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Cafe Nell

$$ - $$$
Northwest District
American, Bar, Pub
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1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414 (NW 20th Ave)
+1 503-295-2527
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have been to Cafe Nell a few times in last 2 months and it's been great each time. With low ceilings, big split pane windows, and a red tiled fireplace it's a favorite place of mine to sip wine and eat full or mini-meals. Atmosphere is mellow, although not always quiet. When it's full of happy eaters it's very lively.... More 

1 Thank georgia h
Portland, Oregon, United States
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cozy Bar-Cafe in the Alphabet District serves up a great brunch. The excellent Bloody Mary, or Mary Nell, comes with enough garnishes to almost qualify for breakfast itself. It has a really diverse menu. My vegetable and sausage hash with poached egg was outstanding. My wife's mushroom omelette with goat's cheese was equally impressive. Need to come back to... More 

1 Thank Timothy C
Tualatin, Oregon
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
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143 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 19 December 2016 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
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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
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 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 18 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 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
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523 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
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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 

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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
American, Bar, Pub
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

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