Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe

(503) 234-7909

2725 Se Ankeny St, Portland, OR | Directions   97214

45.522295 -122.637590

Open Hours

Fri-Sat: 11:30am-10pm, 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun: 11:30am-9:30pm, 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9:30pm

 
Restaurants, Dine At The Bar, Local Favorite  more

More Tags: Outdoor Dining, Brunch, Family-Friendly Dining

Price: $$

Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Payment Methods: MasterCard, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diners Club

Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman

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Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Menu
Annie Oakley (Friday & Saturday), Beef Brisket Smoked, Carne Asada, Carne Asada Joe's Special, Chile Colorado (Check Availability), Chile Verde, Dirty Bird, Long Horn, Pollo Ranchero, Pork Asada... more

Reviews for Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe

Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Recommends

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.

Recommends

Game + Mexican = buffalo enchiladas or venison tamales. Sì por favor. Funky decor and a salsa so good you wanna drink it.

Esparza's Tex Mex Cafe
Recommends

Tex-Mex that overflows off your plate and tastes just fine. A warm and colorful interior decorated with a fun and zany eye serves up lots of pre-dinner conversation.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

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.

over a year ago

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!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Can't beat tex-mex. Never get tired of this place.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Yummy!! – My husband and I drive from Hillsboro to enjoy the great food at Esparza

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