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
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!
We had such a terrible experience with the employees that we will never dine at OBA again. The hostess was rude and confrontational, the manager did not handle the situation as it should have been handled, overall a very unpleasant experience.
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.
Perfect for our late mother's day celebr ...
Perfect for our late mother's day celebration. Quiet enough for the elderly members of the family and clean plates all around.
Okay food, however portions was not wort ...
Okay food, however portions was not worth the price.
Great Service Decent Food.. Overpriced
I made Saturday night reservations for me and my two young adult children. Our waiter was top notched, made great recommendations and was attentive. The room wasn't even close to full, but the noise level had us shouting all night which wasn't fun. The food was great, but seemingly uninspired. I will give them major kudos for having gluten free, vegan choices. Overall a nice evening, but way overpriced for the quality of food.
This isn't the first time I've visited Oba. This time around it was for Mother's Day dinner. The food was fantastic, as ever. I got the Paella which was outstanding, and my party started the meal with the calamari, which was perfectly cooked, and the table side guacamole which is a treat and I love the options to customize.
I am never disappointed in Oba. Food is always good and service is second to none. Best Caesar Salad in all of Portland.
Love this place!
I love Oba. I would have to say it is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, and that says a lot. The food is always good, and the service has never faltered. This is my go-to place and I will continue to dine here. I struggle with many food allergies, and I was able to find something on their menu I could eat--with NO modifications! Unbelievable.
The food was amazing. Service was a little slow, but I would still go back anytime.
Not impressed... :(
I had been here a few times for Happy hour and the food was delish, however my date was in town from LA and was excited to try this place based off location & type of food that would be prepared. We were disappointed in the food we ordered. The waitress said the tamales are to "doughy" we was grateful for her honesty but she recommended we try "Carne Estilo Churrasco, & Enchiladas de Vegetales" since my date wanted something cheesy and he added meat to it....overall I only ate the steak on my carne meal, & he sent his enchiladas back. We just didn't have a good food experience taste wise, we ended up grabbing a burger somewhere after leaving, but the restaurant itself has a nice ambiance...Might only come back for Happy Hour in the future.
We love this restaurant. It's our go to place for Happy Hour and get togethers with friends in the dining room. Fabulous food, service and ambiance. Highly recommended!
2016 Dining Month Visit
I went to Oba for Dining Month. It's always been my favorite restaurant and it didn't disappoint. My server recommended the steelhead and it was delicious. I had a flight of 3 wines and each complimented the course it was served with - salad appetizer, fish entrée, and dessert. As usual the service was excellent.
Saturday, 3/26/16, 7:30 or so. Oba was busy, as one should expect. But, the kitchen and bar were in the weeds. Too thick for a saturday night, when they knew it would be busy. We ordered two drinks. One took 10 minutes and the other took an additional 5 minutes, after inquiring twice. Bar service did not improve throughout the evening. Appetizers came out 8 minutes apart. I asked the server to be sure our entres came out together, and they did. Management offered dessert to compensate, which was nice. We love Oba, and will return. Just not a great experience this time. The food, as usual was terrific. Thanks for the opportunity to vent.
Food was fair. Oba charging a $25 corka ...
Food was fair. Oba charging a $25 corkage fee is ridiculous.
Great Dining Month menu
We based our reservation on the menu off Portland Dining Month. There seemed to be a good variety between the appetizer and entree so my husband and I could sample all the different choices. The dessert did not have a choice but it was good nonetheless. The kale salad was absolutely delicious, the dressing was the star. The soup was good but not as memorable as the salad. My husband had the lamb meatballs which was ok but the highlight was the steelhead, perfectly prepared, moist, and the accompanying vegetables on the plate was perfectly seasoned. The Empanada de Manzana we had for dessert was a sweet ending but they could have added a little more apple filling to my liking. All in all, the ambiance and decor was beautiful. Also a must have is their guacamole! It's pricey, but it was the best guac I've ever had!
Oba is consistently great and we have had several family dinners there over a few years. Wait staff is knowledgeable and fun, good with children and they have a decent kids menu. Menu is inventive and Cuban flavors are tasty and different. It can be loud, but the early dinner hours are very comfortable for conversation. I am sure it is a fun bar and evening scene, too!
The restaurant is very nice and the service was good. The entree was a little bit disappointing.
Everything was very average
Small servings. Nothing extra (bred, etc) average at bet but very pricey. I will not be going back
Back on top!
We have been going here for over 5 years and our last visit was the best yet. Chris, our waiter, and the guac guy provided excellent service. I always like to get the carne beef and once, it was not good, only once. This time it was cooked to perfection and the cut was superb! Medium the way medium should be. My husband had the shrimp dish and he found it to be excellent as well. Yes, there was a little bump when changing chefs, but there back on top in our view!
Portland's Dining Out Month
We thoroughly enjoyed every item we chose from the special menu. The flavors were AMAZING and I left feeling satisfied but not gorged! The drinks were also great! HIGH recommendation!
Excellent food, drinks and service
what more can you ask for?? It's one of our favorites.
Fit for beef foodies. Found out they on ...
Fit for beef foodies. Found out they only have 3 items on the menu with possibility of gluten. The salad bar could be a full meal without the continuous meat for vegetarians.
Service was great, appetizer was excelle ...
Service was great, appetizer was excellent the rest of the food was good but bland.
Great Latin Fusion Meal
We took advantage of Portland's Restaurant Month to try this restaurant. The place is very attractive and we were happy to be seated in the quieter room. The tableside made guacamole was delicious as was the rest of the meal. We loved the food and the wait staff were friendly friendly and attentive. The recommended wine was, of course, from Oregon and was excellent. We had a very lovely meal and will return.
We love going to Oba!
The food is fabulous & the atmosphere is excellent. Our served was attentive and amazing. Only wish we could make it to Oba more often! It was perfect for these overworked parents who rarely get a date night. Thanks!!
Worth flying for...
Oba was recommended to us in 2007 when we stopped in Portland for the night and nine years later we flew back to Portland just for dinner. I think it would be an overstatement to suggest Oba is the best restaurant in the world, but the menu, ambience, and staff come together in a compelling way that make it absolutely worth the visit. We visited a number of restaurants in Portland this time around, and none of them pull it together the way Oba does, and to that end it feels a little out of place in the Pearl District ... which makes it that much more welcome. The cocktails are interesting and well-assembled, the menu is diverse enough to satisfy wide range of tastes, and the staff is friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back - hopefully our next trip won't take nearly a decade!
Wonderful Valentine's Day there!
I searched this restaurant out because as my husband and I passed through Portland on Valentine's Day I wanted a kind of "Portlandia" experience as we recently binge watched that show. I surprised him with this reservation. OBA was far more upscale than we'd expected and it was utterly gorgeous. Every single bite of food/cocktail we devoured were excellent. We had the large plates of shrimp and shredded beef "frita" over the most delicious manchego gratin. My husband had ordered flowers delivered to our table which happened flawlessly and what a surprise! We had a fantastic time-it was an easy walk from our hotel and we enjoyed every single minute!
Our waitress was a gem.
Classy action in response to our appetizers taking FOREVER...they were comped and the waitress was a gem.
Miss the old Chef
We have been going to Oba for years now. Usually 2-3 times per year. Always loved it. The last few times however it has been medicare. It's not bad food, but very overpriced for what is now is. I asked the waiter, who was awesome, what happened and be said the old Chef moved to Texas and they got a new one. He said the new chef put his own spin on the dishes and that we were not the first ones to ask about it. Its still ok food, but unfortunately just not what it was. We likley won't return.
Always great food and drinks!
Oba is always fantastic. I have yet to have a any thing but a great meal here. The service cam be affected by rush hours a bit, but it's still my favorite in the Pearl.
Husbands Special Night
We went to Oba for my husband's birthday this last weekend, we went as a family so even the kids came with us. It was perfect! The kids LOVED their food and of course as did we. Our server was so accommodating and very knowledgeable of the menu. Made great recommendations.
My husband and I have been eating here for the past 16 years dining at least once a month. Oba was our favorite place to dine until recently. The service is always excellent, however we are not happy with the menu change. For example Vaca Frita was our absolute favorite until the new chef came on board and changed it. We have tried the new style a couple of times, each time trying to give it a chance but we just don't like it. They also took Coconut Shrimp off the menu as well among other items. We would dine here at least once a month, but now with the changes we probably will not be eating here as much as we have in the past. This is just my opinion and I am sure other people like the change, I guess everyone is different. I wish the would bring Vaca Frita back to the way it used to be.
My friend and decided to try Oba to celebrate her birthday. It was a good choice. I originally reserved a table on Open Table for Feb.7, but got a call the following Tuesday letting me know there had been an error with the on-line system. The restruant was closed that day. However, they went out of their way to make it up to us with a complementary guacamole appetizer. Very good! We decided to share a dish which was very tasty, but had a couple of drawbacks. The "chorizo slices" were VERY hard and the clams were super tiny. The other ingredients were fine. The staff was very attentive and welcoming. I will go there again.
Happy hour had great food and prices. A new favorite for us.
The food was the best of Latin culture. ...
The food was the best of Latin culture. The bacon wrapped jalapeño so delicious. Loved the seafood packed paella and mango martini. Dessert was sublime. Go and enjoy!
We went on a quiet Monday night with $120 of gift certificates. We ordered paella and a bunch of small plates. The food was nondescript and not memorable at all. I feel like there was no quality to the dishes, for example the coconut shrimp was not as good as Trader Joe's freezer brand. Maybe it was an off night or maybe the kitchen is resting on it's previous laurels... The desserts were good although the banana fritters were small. The frozen chocolate ganache/gelato was the best thing of the entire meal. The service was fine. I was happy I did not spend my money and will not return with so many better Portland options.
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