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Oba Restaurant

555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
+1 503-704-1520
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“swordfish” (20 reviews)
“guacamole” (25 reviews)
“arepas” (15 reviews)
Closes in 19 min
All hours
Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We held a business function here, a dinner with approximately 35 people, and had an excellent experience. Communication was clear leading up to the event and it was easy to work with the restaurant staff to drop off some things early and make sure the...More

Thank RedheadedWanderer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a large restaurant and the first table we were seated at was noisy beyond belief. Apparently our faces gave us away and the hostess reseated us immediately. Our booth was much quieter. Great food and service. Tableside guac is a must!

Thank kansastraveler42
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Had a "date night" dinner with my partner at Oba last night. It was fantastic! We started with spicy caipirinhas accompanied by queso fundido. We then each had an Oba Caesar salad. I had the NY strip steak and my partner the mahi mahi for...More

Thank Greg Z
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Like Sheryl below, we usually hit Oba's bar for dinner. The dining room menu is available there, but the real value and fun menu is the happy hour which generously runs til 6:30pm in the early eve. With most HH items under $10, you can...More

1  Thank FoodieWineFun
eater2013, Owner at Oba Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you FoodieWineFun for the great review. My letting me know what you like about Oba I can give feedback to our Great team!! And on another important note, the Swordfish is BACK as a mainstay on our dinner menu. Looking forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This is by far my favorite spot for dinner in downtown. The ambience is amazing and great for romantic dinners or girls night out. The private dining room is spectacular which is where I had my 40th birthday party. Private bartender and servers. We did...More

1  Thank Mychelle S
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We had dinner in the Oba dining room. Interesting deco - bright and festive and different. Our server was very nice and friendly and helpful. She really knew the food and wines. Service was great, except one of our entree's was mis-ordered in the Kitchen,...More

1  Thank Brad G
Reviewed 15 March 2017

We went to Oba because of their advertised Portland Dining Month offerings, we had the prawns and carne asada, both were beautifully presented and delicious. The salad before and desert after were also great additions to the meal.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We had a large group and this place still did an outstanding job making it seem like we were just a small, intimate group. The service was accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable and the food was fresh and delicious! I had the veggie enchiladas and was...More

Thank Lindzard81
Reviewed 15 February 2017

I've been going to Oba for years and it stays consistent. While the food is always average or slightly better, it's never been bad. And the blood orange margarita is to die for. I typically just do the bar, not the restaurant. Lots of seating...More

Thank Sheryl A
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Just love the guacamole made right at your table. The Marion berry marg are a To kill for. Food is great, service is great. Fun place to go with friends

2  Thank Kioers30
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can you tell me the recipe for your Kentucky coffee dring?
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do u still have hh at 9pm?
30 July 2016|
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Response from NickolasB74 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know but it is a great atmosphere. If you are price shopping this is not the place.
do you still have hh at 9pm?
30 July 2016|
Response from Bruce K | Reviewed this property |
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday late-night happy hour: 9 p.m. – close Friday & Saturday late-night happy hour: 10 p.m. – close All evening on Sunday
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Private Dining, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 00:30
16:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038
    (NW Hoyt)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-704-1520
  • E-mail
Located in the heart of the Pearl District, Oba! Restaurant is known for its festive atmosphere, refreshing cocktails and vibrant, award-winning Nuevo Latino cuisine.Oba! Restaurante opened in Portland, Oregon in October 1997 by owner Steve McLain. Executive Chef Luis Contrera's innovative cuisine, explores vibrant flavors from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and across the Americas. Oba!'s menu is where bold latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. Creating a festive, friendly setting in which guests feel welcome and nurtured is Oba!'s ultimate goal. Oba!'s inventive cuisine, stunning design, hand-crafted cocktails and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and 15 successful years.