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Dots Cafe

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2521 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202-1238
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12:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good food for a fair price.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Orlando, Florida
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Orlando, Florida
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90 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 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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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

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

Thank joeybear1955
Bellingham, Washington
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394 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 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 

Thank KweqSmanit
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128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

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.

Thank Salmonflies
Lawrence, Kansas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 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.

Thank Lisa H
Camas, Washington
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150 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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

Thank joshuaelee
Yachats, Oregon
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

Thank Shannone32
San Diego, CA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank Amziegracie
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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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 20
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 am

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