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Cafe Nell

) #265 of 3,618 Restaurants in Portland €€ - €€€ American, , Gluten Free Options
1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414
+1 503-295-2527
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (24 reviews)
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American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1987 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97209-1414
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

We visited for dinner and made reservations--turned out to be a good idea, as the place got busy. The outdoor tables are not an option when the weather is damp. It's possible to get a great meal here, and the wine list is pretty good.

Thank Tenighir
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I have been to Cafe Nell for brunch about 4 times now over the past couple of years, and it doesn't disappoint. I was especially pleased with the menu as we took our out of town family and friends for Easter Brunch. We had to...More

Thank Molly N
Reviewed 12 April 2017

One of Portland's charms is that it has wonderful restaurants hidden away in nearly every neighborhood. We stopped at Cafe Nell for lunch simply because it was close, and we were starving. The fact that it had off-street parking in a notoriously parking unfriendly neighborhood...More

Thank GreenTraveler9
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Locals know that parking in this area can be a problem, so Cafe Nell gets an edge and is always busy. Nice lunch menu and some of the brunch items are carried over including a nice vegan hash.

Thank Michael W
Reviewed 29 March 2017

On a rainy mid-morning we arrived for brunch. It is important, I think, to make a reservation since this is a small case. It has a good feeling and the brunch menu is full of egg type meals. Sadly, for those of us that are...More

Thank zaxes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Went here while walking back from a long walk, it was busy and we took a chance trying to get a table. We were not certain we could due to the dine out portland month. The room has a real warm cozy feeling. The food...More

Thank Dave R
Reviewed 17 March 2017

We visited Cafe Nell during Portland Dinners Month (March) and their 3 coarse selection was extremely yummy. The bar is old and interesting, I am sure it is a great spot for happy hour.

Thank Tawnie B
Reviewed 12 March 2017

I had an absolutely fantastic lunch here while on vacation. I was walking from the metro train to my hotel to check in. When I saw Cafe Nell from afar, I knew that I had to eat lunch there. My waitress was super sweet and...More

Thank Ltravels505
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Cafe Nell is a great new find for Breakfast. Although the place is packed and there was a bit of a wait for a table, this independent restaurant has a policy similar to Cracker Barrel where the idea is to herd them in and herd...More

Thank Milestogo007
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My friend and I stumbled on this place by accident one afternoon when we were looking for a place to have a leisurely, delicious lunch. And we were SO happy we did! It's a very cozy space with flowers, a fireplace and strings of white...More

Thank planestrainsandaut2s
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Rebecca G
10 October 2015|
Response from Twotravelers1935 | Reviewed this property |
I can't say for sure. My wife is a glutten free eater and has had no trouble finding a gluten free item in any place we have dined here in the past year. zThey probably have a sebsite that will be helpful
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
  • E-mail
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