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“Hard to find, but the tapas plates are fun be prepared for a lively atmosphere”
Review of Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo
Ranked #30 of 4,420 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Spanish
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Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Always crowded, we were recommended this place by the groom of the wedding we went to in Portland. Busy, lively, and noisy. Be prepared to wait in line to get a seat, but is fun. Not a lit sign on the window or over the door, so be prepared to use your GPS to find it. We drove past it twice trying to find it. Paella was spicy and filling, but a little greasy and not really the kind you get in France, but is worth it. Loved the French kisses (prunes stuffed with fois gras), the fried anchovies were good too. The lamb in the hand cut noodles was stellar and to die for. Plates are small, so although you might order 5 or 6, between two people, you will come out just perfect and not like a beached whale. Really nice and it seems to be what the Portland foodie experience is all about. Food overall is probably a very good, good. Not excellent, but the atmosphere makes it seem very European and fun.

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Thank barbara r
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The menu combines traditional Spanish dishes with a Northwest spin. Good atmosphere and friendly staff. Highly recommend.

Thank ecotillasanchez
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

A full house on a Monday night (around 6pm) says it all. People are jamming into this spot, and for good reason. Great atmosphere. Intimate............although it holds around 70 diners, it was cozy. We sat at the tapas bar, watching the chefs ply their trade.
Most of what we tried were excellent, with a couple of misses. DO NOT miss out on the flatbread....truffled cheese and arugula. Best dish we had. The deconstructed Spanish "kiss" olives, were interesting.....but, not my favorite. Caldo Gallego was good, but could have used a day or two in the fridge to bring out the flavors. The broth was weak. The Sherry Chicken Liver Mousse was excellent......some of the best I have ever tasted. The empanadas with braised lamb were right up there with the mousse.
Overall very nice experience. Service was excellent. They brought one plate at a time, rather than all at once as some tapas bars do. Very nice.

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Thank Dan B
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

After reading reviews arrived early, grabbed a bar seat, never a wait when I was there (weeknight). Started with padron peppers, a fave from my Spain travels. Undersalted, but pretty good, of the plate I only got one hot one, luck of the draw! Next, grilled octopus, perfectly cooked, slightly underdone, with a bit of char at tentacle end. Definite hit. Next, half order of the cod fritters, deep fried balls of flavour, enhanced by aioli. French kiss was a prune stuffed with foie gras. Bliss! Molten cake was a miss, the molten wasnt, the cake was crusty.

Thank Ecowoman
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The food was incredible. The burger and seared scallops were amazing; perfectly cooked and seasoned incredibly.!!!!! The bacon wrapped date was just OK. The flat bread and cod fritters were great. I would definitely dine here again when in Portland. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Beth G
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