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Mother's Bistro & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in 3 Days in Portland
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212 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97204-2603
+1 503-464-1122
08:00 - 22:00
Open now
All hours
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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La Canada Flintridge, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Rainy day Bloody Mary's were the best although the bartender wasn't that friendly. Our food server was awesome. My friend and I split a salad and the Ruben sandwich. Both which were good. The atmosphere was nice and reminded me of an out-of-the-way gem!

Thank Moira91011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've been hearing about this place for a while now so when friends suggested we stop here for brunch I was all for it - and already drooling over strangers plates as we walked past. A bustling place at brunch (and unfortunately not too much room at the bar to wait but there is coffee!) but service doesn't suffer. Everything... More 

Thank Degan W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My family of 5 adults came here for brunch recently. All of our meals were excellent and the service was quick and friendly. I enjoyed the oatmeal and a bagel. The rest of my family enjoyed the French toast, pancakes, and soup.

Thank A B
Tillamook, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had brunch at Mothers on a cold blustery day. The atmosphere was wonderful, warm and friendly. Wonderful breakfast/brunch options and food was excellent. Need to plan as the lines are long. worth the wait for a special brunch.

Thank kathys1209
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, good service. Had our cat with us, so had to order for take out. There's a public parking across the street.

Thank Raminjaafarian
Baltimore, Maryland
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place on Trip Advisor, many thanks people! Rather large space and was quite busy during our mid-morning weekday visit. We were happy to be seated upon entering by a friendly staff. We enjoyed reading about the owner and the backstory of the restaurant while waiting for our meal. Its kinda hard to mess up breakfast (somehow many places... More 

Thank JC-Meg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived ed at Mothers for breakfast and found the place was packed. We had a reservation so got to our table right away but other patrons without had to wait 30 to 45 minutes! It is a very busy, noisy spot but the food more than makes up for any wait or noise! The portion sizes are huge so... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food. Great service! I had the omelet of the day. Eggs were perfect and the chicken apple sausage inside was tasty but not overpowering.

Thank Brian F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The long waits are worth it... the food and staff are amazing. Saturday is the busiest day. Best breakfast in PDX

Thank Lindsey H
Falls Church, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Judging by the biscuits, I'm guessing this place rocks a pretty killer breakfast but we came here for dinner. It was very good and I would definitely try it again. Our party of four tried the $15,000 crab cakes, the mac and cheese, squash ravioli, pulled pork and the chicken and dumplings. I would say everything was delicious although I... More 

Thank John S

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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, 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, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?