Portland >Cameo Cafe
Don't eat here...its the worst..
I never write reviews...but the experience was so bad, I had too.
We waited over an hour for a dried up mushroom and cheddar omlette, the cheese had no flavor and then the waffle we ordered was cold...not luke warm,COLD. This place has changed for the worse. Then when we had finished (as much as we could stomach) the waitress brought our toast and poached eggs...(HMMM, burn't toast and overcooked eggs...and you guessed it...COLD!!!)
They are running on a shoestring staff...and the kitchen is totally unskilled.
I recommend you go somewhere else.
Most forgetul Service. We thought we'd give Cameo another try. The last one wasn't impressive. Breakfast. We sat ourside. The prices were a bit high..around $12 for an entree. Steep for Potland. I had the Corned beef and eggs with hashbrowns, Marianne had the 1/4 acre of blueberry pancakes. Both were good, though tne corned beef was mixed into the hash browns--I'd expected the corned beef hash would be separate. The forgot to ask if we wanted coffee, they forgot to offer half and half, they offered, when asked, only non-dairy creamer. The didn't offer catsup of tabasco, though delivered it if asked, as the did with milk for the coffee. The didn't bring syrup for the pancakes. Overall, expensive, bizarre service and just OK food. Other places are much better.
Great breakfast. A friend and I had breakfast at the Cameo last Sunday. We got there at 9:00 and were promptly seated. We both had the awesome chicken fried steak. It was perfect in every way: huge, crispy, covered in delicious sausage gravy, with perfectly crisp hashbrowns and their yummy signature "strong bread." Our server was very attentive. Their menu prices are a bit expensive, but the high quality of the food is worth it.
Best Breakfast in Portland. Can't beat the food. Go early or expect a long wait, but if you stick it out, you won't be disappointed. We haven't had a bad meal yet. The wait staff tends be young and bit inexperienced, but I could be confusing inexperience with a demanding weekend job. Great location that allows you walk off your waffles or skillet by strolling around trendy 23rd and perusing the long line of stores and coffee shops.
How does this place make anyone's TOP 10?.
Had breakfast there this morning. Food was good, but was extremely overpriced. THe place was noisy. Service was poor, and my son had to wait over 10 minutes to get his food after my wife and I had been served. To say this a a TOP 10 for Portland is a joke as well as an affront to my city! The only reason I went there in the 1st place was the recommendation of this Web Site, which is usuall dependable.
I WILL NOT BE BACK!
Extremely disappointing. My friends and I take weekend brunch very seriously and try to visit new places. Someone recommended CAMEO because of the obscenely large "acre" pancakes. Once we got to the restaurant, then wait for a table was long. The food was okay, but the price was ridiculous. I'd rather find the average, less fancy diner and get pancakes, eggs, bacon, and coffee for 10$ rather than 16$. The coffee served at CAMEO was undrinkable. The staff just seemed disorganized and busy. I'd be more willing to go with the flow on the late food or the fact the some of our party could have finished breakfast before other even got theirs... If you must shop Trendy-third St, who knows where you should eat brunch. I'd skip CAMEO. (It is expensive AND not good). There are plenty of other awesome, small, inexpensive breakfast spots with better food and much better coffee.
New Ownership, better Cameo.
I must say that the changes being put in place by the new ownership are apparent. Yes there are still waits to be seated, and yes there are still waits for the food,...but with 300 people in the restarurant all trying to be fed by two kitchens, this is to be expected. The service has became so much better in the last few months. It seems that the staff is smaller and more effecient. I didn't ever have to wait for a cofee refill. The food quality has become better as well. Nice healthy portions, fresh fruit plates, the pancakes are the largest in portland.
I am thrilled with the new changes. Looking forward to this summers breakfast on the patio.
My girlfriend and I have been going to this restaurant for years, but this past Sunday was horrible. We weren't even acknowledged by the waitress for 20 minutes. and then we waited another 45 minutes for our meal. The most puzzeling part was we came after the brunch rush so there were only 3 other tables (all waiting and complaining about waiting too long for their food). My impression was it was not so much the waitresses' fault as the kitchen was lagging. To her credit she was trying to salvage the situation with grace and genuine perplexed befuddlement.
I like this place enough to I consider chalking this up to a fluke and giving it another chance.
I will never go back to the Cameo!!. The only good thing I can say about the Cameo Cafe is that they can brew a decent cup of Folgers. Although after our 6th cup, I was feeling sick froms pangs of hunger. Our food finally arrived after watching three tables around us who had arrived LATER than us get their food. My $13 eggs, specifically ordered over-medium, were served undercooked with white runny stuff all over. When we asked the waitstaff for some new edible eggs, they seemed perplexed and we decided it was better to eat around the raw eggs than wait a lifetime for a new plate. There were no apologies and no one came to check on us again, obviously avoiding conflict rather than taking care of their customers. My companions waffle was fine, but not worth $9. Also, we were crammed into a small table in an overcrowded room with the kitchens music blaring.
Mixed Bag, overall high $$ for what you get.
The Cameo has a great homey ambience with the Victorian house seating, and many cozy nook style eating areas. But the service seems pretty sub par. my first visit, I was seated by one waiter/ busser. No one ever came back to my table for over 10 minutes. the waiter was setting tables outside, the bartender saw me the whole time but i've never just sat at a table for so long. so i just stood up and walked out, and seriously i don't think anyone even noticed!
The pancakes are good and large, but seriously, when most of the breakfasts are $10+ i think it's pushing a price limit. (the omlettes are $12+!)
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