We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Nick's Italian Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Italian, Pizza, Pasta
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
503-434-4471
Website
Improve this listing
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 314 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 143
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 44
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, poor service

The food was very good but not worth the wait. Every one around us, even those who came in after us, were served well before us. Apparently the kitchen forgot about our order and we waited an hour before our server realized that our meals had not been prepared.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Teach68_13
,
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
Add Photo Write a Review

314 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Lebanon, Ohio
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Loved it. We had the dungeness crab lasagna. It was wonderful. There were four of us, and everyone raved about the lasagna.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canada
Level Contributor
21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The restaurant looks nice when you come in - we expected great things. However, we felt that the food was just average and a bit overpriced for what it was. The pizza was burnt, so that is all we could taste. The pasta was too salty and one note. The service was good, we had to wait a while but... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ipswich, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The food was very good but not worth the wait. Every one around us, even those who came in after us, were served well before us. Apparently the kitchen forgot about our order and we waited an hour before our server realized that our meals had not been prepared.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Portland Oregon
Level Contributor
44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

When we visited Oregon wine country in the late 90's and earlier years in this century, Nick's was always the highly anticipated finale of our dining experiences and it never disappointed. When we moved to Portland 10 years ago, we dined there less often, as we chose to drive back home from McMinnville, no longer staying in wine country overnight.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Oregon
Level Contributor
365 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Eight family members and close friends went to Nick's after a memorial service for my brother-in-law. It was a time to share fond memories and recollections, laugh at silly stories and be comforted with simple, but perfectly crafted food and drink. We all shared bites of our choices -- except for the one pre-teen, who devoured their burger before we... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto
Level Contributor
99 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Arriving at our Inn late, we were referred to Nick’s in downtown McMinnville. It was very busy but easily accommodated us at the bar in the back. Nick’s offers a general selection of pizza and a few traditional Italian entrees. While it seemed to be a very basic restaurant in the front, it’s more of a spruced up pool bar... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
McMinnville, Oregon
Level Contributor
60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you come to McMinnville don't miss a trip to Nick's. Make a reservation for the dining room or hang out in the Backroom with the locals. If you're lucky Nick will be playing pool with his buddies. Drinks and small plates in the back are always great. Fine dining at its best in the front. Yum!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Erie, Colorado
Level Contributor
3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This place was recommended from a newspaper article, but the locals said just have the pizza. We did not have pizza , but we sat in the pizza/ bar room and just ordered from the menu. Not impressed. So over priced for the portion that they delivered. I would try some place else if you visit this cute town.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boulder, Colorado
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We heard that this was the place to go here, even reported in the USA Today. We were very disappointed with the serving sizes and the high prices. My wife ordered a salad as her entree and it was smaller than most side salads. My pasta was good but also a very small portion. The waitress was nice and told... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Had a reservation, but waited a little while which was no problem. Took a long time for server to approach table once we sat down. The food was very good especially the meatballs. The whole experience was somewhat ruined by poor service. When they tell you 3 times, thank you for your patience you know it was too slow. Probably... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Nick's Italian Cafe also viewed

 
McMinnville, OR
 

Been to Nick's Italian Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  McMinnville
  • Phone Number: 503-434-4471

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Nick's Italian Cafe and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Nick's Italian Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?