Portland >Food & Dining > Mother's Bistro & Bar
212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.519957 -122.673734
Tuesday To Thursday From 07:00 AM To 02:30 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Saturday From 09:30 PM To 02:30 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 09:00 AM To 02:30 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
This downtown darling is wildly popular with the brunch set and tourists, so beware the lines. I generally get the wild salmon hash.
Lisa, the owner & chef is very involved in her popular brunch spot & maybe that's why "It's like mother's cooking, but better," still.
I took my family here for an early morning Sunday breakfast and it was fabulous. Wonderful service, delicious food and so beautiful and classy inside. I don't necessarily recommend the corn flake french toast, but I can attest to everything else my family ordered, especially the eggs Benedict and waffle.
This recommendation speaks directly to the Velvet Lounge cafe/bar to the right as you enter Mother's. The black, ivory and gold tones and eye catching chandeliers set the scene for elevated casualness. Sit at the granite bar or in one of the cozy banquets. Coffee and pastry in the mornings followed up by cocktails and small bites in the afternoon.
Great Breakfast – I went to read reviews this morning to see what people were giving great raves about for breakfast before going. I could not believe the bad ones. We have been there many times and it is slower with a big crowd of 12, but ALWAYS great food! This morning I had the Wild Salmon hash, mmm good!! (My wife usually gets it and I take some bites.)
My favorite is the Biscuit Breakfast with country sausage gravy. It's not a heavy flour tasting gravy. Try it, its really good.
Best Lunch In Portland........PERIOD – So, I'd been hankering for a meatball sub. I hadn't had one in years, but I was really wanting one. So I get one at a cart by work: fake cheese, cold meatballs, salty sauce on a mushy hot dog bun - inedible. Then Quiznos - yuck, Subway - AWFUL....... so I've eaten 3 meatball subs and all that sodium, carb and fat wasted. So, we're at Mothers and a special is the meatball sub. I order it, but they had just run out - but the waiter says it's amazing. Finally, I'm there on a Meatball Sub Day again and get one - it exceeded my dream lunch! Simply put: it was beyond perfect and worth every calorie, carb and other stuff I limit. The perfect sauce, giant meatballs, cheeses on killer, toasted to idealistic levels, garlic italian roll thing. I subbed their fresh, hand cut fries for the boring pasta salad and chowed.
I work Downtown, and often when I need feeding, I go to Mothers because everything is great (except the pasta salad), but sometimes they exceed greatness to nirvana (like the goulash, matzo ball soup, burgers & fries, cobb salad, breakfasts yada yada.
The only bad thing is that instead of having a meatball sub every 5 years, I'm eating my third in 6 weeks and not losing the few pounds I need to.
THANKS FOR COOKING BETTER THAN I CAN!!!!
Wowzer, Stick To Your Ribs Fare At A Reasonable Price – Friends..."true believers" drug us to this place our first day in Portland...then we started sneaking there on our own...there is a line at breakfast...get there early...Portabella Scramble will momentarily put you in a trance...wait staff is friendly and effective...food is hearty and healthy
Best food, alright staff... – Soooo... I love love love their food, I think it is over priced though... but there is nothing else really like it so I guess the price is worth it. The only negative thing I have to say is the staff seemed snobby, and put off that we were only a party of two... hmmm... like i said, lucky the pulled pork was THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD!!!!!
Good Food – Mother's is good but I think they are a little overpriced. Their portions are not super big so you must be paying for something else?
People say it's amazing so maybe I need to try it again but I'm not sure what everyone is talking about.
Excellent Food – This is an amazing place for breakfast and brunch! They don't accept reservations so you have to show up and loiter on the street while you wait which is never more than 20 minutes on busy weekends! It is fun to grab a cup of coffee and enjoy your morning. The breakfast selections are wonderful and well worth the wait!
PS I love Mama Mias Italian food next door for dinner, it is owned by the same people!
God Awful !!! – $16.50 for meatloaf and mashed potatoes … need I say more ? What a rip-off. They buy garbage food supplies ( just ask the owner of the cart across the street … People's Pig … who watches the delivery trucks come to them every morning. He'll tell you what quality of food they order !!! )
Nice atmosphere, food tastes ok but SO FREAKIN' OVERPRICED its ridiculous.
Best drinks in town! – My coworkers and I went to Happy Hour at Mother's last week and we were all impressed by their cocktails. They have a large variety of drinks to choose from and their rates a reasonable.
meh – Tried to make a reservation for a Thursday afternoon at 11:45 and was promptly told "no" so we pushed it to 12:30. Showed up with my party of 3 and was shown to our table. Granted there isn't a lot of space in the place, as it seems they have tried to cram waaay too many tables in, but we were seated at an isle table right in the direct path of everyone. So much for trying to reserve a nice spot for lunch out.
Food was mediocre. I had matza ball soup, which i love, but this was very bland. The broth was completely unseasoned and unflavorful. Service was dull and a bit slow. Not great but not terrible. Probably won't try this one again.
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