About Cafe Nell
Portland, OR 97209
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
Cafe Nell embodies true service that has ...
Cafe Nell embodies true service that has been lost in the era of fast casual, tech-saavy restaurants. Every person we encountered from the moment we stepped in was lovely. In fact, they even called to follow-up on service. You just don't see people working together to make great things happen like this in the service industry anymore. Brilliant.
We went for New Years Eve dinner after h ...
We went for New Years Eve dinner after having a wonderful experience at brunch a couple of weeks ago. This evening fell very short of our first experience unfortunately. Given the revelry of many patrons, I can't fault the restaurant for the noise level, but we could barely have a conversation between the four of us for most of the evening. We ordered and the first course arrived quickly however the waitress came back to inform us that they had run out of duck (7:30pm) so we had to rethink our options. After a while 3 of the 4 main courses were brought to the table and she said she would be right back with the fourth. However after waiting for almost 10 minutes, she appeared with the last entree and it had been an uncomfortable wait while everyone sat looking at their food getting cold. The final dish was scallops and there were only 4 on a plate with a little slaw under it and we were told that the chef had added the 4th due to the wait. It was very underwhelming for a $35 entree, even with the extra scallop. The Osso bucco was delicious, and the one duck looked a bit over cooked, but I didn't try any of it. The desert was a plate of 3 Crete brûlée of different flavors and it was mediocre at best.
That said, I will go back another time when it isn't a special occasion since the staff were great and we had such a nice experience the first time.
Third time here and I plan to keep going ...
Third time here and I plan to keep going back. The ambiance was special due to holiday decorating and set the stage for great service and food. Pork chop and Salmon were delicious and delivered to our table nice and hot. Great Pinot by the glass paired well with both entrees.
We had a very pleasant Christmas Eve din ...
We had a very pleasant Christmas Eve dinner at Cafe Nell. We were seated at a table near the bar by the window. Despite being near the bar, it was quiet enough that we could hold a conversation at normal voice levels. Service was good and reasonably attentive, given that it was a holiday seating. We cannot comment on the regular menu, as the choices were from a special holiday menu. Both our entrées were excellent, with good presentation. This was our first time at Nell's and we would definitely consider returning.
We had a very unfortunate birthday brunc ...
We had a very unfortunate birthday brunch at this restaurant. It took over an hour to get our drinks after sitting down. There was no apology for the delay even though it took us 3 times to the bar to ask for service. After 45 minutes only 2 out of the 8 of us even had water. It was very disappointing as I was taking new friends to the restaurant and they will not plan to return. I've been to CN many times without anything but good service, I had even noted on the open table reservation that it was for a special birthday event, nothing from the staff was special. I cannot make a recommendation based upon our experience on 12/23, but still love the restaurant and hope for better experiences in the future.
We had been to Cafe Nell once before for ...
We had been to Cafe Nell once before for Mother's Day - it was super busy but great. This time, a Friday at lunchtime, the food was very good but the service terrible. Our waitress was rude, forgetful, and only showed signs of thawing out when she delivered our bill. She really treated us poorly. It's too bad. The restaurant is a lovely neighborhood find, and the food solid. but why bother if you're going to be treated like that.
We were so looking forward to trying thi ...
We were so looking forward to trying this neighborhood place! It has all the elements of a great spot-- cozy, ambiance, location. The food was disappointing and three items we ordered were not available-- but we weren't told until after we ordered and had been waiting for a while. Very mediocre Caesar salad-- no leafy parts of romaine, only the white stems. Lamb had an off taste. Chicken was well done. Apple crisp had barely cooked apples with what seemed to be barely cooked crisp, dry and sorely lacking butter. Not hot at all though we were told the baking dish was hot! Perhaps this was an off night? We really wanted to love this place!
We held a birthday party with 8 people. ...
We held a birthday party with 8 people. We changed our reservation at the last minute from 12 to 8 and they were still more than willing to accommodate us. The server was incredible. She went above and beyond. She treated our children wonderfully, she made a special birthday sign for the guest of honor and was just overall super. The food was great. There was a great mix on the menu of standard fare as well as some out of the ordinary options. Everyone was very happy with their food. I will definitely being going back.
Date night ambiance is good at Cafe Nell ...
Date night ambiance is good at Cafe Nell. You took good care of, We enjoyed the city vibe meets rustic charm of your dinning room. The service is very good, almost great, our waitress was knowledgeable of everything Cafe Nell ( Raquel ) She made everything on the menu sound delicious, and helped us make a choice for the perfect plate. However I my dinner plate was a little boring, the steak with fries and hollandaise sauce, no vegetables, salad,anything green and fresh. I should've got the burger it had a fresh salad with it.
Had dinner with my sister, who I had not ...
Had dinner with my sister, who I had not seen for quite some time. The waitress was attentive but gave us plenty of time to talk and decide about dinner. The dinner menu is limited, but everything is fresh and delicious. We had a really nice evening and never felt rushed. Want to go back and try them for breakfast and lunch sometime soon.
For a Monday evening, they were very bus ...
For a Monday evening, they were very busy, which is a good sign. The server greeted us warmly and was very helpful to answer our questions. Plus, the overall service was very fast. The cocktails were good to start. We had the mussels and fries as well as a chicken breast dish. Each one was prepared very well, and the sauces were the highlights of each dish. We really had a very good weeknight experience.
Exceptional food and portion sizes. We s ...
Exceptional food and portion sizes. We sat comfortably at a long table that seated 12. The Mary Nell (their Bloody Mary drink) was an appetizer as well! Our server was attentive, very friendly and had a smile on her face the whole time. We went for Sunday brunch at 12:15 with family and were not in a rush (nor rushed) and were done at 2. The noise level was a bit high, as the concrete/tile interior didn't dampen any of the conversations throughout the restaurant. We were so thankful for the parking lot for Cafe Nell, we had no trouble finding spots.
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