We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Cafe Nell

$$ - $$$
Northwest District
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414 (NW 20th Ave)
+1 503-295-2527
09:00 - 22:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 09:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

84 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 83: English reviews
Tualatin, Oregon
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Whether for Brunch or Dinner, Cafe Nell doesn't disappoint! The menu is small, yet diverse, the bar cranks out creative drinks and the service shines. We just visited again on Saturday for Brunch. Mexican hot chocolate with tequila, Shrimp and Grits, Monty Cristo sandwich and Huevos Rancheros. Even got the cinnamon roll - everything was great. We'd highly recommend Cafe... More 

Thank NorCalAl
Sunnyvale, California
Level Contributor
141 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 5 star restaurant. We loved it. The food is excellent. The wait staff is very good and the prices are reasonable. I had the special: Pork Three Ways and it was superb. Without any hesitation, I recommend this dish. My 3 friends & family loved their selections, as well. Sorry but I forget what they ordered. Parking... More 

Thank Robert H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The stuffed avocado was a pleasant starter. I enjoyed the shrimp cheese grits. The seats in the bar area have nice cosy tables but the main room has a tile fireplace!

Thank Penelope C
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

Let's get one thing straight...we love everything about Cafe Nell...and you...who may have recently emigrated to Portland...or are visiting from somewhere...will love Nell's too...if they do what they do well...well! Nell's has become one of our favorites for dinner and happy hour. Great menu, wonderful location, top notch wait staff, fun bar, and no two hour wait or the required... More 

Thank HollywoodRosy
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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
Level Contributor
511 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
117 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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

Travellers who viewed Cafe Nell also viewed


Been to Cafe Nell? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Brunch, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Nell and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Battle Ground, Washington
over a year ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Cafe Nell staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?