About Bread and Ink Café
Portland, OR 97214
Welcome to Bread and Ink Café, a Portland place to dine. Situated in the heart of the Hawthorne district, we have been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to locals and tourists alike for over 30 years. Our menus are creative and eclectic, focusing on seasonal offerings from the rich products of the Willamette Valley. Bite into our unique and popular Chicken and Liege Waffles, with lemon Parmesan cream and maple syrup, or savor handmade biscuits with our sausage gravy and eggs. Or come for dinner and select from salads with fresh dressings, steaks, risotto, wild-caught salmon and juicy burgers fashioned in-house and served on our buns with homemade mayonnaise, mustard and the ketchup we have been making all these years. Enjoy watching the world go by from our bright, airy dining room while sipping on one of our contemporary top-shelf cocktails. Save room for dessert, the owners" specialty, or for Max's salted caramel ice cream. Dine well and leave happy!
Contemporary American, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm.
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am -3:30pm, Saturday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm.
Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm.
SE 36th Avenue
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Small lot behind restaurant, but mostly street parking.
#14 SE Hawthorne from Downtown #75 on Cesar Chavez 3 blocks up
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Bread and Ink Café Ratings and Reviews
Food was pretty good; however, our initi ...
Food was pretty good; however, our initial interaction with the restaurant was poor. I let out my spouse and children while I parked the car. My wife was not certain where the entrance was because of the curtain in the front of the door and the sign saying they were going close at 3pm that day. A male server came out and my wife asked if this was the front entrance to which he responds, "To what?" My wife responded she was looking for Bread & Ink to which he rolled his eyes and pointed to the door; however, he said we were going to have to wait. My wife indicated we had a reservation and he said in a rude manner that she would have to wait anyway.
When I arrived, my wife was visibly upset and I almost left then but decided to give the restaurant a chance. Our server was very nice and the food was good; yet, we were charged $16 in kids drinks that never arrived. When I pointed that out on the bill she blamed it on the bartender never receiving the order because the drink printer was down rather than accepting the fault as the server. Additionally, we were provided 4 sets of silverware for our 6 people - we divided up 4 forks amongst us and shared our utensils.
Overall, the general lack of caring from the staff took away from the otherwise very good breakfast. The chef is very good; still, I do not believe the food could overcome the poor atmosphere that the front of the house staff exhibited.
If your name is Bread and Ink, you might ...
If your name is Bread and Ink, you might want to be sure that that Bread you give customers upon seating them is good. It's really not. Think sliced-generic-white-bread-from-Albertsons level of bread. And while the chicken and waffles were good, everything else our party of seven ordered was just meh. Not worth the visit at all. Service was adequate, but nothing out of what basic service one would expect in a diner. I don't recommend unless you're coming strictly for the chicken and waffles. And even then, I mean this is Portland, you have so many other options.
I have been dining here for 2 decades. T ...
I have been dining here for 2 decades. The food is really good. The atmosphere is fun. The restaurant feels like the Portland I know, and I appreciate that now more than ever. However, be aware that the service is just okay, and thus the prices are a bit higher than perhaps they should be.
My tip: Ask for the homemade ketchup! It annoys me that you now have to ask for what was once part of the meal service, but I made a point to ask anyway. It's so good on scrambled eggs. Also, skip the biscuits and gravy. The gravy is delicious for sure, but the kitchen didn't even bother to split the biscuit before covering it in gravy and baking it. I might be nitpicking, but $12 b&g should at least look like more than it did on Saturday. Order a two-egg breakfast with a biscuit and a side of gravy instead.
We've had breakfast at B&I many times an ...
We've had breakfast at B&I many times and continue to enjoy. We discovered they also server dinner and decided to give it a go. We were seated immediately, and the food and atmosphere were great. Highly recommend it, and will be back.
My girlfriend and I met for dinner on a ...
My girlfriend and I met for dinner on a Tues evening. I ordered the grilled pear salad, which was delicious, but could have used twice as much pear than what was served. My friend had a chicken caesar salad, which was good, also. I also ordered a side of the pine nut meatballs, which were delicious. It came with a couple of pieces of garlic bread, which was a nice touch.
Consistently good, unpretentious but not ...
Consistently good, unpretentious but not boring food. At peak hours the noise level can be pretty high, but that's part of the vibe. Happy Hour at B&I is very good value. And it's a plus that they take reservations, which is a good thing especially for breakfast/brunch.
We occasionally eat breakfast at the Bre ...
We occasionally eat breakfast at the Bread and Ink. The food is delicious. The menu changes so there is always something different to try. Naturally, we are never disappointed with our choices. We only dine here infrequently because we live an hour an a half away. The reason for this visit was my birthday breakfast. I had a peach mimosa. It was wonderful. My husband had a Sunrise mimosa. It had grapefruit juice and cucumber juice. The mix of flavors was surprising, but delightful. Very refreshing!
Bread and Ink is, of course, one of Port ...
Bread and Ink is, of course, one of Portland's standards, always superior, food and drink alike, with outstanding service. Re the drinks: I drink Manhattans and judge a bar by its an ability to make an exceptional one. My drink was perfect, jus perfect.
I'll start by saying I was looking for a ...
I'll start by saying I was looking for a nicer restaurant for a night out with friends in town and this is definitely a casual cafe which was my mistake. We had a mixed experience. We had a large group of 10, and the place was practically empty on a Saturday night - which was nice for us because service was prompt. Mixed drinks were very good, but not the wine. We bought one bottle of Domaine Drouhin Pinot, expecting to try a few different bottles, but it was terrible. It wasn't corked, but several of us had drank this wine before and this one was way off. My guess is it got hot or wasn't stored properly - regardless, we weren't going to risk the money to try more. Food: Appetizers were generally good. I had a Dungeness Crab Bruscetta that was awesome. For dinner, about 1/2 the group got Chicken and waffles and all raved. Someone got the salmon and loved it. The rest of us, between fried chicken, meatballs, or smoked brisket - were all pretty disappointed. I had an amazing potato salad, but the cornbread muffin was so hard it could have broken a window. The brisket was dry and had a lot of fat and gristle. All in all, I found it disappointing, but not altogether terrible. But not enough good things for me to try it again.
The berry salads we ordered were excelle ...
The berry salads we ordered were excellent. My partner's BBQ beef brisket was very good. My buttermilk fried chicken was a bit dry and overcooked. The corn muffins were dry and over baked. The potato salad was too salty. Over all we rated our dinners as mediocre.
Love Breakfast here!!
It was fabulous to have a reservation for a Sunday morning breakfast. When we arrived the line was out the door. We went up and told the hostess we had a reservation and we were seated immediately! Come for the wide array of breakfast/brunch/lunch items but don't forget to ask for the Waffle Window menu, too. You've got to get at least one waffle for the table to share! Very energetic vibe to this restaurant. A little loud but full of locals. It's a great way to start the day. Very good coffee! Try the fresh lemonades. One of my favorite spots!
Gtreat Mothers Day meal
Made reservations for Mothers Day, walked in and we got seated within a moment. Service was outstanding and so was the food. My wife was very happy and so it made the day even more special. No problems with parking and I would recommend them to anyone.
It was great to return to a staple in the Hawthorne District. I lived in the area 20 years ago and when I wanted to treat myself to something special, I took myself to the Bread and Ink for a wonderful brunch. Now, sometime later, I was able to introduce one of my favorite brunch locations to a group of women who fell in love with the food and atmosphere as I did. Having Sunday brunch was a wonderful way to start our day. The service was prompt and the food came out quickly. We waddled out full and very satisfied.
Bread and Ink comes through for V Day dinner.
I'm only familiar with Bread and Ink as the restaurant which houses the Waffle Window's kitchen (as well as a couple of tables to the side), but was pleasantly surprised when we went there for dinner. They dressed the place up a bit -- low lights, decor in front of features more suited to brunch time -- and the service was excellent. The food was certainly good; not the best I've ever had at any price, but a solid value.
A great Portland restaurant
I have been dining at the Bread and Ink Cafe for at least 20 years. It has the ambience that only comes with time, both everyday and special occasion appropriate. I think this is the ambience that newer restaurants in town try to design into their space rather than work for years to achieve. At night, the candlelit tables create a lovely warm feeling that's sure to make any meal special. But this Valentine's Day, we went for breakfast instead. Weekend mornings are noisier and brighter but still comfortable and welcoming. The breads baked here are really good, and their baguette is possibly the best in town. (I used to buy it at Zupan's when I couldn't get to the restaurant.) I always recommend the homemade sausage patty as the side to eggs and potatoes. The waffles are tasty, though the chicken could use spice. Love the biscuits and gravy, which are baked in the oven before serving. Non-egg eaters will rejoice at the many non-egg breakfast options. And one could make quite a feast from ordering any number of side dishes. Really, everything is quite good. Guilty confession: I put the homemade ketchup on just about everything, including the bread!
We love Bread & Ink and have been faithful followers for many years. Their servers are always outgoing and friendly, and their food is very good. They also change up their menu from time to time which helps when you consistently eat there. I take my high school age daughters there and it is by far one of their top 3 locales to eat at in Portland. I know they do a huge brunch service too - we just have never tried it (always looks packed). We be dinner folk!
Great brunch experience
Break and Ink was great - very accommodating of our 9 person reservation. Some folks were delayed due to weather, and the staff checked in with us regularly, but it was also clear that they didn't mind that we weren't ordering quickly. Food was very tasty, and there were pretty large portions.
Bread and Ink -- A Perennial Favorite
I love to bring my out of town friends here and seat them by the window so they can watch the Hawthorne subculture pass by. The food is good, and there is always something for everybody on the menu. Wait staff is friendly and accommodating and the portions are enormous. I also like the fact that you can make reservations for busy brunch times on the weekend. When we moved to Portland, a friend said that Bread and Ink saved her life. She was newly divorced with two little kids, and she could bring them there. They could have a burger and she could have mussels. It's a great, Hawthorne institution.
one of the best brunches I've ever had
This was undoubtably one of the best brunches I've ever had. Made a last minute reservation (the day before) and was seated immediately during an incredibly busy time. I had the steak benedict and it was perfect. Having polenta as a non-potato choice was a treat.
Not friendly at all
Went to take my niece here for a birthday breakfast. So like I always do I got on to open table and made reservation. When we got there I told the hosted that we had resevervations through open table. That was the point where she went from friendly to unfriendly and never looked anywhere and told us me don't have them and it will be a 30-40 min wait. I asked her that I made them this morning and she said something I couldn't understand and rolled her eyes. At that point I said I'm done and am leaving. 3 other people talked to me outside about how rude this lady was being to us. I hope to go back and retry this place but if this is how I'm greeted I will not come back.
Better than Expected!
I've been hearing about the waffle window and have wanted to try. I never knew I would be so blown away by Bread & Ink as well. There was 4 of us and we used every utensil sharing every bite of every plate we ordered. There wasn't one bad moment to this amazing dinner! Chicken Marsala - Brazilian Beef Skewers (best chimichurri sauce!!!!), Fried Chicken and then the sweet waffles. My list could go on and on! Service was outstanding --- I'm so very sorry I didn't remember his name. Truly a memorable experience!
Solid middle of the road
The food was good but nothing spectacular. Service was uneven though the place was nearly empty on a Sunday evening - but uneven I mean the two servers there kept switching up on us so it was hard to know who to ask for what, when.
I'd go back but not go out of my way to do it.
Always consistently good. I like that t ...
Always consistently good. I like that they change their menu regularly. The servers are friendly. It is in the middle of tattoo and piercing street - neither of which I possess. Regardless, I am treated well. The portions are medium to large, and while it is not cheap - it is also not expensive. The value is good.
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