Hal’s Cafe at Crystal Hotel

The eponymous Hal’s Café opened in 2011 as McMenamins Zeus Café, a downtown eatery at the confluence of distinct and disparate Portland history. In 2023 they renamed the place for their beloved Hal Finkelstein. Hal opened Zeus Café, lending his ethos of fine dining and the highest standards – and the energy to go with them.


In his trademark white button-down with the sleeves rolled up, Hal buzzed around, constantly busy polishing, training and managing, but he always had time for a kind word or a chat with a table. Hal passed away in February 2022, and his absence reverberates throughout this wedge of McMenamins. His warmth and professionalism set the tone that will carry on in this place that now bears his name. Check out the painting in the café of Hal by artist Jenny Joyce.


Visit Hal’s Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner in this kitchen-centered space tucked between the Pearl District and Pride Plaza. Dishes range from Berries & Cream French Toast and Benedicts to Ahi Steak, Chicken & Waffle, wood-fired pizzas and many more delicious bites and entrees.