Portland >Food & Dining > Cha Cha Cha Taqueria
4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.548392 -122.614490
Neighborhoods: Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated, Cully
Hit the spot. – The happy hour menu isn't super generous in it's portions but I could eat taquitos and drink margaritas all night at that spot. My only warning is that the green salsa is the hot one and the red salsa is the mild. Otherwise, it's your standard fare.
Bad Food, Bad service, and High Prices!! – Okay but the Cha Cha Cha in Hawthrone is really good with resaonable prices, but not this one, the service was very slow, the portions very very tiny AND the prices were ridiculosly high!!!!. We were hoping to share the dinner, but the portion was a little bigger than my kids meal!!! LOL!!
***DONT BE A SUCKER !!!! AVOID THIS RESTURANT AT ANY COST!!!
favorite cha in town – great prices, great food, even better happy hour. how can you beat a chimichanga and a sangria for $6? I was going at least once/week this summer. love it!
Bad Bad Bad – I was so excited to see a Cha Cha Cha open in my neighborhood. I had been to other locations many times and loved the food. I finally had a chance to eat there and was very disappointed. For one, the menu is completely different than the other Cha Cha Cha's and they didn't have my favorite dish. Secondly, the prices are much higher. One thing I love about the other locations is that you can get great food at a great price. Well, not at the fremont location. I didn't even finish the meal I ordered and the music was so loud I couldn't hear my friend talk without him practically yelling. The one good thing was the friendly service. I won't be going back. Disappointing.
Best cha cha cha in portland – Wow, I can't believe all the random reviews on this location! I have been to all of the cha cha cha's in Portland and the Fremont location is by far the best. Actually it is the only one I will go to now. The food is amazing, inexpensive and the waitstaff always attentive and timely with our order. Love the addition of live music on the weekends as well.
WORST HIGH PRICED MEXICAN FOOD EVER – I was having a great day until I went to this place..... I wish there were negative ratings because this place earned about a negative 155 on my scale. Aside from bringing my drinks out nearly at the same time my food came out -- 30 minutes later -- the tables were dirty, as were the silver ware. I was served the wrong food and my drink had something gross FLOATING INSIDE OF IT resembling a piece of a nacho chip. I was so disgusted and irate I asked for the check to leave as quick as possible. To top things off I was charged double for drinks. I don't if it's a scam they run to get a few extra bucks out of people (since this has happened to me twice at this place), or if they just felt I should pay for the dirty drink glass I sent back.... either way I will NEVER return to this abomination of a restaurant.
Good Inexpensive food-bad service/ Get your food to go or bring a cot for the siesta. – I was so excited when cha cha cha moved into my neighborhood. I have been back many times and it has become a joke between my wife and I about why we keep going back. I think the food is very good, and not unreasonably expensive. The joke is why we have to ask for water, silverware, chips and salsa, to have our order taken, to pay our bill. I think we should just go in the back and tell the cooks what we would like and get a beer and add up out ticket and put money in the till to circumvent the awful service. I am also in awe that every time I eat here they never ask me if I want another beer. This is the most profitable thing a restaurant sells and waiter/waitress never ask us! Needless to say I will go back and endure the horrific service because the food is resonabley priced and I can walk there. I think they just need to consider hiring a manager since they cant make much money selling $6 burritos and tacos without selling much beer? If you eat here plan on explaining your expectations and don't feel your being rude or else you will just wait a really long time since the servers seem to take a siesta during dinner.
Cha Cha Cherrific! – I've never been compelled to write a Citysearch review, but let's just say I am feeling inspired. I have been to a few other Cha Cha Cha locations in Portland and the Femont location is my favorite. I have never had less than great service and the food is always phenomenal. I love all of the mouthwatering options on the menu. Salmon burritos...bring 'em on! I really like that this location is trying something different. Maybe not the traditional fare but whatever it is has me coming back for more. Oh--and the margaritas are ridiculously good--maybe the best I've had in Portland. Yum.
Avoid Cha! Cha! Cha! Fremont like the plague. Awful service, no selection, expensive. – I've been to 2 other Cha! Cha! Cha! locations in Portland & the food was decent, plentiful & reasonably priced. Based on those experiences, I chose the 47th & Fremont location of Cha! Cha! Cha! for a group outing.
It was a Friday night, but they weren't busy & the restaurant was only half full. It still took over 10 minutes before we saw anyone, but that was just a woman bringing chips & salsa - she wasn't our waitress. She didn't even seem to notice we were there, as if she were a salsa-delivering robot. She only asked about our order after someone wondered aloud if it was ever going to be taken. We waited another 5 minutes, then a man came & took the drink orders. The sodas were weak & the glasses were underfilled to the point of them only being a little over half full.
The "waiter" took our food order without writing it down, easy since this location only has about 6 entrees on their entire menu, all $9 or above. The strange thing is they don't have any of the basic Mexican foods you might expect at a Mexican restaurant. Bacon wrapped prawns, chicken tacos, salmon tortillas - none of it seemed to be actual Mexican food, instead some chef's reinterpreted dream of what Mexican food should be. Honestly, that isn't what we really wanted from Cha! Cha! Cha!, nor what we expected based on experiences at other locations.
We waited another 20 minutes for our food, which we weren't sure was ever coming. The "waiter" came over, silently putting down napkins, but didn't speak to us at all, like a napkin-delivering robot. When asked, point blank, "Could you give us an ETA on our food?", he left the table in a without saying a single word.
Basically, we got up & left at that point. The uncommunicative robots manning the decks of Cha! Cha! Cha! at 47th & Fremont made this was the single worst attempted dining experience any of us have ever had. We ended up going to Jack in the Box, where we only had to wait 3 minutes for our food & got great service.
Fantastic brunch on weekends – This is the best Cha Cha Cha location I've been to. The food is always really fresh, tasty, and creative. A little known secret is that they serve a delicious brunch menu on weekends from 10am-3pm with usually no wait to sit down (huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, etc). Our favorite burrito place in Portland and very affordable!
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