Imperial

Those seeking a classy joint worth getting dolled up for are jazzed about Vitaly Paley and Ben Bettinger’s sensibly swank Broadway Street eatery in the Hotel Lucia, where seasonally-driven Northwest fare fuels a convivial downtown crowd. And if you end up getting the proverbial room after a few too many of the dangerously affordable signature cocktails, come morning, brunch awaits but a short elevator ride away–with hearty specials like the Imperial pastrami hash, crab croque-madame, and coddled eggs nestled in a pool of rich, spicy tomato sauce studded with dollops of warm goat cheese and a side of the kitchen’s signature fry bread. Plus a house Bloody Mary or Peychaud’s Mimosa, of course. (Either is just $7…see what I mean about dangerously affordable?!)

Details

Cuisine: New American

Executive Chef: Vitaly Paley and Ben Bettinger

Pastry Chef: Michelle Vernier

Atmosphere: Posh, modern design that's got the slightly anonymous feel of a downtown hotel restaurant, probably because it is in fact, a downtown hotel restaurant

Outdoor seating: No

Best Seat: Booth

Noise Level: Normal to Lively

Dress Code: Business casual, but you can just as easily wear jeans or a tux

Bring the Kids: No, take them next door to the Portland Penny Diner

Bathrooms: Through the restaurant's back door and down the lobby stairs

Parking: Street parking is metered (Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 1-7pm) and challenging to find; valet parking available for $10/car

Cocktails: Excellent house cocktails ($8-$10), two draft cocktails ($7), full bar; brunch cocktails ($5-$8)

Beer: Six local beers on tap ($4 pilsner, $6 Imperial pint); dozen bottled beers ($4-$8)

Wine: Beautifully-curated list of sparkling, rosé, whites and reds by the glass ($9-$19), on tap ($9-$12), and bottle ($31-$650)

Corkage: $20

Teetotalers: House cream soda, ginger ale, orange soda

Coffee: Caffe D'arte

Tea: Steven Smith hot teas, Numi iced tea

Ideal Meal: Parker rolls, duck meatballs, fried rabbit, roasted chicken, burger, roasted carrots, icebox cake

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Good for the following occasions: Romantic Date Night, Pre-Theater Supper, Downtown Brunch, Feeling Like You're Somewhere Other Than Portland

Group/Private Party Details: Imperial does all the catering for events at the Hotel Lucia, which has several private dining spaces like the Monterosso (accommodates 70 for a formal dinner, or 100 for a standing affair) and the Genoa (room for 25-30 and additional space for a bar); call or email kpetzold@imperialpdx.com for more info

Reservations: Yes, call 503.228.7222 or reserve online at Open Table

Delivery: Room service