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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KM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We know it was a limited crowd due to covid 19, but we LOVED it; food, crowd, drink and rap Sami and The Groove !!

W
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so much fun and was glad to see people being aware of personal space. So sorry that the festivities were canceled but understandable. Our waitress Claire was AWSOME especially since it was only her second day. Well done! The only gripe I had was the first band didn’t do Irish music at all.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Kell’s was a lively, fun spot for a great date night. The shepherd’s pie is fantastic. The service is absolutely amazing as well.

s
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Kells offers a fun, high-energy pub experience with a full bar and good food. To be honest, our primary mission was to watch the Oregon Ducks WBB game while we had dinner, so our server let the bartender know and he very graciously spent several minutes trying to find it for us. Even though it was pretty busy our server did a good job of checking in on us and letting us take our time ordering while we relaxed and watched the game. That's great customer service!
For starters we ordered the sausage roll, then for dinner my husband had their Shepherd's pie and I had fish and chips. We were very pleased with our selections. We capped off the night with 2 shots of Aberlour whisky, which the bartender delivered in person.
All in all, a great night out.

RP
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service! They took care of a party of 14 with no problem. Highly recommend.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Haven’t had the food but like everything else. Great place to go with friends.

MM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The good first: Our food (BBQ Hot Wings, Garlic Fries & Shepherd's Pie) were absolutely delicious, and reasonably priced for the portion size. My beer (stout) was cold, creamy and sooooo tasty! Our waiter was nice, and the service (once we ordered) was timely. My husband is disabled and uses a scooter. Kell's is located in a very old (historic?) building in downtown Portland, so we had some concern about accessibility, but they have ramps at the doors (and bathrooms on the dining/bar level). The hostess who first greeted us was very helpful and accommodating and recommended a table in the additional dining room which was quieter and had space for spouse to park his "rig."

The not-so-good: They allow cigar smoking in the downstairs room, and the smell/smoke wafed up into the dining room. (a "yuck" for me...) We moved to a different table after a few minutes. (The hostess later went downstairs and closed the door). Then a different hostess/server barked at us that we couldn't park husband's scooter next to table, and she made us move to a different table. Moving to a new table wasn't a problem, but her rude attitude and tone of voice was really disheartening.

Otherwise, overall a good experience and will go back again.

C
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and congenial staff. Clean setting, great bar and delicious food. Get there by 7:30pm on Fridays, or you’ll have a bit of a wait.

BC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, outstanding service! Would highly recommend! Cant wait for our next visit!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Lack of service throughout the evening

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The service was terrible. I would never come here again, despite the fact that the food was good.

PD
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Wonderful in house brews! Enjoy a romantic evening or a social outing with friends. Come on a Friday night for live music and a hopping crowd in the bar. Visit on a Sunday evening for a quiet dinner in the pub.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and atmosphere! The lead bartender, Ryan Neal was amazing!!

DC
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. It is loud but after all it’s an Irish pub. We loved the steak cooked on the hot stone. Learned of this in Europe and it was great to see it was served here.

MA
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived at 7:00, just in time to see a performance of Irish dancing. It was very fun. The food and service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best corned beef and cabbage ever!!! Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. We will be back.

PS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Stake on a rock a real hit. Give it a try!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time catching up with friends!

KC
Seattle
55 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shepherds Pie was great.

CC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place!! Love eating the great food and drinking the good beer!!

MR
Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place to relax and eat. My daughter loves their shepherds pie! My lamb stew was ok. Guys said the fish and chips was good. We got there early so didn’t
hear the band, but the place was filling up when we left, perhaps for entertainment.

SR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and atmosphere. Enjoyed a good cigar downstairs

E
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun place. Friendly. Attentive staff. Heard Beltaine... they are great!

K
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Authentic Irish Pub!

PS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sheppard’s pie was great!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!! Everytime I travel to Portland I make sure to eat here.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good fun, awesome service, tasty meals, and best of all a cigar bar with a great selection of scotch whisky.

G
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Food online wasn't food available in restaurant. Server seemed annoyed with every table he waited on and the standing crowd backed into us while eating at our table. The food that was available was bland. Kells used to be amazing with great food, ambience, and music, but they've changed to cater to the younger crowd.

AS
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

First of all, what is the deal with your reservation system? A couple of years ago i made a reservation for quite a large group in the dining room. When we arrived we were told the dining room had been booked for a large party. No one had contacted me about this ahead of time. Luckily there was a large table available in the bar. Fine. This time, i made a reservation for 4 for a special dinner in the dining room. When we arrived the hostess didn't know anything about the reservation, didn't check us off a list, but there were lots of tables in the dining room. Great!
Next: half way through the dinner the staff started setting up all of the center tables into one long table right next to us. About 20 to 25 people came in and some kind of lecture took place with the lecturer practically yelling to the group, for the next 30 to 45 minutes, walking around the table numerous times so everyone in the group could see whatever was on her ipad! Yelling the whole time! The 4 of us could barely hear each other at our own table. I have to say it was an awful experience. And not one word from the staff! Some manager at Kells made a bad decision about this.
I don't think I can ever see my way back to Kells! It's too bad because I love the food and general ambiance. But these experiences are too much when there's plenty of other restaurants in Portland! Oh, and this was a $175 meal!

BH
Grand Rapids
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A taste of Ireland with Portland charm... My wife and I enjoyed a pleasant dinner at Kells in a quiet corner (thanks to the staff). The ambiance was genuinely Irish Pub with good drink and good spirits. The food was excellent traditional Irish fare - Fish and Chips and Shepherd's Pie. Three nice pieces of cod were in light breading and the chips and fish were served hot with tartar sauce but malt vinegar was available on request. The shepherd's pie was rich in beef and had crusted potato with demi-glaze; more vegetables would have been nice but the flavor was excellent. Service was prompt and very friendly without being intrusive. We were there for conversation and food but the ambiance was collegial and promised a good evening typical of such pubs.

B
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The fish and chips were bland. Not super well-kept up bar. Service was really bad/ nonexistent in the cigar lounge until numerous requests for help, even from a fellow patron.

BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Fifty minutes for our food. The waiter only checked in when we caught his attention Which was a challenge. Ignored when we needed more than a plastic cup of water. Very LOUD. I expected it to be busy because of the parade but wonder if Kells has any experience with large events at the waterfront. ;-)

MW
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a wonderful evening at Kell's. It was our first time dining there and the food, service and atmosphere was just what we hoped. I ordered the Reuben sandwich which was top-notch, and the cucumber salad which accompanied it was such a nice surprise. My husband got the steak on a stone, and pronounced it to be the best steak he had ever eaten. The wait staff was excellent, they make you feel like you are appreciated and also were knowledgeable about the menu. Headed downstairs after dinner, my husband enjoyed a great cigar and a glass of cognac, a perfect ending to our evening. Thank you Kell's--we are definitely going to return!

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad you joined us last weekend and took advantage of some of our favorite things that we offer! Looking forward to having you back soon.

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JG
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very good meal!!
Will go back again!!

JY
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Responded on June 19, 2019

We'll have a seat ready for you any time Jason

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

LD
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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.

J
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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.