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Arleta Library Cafe

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5513 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206-5206
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Gotta have the biscuits and gravy, coffee cake, and some slumptown coffee. Mix in a misty morning and it was perfect.

2 Thank doc0205
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

The witless sandwich was fresh and fabulous. It is a sandwich that can be shared. It was served with cucumber that was not quite a bread and butter pickle. Awesome! Has the blackberry raspberry coffee cake and it is a must have. It is the third restaurant on the block. So look for the sign I have pictures. They were... More 

Thank RenoLori
Reno, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

Tiny little place with great food. Had the half and half which was half a sandwich and one of their signature salads. Good choice but the star was the coffee cake of the day, be sure and save room.

Thank advcards
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

Yes, there's usually people standing outside waiting.. yes the inside looks like you'll have to be hovered to your table to get through the tiny place... Oh but it's sooo worth it!! I always get the biscuits and gravy... Lovely sweet potato biscuits with paper thin pork roast layered on top with sausage gravy over the top and caramelized red... More 

Thank Deborah I
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

A small venue, closes early and also takes a long vacation. I love that. Great food. Best is the Gravy and Biscuit. But everything is good. They also use the high quality meat.

Thank NYC_3_12
Orange County
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

This is a great small neighborhood type restaurant. The Rosemary sausage gravy over sweet potato biscuits is one of the best things you will ever eat. If it was socially acceptable, you would lick the plate dry. The coffee cake, and they make different types on different days, is the best you will ever eat. A place with a cool... More 

1 Thank RustyShackelf0rd
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

Love this little place. I had the Grecian. Scrambled eggs, peppers, Kalamata olives, and feta cheese. It comes with potatoes and a delicious scone that changes weekly. They use local ingredients and the Stumptown coffee is freshly pressed. I love that all their utensils and plates are mismatched. The coffee cups are fun because they are from all over the... More 

Thank Mary J
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We were concerned that this place was not open when we went here, but it turned out it was, and we were glad that we made sure before leaving. The restaurant has probably eight or ten tables, and a small, open kitchen. The menu is short, but the food is outstanding. Together, my husband and I tried the biscuits and... More 

1 Thank Amy5280
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88 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

Having seen this place on tv, I knew I had to go. There was not one disappointment in the entire visit. Its a small diner (across from a library) with amazing food. If I lived in the area, it would truly be my favorite place to eat.

Thank Lisa P
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109 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We were staying in Clackamas and a little intertubes searching turned up this place, next to Space Monkey Coffee, as a little breakfast joint. It was a delight. A few people were waitingfor the doors to open on Sunday morning and we followed them into the small space filled with some great aromas. We all opted for egg scramble which... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5513 SE 72nd Ave, Portland, OR 97206-5206
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503-774-4470

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?