About West Cafe
“Where the atmosphere and fare is simply inspired.”
Fresh healthy cuisine that won’t break your wallet. Casual, but comfortable. Enjoy lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or happy hour cocktails and snacks.
American, International, Northwest
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm
SW 12th Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
West Café hosts free jazz music several times a month. Every Thursday night starting at 8 PM jazz educator and drummer Alan Jones hosts an ensemble of musicians. Every second Saturday of the month from 6-9PM "The Originals" play jazz standards from the 40’s, 50's and 60's. The repertoire is drawn from what is known as the "Great American Songbook" featuring composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Rogers, Hart and more. Featured are Don McFarlane on piano, Morgan Curtis on drums and Jules Auger on string bass. Please check our website for additional events.
West Cafe offers personalized caterings, customized for your personal needs. While mingling with appetizers seems to be the trend we also have catered sit down dinner parties in private homes. Choosing the flow for your event is important in setting the tone, and we are happy to help you make it the party you envision. You name it, brunches, luncheons, cocktail and dinner parties for starters. Office parties, award ceremonies or simply a gift to someone saying “thank you” for a deed they did for you. Please email or call with inquiries.
In addition to plentiful on street parking, customers are welcome to use a private parking lot next door to us. Simply enter the first driveway on the left after passing West Cafe on 12th Ave. and park in available spaces behind the tall building on the right.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
West Cafe Ratings and Reviews
Great place to meet up with friends
The West Cafe is a neighborhood establishment that offers a pleasing atmosphere, friendly staff and very good food for the value. It is the kind of place where it's possible to have a conversation, enjoy a meal and be happy to come back again.
A fun time, but unfortunate meal.
I enjoyed the atmosphere and music however me and all of my party were disappointed with our meal. The food is expensive but very plain. I was excited that it was allergy friendly but I feel like the taste lacked for it. And the presentation was very mundane. I will probably not be eating here again, although it is a lovely spot to have some drinks and listen to music. I loved that part of it!
Usually there for Sunday brunch
Nicely constructed menu, very attentive service and, very tasty food.
Great place for a birthday bash
This is my second time at West Cafe and it was as good as the first time. Love their appetizers and bread basket. The food is so good and fresh in interesting arrangements. The portions are generous but appropriate, which makes it fun for sharing. We went for a birthday celebration for my daughter and some of her friends and it was fun and yummy. She's a vegetarian and they have a good selection as well as fabulous fish and meat entrees. The service was great and they were very accommodating for our large group.
The food is always excellent. We always have great service. We enjoy how the dishes are slightly unusual. Highly recommend.
Good jazz too!
We came on a Saturday night to listen to The Originals, a local jazz group playing from 6 - 9:00. They were great. We were impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the staff. The food was very good too. I highly recommend for an enjoyable night out.
What a Find!
Food and drink delicious, staff attentive, welcoming and professional. I would recommend this venue for any type of outing.
We had a very nice evening. The special ...
We had a very nice evening. The special Poblano chili stufffed with polenta was amazing. Our waiter was exceptional and the deserts were delicious...
This cafe has great food, friendly staff, understated setting. Not upscale setting but upscale food
A Downtown Gem
We enjoyed a leisurely birthday lunch with warm greetings on arrival, attentive service throughout and an excellent menu. The ahi salads (mildly spicy) and tuna melt sandwich were delicious. We have also been here with a large group for Sunday brunch and had the same experience of outstanding food and service.
Just go already!
Absolutely fell in love with West Cafe! We all ordered something different and there was not a single plate with food left because we didn't want to leave any goodness behind.... And we were so full we couldn't order dessert. I'll be going back for that soon. I chose this place to try because of all the gluten free options but don't let that sway your thinking... This food is 5 STAR!!!
Wonderful pre-theater dining!
West Cafe is always a delicious choice. The chef works magic with ordinary ingredients. The service is attentive but not smothering. Love this place.
QUality food, great service
The food here is diverse and of high quality. The service is wonderful and appropriately attentive. I understand the owners donate to several local charities.
Love the pork wrapped in banana leaves! Hmmmm!
The food is great and the staff are very attentive. The owners are right there helping to ensure great service. I keep coming back for the slow roasted pork wrapped in banana leaves. Superb spicy sauce too!
Outstanding food and service. I really w ...
Outstanding food and service. I really wonder why I do not come here more often.
Great place for lunch and catching up with friends
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Menu was diverse - good number of healthy light items.
Really good food, and nice atmosphere
We went to the West Cafe specifically because we wanted to hear Mary Kadderly, singing that night. We had not been there before. The music was excellent and so was the food. The only unfortunate thing was that we had very talkative people at the table immediately behind us. They weren't especially loud or boisterous, just four people continuously talking. I wasn't able to hear the music nearly as well as I would have liked. Those people were clearly not there to hear the music. We had the booth just beyond the intimate seating close to Mary and the bar. Our waiter was excellent. We didn't bother complaining about the very talkative folks behind us, because they had the right to talk, as they were not in the intimate seating area. Nice place, great food, good service. Priscilla
Very pleasant and enjoyable dining exper ...
Very pleasant and enjoyable dining experience. The food was very high quality.
will come again
we have gone to West Cafe many times and continue to love the place, neighborhood feel, people that work there, the entertaining music and generally the food. While we thought the food was okay the night we were there, we know it has been much better in the past and that is what made the restaurant a very special place. We will be back again and hopefully again and again Will continue to tell our friends about this special find
Great lunch spot
Small and unpretentious, but great food and a good value especially at lunch. On my last visit at lunch, West Cafe was totally packed, and I was glad to have made a reservation through OpenTable. My dining partner and I secured a nice, quiet table on the other side of the bar. Unfortunately, service was VERY slow, possibly due to the size of the crowd. No matter, we'll return!
Mediocre place with high end priced. Loo ...
Mediocre place with high end priced. Looks and feels like a hotel restaurant.
Great unusual menu
Appetizer menu was extensive. Regular menu and specials were fun. We will be back to try more.
Excellent happy hour
We intended to have dinner but the three of us ordered many items from the happy hour menu to share and made a meal from multiple plates. Everything was tasty and well presented. It was quiet at 5pm on a Saturday so we could hear our table companions without straining. The server was attentive and personable without being intrusive. A singer and combo began playing and it was more difficult to converse but the music was great and the singer had a wonderful voice. This group plays there the 4th Saturday of the month and I plan to go back to hear them again - and to eat, of course.
Consistently Outstanding Menu and Great Value
Great place for both casual and work-related meals. There is something on the menu to suit ANYONE's appetite. This is a place where the owners greet you at the door and the whole staff makes you feel like part of the family.
Great spot for listening to jazz!
The jazz music (second Saturday night of each month) was wonderful! We also really enjoyed the ambience, the wait staff, drinks & nibbles. Highly recommend!
We went to West Cafe on New Year's Eve. The wait staff did an excellent job given the large parties and we liked our starters: the tomato potato bisque and the mushrooms on polenta. However, the vegetarian special at $18 was a huge disappointment. The roasted broccolini was so tough that we gave up. It was also cold. The stuffed delicata squash with green curry was tasteless and lukewarm. We've had several bad experiences with vegetarian entrees here, so we will stick to the vegetarian starters and salads. My husband's chocolate cream pie was superb; my trio of cupcakes were dry and boring even though there were three different kinds.
Well to begin with we were celebrating N ...
Well to begin with we were celebrating New Year's Eve with no plans made but immediately went to Open Table and at 5:45 made a 6:30 reservation for 2 at West Cafe. Thank you OPEN TABLE😘. We arrived on time to a very friendly host person, a not too crowded restaurant and a perfect table for 2. We were seated and a very sweet waitress approached us with info and comments and drink orders were made. The menu has a variety of fun items. We ordered the pork shank and shrimp over polenta. It comes with a "whisper" of a salad which is just that, but perfect so you can save room for their delicious creme brûlée. Our entrees were both enjoyable. We shared a bowl of mushroom soup which was good but had an interesting texture. Maybe wouldn't order it again. The drinks were awesome.... But they don't carry southern comfort or Yukon jack so settled for a margarita (which was nice) and the Lemon Drop was very good. The service was really good, attentive and friendly. By the time we got our food the place was full of guests. Large parties and intimate as well. The bar is small but comfy looking. Very reasonably priced for a full evening with appetizers, 4 drinks, 2 entrees and dessert ...all was under $100.00 for 2!!! We will return😀
Great choices on the menu, very fast ser ...
Great choices on the menu, very fast service and excellent dishes. Can only highly recommend the place.
Delightful lunch place
West Cafe is a pretty restaurant with very attentive waiters and delicious food. If you plan to go to the Portland Art Museum, this is a good spot to eat before or after-just one block away!
Great Sunday Brunch
Our family had a delicious Sunday Brunch at West Cafe. The dishes were sumptuous - french toast, poached eggs - all prepared perfectly. The service was professional (discrete, available when needed). We have eaten there for lunch (which I also recommend - try the toasted cheese sandwich), but this was our first brunch. We will be back
As always, yummy food (I had the meatloaf ) and friendly, efficient service. Wish they were closer.
Good food, good service, cozy quiet atmo ...
Good food, good service, cozy quiet atmosphere.
I can always count on a good meal and friendly service at West Cafe. I used to live in the neighborhood, and could easily drop in for a quick bite; now I have to travel a bit further, but it's still my "go to" place for Sunday brunch (in the neighborhood of the church I attend) or a special meal with friends and family. Doug and the rest of the staff welcomed our reserved group of seven; easily added two more last-minute additions and kept us all happy and well fed!
My neighborhhood favorite
I have been going to West Cafe for about 8 years. It's just a block from my apartment. Food is superb, service is excellent, the owners are delightful and so accommodating. I highly recommend West Cafe.
Our go to spot for Sunday brunch downtow ...
Our go to spot for Sunday brunch downtown. Terrific food. Great atmosphere and the staff make you feel like you are their only table. We live it!
We have been going to West Cafe since they opened. Since we live downtown, we like to patronize new neighborhood eateries so that was our first reason for going. Now the location is a bonus. After our first experience, we look forward to the food and the delightful live music. It has a terrific ambiance and general vibe that is accompanied by competent and friendly service. The prices are reasonable and there is a lot of flexibility in the menu options, plus some great vegetarian items.
Great food and Service
This is an excellent spot to enjoy very good food. Every dish is well done and cleanly presented. The staff is wonderful and extremely pleasant. By far, one of the best lunch spots in the area.
Terrific food, terrific people.
After attending several fundraisers generously hosted by West Cafe, I stepped up and started coming here to actually spend my money. They did not disappoint. The service is friendly and just the right amount of attentive, and the food is delicious with something tasty for everyone's preferences. Mark me a West Cafe regular in the near future.
Good for conversation.
A very interesting menu with a lot of attention to the vegetables. Superb unobtrusive service. soft jazz in the back round making it possible to have a real conversation. I'd recommend the sparkling wine from Argentina.
Quality and variety
Nothing here is boring or common. Lots of ethnic choices that are well-prepared and delicious.
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