Portland >Food & Dining > Zell's Cafe
1300 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.517111 -122.652523
Monday To Friday From 07:00 AM To 02:00 PM Saturday From 08:00 AM To 02:00 PM Sunday From 08:00 AM To 03:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Love the food, peeved by the spotty service – I've frequented Zells many times in the last 3 years since it's so close to my house. And who wants to travel far for breakfast? The menu is a great mix of delectable sweet and savory items. Any type of pancake special they have, you should very seriously think about ordering. They do classics well and have interesting flavor combination for their scrambles.
Food aside, the service is very spotty and entirely depends on your server. My biggest complaint about this place is that on slammed weekends where there's an hour wait, the staff does not hustle. Tables remain unbussed for close to 10 minutes. Staff stands around talking to each other right in front of you while you're waiting for 15 minutes for a menu. I've had to wait up to a half hour for a check to come even though we were very obviously ready for the bill. Although, other times (about half the time) the service is perfect. The food is awesome, but the service may leave you completely unsatisfied. I've seen a much better service record at other restaurants in the area.
This review would be 5 stars if not for the frustrating service (at times). Although, the food is good enough to overlook it.
Zell's is a treat – There is just nothing you can say wrong about Zells. Excellent service, excellent cocktails, delicious food and free scones!! We love going here, but try to not do it too often because we love it so much, we don't want to wear it out.
Amazing breakfast and good service! – We go to Zell's regularly. The breakfast is amazing! The fact that they serve scones right when you sit down is a great added touch(especially when you are huuuuuungry:)) If you are looking for great breakfast, casual atmosphere this is the place to go. Nancy the owner is really nice as are most of the wait staff(a blond woman with a beautiful smile comes to mind -- I forget her name is truly an amazing server)
Even though the wait can range from 10-30min, it's worth it.
Love this spot! – This is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. The egg dishes are outstanding, and the pancakes and waffles will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. I don't recommend going on the weekends, due to the long wait and zoo-like atmosphere, but if you can sneak in for a meal during the week, do it!
Very kid-friendly, the staff are great, and they do seem to try to cater to people's special requests. The scones don't excite me much, but everyone else seems to go nuts over them, as they're baked fresh all day long and served free with every meal. The lunch menu is a little sparse, but it's one of the top breakfast spots in town!
Tasty! – We went for a Saturday brunch and really enjoyed our meal at this establishment. The scones are delicious. The staff is friendly. The loose leaf teas are a relief. This is the best breakfast weve had since we moved to Portland.
Moms love it – I cannot go on about how much I enjoy this place. The good-spirited service is always welcoming, despite times where I've shown up with people who decide to order next to nothing. Scones and water are always brought with a smile. Great list of amazing specials. Beautiful building and decor. I am always proud to show of my favorite neighborhood breakfast eatery, be it to a friend, a client or even my scrupulous mother.
Gourmet brunch and lunch options abound at this retro Southeast corner cafe. – In Short
Sunday brunch wouldn't be complete without cozy environs, a bit of a wait and tasty surprises, such as complimentary mini-scones. Add the original tile soda-fountain counter with stools, huge mirrors and detailed woodwork from the pharmacy that originally inhabited the spot, and you've got one charming breakfast spot. Omelets are fluffy and filled with ingredients such as mushrooms and Gorgonzola. Corned beef hash is rife with chunks of beef blanketed by sunny-side up eggs.
Soggy Potatoes But None-the-Less a Great Place – Zell's is one of the breakfast places that my friends and I frequent. The wait can be a bit long but what good breakfast place does not have this problem. The food is great including the scones you get before your meal and the wait staff is very friendly. The only downside to the food WAS the soggy potatoes. However, they have recently changed how they preppare them and they are now quite delightful. We visit Zell's a few times a month and are always happy extremely pleased with our dining experience.
An overall wonderful experience – Taking my car in for some work, I found this place through City Search. I expected a nice little cafe. But it is so much more! The waitress was genuine, very friendly and helpful. The service was quick and the food... oh my. I ordered outisde of my comfort zone and had the most delicious bacon, avocado and tomato omelette that was perfectly cooked. The potatoes were fantastic. The tea was so fresh. Better then the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills!! I'll be back with my husband next week! Loved it!!
What Happened? – Zell's used to be the best. There was a time when I would wait a long time for one of their ever-changing specials. Not anymore. On my last visit I asked for eggs poached well (they make eggs benedict, so I didn't think poached eggs would be an issue), but I was given a speech from the waitress on how to not expect them well done because it takes too long (the restaurant was half empty on a weekday). Fine. When my breakfast arrived, it wasn't the eggs that were the problem, but the bacon - only one side was cooked. When finished - staff walked by the table time and time again without picking up the dirty dishes. It seemed like the staff didn't care if people were there or not. Don't worry, Zell's staff - you don't have to worry about me anymore, because I won't be back.
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