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Nuestra Cocina

2135 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-2135
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Ranked #33 of 3,502 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Tapas
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Late Night
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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207 reviews 207 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
651 helpful votes 651 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

This is one of the best places to eat in Portland. Come early or be prepared to wait but you cannot go wrong here. Absolutely stellar food. We shared a number of plates and loved it all. Not your standard Mexi-American place. Great service, ask questions and you will be guided to a fantastic meal.

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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Get off your backsides, shift out of downtown and head over here! An outstanding place to eat Mexican with a foodie twist. Anywhere that's been around for 10 years, has its owner at the service helm and has staff that have been there since day one should tell you that this place is doing something right. It has a really... More

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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I absolutely love going to Nuestra Cocina!! It's a festive atmosphere; and the food is ALWAYS great!! I don't know exactly what you call it---Fresh Mex?? I just know the fish is always fresh and prepared in such creative ways. It's fun to sit a the counter and watch the chefs prepare the food too.

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Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We've been coming here since it opened and it's better than home! (I don't have to cook or do the dishes) Upscale and well researched Mexican food chock full of flavor. Ben and Shannon really want guests to enjoy every bite. Specials are always connected to what's seasonally available. Sometimes I do the full meal and sometimes just a couple... More

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Portland, Oregon
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Absolutely love the atmosphere, drinks and foods at this place! Best things on the menu are the mango habanero martini and the cochinita pibil. Have two martinis and order that entree and make it a great evening!

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Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We ate for the first time based on a suggestion from our friends who live in the area. Had a cocktail while waiting for our table. Habanero Margarita was good. House rita was fine as well. Since there were only two of us, we opted to go the multi appetizer route so that we could try a cross section of... More

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Penticton, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I have to agree with "Chuck&Susan". Their review was accurate. We did find the meal was overall on the bland side and lacked seasoning. But I did find the drinks to be fine, (but granted I was half in the bag by the time we got there) so I guess I didn't notice. We wished they offered flour tortilla's because... More

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Portland, OR
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66 reviews 66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We were really looking forward to finding a second really fine Mexican restaurant in town after many wonderful visits to the amazing Authentica. What a disappointment. Nuestra Cocina's cocktails were so weak we barely felt anything after two of them The meal was very bland, mediocre food lacking seasoning, and just a big let down overall. We'll have to feel... More

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Silverton, Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We came here because of the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. We usually eat vegetarian and our server was happy to help us with menu items that did not have meat. The food had the flavor of mexican food but the variety and different ingredients made it special. The sauces had great flavor with not too... More

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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We used to come here regularly but haven't been for several months until Friday dinner. The food was as good or better than we remembered; we particularly like their mix of a relatively constant menu plus specials each night. Excellent mixed drinks here, with the expected light beers for Mexican food. We'd like to see them get more supportive of... More

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