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Byways Cafe

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Pearl
American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Vegetarian
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1212 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209-3015
503-221-0011
Today
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget
Breakfast/Brunch

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
One great breakfast spot!

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+!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
bobandgina81
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North Bend, Oregon
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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118 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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North Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Seattle, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I found this place on tripadvisor and were not disappointed. Good portions (Be very hungry for the Biscuits and Gravy!), great service and good food. If you like diner-like breakfasts you will enjoy, bur arrive early. It starts to get busy by 9am on the weekends.

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Portland, Oregon
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I love breakfast and I love Byways. It's perfect service and food, albeit with the exception of their packets of jam (why not match the quality of everything else they serve with some decent jam), and the space, with it's fifties' diner feel, is great. If it weren't for the jam, I'd have given Byways 5 big stars.

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gabriola bc
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51 reviews 51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has counter seating for about 8 and booth and table seating for perhaps 25-30. The tables and booths seat a maximum of 4 and are not spacious. There are no reservations just a sign-in list at the door. There is a 2-person bench for waiting which leaves most people standing outside. Our party of 4 came for a... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Love this little cafe, it has an amazing atmosphere and the service is fantastic as is the food! We had not been back to Portland for about 6 years and headed straight back to this cafe for breakfast and it was still the same great food and service.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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269 reviews 269 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

It is just like stepping six decades into the past. Everything seemed as it would be in a 50's diner. A long counter is along one wall with round red Naugahyde covered stools. The opposite wall is lined with booths covered in the same red. Several small tables fill the remaining floor space. The menu is filled with unique breakfast... More 

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Seattle
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's like walking in your grandmothers house or maybe someone's home who's attention span changes rapidly from one thing to another . It's fun , it's funky & it's pretty cute . Service was great , our gal was sweet & attentive Food was pretty good for breakfast though the pancakes were hard to cut through and were not that... More 

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

While in Portland, I wanted a big breakfast to start my day, and the Byway Cafe in Portland turned out to the perfect choice! Great food, great value, great service. A variety without pretentious, over priced 'breakfast cuisine'.

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Florence, AL
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73 reviews 73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My friends and I had lunch here - I had a hamburger and fries and they had the veggie burger. We all thought it was great. It is a busy place but fortunately we found a table right away. Service was very good and the waitress was attentive. Overall, a very good experience.

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Coffee Shop, Diner, Vegetarian

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?