We had dinner here on our last night in Portland and were looking forward to it very much as we had heard this was the place to come to, and because we have been frequent visitors to Peru over the years so we were curious. Perhaps our expectations were too high as well. The food was good but quite frankly we were not sure what the buzz was all about. As I mentoned before perhaps our expectations were too high and perhaps we were expecting a different kind of atmosphere. When we were first seated in the main dining room we found that we were surrounded by large groups of people who were very loud and Andina is loud I think at the best of times. Lots of hard surfaces. In fact we advised our waitress that the noise was so distracting that we were going to have to leave. They seated us elsewhere in the restaurant, the basement to be exact where it was quieter. Later the canned music quit and a solo guitarist took over which provided nice background music. Service was pleasant and attentive. Two of the dishes stand out: the scallops and the causa. Both were excellent. I found the ceviche of the day to be disappointing...too much fish and nothing else. The sommalier helped us find a lovely Oregon Pinot Noir which was outstanding. In fact we visited that particular winery the next day. I noticed that they offer private rooms for private parties which probably would be quieter, especially if you were there for a celebration of sorts. I would return to Andina but would probably go there for lunch rather than dinner.
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