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Nick's Italian Cafe

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521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
+1 503-434-4471
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Portland, Oregon
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84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have dined here before without a complain but our last meal was barely edible. My trio of pork was terrible and the Ragu was decent but not special. I was expecting a good meal but was disappointed.

Thank Doug O
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136 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had eaten in the front of this restaurant over 20 years ago and it was an ok experience back then. Since then we have had dinner and drinks in the back and until a year ago it was always nice and quiet, when we were there, and we always enjoyed it. We are traveling with our son and thought it... More 

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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there when they were having a fund-raising special for an employee. We ate the special paella which was superb! The other offerings looked and sounded delicious. Nice wines!

Thank travelhopes
McMinnville, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Great service, beautifully prepared food, and one of the best wine lists anywhere; high-end dining without pretense or stuffiness. Nick's has been around for a long time, and for good reason. The bar in the "back room" is casual, intimate, and the bartenders know how to make a good cocktail.

Thank Here_From_Oregon
Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

On a slow, wet, February night this was just the ticket. Friendly staff that knows the food, relaxed (but not dwadling) pace, and solid Italian classics done with great ingredients and not too much fuss. The radicchio salad was a bit of a stunner - when was the last time you raved about radicchio salad? - with the parm and... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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529 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 437 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

A longtime fan of Nick's--over 25 years now--I look forward to a dinner here every time we visit McMinnville. But this last visit didn't measure up--from the unfriendly, lecturing service (we got so exasperated we had to ask for a different waitress) to food that seemed carelessly seasoned and plated, the entire evening was a disappointment. It's as if Nick's... More 

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a late dinner after a long day trip to the coast. We sat at the tiny bar in front of the kitchen. The pasta (made in house) was amazing. Chatted with the hostess, a local college student, she was very sweet and personable. Nick the owner stopped in while we were dining, cutest thing ever! The... More 

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Canby, Oregon
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Got there late but was able to eat from the full menu in the bar area. Solid Italian food with house made pastas. Reasonable price but portion could have been a little bigger. I notice this as "a trend" in many Italian restaurants where the pasta is being treated filet mignon.

Thank Joseph B
McMinnville, Oregon
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Atmosphere in back room is great. Small, cozy yet elegant without being pretentious. Full service but feels more like an upscale bar. Love the intimate seating and the crab lasagna. Great place for a quick glass of wine or just desert. Best Creme Brule in town.

Thank lscan2016
McMinnville, Oregon
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74 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

My wife and were looking at the 20 something restaurant review site, and the comments were not so nice. It made us wonder. With friends from Mac, we went along for dinner mid week, and had an enjoyable evening. My wife and I had Caesar Salad and Pizza Marguerita for we just wanted to order conservative, and not be disappointed.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  McMinnville
  • Phone Number: +1 503-434-4471
Serving the Willamette Valley since 1977. A favorite among the locals and visitors from abroad. Nick's Italian Cafe serves traditional fare passed down generations, as well as original dishes, created by our Chef. Trained in classic Italian cuisine in Italy, Eric Ferguson & Carmen Peirano strive to make every plate a special and unique experience.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?