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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.
Portland, OR 97209
American, French, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
11 am - 10 pm Monday - Friday
9 am - 10 pm Saturday
9 am - 8 pm Sunday
NW 20th Ave
$30 and under
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Complimentary parking available in private parking lot. Street parking also available.
Two block walk from StreetCar at 18th & Lovejoy.
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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Cafe Nell Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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