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Oba Restaurant

#119 of 3,404 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central American, American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
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555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038 (NW Hoyt)
+1 503-228-6161
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Tue 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Nanaimo, Canada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Wonderful margeuitas! Dinner was delicious as were the drinks but what they did with their little banana dessert was amazing (and I'm not even a big banana fan!)!!!

Thank Carol N
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in at Oba for happy hour and were very pleased with the food, drinks, service! It didn't hurt that the weather was perfect for sitting outside and enjoying a late summer evening. This is a South American style restaurant, in a slightly quieter section of downtown Portland, so parking was also not hard to find. We ordered what... More 

Thank MamaSue56
Bellevue, Washington, United States
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112 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Our family was down from Seattle for the weekend and was staying in the Pearl District. We decided to find a place within walking distance from our hotel for dinner on Saturday night and chose Oba based on Yelp reviews. The dining area was quite open with high ceilings, the only complaint that it did get quite loud even though... More 

Thank Bill C
Roseville, California
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167 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Good HH, had a few drinks, wish we were hungry, the HH menu looked good. Very good bar service, no crowds, but 5 or 6 tables going.

Thank Jim D
Winchester, Virginia
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

The Tableside Guacamole is the best I have ever tasted. Homemade chips as well. We also had the Ahi and Peach tartare and it was very good. Blood Orange Margaritas were very good, not too sweet but not too much tequila, just very well balanced. I had the salmon on polenta which was good, not great. Others had the Halibut... More 

Thank henrycpa91
Portland, Oregon, United States
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84 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Went here for our anniversary last year. I still can't get the seafood paella out of my mind. There steak is great too.

Thank PortlandOregon2012
Beaverton, Oregon
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409 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

We dined here this evening- the dining room was rather subdued, but the bar was hopping! The menu is somewhat limited, but everything on it is very good. The corn on the Caesar salad made me want to order only corn! The desserts are wonderful too and the perfect end to the meal. I recommend ordering an appetizer or salad,... More 

Thank Robyn D
Lake Oswego, Or
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Excellent all the way around. Terrrific drinks, excellent dining, wonderful service and attention to detail. Not stuffy but very classy place. The ceasar salad is great, fresh salmon out of this world. Real servers, not robots. Every visit a great one at Steve McClain's OBA.

Thank M5038YDdavidr
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80 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

The setting is lovely - great lighting, terrific ambiance, and you can her the people at your table. A lively bar scene. Don't be scared off by the descriptions of food combinations - it all works an tastes great. I don't like guacamole and it was delicious. The cocktails are interesting and delicious. The ceviche was incredibly fresh. The fish... More 

1 Thank Joni443
Guelph, Canada
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I loved this place. Fantastic energy and service. All we had were a lot of appetizers which were outstanding. The cocktails are excellent as well. All in all, a fun positive eating experience. Highly recommended

1 Thank CaboSanAntonio

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $40
Central American, American, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
    (NW Hoyt)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-228-6161
Located in the heart of the Pearl District, Oba! Restaurant is known for its festive atmosphere, refreshing cocktails and vibrant, award-winning Nuevo Latino cuisine.Oba! Restaurante opened in Portland, Oregon in October 1997 by owner Steve McLain. Executive Chef Luis Contrera's innovative cuisine, explores vibrant flavors from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and across the Americas. Oba!'s menu is where bold latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. Creating a festive, friendly setting in which guests feel welcome and nurtured is Oba!'s ultimate goal. Oba!'s inventive cuisine, stunning design, hand-crafted cocktails and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and 15 successful years.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?