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Pambiche

2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232-2433
(503) 233-0511
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Ranked #160 of 3,547 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Cuban
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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  • English first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Washougal, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Almost as good as my mother and grandmother used to make. The waiter was very professional and personable. The Cuban sandwich was very tasty as so were the fried plantains. I have to admit those were the best plantains I have ever had....better than grandmother's and mom's. The dish came with banana ketchup that was very tasty. Bunks Bar in... More

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My husband and I along with our 13yr old visited Pambiche last night. We heard it had great authentic cuban fare. Well, we were not disappointed. The food was really good; the ambiance was casual and fun; and the service was fantastic. They also had both gluten free and vegetarian options. The seating inside is limited but they had a... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm no expert on Cuban food. I had the Pescado Enchilado. The fish and plantains were excellent. The black beans were pretty mediocre. The real great thing about the restaurant was its porch dining. It's a great place for a early evening beer (I had Xingu) on a cool summer night.

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Linz
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome. If you're looking for some authentic Cuban food, friendly staff and decent prices, then this is definitely the place to go. The drinks and the desserts they serve are top class as well. The only (minor) downside is that if you're sitting outside, it's kind of loud, since the restaurant is on one of the busier... More

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The food is exquisite but almost impossible to digest. Really! I have been there three times, tried different dishes and had a heart burn for days after that in every single occasion. The ambiance is very lively but the place is small, super crowed and very loud. Service is good with real Cuban... More

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New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Seriously, if you don't mind eating before 6pm like most people in Portland, there is no better deal for great Cuban food. The cocktail list is expansive and they have one fantastic banana daiquiri.

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Washington state
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were driving in to town and happened upon this bright corner in NE Portland- really glad we stopped. Disclosure- we have no experience with Cuban food, but have dined at some high-end places, and enjoyed Pambiche as much as any place. The Cubano (get the white bread!) was the most comforting sandwich I have ever eaten, and the pescado... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Situated along an otherwise residential block in NE Portland, along with many other venues, Pambiche offers an intimate dining expierience; producing an efferct of going to someone's home for dinner. Sit inside or along the sidewalk and take advantage of traditional Cuban cuisine. Well staffed (without being overbearing) the service was excellent and we found the food to be delicious,... More

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I became a fan of Cuban food while living in Florida for two years, so I was excited to try Pambiche. We have given Pambiche four separate tastings, at lunch, Happy Hour, and Supper. The building is brightly painted - very Caribbean, with extensive outdoor seating and frequently long lines. The interior is very cheerful, bright, lively, and animated. The... More

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Denver, CO
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87 reviews 87 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Given the long waits and looming crowds of eager eaters the food was disappointingly acceptable but not earth-shattering oh my goodness I need to write a food blog great. We had the oxtail which offered a rich sumptuous taste but there was not a lot of meat and the rice felt dry. Service was spotty and not memorable. Ambiance was... More

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