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Oba Restaurant

#191 of 3,657 Restaurants in Portland
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555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038 (NW Hoyt)
503-228-6161
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 106
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Service wasn't great as usual, but food was excellent.

Made reservations and had to wait a little bit, which was understandable it was Valentine's Day weekend. Our server wasn't as enthusiastic as we hoped at first, but was still nice and helpful. Our drinks and food came out really quick and everything was delicious! Another associate came by to check... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
EKL86
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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216 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Made reservations and had to wait a little bit, which was understandable it was Valentine's Day weekend. Our server wasn't as enthusiastic as we hoped at first, but was still nice and helpful. Our drinks and food came out really quick and everything was delicious! Another associate came by to check on us and asked if he could clear some... More 

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Verona, Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

Blood orange margaritas to die for....really excellent nachos (which I rarely order), wonderful squid salad and a delightful Caesar. Need I say more? I love this happy hour menu.

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Autumn S, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy to hear you loved so many Oba happy hour classics on your visit! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know! More 

Village of Oak Creek
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We (My husband, my son, his wife and part of her family) were seeing a show at the Oregon Ballet Theatre. We wanted to have a nice small dinner before the show. When I heard it was a Latin American restaurant, I immediately thought of Mexican type food. Instead I got a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent, portions were... More 

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Autumn S, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

All of us here at Oba are so happy to hear how much you enjoyed everything! If you do return to Portland, please stop in for another mango-habanero martini and say hello! Sincerely, the Oba Team More 

Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Oba is a great Latin American restaurant in the Pearl District. Dinner is good and there are many local and regional choices . The dining room gets to be loud later in the evening. We prefer the bar, which is warm and comfortable. Tapas and dinners are available in the bar. Drinks are good, don't miss the Pisco Sour!

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Autumn S, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad to hear you enjoy the warm and comfortable ambiance of our bar. Please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself to one of our managers next time you're in. We'd love to say hello to our bar regulars! More 

Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The wife and I made a decision to try something different and had heard about this place from multiple friends, so we decided to give it a try. We had a reservation but arrived early and started in the bar area. Great vibe and atmosphere and definitely a "hot spot" in Portland! We ordered some appetizers-all of them fantastic! Additionally,... More 

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Autumn S, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review! We are so happy we could provide you and your wife a great date night in the heart of the Pearl and wonderful culinary experience. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to one of our managers next time you're in and we look forward to meeting... More 

Spokane, Washington
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a great downtown Portland spot! Top two things to try: fresh made guac (made at the table!!) and a pitcher of margaritas (awesome options). I tried out their happy hour a couple of weeks ago. I was very impressed with the options. Their food is to die for! I have also been on the restaurant side a handful... More 

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Autumn S, Manager at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! I'm so glad you've enjoyed both our Happy Hour and dinner. We hope to see you again soon here at Oba for some fresh, tableside guacamole and margaritas! More 

Taipei, Taiwan
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We (as a company) ate here. We ordered 3 dishes with wine for everyone. It cost about 3 to 4 hours for them to serve those food. I kind of like the dessert, and others like the seafood there. However, it was just way too small and the quantity is way too slow. I went to little burger (local burger... More 

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Corvallis, OR
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I can't begin to describe how much I love this restaurant, and even the bar. Superb drinks (try the cucumber margarita), great wine selection, superior service - even when they are slammed, they are communicative, warm, and make you feel like you are the only person they are serving. BEST tableside guacamole (we always end up getting it, since my... More 

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Portland
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We reserved a table at Oba prior to attending the performance of Dream Girls at PCS. We were seated immediately, and offered a chance to order drinks, even before our entire party arrived. When we were all assembled, our waiter promptly explained the specials and took our order for hors. Our party ordered several dishes, including the paella, the steelhead... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

With so many offering in the Pear District, Oba is literally just a face in a very large crowd. I was taken here for dinner with a business associate who lives in town. I must say that for me, we could have stopped at the appetizers and I would have been just fine, but how can one go wrong with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
    (NW Hoyt)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503-228-6161

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 40
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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