Sixty Seconds with David Reamer

David Reamer's first photo assignment was ten years ago. It was a series of farmer portraits, a catalog of those who do so much for the Portland restaurant community. And ten years later, these portraits still hang proudly in the front dining room of Paley's Place. Check out this amazing blog post, and be sure to head in to Paley's Place to take a look at these beautiful photos in person!

Back to where it all began.

5 Must-Eat Portland Dishes

Portland Monthly's Newcomer's Guide 2017 features a small, but creative list of dishes that are not to be missed during a visit to The Rose City. Paley's Place classic dish, Escargot à la Bordelaise,  along with one of our Wine Wednesday dishes, the Manila Clams with Chorizo, were some of the local eats listed. 

Read the full story on Portland Monthly.

The Best U.S.
Cities for a
Romantic Urban

Honeymoons do not have to include sunshine and beaches. With the ease and affordability of travel in the U.S., many couples are opting for local cities. Travel + Leisure's Patricia Doherty gives a list of the top cities for newlyweds, including Portland, and our very own Paley's Place. 

Read the full story on Travel + Leisure.

Portland restaurants worth traveling for

"Vitaly Paley's flagship restaurant, Paley's Place, offers Pacific Northwest Bistro Fare using local & sustainable seasonal products, served in the warm and inviting setting of a Victorian home."

Read the full story on Expedia. 

"Vitaly Paley has recently branched out into a mini empire of hotel restaurants, but his best burger is at Paley's original Slabtown restaurant—home to one of Portland's very first brioche-bun, house-ground bistro burgers when it was introduced at the turn of the millennium.

The grilled onion on the Paley's burger ($15 with fries) is revelatory, a full slab of onion grilled on both sides until caramelized, with an almost translucent and buttery interior."

Read the full story by Willamette Week's Nick Zukin.

The 16 Best Bistro Burgers in Portland

PALEY'S place featured in 2016 wILLamette week restaurant guide

It's here! The Willamette Week has released its 2016 Restaurant Guide just in time for the rain to really start settling in. Featuring fifty restaurants and a few pop-ups, each restaurant is reviewed for its food, atmosphere, and price. Paley's Place came in at number twenty-six, while Imperial came in at number thirty-two--check out these excellent articles by Matthew Korfhage:

After 20 years, Paley's Place Softly Revamped its Menu with Russian Flair

Imperial is Where Honey-Kissed Spicy Fried Chicken is Perfect from Morning to Night


Vitaly Paley's much anticipated restaurant, Headwaters at the Heathman is officially open! The fourth restaurant to join the Paley's empire, this establishment is more seafood-focused, featuring a raw bar, and locally-sourced dishes. This week, the James Beard Award-winning chef was interviewed on NPR's Think Out Loud. Paley talks about his experiences growing up in Soviet Russia, how he came into the restaurant business, and how food is not just about the physical taste, but the emotions it evokes as well. Dave Miller's interview really captures the essence of Chef Paley's philosophy on food, and why it takes a community to build a successful restaurant. 


On October 17, 2016, Chef Vitaly Paley sat down with Think Out Loud's Dave Miller on OPB to talk about his background, his approach to food and his new restaurant at the Heathman Hotel. 

Think Out Loud: Chef Vitaly Paley 2016

Vitaly Paley on Feast Portland & the Spirit of a Restaurant

We have all been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Feast 2016, and it is finally here! From the Sandwich Invitational to Smoked, from beer tastings to Brunch Village, Feast is sure to have a little something for everyone. Vitaly Paley is participating in Smoked this year, and sat down with The Daily Meal's Alex Frane to discuss Feast, Headwaters, and how to stay relevant in a saturated restaurant scene. 

Vitaly Paley on Feast Portland & the Spirit of a Restaurant

Though the James Beard Awards have come and gone this year, as Portlanders, we must remind ourselves that we are a lucky bunch. We are lucky because we live in a town with incredible food, and incredible chefs who have created this gastronomical mecca. Cory Schreiber, Philippe Boulot, Cathy Whims, Greg Higgins, and Vitaly Paley (all James Beard winners or nominees,) continue to pave the way for Portland's culinary future, preparing the upcoming generations to follow in their "locavorian" footsteps. Check out the amazing article below by the incomparable Karen Brooks:



Opened in 2012, Vitaly Paley's Imperial has been making waves since its inception. A downtown hot spot, the restaurant provides brunch, lunch, and dinner to visitors and locals alike. This month, Imperial has been named the best hotel restaurant on the west coast by Sunset Magazine!  A huge congratulations to our sister restaurant--we are looking forward to Imperial's future, and to its continual success! To read more about the award and Imperial, take a peek at the articles below:

About Portland: Vitaly Paley Embraces the Pioneer Spirit

Imperial: Best Hotel Restaurant in the West

Paley's Place sister restaurant was named Best Hotel Restaurant in the west by Sunset Magazine.

"We're super excited," Paley said about the Sunset nod. "We didn't set out to open a restaurant in a hotel, we just set out to open a restaurant. It just happened to be a hotel."

Imperial: Best Hotel Restaurant in the West

More news and press from Paley Place and Chef Vitaly Paley

As a city with more restaurants per capita, it's no wonder that Portland is listed as one of top cities for foodies to travel and dine. Forbes Travel Guide listed Paley's Place as one of the five restaurants to visit in Portland--congratulations, everyone! We've also just completed our remodel--stop by for dinner and check it out. Spring, here we come!

Five Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now


Oregonian and wine maker, Ron Penner-Ash is making a big splash with the Children's Cancer Association! Penner-Ash, one of the owners of the Penner-Ash winery in Newberg will be paddling 160 up the Willamette River from August 22-25th. All proceeds with go to the CCA--and there are some pretty great incentives to donate. Check out the link below to learn more and participate in this amazing expedition:

Ron Penner-Ash Stand Up for Joy 2016

It is often said that Paley's Place is a Portland institution. According to Ruth Reichl, her first meal in Portland was at Paley's--and it was a meal to remember! Check out this fun article on the James Beard Award-winning author by Eater PDX:

Where Ruth Reichl Eats When She Visits Portland

Spring is in the air—that can only mean one thing! It’s time to begin our gastronomical journey. That’s right, with March comes Portland Dining Month. At Paley’s Place, we will be kicking off with an amazing three-course meal for $29! Make a reservation through Travel Portland, (for every reservation through TP, a donation will be made to the Oregon Food Bank,) and check out our menu at March, here we come!

It is officially out! The Paleys are opening up the newest addition to their family of restaurants in late summer. Headwaters will occupy the old restaurant space at the Heathman Hotel, and will feature local ingredients, a raw bar, and a variety of seafood dishes. Check out this incredible press release by Karen Brooks, and this delightful write-up from EaterPDX. A huge congratulations to the Paleys! We are so excited to be expanding our restaurant family, and to be part of the Heathman Hotel's future.

Headwaters at the Heathman

The Paleys to Take Over the Heathman

Portland is teaming with pop-ups--and EaterPDX gives you the skinny on the best ones of 2016. DaNet is listed among these tricky-to-track-down, often monthly dinners--congratulations, all!

The Best Portland Pop-Ups to Try Now

The new year is upon us, and with it comes resolutions. Well, Thrillist Portland has a few suggestions--check out "The 50 Best Things to Eat in Portland" article, and tick a few items off of your 2016 bucket list. The article also features an item from Paley's Place Sous Chef, Stan Luoma--congrats Stan!

The Portland Food Bucket List: 50 Things You Need to Eat Before you Die

Care for some jam with your tea? Why not have the Georgia Caravan Blend, courtesy of Chef Vitaly Paley, and Smith Teamaker Tony Tellin:

Food World News: Tea and Jam

Peckish for some sushi, but not sure where to venture out to? Well, Vitaly Paley has the answer--Yama Sushi. Check out this Dining Confidential article from Eater Portland:

An Epic Experience: Yama Sushi

Feeling romantic? Well, we have the perfect Portland restaurants for you to take that special someone. Take a peek at the top twenty picks from Dream Vacation Magazine:

Romantic Restaurants 2015

We know you have a Thanksgiving feast to prepare, but take a few minutes to watch Chef Vitaly Paley prepare a rabbit for Fennel Roasted Rabbit Salad--delicious! 

Chew Portland Magazine 2015

The Eater Awards have announced their 2015 Portland Winners! And guess who won Chef of the Year? That's right, Imperial's Doug Adams is at it again, taking the Portland culinary scene by storm. Way to win all of the hearts, (and stomachs,) and congratulations!

Eater PDX 2015 Portland Awards

Willamette Week has released its Restaurant of the Year: it's Imperial!!! An enormous congratulations to Vitaly Paley, Doug Adams, and all of the amazing staff at Imperial. This restaurant has been making waves since its inception--we are so thrilled and proud to be its sister. 

The Restaurant of the Year 2015: Imperial
And check out the video teaser below that goes along with the article--well done Dougie and Vitaly!

Willamette Week: What Defines Imperial's Culture and Food

Portland; a city with more restaurants per capita. So how do you choose? According to the Eater 38, (a list of restaurants that define our local, gastronomical scene,) Paley's Place is a classic staple for dining in the Rose City. Joined by 37 other amazing Portland restaurants, Paley's sits at number three on the list--a huge congratulations to the other restaurants.

The 38 Essential Portland Restaurants, October, 2015

Check out this fun article from Portland Monthly's Karen Brooks: guess who is featured in it?! Why, DaNet of course! 

The 4 Most Memorable Portland Restaurant Moments of the Year

Congratulations to Imperial for coming in at #3 for best happy hour in Portland! 

Portland's Best Happy Hour 2015

Decadence does not always have to be expensive--so says Alexander Frane of Drink Portland. His article, Don't Break the Bank: Affordable Happy Hour Specials at Otherwise High-End Restaurants, touches on Paley's Place, Portland Penny Diner, and Imperial as perfect places to "live large while on a budget."

Drink Portland: Best Happy Hour Specials 2015

Steven Smith Teamakers and Vitaly Paley have teamed up to collaborate on an incredible new tea! At Number 2 in their Maker's Series, the blend, "Georgian Caravan" is accompanied by a jar of huckleberry jam, a traditional Russian sweetener. Delicious and subtly smoky.

Vitaly Paley and the Georgian Caravan: Smith Teamakers Maker's Series

With Feast 2015 behind us, we are looking ahead to the culinary varieties that the fall months can provide. Several chefs, bartenders, and other restaurant aficionados were asked what gastronomical delights they were most excited about during the cooler temperatures. 

Autumn: The Need for Heartier Things

Check out this amazing recap of Feast Portland 2015, and some fantastic photos of Chef Paley and Chef Cosentino too. Well done fellows!

The Smoke, the Guts, the Glory

Feast 2015 has taken over Portland! Paley's Place is hosting a spectacular sold-out 5-course dinner this Friday (September 18). Vitaly Paley will be joined by Chef Chris Cosentino and Chef Sam Mason--welcome to Portland, gentlemen! 

Feast 2015 Dinner Series

The 2015 Zagat guide is out! Guess who came in third?! 

The Top 25 Restaurants in Portland

Imperial's own Doug Adams will be appearing on the Bravo Media show, Top Chef at Sea. Congratulations Doug! 

USA Today: Top Chef at Sea

DaNet, Vitaly Paley's pop-up diner, features old world Russian cuisine. Paley draws from family recipes, Russian cookbooks, and even Russian literature to find the perfect dishes to inspire and entice diners. Around for over a year, DaNet is for anyone who wants to rediscover the richness of old Russia, and connect with one of Portland's finest chefs: 

Portland Monthly: Vitaly Paley Perfects the Cuisine of Old Russia at DaNet

Seaweed that tastes like bacon?! OSU researchers have discovered a type of seaweed, that when smoked, tastes like bacon. Dulse is a red marine algae that is protein-rich, and supposedly contains twice the nutritional value of kale. Vitaly Paley takes dulse to a whole new level at Imperial! Check out this fun interview from KGW: 

Dulse: The New Superfood

Take a look at this fantastic Washington Post article, The Search for America's Best Food Cities: Portland, Oregon, featuring a variety of restaurants and chefs in Portland. Tom Sietsema examines the gastronomy scene, and how Portland has become the inspiration for many aspiring chefs and adventurous eaters. Check out the great quotes from Vitaly Paley!