Portland >Restaurants > Callaloo
1639 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.526514 -122.688104
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Northwest District
CLOSED – Out of Business.....located in Nob Hill. The restaurant has been closed for over 6 months now. Wondering where they moved to???? Hope its still in the Portland area.
Pretty good, but what's all the hype about? – Yo, Portland's top 10 new restaurant? this would not make my list for sure. Take it from someone who's been around Portland's restaurant scene for a long time. At best, I'd say the food is above average. My group ordered 6 dishes - everyone was 'highly recommended' by the wait staff - and, since we ate family style, I got to try a bit of each. I can't say there was one dish that left an impression or even inticed me for another bite (and I was HUNGRY).
The drinks were pretty good and original. My favorite was the painkilla - (you gotta love that rum:)
Atmosphere was tasteful and understated - although it could use a bit more pizzaz. Come-on, this is a casual carribean restaurant - it would be nice to re-inforce that a bit.
Probably the downfall of the restaurant for me was its pricing. WOW man, talk about sticker shock. I don't mind paying for 5 star service, atmosphere, and food, but, this joint aint gonna come close to the 5 star prices they do charge. $10 for a fruit salad?
Ok, you get my drift - it's worth a try, but, you will not walk out of there with your 'hey, that was a damn good dining experience unless you have 5-6 of those painkilla's.
Best Food in Portland – This is the best find in Portland. I have had dinner here twice and both times the food has been outstanding. The place is casual, fun. The type of place you want to linger after dinner, no need to rush or feeling of being rushed. Not many places like this in Portland. Try anything they are doing with fish, you won't go wrong. The drinks are excellent too.
NEVER USE A DEBIT/CREDIT CARD HERE!!! – We received a flyer on our doorstep from Callaloo promoting their superbowl platters a week before the game. When i called to place my order the employee had no idea what i was talking about and had to tranfer me to "a manager". I placed my order with the owner for a platter which should have been $37.00 total. Two days later looking at my bank account i noticed that i had been charged once for $38.50 (which is not $37.00) and another charge the next day for $80.40! I called and spoke with the owner who apologized and said he had no idea how this could happen and that he would be right on it. After a few hours passed i had to call the owner back to see what was to be done, he said that a credit for the charges would be placed on my card and $37.00 would be put on for the actual order, never once apologizing for the gross negligence or offering a way to smooth things over. As someone who works in the restaurant business I find this to be horrific customer service. A day later i check my account again to make sure the correct charge was on there and now i had a $37.00 charge as well as a charge for $67.00. My husband called the owner and again received no apology and no explanation and was in every way rude and incapable of offering anything in the way of customer service. Only AFTER threats to involve the police for fraud/identity theft were we able to get a reponse (we'll get the charges reversed sometime in next month). After all of this we now have to call our bank to disspute the charges and get a new card since it would appear that someone at this restaurant is using our card number to charge things repeatedly. I discourage anyone from going here. P.S. the food we got wasn't that great to begin with.
Awesome Caribbean Escape in Portland – Great Staff, food, drink are always delightfully stiff and delicious. Kurt, Bear, and Rada are the best bartenders in Portland-they can muddle a mean drink and its never a bad concoction. Yeah thats how friendly and layed back it is-everyone is a friend and valued customer. The eats are mouth-watering and exotic. You get what you pay for and a whole lot more. Romantic date friendly and happy hour is jumpin for a more casual date. Check it out!
Best Drinks for your Value – We came for happy hour and it was well worth it! The food was excellent, a little overpriced but it was tasty. The drinks are awsome! $4 tropical cocktails on the menu are so good and are not weak. The mojito is decadent. $2 Red stripes are a cool deal too!
Northwest Portland's Caribbean adventure--complete with fruity cocktails and fresh seafood. – In Short
The less-than-flashy exterior of this beachy boite hides the treasure of $2 happy hour Red Stripe beers and fried conch appetizers. The small, cozy tables, and colorful, beach-hut decor help well-heeled neighborhood locals leave Portland's sometimes-glum weather behind in favor of tropical flair. Fish eaters will delight in tasty concoctions like the tangy ahi tuna tartare, while meat lovers will enjoy adobo-sauce marinated hangar steak, with crispy fried plantains on the side.
Great Late Night Spot – I live in upper NW, between 21st and 23rd. I get so tired of the same spots, smokey dives and the same drinks. I was walking twards the pearl on Thursday night and came across Callaloo. Right when we walked in I knew this was going to be an awesome time. The bartender was super nice, and friendly. Then I saw the happy hour specials! two buck redstripes and a whole cocktail list for four bucks, I couldent belive it. My friends and I stuck around for a few rounds drank outside then looked at the food menu. It was around 10:30 so it was a "reduced" menu but I thought it was great, there was no chickenstrips and fries instead there was piles of calamari, an awesome cheeseburger with onions, pickles, and a sweet glaze, and chicken and bannana skewers. Its a great date place, non smoking, classy and so not expensive.
- If you want to get away from the same bar scene in NW and the super trendy of the pearl, I highly reccomend trying this carribean joint out.
Fun Dinner – My boyfriend and I just had dinner there the other night for my birthday. Our server was very knowledgeable about both the wine list and dinner menu. We started with a bottle of wine, shared a great fresh green salad, with goat cheese and a zesty house dressing. Of course my boyfriend had the steak while I had to try something a little different, the bajan chicken. It was fantastic! Everything was really great the service the food and the price.
Stiff cocktails, some hits, some misses on the food. – The key to a great evening here is to know what is worth ordering since the menu is a bit uneven in terms of its winners. The appetizers are all just OK- no standouts in my opinion though others enjoyed the conch fritters/cakes. The callaloo stew is -despite the name, a clear winner delivering a mouthful of complex flavors yet not too heavy for a warm summer evening. The Bajan chicken is also quite good and the jerked pork is something else to behold. The other entrees however left me underwhelmed. Did not try the desert as the drinks are just too good.
Oh, and did I mention the drinks?
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