Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

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Kells Portland is rated the Number One Irish Restaurant and Pub in the nation (Tom Horans Top Ten) and has been serving the Northwest for nearly 25 years.

Kells Portland is a touchstone in the community, a home away from home. People from all walks of life and from every generation exchange ideas, enjoy life and gather to celebrate at Kells. Our goal is to provide our guests with the best experience, from beginning to end. Excellent service, delicious food, outstanding atmosphere and of course live Irish Music 7 nights a week are exactly what you’ll enjoy at Kells.
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JY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our new favorite place to eat. We’ll be regulars to Kells after absolutely loving this place and its excellent food!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for food and drinks. Everything is so fresh and amazing. Staff was super friendly and live music was awesome. Definitely coming back!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was wonderful along with the food. We book the ghosts & brews tour beginning at this place and were not disappointed with Kelly’s! Would definitely return!

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LD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

My wife and I drove 60 miles to have dinner at Kell’s on Mother’s Day.
The corned beef and cabbage was tremendous as usual!

The service left a lot to be desired.
We ordered soda bread with dinner but did not receive the bread when our dinner was served and had to ask the waitress to bring it to us.

I had to walk over to the bar and ask for additional coffee.

I ordered bread pudding at the end of dinner but after waiting ten minutes and the dessert had not been delivered, I walked over to the waitress and cancelled the dessert and asked for the final bill.

I did not leave any tip due to the poor service.

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

Absolutely a great place to go, it's worth the money. Best mother's day in a long time.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We hd an OT resevation, but it didn’t seem like they actually had a table set aside for us. Luckily, there were a couple available. It was great food and a great server worked with us. Took good care of my mom and her walker. Unfortunately, there was a Timbers game and it was VERY noisy, so we couldn’t really chat. For our group that was a bummer. But everything else was great.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent cornbeef and cabbage. The lamb stew was very good. Enjoyed the cigar bar and then listening to music later that evening. Cant wait to go again.

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HM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kells is my favorite! My server was amazing and made my birthday dinner well worth it!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Service was a bit slow but adequate.

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BN
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and drinks were great both upstairs and downstairs....definitely worth it!!

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CF
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Using Open Table to make a reservation during a very popular window of time was awesome! I was able to look at and select from open times. We got right in and seated, despite the huge line of people waiting outside. The food was delicious, we could hear the music from the pub (and it wasn't too loud in the restaurant), and they did not rush us through to turn over the table. It was a great evening!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Highly recommend the lamb stew and shepherd's pie!

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CB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Bread pudding is definitely worth the trip. have someone split it with you.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service was great i was just like being in a pub in dublin best fish and chips i have had

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TH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would not only recommend Kell's to a friend I would take them there.

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CJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Slow service
Unhappy server

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OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best clam chowdah in Portland!!!!!

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J
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Kell’s is an institution in Portland, and the top Irish pub I’ve been to on the U.S. West Coast. Great drink, great food, great servers. In addition to Guinness, they have a host of their own brews and an amazing selection of whiskeys.

Only complaint? They have a cigar room in the basement, and no means of stopping the stink from coming upstairs into the restaurant and bar. Fastest way to ruin a meal for me is cigarette smoke; worse is cigar smoke. It’s 2019; please find a way to keep the smoke out of the bar and dining room. While I’d still recommend Kell’s to friends, I won’t be back until they figure this out and make a change.

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shepherd’s pie was EXCELLENT! A little expensive for the portion size. But it tasted great. So did the raspberry sour! Excellent.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sheppards pie I have ever had. And the new steak on a stone was well presented and delicious; a true dinning experience.

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DR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to gather with friends, both old and new!

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G
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous fresh food. Service was exceptional! A favorite when I am in town!

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Minneapolis
145 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We thought the food was just okay - I had the squash risotto with salmon and the risotto was decent but the salmon was dry as the Mojave Desert. Service was good and the place has character, but the pub reeked of cigar smoke from the downstairs cigar bar. I hate smoke of any kind and having your clothes stink after a meal is a big turn off for me. I could be convinced to give it another go on the food, but with the stink, no way.

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SN
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok but nothing special. The waitress was short with us for the rest of the visit after it was brought to her attention that a drink was incorrect.

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 1

We used to enjoy Kells quite a bit, but the cigar bar ventilation is apparently broken and the entire bar area including the tables. I've been a smoker for more than 30 years and it was bad enough that I couldn't stand it. My wife isn't a smoker and was significantly worse for her. The staff didn't appear to care that we were there at all and after 10 minutes we left with never having been approached by anyone. This is not how Kells used to be and we were very disappointed.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I had not dined at Kells in years, and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. However, the service was worse than almost any experience I've had in recent memory, which is especially surprising because we were in the restaurant, not the busy pub, and the restaurant portion was not very busy. We did not seem to have any one dedicated server, and we were often ignored for long periods of time. Portions of our order were forgotten, and we had to ask the kitchen server to correct it. That said, Kells took one item off our menu to make up for the poor service. All in all we had a good time and enjoyed our meals, but I would hope to get much better service on my next visit.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Irish Coffee warms the inside. The Clam Chowder on Fridays is my favorite. Always feel welcomed there.

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TF
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our time at the restaurant, but it was very busy and loud with the bar scene and people dressed as Santa’s, (a bit of a shock for non-city folk). The food was good, and the server brought out someone who helped my mom create a gluten free dinner. More veggie options/gluten free would be nice to have on the menu, especially as there are many dishes from Ireland that are both of these. We liked that many food items are local.

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H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come every year from out of town and have always had excellent service and food!!

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SB
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic Irish food.....and of course beer. Take a few minutes to either check out or enjoy the basement cigar bar !

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JF
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Bread Pudding in town! Went with my 92 year old Mother and she loved the Bread Pudding :)

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EJ
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was great - made for a good time!!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service and the food!!!!

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not good- service ok

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SP
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Out of town guest Read about advertised weekly special - $5 Lamb burger. It was delicious. Fun to try a new place.

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KE
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cameron is the BEST Server on the planet. Food is GREAT.

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Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Seemed a bit understaffed, so service was lacking. Was not particularly cooperative when asked to split up bill.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Kells on this occasion for our 25th Anniversary, and were not disappointed. We have been to Kells many times, for a variety of events/gatherings. The food is ALWAYS great, the atmosphere is fun and friendly, and all of our friends agree that it is the first place they think of going in Portland. We will definitely be back, soon!

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AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

good easy fantastic, drinks were decent, but service was hit and miss. first night was abysmal we got drinks, finished them and waited around for 20 minutes while trying to flag our waiter down for another drink. then he left out the back door at which point we decided wed go elsewhere ack the bartender for our tab and he says oh yeah he went out got a cigar. didnt bother to check on us a single time after our initial drink order. second night was much better, but still less than most places. still, the first waiter was so bad I hesitate to recommend the place unless you've got a lot of time to kill. then definitely get the shepards pie. phenomenal.

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