Kells Brew Pub NW

4.2
69 Reviews
$30 and under
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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FrancoD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place to meet up

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We booked the restaurant for NYE dinner (11:15 pm). On 12/31 at 7:30 pm we received a call from somebody at the restaurant saying that they would not be able to honor the reservation. She said that they would make sure we would “get in the door” (informed us we had to pay $ 20 person cover charge for the band) and if they had a table available they would give it to us, but they could not guarantee availability. So, we ended up with no plan for NYE since it was too late to seek other options.

The ratings for the food/ambience, etc are based on (several) previous experiences at Kells. Of course, we are not planning to return any time soon.

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Elisk
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kells Brew Pub is a very cool place. We were visiting from CT and were attending a conference in Portland and wanted to enjoy some local food and fun. Lots of folks recommended Kells Brew Pub and I'm glad we were able to stop by for a beer and some food! Go there if you can!

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BelindaG
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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BradE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRick
Portland
481 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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ChristineL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a good evening at Kells

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MYRONP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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.

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vipBistro
Munich
103 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the curry and fish and chips

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CashD
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience5

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.

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DognetSR
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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CatherineV
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall1food4service1ambience3

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.

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WalterM
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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.

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HenriS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience4

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.

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LarryZen
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipShay48
Portland
70 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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SeeThomps
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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viponefoodie1
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great service, great beer!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

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

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JanR
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience5

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

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Birthday
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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vipMartyC
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great shepherds pie and brews loved the private booths

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pdougnort
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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Luba
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Their Guinness is authentic.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipSnackalicious
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2016
Overall3food4service5ambience4

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.

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JaneTom15
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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NoCookingNite
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Groomster
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipsteele
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend sausage roll appetizer and bread pudding :D

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BMacNW
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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Karen
Portland
40 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good selection of Irish pub food.

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7156ca
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

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Kells Brew Pub NW offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 719-7175.

Kells Brew Pub NW is rated 4.2 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.