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
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.
I was glad to see they had a parking lot ...
I was glad to see they had a parking lot behind the restaurant because parking in that part of town is usually a challenge. The food was excellent! And our server was attentive and pleasant. I would definitely dine there again. I will and have already recommended Cafe Nell to people I know. I live in Albany, so it's a bit of a drive for me, but I am looking forward to our next visit. So many good menu options to choose from as well.
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!
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