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Cafe Nell

$$ - $$$
Northwest District
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1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414 (NW 20th Ave)
+1 503-295-2527
09:00 - 20:00
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All hours
Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

we have been looking for a nice place to go for lunch that has good food, quiet tables, and good service. the menu had good variety to choose from. i had fantastic risotto while my husband had a chicken sandwich (maybe not the best choice). i have fibromyalgia so a quiet location, good service, and great food makes the day... More 

Thank 304les
Portland, Oregon
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I met with a friend for dinner at Cafe Nell and very much enjoyed the experience. The food and wait staff were both really great and the restaurant has a great, relaxing and environment. I'm planning my next visit soon.

Thank tripdude541
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98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I hadn't been here for years, and upon walking in the door wished it was in our neighborhood back home: cozy atmosphere, quiet tables, a fun and spirited bar (maybe 8 stools? 6?) and great food. We also stumbled into half-price night for wine, and we certainly took advantage of that! Roasted beet salad was great, and not too sweet... More 

Thank davidbillstrom
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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505 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Although the food was good at Cafe Nell's, neither of us left satisfied with our experience. It could have been due to the very long wait we endured before we were even approached by the waiter (at least 10 minutes, if not 15), it could have been the loud party of four nearby, or the fact that we were seated... More 

Thank travellerfromatown
Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I love this place. It's a go-to spot for weekend brunch. I've spent mornings drinking mimosas and reading after breakfast. It seems fancy and is more on the pricey side, but the food is great and the atmosphere calm. Love bringing my dog and sitting outside.

2 Thank Isaacgfrank
Vancouver, Washington
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117 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

My friend and I came here for dinner and had a very nice server. I ordered the grilled green bean salad with bacon and hard boiled egg. The green beans were not grilled, they weren't even cooked, they were completely raw. I thought maybe they decided to blanch them and asked my friend to try and she agreed, totally raw.... More 

1 Thank Family_Jules1969
Portland, Oregon
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87 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Several lunches ere. Always good, especially if you can grab an outdoor table on a nice day. AND, parking on lot next door. I think that this is new, as I don't recall it on previous visits.

1 Thank Twotravelers1935
Seal Rock, Oregon
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

This restaurant is a block from my house. I have been twice for happy hour and once for dinner. The happy hour is vey nice- outdoor/indoor service, a busy bar, a separate dining room. The happy hour menu is interesting- highlights include mussels and good french fries as well as a choice of champagne cocktails. One night it was too... More 

1 Thank nikkisunset
Columbus, Ohio
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90 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed the whole experience at Cafe Nell. We had cocktails (the Kentucky Nail was a hit) as well as the cheese platter. She had the pork and I had the salmon both prepared perfectly. Our best meal for our week in Portland.

1 Thank Papabuck49
Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Café Nell is one of my favorite locally owned restaurants in Portland! Their staff is always warm and welcoming and they have delicious food! They are hands-down one of the best places for brunch in Portland! The best part is that you don't have to wait two hours for a table on the weekend. You've got to try the Mary... More 

1 Thank carolelombardi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
09:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414
    (NW 20th Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighbourhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: +1 503-295-2527

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