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Caffe Mingo

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Northwest District
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807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1408
503-226-4646
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
FINALLY, I can say how great this place is!!

Food is awesome, no question. But, the staff is best ever. It's the family you never had. A long time favorite, you can't go wrong spending an evening here. Worth the trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Kris R
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Hood River, Oregon
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Hood River, Oregon
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Food is awesome, no question. But, the staff is best ever. It's the family you never had. A long time favorite, you can't go wrong spending an evening here. Worth the trip.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

In Portland visiting an old friend we go to her favorite neighborhood restaurant for what turned out to be a great meal...at what was obviously a very popular site! No reservations...made or taken...we arrived at Caffe Mingo only to find no seats so we went next door to enjoy drinks while a table was found. Because the room was so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

this is great food in a loud, lively and crowded room with the kitchen 5-10 feet from our table. the service was good, and the whole combination of everything made for a great dinner. we got the signature dish and enjoyed it, beef and pasta with marinara.

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east midlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Three of us ate at Caffe Mingo on a scorching night. I've never been so grateful for the persistent iced water refills. The restaurant was busy and as the main area is not large we were packed in but the atmosphere was welcoming and lively. The food is essentially based on rustic Italian cooking and we enjoyed a substantial mixed... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

As vegetarians we often find that non veggie restaurants have great options especially the Italian ones. We found this to be the case with cafe Mingo. Ita a bit of a walk out of downtown portland but it is situated in a bustling street. Lovely ambiance with open kitchen attentive staff. We split a salad and pasta of the day... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I have been going to Mingo for many years and have always been impressed how they keep reinventing their menu and creating new and interesting variations on simple Italian bistro cooking. The owner, Michael, also has superb taste in wines and seeks out interesting and delicious Italian wines. The staff is very professional and efficient and the kitchen knows how... More 

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Miami, Florida
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Great food in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with impeccable service, including the owner checking to make sure everything was to our satisfaction

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Haleiwa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Five stars in all categories. Our table had the Mingo salad, an anchovy-free cesaers salad; shrimp and crouton skewers; entrees of Northwest Halibut with crispy polenta on a bed of warm heirloom tomatoes, gnocchi (unlike any you have ever tried), superb pork raviolis and fresh asparagus and mozzerella risotto. All excellent. Try Martins pick of the day...you wont be disappointed.... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Caffe Mingo is wonderful. If you have to wait, there is a lovely bar for drinks and starters attached to the Caffe that is their sister bar. The food at Caffe Mingo was wonderful. Patio dining is awesome. The service was great and our waitress was excellent. Can't say enough about the quality of food and wine.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We read that this was the best Italian place to eat in Portland. Seriously? It was OK but nothing exciting. Fish was good but atmosphere lacking. Sit near the window as inside tables dark and unpleasant by kitchen.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1408
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland>  > Northwest District
  • Neighborhood: Northwest District
  • Phone Number: 503-226-4646

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?