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Oba Restaurant

555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
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Ranked #266 of 3,557 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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77% Recommend
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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185 reviews 185 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
98 helpful votes 98 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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189 reviews 189 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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