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Arleta Library Cafe

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5513 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206-5206
+1 503-774-4470
08:00 - 14:30
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Portland, Oregon
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97 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Arleta Library is outstanding. It is not a large place, so if you come on the weekend, expect a wait, but on weekdays it doesn't take long to get a table. They do outstanding breakfast and lunch food. It's got the quirky, funky, farm to table Portland feel. If you're in the area of SE Portland, this is one of... More 

Thank trimess
Coral Springs, Florida
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192 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Oh my God, these are the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had. The biscuits were delicious and the gravy was outstanding. It's served with a slice of pork loin on it and it was delish! We also had the hash which was good but the B&G was the star. A guy at the table next to us had the... More 

Thank Ron D
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

Gotta have the biscuits and gravy, coffee cake, and some slumptown coffee. Mix in a misty morning and it was perfect.

2 Thank doc0205
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83 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

The witless sandwich was fresh and fabulous. It is a sandwich that can be shared. It was served with cucumber that was not quite a bread and butter pickle. Awesome! Has the blackberry raspberry coffee cake and it is a must have. It is the third restaurant on the block. So look for the sign I have pictures. They were... More 

Thank RenoLori
Reno, Nevada
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651 reviews
335 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Tiny little place with great food. Had the half and half which was half a sandwich and one of their signature salads. Good choice but the star was the coffee cake of the day, be sure and save room.

Thank advcards
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Yes, there's usually people standing outside waiting.. yes the inside looks like you'll have to be hovered to your table to get through the tiny place... Oh but it's sooo worth it!! I always get the biscuits and gravy... Lovely sweet potato biscuits with paper thin pork roast layered on top with sausage gravy over the top and caramelized red... More 

Thank Deborah I
Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

A small venue, closes early and also takes a long vacation. I love that. Great food. Best is the Gravy and Biscuit. But everything is good. They also use the high quality meat.

Thank NYC_3_12
Orange County
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2016

This is a great small neighborhood type restaurant. The Rosemary sausage gravy over sweet potato biscuits is one of the best things you will ever eat. If it was socially acceptable, you would lick the plate dry. The coffee cake, and they make different types on different days, is the best you will ever eat. A place with a cool... More 

1 Thank RustyShackelf0rd
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015 via mobile

Love this little place. I had the Grecian. Scrambled eggs, peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. It comes with potatoes and a delicious scone that changes weekly. They use local ingredients and the Stumptown coffee is freshly pressed. I love that all their utensils and plates are mismatched. The coffee cups are fun because they are from all over the... More 

Thank Mary J
Denver, Colorado
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

We were concerned that this place was not open when we went here, but it turned out it was, and we were glad that we made sure before leaving. The restaurant has probably eight or ten tables, and a small, open kitchen. The menu is short, but the food is outstanding. Together, my husband and I tried the biscuits and... More 

1 Thank Amy5280

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
08:30 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:00 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5513 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206-5206
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-774-4470

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