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Portland Restaurants

Mother's Bistro & Bar

  • 212 S.W. Stark St. Map It
  • Downtown
  • American

Updated 11/01/2014

Fodor's Review

Chef and cookbook author Lisa Schroeder dedicates her home-style, made-with-love approach to food to the comforting foods prepared by mothers everywhere. Clearly, the theme resonates, as evidenced by the long waits on weekends, and even some weekday mornings for breakfast, which is arguably the best time of the day to sample Schroeder's hearty cooking; try the wild salmon hash with leeks or the French toast with a crunchy corn-flake crust. Highlights at lunch and dinner include macaroni and cheese with daily changing ingredients, meat loaf and gravy, and slow-stewed chicken and dumplings. For vegetarians there's an array of salads and a flavorful veggie-and-tofu stir-fry. The high ceilings in the well-lit dining room lend an air of spaciousness, but the tables are a bit close together; dine outside on the sidewalk if the weather permits. The Velvet Lounge bar is popular for late-night noshing and sipping. Reservations are recommended on weekends.

Restaurant Information


212 S.W. Stark St., Portland, Oregon, 97204, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Mon. No dinner Sun.

Updated 11/01/2014


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Jul 4, 2008

Big Portions

We had breakfast twice and dinner once there. We were never disappointed. They have the best biscuits and gravy! Fun atmosphere and lively. I could eat there everyday!

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Nov 28, 2007


We were there for Thanksgiving and had good food. It was rushed, and somewhat impersonal. Our neighbors in the small dining room were having a family celebration which was fun, though.

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Sep 1, 2007

Great first date place

If your looking for a semi-formal casual place to eat then this is the place to go they have really great dinner and lunch too but lunch is not served after 2pm because the place closes after that too prep for dinner I have been going there on and off since 2005 and everytime I go there have a good experiance.

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Jun 3, 2007

Great Breakfast

The service was good. We had the French Toast & the Salmon Hash, both very tasty.

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