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West Cafe

4.4
268 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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About

“Where the atmosphere and fare is simply inspired.”

Fresh healthy cuisine that won’t break your wallet. Casual, but comfortable. Enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or happy hour cocktails and snacks.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, International, Northwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 227-8189
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sean Concannon
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Private party facilities
Westcafe has been hosting private parties ten plus years, creating memorable meals designed for each event. Using fresh and local ingredients, we can construct the menu you wish to enjoy, leaving the compliments with you the host from your guests. We are flexible, professional and enjoy our craft.
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Private party contact
Sean Concannon: (866) 943-1273
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Catering
West Cafe offers personalized caterings, customized for your personal needs. While mingling with appetizers seems to be the trend we also have catered sit down dinner parties in private homes. Choosing the flow for your event is important in setting the tone, and we are happy to help you make it the party you envision. You name it, brunches, luncheons, cocktail and dinner parties for starters. Office parties, award ceremonies or simply a gift to someone saying “thank you” for a deed they did for you. Please email or call with inquiries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
SW 12th Ave.
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Parking details
In addition to plentiful on street parking, customers are welcome to use a private parking lot next door to us. Simply enter the first driveway on the left after passing West Cafe on 12th Ave. and park in available spaces behind the tall building on the right.
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Entertainment
West Café hosts free jazz music several times a month. Every Thursday night starting at 8 PM jazz educator and drummer Alan Jones hosts an ensemble of musicians. Every second Saturday of the month from 6-9PM "The Originals" play jazz standards from the 40’s, 50's and 60's. The repertoire is drawn from what is known as the "Great American Songbook" featuring composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Rogers, Hart and more. Featured are Don McFarlane on piano, Morgan Curtis on drums and Jules Auger on string bass. Please check our website for additional events.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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4.5
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4.2
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4.3
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RobertM (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 23, 2017

Unfortunately, we're entering the last week of West Café. We have found this to be an excellent place in which to hold meetings every couple of months or so - we gather from both the metro area and the south Willamette valley - and have always enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere.

Best wishes to everyone as they enter a new phase in their lives, and thanks for wonderful evenings!

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GDawg (Portland)
1.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We have been to this restaurant before and it was fabulous. This time 4 out 4 meals were absolutely terrible. Not edible. The smell of bad seafood was present the minute the food was served. Our server kept apologizing for the delay in our service and meals. She did have time to actually sit at a couple guests tables while we waited for our drinks. They were served after the meals were delivered. I will try this place again for many reasons. 1: The owner is delightful and works hard. 2: My previous meals were perfect.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

West Cafe has been dependable all the way through. The marks a bit lower because of slow service, but it was Father's Day and they were PACKED. Most days it's on the spot and the menu has something for everyone. I'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

very hospital service and they speak. yep they actually communicated with us

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vipGZzzz (Portland)
2.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

We tried West Cafe for the first time; it may be our only visit. Almost to a person, reviews indicated friendly, attentive service. We had the opposite experience. They came to my attention via Open Table. We live 30 miles away but frequent the Portland area about 2-3 times a month, checking out eateries with good service and food reviews. On entering the restaurant, someone at the bar hollered, 'we'll be with you in a minute' -- there was no greeter or hostess up front. So I stood there for a couple of minutes, then a young gal walked up & asked if I needed a table. "Yes, my husband's parking the car," I have a reservation on Open Table. From there, she didn't utter a greeting, just silently led me to a table, explained the extra sheet was the day's specials and left.
About 5 minutes later, she returned, again NO greeting. I explained this was OUR FIRST VISIT -- Again, no WELCOME, no Hello, just ZIP. Things got worse from there.
We eventually ordered after she delivered beverages. Husband ordered a waffle, I ordered the scramble special of the day. They brought his order then mine- but they brought me the wrong entree (delivered by another waitress). When I explained it wasn't what I ordered, she replied, "Well I didn't take your order so I don't know what happened. I'll get you what you wanted." What happened next has NEVER HAPPENED! The original non-communicative waitress returned with the same incorrect dish, a brunch menu and said, "Didn't you order the 1st item on this list?!?" Whoa! I replied, "No, i ordered the 2nd item on the list." She did NOT apologize, just turned around & left. OMG!
Eventually, I got my entree. It was delicious but nearly impossible to "enjoy" ~ it felt as though I was the one who hadn't listened PROPERLY. And when we left, NO ONE said "Thanks for visiting, have a nice day, ZIP! Our waitress looked right at me as we left, just stared BLANKLY. Truly, one of the strangest dining experiences of our lives!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

It was our first time to West Café and the food and service were wonderful. I will definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

Found this place by accident online. Dad visiting from Calif loves Jazz music. Happened to be in town on the second Saturday of the month to enjoy Jazz music live. Tasty food, a little on the high end. Perfect background music to hold a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2017

Nice food, service and atmosphere in a low-key setting. Great for those who like good food, fine wine and conversation (not a shouting scene as in many trendy restaurants).

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 24, 2017

I always enjoy my meals at West Cafe, and find the wait staff very gracious and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2017

What a little gem! The wait staff was so friendly and helpful. The menu was creative and had something for everyone. Lots of good brunch items, but it was nice to have all the regular lunch items also available. The specials were terrific. Portion sizes were perfect- not too little, not too huge. All of our meals tasted like fancy home cooked food- no over-use of oil or butter. Definitely stop in!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Really enjoyed the food. I had a banana leaf wrapped pork dish with a red curry. My wife had a yellow curry vegetarian dish. Both were excellent. Had a piano player and vocals for live music. Really made for a nice dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Very lovely staff in this quiet, comfortable restaurant. I had the hanger steak, which was tender and well-seasoned, and came with serviceable sides. The arugula and the greens served prior to my main dish were not as fresh as I would have expected. I would come back for group dinners, a nice dinner out with a friend, or as an option I could take my parents to.

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Muriel (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

Super delicious food! Outstanding service! We loved it! Wine list could grow, not much selection. We'll come back anyway!

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TomMar1 (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Great food with choices that were intriguing, great service, great location. This was the perfect place for the four and a half of us to celebrate Mother's Day in style.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

it was mother's day and we waited an hour and a half before asking about our order which they checked on and let us know that they had lost it. They brought us one piece of banana bread to split while we waited. Any good restaurant would have comped part or all of the meal. Food was nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

Enjoyed a very good brunch. Omelet and Lavender Blintzes were very good.

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helens (Portland)
3.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

We were underwhelmed by the success of the vegetarian options this time. The soup and the special vegetarian entree were both bland. Our dining companion, who ordered the sole special, was very happy with her meal. Desserts--key lime pie and lemon sorbet--were both excellent, as usual. The presentation of the sorbet inside a frozen, carved-out lemon was charming.

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joyfuleating (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

The West Cafe is a great spot on the south end of downtown with an extensive menu including small plates. The owners are great people and are very welcoming. I also enjoy the weekend jazz groups, especially The Originals which play on the second Saturday of the month. Great jazz paired with a fun, varied menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent, exceptional ...we loved it. We were treated very special right from the beginning. Mark our waiter was the best. And food was absolutely sooo good.

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BobM (Portland)
3.0  Dined on May 8, 2017

Terrific friendly service, good food and a nice "vibe".

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terry (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on May 1, 2017

The food was fantastic, our waiter was like our friend and the service was second to none. I wish this restaurant was in my home area. I'll go again.

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Martha (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 27, 2017

A wonderful birthday celebration and a specially prepared birthday dessert for the celebrant. Always a great meal at West Cafe. Thanks so much, Sean and Doug.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

I made a reservation for 13 people at the West Cafe to celebrate my nephews graduation from OCI. They called me the day of the party to confirm, and were prepared for us when we came. The service was exceptional....relaxed, attentive, friendly and patient. The waiter asked us if we we wanted separate checks for the several family groups that were there, and happily and quickly sorted the bills out. The food was very tasty, and portions were satisfying There was only one appetizer that someone thought was okay, but not wonderful. Everyone else raved!
My family is very diverse in their food preferences, but everyone found something that they enjoyed. I got thanks from several people for making this choice. One said there were " good vibes " in the restaurant. Oh, and as an added part of the experience, there was I've music that was just the right type of music and volume to enhance the ambiance. I wholeheartedly recommend West Cafe!

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helens (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

We especially want to recommend the desserts at West Cafe. We are huge fans of the key lime pie, which is on the regular dessert menu, but this time we ordered one of the dessert specials, coconut cream pie. It was divine, rich and creamy, with toasted coconut on the whipped cream, and the surprise of a dark chocolate cookie crust.

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Martha (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

As always, a wonderful meal and visit at West Cafe. This occasion was a friend's 62nd birthday and we had a delicious meal and yummy coconut cream pie for dessert, with a candle for her slice of pie. Sean and Doug do an outstanding job and I am so fortunate to live just a block away from West Cafe.

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Elwin 
5.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Well prepared food, professionally served. Great place!

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helens (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

One of our best experiences at West Cafe, which is in our neighborhood. The service was particularly good, friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. The carrot cauliflower bisque was creamy with a delicate flavor, the potatoes au gratin a sinful treat, and our friend's prawn special pronounced delicious. West Cafe has an excellent dessert menu and the key lime pie is a standout. Our only complaint is that the live music is too loud.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Good venue for before performances at performing arts center, art museum, historical society. We felt a little rushed in 4/8 meal. We had 6:00 p.m. reservations and performance was 7:30 - we barely made it. Staff was slow in taking our original drink order and also slow in taking dinner order. We already knew what we wanted, so it wasn't us taking time to deliberate.

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Prytania (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 7, 2017

Always dependable high quality food and service. Daily specials also always of interest. A good value in comparison to restaurants closer to the core. Also on street parking usually available close to cafe.

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on April 6, 2017

Our "go to" place for evenings in downtown Portland!

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