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Oba Restaurant

555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
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Ranked #226 of 3,560 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $40
Sun - Tue 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
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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Vancouver, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Oba is in the Pearl District. I thought the decor was innovative with the interior space artfully separated into dining sections and with bold colours on the wall. We were sat in a booth for four which did us fine. This is a great date night destination. Dressing up would feel so right here. The server was pleasant but personally... More

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Seattle, Washington
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What a gem! Friend recommended this place and boy were they right. Wonderful wine, great food, and attentive service. I had scallops that were perfectly prepared and super fresh. This place impresses!

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were treated very well from the moment we walked in to the time we left. The staff was efficient and on top of all of our needs. The wine we chose was not the greatest and the owner came over, removed it and suggested a bottle that was fantastic. The many tapas allowed us to sample more dishes and... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited this restaurant for the first time and were truly happy we did. Being a vegetarian I was somewhat hesitant but soon was so happy to find great choices with unbelievable balanced favors. The food was fresh, pleasing to the eye and taste buds equally! Great wines and great service too. Good job Oba, we will be back.

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Portland, Oregon
20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Enjoyed the happy hour menu with a girlfriend. The service was great, food was fresh and flavorful. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes bursts of flavor with a little kick (but the bacon wrapped jalapenos have a hulk of a kick). We will definitely be going back!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

My friends and I had a very short stay in Portland, and one thing we knew about Portland was that it's famous for it's food and beer. As far as food, this restaurant did not disappoint. We ordered a variety of dishes on the Tapas menu and none of us said a word except, pass this or pass that. The... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

For being in the Pearl, one would expect to be overpriced, underserved, and underwhelming like most of infatuated Portland's restaurants - Yes, I love Oregon, but life gave a chance to eat in some of the best/better places in the world, so indeed and for most part, Portland disapoints a lot, mostly regarding italian cuisine. But this one is a... More

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184 reviews 184 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Well, this review must start with sadness...I visited Portland as the start of a west coast adventure. Before leaving for the trip, I carefully chose what I would consider a pinnacle meal for the trip by sifting through options in all cities i'd be visiting. I decided on Oba as my "this is it" meal. Now the sad part...day plans... More

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Spokane, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

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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97 reviews 97 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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