Portland >Food & Dining > Park Avenue Cafe
1525 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720145.514005 -122.684439
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Neighbors West - Northwest
Overpriced and owner arrogant – I have visited this cafe often, but after paying almost $8 for a tuna sandwich with very little filling, I took it back. I had previously had the same sandwich with so much tuna salad that it made a huge lunch to split with someone else.
The owner said he would give me another sandwich complimentary, but it was fixed with the same meager filling. When I showed the owner, he said what's wrong...when I pointed out that at least an inch around the entire sandwich had no filling, he said that that was the way they made him.
I won't go back to pay almost $8 for a sandwich that is really only a half sandwich. It was not the best tuna salad anyway. Mc Menamin's is on the other side of the building and their food is much better, and their sandwiches are always full of whatever is advertised!
Not Impressed – My bagel and cream cheese was okay but the fresh fruit was not what I ordered and it ended up being overripe or not ripe. I would recommend taste testing the fresh fruit before you serve it.
Great place for a cup of coffee and lighter fare – The Park Ave. probably isn't a great place to stop for a big lunch. Their sandwiches and wraps are well-made and very fresh, but portions are small, overpriced and kind of flavorless. And if you're fussy about being served, then look elsewhere: you bus your own table here.
But if you're stopping in for a cup of coffee, a croissant or pastry, or a bagel and a bowl of soup, then the Park Ave. is a great idea. Its hard to find a better croissant! The staff are very nice and polite, and service is reasonably fast. Great atmosphere and view of the park blocks!
Worst service ever! – If you want to go to a cafe with poor customer service (inexperienced servers and kitchen chefs), and are willing to pay overpriced food items, then you should go here! The owner definately needs to train his employees to understand the concept of customer service. The staff here obviously do not understand what that means. Perhaps, the owner's frequent absence is the cause of such poor customer service from his employees. I rarely see him and I go in about every other day! I have been going here for almost a year now. I always get the usual drink and food. Today, I decided to get something different. I decided to get a breakfast bagel. I walked in, there were only 3 tables occupied in the whole cafe, and no one in line. I ordered my usual drink and the breakfast bagel for take out. My drink came fast, however I was waiting for my bagel for at least 15 minutes! Does it seriously take that long to make a bagel when there is NO other customers before me??? I kept on observing the kitchen guy to see what he was doing and why he was taking a long time... I was frusterated to see that I caught him cleaning up/organizing his food containers instead of making my order. After I made direct eye contact with him, he realized that I was waiting for an order and looked surprised that he had forgotten my order the whole time! After he picked up the order slip, I saw him then starting my bagel which took him approximately 3 minutes! I say, woww... I have been here for almost a year now. I have come across situations like these before and I always bit my lip not saying anything about the poor service, however today's encounter definately confirmed just exactly how poor this cafe operates! If you want good coffee, over priced food items, but want to wait until the next day to get your order, then you should try it out...otherwise, go to a different local coffee shop!
bad store – park ave. cafe has bad service and food their 2 shot 16 oz. lattes seem like one shot with water added. also the espresso has all this bad stuff in it 2. i dont know how they r still in bussiness
Great Cafe – I have fond memories of the cafe. I used to live down the street from Park Avenue, for two years, and was my favorite coffee shop in town. The food was excellent, especially the Greek dishes, and pastries. The coffee was the best. There was always a sense of familiarity with staff and customers. The owner has a good heart, and is generous man. I miss the place.
Nice bagel sandwiches – I live around the Portland Park blocks and so this is a great place to get a cup of coffee and grab a bagel sandwich. I like their bagel sandwiches the best, but the others on the menu are overpriced and rather skimpy in content. Also, I have got soup only once from this place as it as so salty that I didn't want to risk it again. But the location is great and I love the vibe. the customer service has always been very courteous and quite prompt.
Pros: Great Location, tasty bagel sandwiches for cheap
Cons: Overpriced on other sandwiches
The owner needs some courses in customer service – Or even how to treat fellow humans
I've been a regular customer of this joint for a number of months as its right on campus and I'm all for supporting local business over corporations like the Starbucks just a block away. The staff has been great so far, usually the same girls each time.
Just yesterday, however, I had the misfortune of being served by the owner. I had simply asked for coffee with some ice on top to cool it off a bit. The man refused. I stated it was just a simple request and that I didnt want to slosh hot coffee on myself as I walked. He said he didnt want to splash himself with the ice. I asked again, thinking that maybe there was miscommunication and he responded to me like I was an idiot and said he wouldnt do it. When I got a little irritated and asked again he got made, grabbed my travel mug and said "Forget it!" So I said "well give me my freaking mug back then!" He threw the coffee out and tossed the mug back at me. I called him a name and he threateningly came around the bar at me and yelled at me to leave.
Seems a bit extreme for just wanting some ice in an overly hot cup of coffee...
The food is also over priced.
Cute Little Sandwich Shop – This place is a little pricey for what it is, which is essentially a sandwich/soup kind of cafe. Coffee's good and hot, sandwiches are tasty, the breakfast bagels are decent -- for Portland, incredible (I like the PAC), and you'll always be treated well.
The owner is a sweet guy, and the vibe is a fantastic break from the Park blocks. It's a perfect place to meet people or study or read. If you dig people watching, there are tables outside.
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