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Por Que No

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3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 467-4149
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 1
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Take me to Mexico

Margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips start us out. Followed by tasty fish tacos and carnitas. All delicious!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Families with children
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Margaritas, guacamole, salsa and chips start us out. Followed by tasty fish tacos and carnitas. All delicious!

Thank 55plustraveler2010
Columbus, Ohio
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped here with friends for a late lunch right after arriving in Portland. It was around 3:00pm on a Wednesday and there was no line. They had great margaritas, really excellent specials (I had the vegetarian flautas) and food was fast. The service staff were all very nice.

Thank Erin C
Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

So I hate lines...and there always is s line here... but that's because it simply is the best!!! Love that while your in line they take your drink order :) the margaritas are the best... perfect balance of ingredients. ..fresh and not sweet...perfect. My favorite is the Bryans Bowl, it fresh and filling and it can be made vegan. Chips... More 

Thank 44bambi44
Kansas City, MO
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484 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Ate here months ago when we last were in Portland and the food is still good. The place is not fancy, slightly funky, small and you have to strategize to get a table, but it all works. This time my wife and son had tacos and I had "Bryan's Bowl" which is rice, meat, beans,etc. The best thing I can... More 

Thank KaneoheBoy
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I don't do long lines & this line was long. But it moved really quickly & the food was amazing. Great atmosphere, really fun & loads of space inside to sit & enjoy your food & cocktails.

Thank muffinkimber
San Francisco, California
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This place is just good Mex! I am not going to go into a long diatribe about a Taco Joint. It's cool. The Gringo Margarita's are spot on. Fish Taco, Carne Asada, Spicy Cucumbers, Spicy Chicken Taco, Pork Taco's are all my favorites. Carnitas Taco was the best. It was a good vibe. The tacos are small. They aren't cheap.... More 

Thank LostEdge
Portland, Oregon
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Seriously, Por Que No makes some really good tacos. They may be small but they are mightiy! Flavorful and lots of choices make this one of my favorite places to eat Mexican in Portland. Personally I like the Chorizo tacos and the Adodo (when they have it). I was first introduced to Por Que No when one my friends who... More 

Thank RunningJoePDX
Knoxville, TN, United States
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60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Couldn't believe how packed this place was on a Tuesday night. Staff was nice, food was good, but for me it wasn't a place I wanted to linger over food and drinks - unless if I had found a spot outside. A tad too crowded but worth the line. Tacos around $3-$3.50 per. My husband and I split 4, but... More 

Thank Kristen C
Olympia, Washington
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This a delightful Mexican joint in NE Portland. Authentic, simple and tasty light meals. The tacos are superb. Great drinks. Very reasonable prices. Don't be surprised by the line of folks down the block waiting to get in. Service is fast and the line moves reasonably quickly.

Thank Mike M
Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

When you arrive there will most certainly be a line but it is certainly worth the wait. Tacos were pretty good and they all come with salsa already so there is no need to add any extra unless you enjoy very spicy food. We ordered the ceviche as an appetizer and it was very delicious. I am usually pretty picky... More 

Thank paty d

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3524 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: (503) 467-4149

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?