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Dots Cafe

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2521 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202-1238
+1 503-235-0203
Today
12:00 - 02:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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Portland, Oregon
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164 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

I hadn’t been inside Dot’s Café since meeting up with a Dutch dame around the time th World Trade Center vanished from the New York Skyline. The only thing I remembered was that the artwork on their walls was quirky– Black velvet paintings. One of which was of Elvis. And that the joint was kinda dark. Yea, a dark dive... More 

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Thank RSNN
Salem, Oregon
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

The ambience is great with a split down the middle so it's half bar and half "all ages" dining during the day. Mostly local neighborhood folks and overall relaxed vibe. I recommend the Vegan Bowl. Brown rice, black beans, organic tofu, avocado and a little spice. Tasty. Make sure you snap a few photos in the booth by the bar... More 

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Thank NICHENW
Orlando, Florida
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105 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Breakfast was very good, nice menu and lots of choices. Food took awhile to get to us, it did not appear that there was enough help in the kitchen. Server was very apologetic.

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Thank JSD53
San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

Good food, very good drinks, relaxed atmosphere. Younger vibe seems to attract a younger crowd. Great neighborhood location.

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Thank joeybear1955
Bellingham, Washington
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616 reviews
365 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

This a-little-bit-too-dark-inside-to-clearly-see-the-menu pub is "just alright".I might be back but probably not.I certainly would not go out of my way to come here again. It has a small to average size menu with the usual burgers and wings and all that and takes no zero menu chances. The lighting is a tad too dark to clearly see the bill or... More 

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Thank KweqSmanit
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015 via mobile

A friend and I stopped in here to a burger and a beer and I have to say it was pretty good. I ordered the Dots Burger and if you like bacon and blue cheese this is the one for you.

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Thank Salmonflies
Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

I stumbled on Dots while exploring Portland, I'm so glad I found it. The Happy Hour menu included great American fusion and comfort food, as well as lovely drink specials. I am very lucky I found it.

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Thank Lisa H
Camas, Washington
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260 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

Arrived a little before brunch was ending. Had to wait a bit for the lunch piece to be setup. Very hipsterish place. Servers were nice and mostly attentive. Order the vegan bowl and wife had the Asian bowl. Both were very good. Kids had burgers and all enjoyed. Good food. Would come again

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Thank joshuaelee
Yachats, Oregon
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014 via mobile

Food is still good at Dots from what I remember from years ago. It has changed owners since my last visit, however the atmosphere has not changed much at all. It has always been a very dark "hole in the wall" type of place, where the building leans a bit to the west (literally). Great service and the food was... More 

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Thank Shannone32
San Diego, CA
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2014

I've got a soft sport for Dots. My wife and I went on our first date there almost 18 years ago. (Oh wow that's a while ago) I've heard that the dark cave of a restaurant/bar one the corner of SE 25th and Clinton has survived fires and I know they changed ownership at least once, probably more times. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Bar, Pub, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 02:00
Monday
12:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 02:00
Thursday
12:00 - 02:00
Friday
12:00 - 02:00
Saturday
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2521 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202-1238
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-235-0203

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