Portland >Food & Dining > Patanegra
1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR | Directions 9721045.535782 -122.699719
Mon, Sat 5pm-10pm; Tue-Fri 3pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest
If you aren’t looking for this little Spanish haven, you probably won’t find it—but the narrow and unassuming storefront’s frosted windows are hiding one of the sexiest destinations in town. Big paella pans, small plates, full-bodied wines, and an adventurous date—score!
I should have listened – Definitely 0 stars. I don't write reviews on restaurants but my experience at Patanegra on 7/22 forced me to create an account. I went to this restaurant with an open mind although my friend from Spain who went there a week before told me she would never go back there again because the owner was rude.
Our evening started well with the hostess being friendly. Our tapas were good and we were enjoying ourselves until our paealla was delivered. I was very surprised at how small the serving was for a $40 paella that my daugher and I ordered. Worst of all, when we were in the middle of eating I noticed something stringy. When I pulled it out it was very obvious that it was hair and completely lost my appetite. When I brought it to the waiter's attention he went to talk to the owner and when he came back he told us that the hair doesn't belong to the cook and that it probably belongs to one of us.....I was mortified!!!! When he saw how upset I was he went on to tell us that he wish he could do something but the owner would not allow it. I guess all the previous post about the owner and the pricey paella are true.....I'm just glad I just found hair and not a push pin, too, like the other customer did. I'm definitely not going back to this place and we've told all our friends and officemates not to go to this place either.
Condescending Waiter, Burnt Food, Overpriced: Don't Bother! – 0 stars!
Probably the worst group dining experience I've every had. The waiter was condescending and rude, had no interest in being helpful. The food is vastly overpriced for what it is. The portion sizes of what they consider "large" are laughable. They don't sell ANY wine by the glass (only by the bottle). And the vegetarian paella, along with being not even good (I cook better at home) was burnt on the bottom, BURNT!!!
I suppose we didn't complain about this only due to the fact that our group was so eager to get to get out of this dreadful place. Terrible terrible restaurant that we will never go back to, and we'll be sure to let everyone we know how bad this place is. We all felt annoyed by the experience, and the waiter, and felt completely ripped off.
The only redeeming thing was the fantastic company, but hey, we can take our company, and our business, elsewhere.
I'm truly surprised that this restaurant is still in business. With the way we were treated, I don't see how they'd ever have a repeat customer.
PS - And this was without any Groupon deals that the others here are complaining about. We went in and paid full price (over-priced) for everything.
Chef Ramsey needs to spend a month here! – We came with good intentions, with Groupon in hand. We odered RED wine by the glass, and it was SERVED CHILLED. The first few tapas were QUITE BLAND. OK, so the dates here suck compared to TORO BRAVO. There's still time to salvage the meal. The sausages were bland and salty, the carmelized onions probably made a week ago in a crock pot. The STEW was actually luke warm, and tasted like it was prepared by an amateur cook. We complained about the cold stew and were not charged for it (nor did we eat more than one bite). The positive reviews must have been with another chef and owners, as there's no way anyone could honestly compare this to anything but smorgasboard food. I thought for a moment that we were being filmed for a Kitchen Nightmare episode. We're now 0/3 on GROUPON, and I felt compelled to review this place on multiple sites with the hopes of keeping you from eating here, it really is POOR. The one star is for atmosphere, and a good waiter.
Can we get a push pin with that? – So my girlfriend is in to finding new venues around town to try and loves using groupons and patanegra was the place to try for the night. So we made reservations for 8pm on a Saturday night. Looking forward in trying their Paella it was brought to our attention that the paella was not part of the deal on the groupon, so we look on the paper the groupon was printed and no sign of that detail anywhere. Surprised, we ordered some tapas with some wine.
The tapas that we tried were: goat cheese wrapped in grilled eggplant, cod fritters, tortilla espanola, scallops wrapped in ham, and a lamb shank. Each tapas tasted all right, but not too impressed. When the Lamb shank arrived, which was the last tapas, I stripped the meat off the bone to soak up the juices in the bowl. The first bite I took I felt a sharp object in my mouth, thinking it was a bone from the shank, to my surprise it was a PUSH PIN TACK.
What the hell is this doing in my dish, right. So I ask the server to see the manager about this problem. He gave me a bunch off BS that the manager was too busy and that the other customers are suffering from this...What the ? I say and I wanted to see him ASAP! After a number of attempts to see the manager the server said he would take care of the tab and give us a dessert. That's it!??? So I ask for the groupon back and he gives me some grief of it already in the computer and can not refund the groupon. Last attempt to see the manager, who never comes, guess he is to embarrassed over this. I know I would be! He refunds the groupon and we leave very upset!!! But lucky for both of us that no blood was shed, right. SO BEWARE PDX and watch for objects in your food!
Best Tapas in Portland – I tried Toro Bravo when it first opened and was not at all impressed. I went back last week and it was worse. Consistently Ricardo's Patanegra is the best tapas in Portland. In fact it's my favorite restaurant in POrtland. I like the small plates, the flavors, the sangria and the flan.
Additionally, what makes this restaurant special is Ricardo's rapport with his patrons. He is always friendly and gracious.
Some Pointers for Pata Negra to make Better Paella – Last week was my third time coming to Pata Negra, and although I did enjoy some of the tapas, I felt that they were too expensive for what they were serving. In that case, I would recommend a person to go to Andinas, which is also in Down Town Portland. The portions at Andinas are a little bigger and the presentation is excellent. However if you are looking for Spanish tapas, then Pata Negra offers them. I would also recommend to the chefs at Pata Negra add more rice and saffron onto their paellas. After living in Spain for some time, I know that Paella will taste better with more saffron and rice added to it. The rice will absorb more flavors and juices from the seafood, meat spices, and saffron, and therefore not leaving water on the paellera. Now I do not consider myself an expert on Paella tasting. However I have surveyed 100 people during a gathering where I took some of Pata Negras paella, as well as I made my own, without telling them which one was which all 100 people agreed that the one I made was better, and the main reason was because Pata Negra lacked on saffron and Rice. So I hope this helps.
Fair food, poor service, unusual menu restriction – My wife and I decided to have a late dinner (starting around 9PM) on a Friday night and I suggested we try Patanegra since we've never been there. We really liked Trebol and loved Toro Negro and thought this would be similar.
From the moment we got there, we started to feel rushed. I guess we were there late but seriously is 9PM on a Friday night that late especially considering it is Spanish food?
I ordered the Paella Patanegra which sounded great with lots of seafood and meats. It arrived in quite a large skillet just like at other places I've tried Paella. It was pretty tasty but my wife didn't like one of her orders of cheesy fritters. Apparently they were overcooked for her taste. I thought they reminded me of the cheese sticks from Wild Buffalo Wings
Then the bill comes... We were charged for two Paella dishes when we thought we had only ordered one. We mentioned that we thought we had only ordered one and the waitress said, that when you order Paella you must order a minimum of two orders. I don't know why because no other restaurant I've ordered Paella at has a similar requirement Fenouil, Toro Bravo and others will sell you a single plate of Paella.
While my wife was ordering she was very clearly asking questions about vegetarian options and when I ordered I said "I'll have the Paella". So there were enough hints there, that the waitress might have said "Do you know that the Paella is for two?" or something that would have alerted us to this unusual restriction. That would have been a good time for the waitress to point out the requirement in the menu not when the check arrived with two $20 orders of Paella.
Anyway, fair enough, the menu did mention that we must order two and we just missed it with no help from the waitress. So lets talk about the Paella itself.... There was no hint of saffron in this Paella, the ham and sausage were overcooked and tough and quite salty. The rice was burned to the bottom but somehow mushy on top. The clams were undercooked and several hadn't opened and were thus quite raw. Even though we ordered two orders (unknown at the time) I would say the quantity was probably only a bit more than one might get at Toro Bravo or Fenouil. It certainly didn't look like twice as much Paella as on might get elsewhere. So even in the value for dollar department, the Paella at Patanegra is poor.
Needless to say, my wife and I won't be returning to Patanegra.
Running a restaurant means mastering kitchen and house – 90+ degrees outside, 89.5 inside. Can't blame the server, but it sure left him struggling. Plus only one server on duty. A party of 14 had them swamped, and they must have known, becuase their table was set a half hour before they arrived. 1 server could not keep up.
Creative kitchen, maybe not inspired, but certianly enjoyable. Server did not have a chance to succeed. Too bad.
Sign of the times, or sign of management? Who knows. Hope they do better next time, but there are too many other reviews with silmilar comments.
Can't agree at all with those who griped about price. Good ingredients and careful prep. costs money. Not cheap, but not gouged either. Maybe server should better describe size of serving, which did not correlate to cost.
Great place for trully authentic Spanish food!!! – Huge selection of Spanish and S. American wines, great service and chefs.
It reminds me when I lived in Spain. Call this a memory.
Food is so good I had to share! – For years I've used citysearch to read reviews and find out where the best restaurants are in Portland. Never bothered to get an id or write a review until today. The Paella was fantastic! I'm Cuban with grandparents from Spain; finally a decent restaurant in Oregon with good food! The fish and seafood in the Paella were cooked to perfection, the taste was exquisite. The chorizon appetizer another great experience; just the right amoutn of spiciness. And finally the crema de catalan, delicious but not too sweet. I will be back!
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