Elmer's Restaurants - A Northwest Favorite since 1960

A Northwest Favorite Since 1960

In 1960, Walt and Dorothy Elmer opened breakfast focused Elmer’s Colonial Pancake House in Portland, OR. Truly a family owned and operated labor of love, Walt, Dorothy, and their three sons poured their hearts into serving the local community. It was an immediate success thanks to their commitment to bringing people together for home-style cooking, using only the finest ingredients.

Built on the foundation of Walt Elmer’s famous buttermilk pancakes, the original recipe for pancake batter was purchased for $1,000 and rumor has it that Walt kept it locked in his safe. We still use Walt’s original recipe today!

Over the years, the menu was expanded with lunch and dinner items and the restaurant became Elmer’s Pancake & Steakhouse. In 1966, Elmer’s began franchising and continues to grow to this day.

Today, we continue to honor the values of the Elmer’s family by delivering seasonally fresh entrees and premium, made-from-scratch favorites served with care in a warm, inviting family atmosphere. As a group of locally-owned restaurants, we take pride in our local communities, source Northwest fresh ingredients, and are proud to have the most wonderful, loyal Guests.

Including the newest addition, Egg N’ Joe, there are now 28 locations throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California and Arizona.

We invite you to continue making us your home for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Welcome to the family!