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Zeus Cafe

4.3
104 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Northwest, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation


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

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

Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 384-2500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stark and Burnside
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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
What 104 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very nice atmosphere.. good food and great service. My date loved this and appreciated being able to attend a theatre event without being late.

Convenient..fun.. and worth the time. We'll be back!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Awesome place for brunch
Who new!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was decently priced but wasn't very good. The atmosphere was very loud. Service was awesome, the server was responsive and knowledgeable.

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2.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Unhappily, because we can walk to this restaurant, we won't return. It took 30 minutes to get our entrees and we had to ask the waitress where they were. She said, "Oh, I think they are coming up." We had told her we had a play when we were seated. Each couple had ordered broccolini to split. Then she said, "Would you like your broccolini now?" We had had nothing to eat in the 30 minutes, not even bread, so she might have asked sooner. It was cold when it arrived. Our pizza was so small for the price. My husband and I were still hungry and I made the mistake of ordering ice cream. Twenty minutes later it arrived. I didn't have time to finish it, which was no loss because it was miserably grainy, enough to sting your tongue. The best word I could use to describe the service is lackadaisical.

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2.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Food was pretty mediocre by normal standards, and was bad if compared to "Portland Brunch" standards. We had a great waitress however, and the coffee was good.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

We come here for brunch a lot (like, a LOT). Service is always terrific and low key. Food is always yummy. Atmosphere can not be beat. The seating probably doesn’t lend itself to super big groups, but a cozy meal for 2-4? Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on January 9, 2018

You can feel the love and care the moment you walk in. The atmosphere is warm and homey, with an old-time charm. Don’t let that fool you—the food and wines are all of superb quality. We were blownawayby the delicious gourmet dinner. The chicken and the baby greens with goat cheeze salad were out-of-this-world! Loved also the wonderful signature cocktails. Amazing place!

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Zeus for my 16-year-old's birthday. The menu was perfect for that--decent wine list for me, burgers for the kids, good adult food choices for picky eaters. We were there in New Year's Day and were grateful they were open. The food was tasty but took a while, and my entree was on the cold side. They forgot a couple of drink,s but I think because they were exhausted from the crowds of the night before. The servers were very nice, even recommended Ruby Jewel's across the street because they were out of a lot of desserts (also from NYE!) I would return to Zeus, mainly because it is a good place to come to when you have people with different tastes to please.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

I won't rehash the fact

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

Much better this time around! The service was excellent, the food and coffee was perfecto. Our server was wonderful and attentive and it was quiet! Loved it. Will be returning in the future.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We were celebrating New Year’s Eve and both had the New York steak dinner which took forever to get. I️ think the kitchen got overwhelmed and the reservation system was bogged down. People for some reason or other didn’t think to make reservations and were put off you couldn’t accommodate them. Some customers were extremely rude standing behind our table and making nasty comments. That is definitely not the restaurants fault. The staff seemed a bit disorganized. Overall, we still give Zeus Café 5 stars and highly recommend them.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Normally we receive good service but our server continuously forgot us. Brought us coffee and we were ready to order, but she didn’t get the obvious. She was too distracted and overwhelmed it seemed like and left us hanging but eventually we got our order in. It was after 10 am and New Year’s Eve so we forgave the inattentiveness.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Super nice. Ten minutes left on happy hour, very nice about getting the orders in before the the cut off. The food was really good, exactly as described. Shared the truffle fries. Great place.

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4.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Convenient location for pre-theater or downtown events dining.

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4.0Dined on October 8, 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.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Food and service were great.

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5.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on August 4, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2017

Delicious homemade food

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2016

The chilaquiles were amazing!

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1.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Nice light dinner before a show at the Crystal Ballroom.

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