Portland >Food & Dining > Tabla Mediterranean Bistro
200 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.524339 -122.637259
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
Much lauded for their $30 three course prix fixe menu, this popular NE 28th supper stop also makes some delicious pastas that are available in half portions, making it easy to sample a few in one visit. Definitely try the signature chard and ricotta ravioli with poached egg and poppyseed butter.
Tabla stands apart from other Mediterranean bistros, not only for its dedication to taste and presentation, but for their private dining room. Tabla accommodates small groups of six to fourteen in its elegant, private dining area for absolutely no rental fee or purchase minimum requirement.
Amazing food, elegant, upscale surroundings with prominent bar and friendly staff. Pricey, but worth it. Good for dates! Very cozy.
Very disappointing – The menu is very limited and had few appealing items. Be sure to look at the menu to make sure you like the selection. The apparent intention of the chef is to produce items with interesting flavors and ingredient combination. In fact, the results were somewhat bland and not interesting at all. The portions are small. The service was adequate but not great. Not worth the price.
Interesting menu, excellent meal – Had an excellent meal at Tabla on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was busy but the service was impeccable. The (definitely Mediterranean) menu was varied and interesting but not overly lengthy for a small restaurant. The three-course prix-fixe menu (dessert not included) gives you a choice of everything, with supplementary charges for a few items. Nearly everything on the menu is prepared to order.
Choosing a starter was tough, because everything looked interesting, but with a party of four, we had an opportunity to taste several. Fried sweetbreads were on the menu the night we ate there, and were delicate and delicious. Don't overlook the salads, which are spectacular.
The by-the-glass wines are very good, and well-chosen. However, the wine list (which is a bit pricy) is unusually interesting. Ask your waiter for some information about the wines that interest you.
I was asked to leave – My husband and I came to Tabla with an out of town guest. We were on time for our 6:30 p.m. reservation. We ordered cocktails, the three-course meal, dessert and coffee. Before 8:30 p.m., we were winding up our conversation when restaurant owner, Adam Berger, came to our table and said, "I have to ask you to leave. There is someone waiting for your table." When we looked at him horrified by his ungracious behavior, he added, "You don't have to come back."
DON'T WORRY. WE WON'T BE BACK. EVER.
We were so embarassed by this display of Portland's inhospitality in front our guest. Shame on you Adam Berger. I am so sorry that we spent one penny in your establishment when there are so many great restaurants in Portland. Some that actually remember to be courteous to their patrons. I want my money back.
Don't come too hungry – It was my first time to Tabla. We ordered the fixed price 3 course dinner which inclued an appetizer, past and main course. I ordered the fried ricotta, Ravioli and salmon. The appetizer I could have easily put the entire amount in my mouth in one bite - it was literally just a tasty morsel. Don't get me wrong, it tasted wonderful. It was just so small. The ravioli was singular, as in ONE ravioli. The salmon was lovely, with a wonderful flavor, but I'm certain it wasn't more than 3 or 4 ounces. The beer was really good, but I left Tabla like I'd had an appetizer and still needed to be fed. And after $100, that's just not acceptable. and that was without dessert!
steak was a disappointing – my friend and i sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the art of cooking. we loved pretty much everything, especially the dessert, but the meat they selected for steak was disappointing. it was so lean and tough that i got tired chewing it.
Portland's Best Restaurant, Hands-Down – I have been eating my way through Portland's food scene since moving from Seattle a year and a half ago and Tabla is far and away the best dinner, best service, and best atmosphere to be found. I now eat here almost once a week. The food is so fresh, well thoughtout, and impressively executed. And the $24 3-course option is the steal of the century.
Run, don't walk, to Tabla.
We left the place very happy – We got the 3 course dinner for $24 and the wine pairing - everything we tried was wonderful. Delicious sweetbreads, mouth watering agnolotti, good wine. We are definitely going again.
Good food - horrible manager/owner – My husband went to Tabla last night with a long time friend. When he came home he told me that he was excited about finding this wonderful restaurant with good food and a lovely ambience. He said all was well until he and his friend were concluding their meal. They both had paid separately with their respective credit cards. My husband and his friend always leave the tip in cash. Well the manager/owner came out and demanded to know if everything was ok. He was advised three separate times that everything was fine. finally the manager asked why no tip had been left. Excuse me??? Had he bothered to not ASSUME no tip was left and shut his big mouth he might have seen the money laying on the table for the tip. He then demanded my husband and his friend leave immediately and never return. Well I can assure you that will not be a problem - what an unprofessional immature restaurant owner. We will be sharing this incident with everyone we know.
A gem of a dinner. – My daughter is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. She came up for vacation over Christmas and was advised by one of her chef teachers to try dinner at Tabla. We made the trip on her last night in town. It was wonderful.
They have a great menu. Their $24 three course meal is one of the best bargains in town for those who want variety and great taste. Five of us had dinner and we all enjoyed ourselves. The beet salad was appreciated by three of us at the table (not me) and the truffles were enjoyed by all. I particularly enjoyed the wine list. It has good variety of region, quality and price. Almost anyone can find something to enjoy at a price that is fair. Their presentation was excellent. The service was great without being pretentious.
I will go again and anticipate another enjoyable evening. This is a real neighborhood gem. Go! Try it!
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