About Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Portland, OR 97204-3507
Kells Portland is rated the Number One Irish Restaurant and Pub in the nation (Tom Horans Top Ten) and has been serving the Northwest for nearly 25 years.
Kells Portland is a touchstone in the community, a home away from home. People from all walks of life and from every generation exchange ideas, enjoy life and gather to celebrate at Kells. Our goal is to provide our guests with the best experience, from beginning to end. Excellent service, delicious food, outstanding atmosphere and of course live Irish Music 7 nights a week are exactly what you’ll enjoy at Kells.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Ash two blocks south of Burnside
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Kells - Live Music Schedule: KELLS PIPES & DRUMS PERFORM EVERY 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY IRISH DANCERS PERFORM THE FIRST SAT. OF EACH MONTH Live entertainment starts at 9pm sun thru Wednesday, 9:30pm Thursday thru Saturday Traditional Music Session! EVERY SUNDAY from 6 - 8 pm. ALL WELCOME!
Credit to check available if parked at 2nd and Pine Garage on west side of 2nd ave. Bill must be at least 35$.
1st and Oak and Skidmore on Max Line
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Kells offers some of Portland's most unique private party and banquet facilities and services. Located on the second floor of the 1889 Historic Glisan building, Kells provides an Irish ambiance with excellent service and outstanding food.
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub Ratings and Reviews
The food is always great at Kell's. We did have a problem this time with the service. It was quite slow but I think we had a new waiter..... and the Cigar smoke was floating into the dining room. It was so thick that we almost left. I love eating here because they have the best Bangers and Mash and hope this was a one time thing.
The food was ok. The server should have been in a different line of work. She was defensive, impatient and not attentive. She asked if we wanted to dinner or drinks before we sat down. As I looked at her I was processing and immediately she said is it my accent you didn't understand. I laughed and said no I was processing. From then on she ignored and avoided our table. A gentleman at the bar came over to see if we needed another drink or anything else and then escorted her to our table. She added to the not so great one time experience. The music by Danny boy was far from Irish and he seemed to be an amateur. The lamb stew was decent. The fries with the fish and chips were good. The fish was greasy and you had more breeding than fish. This was a venture with higher expectations of service, food quality/value and entertainment. Not to mention for the prices you are paying for drinks and food the quality should be better prepared and plated.
Fire the bartender who was working Saturday night and I'll go back, otherwise never, ever again.
Went specifically to this "soccer bar" to watch the MLS finals and was told by the bartender that he'd change the channel if I'd mix his drinks for him. I assumed he was joking so pushed back and he told me "my job is to mix drinks, not change channels" to which I replied "I think your job is to assist customers". He then got argumentative so we walked out
I came to kells to get the Irish Stew. I was disappointed. It was more of a soup broth than a thick stew. The lamb was all but missing except for a few slivers. The beer was good and my wife's BLTC was fine. I just can't find an exceptional Irish Stew here in the states. Oh well, back to Ireland I go.
We had a wonderful dinner/evening at Kells. The food was excellent. We all had the pork special. There were Irish dancers and flute music when we arrived and group playing Irish music later on. The fiddle player was crazy good. The waiter and other staff were excellent and made us feel special.
We went to Kell's for lunch at 1:15 pm on Sept. 25th. We were a party of 6 friends. The food and server were GREAT! Absolutely no complaints there. But I have to give Kell's very low marks for ambiance and noise. Unbeknownst to us, right after we ordered our meal, a few people from some kind of fundraising event came into the restaurant. They were given a microphone and proceeded to SHOUT out congrats to each other for a good 40 minutes (until we left...or fled). There didn't seem to be an actual need for the microphone -- they were a small enough group they could easily have congratulated each other without it. The manager at Kell's should've pulled the plug. The noise was unbearable, conversation impossible. We looked to move to a table outside, but those were all taken. There appeared to be another room with tables on the north side of the restaurant but that was locked and so not an option. The server was kind and apologetic, but there was nothing she could do. Had we known there was this LOUD event, we'd never ever have made the reservation! It was an awful introduction to Portland for the one couple in our party who were visiting the state. What an embarrassment and what a big disappointment!
We ate here to get to try some of the local beer and try out another Irish pub on the west coast. Overall we enjoyed what we had including the beer but was not blown away by anything. We both had a beer but enjoyed the red ale the most.
My wife got fish and chips and I got the Irish curry to eat. The fish and chips was probably the better of the two. The fish lightly breaded but still crispy. The fries were nothing really special but not bad either. The curry was slightly spicy and had a small mixture of chicken and cheese mixed in with the fries. Service was not bad but only so so. Not a lot of tables visits but we didn't ask for much.
Overall I would go back again if in the area but I didn't care too much for the location.
This was our first visit to Kells. We enjoyed the atmosphere. Our server Cameron couldn't have been better. I explained to him that we would be there for awhile, and he timed each course we had perfectly even though he was busy, he kept an eye out on our table. Everything went very smooth thanks to him.
We had some dishes we have never had before like Scottish nachos, lamb stew, Scottish egg and sausage in pastry. All were nicely done and very tasty. There weren't any leftovers. We would definitely to back again!
The establishment had a special occassion in the dinning room so our group were placed in the bar. Not what I had expected but our out-of-town guests enjoyed the experience anyway (just a little more noise on the bar side). Food and service good as always.
We had confirmed reservations for our party, we arrived 10 minutes early and they had given our table to someone else. The hostess was completely overwhelmed. We eventually were seated (but only after insisting 12 of us could not sit at a 6 person table) but only had one waiter for 12 of us. Food was a long time coming.
I would not recommend this place for anything more than a beer at the bar.
Had a very pleasant dining experience with family on a busy Saturday evening. Thanks to OpenTable, we had a very nice reserved table in the dining room. Plenty of bustle and background noise, but we were able to comfortably have a conversation. Food and drinks were all good, especially the Irish Nachos and the Hummus plate and the special instructions on our drinks order. Also nice that Guinness is served in a traditional Tulip glass!
Kell's is in basically 3 seconds - the bar area, the restaurant, and the downstairs cigar lounge. We ate upstairs then went downstairs for cigars and more booze. You will not smell the slightest whiff of smoke in the upstairs bar and restaurant areas, trust me. But down there, it's super cozy, and they have an absolutely awesome selection of liquor. The bar itself has shelves to the ceiling and a rolling library ladder so the bartender can reach the top shelf bottles :)
Cigar selection is slender, but has some good names. Cigar prices are on the high side of medium. Liquor is reasonably priced, and food is both inexpensive and very good Irish pub type fare. Later at night, the live music starts - if you're downstairs at the time, you'll hear the dancing :)
Came in with a six person group. We were seated immediately and all ordered drinks. We arrived on New Year's Eve and were expecting a bit more festive decorations but we did only arrive at 7. The food was good and the whole dinner service was done in about an hour. The only complaint was that the appetizer showed up only about a minute before the entrees so there wasn't time to enjoy it.
We went to Kells for the first time this past week and enjoyed the food as well as seeing all the money stuck to the ceiling being raised for the Providence Children's Hospital. My only problem was that the wonderful leftover stew planned for the next day's lunch had to be tossed due to a power outage that very night for way too long to hope it would still be OK to eat! Ouch! Guess we'll have to go again! Husband had the curry chicken over fries which had a very good flavor.
My Kiwi husband and I came down to watch the Rugby World Cup. First of all, they were amazing and opened at 8am on a Saturday for the game and by 8:10am the place was packed.
Everyone did a great job of taking care of us, from keeping our coffee full to our breakfasts coming out hot. There were massive groups and it seems like everyone had the same high quality service.
Everyone seemed to enjoy their food.
We can't wait to go back for the next All Blacks game!
I used to love this restaurant. However, this last visit all 3 of my wait staff were very business like and not personable at all. It was like they were annoyed they had to wait on people. They never checked on us after we got our food to see if we wanted more drinks or dessert. The hostess who seated us, however, was outstanding and made us feel very welcome. I won't be going back though.
This is the second time I had visited this place and the first time for my son and husband. We had made a reservation a week prior. We showed up and they had a table reserved by the front door almost as an afterthought. Then had the nerve to ask if we would move because a couple without a reservation wanted to "see the tv". No one even bothered to greet us for at least 20 minutes and then someone finally came and asked us if we wanted a drink. Fifteen minutes later someone finally came and asked if we wanted to order food. They were out of the steak so we had to order something else. Fries were cold... Usually great food was sub-par.... When we were ready to leave it took a half an hour to get someone's attention to get our check. I was very disappointed in how awful it was knowing what a great place it used to be.... Not worth the $60.00 I spent..
The servers didn't acknowledge my open table reservation, but that was fine, I had just invited a group of 😆8 to join us for drinks. So the tables were eventually pushed together, we had two servers, quick service of beverages and food. Good live music started, we had a great time! Will definitely pop in again to try other menu items. Love the historic building. Keep up the good work.
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