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About Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

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.

112 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204-3507
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, Northwest

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Ash two blocks south of Burnside

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 227-4057

Website:
http://www.kellsportland.com/

Entertainment:
Kells - Live Music Schedule: KELLS PIPES & DRUMS PERFORM EVERY 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY IRISH DANCERS PERFORM THE FIRST SAT. OF EACH MONTH Live entertainment starts at 9pm sun thru Wednesday, 9:30pm Thursday thru Saturday Traditional Music Session! EVERY SUNDAY from 6 - 8 pm. ALL WELCOME!

Parking Details:
Credit to check available if parked at 2nd and Pine Garage on west side of 2nd ave. Bill must be at least 35$.

Public Transit:
1st and Oak and Skidmore on Max Line

Executive Chef:
Dawn Farley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Kells offers some of Portland's most unique private party and banquet facilities and services. Located on the second floor of the 1889 Historic Glisan building, Kells provides an Irish ambiance with excellent service and outstanding food.

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (7)
Live Music (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
People Watching (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Live Sports (2)
Romantic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

My Boyfriend and I reserved a table for Valentines Day and we had an awesome experience. We were initially seated at a table and a very nice gentleman approached us and asked us if we wanted a booth. We ordered the BBQ Wings infused with Jameson Whiskey & THEY ARE THE BEST WINGS we have ever had. My boyfriend ordered the BLT with fries and I ordered the corned beef and cabbage with mashed potatoes. The food was absolutely amazing and the corned beef was soft and juicy! We had the Toffee Pudding with ice cream for desert and it was also fantastic! Their Drinks are great too! I give Kells a 5 Star rating all the way! And I will recommend everyone I know to try their wings & their amazing service! Thank you Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Staff for hosting a special night for me and my Loved one.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Live Music, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Good food. Visited from Canada, friendly waiter, thank you. I do not remember the name of the waiter on Sunday night 10pm on Feb 11 - thanks. Will come back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Dined before going to a local concert. Good location for get together, and the food was very good, the service excellent. Will come again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great place to have a business lunch offering a level of privacy. Quality service & yummy food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We walked and were greeted warmly, asked where we would like to be and seated in a great booth. The host checked in with us throughout the evening and shared a bit of conversation. We felt very welcome, the food and drinks were excellent and the music was lively. I will definitely go again soon.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Casual, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What a lively place for dinner on New Year's Eve! There was lots of energy and a wide variety of patrons, some dressed to the "nines" and others Portland casual. The options on the menu were just want we wanted.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for early New Year's Eve dinner. Started out great, but our waitress got slammed with big parties, and we were kind of neglected. Not totally unexpected on NYE. She was sweetly apologetic, and had a very nice personality that made up for it .
The food was great and we had lots of fun, anyway!
Can't go to Kell's for dinner and not have "bangers and mash," so good!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Once again, we were able to celebrate Christmas Eve with the crew at Kell's. Its one of our much treasured traditions that we so look forward to. Kell's is warm, homey, with friendly relaxed service. We love the Irish nachos (hard to find something on their menu that we don't like) paired with a side salad for dinner. I especially love that they put on whatever Christmas movie is showing on multiple screens, dim the lights a bit and most are watching the movie. Kell's is our go-to comfort place for the warm ambiance and yummy food.

Tags: Live Sports, Happy Hour, Romantic, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Our group of 12 had our holiday "party" at Kell's and everyone loved it. Service staff was great and the food was exceptional. We will be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love this place! It's been a tradition for our families for years when we fly in. Family owned, great vibe for young and old .. never feel rushed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Live Music, Cozy, People Watching, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Super loud place. Energetic if you’re looking for that but if you want to talk, not ideal.

Food was okay but sorta overpriced for what it was.

Good beer!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great as usual. Would like to see the Marine Flag on Marine Corps Birthday though!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server (don't remember her name was very attentive and helpful. When one of the orders of fries was cold, she went and got some right out of the fryer. When one of the desserts was missing a cookie, she comped the dessert. How nice.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A great authentic Irish pub. The food was excellent and I will return soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 27, 2017

While having dinner I would have enjoyed it even more if Irish music was playing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Kells is a really good restaurant that is ALWAYS reliable. We never hesitate to recommend it because it has a wide variety of food for anyone's appetite and it is alway good. The only downside is that it is always noisy!!!!

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Amazing meal and beer post half- marathon. The stout is excellent and we had the Shepherd's pie and Irish Nachos, both stellar. Would eat here all the time if I lived in Portland.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Live Sports, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have been to Kells many times. This time the service was poor and the place was very noisy. A bit disappointed this time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is not a good place to eat if your table wants separate checks; they only allow 3 credit cards per table, and typically won't create separate checks. We were a table of 8 for a business lunch; when I made the reservation I asked about separate checks and was told they would do that but only accept 3 credit cards per table because it takes too long to process the cards. Our 8 people nearly doubled their lunch rush for that day and they still refused to allow more than 3 credit cards. In my opinion if they are not interested in helping with what the customer needs or wants then they aren't interested in gaining my business. The food was fine, but my monthly business lunches will not be returning here.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 18, 2017

GREAT food, fun place to celebrate 21st birthdays. Their whiskey selection is top notch plus the benefit of a cigar bar.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Bar/restaurant was completely understaffed. Although my reservation for 10 was made a week in advance, our server was working half of the restaurant, which caused visible stress to the individual and diminished the service we received. We requested water pitchers to be waiting on the table for us prior to arrival and had to ask for them twice after arrival. The happy hour prices for beer and apps were fantastic. We wanted to eat dinner too and head to the cigar bar but service was so poor, we decided to close our tab and leave the restaurant altogether. It was a serious bummer. We were also STRONGLY encouraged to use Venmo rather than having the check split evenly among us (including coasters advertising Venmo). I can understand diverting to Venmo if we had meals/drinks to individually split up but we didn't. We asked that the whole check be split by the number of people evenly.
The apps and beers were tasty and a great value at (basically) half price.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always a great time at Kell's, love the music, dance and good food.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Romantic, Authentic, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Live Music, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fun spot with music. Excellent fish and great burger.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Great food excellent atmosphere family was pleased! Will definitely return,

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 23, 2017

This restaurant was very loud. Everything else was adequate

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great late-night outdoor dining and drinking! What a show on a Friday night!! It was like Paris in the summertime!

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Kells is a wonderful restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good Irish pub food. Good service. Fun place

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We like to try an Irish pub in every city we visit because we love the food and the vibe. We chose Kell's in Portland because the reviews were so good. Unfortunately, the food (Shepherd's pie, bangers and mash) was mediocre, and the service was disinterested at best. We did not feel welcome at all, which is what you should feel in an authentic pub. Too bad.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I always enjoy a meal at Kells. High quality Irish fare and beer.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The corned beef and cabbage is always very good here and they are the only place I know of that still carried Irish hard cider.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 26, 2017

We enjoyed the food and lively music from Grafton St.--a fun evening!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 22, 2017

Place full of character, with good food & drink, and great people.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I had my birthday here and it was awesome! I had a reservation for 15 people and they were super accommodating, the live music was amazing, and we had a wonderful time!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our meal was great. I hadn't been there before, so wasn't sure what to expect, but we will definitely go back. The only weird thing was that our waitress completely disappeared in the middle of our meal. I can only assume she was off-shift, or on a break, but no one came to finish our meal until I flagged someone down. We weren't offered refills on our drinks, nor were we offered desserts. We had to request the check and no one seemed all that interested in us. It was disappointing, and I hope it's not a theme there.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Made reservations day of Mother's Day. Got a table right away upon arrival. Had THE BEST Ruben sandwich I've ever had . THe wait staff was very prompt and accommodating even on a busy day like Mother's Day. I Highly recommend KELLS . A must for anyone traveling to Portland Oregon

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Fun
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice place to get together with friends. Food was food and the employees are friendly.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Kelly's is a must when we are in Portland. We live the atmosphere and nobody beats their shepherds pie.

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 (Portland)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Food was just so so. Atmosphere was very noisy. Disappointed in the selections offered for authentic Irish food.

Tags: Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 23, 2017

We went to Kells before going to the Jimmy Mak's celebration concert at Roseland Theatre -- a short walk away. This pub LOOKS like an Irish pub with a huge bar, old hardwood floors, and comfy booths and tables, plus enough big screen TV's to keep any sports fan happy. The staff is friendly. They brew their own beers and I recommend their red ale and they have an awesome Irish Whiskey selection. The food was delicious, especially for Irish food! The sausage appetizer was wrapped in a crisp, flaky dough and the spices of the sausage were just right! The special that night was shepherd's pie with cheese, bacon, and a fried egg on top. Wonderful combination of flavors and very filling. We will be going back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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