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“NW neighborhood comfort” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Caffe Mingo

Caffe Mingo
807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1408 (Northwest District)
503-226-4646
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Ranked #27 of 3,558 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Northwest District
Chicago, Illinois
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“NW neighborhood comfort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

I fortunately made a reservation for a Saturday night as the small restaurants was full. The wait staff was informative, friendly and helpful and helped us make choices when debating several options. The wine was excellent and we enjoyed the whole meal.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
lake oswego
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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Eating here just makes you happy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Cafe Mingo in downtown Portland (be careful that you don't mix it up with Mingo in Hillsboro, also good, but long way away), is a casual, delightful little restaurant in NW. The staff are wonderful and courteous. I drink Port, and for a change I don't get the "baby glass" while everyone else has huge glasses of wine. The beef suga is an unreal dish that you want to eat with no one talking to you so you can fully enjoy it. Wonderful evening, every time we eat there. I do wish they took reservations for small groups, it is so busy on weekends that you can have quite a wait.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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118 reviews 118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“surprised i'd never been there!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

My friend and I took advantage of these dog days of summer to sit on the sidewalk patio and dine, which was just perfect. Even though people are walking by and some traffic, it is still pleasant. The Wait staff was friendly but not obtrusive or pompous, and really made it nice to enjoy a relaxing meal consisting of Crostini Trio: two of each so it's plentiful to share; one with pickles was so inspired and delicious, the BLT good, but the fishy one...not so good..maybe it was the stinky cheese but that's the one we didn't finish) Insalata Caprese (heirloom tomatoes and homemade mozzeralla, so fresh so yum). a nice Bottle of Barbera. I had the fresh pasta of the day- a pappardelle with Lamb, so good and also generous with the Lamb, which was so tender and perfectly spiced. My friend had the Sugo of Beef Penne, and it was enjoyed. We followed up with a Tiramisu to share; also lovely. I will definitely be back and hopefully often.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Oregon
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“good happy hour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

All around great vibe, good food and excellent happy hour. Great location. The ricotta beignets are fabulous. Try them with a caffe coretto and you will be in heaven.

Visited July 2012
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San Diego
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Could Be My Favorite Italian Restaurant on West Coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Love everything about this place--except when I cannot get a table or seat at the bar and have to settle for somewhere else to eat....I start off with a loaf of their outstanding bread that soaks up the tastey olive oil. The bartender always picks out a great glass of wine for me to have with my obligatory meal consisting of the Insalata Mingo (best damn salad anywhere--romaine with a lemon garlic dressing) and their signature dish--penne al sugo di carne. Consistently delicious, great service, reasonably priced, and great ambience.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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