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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
11:00 - 22:00
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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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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 wait a bit for our reserved table but no matter. The bar was crowded as... More 

Thank Molly N
Washington State
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 was a plus. It is a small, crowded but charming place. Service was excellent and... More 

Thank GreenTraveler9
Portland, Oregon
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147 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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160 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 not the egg type, there is less of a choice. Never-the-less, the wait staff will... More 

Thank zaxes
Portland, Oregon
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114 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 and drink selection are amazing and really well prepared and presented. The service during our... More 

Thank Dave R
Beaverton, Oregon
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
Providence, RI
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 didn't even glance twice at my rolling suitcase and travel bags. I sat in the... More 

Thank Ltravels505
Boise, Idaho
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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 them out just as quickly to move in the next herd. I like that policy... More 

Thank Milestogo007
Los Angeles
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119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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 lights. The wine list was great (highly recommend the NZ Savignon Blanc!), the service was... More 

Thank planestrainsandaut2s
Portland, Oregon
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

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 

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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, Gluten Free Options
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?