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Located in the heart of the Pearl District, ¡Oba! Restaurante is known for its lively atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning Nuevo Latino cuisine. ¡Oba!’s menu is where bold Latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. ¡Oba!’s inventive cuisine, stunning design, award-winning wine list and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and 17 successful years.
Portland, OR 97209
Latin American, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday-Tuesday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wednesday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please call Oba's Event Coordinator, Galit Reilly 503.750.7675, for details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
¡Oba!’s Havana Room is the perfect space for your next birthday celebration, family get together or even a girl’s night out. Vibrant color, dancing light, spicy undertones and the rich history of long-held family traditions serve as a framework for a truly transformational dining experience.
Oba Ratings and Reviews
We had a wonderful Happy Hour then moved to the dining room for dinner.
Service was terrific with our waiter providing a masterful overview for informed selections. Dinner was amazing!
Unfortunately the beer taps were down and on a triple digit temp day that is a problem. My husband & sons wanted an IPA (or two) in a big way.
Oba is always a fun place to have dinner & drinks. We arrived in time for happy hour and had some excellent grilled fish tacos, a Caesar salad with a nice little kick, and some fried vegetables with a deliciously spicy sauce. The cocktails are wonderful, and service was very good. The menu has plenty of good vegetarian options and tasty seafood dishes, and happy hour is a great value!
Had an atypical experience this time around. Usually this is 5 stars all the way across and this was the same for the most part. The waitress seemed very flustered and off her game all night which is the only blemish on the evening. Otherwise everything was wonderful and I will be going back.
Disappointing service. Very slow service. Told waiter and hostess this was our sons birthday. In the past, they bring him a treat no singing (which we like) but they at least acknowledge his special day. Nothing - nada. So after waiting an eternity we jetted for Papa Haydn. Prime Rib gaucho style was overcooked, fatty and dried out. How that was possible - no idea. Halibut was sickeningly sweet. Cooked well but so sweet. Overall a major disappointment.
Oba is THE restaurant we return to every time we visit Portland. Our stays would not be complete without it.
1) They take reservations! Portland has many good food options, but too often they require an hour or more wait.
2) The atmosphere is quiet and dim, very refreshing and welcoming.
3) The waitstaff is always very attentive without being intrusive.
4) And most importantly, the food is delightful!
The bacon-wrapped jalapenos are incredible. Definitely get the table-side guacamole if you've 3-4 people.
I'm very conservative about my health and avoid eating risky things, but I absolutely trust their ceviche. When we went recently, it was a delightful mix of shrimp, avocado, and mango.
We had a very pleasant dining experience at Oba. The space is very nice, tables are set up so that you aren't squeezed in next to another table. The restaurant is quiet and very tastefully decorated. The service was absolutely wonderful. The food was excellent and the pairing of different flavors was so well done that we all enjoyed our meals immensely.
Not our first contact with Oba. An excellent meal, food always well prepared and a little bit different! Have already recommended to a friend. Also, the marionberry margarita is great, something not to be found elsewhere. Our dinner was perfect. Definitely a return visit will be forthcoming.
I've been coming to Oba from the time I moved here 14 years ago. I love the happy hour and also love the restaurant. The only problem I ever have is with the noise level (especially in the bar) so I try to avoid weekends. If I book in the restaurant, I ask for a booth which does mute some of the noise level. But the food and service and ambiance is top notch. Especially the seafood dishes in the restaurant. I've never had a bad meal there or bad service.
We took 4-course chef's dinner for two. Appetizer was good, pretty tasty, but New York steak was the worst I've ever tried, absolutely tasteless as well as our dessert (flan). I was very disappointed for the price. The Chef's dinner supposed to be the best choice, if so it wasn't even ok, will never come again.
Bad service-not going back!
We went to Oba for Mother's Day and we're looking forward to a good meal as we had dined there before. Our waiter was Mike and he seemed very friendly at first. We placed our order (there were 4 of us) and my husband specifically said to Mike that he was going to split a dish with one of our kids. The entrees came out and I looked at what what's supposed to be the split dish and said for $3, that is a bargain! They put a full meal together for my husband and kid. Mike walked by and we flagged him down to ask if the dish was split and he said no. My husband and I looked at one another and said to Mike we wanted to split this entree. Mike said nothing and my husband said don't worry because he didn't want to make a scene.
Mike didn't say sorry and never stopped by to check on us. When we got the bill we were fully charged for all four entrees (which was fair).
In terms of customer service, say oops or sorry. Offer us a little something, you messed up as a waiter. Come check on us, you left us with no drinks, thus you had a lower tip.
Absolutely fantastic ambient, surprised to have our waitress speak Spanish, great timing on bringing meals and checking in with us, stuning preswntation of meals, the meat was melting in our mouths and I have never eaten before Cesar salad with distinct flavour. Mojitos were authentic. Worth the money!!!!
I had not been to Oba for many years but had good memories of it so when I saw a Groupon for a fixed price 4 course meal for 2 - I decided to go for it. What was a bit odd was that this menu was only for people with Groupons - that is, it could not be ordered by anyone else. Two of the courses were 'shared' (unclear in the groupon offer) and they were both good - a cheesy dipping appetizer and a flan for dessert. The salads were fine, not great. There were two entrees offered - a steak and a fish and we got one of each. Both were overcooked and lacked any flavor. The sides that came with them were good, though (potatoes, vegetables). Our third person ordered off the menu. His entree was so-so. We did get the tableside prepped guacamole and that was the best thing of the whole meal. So - without the groupon, this meal would definitely not have rated the price, and I am willing to pay a lot for a good meal. Service was excellent though and all of the waitstaff were very nice and attentive. I would perhaps try it again and just order more carefully.
We had the 4 course special dinner, which was great. Hot, gooey cheesy chorizo dip with chips, Caesar style green salad, mahi mahi with coconut rice OR New York steak with potatoes and green beans; perfect flan. Terrific cocktails (Margarita and Havana Daquiri) and good wine list. Service was impeccable.
Went to Oba before an event and used a Groupon.
Lovely dinner with my husband. The staff was very helpful and accepted the Groupon happily.
Food was delicious and the courses came out at great timing.
Highly recommend for a date. Loved the decor in the dining room.
Look forward to trying the happy hour.
Our server was great Jeffery guided us through the experience going over wine choices, dishes, and some enjoyed conversation. The food was fantastic! Even though there were children running around and the host continued to play with the lighting I had a great dinner. We will be back! And we will ask if Jeffery is available to be our waiter. Thanks for the wonderful experience it was a special occasion for us and we picked the right place to celebrate. We had the four course dining menu and loved it. Had to add a few things, including some beautiful wines.
Before we had even ordered the owner came up to us and told us we shouldn't eat here because kids come in and only order starters and salad and that we should just go to a drive through. It was very rude and ruined our experience. Lucky the water was very nice and apologized for it.
Oba is a great restaurant. The service is outstanding and the food delicious. My husband is still talking about the Queso Fundido appetizer. He had the Mahi Mahi and loved it. I had the N.Y. steak which was tender and grilled perfectly. Don't forget the Flan for dessert yummy!
Got the Groupon deal. The chorizo dip was good, so was the flan. Ceaser salad was fine. The NY steak was horrible, I asked for medium rare. Red as can be inside and brown on the outside. Zero blood... meat was chewy with barely any flavor. Tasted like they dropped it in boiling water ... threw it on the grill for the marks and served it to me. Presentation was nice... but I can't get over how gross the steak tasted/looked. Stale... dry... not fresh meat. Fine dining? Give me a nice juicy steak.... the Groupon was $56. 18% gratuity. It's not a matter of paying for what you get... I spent $75+ Maybe other food items on the menu are better, not coming back to this place to find out.
Service was good but overall experience suffered mainly due to poor lighting at our table - I could not see my meal, read the bottle of wine info, or really appreciate the guacamole that was prepared tableside. Had I realized how dark the area was, I would have asked to move to another table.
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