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About Zeus Cafe

The menus feature local ingredients, house-baked breads, desserts and pastries, a specialty cocktail menu and an affordable yet approachable wine list, while a well-trained waitstaff provides a comfortable and welcoming guest experience.

303 S.W. 12th Ave.
Portland, OR 97205
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Northwest, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast & Brunch: Daily: 7:00am-2:00pm

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am-5:30pm

Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Stark and Burnside

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 384-2500

Website:
http://www.mcmenamins.com/crystal-hotel/zeus-cafe

Entertainment:
Live Music seven nights a week in our cellar bar (Al's Den)

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zeus Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Convenient location for pre-theater or downtown events dining.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Nice McMenamins' restaurant, eclectic as always, small but with a warm ambiance and moderate noise level so you can talk over dinner! We had the bacon-wrapped trout, which was outstanding; my curried cauliflower appetizer was way too spicy for me but was replaced with wood-smoked brussels sprouts without question. Limited but good wine list; our Ken Wright pinot noir was excellent and went well with the trout.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 27, 2017

I loved coming here before but the last 3 times has been very disappointing. Service is amazing though...best servers! The food has only gotten progressively worse. Chilaquiles super soggy! Korean breakfast and rice dish super saucy and salty. Will probably not be coming back to this location.

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 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food and service were great.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Fabulous spot to sit in the sun and sip a Negroni!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Saw this place near our restaurant and looked good on reviews. We sat outside on beautiful night. Service was a little slow to get in gear. Steve our waiter gets a shout-out for getting it rolling. Beet salad for app was very nice. My husband had oyster shooters which he said were biggest he's ever had. He had pizza for dinner which was really good. I had two apps together : grilled prawns and wood fired broccoli. Three big prawns with very yummy salad around it. I'm still dreaming of that wood-fired broccoli (and other vegs) dish. Deliciously grilled and seasoned and served.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 20, 2017

My husband and I met friends here for a great outdoor dinner. Fun to people watch from the sidewalk table. We had great service, never felt rushed, and in fact, they were willing to accommodate us by holding a table inside in case outside cooled off too much.

We have eaten here several times and the menu has lots to offer so we often try new thing when we go. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great for brunch. It was quite and not crowded on a Saturday morning. The food was very tasty and service was excellent!

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Amazing! Simply. Best burger I've had in a LONG time. Waitress was so sweet to my kids. Top notch and delicious!!!! Ps. The cornbread is mind blowing!

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on March 26, 2017

My husband and I went here with our parents/grandma. It was pretty quit, but it was also a Sunday. Some of the main plate were small, but for more of an upscale restaurant I'd say it was average size and price. My grandmother got what was more of an appetizer and I would have considered it more of a full meal. She was very happy with it. My father and I had the Portland dining month menu, which was different, but pretty good. The duck I think was a little over cooked. The rest of the family ranged from the chicken salad to the tuna, which they enjoyed. I would try them out again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The Eggs Benedict was delicious!!! The chipotle hollandaise was one of the best. Eggs were poached perfectly!

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The atmosphere was nice. The food was lousy and overpriced. I would not go back. It got good ratings when I looked it up. Not my cup of tea.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The coffee was full of grounds. The fries where undercooked and greasy. The service was terrible. We had a reservation and they took forever to put together a table for us and they acted like it was an inconvenience. We will never go again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Came here the first time during Portland Dining Month. I had a preset 2-course meal which was quite good. My scallop and uni crisp was fresh but the potion was on the small side. The duck breast entree was delicious and of a good portion. Dessert was a semifreddo and more of a afterthought. Not a bad value.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Delicious homemade food

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I always enjoy Zeus! It is always a go-to reataurant when I'm walking and shopping in the area.

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great atmosphere! A step up from traditional mcmenimans fare...liken to the Black Rabbit at Edgefield.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2017

This is my 'go to' in downtown Portland. The menu is solid and the food is consistently great. The staff is very friendly and the maître d', hal, is fantastic!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It couldnt have been better! New Years Eve was a wonderful experience! Thank you for the friendly service and amazing food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 29, 2016

We were there for a special occasion...drinks, dessert, coffee, tea and the atmosphere were great. Dinner was not! I had the pork belly and it was awful! They were nice enough to comp us the meal...
I would recommend the truffle oil fries...sooo good. The menu is eclectic not to our taste for sure.... would go back for the atmosphere and for the fries!!!
Breakfast was good also....try the biscuits!! Yum!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on December 26, 2016

The chilaquiles were amazing!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Nearly three hours of slow service, limited drink service and re-do on the dessert due to burning it. Never going back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 11, 2016

I was cautious on my first visit to Zeus Cafe due to previous reviews. As it turns out, I needen't have been concerned. No, this is not a foodie paradise and in several visits my service, while friendly, has been sporadic but if you are looking for a satisfying meal outside of a chain diner, these are small considerations. The location can't be beat and the people watching, thanks to three sides of large windows, is wonderful. A qualified thumbs up here. Good, and sometimes that's enough.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 10, 2016

We had a great dinner. We were in a back corner, with no other diners very close to our group of six. Our food was great, and the ambiance was good too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 26, 2016

We were visiting from out of town and initially booked the Zeuss Cafe because it was in the neighborhood of the Crystal Palace where we had tickets to see Daughter. The location was great and the ambience was good. We enjoyed some drinks during happy hour and the server was attentive and let us know that dinner would start at 6pm. When our dinner selections came, the steak I ordered was cooked very rare and I had ordered medium. My friend said her salmon was the "fishiest" she'd ever had. I sent my steak back to the kitchen. About 15 minutes later, the server came by to ask me what temperature I wanted my steak cooked to.....I just stated that I wanted it to be pink in the middle rather than raw and red. She left and another 15 minutes went by before my order was returned to me very well done. By this time, my friends had eaten their meals and I had eaten all my truffle fries. I ate the well done steak and my friend ate her fishy salmon, but we left feeling like the meal was overpriced for the portions and the quality of the food. Also, the steak was a dark color, served on a dark brown plate with dark green arugula sauce. Not a very compelling presentation.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Nice light dinner before a show at the Crystal Ballroom.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 6, 2016

I wish OpenTable didn't list this place.

Around 10 minutes after being seated by the hostess, a waiter told us the kitchen wasn't taking any orders for the next 20 minutes. He offered no explanation or even coffee, just a panicked shrug. I can understand a slight wait time, but we felt like we were being asked to leave because the staff was mismanaged.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 21, 2016

We had great service and the food was really good, I definitely recommend the cod sliders.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Great, historical and interesting place with a lot of atmosphere and friendly staff. A variety of menu choices and food is decent. Excellent bartender and very pleasant wait staff.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Great food and ambiance, but some of the worst service we have seen in a restaurant. We had at least four different servers (we lost count), but no one seemed to want to acknowledge our existence. Orders were lost, plates were left on the table, no one asked us whether we wanted more drinks, had to hail the server to order dessert, etc. The surprising thing was that the restaurant wasn't that busy and the kitchen itself was very fast and served great food. Something's going on with the front of the house. If you are willing to be patient, you will have a fun time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2016

great food, great ambiance and great staff. Very highly recommended

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Service was excellent. Friendly staff. Food was very good with very nice presentation. Would recommend it to folks for a fun, informal event.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 15, 2016

This place was really terrific! We were joining a group for a birthday celebration and pre booked a date night before they caught up to us - excellent food and service. We managed to talk everyone into joining us for breakfast a day later; well worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on May 30, 2016

Yum! Brunch was fabulous, we tried the Spanish eggs & a delicious spinach benedict with polenta. Outdoor seating looked good, we chose to sit indoors (also nice).

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Zeus Cafe at the Crystal Hotel is our favorite downtown Portland restaurant. It's a very comfortable smallish restaurant reminiscent of a sidewalk cafe with its windows looking out on the street. They serve a diverse and broad assortment of food and drink, a step up from the usual fare. The decor is a slightly more urban take on the quirky McMenamins style, which emphasizes a pub's warmth and coziness spiced with plenty of eye candy. Staff are friendly and relaxed and don't hurry you out. Perfect for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or a meal: it's open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon happy hour, dinner, and late night—7 am to 2 pm daily.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 8, 2016

This is not your typical Ruby and tots McMenamins. Their menu is very diverse and different from what you will find at Ringlers or other McMenamins. The food has always been good, as has the service.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Attractive bar/restaurant attached to the Crystal Hotel in downtown Portland. The menu is usually more eclectic than some of the other pubs in the McMenamins group. Service is attentive and friendly, and we always enjoy the street views from practically every booth.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2016

Interesting menu. Lamb chops were some of the best I have eaten. Home made peach cobbler was outstanding. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 28, 2016

Food delivery was a tad slow but it tasted great & service was excellent!!

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 (Portland)·Dined on February 26, 2016

AS ALWAYS MCMENAMINS QUIRKY FLAIR LOTS OF FUN-DONT REALLY NEED TO LEAVE. HAD A GREAT DINNER AT THE ZEUS CAFE WITH A GREAT WINE PAIRING. WENT DOWNSTAIRS TO AL'S DEN FOR JAZZ THEN COMEDY AND LATER ON TOOK A SOAK IN THE SALTWATER POOL. BACK TO THE ROOM AND ENJOYED THE SOUNDS OF THE STREETS. SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD BY ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES THAT WE CAME IN CONTACT WITH. WE WILL BE BACK!!!

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