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7915 SE Stark, Portland, OR | Directions 9721545.519244 -122.582030
Neighborhoods: Montavilla, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
Great Food Left a Bitter Taste after Shady Business Practice – Yep, the food was great. But when that bill came and we discovered we?d been being charged for something we were led to believe was free, we were left with a bitter taste for this new business in our sweet little neighborhood of Montavilla. Shame on them.
We won?t be returning and we?ll be telling our friends.
We were seated and immediately served chips and salsa (very good and unique). They were so good that even when our food came, we asked for more.
Our meal was satisfying. The service was pleasant. Prices were fair.
Then we got our bill.
When you sit down at the Latin Quarter you are immediately served chips and salsa (at a Mexican restaurant, isn?t that a common practice?) but you are never told that each bowl is $2. That may not seem like a lot. But it adds up quickly.
We never ordered them. They were placed in front of us. We weren?t asked ?would you like chips and salsa??. And we were very clear with our waitress that this was our first visit.
Seems a little shady for the new business on the block to take advantage of customers that have been trained to expect free chips and salsa when you eat at a Mexican restaurant.
Sorry Romo. You get a lonely one star from this hungry family.
Note to restaurant owners: It doesn?t really matter how good your food is. If you make us feel we?ve been lied to or taken advantage of, we leave thinking poorly of you. And we tell our friends.
Been eating Romos for 20 years – My wife and I have been eating here for 20 years and have never been dissapointed. Margaritas are ALWAYS great, best salsa, dishes you won't find anywhere else. Might be hard to find a parking spot, but I would walk a mile for Romo's food. Sure they may be short staff once in a while but isn't everybody?
Food always makes up for it and we love Romo..
Highly recommend to try it!
Not bad.... – Nice place, good service, decent "ambiance". Above average margarita & excellent ceviche - by the time I got to my main course (fajitas), I was feeling good and liking everything. Solid joint.
One of Our Standards – My husband & I recently relocated to PDX and were looking for a good Mexican-style restaurant (though Romo will inform you that this is Latin). We like the food so much that we return about every other week - everything is unbelievably fresh (especially that divine guacamole) and Romo is a hoot - a lot like some of the proprietors we knew back in NYC. Granted, the prices aren't your rock-bottom taco truck, but the quantities are huge, the wine list is good and we always enjoy our meal (mine usually being the mahi mahi soft-wrapped tacos with that gorgeous mango salsa). Keep up the good work Romo!
very dissapointed – (MY COMMENTS) hard to find parking ,My son finished his glass of water only to find the glass was dirty,.Inside looked as it had soap residue and dry food,the dishwasher must not have been working on that day.That was enough for me to think about leaving ,when the drinks arrived to the table and it was time to order the food my soda was forgotten I got up and waited in the car, I had time to changed my mind about eating there.(wifes comments) My son only ate half of his burrito. There was no apology for the dirty glass. My mother-in-law asked for more chips and was charged for it. The food was bland,the waitress only came back to the table to bring the food and the bill after the order was taken.I wish that we all had left when my husband had the insite to leave.will not eat there again the prices are high for this kind of service.
It is what it is...and it's great – I have enjoyed reading these reviews, and can't help but chime in. We've been eating at Romo's for over a decade, and it's consistently excellent. Raves about the green chili sauce are deserved; their homemade guac is perfect; I have never had a "watered down" drink, and I've had gallons of those delicious margs over the years. No, it's not cheap, but it's worth money, which often isn't true of cheap Mexican food. If the owner was curt, then yes, you met Romo---he's direct and he's genuine. (Uncommon virtues despite brusque side effects.) This is great food, and worth the visit.
Great food and Mojitos.... Sangria too!!! – Romo is a good guy he just trys a little too hard... yeah he shows your food to other tables.. and sits and chitchats with you, but really he just wants you to experence His restruant... its his last one let him have it... the food is really good the drinks are wonderful!!! the help is totally cute Katie, Laura, Mariebelle, Candice!!!
** Romo is a tough guy to work with** those of you that have been comming to his resturant for the last 30 yrs you know what I'm talking about... thanks for sticking with it. If you want to come in for lunch which is a little cheaper than dinner and more relaxed, and they do let kids in... those of you whom are GOOD PARENTS. any questions good in its really good food ask your sever they do a great job they'll help you order something really good... you can always call ahead and see if romo is there or not hehe or your fav. server
Authentic Mexican Food (or as close as you'll get in Portland) – I just moved here from New Mexico and I've been craving green chile ever since I got here. I read a review about another couple who moved here from New Mexico who loved the food. I must say, it's the best Mexican food you're gonna get in Portland. The green chile actually has a bit of a kick to it (although it's not as hot as I'm used to). The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the customer service wasn't very good (we had to ask every time we wanted a refill of water and chips and salsa). The good news is they have take out so you don't even have to mess with the customer service! I will definately be going back.
Awesome Sauces – Mouthwatering sauces seem to be the specialty here. This is the best tasting mexican food you can get without traveling to mexico. The only down side is this NOT A YOUNGER KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT, they do not have any booster seats or high chairs.
Horrible service!!! Mediocre food!!! – This was the worst experience I have had in a long time. We had reservations for a party of 6. Within 5 minutes of us being there, we knew 1/2 of party was not going to show and we were about to tell our server to take the extra table away, but instead the owner came over to our table and said, "if our other party doesn't show he has to take the table for paying customers"!, it came across very rude-(WE GAVE the empty table up for another party)Now for our server. She never brought us chips and salsa, we had to ask if that was complimentary even though all the tables around us were getting chips and salsa-We specifically went there for Sopapillas and the owner said he didn't feel like making them that night because he hasn't perfected them. We were still ok, since another server started to finally wait on us and take our order. Now the food was ok, nothing special. The topper of the evening was when we got our check and they had added 18% gratuity, which clearly states on the check for a party of 5 or more. We had been a party of 3 all night, gave up our end table for paying customers and had TERRIBLE Service. so we paid the 18% and I hope this restaurant goes out of business, but thankfully our server got an extra $3.00 out of the deal!
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