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Nick's Italian Cafe

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521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
15034344471
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Description: Serving the Willamette Valley since 1977. A favorite among the locals and...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun atmosphere in the back

Nick's is a fun casual place. I have only ever eaten in the back area without linens. It's a classic Italian dinner spot with low light, a pool table, and a not-so-secret back alley entrance too. The service is OK and the food is extremely. There are good seafood options that go beyond the basic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Michael C
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Incline Village, Nevada, United States
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Forest Grove, Oregon, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Who would of thought, that we'd find Jimmy Buffett's "Lost Shaker of Salt" at an Italian restaurant in McMinnville!?! I'll start by saying the best part of my meal was the wine, and bread. Everything else was extremely salty, (and I am a salt eater). I couldn't finish my ceaser salad because of the salt content. I ordered the orecchiette... More 

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Thank CBauer7
Oregon
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of McMinnville's first fine dining restaurants. The food is your typical Italian faire with a NorthWest Twist. One of my favorite dishes is the Crab Lasagna. I am also addicted to the Minestrone soup, still made the same way as when Nick himself run the restaurant. This is a moderate to expensive prices restaurant, however, as all... More 

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Dallas, Oregon
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376 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'll admit it -- I'm in a rut when we dine at Nick's. No matter how much I'm tempted by everything else on the menu, I wind up getting the sausage-artichoke pizza. I just have to get my "fix" of their irresistible fennel sausage and perfectly charred chewy-crisp crust. My BW helped me expand my horizons, however, by ordering the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Nick's has been around forever, and the food has always been great. This week we had a small birthday party at Nick's. The minestrone soup was perfect as it always is, and the crab lasagna was excellent. Salads are fresh and certainly not your average iceberg! Pork served three ways was very good. We had the meatball appetizer, which was... More 

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Thank HappyBostonTraveller
Lafayette
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Friends and I went here for a nice Italian dinner. We were highly disappointed. The service was extremely slow, two of our orders were incorrect, and the food was bland. For the price, definitely not someplace we will return!

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Incline Village, Nevada, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Nick's is a fun casual place. I have only ever eaten in the back area without linens. It's a classic Italian dinner spot with low light, a pool table, and a not-so-secret back alley entrance too. The service is OK and the food is extremely. There are good seafood options that go beyond the basic Italian fare which is nice... More 

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Thank Michael C
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We've lived in McMinnville for more than 30 years. Although we'd never been to Nick's, we knew it was supposedly one of McMinnville's finest restaurant. We decided to give it a shot for our 33rd wedding anniversary dinner. My wife called at 5PM to make a reservation for 7PM. No one answered, so she left a message with the details... More 

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Thank Mike Q
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We have eaten at Nick's many times. This time the food was delicious as usual...what we ate. We ordered a first course. After a 45 minute wait for the main entrée we left. Might go back to try again as the food rocks and hope the service improves.

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Thank LoveToTravelfromLA
Silverton, Oregon
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237 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We always go here for lunch when we're in McMinnville, have a lovely meal and a glass of wine and then visit a few wine tasting rooms. It's a lovely adventure. And the food and service here are always exceptional, with just the right amount of authenticity and attentiveness. Don't forget to order a bread basket to enjoy while you're... More 

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Thank 03Val48
Keizer, Oregon
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79 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Met a friend in the bar after work. Their handcrafted drinks are creative and yummy. Enjoyed the salmon and my friend had the pork plate. He said it was great. Bread was great. Will be back. The place was packed for a Tuesday night.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  McMinnville
  • Phone Number: 15034344471

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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