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28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232-3145
+1 503-232-6652
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good42%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Opens in 25 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232-3145
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed everything we tasted here - catfish, beef short ribs with grits, fried okra, sweet potato fries, cornbread, bread pudding. Each was impeccably seasoned. As in other "small plates" restaurants, items come with nothing else on the plate, so the bill adds up. Ours,...More

Thank HenryW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chef Anh Luu prepared and produced an awesome multi course meal for 13 of us in celebration of our daughter's university graduation. She proposed a menu which we tweaked with her to make a custom meal that our family would love. Each course was perfectly...More

Thank mmatteucci
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Ive eaten here a few times and its always great. One time we ordered pretty much the entire menu for a large group.. Amazing. I also highly recommend for brunch, its a secret sweet spot.

Thank ego-trippin
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Meals are served tapis style. Usually, this is not my favorite approach. However, for this restaurant I loved it. The small plates give everyone an opportunity to sample several dishes. I had blackened catfish, popcorn shrimp, buttered corn bread muffins, beignets, and café de Monde....More

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I have eaten at Tapalaya on at least 5 occasions with company and without. It is a strange place because it kind of has a bizarre interior. The food is New Orleans/Cajun Style and it is very good. They kind of have the small plate...More

Thank Milestogo007
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Small plates-our group had fried okra, creamed spinach (best ever!), crabby mac (mac & cheese with crab), crawfish and grits, red beans and rice, vegetarian greens and corn bread. Every dish was really outstanding.

Thank mginabq
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I love their Happy Hour sitting at a table out on the sidewalk. As a vegetarian this place has some great options and keeps the meat eaters happy too! Grits, mississippi caviar (black-eyed peas, red onions, celery and bell peppers marinated in a red wine...More

1  Thank Kj S
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This place has become my new favorite brunch location. It has not yet become saturated by tourists or hipsters and stands out as awesome Creole cuisine at "old Portland" prices. We drove by a giant line at Screen Door on our way back home and...More

1  Thank Jenn W
Reviewed 12 September 2016

We dined at Tapalaya with some friends back in 2010 on a whim and we visited it again on a whim after 6 years. It is amazing the place still retains its charm after 6 years! That was simply amazing for us. Even some of...More

Reviewed 7 September 2016

We had the opportunity to eat at Tapalaya twice during the past week. Both times it was a genuine pleasure to be there and enjoy the food and the atmosphere. It was the menu that brought us in to begin with. A quick look told...More

Thank David M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232-3145
    (Between Burnside & Couch)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-232-6652
  • E-mail
Tapalaya is the worlds first tapas (small-plates) restaurant serving Cajun/Creole cuisine.

Everything on our menu is made from scratch, with love. The plates of food are small (appetizer or side items size) and perfect for sharing and pairing. Menu items highlight New Orleans favorites: Jambalaya, Collard Greens, N"awlins BBQ Shrimp, Corn Bread and Po'Boys (just to name a few).

Join us for Live Music every Thursday and Happy Hour Every day (4:30-6:00pm).