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Cafe Nell, Portland, OR

Cafe Nell

4.3
4.3
2587 reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of Northwest Portland, Café Nell serves French inspired, eclectic American classics simply prepared from Northwest ingredients. Celebrating 14 years, 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. Indoors, Sidewalk and Oasis patio seating are all a neighborhood favorite for a tasty lunch or a candle-lit dinner on a lovely Portland evening.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 295-6487

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Nell is an intimate venue for private parties of 50 to 100 guests.Maximum capacity of 80 for a sit-down dinner, and up to 120 for buffet-style.

  • Private party contact

    vanessa@cafenell.com: (503) 295-6487

  • Area

    NW Portland

  • Cross Street

    NW 20th Ave

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary parking courtesy of the offices of Legacy Health (entrance a block away on Lovejoy between 19th & 20th) Weekdays after 5 pm. Saturday/Sunday All Day. Street parking also available. Paid parking is available 4 blocks south at 16th and Kearney.

  • Public Transit

    Two block walk from StreetCar at 18th & Lovejoy.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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What 2,587 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Portland / Oregon

    Brunch

  • Portland

    Brunch

  • Portland

    Lunch

  • Portland

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Portland

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. KS

    KevinS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was great! Would highly recommend!
  2. KC

    KC22

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Disappointing. Nice location. Friendly, hardworking staff. Atmosphere was a bit odd. Indoors empty. Outdoors endless outdoor seating. It was teetering between quirky and a bit rundown. Menu had great sounding food with nice ingredients, but starters were really disappointing. Bruschetta soggy, salad somehow both bland and salty. Entrees were decent. Didn't try dessert. Worried it would disappoint. For the price point I expected better.
  3. MR

    MichaelR

    Portland

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    It’s always fun to introduce someone to Cafe Nell. It’s especially great at brunch and you watch them enjoy a Mary Nell and classic Benedict. They’re hooked. Of course, as always, I loved my MN and bennie too. Always a special time.
  4. F

    Frani

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice brunch for all three of us And the staff with was good with our specialized orders.
  5. W

    Wienerin

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were disappointed that the court yard was not open. But we had a very nice table along the side walk, under a shelter. I had the crab on butter leaf lettuce as my main course and it was plenty big for a small appetite. Although not on the menu, my husband had pesto fettuccine with added shrimp which he thought was acceptable. My nephew had a nice piece of salmon and his wife the vegetarian risotto. They were visiting from out of town and thought my choice of restaurant was a good one. I particularly enjoyed (my husbands) frozen limoncello cocktail.
  6. BW

    BW93

    Portland

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Hoods were down so menu was extremely limited and hard to accommodate the larger group. All food we did get was great and our server handled very well.
  7. JA

    JoeA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic, the atmosphere was perfect, and the vegetarian risotto changed my life! LOL
  8. MR

    MichaelR

    Portland

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 19 September 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    For the first time, I tried the vegetable and sausage hash. I now have yet another favorite dish. Excellent.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t believe I hadn’t been here before. Excellent! We will return on a more regular basis!!
  10. LB

    LindaB

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing brunch celebrating our last day in Portland for a girl’s shopping trip. Amazing tented outdoor space- so beautiful and festive. The food and drinks were perfect and reasonably priced. And good service topped it all off! We’ll be back.
  11. BK

    BethK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous brunch!! Safe outdoor dining with nice ambiance.
  12. BW

    BrennaW

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    What a great experience! The French toast was wonderful and the space was romantic and fun!
  13. RM

    RMCha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a taste for pancakes, but unfortunately they ran out of an ingredient and were unable to offer us those. We substituted for the french toast - which was good but didn't quite meet the moment since we really wanted the pancakes. Overall good experience, quaint place, a little chilly but their website already made us aware of the outdoor seating so that wasn't an issue. We'll be visiting again soon.
  14. D

    Dera

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Place was nice but ran out of pancakes at 10 am. Wouldn’t be back if you can’t serve what’s on the brunch menu
  15. b

    betsyb

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch with my daughter! We had a great time!
  16. D

    Delish

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious, wonderful staff that made us feel welcome.
  17. MB

    MaureenB

    Portland

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. Thank you!! Our server was patient and attentive. We all had different entrees and they were each delicious. Coffee drink was yummy.
  18. TO

    TyeceO

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks, great as always.
  19. c

    cuteamyv

    Portland

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as per usual, late brunch/lunch with girlfriends
  20. MR

    MichaelR

    Portland

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The oasis looks the best ever. Our server was great. The food, as always, the best. But, $32 for a crab bennedict? Whoa.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful meal! We were seated outside on the curb patio and it was very pleasant even though it was very smoky outside. The bartender was our server and she was knowledgeable and enjoyable. We were not in a hurry which was good since the meal took over 2 hours. It was not exceptionally busy for a Friday but the kitchen was slow. The meals were very good though so it was a nice evening.
  22. KG

    KatherineG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    High ratings for food, staff, and relaxed ambience👍👍👍
  23. CS

    CaseyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was great and the outdoor seating was really cute!
  24. HF

    HappyFoodie

    Portland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I introduced a friend to Cafe Nell and she loved it. The patio dining was private and quiet (we were early diners), and Levy was a great server—took excellent care of us and made the dining an experience to remember.
  25. CW

    ChrisW

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favourite restaurant at the moment. You can sit outside and still be cool. Very nicely done decor. Service excellent this time, and food very tasty.
  26. JC

    JaneC

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The staff was really great, from the host(s) to the servers.
  27. TB

    TomB

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful meal and very pleasant outdoor dining.
  28. TG

    ToddG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Had a reservation and still waited half an hour. Food was wrong Service sub-par
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was awesome so was the food and drinks. And the a waitress, she was awesome.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    They attempted to put us at the worst table in the restaurant despite being less then 10% occupied at the time of our reservation. We requested a different table and they did accommodate, taking us to another area that was all but empty! This is the second time - exact same experience during our last reservation - they have attempted to give us the very worst table despite not being crowded and I suspect ‘ageism’. Very disappointing experience!
  31. s

    sherrysw

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is just one great place!
  32. j

    jennyg

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Love the space, service was a bit lacking in attention and food was overpriced.
  33. c

    catk

    Portland

    22 reviews

    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience4
    basically it has gotten very expensive and the portions are perhaps smaller than they used to be. When I asked for a coffee nudge made with decaf coffee, they said I would have to pay for both a decaf coffee and the coffee nudge. How petty is that?
  34. FF

    Fit4Fun

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about it especially the French toast! Love the fact that dogs can go there and they are welcome! Service was fabulous. Cute place.
  35. K

    Katy

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the outdoor seating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was a Birthday Brunch. I did not realize the brunch menu is only available weekends. There were zero accommodations to be made to possibly allow items from brunch be served. There were 3 tables at 11 on a Tuesday. It wasn’t busy, however there was not a chance to detour off the menu- no special requests or even add ons could be applied. Like say: (add on some crab to the heuvos Rancheros.)This place is not in its prime and the bartender made a French 75 without a cherry. We seriously just wanted to get it over with, pay, and leave.
  37. BS

    BS95

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 August 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Adorable ambiance, the patio is one of the cutest in Portland. I don't mind paying higher prices, but the food and drink are not worth the price. Charged $3 for a 1oz side of syrup..... for french toast. French toast was decent, but too mushy from the berries on top.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great meal celebrating my daughters birthday. Our waitress was attentive and welcoming. Great experience!
  39. M

    Megahertz

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Super cute restaurant, super mediocre food and service. Drinks were very slow to arrive and not particularly good. The food arrived promptly and was serviceable fare. The portions were extremely small, two small bruschetta for $18? I hope they can right the restaurant before it is too late
  40. CJ

    ChrisJ

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It’s too bad the place has fallen off. Used to be a favorite.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cafe Nell offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (503) 295-6487.

Cafe Nell is rated 4.3 stars by 2587 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Cafe Nell

1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    NW 20th Ave

  • Area

    NW Portland

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, French, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Complimentary parking courtesy of the offices of Legacy Health (entrance a block away on Lovejoy between 19th & 20th) Weekdays after 5 pm. Saturday/Sunday All Day. Street parking also available. Paid parking is available 4 blocks south at 16th and Kearney.

  • Public Transit

    Two block walk from StreetCar at 18th & Lovejoy.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (503) 295-6487

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Nell is an intimate venue for private parties of 50 to 100 guests.Maximum capacity of 80 for a sit-down dinner, and up to 120 for buffet-style.

  • Private party contact

    vanessa@cafenell.com: (503) 295-6487

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