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West Cafe
West Cafe

West Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.westcafepdx.com
  • Email: eat@westcafepdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 227-8189
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Sean Concannon
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: West Cafe offers personalized caterings, customized for your personal needs. While mingling with appetizers seems to be the trend we also have catered sit down dinner parties in private homes. Choosing the flow for your event is important in setting the tone, and we are happy to help you make it the party you envision. You name it, brunches, luncheons, cocktail and dinner parties for starters. Office parties, award ceremonies or simply a gift to someone saying “thank you” for a deed they did for you. Please email or call with inquiries.
  • Entertainment: West Café hosts free jazz music several times a month. Every Thursday night starting at 8 PM jazz educator and drummer Alan Jones hosts an ensemble of musicians. Every second Saturday of the month from 6-9PM "The Originals" play jazz standards from the 40’s, 50's and 60's. The repertoire is drawn from what is known as the "Great American Songbook" featuring composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Rogers, Hart and more. Featured are Don McFarlane on piano, Morgan Curtis on drums and Jules Auger on string bass. Please check our website for additional events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SW 12th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to plentiful on street parking, customers are welcome to use a private parking lot next door to us. Simply enter the first driveway on the left after passing West Cafe on 12th Ave. and park in available spaces behind the tall building on the right.
A word from West Cafe
“Where the atmosphere and fare is simply inspired.”

Fresh healthy cuisine that won’t break your wallet. Casual, but comfortable. Enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or happy hour cocktails and snacks.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I have eaten at West Café many times and the food is consistently great. The specials are fabulous. Try the Key Lime Pie too! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "West Cafe was the perfect place to meet friends or coworkers for lunch or happy hour. Our large group found something for everyone on the menu and daily specials sheet—delicious meatloaf sandwich, a sophisticated take grilled cheese, several light and healthy salads, even a nice twist on a vegetarian curry. The service was friendly and accommodating, and the dining area is comfortable, welcoming and QUIET. (One of the few places I can think of where acoustics make it easy to hear the conversation at your table.) One last mention: my husband and I returned for a terrific Sunday brunch, with sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "My food was very good but not outstanding. The service was pleasant - our waitress was a doll. Prices were what I expected. Good experience!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Friendly atmosphere, wide expanse of windows that brighten the room, wonderful food, and amazing staff who are welcoming, personable, efficient and resourceful. It's a 'gold star' experience for us always!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I am sure this little gem is often overlooked by foodies. It isn't in a "trendy" spot in the city. Nor is it "trendy". However, it is straight forward...excellent food, outstanding service, very friendly staff, with a NYC neighborhood feel. It seems settled and sure of itself. It should be, because it's terrific. Oh, and the best key lime pie I have ever eaten...and I'm from the south with a mother who was a baker."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This is an unfound treasure. Food is excellent, using lots of local ingredients and different cuisines. Old fashioned meat loaf to lamb to fish. Three of us each had tasty dishes. Very nice wine selection and full bar. Service was attentive."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I'm becoming a frequent flyer - love this restaurant and staff - perfect every time."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I've probably walked past West Cafe a dozen times in my travels to Portland. It looks very unassuming from the street, and is deceptive in its appearance. I booked a reservation there through Open Table because it was close to where I was staying and the menu looked diversified. What a lovely place it turned out to be. There was live music - a soulful but relaxing jazz singer on keyboards with a wonderful guitar accompaniment - pleasant ambiance, fantastic staff, and amazing food. I'm looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed a nice dinner with four friends before heading off to a concert. Staff were very good about getting us finished in time for our 7:30 pm curtain raising, without seeming hurried about it. If you're in the southwest end of downtown Portland, West Cafe is a pleasant place for a good meal. The ambient noise is fairly low, so it's a good place for conversation."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have been going to the West Cafe for brunch every year at this time. Their food is usually very good. Unfortunately, the special (corned beef with a poached egg) was horribly overdone and not worth eating. We had several people at the table, but we were never offered more coffee, asked is everything was OK, asked if anyone needed new beverages, nothing. It was not overly busy, but communication was extremely difficult. If I pay $2 for coffee, I expect to have it on hand and ready to go. I expect to be offered a refresher or even a new cup, if the liquid is cooled. Our bill could not be split up for some reason-I guess you can't add the gratuity to everyone's bill, right? Disappointing to say the least."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I don't often have lunch meetings in Portland, however, when I do, this will be a top choice. The staff at West Cafe went out of their way to make sure we were in a quiet corner away from the road construction the city had started that morning. They accommodated my very early arrival and took great care of us throughout our lunch meeting. The restaurant atmosphere was quiet and comfortable and we had a wonderful meeting, thanks in part to the work of the staff to attend to our needs. The food was excellent as well. My colleagues had dessert and it looked wonderful...as if in the nicest restaurants in town!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Unfortunately, my partner found a human hair in her Caesar salad. While the salad was replaced and comped, the incident left a bad taste (pun intended). The chicken pot pie was also disappointing."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Wonderful location for great dinner prior to an event, parking is easy, food is great and servers get you out on time."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We live a block from West Cafe (12th and SW Jefferson St)..............................it has never failed us. Birthday gatherings, Happy Hour, quiet dinners, solitary lunches.......................and special occasion Brunches.................................it fits the bill. The owners and staff are stellar and they know our names and try to seat us at our favorite table if it's available. The food is creative and delicious, especially Connie's desserts ! The wine list is not extensive but I think that's good. It's readable and there are excellent choices. And the prices are reasonable. West Cafe is our go to place for a meal or snack in our neighborhood."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have a friend who took a jazz workshop and the "final" was to sing three jazz songs on Wed. evening, Feb 26th. Although we were in the way back dining area - farthest from the floor show, we could see and hear all the jazz workshop students just fine from where we were. Plus we were able to have a fabulous dinner while listening. Thanks for a great evening!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Four of us celebrated Valentine's Day with a delightful dinner. The staff is attentive and the food was excellent and beautifully presented. Outstanding breads and salads started our meal. Our entrees were well prepared and nicely seasoned. Excellent desserts as well. We'll happily return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my wife here for Valentine's dinner and it was perfect! We both had a drink, appetizer and a meal and the final bill was only $56 dollars. The grilled meatloaf was wonderful. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a romantic restaurant with very good food. I gave it four stars on the food only because the olive dip was a bit salty.. but that is very very minor ding. Overall, I highly encourage you to try this place out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The house salad and the appetizer (mushrooms in sherry w/brie on a bed of arugula) was good. My wife loved the butternut squash with hazelnuts and grilled chicken. I was slightly less happy with the chicken pot pie whose crust was good, but uninspiring, as were both the chicken and the vegetables in it. Desert was a redemption, the dutch apple crumb pie ala mode being fabulous. So what keeps me from rating this place higher? It was a bit too noisy, I didn't care much for the atmosphere - a bit too industrial for me and the dining area layout made you feel as if you were in a fishbowl. My food being a bit uninspiring was not a deal-killer, as I'd come back again, just with my expectations set a bit lower. It was a great value for the price."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious, service was great. Highly recommend this spot."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I drive by West Cafe often but we'd never been there until Valentine's day when we neglected to make dinner reservations prior to the concert. I used Open Table to find something available at 5:30. Based on the reviews I read, I selected West Cafe although from the road it hardly seemed romantic. Friends joined us and all of us enjoyed not only our dinners, but the atmosphere as well. A little jewel and within easy walking distance to the Performing Arts Center... another plus."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Place was all but closed down by 8pm on a Saturday night. Felt like we were bothering them. Bar was looked completely shut down....even though you could order something from waiter. It was horrible atmosphere so we left after a quick glass of cheap champagne."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed the ambience and the meal. Very good place to eat."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our table was ready on arrival. Staff was pleasantly thoughtful and prices affordable. The "Whisper" salad was generous and the vinaigrette dressing outstanding! As was the flat cracker-style bread and olive bread. This was a wonderful dining experience compounded by unexpected live entertainment, and being welcomed like old friends even though it was our first visit. We plan to return, and have already made several recommendations to friends!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "There were four of us for dinner and every meal was very good. Not overwhelming amounts but very satisfying. We enjoyed the setting and the wait staff. While we would normally have liked the timing of the service and chance to enjoy our guests we were a bit rushed because of another venue."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "West has been one of our favorite places for some time. It helps that we know the owners, but they are easy to get to know and love, as are the staff. Awesome bar and comfortable atmosphere always. Brunch is inspired and fresh"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We reserved for a special New Year's brunch. It was anything but... Though there were several open tables we were seated in an awkward table next to the kitchen. The coffee was just average and the food was less than. Definitely not worth the price, or the bother of making the reservation."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We dined with two out of town friends, on New Year's Eve before attending the symphony. We felt proud of our city, taking our friends to a restaurant they ended up loving, then hearing beethovens ninth played by a great orchestra! Couldn't have asked for better!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our first time at West Cafe was very enjoyable. The atmosphere for SUnday Brunch was lively but not noisy. The food was great and the service was spot on. We are already looking forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Soup was tepid, bland and runny but the sandwich was good."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "I have been here before Portland Baroque Orchesta concerts at First Baptist Church a few blocks away. I love the blood orange old-fashioned. The menu suits my taste perfectly. On the lighter side but still substantial. Last time I had the mushroom bisque soup, rich and fresh, and the lamb salad: marinated and seasoned lamb with spinach. Son and daughter-in-law shared chicken pot pie and quinoa salad. It's a nice space, both open and intimate; service is excellent. Will go again soon."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This neighborhood restaurant is well appointed and has a modest size menu with lot of gluten free options. During our lunch we ordered a variety of plates including, mac and cheese, frittata, grilled portobello sandwich. All were reported to be good. Wines by the glass are reasonably priced."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "The lamb was excellent and the ambiance low key and pleasant. The service is prompt and intelligent.This is a good place for a meal with conversation."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Once each month our group of retired music professors from Portland State University have lunch at a local restaurant. We feel that West Cafe is a perfect place to congregate as the food is always great as is the wait staff -- especially the wait staff! They are all very attentive and explain the dishes perfectly so we know exactly what we are ordering. Our coffee cups are refilled without our having to flag the waiters down. Every part of our experiences at your restaurant have been A+. We will look forward to returning soon after the first of the year. Happy Holidays to you all. Gordon Solie"
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "We love West Cafe and go there regularly. This time I had a group of 8. The food and service is exceptional, as is the live Jazz music (which is not loud and overbearing). They also have a nice Happy Hour menu, and parking by 12th and Jefferson is easy. Highly recommend West Cafe'!!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "My wife and I wanted to give our (4) Asian business guests a more American experience than usual, so we took a risk on a new place. I'm glad we did. West Café seems to attract an older clientele, perhaps owing to the proximity of Theaters, Churches, and high-rise retirement condos. I loved it. It's a great place for a medium-sized group. You can actually have a conversation. Service was a bit slow at first due to a rush of guests leaving as we arrived (for the Theatre?) Our waiter was patient as he helped our guests make their selections. The food, the presentation, the service, and the atmosphere were all excellent, with reasonable prices. We'll definitely return, perhaps on a live-music night."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We have enjoyed West Cafe several times over the last few years and have never been disappointed. The food is interesting and creative while striking a home cooked comfort food sensibility. We spotted a South African Cabernet Sauvignon on the wine list which the server also recommended and we were pleased with the choice along with the lamb with quinao tabouleh and chicken pot pie that hit the spot before a show at the Schnitz."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "We have never been disappointed at West Café. Always a good variety of menu items, delicious food and excellent, personable service."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Enjoyed a birthday dinner there with a friend. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "We have had Brunch, Lunch and Dinner at West Cafe. Each time we were more than pleased with the service and food. The Waitresses have been friendly and the food is excellent."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "A good range of choices offered on the weekend brunch menu, not the usual boring stuff. If you are downtown and want a decent, non-chain breakfast/brunch, this is a good choice."
    Dined on 7/21/2013