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“Crowded but excellent” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Andina Restaurant

Andina Restaurant
1314 NW Glisan St, Ste A, Portland, OR 97209-2783 (Pearl)
503-228-9535
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Ranked #3 of 3,354 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $80
Cuisines: Peruvian, South American
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Doing business, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Pearl
Cross street: 13th
Transit: Portland Streetcar: 10th/Glisan (Northbound to NW 23rd) and 11th/Glisan (Southbound to PSU)
Description: Andina draws inspiration from the native culinary traditions of Peru, as well as from the contemporary cooking by some of Peru’s leading chefs. Owner Doris Rodriguez de Platt, collaborates with Andina’s kitchen team to develop a menu that celebrates her family’s Andean roots, interweaving the ideas and techniques of both Criollo and Novo-Andean cuisines. The kitchen sources native and local ingredients to create dishes at once traditionally rooted and personally inspired. Founded in 2003, Andina emerged as one of the region’s leading Peruvian restaurants and continues to generate wide appeal within the food communities in and around Portland, and much further afield.
Portland, Oregon, USA
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64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Crowded but excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Andina is very popular, so it is a good idea to get a reservation or arrive early. When the restaurant is full (which it usually is) there is just enough room to squeeze between tables as you walk to your table. Once you get there however there's enough space to the sides, but your actual table is likely to be small in size. That makes a difference because Andina speclalizes in small plates; it's not literally a tapas bar but one will generally order a large number of small dishes, which will start crowding the small-size table.

Fortunately the wait staff is excellent and will come by frequently to take away empty plates and take your order for additional dishes. I would describe the food as Peruvian inspired, with a number of dishes which come with small dishes of highly flavorful (and sometimes hot) sauces. Andina also has a bar (which seems to be equally busy) which makes some rather exotic drinks; my friend had heard about one of their specialties and in her enthusiasm to order it didn't hear the waiter mention the habanero vodka. That drink turned out to be too hot for her but the waiter sympathetically replaced it with a non-spicy version. The wait staff is also good at describing the myriad of dishes which will often have sauces or ingredients unfamiliar to many diners. However every dish that I've had there has been at least good and usually better than good.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Valparaiso, Indiana
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Luckily we got to the restaurant around 6PM. They gave us a table and said we would have to vacate it at 8:30 (but they would not rush us out). I can see why. . . the place was jammed on a Friday night by 7:30. GREAT FOOD!! All sorts of things to try. It is like a tapas restaurant only the portions are not too small. Four of us ordered several items and we shared them. Great flavors. I have never had Peruvian food and now we are looking for a Peruvian restaurant near Chicago. Definitely try this one.

Visited November 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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72 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant in Portland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This place is special because it is modern and yet keeps the traditions and flavors of the Andes. From what I've hear, the owners invite young chefs from their native Peru to take their version of nouveau-Peruvian cuisine to us. The staff is knowledgeable and provides great service. One thing to consider is that it gets very busy on the Friday and weekend evenings. Reservation is a good idea.

Visited October 2012
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Oregon
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“The Best Restaurant in PDX”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The steak was amazing, the drinks were fantastic, the service was terrific. I would eat there every day if my body and wallet could handle the wear and tear.

Visited July 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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“Lots of Fun and Very Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is a very lively and popular Peruvian tapas restaurant. We tried more dishes than we could finish, but liked everyone of them. We had found Portland dull until we went to Andino and also discovered the surrounding area which reminded us a little of Greenwich Village. We highly recommend it. Furthermore, the staff was extremely helpful in calling us a taxi to take us back to our hotel.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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