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About Cafe Nell








Located in the heart of Northwest Portland, Café Nell serves French inspired American classics simply prepared from Northwest ingredients. Entering its fifth year, Café Nell has become known for lively brunches featuring signature cocktails which never fail to impress. A full bar, friendly atmosphere, rotating taps, and a glowing fireplace create a welcoming environment. During summer, our patio seating is perfect for happy hour, or a candle-lit dinner on a warm Portland evening.

1987 NW Kearney St
Portland, OR 97209
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, French, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
11 am - 10 pm Monday - Friday
9 am - 10 pm Saturday
9 am - 8 pm Sunday

Cross Street:
NW 20th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 295-6487

Website:
http://cafenell.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking available in private parking lot. Street parking also available.

Public Transit:
Two block walk from StreetCar at 18th & Lovejoy.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Details
Sun 9:00AM - 9:30AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Fri 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Sat 9:00AM - 9:45AM 2:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

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Cafe Nell Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

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4.1

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92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Cozy (20)
Good for a Date (17)
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Casual (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (12)
Fun (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 17 hours ago

Wonderful dinner at Cafe Nell. Delicious food, charming environment. Will be our new neighborhood go-to!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food & ambiance tucked into cute neighborhood

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Came here with some family who are all foodies! We all loved the food and atmosphere! I've only dined here for brunch in the past and now I am a HUGE FAN of dinner as well. My dining party started with the scallops, oysters, autumn salad and the beet salad. All were top notch!We then had the butternut squash risotto, and roast chicken dinners as well as the pumpkin crème brulee and the apple hand pie. Everything was AMAZING!!!!! Bravo Café Nell! You knocked it out of the park again!

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

A warm cozy cafe on a rainy Sunday evening. The food; ambience and friends made for a lovely dinner. Good local food, service and overall experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Quiet neighborhood location an easy (and direct) walk from downtown. Cute, vintage interior can be a bit loud, but mirrored wall makes for great people watching. Young server was dense with kids (he set a hot plate on the edge of the table right next to a kid who was coloring) but waitress was friendly and provided excellent service. Food was good, but this restaurant shines in the atmosphere category.

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time we love it all good ambiance service going back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always good. We like to sit at the tall tables near the window in the bar

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Best pork chops ever. Salmon was served very very rare, we sent it back and the next serving was great. The mac & cheese was so good, but spicey. Good atmosphere.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Nice place for lunch and it is great that they have parking since that can be a rare commodity in that area. Burger was excellent as was the side salad. Would definitely dine there again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Enjoyed our lunch, but had trouble with the excess 'gas' from the fireplace, which at times was quite strong.
David, our server, was very personable and professional, and made up for the 'gas' problem. It was a coolish day, and the fireplace could have made it very pleasant.

We will return to try more of the menu, and will ask for David again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous find. The food, service and atmosphere was spectacular! There was great hip and cool music playing in the dining room. However, the music in the kitchen was so loud that it competed with the ambient music overhead. The place is small, and we were seated in the dining room by the windows, across from the kitchen. The radio in the kitchen should have been lowered or turned off. The food we ordered was full of wonderful flavors and prepared to perfection! I highly recommend Cafe Nell!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Organic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 30, 2017

It was a chilly day but the fire in the fireplace provided a cheery, warm welcome as did the staff. Food was very tasty and nicely presented. My friend thought her choice could have been hotter but she didn’t mention it to staff and ate it all. We were happy we went there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Some friends and I were visiting from out of town and wanted some good food on our last night together. We ordered from the extended Happy Hour menu for Sunday. EVERYTHING we ordered from the drinks to the desserts we're absolutely amazing. The presentation looked as delicious as the food. The servers' description of food had your mouth watering before the meal even came to the table. We had the mussels and fries, roasted chicken,Mac n cheese, salad, and creme brulee. Simply delish! And I just recommended Cafe Nell to the hotel staff. Definitely a good place for dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great local neighborhood joint with gemuetlich atmosphere, excellent service and super yummy food. Lots of entres to choose from. Top spot.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was very good but the restaurant itself needs a major remodeling. It relays on old looking red velvet drapes hung with strange rods to devide areas. Also the dining chairs are child size and not comfortable at all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Cafe Nell is a tried and true NW restaurant. The interior has a classic , cozy, unfussy vibe.. that is great on a sunny day ( lots of windows and outdoor seating)...But equally amazing in rainy and cold weather, when they light the bright red tile fireplace. Consistently good drinks and food. Nice wine by the glass selections. Not good for kids.. I'm saying that, because it's a quiet and mellow vibe.....aaaaand I don't want your kids there while I'm eating lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 15, 2017

When we arrived there were very few other guests , but within a few minutes it was full ( and one very large party ) Our service was great when we arrived, but as soon as it got busy, we barely saw our server. The noise level was high and it was VERY warm temperature wise in the restaurant. Loved the ambiance and the food was good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was fresh, local and yummy! Great waiter! So nice to having parking lot available.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 9, 2017

What a cozy little place! Creative menu, helpful wait staff, a nice experience, and off-street parking in a busy neighborhood is a plus! I would go again!

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Cafe Nell is a little gem in the alphabet district. With a distinctive French influence, Cafe Nell will satisfy your craving from Sunday brunch, Happy Hour or just a bite at lunch or dinner. The bar is tiny and cozy with views out to the street; the dining room feels communal with long tables. There is an excellent wine list! BONUS: there is a parking lot!! In Northwest, that can be very helpful. Bon Appetit!

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Very pleasant evening with our son and daughter-in-law, who were visiting. We found the food, which is American with a French flair, to be tasty, but a bit pricey. The service was friendly and excellent. The wine list was extensive, but not everything on the wine list was actually available. It's a very pleasant interior, and we will back again.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Cafe Nell is consistantly excellent! Food, service, ambiance... it has it all!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on October 4, 2017

fav place and great foof

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service pleasant and efficient. Friend had risotto and it was very good. I had grilled avacado filled with Bay shrimp which was tasty but avacado slightly over ripe. Would have like bread served with salad for sure. Overall an enjoyable meal with good service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

So delicious! My friend and I both couldn't resist the Parisian breakfast with the silkiest scrambled eggs, potatoes and toasted baguette. The service was fabulous, the decor/ambience divine... I can't wait to go back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Beautiful location, neighborhood gem.
Service was spotty. Was left outside waiting after being acknowledged uncomfortably long.
Service was good. Our waitress recommended a terrific bottle of Rose'
Food was just okay. Ordered the shrimp and avocado bruschetta and it was kind of bland. Had to add salt and pepper.
Risotto was just okay.
Beautiful location but food needs improvement.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. A little crammed.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wanted to take my dad to a new place in Portland since he doesn’t visit very often and we loved this place. All of our food was amazing and the service was great!

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Awesome food, wine & outside seating. Loved the waiter/bartender.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Very good food. And it is a nice looking restaurant. The waiter was excellent!

Tags: Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This is a great place for lunch if you want to sit for a while and visit. It's always great to be greeted by the charming Vanessa. She brings Southern charm to the Pacific Northwest.

Their mussels and frites are really good. You'll find yourself ordering more bread to soak up all of the delicious broth.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

our foursome, including a wine expert, had a lovely dinner at Cafe Nell.
the four entrees, and two starters, were excellent, good size portions; no complaints here. service was also very good.
our one dissatisfaction came when the requested wine was not available. we were offered a second choice by name (without knowing the price); this wine was really just ordinary. we finished the wine (it wasn't *awful*).
we told the server our opinion when ordering a second bottle; he found a better wine for our second bottle - at a lower price. it was not on the menu; had we know, it would likely have been the choice for the first bottle. overall, it left us with a slightly off feeling, that reduced our overall satisfaction with the dinner.
by the way, one of us prefers beer; the choices in this department are very limited - if that is your bent, Portland has many other options for you.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Met relatives for an early supper. We were the only ones in the dining room. I don't know why I felt a need to make a reservation! Anyway, the four of us had a nice time. I think I would have felt cramped if there had been more than four of us as the tables are close together. We enjoyed ourselves because it was early and things hadn't gotten busy or noisy. But, the prices are pretty steep. I may be back for a drink, but no one let us know if there were Happy Hour prices and I don't think they had any. $22 for a bowl of pasta is a bit over the top.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We came for lunch and the service was excellent. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. My friend had the pancakes and really enjoyed them. I had the fried chicken sandwich, which was very good. Certainly recommended for lunch.

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 6, 2017

New to us, Cafe Nell was entirely comfortable. The food ,exactly the right amount on the plate, was prepared with care. It was delicious. The space was intimate without being claustrophobic. It was not completely filled when we were there. I suspect when filled it could become noisy. It seems to cater to a full range of age groups. I like that!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Never a disappointment

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 (Portland)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was not that great and we had three different waiters so we didn't know who to ask for what. The checks were mixed up and then left off my drink and added more to another check in the group. Finally fixed that then the charged the wrong cards for different amounts. If you don't know write it down. Too many wait staff when there was not a lot of people.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We loved our meal here. We snagged an outside table and took advantage of the special they had on rose wine. Our server was very knowledgeable and the meal was perfect. Not too rich and heavy like so many restaurants. Good vegetarian options too!

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We had great service and great food. The group of 7 had various dietary restrictions and all of us could be accommodated. The noise level was a bit high, but we asked the waiter to turn down the music and he took care of it right away. Very comfortable and warm ambiance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Both the regular burger and the turkey burger were fantastic. The brunch food looked great too. They were busy, but there was no wait for seating at around noon on Sunday. This is surprising given the cult-like brunch culture here in Portland where waiting in line for an hour or more is common.

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