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Oba Restaurant

#109 of 3,346 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Late Night, Dinner, 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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  • 126
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  • 76
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 9
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun, exciting atmosphere

Visually exciting as soon as you enter, Very interesting menu ,with dishes well prepared and attractive We had chicken and steak dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals The deserts were very good too. The only negative, and I must admit it is a sore point for me is clearing some plates before... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Visually exciting as soon as you enter, Very interesting menu ,with dishes well prepared and attractive We had chicken and steak dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals The deserts were very good too. The only negative, and I must admit it is a sore point for me is clearing some plates before everyone has finished eating. Our server didn't even... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful venue. We bought a Living Social voucher which entitled us to a three course meal at a very nice price. First, let me say that the 18% tip was mandatory with the deal. I really resent having the tip added because the service can suffer if the server knows his tip (a good one, not 15 but 18%) is... More 

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Covington, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Three of us shared a few tapas and a delicious banana dessert. My only regret was that there weren't more of us so that we could have tried several other options on the menu. They were all tasty, the waitstaff super friendly and the young crowd made us feel hip.

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Boulder City, Nevada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Our family loved this restaurant. Atmosphere was eclectic & classy. You can go for tapas or a complete dinner. We did a few tapas coconut shrimp, queso with Spanish chorizo & guacamole. The guacamole was made at our table with our choice of ingredients. Guacamole was pricey, however, it was excellent my son & daughter are not crazy about guacamole... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We had our rehearsal dinner here - a group of 27 and rented the Havana Room. Everyone we spoke to - from the first time we visited the restaurant, through planning the dinner, through the very end of our experience - were incredibly friendly and helpful. The restaurant is beautiful and perfect for a very fancy dining experience. It's right... More 

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Newberg, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We eat here every New Years eve and absolutely love this place. If you he vent been, go. If your looking for a true foodie adventure you will be pleaded with the menu and the food.

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Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

If you don't mind spending a bit more fur a nice meal and evening out then oba is a place to go. Nice selection of good, it is pricey but worth it.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We come here fairly often when we want small plates. The service is good and there are many choices. The have a nice wine list, too.

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

A great environment, decor, surrounding, atmosphere and FOOD. Loved this place, so warm and cosy, not over the top, and beautifully organized plates. They look as good as the look. Not crazy expensive and great for the entire family, friends and meetings too. The Pearl district is a more upscale neighborhood but you would not really feel it with the... More 

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Bainbridge Island WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Nice location in the heart of the Pearl District. Very large dining room and even larger bar, with a lot of inventive drinks that have a Latino edge to them. Friendly and attentive service which can be a little unusual for this part of town. On dishes as simple as chicken tacos and queso fundido flavors were very interesting and... More 

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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, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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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