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Oba Restaurant

#110 of 3,449 Restaurants in Portland
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555 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3038 (NW Hoyt)
+1 503-704-1520
16:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 16:00 - 22:00
Wed - Thu 16:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 00:30
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Portland, Oregon, USA
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 the main course. We both enjoyed a nice glass of wine with dinner and finished... More 

Thank Greg Z
Vancouver, Washington
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 experience the Cuban inspired kitchen with several flavors. Any of the taco options are safe... More 

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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 back soon, please ask for me. Sincerely Steve McLain More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 appetizers all night and the room was large enough for everyone to mingle & dance.... More 

Thank Mychelle S
Portland, Oregon
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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, so one of our foursome sat for 15+ minutes while her rack of lamb was... More 

Thank Brad G
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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
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144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 blown away! Yum!!! The cocktails were refreshing and delicious as well!!

Thank Lindzard81
Portland, Oregon
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 and good service.

Thank Sheryl A
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

1 Thank Kioers30
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The steak was perfect and went really well with the chipotle/horseradish sauce. It had nice atmosphere and I liked the margarita as well.

Thank dudestupid
Vancouver, Washington
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Oba provides a variety of food options with a Cuban flare. Options include fish, steak, or vegetarian. My favorite dish there has been the macadamia crusted swordfish, but it was recently discontinued. If you are there for dinner try the guacamole made at your table and a house margarita. You can't go wrong with either no matter your main entrée.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$40
Central American, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?