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Zell's - An American Cafe

#120 of 3,414 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1300 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214-2423
+1 503-239-0196
08:00 - 15:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 14:00
Sat 08:00 - 14:00
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Portland, Oregon
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687 reviews
437 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

First there are the scones and the jam, if there is a line you can have a cup of coffee while you wait. Wonderful pancakes, omelets and egg dishes. Imaginative menu thoughtful with bursts of flavor. No parking lot. good coffee. Hot tea served in a press. Regional offerings like salmon fillet for breakfast and berries.

Thank tiredandtravelled
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Just coming off a birthday weekend in Portland OR. Sunday morning we were looking for a breakfast and generally prefer a basic, comfort food breakfast. Zell's was recommended and we had a great meal. I ordered the Pumpkin pancakes (love Halloween!) and a side of two bacon strips. The stack the three pancakes arrived steaming hot and had lots of... More 

Thank Jim G
Juneau, Alaska
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Nice neighborhood breakfast spot. Great food, great service. I had the corned beef hash and it was the best I have ever had.

Thank dhruid
Eugene, Oregon
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

When you get there, look around, these the the locals eating here. Not tourists or misplaced hipsters, these are the real deal locals. Get there early especially on a weekend morning. Be a ready to wait 15-20 min for a table, but be ready to fill your belly with some of the best diner breakfast you have had in years.... More 

Thank mooseofblue
Nikiski, Alaska
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154 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I've only been here once but I really enjoyed it. It's a nice, comfortable, unpretentious place with friendly staff. I like the sort of retro atmosphere. We liked our food, particularly the corned beef hash. To me the coffee was too bitter but I'm not a connoisseur. I'd love to come back!

Thank AKgrown_goes_to_Indo
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Good ambiance, nice authentic interior. Big feed with the best scones/biscuits whilst you decide what to have. I could have just eaten a plate of those.... Yum! How Guly recommend.

Thank Sasha K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Started us out with little scones and raspberry jam to go with our mocha which were very good. I had the brunch omelet and potatoes... Very good! Service was good. They get people in and served pretty fast. Will visit Zell's again!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chelsea, Michigan
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Every time I go to Portland (I have family in Oregon), I try to eat at Zell's. Their breakfasts are to die for. I had salmon eggs benedict which was divine. Others in my group had berry pancakes and other wonderful dishes that I wish I could remember. I love this restaurant.

Thank Susan B
Calgary, Canada
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72 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Neat little place to have breakfast lunch brunch. Found the restaurant on TripAdvisor and wasn't disappointed. I liked the Eggs Benedict

Thank DCVentures
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Fresh and creative with a classic feeling to this neighborhood favorite. The food is wonderful. I would return in a heartbeat plus the service was solid and fast. This place has one if the most beautiful back bars in the city.

Thank Mark K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
08:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1300 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214-2423
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-239-0196

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?