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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.
Portland, OR 97209
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
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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
Made reservations here for Mother's Day, the location and on site parking were great. The hostess was super friendly, welcoming and nice. The menu was very similar to what can be found online, there were some items not on that nights menu. I chose to get the Steak Frites, one of my favorites. However this was less than desirable, the steak was cooked perfectly, but it was drenched in a pepper crust and the Bearnaise was absent of any flavor. My husband enjoyed his lamb. We ordered two pasta dishes for our kids, which came out in scalding oven hot plates (epic fail) and instead of plain butter, they opted to make them mac & cheese instead. Overall the food was good. Service was less than attentive, I over heard our server telling the table next to us that there were specials that night, she couldn't remember, we weren't told of or offered any specials. She was slow on service & attention. End review is that the food is good, wouldn't exactly go back but it wasn't a disaster, service could be improved, but the front hostess was really on point.
Nell's was a great place for a late lunch on Mother's Day. We did have to wait for our reserved table but they allowed our grandchildren in the bar to wait while we had drinks. The concrete flooring allowed for children to be messy and not bother others much. The food and drinks were wonderful!
Great experience once we were seated, but I think they may have given our table away to a group in front of us, so our 10:30 reservation turned into 11. Everyone enjoyed their food! When the server came to clear the dishes, nothing was left on our plates. I enjoyed the chicken paillard and another favorite was the Benedict salad. Bloody Mary's are on the steep side, but they come with a meal! Great Mother's Day brunch.
We love Cafe Nell! We came in for brunch with a relative, and we had a to wait a few extra minutes after our reserved time. The hostess came over when we were seated at our now ready table with Prosecco for our wait, which was perfect as we were just about to tell our relative that we got engaged! What a sweet, special moment! The food was lovely and the service very down to earth and helpful. We already love this spot, and now have even more reason to love them!
Our brunch at Cafe Nell was delicious! The apple turnover was light and flaky, if slightly burned, and the pancakes and Benedict were both very enjoyable. The only issue we had was that the service was a little slow. Our server was great at first, but the kitchen took so long with our turnover that even she commented on it. There was one very large party, but otherwise the restaurant wasn't very busy. As it got more crowded, it got harder to get our server's attention and there was a long wait to get our check and to pay. I'd definitely recommend this place, just make sure you have plenty of time to linger.
It is certainly a cute popular spot. I just found the food to be overpriced for what it was. I ordered the vegan hash and there were more onions in it than anything else. It lacked flavor. I was a bowl of onions with a few pieces of tofu, mushrooms, and potato. Nothing to write home about. I asked the server for a bowl of blueberries and toast for my 18 month old daughter and she said she would check to see if she could bring me some and never returned.
The staff was rude when I called to make reservations and would not give me a reservation. I went onto OpenTable and did it myself. There were plenty of openings. Now I regret booking our Easter brunch here.
The food and wine were excellent. The mushroom tart had wonderful fresh puff pastry and tasty well cooked mushrooms. I had a pinot noir that actually tasted like it's description, cherries and vanilla. For a few minutes our hostess was a bit overwhelmed closing out other tables, but it wasn't her fault, it looked like there wasn't enough staff on duty. Overall, the service ended up being great, and our hostess was very friendly.
I gave you another try, Cafe Nell. You have a great neighborhood feel, an eclectic staff, and a nice menu. Last time I was there, the service was TERRIBLE, so it was hard to even remember what we ate. This time, our service was very good, but the food was just so-so, and not cheap. Just a bit disappointing. Don't think I'll be back.
Disappointed with overall experience. Lack of chef made ingredients with everything from Sysco croutons to grocery store french fries. Cocktails were devestated by melted ice. Service was lack luster for a slow service hour. Much to be desired for the price. Will not be back.
Loved the coziness of the restaurant, the very good quality of the food, and the attentive professional waitstaff. Being able to park behind the restaurant is a real plus. There was a large party of people eating that night that was very noisy, which made it difficult to hold normal conversations. The noisy atmosphere really ruined what otherwise could have been a great evening for the 6 of us.
We went on a busy Friday night, so service was a tad slow, but not so much as to be a problem, friendly and competent. I had the steak frites, which was good--steak cooked nicely medium rare, and very good crispy fries. The butter lettuce salad was lovely. The only downside for me was that it was noisy, as many restaurants are these days. A quieter evening, lunch, or outdoors when the weather warms would probably work better for me or anyone who puts a high priority on being able to easily hear their table-mates.
One thing that was particularly nice was that the server divided the bill for us, so we didn't have to calculate our portions.
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