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2521 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202-1238
503-235-0203
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
Good for:
Large groups
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch with the kids

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
joshuaelee
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Camas, Washington
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Camas, Washington
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

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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Yachats, Oregon
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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

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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San Diego, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 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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Vinalhaven, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

A great place to sit and play Scrabble or pool. They're hot toddies are welcome perfection on a cold blustery night.

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Working at a restaurant can be a crap job and I can sympathize but I have never had a someone be as rude and terrible to me here. With a small group of people I stepped to the other quiet, empty side of the restaurant to answer an important phone call instead of stepping out in the rain. The bartender... More 

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Encinitas, CA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Very family friendly. The service was excellent and plenty of food (way more than we could eat!) Be sure to order the cheese fries - one order is enough for the entire table to share. Also, people in our group raved about the clam chowder.

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Great Falls, Montana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I'm a fan of these little places and when I come to a city, I call on friends to show me around. They almost always have a "place" Dots cafe was no exception to that rule. I met with some friends in Portland from the Clinton area and they took me here, I ordered the Burrito Bowl and Oh my... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This place is a classic! They have had a couple fires which would have ended the life of most hole in the wall dive bar's with food. Not Dot's, they march on. The place is much cleaner then back in the day, but some things are still really good. Here is my list of what's really good and its not... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

More of an adult kind of environment but kids can attend. The foods pretty good and the environment is definitely hip.

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I have been going to Dots for years. The food is ok, the service is hit or miss. Last time I went we had to get up and ask for our check after waiting and waiting. We did not see much of our server.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2521 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202-1238
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503-235-0203

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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