Welcome to Vertical Diner Portland

  • Home of the “Tender Tiger”

  • Home of the Famous Dude Cakes

  • Breakfast served all day

Great food! Great people!

We believe that eating a plant based diet will positively change the world environmentally, socially, emotionally, physically and creatively! We pride ourselves in providing food services in a format that is easily accessible for all people. Vertical Diner is "Great Food! Great People!"


  • “Vertical Diner” - Williamette Week

    Portland's newest all-vegan restaurant may also be its most beautiful. The thoughtfully restored roadside diner, which used to house greasy spoon Golden Touch on Barbur, serves a.....

  • “Two dining traditions come together” - Pamplin Media

    The man vegnews.com dubbed the Vegan King of Salt Lake City is bringing his court to SW Barbur Boulevard and transforming the Golden Touch restaurant....

  • “Meet the Vegan ‘King’ of Utah” - vegnews.com

    We sit down with Brandt at one of his many meat-free enterprises, and discusses how he is helping to change the perception of vegan food in the city best known for its snow-capped mountaintops and religious persuasion....

  • “Top ten faux chicken sandwiches” - PETA

    Forget Popeyes and Chick-fil-A—the best “chicken” sandwich is a delicious one for which no one had to die. Expand beyond those basic, boring options and try something vegan! Lucky for y’all, we have some of the best vegan chicken sandwiches....


Form of Payment

All major credit cards and cash.


Please only certified service dogs.

Wheel Chair Access

We have full access to our restaurant.


We offer catering services for your event in our restaurant at our location “Vertical Diner and the Gold Room” which seats 60 guests. We offer small event services and Private Chef services. Please contact Ian Brandt at 801-259-3106 or at ian@elevatedcuisine.com to arrange services for your event

Vegan and Gluten Free Options

We have a full plant based menu with 90% of the menu as gluten free available.

Special Dietary Restrictions

We would love to prepare your special requests. Please advise that if we are busy, special menu variations may take a little more time to prepare.

Organic and Local

Vertical diner uses 30% organic and local ingredients when possible. We are committed to using local vendors to supply our restaurant operations.


Everyday from 10am - 8pm


40 parking spaces and room for charter bus access


We offer 66 comfortable seats in our main dining hall. "The gold room" is available to reserve for 60 guests for no additional cost.


8124 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219


0.3 miles from Multnomah Village

Conveniently located off Oregon 5 freeway

10 miles from PDX airport

The Gold Room

Our private dining room is the name- sake of the iconic Golden Touch Family Restaurant. which operated at this location for 50 years.

The Gold Room can seat 60 guests . We can reserve this room for birthday parties, wedding receptions, business socials, corporate luncheons and many other special occasions.

We create unique menus drawing from the culinary traditions of Vertical Diner and our sister restaurant Sage’s Cafe. Great Food! Great People!


Vertical Diner is all about “Great Food! Great People!” We serve breakfast all day, vegetarian comfort food made with wholesome ingredients. Vertical Diner serves about 30% of the menu organic ingredients. We are so excited to serve our guests and create a memorable dining experience that draws nostalgia from the past mixed with modern culinary traditions. We want to serve you!


We only will take a reservation for groups of 8 or more. We appreciate any advance notice for large parties as we want to serve your group in the best way possible with the best cuisine possible. Vertical Diner is excited to serve your group!

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Vertical Diner coordinates outside catering with Sage’s Cafe and Cali’s Natural Foods to create brilliant, spectacular events like delicate weddings and on-site educational private chef events. We love to prepare healthy foods! Call Ian at 503-206-6150.

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Our Story


Vertical Diner was born in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the The Rocky Mountains. This vertically enhanced landscape formed the name Vertical Diner. Vertical Diner has a big vision and is dedicated to reach new heights and expand the mind to the stars! Vertically!


Vertical Diner first started by Ian and Kelsey Brandt as The Greens Vegetarian Food Cart in 1998 at the SLC Farmer's Market. In 1999, Ian and Kelsey started Sage's Cafe at 473 east 900 south in Salt Lake City.

Sage's Cafe was an all vegan restaurant with a focus on seasonal, organic and locally sourced ingredients. Great relationships that were made with local growers at the Salt Lake City Farmer's market helped keep the Sage's Cafe kitchen fresh. Over the years to come, Sage's Cafe had become one of the top vegan restaurants in the US, written about in the Washington Post, Bon Appetit Magazine, Veg News, Sunset, and all of the local papers and press.

In 2007, Vertical Diner was opened in an old 50's diner in a warehouse and industrial district in SLC. The Vertical became very well received and was a nice option for more affordable vegan cuisine with breakfast all day. At the time Sage's Cafe was a bit too expensive and was so vegetable driven that it didn't appeal to all of our guests. Vertical filled this gap perfectly.

In 2007, Cali's Natural Foods opened to support the production of foods at Vertical Diner. Cali's eventually has become a source of vegan specialty products for Vertical Diner and the many other accounts it serves in Salt Lake City. In 2010-2013, Ian Brandt opened Cafe SuperNatural which was a vegan spa cuisine restaurant. It was very well received but just didn't have enough business and closed in 2013. Vertical Diner ended up in the Sage's Cafe's 2nd location at 234 west 900 south.

In 2017, Sage's Cafe moved back downtown to 368 east 100 south. Vertical Diner thrived at this location to a level that we had never seen before. In 2018, a tough decision was made to close down the 20 year old Sage's Cafe. Vertical Diner and Sage's Cafe merged concepts, recipes, equipment and staffing. Vertical Diner became even more popular and successful.

Cali's Natural Foods increased commercial accounts to some noteworthy clients and has become a successful food processor. The next big move for Vertical was on January 2nd of 2019, while living in Eugene, Oregon, Ian Brandt decided it was time to expand Vertical Diner to Portland. Brandt had this plan for 16 years and felt like the timing was right and finally after 16 years of searching found the perfect location. After 6 months of remodeling, Vertical Diner Portland opened on July 8th, 2019 at 8124 sw Barbur Boulevard.

As the name suggests “Vertical Diner” is unlimited in potential!


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Vertical Diner

8124 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland OR 97219
(503) 206-6150
Everyday from 10am - 8pm