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Oba Restaurant

#125 of 3,304 Restaurants in Portland
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555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (NW Hoyt)
+1 503-228-6161
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4:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of the Pearl District, ¡Oba! Restaurant is known for...
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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  • 117
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Get happy at happy hour

We ate at the bar during their happy hour three times. Sunday, happy hour is all day. The drinks are reasonably priced and very good. The food on their menu is quite delicious and I especially enjoyed the octopus. It's a fun place to be. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the dragon lady behind the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Laurence826
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Miami, Florida
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Rarely when I eat out do I wake up the next morning thinking about the wonderful dinner I had before. But I did after eating at Oba's. Even though we were a 9 person group, everything we had was delicious and served timely. The mixture of flavors was unique but not too crazy. Truly excellent food!

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We had a private room (the Havana Room) for my sister's birthday party. The wait staff was friendly, attentive, and did an excellent job! Great variety on the menu, and the only complaint about the food (from several guests) was that the soup de jour was too spicy! The restaurant is in downtown Portland, but the street is not one... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I eat here nearly every time I come to Portland. I love the tapas... especially the fish tacos, the pork/corn cake, and the caesar salad with roasted corn, manchego, pickled onions, and cilantro. I always have the malasadas, but tried the empanadas this time. Yummy, but I am going back to malasadas next time.

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Eugene, Oregon
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Stopped in here for Happy hour. Awesome food & delicious drinks. We will definitely be back every time we visit Portland!!

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katie h, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review! Please say hello next time you're in town! More 

Norfolk, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We arrived 20 minutes early for our reservation and the resaurant was not busy so they were able to seat us right away. My husband and I both ordered a feature cocktail from their cocktail menu. When mine arrived it was too my liking and the waiter took it back no problem and offered something else. Amazing Guacamole made tableside,... More 

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katie h, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed our Nuevo Latino food! We think our tableside guacamole is amazing too. More 

Miami, Florida
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We ate at the bar during their happy hour three times. Sunday, happy hour is all day. The drinks are reasonably priced and very good. The food on their menu is quite delicious and I especially enjoyed the octopus. It's a fun place to be. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the dragon lady behind the bar by the... More 

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katie h, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review! We're so happy that you enjoyed our happy hour and that our wonderful bartenders made your time at Oba memorable! More 

Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I've been coming here for years and have never written a review so thought I would. I love their happy hour because for dinner it is on the spendy side (totally worth it though) and happy hour prices and portions are perfect. On my last visit my friend and I split an order of vegetarian nachos and tacos both on... More 

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katie h, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

We really appreciate your review! Thank you for taking the time to leave one and please say hello next time you're in! More 

Sammamish
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

One of the best happy hour i have had in a long time. Go early as it gets busy. We had fabulous Mexican appies and yummy margarita's. The service was great.

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katie h, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! We're very happy to hear how much you enjoyed our happy hour and great service! More 

Wilsonville, Oregon
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Went here with a group of friends in the pearl district. Read the reviews and thought I would give it a try. The reviews did not disappoint. Had the macadamia nut crusted swordfish, small portion, but great flavor! Split the guacamole made tableside; fresh guacamole at its best! Spendy, however a great appetizer to split with a group. We had... More 

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new jersey
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63 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

its a shame that the service here was terrible. we were 3 and we sat outside on the sidewalk. it was a beautiful evening, and we were in time for happy hour. food was good, but our order was incorrect and then when it went to get fixed, it didn't come out until we asked for the check. the waitress... More 

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Additional Information about Oba Restaurant

Address: 555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Phone Number: +1 503-228-6161
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    (NW Hoyt)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-228-6161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:30 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?