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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

4.5

ambience

4.5

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4.1

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96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (32)
Cozy (20)
Casual (15)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Romantic (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Business Meals (10)
Fun (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Great Beer (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Everything from the food to the cocktail list was great!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined 5 days ago

Great atmosphere and value for money. My lamb dish was pretty unexciting. I am not vegan but the accompaniment was pretty bare and a little more flourish would have been appreciated.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Brought two colleagues here for dinner this evening and was not impressed. I’ve dined here many times. Tonight was not a good night. Service was slow and inattentive. He forgot to bring my salad and neglected our water glasses (especially a problem for one of my colleagues who was only drinking water). The food was good and we sat next to the fireplace, which made for a cozy evening despite the service problems.

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Seated quickly, thanks. Very busy.

Had to wait well over 30 minutes to finally get our initial drink order and was never approached once by our waiter during that time. I asked if he had forgotten about us but blamed the bar. Then we watched him go pour the mimosa, and brought my coffee drink (Luke warm at best-it had obviously been sitting at the bar for quite some time).
Finally took our brunch order.
I asked for just a little hot coffee to be poured into my room temperature coffee drink. He never returned. I asked another waiter for just a little hot coffee to add, and I was delivered a new cup of coffee. All I was wanting was a warmup! Ugh.
Then our meal came. Wrong items, but too much time had passed by this point and we just ate it. At this point we just wanted to get it over with.
But the meal had pretty blatant flaws aside from being wrong. Zero blue cheese on the steak Benedict. Mentioned the toast had no butter, but then none was brought - in fact he just asked if he could take it away!?
We pointed out the errors (not as a complaint, really, but just to be informative) and he brought over two free mimosas even though we didn’t really want them.

Likely will never return.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful food, but very rude service. While we were waiting for our checks after finishing our meals, another waiter (not our server) came over and asked us to leave because other guests were waiting for our table. We had not finished paying, and being asked to leave like this made us feel very rushed and unappreciated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was nice and the staff is excellent. However the drinks are horribly expensive and the food is pretty expensive as well for small portions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2017

One hour into meal told to have coffee & dessert in the bar, they needed the table for next party. That is you’re finished at 7 for a reservation that started at 6. Ruined experience

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Met a friend for Happy Hour. The Mac-n-Cheese was VERY good. The $5 Portlandia Champagne Cocktail with ruby Port was quite tasty. Daniel, the bartender, makes a fantastic Manhattan. Cozy atomosphere. Would return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

In all the years I have been going to Cafe Nell I have never had a bad food experience until now. I was very disappointed--the risotto was bland and watery. The cider-brine pork chop tough. Drinks were just ok and the meal was very expensive. Given the competition in Portland for great tasting meals and affordable prices Cafe Nell better up their game. My partner will not go back again--I might try it in a few months. Very sad experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Really cute place with a great selection of appetizers and entrees. Our server, Jeffrey, was very knowledgeable, professional and attentive. Loved everything we ordered and everything he recommended. Will definitely be back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We always enjoy going to Cafe Nell. Tonight we had a large party and the restaurant was busy. Service was a little slow and felt understaffed. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and personable when we had her. The food was delicious. 😊

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Easily one of my favorite restaurants, anywhere. I wish it were quieter but I know that is not something that is generally within your control.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Cafe Nell offers a fabulous brunch! My wife enjoyed the chicken paillard, it was just the right size portion for brunch. My Parisian eggs were done just right. They were very creamy and complemented nicely by the fried potatoes. Also, our waiter, Jeffrey was attentive and very nice. A great experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The owner is very kind and sensitive to customer service - very accommodating.

1 person found this review helpful.
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good ambience, great service

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Going to be a new standard for Brunch for our family. Delicious options and a cozy friendly neighborhood bistro.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service is usually great but this night the server was not exceptional. We did not get water glasses filled until after we had been seated for 15 minutes and already ordered drinks. There were 4 of us and we only were provided 2 menus. Nothing glaringly bad, just lack of attention to detail. So I have to say average service. Food was tasty and prepared well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We absolutely love this place. It is truly a neighborhood gem near Slaptown. The food is really interesting French bistro style. Service by Mary was great and our table for 9nwas in a cozy corner that allowed us to enjoy our family reunion! Simply a winner!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent food and great service!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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