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521 NE 3rd St, McMinnville, OR 97128-4614
+1 503-434-4471
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Portland, Oregon
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a small open plan Italian cafe but has a good menu. The food is very tasty. We found it very noisy though. The service was ok. I think because we weren't drinking wine just water the service staff were more interested in an adjoining table who were, so we were just left.

Thank emporerpenguin
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126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We made reservations which is helpful. Tidy little restaurant with excellent service even though we came in at 8:30 on a Monday night. All the food was good. A friend recommended the homemade Minestrone and it was very good. The Dungeness crab lasagne was also top notch. However, my friend had the mussels and they were the best I ever... More 

Thank RMZR1
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Very cute little restaurant. Solid wine list and great little dishes. I went two days in a row just for the trip! They also have a lovely wine list and were very accommodating letting us bring some wines we were given by local wineries. Of course we shared!

Thank believeinbee
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Nick's was highly recommended at the wineries we visited and from our B&B hosts so we were looking forward to a nice meal. Unfortunately, our experience was not as portrayed. The Caesar salad had a lifeless no-anchovy dressing drizzled over the lettuce--it was not tossed--and it was sprinkled with diced tomatoes. I like tomatoes but this was supposed to be... More 

Thank TexasTraveler62
Columbus, Georgia
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132 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Quite good. Ravioli was exceptional. Very busy, we got the last table available without a reservation. Service was prompt considering how busy they were. Overall, a nice evening and more than acceptable food.

Thank Rhonda R
Portland, Oregon
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There were six of us; if you have a special diet though, find another place; my daughter could settle only for a lettuce salad (good lettuce, good dressing but nothing else). The other five liked the food except my son-in-law eyed my pizza with envy when he saw his pasta dish (homemade but not much pasta). The service was slow,... More 

Thank Arthur M
Berkeley, California
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Nick's is very popular and noisier than I would like. However, we'd go back for the food. All four at our table enjoyed our pasta, but the outstanding dish was the ravioli: delicate (melt in your mouth) thin pasta stuffed with a puree of spinach and pork in a simple subtle butter sauce. Although not cheap, food and wine are... More 

Thank 2calgrads
Santa Rosa, California
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We visit Nicks each time we come to McMinnville and it's always delicious! Sit in the bar area if you want to be more casual!

Thank Laura H
Bellevue, WA
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175 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I do not know why our meal took so long. There seemed to be plenty of servers. Maybe they had too many people there. The minestone soup was as good as anywhere. My wife's pasta with ragu sauce was tasty, but it was a pretty small portion for a meal. The salad dressing on the house salad was extremely good.

Thank rerBellevue

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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
US$ 10 - US$ 28
Dinner, After-hours
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
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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?