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Marco's Cafe & Espresso Bar

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(22 Reviews)

7910 SW 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97219

(503) 245-0199

Today: 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Phone: (503) 245-2243

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Price Range
Lair Hill, Multnomah

Marco's Cafe and Espresso Bar

Coffee & Espresso Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Tea Rooms, Delicatessens, Coffee Shops, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Free, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Deli, Caterers, Family Style, American, Coffee House, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Tea Room

Alcohol: Full Bar

Good for Kids: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Pets Allowed: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible sandwich

I've enjoyed Marco's for about 20 years. A few different owners, but always a good experience. They seem to have had a good sense of what the kitchen can do well. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were almost always very good.

My last visit though, I tried something something that I just felt like ordering at the moment. Not my usual choice for a sandwich, but what I wanted at the moment. A french dip.
It said premium beef, so I expected something other than thawed deli beef, but that is what it was on soggy hogy bun. The au jus was from a dried mix, and the fries were served as limp as - they were garbage.

It's really not an easy sandwich to do well, but this showed no care in cooking, or service. If a restaurant can't do a dish, or doesn't have an interest in a dish it shouldn't be on the menu. I'm angry.



Provided by Citysearch - 
One of the best restaurants in Portland!

Marco's is such a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. They strive to be a socially conscious restaurant, and they give back in so many ways. The staff are very nice and helpful. The food is great, and the Sruthi's cardamom tea is fantastic! One of the best breakfast and lunch spots in Portland!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, worth the wait.

It is no surprise to me that there is frequently a line when I go to Marco’s. Their food is always delicious and well priced and I always have great service. They have terrific daily specials and a regular menu with lots of different types of foods to choose from (oh and they make fantastic daily breads too). I love that you can get any dish at any time, my favorites are their omelettes and blintzes. Marco’s also does a lot of good for the community, both in the responsible sources of it’s food/energy and by providing food to charities.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good food cool portland chic

We were new to the area and asked someone where we should eat and they said marco's. It was really good food, the hamburger was one of the best I have had in town also fried are good. Also the mexi salad was really good loaded with fresh stuff. I was to go back right now.



Provided by Citysearch - 
best breakfast grub in town.

My wife and I go weekly for breakfast and sometimes dinner. Rotating specials keep the menu interesting. The wait staff are great and know us now. Watch out at breakfast time because it is a very popular place. come early or late to avoid the wait.



Provided by Citysearch - 
One star because 1/2 star wasn't available

I've been a Marco's regular for more than 20 years. Today's experience left me stunned. My food was fine, but my friend's was cold. The waitress, after trying to justify the food being cold, took it back. When my friend got her plate back from the kitchen, there was only 1/2 order on the plate. After registering yet another complaint, the manager came to the table saying that the kitchen said she had already eaten half of it. (Not true!) My friend said she would eat it but pay for half. When the check came they took $5 off a $14 dish. After more conversation with the manager, and being blatantly insulted by her for complaining, she took some more off the bill. Overpriced. Rude service, and clearly no desire to keep regular customers. We weren't even offered a refill on our coffee! I'm not going back.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very disappointed, won't be back

I have been a customer for many years, and have in the past patronized Marco's regularly. On my recent visit, my entree was so cold I just couldn't choke it down. The waitress and manager both suggested that if there was a bit of warmth in the food, my complaint was groundless. I found the ensuing customer service responses to be non-gracious to the point to being bizarre. I left in a state of shock.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What happened to Marco's??

Marco's is our family favorite in the Village. We go at least twice a week, and always take our out-of-town visitors. Unfortunately, the last few times we've gone, the food has not been up to par. Most recently, I ordered my favorite breakfast which is a feta omelette with avocado and the avocados tasted bad. Annyone who eats avocados knows a bad one! When I mentioned it to the waitress she blew me off stating that they cut them fresh daily. After my complaint, she wouldn't even look at me again. Only asking my husband if he wanted more coffee!!! On the way out the door, we kindly mentioned this to the manager and she automatically threw me some attitude saying they all tried the avocados and they taste fine. I felt SO bad. This is my favorite breakfast place! My husband says we should never go back. How sad! Anyone can have a bad piece of fruit now and then, the difference is the way you treat your patrons.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wish there were more Marco's

I have been going to Marco's for years and it remains one of my favorite ""go-to"" restaurants. Great selection of food from Breakfast (served all day) to sandwiches, salads and full dinners means there's always something to satisfy. Excellent variety of vegetarian options, yummy desserts and friendly service. Very kid friendly! My only complaint is that they don't have more locations!



Provided by Citysearch - 
I haven't been there in two years, and now I remember why.

I went to Marco's two years ago and my dinner companion remembered it as a horrible experience. I had totally forgotten, but remembered upon sitting down. We got there two hours into dinnertime, and they were already out of two dishes we specifically were looking forward to. The last of the two specials was given to a couple who were seated after us and who was greeted in a timely fashion. We, however, were ignored for a long enough time that we were about to get up and leave just as the server finally came to our table. It was painful watching tables around us receive service, while the only one who acknowledged our presence was the busser. When we finally got our meals, we were ignored once again by not one, but two servers who seemed to tag-team our table, at their leisure. Overall, the food is overpriced ($12 for a salad and soup) and the service is rude (I heard two servers snidely discussing another table while standing just a foot or two from ours). Not recommended.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent dinner specials posted on website daily, great brunch

Marco?s has become the go-to choice for dinner for my wife and I over the last few years. The regular menu includes excellent salads and good burgers, as well as the best French Dip sandwich I?ve ever had. But the nightly specials list posted on their website every afternoon around 3:00 is what keeps us coming back. You always know that there's something you'll like before you go.

There are usually 4-6 meals a night, including a couple of vegetarian choices that can have chicken or shrimp added if desired. You just can?t get the quality of meats and fish that Marco?s offers anywhere else at these prices. Portion sizes are rational, not the huge 3000 calorie feasts you see at Cheesecake Factory, etc. I suspect this helps keep the prices down to an affordable level. Service is friendly and competent, and the servers are happy to accommodate special needs and requests for small variations. There are a dozen or so carefully selected wines available by the glass or bottle at reasonable prices to complement your meal, and the freshly baked bread served along with dinner varies daily but is always excellent. You can even print out a coupon from the website that saves you a couple of bucks on your dinner.

Breakfast and lunch is also excellent. The Western Scramble is my favorite restaurant brunch, while my wife loves the French Toast made from Brioche bread. It can take a few minutes to get a table for brunch, especially on Sunday, but there are enough tables that you usually don?t have to wait too long. I think the best waitrersses work in the evening, though.



Provided by Citysearch - 
unique, friendly, and good food too

I think Marco's is great. It's a cute little neighborhood spot with a unique atmosphere and a lot of personality. The nightly specials are innovative and exciting. Where else can you get prime rib, halibut and filet mignon for those prices? I've had the same meal at other, overpriced restaurants where the quality was the same, but the menu prices were a whole lot more As for the breakfasts, the potatoes are nothing special, but everything else I've ever had for breakfast there was fantastic. The omelettes are huge and inventive, like the black bean omelette, and they have really good bacon and sausage. As for previous reviews, do you really think Marco's uses wonderbread for their french toast? I hardly think that a restaurant who strives to use organic, free range and natural ingredients (as it clearly states on the front of their menu) stoops as low as that for their french toast. I wonder if you even bothered to ask what kind of bread they use? Just wondering.



Provided by Citysearch - 
not so good

I was really disappointed. I took my boyfriend to this recommended joint. Seating was fast on a SUnday morning, but, our coffee was not. We waited 15 minutes for the coffee that came just a minute before our food. We barely got our waters refilled. Had to get up to get our own Ketchup and hot sauce. My bacon was like it was put in the deep fryer and dripping with oil, and cold somehow too. The french toast was not soaked all the way through so I could really taste that cheap white wonderbread. And of course it was cold. The waitress apologized for our late coffee but still charged us for it. She did not inquire as to why I only had eaten about one quarter of my food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
So Disappointed!

I took my fiance to Marco's, as I had remembered there being great brunch there several years ago. We were sadly disappointed. He had a patty melt, I had their special omelette. First I was served the wrong omelette, which was whisked out from under my nose midway through the first bite without so much as an apology. It was as if I were at fault for the mix-up. When the correct meal finally arrived, it literally had a puddle of grease oozing out from underneath it. Likewise for my fiance's fries, which were so greasy they were limp, even after he blotted them on his napkin. Both meals were utterly devoid of flavor or interest; my homefries tasted as though they had not been seasoned at all. Likewise, the service was schizophrenic and disappointing. Our waitress was very friendly, and would whisk by our table saying ""I'll have those drinks out in just a second,"" then we waited another ten minutes for my diet soda. We each received a single refill, which was not offered until the end of our meal even though our glasses had been empty at the time our food was served. In all, I remembered Marco's being great, but it seems that it has taken an unfortunate downturn recently. My advice: don't waste your time or money, because in addition to the one-star food and lackluster service, it is overpriced.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Hollandaise Blahs

Recently, not having dined at Marco's for quite some time, my wife and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch there. We remembered the restaurant as a place we could count on for a very high level of service and excellent cuisine. Both were sadly lacking. My wife was served a plate of eggs Benedict and, after the first bite, informed me that the hollandaise sauce was bland. I sampled the sauce and found it to be absolutely tasteless. There was not a hint of lemon or vinegar; flavor ""zilch""! We called the waitress' attention to this and, after assuring us their hollandaise sauce had always received the highest praise, she went to confer with the 'chef'. ""He says he tasted the sauce, and that it tastes like it always does"", was her reply. Her attitude was defensive. She offered us no apology or compensation, and, leaving us with the distinct impression that Marco's no longer values the tastes of their customers, she left us. After we'd finished our meal and a reasonable time had elapsed, we put the full price of our lunch on the table, including the tip. The waitress came running after us with the bill, an expression on her face which indicated she thought we were intending to leave without paying. We said we wouldn't be back. Her reply was ""thank you""! End of story, though I feel it must be said that no voices were raised, nor were any names called. A very low-key luncheon in what has sadly become a low quality establishment. Highly recommend you avoid Marco's, unless you enjoy being quietly insulted.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very disappointed!

My family and I have been going to Marco's for breakfast for over 10 years now and have always enjoyed it. We even bring people from out of town there. We went this morning and the first thing we noticed is that there wasn?t a line waiting to be seated. We thought we were lucky! We sat & ordered breakfast. After it arrived, we started eating and all of us noticed that the food was just not up to Marco's standard. The potatoes (my favorite) were over boiled and under fried. They were kind of like mashed potatoes. The food was very bland and not very appealing. No one even finished the food. My 8 year old son didn?t even eat his food. The orange juice (which is priced at $4.10 a glass) was not even fresh squeezed. They have always had the jelly in little jars with great flavors. We asked the waitress if they had a new cook or new owner and she said that nothing had changed since she had been there. We noticed that the clientele wasn?t even the same. I can only hope that we were there on a very off day.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Breakfast

Although a bit pricey and somewhat meager portions (the breakfast menu may say Chicken Sausage Links, but it'll be just one link sliced in half; if you sub fruit for potatoes be prepared for a couple thin slices of melon), the service is lickity-split fast and the food itself is terrific. Coffee--unusually poor at most breakfast spots in this java-rich city--is pretty darn good, with quick and bottomless refills (well, what do you expect when it's $2.10?!). I swear they must have a Jetson's food machine back there because the steaming plates are on the way to your table just minutes after ordering.
No hash browns :



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Breakfast

Weekends are packed and if you get there too late, you will find yourself waiting a bit. Well worth the wait, the breakfast burritto and potatoes are the bomb. All dishes are huge, I can never finish my food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great dinner place

I enjoy this restaurant for dinner. Not a fan of the breakfast, but it is impressive that it has a following for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All of my friends outside of the village know about Marco's. I'd suggest going during dinner because they always have unique specials. Lots of good desserts, too. My wife dislikes going there because it smells musty to her. I smell it, but don't mind. Parking is located beside the building, and also along the street. Within walking distance of lots of shops in Multnomah Village.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A truly wonderful find

The food is always a delicious, the staff is a delight and the atmosphere is charming. Highly recommended!

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