Portland >Food & Dining > Oba Restaurante
555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.527172 -122.683522
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
Yucatan Pork piled I too if a corn cake, topped with cabbage & an incredible & slightly spicy sauce. Yum. The Oba Cesar salad with roasted corn & manchego makes a great starter. Great HH food & extended times.
The food is decent but the owner is the slime of the earth. My brother waited tables there until the owner fired him for visiting our dying mother too often. This was after he gave my brother permission to take leave to visit her. Owners like that don't deserve your patronage.
Fabulous Steaks – We have been to Oba 3 times now, and every Filet was savory and amazing. They change the preperation frequently so we had different styles each time which makes it easy to go back and see what's next. The staff are friendly and know the menu inside and out. You do want reservations a week or so ahead of time, but if you don't mind the Bar area, you can walk-in and hope for a table there too. Love it!
Good Happy Hour – I have mixed feelings about Oba. Some of it was very tasty. Some not so much. The table made guacamole really is worth the money but my fish tasted a little old (and by a little, I mean as in "a little pregnant") and my drink could have used a little less sugar. But it's a hopping place and I wouldn't mind trying it again (just probably sticking to beer and things that have a longer shelf life than fish).
Great food. Odd experience. – The good news is that the food is as tasty as ever. The bad news is that the service was confused at best. 2 of us showed up on a Friday night at 8:45 and wanted to sit in the dining room so we could converse and avoid the loud music and crowd in the bar. We were sat at a booth and immediately made aware by our waiter that we were clearly her last table and were interfering with her plans to get done with work. At first we only ordered a few things and she was clearly irritated that we weren't spending more money so she avoided our table. Our water glasses were always empty and we had to order a second round of drinks from someone that seemed to be a manager. The soup came but we had no spoons. Thankfully the food runner noticed (with a sigh that said he was irritated with the server) and provided us with some. Once we realized we were still hungry and ordered more food and one more drink from a busser, then our waiter was suddenly *very* interested in our table, as our bill kept climbing. The last five minutes of our meal we received incredible service. It's too bad that we were left high and dry for the previous hour, having to flag her or anyone down for everything we wanted or needed.
yummmy food and drinks – LOVED the passion fruit mojito's... I can't wait to go back and have another. The food was also very good. Our server was great and not snuddy (which you can get sometimes in the pearl)
The food was soooo good. My GF & I ordered a grande order of tostones with beef carnitas. Its so flavorfull & the meat is tender & juicy. The meal pictured on their site, the vaca frita, was another dish we ordered. That was really good too. Unique flavor & the meat was also very tender. & the sweet potato crispys on top were great too. We also ordered the puerto rican shrimp fried rice which was also delicious. The food was so good that even though we were full half way through we couldnt stop eating =) And it was all gluten free!!!
The atmosphere was nice too. Bright colors, upbeat music & nice decor added to the experience. Cant wait to go back.
PS zaphourDOTcom has a great coupon for OBA for a free entree with the purchase of another!
Not worth the crowds – No doubt, the food is great. But last night, we sat around for 30 minutes and never were seated - despite having made reservations. We were told, "sorry, people just aren't leaving." That kind of excuse just isn't good enough. We will go back, probably, but not any time soon.
New Years at Oba – I have been to Oba several times and love their latin inspired menu and drinks. This year my friends and I decided to ring in the new year at Oba and it was quite a disapointment. The drink menu was great but service from the kitchen was less than expected. My husband ordered a 5 corse selection and only received 3 of the corses. The atmosphere was extreemly loud and it was difficult to hear those at my own table. I would generally recomend Oba, but they have proven to be inconsistent.
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