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“Lots and lots of excellent food”
Review of Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo
Ranked #18 of 4,491 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Portland has so many great places to eat that one often has a hard time choosing. I have eaten twice at this bustling little spot on the east side. I find the food creative and delicious. The wine list is spanish centric (as it should be) and has a sprinkling of regional and locally produced spanish varietals in there too. Bartenders are skilled at their craft and provide friendly service for anyone lucky enough to grab one of the seats there. There are no reservations except for larger parties so go early if waiting is not your bag. Back to the food. This last visit We tasted 8 different items from the menu and loved each one. I'm not sure any one thing was better than the next. The menu is large so, like Portland itself, so choosing will be hard. One thing for sure... Choosing Toro Bravo is a good choice... I'll be back the next time I'm in Portland.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

After being burned three too many times by our favorite restaurant in Portland when they changed management, we tried Toro Bravo and a couple of others (reviewed by me also). Toro Bravo will not disappoint---wow. We are vegetarians and love complex flavors and diverse dishes as much as any carnivore does. Toro Bravo will please ALL pallets! Their variety of tapas are excellent, the flavors wonderful and variety of dishes fabulous. It can get noisy in there on a crowded evening, and elbows may be touching too, but once the dishes begin to be served, all troubles melt away! Nice thing is that our neighbors at our tables have always been very friendly anyway, so at worst, you meet new strangers. Their cocktails and wines are excellent also, wait staff always friendly and making good suggestions. We love Toro Bravo! Only issue with this lovely restaurant is that they do not take reservations for a party under 7, so one has to go early or wait for a table. It's always well worth it to us.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We chose Toro Bravo for our second night in Portland. We are fans of being able to try a variety of food in one sitting, so naturally, tapas it was!

Be prepared to wait a little while for your table. The restaurant is on the smaller side, very intimate and quaint. I liked the decor in there; it exudes coziness and warmth (IMO). We put our names down and waited outside on some benches for about 15-20 minutes until the hostess called us in. The bar ended up freeing up first, so we sat there. We were at the end of the bar, closest to the open kitchen in the rear. It's like a front row seat to the magic show! LOL. Since we sat at the bar, the bartender doubled as our waitress and took our drink and food orders. She was a sweetheart.

We tried:
Fried Green Tomatoes with Pickle Mayonnaise $8
Roasted Eggplant with Lamb Ragu $13
House Smoked Coppa Steak $9
Paella Toro with Chorizo, Chicken & Seafood $19

Service was great. The kitchen has the timing of food down to a science. Right when we finished one plate, the next one came out for us. Everything was excellent and flavorful. One regret though, we were stuffed to the max by the time we left, we didn't even have room for dessert.

Definitely recommend checking out if you visit Portland!

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

It's noisy and no reservations, but if you can snag a seat the at the chef's bar it sure is fun to see what they do! Food is great and the menu is interesting. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

We kicked off our Oregon vacation here and it may be tough to beat it on the rest of our trip. The place was definitely buzzing but we arrived at 6 and were promptly seated. A party of 6 in front of us was told it would be an hour or so wait. The wait would be well worth it. The food was outstanding and coming from Connecticut we thought the prices were beyond reasonable. We shared 5 tapas and a dessert and were more than full. Total tab with 3 glasses of nice Rioja was $69. The manchego and paprika fritters, fried anchovies, torpedo onions, and piperade with a duck egg were nothing I had tried before but thoroughly enjoyed. Bravo!

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