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Que Pasa Cantina

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Mexican, Vegetarian
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1408 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
503.230.9212
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Description: Que Pasa Cantina offers a variety of traditional dishes as well as items...
Que Pasa Cantina offers a variety of traditional dishes as well as items with a twist, like our popular chicken enchilada casserole, fish tacos, goat cheese & chorizo stuffed jalapenos and tres leches cake. We also offer pitchers of margaritas, buckets of beer & many house cocktails to choose from. Happy Hour daily from open to 6 pm and 9 pm to close. Check out our heated outdoor patio with your family!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Busy and Tight Seating

We've been coming to Que Pasa for several years, and were sad to see some long time employees depart a year or so ago. And again, when we went recently, new staff. This time around the service was spotty and not the usual exuberance we have come to expect from this restaurant. The food was still... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
bryan h
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We've been coming to Que Pasa for several years, and were sad to see some long time employees depart a year or so ago. And again, when we went recently, new staff. This time around the service was spotty and not the usual exuberance we have come to expect from this restaurant. The food was still good (although my veggie... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My sister and I visited this restaurant on a sunny evening. We ordered a spicy habenero/pineapple margarita that was delicious. For food we split an order of fish tacos and the tamale platter. The tamale was one of the best that I had ever had and the Potato Ole is a must for the side dish. My only complaint would... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We've been shopping for a good Mexican restaurant with fresh, authentic food and thought we'd found a winner when we enjoyed a delicious dinner on their covered and heated patio. However, they doubled the amount of our tip when they did the final run on our credit card; we thought 20% was enough so we called about it. The owner... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A wonderful dining experience not only found in the truly authentic line up on the menu but also in the spot on decor. Having spent numerous holidays in Mexico, Que Pasa Cantina brings back the charm of many restaurants we frequented there. From the corrugated metal walls to the brightly colored oilcloth table coverings...it all works so well. As does... More 

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I admit it took a Groupon for me to know about this gem of a joint on the near east side of town. Three of us tried it out on a Saturday at opening time (3 p.m.) and the place soon filled with other hungry diners. Each dish we ordered was superb, most notably the house special, Pork Negro (in... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We were looking for a quick bite in the neighborhood where we were staying, so decided to try the Cantina. It was a busy night, so we ended up in the outside room There were giant heaters and picnic tables~ which set the ambiance of fun,and turns out it was! While waiting for our pitcher of margaritas (which were delicious... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Get Margaritas by the pitcher! We did a birthday party and it is a small place. So if you do a group, you need a reservation for sure. The chips/guacamole were so delicious. I had the tacos and a friend had the fajitas. I'm curious about the jalapeño Mac-n-cheese. Maybe next time! This is always an inner SE go to... More 

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Anacortes, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The atmosphere is festive and relaxed. The service friendly, attentive and quick. We enjoyed guacamole, salsa and chips for starters then shared one of their specialities, Chicken Enchilada Casserole. All very tasty chased with a cold beer. Hard to beat!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Due to the reviews we had high expectations. However, we were a little disappointed. The food wasn't bad, but not as good as other places we frequent. I think for us, a big part of it was the extra thick corn torillas. They were kind of hard as chips and taquitos. While I liked the spiciness of the salsas, they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Amazing core, traditional mexican dishes, and range of unusual tasty choices. Here are some unusual items to consider: the mashed potatoes!; the jalapenos stuffed with goat cheese!; he chicken enchilada casserole! Did I say the house margaritas are fantastic? This place is rustic, cozy, casual and relaxed. They have a wonderful outdoor patio.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1408 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 503.230.9212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Vegetarian

Description

Que Pasa Cantina offers a variety of traditional dishes as well as items with a twist, like our popular chicken enchilada casserole, fish tacos, goat cheese & chorizo stuffed jalapenos and tres leches cake. We also offer pitchers of margaritas, buckets of beer & many house cocktails to choose from. Happy Hour daily from open to 6 pm and 9 pm to close. Check out our heated outdoor patio with your family!
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?