck in right before the crowds arrived at 8:30am on a Sunday morning (of the Shamrock Run, which was our bad). Crowded, tight seating, but great service, good coffee, amazing bread and jam that goes well with the average scramble we had. Potatoes are good, if you like those. We enjoyed it, but probably was the same quality as... More 

Thank StaceyLeeDee
Rochester, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place got a very high rating and it's a nice place. However, calling it vegetarian-friendly is a bit of a stretch in a town like Portland where vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. options are almost too many to count. For entrees, the vegetarian options boil down to mac and cheese or a stir fry, both of which were unexceptional. The... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tasty comfort food. Staff and service is outstanding. Ambience is casual and seating is comfortable. Great for a meal or just a drink with desert. Some tables face the street for people watching opportunities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The salmon hash was amazing and the elderflower mimosa was delicious. Our server was funny and playful and very prompt with checking in on us. The place was really busy for a Tuesday morning but they still seated us right away. A great local place. I highly recommend.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We wandered in between lunch and dinner and were told they were in the process of changing over. The host said he was unsure if they had gluten free options so he called over a manager, who was so helpful. He explained the different options they could accommodate me with to make my meal GF, including GF bread for any... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was outstanding. My friend and I were a bit limited on time due to traffic. Our waiter, Zac, and the kitchen were very accommodating. The apple walnut Gorgonzola salad was incredible. The Salmon special with spaetzle and spinach could not have been better. We had to try the Whisky Carmel Bread Pudding, though we ended up taking a... 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, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?