Portland >Food & Dining > Trebol
4835 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721745.558110 -122.675170
Neighborhoods: Humboldt, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
New Years Flavor Explosion – Celebrated New Years here the other night and mouth was treated to a flavor fiesta matching the fireworks that would later ring in the New Year. Overall this was a great way to ring in the new year. The decor is a combination of rustic polish with the massive tequila bar serving as the centerpiece. The menu was filled with unique and wonderful combination of fresh and local ingredients that our table server was able to help us choose the best dish per our own palate.
Started off with a signature margarita and freshly cooked warm tortillas with two different dipping sauces. Moved on to an order of guacamole and ceviche. Both were wonderful but the ceviche steals the show.
For the main course my wife and I shared an order of fish tacos and braised pork shoulder. While the fish tacos looked simple they had a seasoned crust of spices that were wonderful, countered by a dollop of guacamole for a smooth finish. The pork shoulder was just about as perfect as possible with the meat tender and falling apart and the fig compote was heavenly.
We finished the evening off with coffee/kahlua martini-ish drink and the chocolate cake. Both were wonderfully decadent.
It turns out that Trebol offers cooking classes on the first Sunday of every month which we'll be attending soon.
In closing it's the flavors that steal the show here leaving you wanting more. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get. We'll be back very soon.
What an amazing find! – My mom was visiting from Newport and we decided to check out Mississippi St. for a new spot to eat. This restaurant is the real deal. We ordered 4 different plates and shared everything. The short ribs were absolutely unbelievable. The meat falls off the bone and the dish is perfectly seasoned. We also had fish tacos which were the best I ever had. The texture was amazing as the albacore was first lightly breaded in cornmeal which gave it a bit of a crunch. It came very simply with only guacamole on top but the flavor was so perfect that really was all it needed. Simply perfect. The drunken beans were savory and the boar tacos delicious. We also had the salad with mango, jicama, red onion and romaine and it was so refreshing, the dressing was light and went well with the different flavors. The flan was also a pleasant surprise and the margaritas were well balanced and with many to chose from I'm looking forward to returning.
My only warning is that this food is NOT Mexican American; you won't find cheaply produced massive plates of food where everything looks oddly similar yet has different names. This food is thankfully very far beyond that. I can't wait to take everyone I know to this restaurant.
Disappointing overall – My husband and I visited Trebol shortly after it opened for dinner and enjoyed ourselves. We finally got an opportunity to try their brunch and were disappointed. Bloody Marias were great. Guac and chips great, but our entrees were so bland and tasteless-just not what we had been hoping for. Hopefully, their dinners have continued to be good, but brunch is, overall, no bueno.
This was by far the worst Mexican food I've eaten EVER! The Sangria was awful, the bun on my burger was literally crumbling into pieces and the fish dishes were super fishy. Not to mention how much things cost! We spent $184 for 8 people (2 of them children) and no one in our party was impressed at all. Not worth it:(
Wonderful – My husband and I ate here last night (Cinco de Mayo). We had a gift certificate, but were a little leery of the place, having read so many poor reviews here on Citysearch. May 5th is our anniversary, so we wanted to celebrate with a special dinner, but were a little worried that the place would be crazed with 'Cinco de Drinko' goers..
It was wonderful! We had booked a table and were seated immediately, the food was flavorful, fresh and beautiful, and the portions not at all as small as I had feared, after reading other reviews here. We ordered one appetizer to share and one entree each and were perfectly full by the time we were done. The ambiance also was great - they had a DJ and the decor was warm and comfortable.
I can only imagine that other reviewers were hoping for a more mainstream version of a Mexican restaurant: huge portions you have to take home, endless chips etc. It's not that. It's not cheap either, but the food is well worth the price - some of the best Mexican food either of us have found anywhere - and we'll go again, for sure - if only to take one of their cooking classes, or to taste one of their many, many tequilas!
Such a Disappointment, We Had to Laugh – My boyfriend and I tried Trebol for the first and last time last night. The restaurant does have a nice ambience. We waited at the hostess desk for someone to put us down on the list, however, there was no hostess. Several servers walked by, but we were not greeted by one of them and our presence was not acknowledged. We stood there for at least 8 minutes. Finally, a man from the party waiting behind us got fed up and went to the bar to ask if someone could help us. He was informed that 'the hostess will take care of you'. Hmmmm. A bartender did come over eventually and he wondered aloud where the hostess was. Lo and behold, she appeared after around 10 minutes and told us we would be waiting 20 minutes. I asked her what about the three available tables we could see. After another few minutes she said that it would actually be only a 5 minute wait. We were seated. I would not discount a restaurant just for this initial horrible first impression and was looking forward to the food.
They serve water from glass wine bottles - the water tasted extremely stale. I ordered a margarita, which was ok, but not extraordinary and took 10 minutes to get to the table. Our server brought us a complimentary plate of 2 tortillas which couldn't have been more than 4 inches across. So, yay! we each got one mini tortilla to dip in salsa. It made us laugh, it was so ridiculous. They were out of the turnovers, which is what we wanted to order for an appetizer. Instead, we ordered the halibut ceviche. It arrived with 4 tortilla chips. Wow, 2 for each of us. Of course, when we had eaten them, we still had a huge plate of ceviche left to eat. We asked for more chips to eat it with. The ceviche itself was bland, not enough lime, not enough salt, not enough cilantro. We also felt that, though the meat in our tacos was well done, and the presentation was nice, they relied too heavily on spiciness over real flavor. The crowning moment of the night was when we got the tab and found out that they charged us $2 for the extra plate of chips that made it possible for us to finish our ceviche. We felt extremely nickel and dimed for food that was just ok. If you want amazing tacos for a great price in NoPo, go to Por Que No!
biggest tequila bar in Portland – I go back regularly for the great tamarind margaritas.fabulous! They also have tables outside for when the weather is nice. Its also kid friendly.
Great little spot. – I ate at Trebol back in Early September with a coworker of mine. It was a short bike ride from 30th and killingsworth to Missisippi. We sat outside so I can't speak for the atmosphere experience or service inside but we had a great time all the same. We sat on the nicely designed patio with several other tables. The food was great. I have never had barley at a mexican restaurant before and it was quite refreshing. I do admit, they are a little stingy with the tortillas, but heck if you really want some more then ask, we did, and they arrived shortly. We had a tres tacos platter and an abacore tuna dish. All ingredients meshed well together and nothing was overbearing. The beans might be a little to spicy for the faint at heart. All in all our experience was enjoyable. I'm not raving with excitement but I wont complain. It's a fine establishment. I shall return.
Yum! – Delicious camarones appetizer - great sauce, spicy, garlicky, tasty. The Draper Chicken was great - meat falling off the bone. I really liked my seared tuna. The chanterelle enchilada was also very good - not a typical enchilada, though, so be warned. I would describe the food as Mexican Inspired Oregon Cuisine. Fresh, local, seasonal produce and I think everything is Organic. The owner spent a lot of time describing the menu to us by phone and you can tell he is a food lover. Portions are quite generous. Prices reflect the great produce, skill in preparation, flavors and quantity. I say the prices are fine for what you get.
I'm still Hungry – The food is good, but I would definitely recommend that you eat prior to visiting this high end Mexican restaurant. It's also quite expensive, we spent around $70 for two persons. It started off with the waiter presenting three mini soft tortillas in place of bread with some spicy salsas. The fact that they only gave us three mini tortillas was kind of funny, but I liked the thought. The tortillas were good but I fought to have my partner split the other half with me. We dined on 3 Entree's (two were not enough for two) an appetizer that was good but comprised of 4 Tortilla chips with shredded chicken, tomato and parsley. That came to $11, it was very tasty just way too small for what we spent. I had the Albacore Tuna Tortillas, three small tortillas with toppings, $15.
The restaurant itself is very cute, nice outside area and the food is very well executed, just know that you might have to order a couple of Entree's.
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