About Cafe Nell
Located in the heart of Northwest Portland, Café Nell serves French inspired American classics simply prepared from Northwest ingredients. Entering its fifth year, Café Nell has become known for lively brunches featuring signature cocktails which never fail to impress. A full bar, friendly atmosphere, rotating taps, and a glowing fireplace create a welcoming environment. During summer, our patio seating is perfect for happy hour, or a candle-lit dinner on a warm Portland evening.
American, French, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
11 am - 10 pm Monday - Friday
9 am - 10 pm Saturday
9 am - 8 pm Sunday
NW 20th Ave
$30 and under
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Complimentary parking available in private parking lot. Street parking also available.
Two block walk from StreetCar at 18th & Lovejoy.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Cafe Nell Ratings and Reviews
Delicious meal and very enjoyable atmosp ...
Delicious meal and very enjoyable atmosphere. The main course was very slow arriving but the waitress comped our drinks because of that - did not have to ask. I so appreciate service that realizes it could be better and does something about it without being asked.
Will definitely go back.
The length of time we sat before getting ...
The length of time we sat before getting menus, before getting to order, then receiving beverages, receiving food, receiving coffee refills, even just getting the check.... absolutely painful. The food was good, the space was nice. The noise level was very quiet when we arrived, but by the time we left several tables around us were really loud. I've heard wonderful things! Was sad to have this negative experience. I may go back sometime with a smaller group, and sit outside instead.
Cozy, comfortable, neighborhood feel ins ...
Cozy, comfortable, neighborhood feel inside and outdoor side walk cafe. Took my adult son and two of his cousins for dinner and the food was delicious, and relatively healthy compared to other Portland restaurants. Everything was fresh and locally sourced, server was friendly and helpful. All in all a very enjoyable experience.
We sat outside and had a great meal. We ...
We sat outside and had a great meal. We shared mussels and fries and ceviche among four of us. The mussels were so good one in our party ordered them as her entree. I had the roast chicken and would order it again. We'll definitely go back!
Our reservation was at 11:00a, a couple ...
Our reservation was at 11:00a, a couple people in our party were 10 minutes late. We ordered at about 11:20 but our food did not show up until just after 12:00. Server was hard to track down. The restaurant seemed very understaffed for Sunday brunch but they still decided to add an automatic 20% gratuity for our party of 6, so I guess they didn't care that our experience was not good. They only had enough soy milk for one latte so we had to decide who got it. Seems like that is something you make sure you have stocked before you open your doors for breakfast.
We were there around 6 pm on a Saturday ...
We were there around 6 pm on a Saturday night. It was not very busy but they had a single server and probably could've used another. They have a fair amount of outside seating on the sidewalk but do have windows which open to give the outside feel without being right on the street.
Our first time at this restaurant. Thre ...
Our first time at this restaurant. Three of us for lunch sitting outside under beautiful old growth trees. Very European feeling and quite nice. Our Caesar Salad with Salmon, Huevos Rancheros and Stuffed Avocado all were excellent. Our server Drew was very attentive and provided excellent service. We will return.
The food was just OK but the service was ...
The food was just OK but the service was excruciatingly slow with no concept of timing. We were a table of four. It took forever to get the first two entrees and by the time the second too came the first had finished eating. Server was extremely polite and apologetic though.
I went for brunch with my mother, and we ...
I went for brunch with my mother, and we both were served delicious bellinis with seasonal fruit. As a vegetarian, I opted for the veggie Eggs Benedict, while my mother ordered the classic. Both were superb - better than either of us could have created, we agreed! Cafe Nell is such cozy little place. Must return to try out the dishes for other meals of the day.
Wonderful pre Timbers brunch spot! Broug ...
Wonderful pre Timbers brunch spot! Brought our 6 adult children and had a wonderful brunch! Highly recommend the shrimp and grits ( and I'm usually not a fan) the bloody Mary's are to die for! A meal in themselves. And my favorite the man-mosas!
Cafe Nell is located in a bustling, arts ...
Cafe Nell is located in a bustling, artsy area of Portland. The building itself, looks as though it could have been an old bakery in the past with a deep red brick exterior, and then classic French Bistro inside. The open windows and the street seating make it very inviting and homey. We were greeted immediately upon entering by the bartender, who had to go all the way around, into the restaurant to get to the host stand. There did not seem to be a host/hostess. We were seated immediately and our drink orders were taken. Enjoyed a great Manhattan made with a locally made whiskey, ( they feature a lot of locally distilled liquors, beers and wine. Of the items we ordered, the grilled wedge salad was amazing, with a half head of romaine, ever so lightly charred and topped with heirloom cherry tomatoes, house smoked bacon and a homemade blue cheese dressing. The Burger was also a big hit at the table, and the star of the evening was the Halibut Sausage, made from halibut collar meat and herbs, charred on the grill and served atop a summer corn pudding with blistered green beans and baby sweet pea greens. The service was adequate, but for as slow as it was, it could have been a bit more attentive. I would definitely recommend this quaint little cafe.
We love Café Nell. I've never had a bit ...
We love Café Nell. I've never had a bite there that wasn't delicious or a second of service that wasn't excellent. It was perfect weather for eating outdoors this time, and we got in some great dog and people watching. However, we love it inside, too--lovely atmosphere. We'll be back soon and often.
I hosted my birthday brunch here. It was ...
I hosted my birthday brunch here. It was the first time that most of us have eaten there. Overall it was good. I think that the prices were a tad high for what we got. Our waitress did a good job keeping up with the group demands and no mistakes were made. :)
We had a friend's gathering for a party of 8 last Sunday (6/5/16) at Café Nell and everything was great! I love this local spot as they always have friendly service and the food is delicious! They are also very accommodating with allowing separate checks for larger parties which is almost unheard of in this industry. I have been to Café Nell many times and it is consistently awesome! The other great thing about Café Nell is that you don't have to wait two hours for brunch. It is truly a gem!
The server was very nice and accommodating, especially when we found out we needed to be outside for the HH. Some of the HH plates were disappointing, specifically the tomato and onion flatbread, but the cheese plate was laughable. One chunk of cheese no bigger than an inch by inch. Otherwise, I would try again and sit at the bar.
Pleasant room; uneven food
I should say first that the evening we were there Cafe Nell was having personnel problems due to a no show. The stress showed though the host, waitress, bartender person was a gamer and did her very best. Appetizer salads were imaginative and delicious. However, both entrees missed and not by a little bit. Confusing combinations prevailed and just didn't work. Try lamb ragout over a heavily creamed pasta; it just didn't work. We'd be inclined to try again as there is imagination here but it's hard to recommend to a friend without more consistency.
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