Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Magpie14:
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
A: good vibe inside, brick walls, wooden floors, rustic provincial feel. Bar area is a bit small but comfortable and accommodating
Q: decent amount of beers, nothing to brag about. Tried an true Guinness on tap as well as standard Irish beers...blah blah. Cigars are a nice feature. The best part is catching a EPL or Champions League game on.
S: service was good, lady behind the bar sparked a conversation with me straight-away
F: did not try the grub, but it looked like fairly standard pub affair in a American-Irish tradition.
V: good place to check out but not a regular stop for me.
11-16-2008 21:06:45 | More by Magpie14
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3.54/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
I came here to watch the Germany/Greece game when I was visiting Portland.
My feelings on the atmosphere are definitely influenced by the good sized crowd. But, it was a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.
The quality was decent but nothing amazing. They had a couple of good brews on tap with a lot of irish bar standbys like harp and guiness.
The service was really nice and easy to get a hold of. Even with a packed crowd for the game the bartenders were usually available.
The beers were very reasonably priced as well. This is more a place for me to come back and watch a match at then go out of my way to visit regularly when in town.
07-10-2012 04:04:17 | More by KDawg
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Decided to come here for dinner on a whim while on a trip to Portland. I was not disappointed.
Atmosphere: This was a really cool place. It seemed just a touch (emphasis on a touch) more upscale than a normal pub setting which was interesting. They had some guys come in and do an Irish music show, which was very cool. Good atmosphere.
Quality: The food especially was extremely high quality. No complaints here.
Service: Pretty decent service. It was busy as hell on this particular evening so it wasn't great.
Selection: I'd call it an average selection. They had a couple higher quality craft brews but nothing outrageous. I drank quite a few Ninkasi Total Domination IPAs, which was the highlight of their menu for me.
Food: The food was super. I had the Shepard's Pie and it was amazing. I would come back to Kells just to eat that again. The girlfriend had fish and chips which she thought were very good.
Overall, I'd call the food and atmosphere the highlight more so than the beer. But it was a good place that I would come back to again.
07-05-2011 03:19:39 | More by zhanson88
4.05/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $
2nd trip to this irish pub, both were great experiences. The atmosphere here was outstanding, old feeling bar, I think 1903. The decor was nice and true to irish pub, the place felt as if it has seen some things.
The quality of the food was very good, as were the beers.
Service was prompt and friendly, and the staff seemed knowledgeable about the food and beers both local and imported.
The only complaint I have was the selection of beer.
The food that we ordered was outstanding.
We ordered during happy hour, so our prices were REAL GOOD. $3 for irish nachos, gorganzola cheese dip & hummus which all had good soda bread fruit crackers pitas & the like.
05-08-2011 03:50:49 | More by welldigger888
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to Kell's with a coworker on a trip to Portland, Oregon. We stopped by Kell's for a couple of drinks but ended up eating dinner and staying for more than a couple of drinks!
The beer selection is average and what you'd expect from your standard American Irish Pub. Our bartender poured a fantastic black and tan (Harp and Guinness for me!). The food was great. I got a pub burger and french fries (fries were fantastic).
Atmosphere was really good. Great bartender who was knowledgeable in the local brews and could talk baseball as well as I! He recommended some good local Oregon brews, which were all fantastic.
Overall, Kell's was your average Irish Pub from the outside, but offered a comfortable and welcoming interior. Dinner was good, drinks were good, and the service was great. Can't ask for much more in a new city! Stop by and check out Kell's while in Portland. If you get a craving for doughnuts, the world famous Voodoo Doughnuts is about a block away and definitely worth the trip!
04-16-2010 03:44:18 | More by PurpleCloud
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I'll start by saying that I don't go here for beer. I don't really think that's where Kells shines. The music on the weekends, and a pub full of people getting piss drunk, is really what gives me my fondest memories.
Although I've been here on the weekdays, the irish music on the weekends, and the lively people, all there to have a good time, make this place a great hangout if you're in the mood.
It's typically very busy on the weekends, and a bit more subdued on the weekdays.
The cigar room downstairs is pretty awesome. It has a good vibe, and it's not musty hot down there. The wi-fi signal even works, which is a good look on the management.
The dining room has a nice atmosphere, and is a bit more relaxing than the bar.
03-14-2010 03:12:33 | More by djbreezy
Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub in Portland, OR
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