Vista Spring Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 2440 SW Vista Ave

    Portland, OR 97201

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  • 503-222-2811

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We stopped by between 5-6 on a Wednesday night for a light dinner, wine, and conversation. We could barely hear over the screaming kid in the adjacent booth and two other kids running and screaming and chasing each other back and forth

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★★★★★

We stopped by between 5-6 on a Wednesday night for a light dinner, wine, and conversation. We could barely hear over the screaming kid in the adjacent booth and two other kids running and screaming and chasing each other back and forth

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Been going to this cozy gem in the West Hills for over five years and just love it! This little cafe is tucked away on Vista, up the hill from Washington Park. They have quite a few booths and a warm eclectic feel. The food is excellent! Their pizzas are always fresh with top-notch ingredients. My wife loves their Thai Chicken Salad, says it's the best in town! I like the pastas and the Sicilian Pizza. The service is pretty good, they are always busy so it can be a bit slow. Go early or later... you shouldn't have much problem finding a table or with the service at those times.

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★★★★★

Been going to this cozy gem in the West Hills for over five years and just love it! This little cafe is tucked away on Vista, up the hill from Washington Park. They have quite a few booths and a warm eclectic feel. The food is excellent! Their pizzas are always fresh with top-notch ingredients. My wife loves their Thai Chicken Salad, says it's the best in town! I like the pastas and the Sicilian Pizza. The service is pretty good, they are always busy so it can be a bit slow. Go early or later... you shouldn't have much problem finding a table or with the service at those times.

Pros: Really good food at a reasonable price.

Cons: Gets packed pretty early everyday.

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I have been going to vista for a few years and the place get's packed on weekends and the service slows with only two servers. It's overall good with a charm that makes it a favorite on a nice or rainy day. My wife loves the Asian salad

2
★★★★☆

I have been going to vista for a few years and the place get's packed on weekends and the service slows with only two servers. It's overall good with a charm that makes it a favorite on a nice or rainy day. My wife loves the Asian salad

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This place is really cool. It's hidden away up in a quiet, residential neighborhood in the west hills, and each time I go there I feel like it's a totally unique experience. The food isn't fantastic, but it is very good, and for the prices you pay the food is more than worth it. The people who work there are great as well. My girlfriend and I go there every other month, and our waitress remembers exactly what we order the previous time we went! It's this sort of attentive and friendly service that helps in our choice to return here. It's also very quaint inside, with old wooden fans attached to the ceiling, and a connecting antique store down the stairs.
I highly recommend this place if you're looking for above average food for a fair price, and an atmosphere unlike most in Portland!

2
★★★★★

This place is really cool. It's hidden away up in a quiet, residential neighborhood in the west hills, and each time I go there I feel like it's a totally unique experience. The food isn't fantastic, but it is very good, and for the prices you pay the food is more than worth it. The people who work there are great as well. My girlfriend and I go there every other month, and our waitress remembers exactly what we order the previous time we went! It's this sort of attentive and friendly service that helps in our choice to return here. It's also very quaint inside, with old wooden fans attached to the ceiling, and a connecting antique store down the stairs.
I highly recommend this place if you're looking for above average food for a fair price, and an atmosphere unlike most in Portland!

Pros: food, price, ambience, neighborhood, staff

Cons: nada!

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My husband and I discovered The Vista Springs Cafe as we drove down the SW hills toward downtown. We immediately felt welcome. We ordered the pizza which was scrumptious. We have returned often with our Cairn Terrier and have enjoyed eating outside and visiting with other diners and passers by.

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★★★★☆

My husband and I discovered The Vista Springs Cafe as we drove down the SW hills toward downtown. We immediately felt welcome. We ordered the pizza which was scrumptious. We have returned often with our Cairn Terrier and have enjoyed eating outside and visiting with other diners and passers by.

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My husband and I have here several times because it is so convenient from our house but the food is not that great. The pizza has a terrible crust and is underwhelming. The best thing we've tried is the Club sandwich.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I have here several times because it is so convenient from our house but the food is not that great. The pizza has a terrible crust and is underwhelming. The best thing we've tried is the Club sandwich.

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We were going to order out tonight and I saw reviews for this restaurant I could not believe what I saw. Our family loves this place, my wife and I laugh because we know when it is kids choice they will pick Vista. Pizza is always good, pancetta is not what it used to be (bummer) great wine selection and they also have adult drinks now (yeah) and the pasta's are wonderful we tried the butternut squash ravioli it was sooo good.........but our kids love the service. Jen is great she makes the kids feel like they own the place she knows what they like and always has the kids food out right away which helps so much, you should really take your family out to Vista.

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★★★★★

We were going to order out tonight and I saw reviews for this restaurant I could not believe what I saw. Our family loves this place, my wife and I laugh because we know when it is kids choice they will pick Vista. Pizza is always good, pancetta is not what it used to be (bummer) great wine selection and they also have adult drinks now (yeah) and the pasta's are wonderful we tried the butternut squash ravioli it was sooo good.........but our kids love the service. Jen is great she makes the kids feel like they own the place she knows what they like and always has the kids food out right away which helps so much, you should really take your family out to Vista.

Pros: service

Cons: parking

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My girlfriend and I ate at Vista Springs recently. We had pizza and salads. Boy was the pizza ever good. It was the best. The server was just super. I don't remember her name but she has dark hair and brown eyes. Seh was extra helpful. I was not sure what kind of pizza I wanted, and she was very patient with me and really went the extra mile to make sure I was satisfied. I love this place, and plan to go back often.

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★★★★☆

My girlfriend and I ate at Vista Springs recently. We had pizza and salads. Boy was the pizza ever good. It was the best. The server was just super. I don't remember her name but she has dark hair and brown eyes. Seh was extra helpful. I was not sure what kind of pizza I wanted, and she was very patient with me and really went the extra mile to make sure I was satisfied. I love this place, and plan to go back often.

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Vista Springs Cafe was place my mother has raved about in the past, I was excited to meet her there last night and have dinner with her.
Beginning from the moment she "sat us" (That being pointing to our booth and walking off in another direction) our server proved she has no regard for us whatsoever.
Being someone who works in the service industry, I am more than tolerant for shortcomings from a wait staff, especially when it's busy, which it wasn't extremely, but last night was just ridiculous.
Our table was sopping wet, and I ended up sitting in something on the bench, and staining my new pants. Thanks for that.
We waited for our server for almost 15! minutes before she even came to our table. And we had to ask for water after 25 minutes after being "sat." (And again, into the meal had to finally beg a passerby to refill our glasses.) In case anyone is wondering, they have a giant clock on the wall, which made it impossible to ignore how long we waited. The table side manner of our server, if you can call her that, was nothing short of rude, and abrupt.
The food was tasty, and I was sorry that everything preceding the food was so awful, as it could have been a lovely evening.
I would hope the management takes a serious look at who they are employing and makes some changes.

All in all, as someone else wrote: Take your food to go.

1
★★☆☆☆

Vista Springs Cafe was place my mother has raved about in the past, I was excited to meet her there last night and have dinner with her.
Beginning from the moment she "sat us" (That being pointing to our booth and walking off in another direction) our server proved she has no regard for us whatsoever.
Being someone who works in the service industry, I am more than tolerant for shortcomings from a wait staff, especially when it's busy, which it wasn't extremely, but last night was just ridiculous.
Our table was sopping wet, and I ended up sitting in something on the bench, and staining my new pants. Thanks for that.
We waited for our server for almost 15! minutes before she even came to our table. And we had to ask for water after 25 minutes after being "sat." (And again, into the meal had to finally beg a passerby to refill our glasses.) In case anyone is wondering, they have a giant clock on the wall, which made it impossible to ignore how long we waited. The table side manner of our server, if you can call her that, was nothing short of rude, and abrupt.
The food was tasty, and I was sorry that everything preceding the food was so awful, as it could have been a lovely evening.
I would hope the management takes a serious look at who they are employing and makes some changes.

All in all, as someone else wrote: Take your food to go.

Pros: Tasty bread

Cons: service, dirty tables, apathetic wait-staff.

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I?ve eaten here quite a few times over the past 10 years and the pizza is always very good. However the service is usually average and at a recent visit, it was outright bad. We had almost finished our appetizer by the time we got our napkins. We had to re-request things that we had ordered and never got our waters refilled. The restaurant was busy, but not full. It was a disappointing experience as we had driven in from Hillsboro for a special occasion. Perhaps a better approach would be to take a pizza to go.

1
★★★☆☆

I?ve eaten here quite a few times over the past 10 years and the pizza is always very good. However the service is usually average and at a recent visit, it was outright bad. We had almost finished our appetizer by the time we got our napkins. We had to re-request things that we had ordered and never got our waters refilled. The restaurant was busy, but not full. It was a disappointing experience as we had driven in from Hillsboro for a special occasion. Perhaps a better approach would be to take a pizza to go.

Pros: Good pizza

Cons: Slow service

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My friends and I went on my birthday, and I had been there once before when I was yonger with my family. when I was yonger I had the pizza and Italian sodas. It was such a good experience that I wanted to go back. My friends and I went recently and even though we didnt have the pizza, the experience was still fun for the most part. We went about a half an hour before they closed cause it was confusing to find it, and it took forever to get any service. My friend ordered the Vistas Baked Mac and Cheese, and even though it looked really good, it was really bland. I ordered the Blue cheese burger on the recommendation from someone from this site, and it was good, but slippery. The hamberger was slidding all over the place and was hard to contain. The bun wasnt toasted, which was alright with me, cause that was kinda new, but it was a little cold. The atmosphere was so beautiful and would be great for families and/or a bunch of highschool kids just wanting to get together. Its dark, cozy and roomy, depending on where you sit; which would be great for light conversations on first dates. Its somewhat confusing to find if your not from around that area really cause its sort of in a neighborhood with houses, not really in a populated mall area. Its hard to find a parking spot too. Good luck finding a good one! I would go back there again, but next time, ordering the pizza and italian sodas. Im telling you, thats their signature meal! Great taste! Great price!

2
★★★★☆

My friends and I went on my birthday, and I had been there once before when I was yonger with my family. when I was yonger I had the pizza and Italian sodas. It was such a good experience that I wanted to go back. My friends and I went recently and even though we didnt have the pizza, the experience was still fun for the most part. We went about a half an hour before they closed cause it was confusing to find it, and it took forever to get any service. My friend ordered the Vistas Baked Mac and Cheese, and even though it looked really good, it was really bland. I ordered the Blue cheese burger on the recommendation from someone from this site, and it was good, but slippery. The hamberger was slidding all over the place and was hard to contain. The bun wasnt toasted, which was alright with me, cause that was kinda new, but it was a little cold. The atmosphere was so beautiful and would be great for families and/or a bunch of highschool kids just wanting to get together. Its dark, cozy and roomy, depending on where you sit; which would be great for light conversations on first dates. Its somewhat confusing to find if your not from around that area really cause its sort of in a neighborhood with houses, not really in a populated mall area. Its hard to find a parking spot too. Good luck finding a good one! I would go back there again, but next time, ordering the pizza and italian sodas. Im telling you, thats their signature meal! Great taste! Great price!

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This is a great place to go for a casual and delicious meal. I had the blue cheese burger and it was one of the best I have had in Portland. The menu has a good selection of familiar American favorites, and the wait staff was very pleasant. The inside of the restaurant was a little dark, but comfortable and relaxed.

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★★★★★

This is a great place to go for a casual and delicious meal. I had the blue cheese burger and it was one of the best I have had in Portland. The menu has a good selection of familiar American favorites, and the wait staff was very pleasant. The inside of the restaurant was a little dark, but comfortable and relaxed.

Pros: Food, ambiance, service

Cons: Parking

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Sometimes I find Old Town to be too heavy (ie the combo pizza). Vista Spring isn't so. The crust is especially light and fresh. Oh, I love the caesar salad too. Plus, the drive up Vista is a joy to see the city lights.

2
★★★★★

Sometimes I find Old Town to be too heavy (ie the combo pizza). Vista Spring isn't so. The crust is especially light and fresh. Oh, I love the caesar salad too. Plus, the drive up Vista is a joy to see the city lights.

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My family and I love the pizza, and the caesar is one of the best I've had. Wait staff is allright, but the food is great. We are definatly going to return.

2
★★★★★

My family and I love the pizza, and the caesar is one of the best I've had. Wait staff is allright, but the food is great. We are definatly going to return.

Pros: the food and the ambience

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vista spring has a great location with great possitbilities. it falls short is almost every catagory. i'm not sure where the people eat that have rated this place in the past. the selection is beyond limited. the pizza is not imaginative. there is no full bar and the food is bland. the burgers are the pre made frozen types that you can do nothing with. the salad on the side as opposed to chips is good. honestly the only reason to go to vista springs is if you live around the corner and lazy.

new owners took over months ago and did nothing but add canneloni and a couple other items. the place is so dark you can hardly read the menu and there is a good reason.

the staff is cool. everyone is nice, but take the time to drive down the street and avoid the vista.

1
★★☆☆☆

vista spring has a great location with great possitbilities. it falls short is almost every catagory. i'm not sure where the people eat that have rated this place in the past. the selection is beyond limited. the pizza is not imaginative. there is no full bar and the food is bland. the burgers are the pre made frozen types that you can do nothing with. the salad on the side as opposed to chips is good. honestly the only reason to go to vista springs is if you live around the corner and lazy.

new owners took over months ago and did nothing but add canneloni and a couple other items. the place is so dark you can hardly read the menu and there is a good reason.

the staff is cool. everyone is nice, but take the time to drive down the street and avoid the vista.

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My wife jokes that it is the preppiest hangout in Portland. I am not sure I would agree, but the menu is solid, the staff is incredibly friendly and the dark wood decor does suggest a little bit of New England. Well worth a visit.

2
★★★★★

My wife jokes that it is the preppiest hangout in Portland. I am not sure I would agree, but the menu is solid, the staff is incredibly friendly and the dark wood decor does suggest a little bit of New England. Well worth a visit.

Pros: Pizza, Service, Decor

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This is a great neighborhood restaurant way up on the hill on Vista. It's very cozy and the food is always very good and home-made! We like the fresh ingredients in all of their many sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. They also have great pizzas. The service is kind and it's an all-around pleasant place to dine. The dark wood booths and interesting decor are nice.

2
★★★★★

This is a great neighborhood restaurant way up on the hill on Vista. It's very cozy and the food is always very good and home-made! We like the fresh ingredients in all of their many sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes. They also have great pizzas. The service is kind and it's an all-around pleasant place to dine. The dark wood booths and interesting decor are nice.

Pros: great food, pleasant location, consistent cooking

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Friendly service w/o going overboard. It's a fine line between being atentive and being bothersome. The girls at Vista Spring know the line and walk it with grace and speed. A thank you goes out to the hard working crew. THANK YOU !

2
★★★★★

Friendly service w/o going overboard. It's a fine line between being atentive and being bothersome. The girls at Vista Spring know the line and walk it with grace and speed. A thank you goes out to the hard working crew. THANK YOU !

Pros: service, pizza, atmosphere

Cons: little expensive, street parking

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My fiancee and I really enjoy the cozy atmosphere and good food at Vista Spring. Everything I've tried on the menu has been good, but I'd like to see more selections! We've been here many times, and we'll be back.

2
★★★★☆

My fiancee and I really enjoy the cozy atmosphere and good food at Vista Spring. Everything I've tried on the menu has been good, but I'd like to see more selections! We've been here many times, and we'll be back.

Pros: Cozy Atmosphere, Good food

Cons: Street Parking, Small menu selection

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Vista Springs has great food from their salads to their pizza. I've yet to have a meal there that wasn't A+.

2
★★★★★

Vista Springs has great food from their salads to their pizza. I've yet to have a meal there that wasn't A+.

Pros: Good Service, Good Prices, Great Food

Cons: Parking

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This neighborhood cafe serves up some of the best ingredients ever to make contact with pizza dough, in a cozy, familiar setting.

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★★★★★

This neighborhood cafe serves up some of the best ingredients ever to make contact with pizza dough, in a cozy, familiar setting.

 

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