Portland >Food & Dining > Trebol
4835 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721745.558110 -122.675170
Neighborhoods: Humboldt, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
President's Day is a good night to go to Trebol, if you don't want a crowd. Points of interest for me were a Marilyn Manson-like painting, wrestling masks circa 1958, and the kitch film featuring Santo vs. las lobas playing above the bar. My boyfriend noticed that they were playing acoustic guitar versions of Metallica songs. But, you should go for the food and drink. The caldo del mariscos was savory and went perfectly with my margarita fresca and pisco sour. The drinks were fantastic! The waitstaff was knowledgeable and personable. However, we did not get a "How is everything" nor did we get a refill on water. Given the fact that the place wasn't packed, that is something to consider. Our bill for four people came close to $100, a price point that deserves pretty attentive service in Portland, OR. 3 1/2 stars is my real rating. I just couldn't get this site to accept my half-star.
Five top table $$$ looking forward to a nice evening. First off the Tuesday Special as advertised on their website was news to the waitress. Sorry no can do. Atmosphere is very well done. WAITRESS REALLY SUCKS. Food was fairly well recieved but way too overspiced for most, could not even begin to get through the soup. Food was fair and mainly not worthy of the prices. WAITRESS IS SO RUDE THAT I BELIEVE SHE ALONE WILL TAKE THIS RESTAURANT DOWN. $36 for two tiny tacos, small soup that should have been sent back, a shared appetizer, two diet colas and split tip. Oh now I get it, this is a tequila bar, the big big bucks and we had none. See ya. Ditch the waitress ASAP.
Tequila! – So much tequila to choose from, if that's your thing. If you're just a hungry guy that likes tacos, then Tuesday is the best day to eat here. $10 gets you a shot of tequila, 2 tacos, and a PBR tall boy. If you decide to sit down and eat for real, that pork shoulder is out of this world.
Best Margaritas – Very nice atmosphere, happy servers, great food, best margaritas ever, you have to try, salud!!!!!
Celebration Night: Downhill – Well, my boyfriend and I went to Trebol to celebrate a great accomplishment: but the experience wasn't so great. Luckily I'm an optimist, but seriously, we call Trebol Trouble now. It is trouble.
For approx $100 worth of food and drinks: the hostess teased us by accidentally seating us in someone else's place, then promptly removing us from the seats with an attitude. We had also never been informed about the outside seating so couldn't figure out why people were getting seated before us...then the table outside (once seated after learning of this) fell onto my boyfriend when he was sitting. This is right after we figured out the waitress had given him a menu holder with no menu...So water fell all over him and no one offered new silverware or drinks: we served ourselves.
The food was ok, but not for the money...and the service ruined it all.
What a waste of time and money! We made the best of it, but we'll be avoiding "Trouble" from now on.
Nice place, great service, but pricey! – We went here for my guy's birthday and the service was truly helpful in setting this up for me. They graciously welcomed him in as the birthday boy, gave us a round of shots in his honor, and even provided a birthday candle for the dessert we ordered at the end of the meal. The waitress was very attentive throughout, and answered all our questions with patience. Very impressive. We loved all the drinks & selection of tequila.
The only downfall to this place was how expensive it was for what we got! I understand that it is meant to be a fine dining experience, with organic, local goods, but I left feeling very hungry. It was a Tuesday and I went for the taco special, asked for it vegan, and ended up with two soft tortillas - miniature in size! - with a few scarce veggies on top. It did come with a PBR and shot of tequila, but didn't really constitute a meal at all for the price. I am a very tiny woman, by the way, who doesn't need a lot to fill her. One of the people with us joked that everything served to us that night was "teeny." No joke! Take a look at their menu before you go and get a real good look at their prices.
thumbs up on the happy hour – great service. delicious drinks. excellent food.
Excellent Oaxacan Food in North Portland – We have raved about the Mexican food at Authentica in NE Portland. This was our first meal at Trebol and it was excellent. This is not your standard rice, beans and burritos fare. The food was delicious, well-prepared and presented. This is Mexican food above the normal fare served locally.
Great environment, good service and surprising Mexican fare. The seafood stew and pork tenderloin were excellent. Flan was a notch above most served locally. Definately deserves a return visit...with friends.
Business Dinner Turned Sour – Eight colleagues and I decided to eat here while on a business trip in Portland. One of my colleagues had researched the place and it sounded great. Since we were on business, we had to use business credit cards to pay for our meal. We needed to do alcohol separately. We were immediately told this wouldn't be possible, even though we would be charged an automatic 20% gratuity because we were a large party. So I didn't order any alcohol, even though the margartitas looked great. In fact, most of us would have ordered drinks, but because the waitress was so adamant about not seperating our alcohol check from our food check, we didn't. It took forever for our food to come and it was cold. I ordered a tuna dish and asked for it rare and it was well done and flavorless. Truly the worst part of it was that the server was so extremely rude. When a party of 8 walks into your restaurant, I would think you would want to serve them well. Seperating checks for business travelers is so commonplace, and yet this woman acted like it was the most impossible thing ever. This was one time that eating where the locals eat didn't work to our advantage.
Disappointment – We came here expecting a lot based on the reviews on citysearch, and were *really* disappointed. The decor and welcome was promising, we went on a Sunday night and there was a llively buzz about the place. Then we ordered a couple of margaritas, which were obviously made from a mix and sickly sweet (ugh) Despite this, we ordered a couple of the recommended dishes, starting with guacamole. 20 minutes later, our Guac hadn't arrived... we finally had our waitress come to replenish our water and asked her where it might be... she thought it had already come out and we ended up having it delivered along with our main courses... so we sent it back. I had the prawns appetizer and a bowl of soup - the prawns were actually pretty good. My boyfriend had the pork shoulder, which was very dry. We won't be going back to Trebol - the search for an awesome Mexican place in Portland continues!
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