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Nick's Italian Cafe

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521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
+1 503-434-4471
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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McMinnville, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service, beautifully prepared food, and one of the best wine lists anywhere; high-end dining without pretense or stuffiness. Nick's has been around for a long time, and for good reason. The bar in the "back room" is casual, intimate, and the bartenders know how to make a good cocktail.

Thank Here_From_Oregon
Arlington, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a slow, wet, February night this was just the ticket. Friendly staff that knows the food, relaxed (but not dwadling) pace, and solid Italian classics done with great ingredients and not too much fuss. The radicchio salad was a bit of a stunner - when was the last time you raved about radicchio salad? - with the parm and... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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525 reviews
357 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A longtime fan of Nick's--over 25 years now--I look forward to a dinner here every time we visit McMinnville. But this last visit didn't measure up--from the unfriendly, lecturing service (we got so exasperated we had to ask for a different waitress) to food that seemed carelessly seasoned and plated, the entire evening was a disappointment. It's as if Nick's... More 

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a late dinner after a long day trip to the coast. We sat at the tiny bar in front of the kitchen. The pasta (made in house) was amazing. Chatted with the hostess, a local college student, she was very sweet and personable. Nick the owner stopped in while we were dining, cutest thing ever! The... More 

Thank Michelle1083
Canby, Oregon
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got there late but was able to eat from the full menu in the bar area. Solid Italian food with house made pastas. Reasonable price but portion could have been a little bigger. I notice this as "a trend" in many Italian restaurants where the pasta is being treated filet mignon.

Thank Joseph B
McMinnville, Oregon
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Atmosphere in back room is great. Small, cozy yet elegant without being pretentious. Full service but feels more like an upscale bar. Love the intimate seating and the crab lasagna. Great place for a quick glass of wine or just desert. Best Creme Brule in town.

Thank lscan2016
McMinnville, Oregon
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71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016

My wife and were looking at the 20 something restaurant review site, and the comments were not so nice. It made us wonder. With friends from Mac, we went along for dinner mid week, and had an enjoyable evening. My wife and I had Caesar Salad and Pizza Marguerita for we just wanted to order conservative, and not be disappointed.... More 

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Plano, Texas
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459 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

Nick's was recommended to us by the tasting room manager in White Rose Winery. He said if we are willing to drive a bit, it's worth it. I agree with him. Nick's is in the quaint little town of McMinnville. The store front is non-descript but fits the charm of the town. Inside there are two aspects to the restaurant.... More 

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Washington DC
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

The food at Nicks was absolutely amazing. Homemade pasta and sauces made me want to eat ALL OF THE CARBS. If my travel buddies would have let me, I would have gone back here every night. You can sit in the beautiful but simple formal room or head to the back and enjoy a more casual atmosphere. We did the... More 

Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

My family is Sicilian and I grew up in and around New York, where the food is authentic. Nick's rates with the best. I had house-made spaghetti with roasted fresh tuna, olive oil and red pepper flakes. Reminded me of Grandma!

Thank Pepi25_11

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $28
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  McMinnville
  • Phone Number: +1 503-434-4471
Serving the Willamette Valley since 1977. A favorite among the locals and visitors from abroad. Nick's Italian Cafe serves traditional fare passed down generations, as well as original dishes, created by our Chef. Trained in classic Italian cuisine in Italy, Eric Ferguson & Carmen Peirano strive to make every plate a special and unique experience.

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