Zeus Cafe

4.6
135 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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.
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KR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day brunch at Zeus cafe was great. Metro location and first time visit. Promlt, accurate, friendly staff...and good food too.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food friendly staff

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JR
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service in the traditional McMenamins funky atmosphere. More upscale than most McMs, and the food and service reflected this. Always a fun expereince at any of the pubs and properties!

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CA
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place for breakfast! Usually not too busy and when I bring in a group I can get seated on the back side for less noise. Our server was fantastic overall, but we did have to wait a bit for some requested items. I think he was running both sides of the restaurant. Food was great!

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OT
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. A creative and tasty brunch menu

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RH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Way too expensive for what you get. Definitely NOT $$ Unless you consider just the entrees. A small burger was $17. Just the burger. Ok but not great. A bison steak $21. My son ate it with no comments. All ala cart even bread is extra. Beet Salad was fabulous and worth the dinner. Evening Waite staff was less than friendly but were efficient. Morning staff was great.

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QP
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, top shelf food. You can't go wrong with this choice.

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OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Just walk away! Very far away!

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Salmon was over cooked and so was the steak. Food took almost an hour and some was definitely cold. Did breakfast as well and the food was also slow to arrive and the two Benedicts were definitely too tangy and had a really bad after taste. Wouldn't recommend.

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r
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice Christmas dinner menu; excellent service.

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KD
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

I had a reservation for Saturday night, but we were seated in the bar area. We did have a booth next to a big window . The ambience was good , but that is where good ended . We could not get service . It took a very long time for the waitress to come to our table. It then took equally as long for our beers to come . We decided to leave and get our dinner at Jake’s across the street . We lucked out and got a table .

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JT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there to enjoy a meal after a movie on Thanksgiving. August, our server was very personable and took great care of us. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and made sure that we enjoyed everything.
Such a refreshing experience on a holiday!

Thank you !

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SH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff was friendly but food was subpar. Also, the reason we went was for the Bloody Mary that they no longer sell. They should change the advertisements.

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CP
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good except I was surprised to receive 3 scallops for $22 with no sides or even a piece of bread. That seems pretty out of line for a meal at a McMenamins. Next time I'd go with the hamburger.

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PP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Zeus Cafe for Sunday brunch before a 2 pm PCS matinee performance. The food was delicious and they offered quite a good selection of items to choose from. We had the coconut pancakes, seasonal scramble, smothered and covered and the Zeus Benedict. We enjoyed it all! If we could have eaten any more, I would have tried the Zeus biscuits and gravy. But unfortunately, we just couldn’t eat another thing. We chose the cheesy grits as sides on several of our plates and they were wonderful. I will definitely be going back!

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PL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good, but largely ala carte menu makes it pretty expensive.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The ala cart menu adds up to a wildly expensive meal. Food was nice, but way overpriced. Go across the street to Jake's and get a great meal for the price.

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D
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love anything McMenamin‘s and when we stayed in downtown Portland for my husband‘s 65th birthday I surprised him by inviting longtime friends from pretty far away. They all thought the long drives were worth his surprised face and the good food. Our waiter was exceptional, new everything about food items and made interesting and well received suggestions. This is a casual place but that didn’t stop us from dressing up a bit. The windows looking out on the city streets enhanced this special experience.

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food selection, fun atmosphere,enjoyed breakfast with family

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w
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We thought we’d try the “good” McMenamins restaurant that doesn’t have the same pub menu as most others. Our expectations were not high, and were not met. The better dishes we had were ordinary. The worse ones (pork chop) were bad enough to leave mostly uneaten.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

I have always loved the Zeus Cafe and the "different" menu items they present! This time however the food fell way short of just "OK", the chicken was burned, the burger was well done when we asked for med rare, the noodles bland and not too much to them. The service was spot on it was just the food that was awful. They adjusted our bill without asking by comping our beverages which was nice and comping the burger but the birthday girl was still stuck with a $13.00 bill for a burned chicken sandwich ans still hungry....this probably isn't my favorite McMenamins restaurant any longer.

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OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cool building and hotel. Brunch is great but dinner has been pretty average the past two times we have been. Smaller portions and a little speedy for what you get. My wife got a cocktail and that was great. We got fries that were cold and the main proteins were small.

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D
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I think the experience was a one off. Have eaten here several times as we have been frequent guests at the Crystal Hotel. They were throwing a block party and seemed woefully unprepared. I would normally give this higher marks in all areas. I would say go but check their calendar for any events. McMenamin’s is not new to throwing events so it was surprising how sub-par this evening turned out.

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B
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Took a minute to find the door, because the only signage above it said "bar," and I hadn't expected it to just be a table in a bar (which is basically all the "cafe" is). Walked in- there were only 2 tables with people at them, and it was very quiet - no one seemed to be enjoying themselves. Based on the location, time of year, and time of night, that was already a worrying sign.

That combined with the cloyingly sweet and greasy "generic chain restaurant" smell in the air to get my stomach hurting already, but I thought maybe it was just me, and thought I'd give it a shot anyway. After standing there a while (looking around long enough to be sure there really wasn't another door to the "real" restaurant) I finally saw a server come out and asked if I was in the right place- he affirmed it, then said to check in at the host stand. Which he had to point out, because for some reason it was on the exact opposite end of the room as the door. Went over, someone showed up to help me, got checked in, sat down, got a menu and some water.

Glance at the menu as I'm drinking my water, and- something bumped my damn lip. Set it down, and sure enough- big chunk of what looked like some sort of vegetable matter. At that point my stomach hurt too much to ignore any more and I "noped" on out. Felt better as soon as I got outside in the fresh air, recouped, and had a nice relaxed dinner somewhere else.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent breakfast spot.

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JR
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food and drinks were good. Our waitress was terrible. It was as if we were bothering her by being there.

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FS
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Had dinner with friends from out of town. The food and drinks were good. The server was very nice but not good. Did not know items on the menu, had to go back to the kitchen numerous times because she was not able to answer our questions. It took forever to have our friends drinks ordered and served (we arrived ~20 minutes before they did and got ours quickly). It did take food a long time to be presented, the place was not very busy on a Tuesday night. Usually have great service at all McMenamins locations. Not sure if we will be going back to this one.

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t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

didn't enjoy the burger. Server was bubbly and competent.

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S
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Wonderful service and very comfortable seating. But sadly the food/drinks were not all that good. Eggs Benedict was not runny and house potatoes were dry & unseasoned. Bubbles flight is a tad overpriced for the tiny glasses it's served in. I'd go back if only for a beer with a friend.

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PT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Uninspired meal and preparation. I have had better entrees at home. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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MM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was one of four for brunch on a Sat. My french toast was underdone, but I think the rest of us enjoyed their meals.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Very disappointed!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for brunch
Who new!

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V
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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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h
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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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r
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 2

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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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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IP
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CG
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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