Cafe Nell is currently open for outside dining, in either our custom-designed, safely distanced patio or sidewalk seating. Limited indoor seating is also now available.
Now rain- proofed and heated! Located in the heart of Northwest Portland, Café Nell serves French inspired American classics simply prepared from Northwest ingredients. Celebrating 13 years, 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, sidewalk patio seating is a neighborhood favorite for happy hour, or a candle-lit dinner on a warm Portland evening.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
sautéed onions, blue cheese
grilled cascade natural teres major shoulder tenderloin bearnaise sauce, hand-cut fries
Mussels & Fries
fresh penn cove mussels, white wine, crushed red peppers, heaped with hand cut fries, garlic aioli
Beautiful setting, great food and wonderful service.
We have loved going here about once a month during the pandemic. Thankful for Cafe Nell.
Another Great Evening ..Great Food ..Great Service...
I have always had good luck here but not this time. They are definitely short staffed . It took forever for them to seat us. Once we were seated it was about 10 minutes before we saw our waiter and got water. I had ordered a drink and that didn't come for another 10 minutes. Once our food arrived, they had forgotten a biscuit and then delivered it absolutely plain. No butter or jam. We had to ask for the check and then waited for over 10 minutes to get it. I was super disappointed in the service especially given this is not an inexpensive restaurant.
The new “Oasis” outdoor area is perfect! Heaters, lights, plants, covered area is beautiful! Great food and perfect service
I had a wonderful Mothers Day dinner here. Excellent cocktails, charming ambiance. King Salmon was excellent, as was the Steak Frites.
Mother’s Day. Male waiter was not particularly welcoming. I asked it they could make a latte and he answered sure. We were just a table he was not engaged at all. :(
Great place to meet up with family/friends. Fantastic outdoor space! Yummy food and drinks
Great atmosphere in the tent! Felt transported out of Portland! Staff were were great and food was excellent.
Salad was a bit over-dressed and asparagus was a little mushy. It was really loud at times.
I have been to Cafe Nell several times, both for dinner and brunch, and it is fantastic every time! The food is great, the service is excellent, and the patios they've created for outdoor dining are lovely. This past time we went it was quite a chilly day, but when they turned our table's heater on it was toasty warm and comfortable! Can't say enough good things about this place.
We took mom here and she was thrilled. Even with the new rollback on restrictions our table was perfect and warm. The food was delicious and she enjoyed herself. Food was fast and came out warm.
I would love to go here again
Best outdoor space I've seen. But prices are steep (much higher than pre-COVID) and not on par with the quality of the food, unfortunately. Brown lettuce in salad, tired strawberries on cheese plate... all small, silly complaints given the big picture, I realize, but still—not what I'd expect for the price. Staff is wonderful, but spread thin and overworked.
They did seat us until 45 minutes after our reservation, then they didn’t take our order for over 40 minutes and food showed up about an hour later.
Evening started on a poor note. We were seated at approx. 7:20 for our 6:30 reservation. When we arrived we were told there were two parties in front of us, then we saw at least 3 or 4 other parties be seated. Several trips to the hostess station inquiring about when we would be seated, with the last being quite pointed, but not rude. Two of the entrees arrived at barely room temperature with greasy soggy fries. This was our first meal out since pandemic started, anxiously anticipated, but not a happy evening unfortunately.
Met some close friends and had a great round of drinks followed by som very tasty muscles.
Great ambiance and food, great service. We love Vanessa!
The wait staff was great the meal was amazing and the noise was not an issue for being outside.
Love tented outdoor seating area. Food is always awesome.
Went for Sunday brunch on my wife’s birthday
Food was ok but small portions
Server was pleasant
Finished our meal at about 2:30
We ordered a piece of apple pie for dessert
At 3:15 we got up and left.
We had the server take the piece of pie off the check.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing they were NOT very busy.
Thought the food was basic for the price. Especially for such a small portion.
Another great brunch at Cafe Nell. It was a cool morning so they very kindly brought over a heater and we were very comfortable.
Food and service both stellar! We continue to come back!!
Beautiful outdoor seating area!
Felt like dining in Europe!
Lots of people waiting – we waited over a half hour even though we had a reservation. Food was good but not great. The server was lovely and they had lots of covered, heated, open air seating.
Warm, lovely and attentive service; the best, healthiest and cutest environment around; and the food is wonderful, flat out.
Always the best. Even under the current circumstances we had a wonderful time.
During Covid, one of the nicest outdoor venues we've found. Really lovely outdoor ambience. Nice menu. Service was a bit slow, but probably caused by challenges of staffing during Covid.
Our server was super attentive and we loved his attention! Very accommodating and food was delicious which made overall experience fantastic!
Service slow, cobb salad week. Beautiful setting...
They don't have their reservations or service level tuned for the pandemic. Arrived on time for my reservation, was asked to wait 30-45 minutes.
Cafe Nell is one of my favorite restaurants. The outdoor space is beautiful and inviting. The wait staff is exceptional.
Good service, good food. We sat outside in the tent and it was great.
Cute Cafe, excellent cocktails/wine good food.
Due to Covid-19 protocol we were seated at an outdoor-perfect-table with a tree in the middle of it. Unique situation - we needed to ask for another menu - difficult to share with the tree between us 😆
We will be back!
The server had too many tables and we seldom saw him. He was curt when we did ask for anything, probably because he was overwhelmed. The food was subpar.
Food is alright nothing really great about it. Plenty of outside seating with heaters which is great. I’ll come back just to have drinks and appetizers
Happy for opportunity to dine out during COVID-19, although we were seated in a fully tented area with minimal outside ventilation. Food was very good although a little tepid in temperature. Service was extremely slow - took more than an hour for our food to arrive after ordering. Not sure we will be back.
Great brunch stop with lots of room “outside.” Great options and good drinks!
The patio is always lovely and our server was quick to get everyone situated with a cocktail and food. The ambiance was charming, groups were spaced appropriately as well. The food is always divine - the cost is definitely 20-25% higher than other brunch spots but it is worth the cost for the quality of the ingredients you get on the plate! We love this place and we will be back most assuredly.
Food was very ordinary and uninspiring, amount meager, and prices were high. Would not recommend.
They were short staffed I later learned. Waited 20 minutes for a menu, and an hour for our meal. The food was good. They need a mature manager on duty to oversee that things are running smoothly even if someone calls out for their shift and to ensure good customer service. Instead, we experienced a few youngsters overly challenged and
needing better guidance and direction.
Cafe Nell offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 295-6487.
Cafe Nell is rated 4.6 stars by 1760 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.