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Byways Cafe

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Pearl
American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Diner
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1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
503-221-0011
Today
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Breakfast

Really enjoyed it. I got there early, by the time I finished they were lining up out the door. The food was very good and the service friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Anthony K
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed it. I got there early, by the time I finished they were lining up out the door. The food was very good and the service friendly.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

As a corncake aficionado I never miss an opportunity to sample them when they are on the menu. The corn cakes at Byways are wonderful. Texture, flavor, sweetness, presentation, syrup (real maple!), portion size - they earn a 10 on each point. We also loved the omelette special - which was grande, goopy and delish!

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Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This little café has great service but I found the food quality was poor. The 12 dollar burger I ordered looks amazing. The patty was cooked perfectly but yet lacking of seasoning. Actually didn't taste any seasoning at all for the price I expected better.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

There are many other places in Portland (and the Pearl) to get a better breakfast. Byways is original and has been there forever, Portlanders flock there to remember a bygone time. But the food there is just OK.

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66 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Our food - migas and the big valley omelette - was great. The potatoes are okay (not as good as Utopia cafe, if I may). The service was good and the atmosphere is cozy and inviting. I'm not sure if it's worth a super long wait (we got there pretty early on a Sunday and beat the crowds) but it's... More 

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Munich, Bayern, Germany
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

As breakfast foodies, we greatly appreciated this place. Nice diner style hole in the wall with funky collections, but fantastic traditional selection of breakfast foods for every pallet, large portions with a great options for eating healthy or with special needs! Thanks Byways!

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New York City, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Came here for breakfast one Saturday morning and was able to bypass the line by sitting at the bar. Very simple diner style breakfast spot. Great selections of food and even better service!

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West Kingston, Rhode Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I loved this place. Had the best turkey burger I think I had ever had. It was the monterey burger and it had some kick! Reasonable price, great waiter, super friendly. Really loved it.

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North Bend, Oregon
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Walk inside and be prepared to see some of the greatest collections of "stuff" you've ever seen! The place is funky and too much fun! The food is down home comfort from the word go, and the staff are friendly, caring and all about making you feel at home. A+!

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Lacey, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The decor is old diner-ish with a splash of random knick knacks. Yes it's kinda dusty and rundown. It is not a large place. Max seating for a group together is 4 and there is no space for those waiting to be seated other than outside. All of that being said I will be visiting every single time I visit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Pearl
  • Neighborhood: Pearl
  • Phone Number: 503-221-0011

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:00 pm

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