Kells Brew Pub NW

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Irish
Welcome to Kells Brew Pub in NW Portland. Brewing Irish style beers with local NW ingredients. Whiskey and bourbon selections which are exquisitely hand picked. Enjoyable classic cocktails that change with the seasons. The kitchen serves up Irish traditional dishes along with local favorites for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

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BG
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is a every other month dining location for us. Tonight it was about birthdays for two family members.

We were surprised to find the Happy Hour menu is suspended on evenings when there is a game at the nearby stadium; not only that, but there is a truncated memo that offers only one vegetarian meal option (though it was good, it wasn’t really what our family’s lone vegetarian wanted. Maybe think about getting some kind of veggie burger?)

Also, some wine shortage because of a game the prior day, so went with third choice wine. Not a huge deal, but in conjunction with no Happy Hour and a different menu than usual, kind of downgraded the experience.

Service was good and staff friendly as always. Food came quickly and was of good quality. Love the private seating areas which are great for a family of friend celebration.

We’ll go back, because we really like this location. But we’ll know enough next time to check the stadium schedule.

BE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time sitting outside on Mother’s Day. The food was great. Service great too. They did add something on to our bill that we did not order, but they effectively voided it and gave us a correct tab. The Blazer game was on, it wasn’t too loud, and we enjoyed great conversation. And, the Blazers won!! I am ready to go back anytime.

R
Portland
467 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood pub. Our first time at Kelly’s, looking for a bite of lunch and found Kells. Great menu with some traditional pub fare, we enjoyed the Sheppard’s pie today, very tasty, plenty to eat, and enjoyed one of the many brews offered. Great service, friendly. Definitely will stop in again next time through Portland.

CL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a good evening at Kells

MY
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Irish stew served to my wife was all broth as the waitress said from the bottom of the barrel,should have not been served.Next day when we were at Kells Restaurant the Irish Stew was overflowing and outstanding.

B
Munich
83 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food is good. Service was ok. Waitstaff nice. Hostess was business without a real greeting just quickly sitting you down. Beer selection better at their flagship restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the curry and fish and chips

CD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The very friendly staff just couldn't get our order correct. We had a large group of 10 at a large booth for one round of drinks and about 5 food orders. They forgot 2 food orders. They also forgot 2 drink orders and were reminded about each of these once and only ever brought 1 of the food orders and neither drink. They did apologize twice but we gave up on the drinks after a second reminder. Maybe it was a problem with the back of the house. Their irish take on nachos was with potato chips which resulted in a solid mass of damp chips from the wet stuff on top that needed a knife and fork to pry apart. Maybe it had sat too long before being brought? Nice idea but not well executed. The quinoa bowl was pretty good and healthy. We've been there many times and have had orders get lost before but its convenient before soccer games so we keep trying. They have bagpipers parade down to the matches which is really cool.

DS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The beer is very good (Kell's Red Ale); the food was just so-so. The staff was super friendly. Maybe it was just an off-night for the restaurant, but not sure we'll go back.

CV
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Took hour to get soup and appetizers. Had to ask multiple times for water and food. This place is usually good and fast. Very disappointed.

WM
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Every town needs an Irish pub to go drinking with friends or just sit alone. But not to brood in! It's probably illegal to be miserable in an Irish Pub and especially in Kell's.

HS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

I would not recommend Kells Brews Pub NW. I was there on a day trip from Eugene to Portland with a Japanese student my wife and I hosted in 2010. I assumed it would be good Irish food like I have experienced in my 3 trips to Ireland. It was mostly appetizers. Not the Irish dishes I thought it would be. We had got there by 12pm and they had already run out of soda bread so only one of us could have it. The service not good at all. Even when I asked directions to the major waterfall in Portland, they had no idea. I honestly wished we hadn't gone to that establishment. I sure won't go back if I ever return to Portland.

LZ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was fair. Lamb stew had way more carrots than lamb. Shepherds pie was very good.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I felt like we were transported to a pub in Ireland. The fish & chips and reuben were both excellent! I can see why it's a local favorite. I gave it 4 out of 5 only because of its location in town.

S
Portland
51 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Met son and granddaughter there for a quick dinner. The meal arrived but one of the granddaughter's plates was missing. The waitress first said it should be out soon and then came back and said she had missed placing the order. It came quite a bit later than the rest of our meal. I ALWAYS think there should be some give back when that happens - a free dessert, $5 off the meal of whatever.

ST
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the brews, the food, and the prices. Service was awesome and the bar has a super cool look to it.

o
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, great service, great beer!

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This was ore second time to come here. Was more fun with a group. Good service but food just so so.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun place. We go for the Stout on Nitro. The Shepard's pie is fantastic.

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great decor and ambiance ... good brews and great service. While food was traditional and well presented ... the portions were a little on the wee side for the price within the local market among pubs - especially the lamb stew which included only one recognizable cube of meat among the shallow bowl of tasty ingredients. To be clear, the flavors and presentations are great ...
The pub was kind enough to gift a dessert to the Birthday Girl ... good on 'um. All in all a good experience especially the staff.

MC
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great shepherds pie and brews loved the private booths

p
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last time I was at Kell's I had the Sheperd's Pie and decided to try it again. I convinced my friend to try it as well and we both loved it! The beef and vegetable base is oh so tasty and the potatoes on top are light and delicious. Not to mention the Demi glaze that floats in a pocket on the top, which adds a delightful finish to each bite. Yum, yum. My wife and her friend had the Kell's burger which they also loved. The Whiskey Boneless Chicken Wings are tasty, but just not the same if you are looking for a great tasting wing! Overall great food and a good time at Kell's.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great place for a weekend business meal. We were pleasantly surprised to find the weekend brunch menu -- offered options for each member of our group.
I tried a Bloody Mary - it needs a bit more work-- for quality of the tomato juice part and for presentation. The skillet presentation of eggs mushrooms, spinach and feta was great.

L
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Their Guinness is authentic.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our Granddaughter to birthday dinner. Their private booths are perfect for a private quiet dinner. Our waitress was very friendly and tried hard to make our evening fun.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really really wish they had Irish music!
App meatballs and mashed potatoes were so excellent!!!

S
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Kell's is reliably good every time. The Whiskey Wings (sauce on the side) are actually boneless and really delicious. There are two leather Chesterfield sofas in front of the fireplace that are a great place to sit for drinks and a snack.

JT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tim was a delightful server, our food delicious (cheeseburger & mac & cheese & beer).
Something odd though - we heard a dog barking & that bothered me even though I did not see it.
We will definitely return for another great meal. Making a reservation online as driving there was terrific
Thanks for a fun evening. Wish you had a larger parking lot.

NC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just enjoy the restaurant! Irish decor; great wait staff and bar staff; food was very tasty and seating can be anywhere you want.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good brews and attentive servers will bring me back every time and this place has both! Love the interior, too. Captures the British isles

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Irish Pub that has an impressive Whiskey listing as well. Service is prompt and professional. Food is varied and tasty!

G
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small group of us get together for dinner monthly. Kells Brew Pub was perfect for casual dining. Our server, Dianna, was awesome. We were well cared for without feeling hovered over. She shared information on the different menu items and everything tasted wonderful. With out a doubt we will return to Kells soon.

s
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels like your in Ireland!! Great food and drinks and such a neat place.. Lots of fun and Timbers fans!!

OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Highly recommend sausage roll appetizer and bread pudding :D

BM
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Kell's in NW. The atmosphere is awesome, and on a normal night, it isn't hard to get a table. The Kell's beers are great and they have rotating taps as well. I'm a fan of Kell's IPA and their Irish Red. The chicken curry fries entree is amazing if you like your food on the spicy side. It's the best thing on the menu, IMO. Highly recommend it. Service is always fantastic and the bartenders are really great, especially Nick.

K
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good selection of Irish pub food.

7
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed holiday dinner at this great restaurant perfect mix of great food and casual atmosphere. Would definitely head back there again. The vege pasty was excellent!

R
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Annually, my daughters and I hit the town for some early Christmas shopping, martinis and and nice dinner. Kells was the perfect spot. I had asked for a quiet table, and they gave us a typical Irish enclosed booth. This is really a beer and mashers spot, but their wines and entrees satisfied everyone's tastes. I would definitely return and recommend to others.

o
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

The Kells' fries has really a special taste. The sauce makes it even more delicious. Live music varies and it's always very good. Great place every day of the week.

o
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Many and bey delicious Irish food and drinks. Beer tastes very well. In good weather outdoor space is a very good alternative. Live sports games make it an all round place.

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