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2811 Ne Glisan St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.526635 -122.636957
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
It's so easy to fall in love with this cheerful technicolor Cuban spot, which is why every table is taken pretty much every time you go there. Awesome happy hour, weekdays 2-6pm and Fri-Sat 10-midnight--the $5 canchanchéras made with fresh lime and sugarcane brandy go very nicely with a sidewalk table on a warm afternoon/evening.
This long time northeast gem serves up affordable, authentic Cuban fare in a cheery and energetic room. Try the chicken & rice, ropa vieja, plato cubano and a selection of mauduros & croquetas. Everything I've had here has been a good value but breakfast and happy hour are a real deal.
Outdoor seating at brightly colored picnic tables is a plus.
Grab some dessert - Cuban style. They have Flan to pineapple upside down cake.
Somehow I only eat here with a hangover. Although the food is a comforting antidote for what ails me; it is so much more than that.
Fantastic Cuban Food – I first was almost dragged to Pambiche by a friend who demanded that I try it. Despite digging in my heels and initially refusing to go out and try somewhere new, I found the experience fantastic. The atmosphere and wait staff are fantastic. The place is a bit small but any wait is worth it. The food is fantastic and has kept me coming back.
Good food, super service – We went here on a recommendation from a friend, and it was quite good. The food was good. (The appetizer we tried didn't wow me, but it wasn't bad, either. Everything else was very good.) The drinks were very tasty (sangrias were particularly good), but what most impressed me was the service. We were greeted and seated promptly, apps, drinks, entrees, and desserts all served in an impressive display of flawless timing. The staff here runs like a well-oiled machine, everyone seemed amazingly on the ball, and the teamwork displayed is some of the best I've seen in any restaurant. That in itself is something to write about. I will say we've only been here once, but it will definitely be on our list of go-tos when we hit that end of town.
I'm ADDICTED – I'll let the other 101 reviews speak for themselves and me while I'm at it.... but all I can say is this:
The food is AWESOME. I've eaten there dozens of times and have NEVER been disappointed. I hope they open a second location to help take care of the long line of hungry waiting customers ;)
Great atmosphere – My partner and I went to this restauarant to try something new and I was very amazed at the experience.
First off we were seated quickly and brough drinks and menus. Looking through the menu I felt that the prices were a bit high but we happened to arrive during happy hour and there was some great chicken and pork dishes that really were yummy.
The wait staff was excellent and very professional and not too bothersome but just right ...
All around wonderful – This place is great. Not everything is my favorite, but that's because not every food from every culture could possibly be. The breakfast is great! The pastries (especially the passion fruit and chocolate muffins) are awesome. The practices and rules are very normal for any place that is so good and busy. It's not to hurt your feelings or to be mean. It's to maintain a profit and not be ripped off by cheap "professionals" that wish to take advantage of anyone and everyone. How about we focus on the food and actual service. Not just being told "no".
yummy yummy yummy – A friend took me to try out this restaurant recently. It was a friday at 6. Luckly it was just us two. Wait was okay. Thank god for the heaters outside. 2 others were waiting for a to go order. They hate waiting for a table but raved about the food. A waitress offered to get our drinks started while waiting, that was awesome. DELICIOUS food. Wait staff was very nice and worked well together.
don't bother if you're know REAL cuban – let me start by saying i did not eat here. i wanted to... but after just drinking the "cuban coffee" i opted out of the food altogether.
i recently moved to PDX from miami & there was nothing about the coffee that resembled anything i drank in miami from any of the hundreds of cuban eateries i've been to.
the desert case is on display, and like the coffee, nothing in there was even remotely close to what anyone who knows cuban deserts would recognize. again, i didnt eat any of it.... but if you know real cuban food or if you care to sample anything authentic, i'd skip this place.
however, dove vivi is an amazing pizza place & its right across the street. they make corn meal crust pizza that is delicious!
Great place to go! – I have been here for lunch and happy hour. Great food, service, and outdoor seating with heaters in the winter. The staff is more than willing to explain anything on the menu. Quick service!
Great Place For Food – Food is unique, fresh and tasty. I took a favorite client for lunch and she agreed that a return trip to try another dish would happen sooner rather than later. My only criticism is that the place is too small and the seating is very close together. Still worth it for a good and reasonably priced meal fit for a Cuban king!
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