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Oba Restaurant

555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
503-228-6161
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Ranked #268 of 3,547 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: NW Hoyt
Description: Located in the heart of the Pearl District, ¡Oba! Restaurant is known for its festive atmosphere, refreshing cocktails and vibrant, award-winning Nuevo Latino cuisine.¡Oba! Restaurante opened in Portland, Oregon in October 1997 by owner Steve McLain. Executive Chef Scott Neuman’s innovative cuisine, explores vibrant flavors from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and across the Americas. ¡Oba!‘s menu is where bold latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. Creating a festive, friendly setting in which guests feel welcome and nurtured is ¡Oba!’s ultimate goal. ¡Oba!’s inventive cuisine, stunning design, hand-crafted cocktails and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and 15 successful years.
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English first
Spokane, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I sat at the bar which had a rather large self seating area with full menu. The sangria was excellent as was the paella. $$$

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Chicago, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The food was just O.K. I had the paella, and it was fine but not outstanding. My dining companions had fish dishes, and they felt as I did that the food was not memorable. A major problem is that the restaurant is loud, especially in the bar area. We had a reservation for 7 PM, but had to wait for... More

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Sammamish, Washington
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145 reviews 145 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had dinner on a Saturday evening. Surprisingly, reservation was easy to get. There were a few interesting items on the menu, including a table-side guacamole. At $18, it's not cheap, but it was fun to watch the waiter make the dip, and the whole family enjoyed it. Also ordered the calamari, which was decent, but not special. For entree, I... More

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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186 reviews 186 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We stopped at Oba after deciding not to stay at a restaurant nearby. We had heard good things about Oba. We sat outside unfortunately near a table of obnoxious think they're still in high school or college people. This contributed to our server not taking good care of us as she was also their server. We ordered some okay drinks... More

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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70 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Sat at the bar and the two bartenders were great and attentive. While there weren't a lot at the bar, it didn't matter. I watched as everyone got attention. They made a drink to my specifications (their signature cocktail with a twist). The food was tasty and worth returning for.

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East Wenatchee, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We were in Portland for the first time and wanted to enjoy some of the good food that Portland is known for. This restaurant was a good overall experience. It is pretty large, with an upscale feel; lighting was low; modern decor with darker wood and with maybe an Asian aesthetic. There was some outdoor seating out on the sidewalk... More

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Pacific Grove, California, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Oba is a very nice tapas restaurant in the Pearl District. Food was very interesting, well prepared and presented. I enjoyed the paella. It was a friday night, so it was pretty crowded and somewhat noisy. But overall, a good experience.

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Bi-Coastal
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76 reviews 76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

First...make a reservation. From what I could tell, if we hadn't made a reservation we wouldn't have been seated. The tableside guacamole is wonderful. I ordered off of the app menu, to get more of a cross section of their foods. A foodies delight!

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Vancouver, Canada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Admittedly, Oba was second choice after Andina (couldn't get in when we needed to). However, the food was equal, and the service far better. Despite some very interesting menu options, I chose paella, which was one of the best I have ever had. It was slightly different than traditional, less rice, full of meat and shellfish, perfectly sauced. My wife's... More

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Redlands, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This was my first time to OBA. It seems to be a Latin style restaurant with an Argentina flair. The ambience is well laid out and many young as well as middle aged individual are present. So there is something for everyone. From the hostess to the server, all were very friendly and wore smiles throughout the dining experience. Employee... More

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