Portland >Food & Dining > Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
2725 Se Ankeny St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.522295 -122.637590
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-10pm, 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun: 11:30am-9:30pm, 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
Bright colors, festive tchotchke, and plenty of tequila make this old-school Tex Mex favorite along 28th Avenue's Restaurant Row a fun stop for heavy eats like the wild boar quesadilla, Oregon Trail enchiladas (served with mashed potatoes no less), and big fat chile rellenos.
Game + Mexican = buffalo enchiladas or venison tamales. Sì por favor. Funky decor and a salsa so good you wanna drink it.
Esparza's days of glory are no more :( – Disappointing. This place used to be great. No more. Just bland with a dispirited staff. Don't bother.
LOL! Not surprising at all. Esparza's in Texas (Grapevine, TX, under new management and back to it's glory day's) and apparently Portland are known for their over-inflated ego's and not their consistency. It would behoove both Joe and Johnny Esparza to be hosts and sit people rather then be businessmen. As one reviewer mentioned back in Dallas, "A can of beans would have been more satisfying." OH WELL!!! LOL!!!
As usual, reviews of the service were pretty poor but when I stopped in, nothing seemed out of the ordinary. The decor, on the other hand, is very playful and it's a step out of the status quo. Put some cash in the jukebox for a complete experience.
Great food, OK service – We used to love Esparza's so we were headed there today for my birthday. My son hadn't been so he looked at the reviews online. Wow! That did not sound right and we almost didn't go. Am I glad we did! Maybe they did start to slip for a little bit, it has been awhile since we were there, but the food was right back up to what you would expect. Yummy!! The service, well, the waitress did seem to think an awful lot of herself but she brought the food and drinks in a timely manner.
We will definitely be going back!
Bad food and worse service. – This used to be my favorite Mexican restaurant-but not any more. The food has dropped to "adequate" but nothing more. Service is atrocious. "Guys" starts every statement from what passes for staff. I wonder how these people survive as stupid as they appear to be. Our waiter 'guyed" us to death, took the menus after the drink order and I had to tackle a waitress to get a menu back to let me order. I haven't sone this in years, but I left a $1 tip to show my contempt.
Is that a dead animal? No that's the server. – It was aweful! Horrible service, disgusting food, their idea of cleaning silverwear is wiping it on their shirts. It left me wondering why i was sick later that night, food poisoning or disgust with this redneck-brother-humping restaurant.
Esparza's Tex Mex – Stopped going there after putting down $160 cash for 3 couples, waiter brought us change for $140 and stonewalled the complaint. Not a nice ending to an otherwise good evening. One more example of a captured audience and complacent management.
Otherwise, great meeting place, great crowd at the bar, good drinks, maybe just close the kitchen and serve poo-poos. OR start serving good food again, like when first opened.
Great Tacos – The location and inside was great. Nice area.
The smoked lamb tacos with mole were fantastic. Rice and beans were good too. Skip the guacamole. It looked more like whipped avacados and expensive. The service was good and we had a great dinner.
Yummy!! – My husband and I drive from Hillsboro to enjoy the great food at Esparza
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