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Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub

4.4
182 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 227-4057
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dawn Farley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ash two blocks south of Burnside
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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$.
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Public transit
1st and Oak and Skidmore on Max Line
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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!
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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.

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What 182 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good service, great authentic pub atmosphere, good food options.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Awesome! We go Kells every year to celebrate our family group birthday party!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great experience. Good food. Good drinks. Will be back. Thanks Kells.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Kells was not busy this Thursday evening, yet service was slow.
My friend's meal was not hot.
My tab included an item I did not order. I got up and approached the server to have my tab corrected, which was not a problem.
I will not return.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Very good food & service.
Guinness was excellent

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Wonderful!

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The musicians circle playing on Sunday evening was a delight, and took us right back to our time in a small pub in Scotland where the local folk music group gathered to play. Wonderful! The occasional dancing was a treat!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

So much fun feeling the Irish ambiance as St Patrick’s day approaches. Consistently great food, especially the Sticky Toffee Pudding. Save room for that!

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1.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The food was ok, the live music was great, but the service here is TERRIBLE. Will never return.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Went here for my brother's bachelor party and had a great meal and great drinks. Cigars in the basement. It was a great atmosphere with friendly and helpful employees. Our table was ready even though we showed up early.

Highly recommended!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I am very familiar with the Kells Irish Pub in Seattle and have visited the Portland location before so I expect a standard. This time didn't quite live up to that standard however it will not stop me from visiting again. The pluses were the taste of the corned beef and cabbage with bacon and the Irish Coffee was smooth and excellent tasting. Our server was very nice and accommodating.
Minuses were the missing reservation, the cold mashed potatoes, the salmon Caesar salad served without the salmon that still never came in spite of pointing out the salmon was absent, a couple of whiskeys and a beer on the menu that were not available, somewhat slow service.
In spite of the fact that the hostess could not find our open table reservation it wasn't that busy so we were able to be seated in a really cool booth which made it alright.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a wonderful time we had at Kell's this past weekend. It is a traditional Irish Pub -- one that brews its own beer -- and also has a very neat Cigar room in the basement. I would highly recommend at least getting a drink down there.

I have been to Kell's several times and always enjoy it. Like most people in PDX, I have become partial to drinking an IPA. This time I went with their house brewed stout and it was fantastic. The beer was very smooth and tasty.

If you like Irish pub food and like good beer, Kell's is a great spot. Unfortunately our meal was done before the music started. Regardless, it was a great amount of fun.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Fun spot with music. Excellent fish and great burger.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2017

This restaurant was very loud. Everything else was adequate

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Good Irish pub food. Good service. Fun place

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