Portland >Food & Dining > Junior's Cafe
1742 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.510169 -122.653589
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Hosford - Abernethy
I have yet in all my visits to be thrilled with the service at Junior's, but I sure do love their gold booths and if my housemate weren't so close-minded about my amazing interior design ideas, I'd have a row of the same in my dining room. Good scrambles too. Go early if you don't like waiting for your shot at a gold booth.
RUDE RUDE RUDE RUDE RUDE service. Eat here only if you would like to be mistreated by the owner. We waited for 45 minutes (which we expected). When a booth in the back became available and we asked for it over the counter, the owner/waitress told us it was reserved for parties of five or more. She told us it "would be a while" if we did not want the counter next to the door.
There were at least 7 groups of 2-3 waiting in the crowded foyer and not a five top on the list! We continued to wait and the rude owner/waitress acted completely put out by being forced to negotiate her way around the waiting groups. When she realized that it was ridiculous to keep an unused table open, she rudely told us she was going to seat us this time but that this was generally a reserved table. I pointed out that there were no five tops and she flew off the handle! She told us if we did not like it we could go down the street! Why she did not just seat us and be done with it I will never know but I have never ever had an dining experience like this. No vegan eggs are worth that.
We proceeded to go to Wild Abandon on Belmont where there was minimal wait, it was cheaper, the staff was delightful and we had a wonderful brunch.
Since I have told this story, people have come out of the wordwork to tell me how rude this woman (chunky blonde) who apparently owns Juniors has been to them including chastising them for asking for decaf.
Go here only if you want to leave your dignity at the door.
I have been to this place a few times since it very close to the place I work.... I keep trying to give this place chance after chance, but every time I go here, the waitress,( a tallish thin lady with blondish, light brown hair) is a total and complete BITCH, its like, if you don't give a 5dollar tip for a 7 dollar take out order then all hell is going to break loose in this angry woman's life.(she obviously hates her job) BEWARE> I normally give 2 dollars for take out but DAY-UM! I have had a sit down breakfast here, just to be ignored and then scoffed at when I asked for a box. Do yourself a favor, unless you plan on waiting forever and getting less then low grade service, with an ATTITUDE, then skip this spot, its not worth it.. and its pretty pricey!
Eggs! – Best vegan eggs I've ever tasted. Loved the vintage atmosphere and the friendly service. It was a great place for my kids too.
Good food, good prices, friendly service – This is the breakfast place nearest where I live, so I've been to Junior's quite a lot over the last four years. In 2006-07 I had some issues with very slow service and somewhat small portion sizes, but as of the last two years the portion sizes have been large (but not overwhelming) and the service has been friendly and reasonably fast. They used to be cash only, so I was glad when they started accepting cards and I'm more than willing to pay 50 cents extra to not have to run down the block to the ATM (when they first started taking cards I was politely and apologetically informed about the fee many, many times, and really didn't care much about 50 cents!). Of course any restaurant you go to will have varying service depending on who is working at the time, but I've had a lot of good experiences at Junior's, and none of the bad ones described in other reviews. They've even let me eat there within only a few minutes of closing, when some other restaurants will turn you away, especially if you're eating alone. Great place!
Awful service – Had a horrible experience at Junior's. After a great deal of drama trying to split the bill between two credit cards, being told rudely that there was a 50 cent charge per card, the e cards were then charged wrong - with little apology.
When we were done getting payment settled and waked out of the restaurant, the waitress charged after us screaming that we hadn't tipped enough!
It was my fault, I hadn't meant to snub her, but with all the receipts flying around I had done my math wrong and only tipped $2 when I should have tipped $6.
But is that a big enough error to come out of the restaurant screaming at me in front of everyone I had been eating with and everyone who was waiting for a seat?
I was so shocked I upped the tip and didn't say anything else - but I was very embarrassed and the more I think about it, the more appalled I am by her behavior.
The service was hardly good enough to raise that kind of fit over $4 and if she did want to check with me and see if we had been unhappy with the service she should have quietly pulled me aside, not made a huge scene.
I won't be going back to this restaurant.
Excellent! Fresh Food, Great Menu and Friendly Service. – So nice to be served by people that obviously don't hate their job. I went in on a Sunday at 10am, the place was very busy but everyone was smiling and I was happy to wait. My food was perfectly prepared and tasty, I would highly recommend Junior's.
...think twice – had an awful experience because who goes out to breakfast awake enough to realize they are cash and check only. after waiting forever and getting our hopes up on the elaborately delicious descriptions of food we were disappointed with our food, the service, and the bill. if you are a vegan it could be worth those things--i can really see that, but otherwise get a bagel sandwich at Kettleman's Bagelry just down the street.
Review on KPTV – LET US KNOW WHEN YOU GET TO 90 plus points.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we watched on channel 12 tonight and are waiting for the new review
Avoid this one – What a terrible experience! We watched someone wait 20 minutes just gor a greeting and water in the nearly empty cafe. Then another half an hour for overpriced eggs. When the waitress took a guy's food before he was finished (without asking), he tried several times to get her attention. She responded by embarassing him in front of us and the other group in the cafe. I couldn't believe how the waitress treated the guy!!! He wasn't even being rude or unreasonable, but she had taken his plate away while he was still eating! Then she attacked him and insulted him and I will NEVER go to Junior's again just from seeing that whole episode. That was some of the worst service I have ever seen in my life, she totally just ruined this couple's day- and she was clearly in the wrong. The food was decent, the decor is cute, but the attitude was terrible. Cross this one off of your list.
gorgeous-looking french toast – Great food. The most beautiful presentation of french toast I've ever seen (fresh fruit french toast). Pleasant service. Go early to avoid the wait. Child-friendly (they have some kid books and toys to keep the little ones entertained at the table).
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Junior's Cafe on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.