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.
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), 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 sat in the dining room, but the bar s ...
We sat in the dining room, but the bar seemed like the place to be! The food was very good - the portions are just right to have an appetizer, entree and dessert and feel like you have had a very satisfying meal. We had the Caesar salad, the skirt steak, the halibut, malasadas, and the chocolate dessert. All were very good. The service started out good, but then our server had too many tables and it lagged later on. The bar menu looked great too. There are three items on the dining room menu that serve 2 people - it would be fun to go back and try one of those menu items.
Service was bad. The portions were small ...
Service was bad. The portions were small, but the food was delicious. The worst part was that I forgot my license for drinks. I'm 26 and I know my license number and date of birth. I wish they would have been more accommodating
The guacamole was amazing! Table side pr ...
The guacamole was amazing! Table side prepared and tasted great but that's the only good thing we had at Oba. We ordered salmon, it was only partially cooked, and everything on the plate was cold when it arrived. We also ordered the vegetarian enchiladas. They were hot but nothing special. Why this place is on Portlands 35 must eat at restaurant list is beyond me. Don't bother.
Food was good, but service was not. Had ...
Food was good, but service was not. Had a reservation but still got sat in the back room. Felt forgotten back there. Server was not attentative; took a long time for each course to arrive. Asked for more chips with the ceviche, she acted way put out. Entrees took so long...room was almost empty by then. Got about 4 oz of flank steak, 2 fingerling potatoes cut in half, for $27. Yikes...def not a good value. Good food not amazing, does not warrant such inflated prices.
The first thing I noticed after stepping ...
The first thing I noticed after stepping into the restaurant was that there was a bit of a musty smell. Nothing disturbing but just reminded me of an old building smell. Room was quiet at 5:30, service was excellent, ambiance was good but the food was awesome! We had prime rib and an appetizer and a couple of drinks. Quite spendy but the food was better than most nice restaurants I've been to...truly extraordinary.
Great food, great service . Sat in the d ...
Great food, great service . Sat in the dining room area. Great booths around the outside. For more intimate settings. The prime rib was amazing. Shared the bill with friends: shared two appetizers ( bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers, amazing, and chips and salsa) everyone had one Achoholic beverage per person, and each had entrées ran just under 100 bucks per couple.
The service was great, the food was gorg ...
The service was great, the food was gorgeous...but all I really care about is how it tastes. The chile relleno was boring, it might almost have been frozen and microwaved. It wasn't bad -- just not worth $17. The same applied to salads, a mundane green salad and a jicama salad with too much jicama and not enough greens. I'd have been pretty bummed, except for the lamb -- which was outstanding. Wow! Carmelized brown sauce on a gorgeous cut of lamb, perfectly seared, with greens and quinoa that just complemented the sauce.
Conclusion: Not bad, but not a place for foodies, despite the lamb. Great service. Beautiful presentation, but who cares if the food doesn't deserve it?
I've never been disappointed with Oba an ...
I've never been disappointed with Oba and I've been there numerous times, both at the bar and in the restaurant. Oba offered me a free entree since it was my birthday, so took 2 friends and had a fabulous dinner. They really know how to cook seafood--one had the salmon, another the halibut, and I had skirt steak--all were fantastic. Well prepared, subtle and interesting sauces, great service, beautiful ambience...nothing to complain out, and I'm picky. This is not an inexpensive restaurant, but I put great value, because you get what you paid for. Every preparation from appetizers (made to order at your table guacamole) to the amazing desserts are spot on.
Our experience at OBA this last Tuesday ...
Our experience at OBA this last Tuesday evening was every bit as good as our prior experiences. The food is excellent. The service is very good. It's a little loud when the place is packed and it's a little pricy but the overall experience is worth the price of admission.
This was anniversary date night away fro ...
This was anniversary date night away from the kids and everything was great, especially the waiter Brant. The portion size with price seemed a little out of category for Opentable but acceptably so. I was very pleased with our dinner, my wife had Columbia River Salmon while I enjoyed a perfectly cooked Halibut. Dessert was equally enjoyable as we had the Chocolate Almond Cake and a couple Lattes.
Our dining experience at Oba was beyond ...
Our dining experience at Oba was beyond wonderful. The food was really delicious. We both had halibut, done to perfection. The appetizer vegetables are one of our favorites. I had a marionberry margarita, which was excellent, and the tres leches cocoanut cake while my partner had the 3 little things, also very good. Service was timely and comfortable. Can't wait to return. We have also eaten in the bar, 3 or 4 times, always excellent.
Consistently good food and service! We l ...
Consistently good food and service! We love the food and the ambiance! I especially love the lighting...soft nighttime lighting perfect for dining out! The guacamole made tableside is superb and the paella is not be missed. However, this time I ordered something different: the skirt steak with Chimichurri sauce. It was delish. So great to try a new dish and have be as good as the first dish I had at Oba a few months before. Kudos to the chef and the staff. All great! Thank you for providing a great neighborhood place to bring friends from out of town or just for the residents of the Pearl! We'll be back!
Oba has been my favorite restaurant sinc ...
Oba has been my favorite restaurant since my first experience there years ago. The food and the service are outstanding. I was disappointed to find out my favorite swordfish dish was off the menu and is now an occasional special. The chef sent out an appetizer (shrimp on a corn cake) that was delicious. It almost made up for the menu change. I had the salmon special and it was spectacular. Everyone else's meal was also delicious. This is and will continue to be my "go to" place for dinner.
Always a crowd pleaser
Pros: Was in a group of 8. Everyone got different things and everyone loved their food.
Cons: Halibut portion was smaller than desired. And chips that came with the guacamole were terrible. They taste stale? Pretty disappointed in that.
Salmon was done perfectly and very gener ...
Salmon was done perfectly and very generous serving. We loved the calamari and the bacon wrapped jalapeños. Others with me loved the paella. Great creative drinks. Superb knowledgable service.
The good was fabulous, and the service w ...
The good was fabulous, and the service was excellent. My one complaint was that it was really noisy (the restaurant is basically a big box, so noise reflects), so it was difficult to have a conversation.
Not As Good As Before
Oba has been a favorite spot for my wife and I when we want to go to the Pearl District for a special dinner. It's always been very good. We've often enjoyed the Paella de Oba. This time it was not good at all. Perhaps it was the time of year, but the seafood in the dish tasted freezer burned and the flavor was extremely salty. We told our waiter about the flavor and he replied, "Oh. I'm sorry" and walked away. That was it - no offer for something different. The tapas were very good as always, but I think it will be awhile before we go back and give Oba another try.
We've been to Oba many times for all sorts of various celebrations. Friends get- together, birthday, friends visiting from out of town. The food is exceptional Spanish cuisine which is a treat in itself. The table side guacamole is so fresh and delicious with a generous portion of chips to fully enjoy the appetizer. The paella cannot be beat and we tend to order it each time we come. I especially like the spservice staff: very friendly and knowledgeable of the chef's dishes and offer great recommendations if one is unsure what to order. Kudos to the team at Oba!
Only reason for not all five stars is no ...
Only reason for not all five stars is noise level is overwhelming. Makes it hard to keep a conversation going. Outside is great for Happy Hour when the weather is nice. Late night in spring, too cold. Excellent food, great service . Will return despite the noise.
Dinner at Oba was as good as usual, but ...
Dinner at Oba was as good as usual, but the overall experience wasn't as much of a treat. We requested a booth and got one, which cut way down on noise. But this was the second time the Hostess put priority on her call, rather than the patron waiting in front of her face. Felt a bit disregarded, then she seated us in the booth right next to the wait station. Portions were pretty small and I miss some of the "old" menu items, but the dishes are always interesting and delicious. Not sure if they got unusually busy for a Thursday evening, but we only saw our waiter 3 times for drink order, dinner order, dessert order. A "parade" of other employees brought all the drinks, courses, etc. The Salmon Special was the best meal and the Chocolate /Almond cake "del ice" was decadent.
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