Encanto Restaurant

★★★★☆

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No longer open, now Cafe Cubano (which won't be open long either, I don't think...)

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★★★☆☆

No longer open, now Cafe Cubano (which won't be open long either, I don't think...)

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It is now Cafe Cubano - Cuban food if your looking for New Mexican food don't bother stopping by

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★☆☆☆☆

It is now Cafe Cubano - Cuban food if your looking for New Mexican food don't bother stopping by

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Encanto closed in December 2008. Cafe Cubano has now opened in the former Encanto space. Cafe Cubano doesn't seem to have its own listing yet in Citysearch.

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★★★☆☆

Encanto closed in December 2008. Cafe Cubano has now opened in the former Encanto space. Cafe Cubano doesn't seem to have its own listing yet in Citysearch.

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When this place first opened they had a great happy hour so we wanted to try it out. The drinks were well priced and they had a few appetizers that were fairly cheap. The beat salad was great as was the queso fundido. I highly recommend you check this place out.

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★★★★☆

When this place first opened they had a great happy hour so we wanted to try it out. The drinks were well priced and they had a few appetizers that were fairly cheap. The beat salad was great as was the queso fundido. I highly recommend you check this place out.

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Everything was average. The food was average, the appetizers were average, the drinks were average. The prices were a little high but basically just average. The decor is above average but besides that its just..... average.

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★★★☆☆

Everything was average. The food was average, the appetizers were average, the drinks were average. The prices were a little high but basically just average. The decor is above average but besides that its just..... average.

Pros: location, parking, environment

Cons: prices, limited selection

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This is a very attractive space with a sophisticated feel. Encanto is a nice date restaurant, but it also caters to families with reasonable prices, a varied kids menu, and outdoor seating. My 4 year old daughter and I LOVE the Sopaipillas with honey drizzled on top. The last time I was in we had a Guacamole special appetizer that was fantastic. I had trouble finishing my delicious Carne Adovada Stuffed Sopaipilla entree, it was so stuffed with tender juicy pork. For desert I have had both the Tres Leche which is marvelously creamy, and the Flourless Chocolate and Canela Torte which is decadent and dense. I love them both. My next visit to this North Portland gem could not come too soon.

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★★★★★

This is a very attractive space with a sophisticated feel. Encanto is a nice date restaurant, but it also caters to families with reasonable prices, a varied kids menu, and outdoor seating. My 4 year old daughter and I LOVE the Sopaipillas with honey drizzled on top. The last time I was in we had a Guacamole special appetizer that was fantastic. I had trouble finishing my delicious Carne Adovada Stuffed Sopaipilla entree, it was so stuffed with tender juicy pork. For desert I have had both the Tres Leche which is marvelously creamy, and the Flourless Chocolate and Canela Torte which is decadent and dense. I love them both. My next visit to this North Portland gem could not come too soon.

Pros: great food good prices

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Went here for the first time last weekend and had a fabulous dinner. The special clam appetizer was huge and almost ruined my appetite for dinner but I managed to find room for yummy beef shortribs in a delicious red pepper sauce. Don't be fooled..this is NOT a Mexican restaurant, it's food more familiar to those from New Mexico, USA. Southwestern food with a mexican flair. Dessert was especially amazing (Frangelico Creme Brulee) and I left feeling stuffed to the gills, but satisfied completely. For my husband and I it was $100 bucks after the tip; not bad for a bottle of wine, appetizers, main course, dessert and coffee for the both of us. My one real complaint would be the cost of the margaritas. We opted for wine instead of margaritas because of the amazing price of $12.00 per drink. Even for a top shelf margarita that is an outrageous fee! Imagine if we both had 2 drinks...we'd be up to almost 50 bucks just in liquour. Stick to the reasonably priced wine list.

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★★★★☆

Went here for the first time last weekend and had a fabulous dinner. The special clam appetizer was huge and almost ruined my appetite for dinner but I managed to find room for yummy beef shortribs in a delicious red pepper sauce. Don't be fooled..this is NOT a Mexican restaurant, it's food more familiar to those from New Mexico, USA. Southwestern food with a mexican flair. Dessert was especially amazing (Frangelico Creme Brulee) and I left feeling stuffed to the gills, but satisfied completely. For my husband and I it was $100 bucks after the tip; not bad for a bottle of wine, appetizers, main course, dessert and coffee for the both of us. My one real complaint would be the cost of the margaritas. We opted for wine instead of margaritas because of the amazing price of $12.00 per drink. Even for a top shelf margarita that is an outrageous fee! Imagine if we both had 2 drinks...we'd be up to almost 50 bucks just in liquour. Stick to the reasonably priced wine list.

Pros: Food was delicious, portions large, service good

Cons: Pricey margaritas, atmosphere so/so

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I usually don't put much stock in these reviews because the really excited 5 star reviews sound like they own the place and the really harsh reviews sound like they work at the competition. But, how on planet earth could you give Encanto a 1 star??? I have lived in North Portland for 10 years an literally can only eat at a couple of restarants. Most of the restarants sick me out. My wife and I work in the Wells Fargo building downtown, so we usually go out around there after work. But now, our neighborhood has a couple of good restarants that are worth mentioning. One being Encanto. The food is really quite good. Especially for my good ol' NoPo.

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★★★★☆

I usually don't put much stock in these reviews because the really excited 5 star reviews sound like they own the place and the really harsh reviews sound like they work at the competition. But, how on planet earth could you give Encanto a 1 star??? I have lived in North Portland for 10 years an literally can only eat at a couple of restarants. Most of the restarants sick me out. My wife and I work in the Wells Fargo building downtown, so we usually go out around there after work. But now, our neighborhood has a couple of good restarants that are worth mentioning. One being Encanto. The food is really quite good. Especially for my good ol' NoPo.

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Since my boyfriend is remodeling our kitchen....we eat out A LOT, and this place is a gem.
If you can't handle spice, don't even bother. Not only does North Portland NEED places like this, it was quite enjoyable. Pumpkin seed pesto on warm goat cheese with home-made chips?!?!?! Oh man that stuff is good. If you're into heat, start with the Jalepeno Martini, get the goat cheese app, and try the slow cooked pork for an entree. Afterwards, to extinguish your mouth that is now on fire, try the 3 milk soaked cake. Failry large portions, totally sharable and Mmmmm Mmmmm tastey! This place has a warm enjoyable ambiance. The only thing missing that I would have loved, is a booth to sit in.
Help support up-and-coming areas like NoPo and St Johns!!

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★★★★★

Since my boyfriend is remodeling our kitchen....we eat out A LOT, and this place is a gem.
If you can't handle spice, don't even bother. Not only does North Portland NEED places like this, it was quite enjoyable. Pumpkin seed pesto on warm goat cheese with home-made chips?!?!?! Oh man that stuff is good. If you're into heat, start with the Jalepeno Martini, get the goat cheese app, and try the slow cooked pork for an entree. Afterwards, to extinguish your mouth that is now on fire, try the 3 milk soaked cake. Failry large portions, totally sharable and Mmmmm Mmmmm tastey! This place has a warm enjoyable ambiance. The only thing missing that I would have loved, is a booth to sit in.
Help support up-and-coming areas like NoPo and St Johns!!

Pros: Good food good service

Cons: service started out a little slow then picked up and was great, and this place needs booths.

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Dear beloved neighbor,
After another visit.... You brilliantly opened for business in our hood. A pioneer. You filled a void before anyone else. We appreciate that. I have been in to dine a number of times and just want to let you know I will be in a number of more occasions. I've worked in the industry for years and appreciate growth and understanding over time. I like your niche. I frequently have had your enchiladas and think they are delicious. To be honest, I crave them. I love how you so graciously encourage both sauces. Your rice and beans have yet to grab my palate as necessary. Keep tweaking the recipes. Your margaritas are amazing, you could improve on your vino glassware and selection. Your service is divine. One thought I have is that your lighting is to bright, what could you do to add warmth? I will continue to watch you blossom... Congratulations.

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★★★★☆

Dear beloved neighbor,
After another visit.... You brilliantly opened for business in our hood. A pioneer. You filled a void before anyone else. We appreciate that. I have been in to dine a number of times and just want to let you know I will be in a number of more occasions. I've worked in the industry for years and appreciate growth and understanding over time. I like your niche. I frequently have had your enchiladas and think they are delicious. To be honest, I crave them. I love how you so graciously encourage both sauces. Your rice and beans have yet to grab my palate as necessary. Keep tweaking the recipes. Your margaritas are amazing, you could improve on your vino glassware and selection. Your service is divine. One thought I have is that your lighting is to bright, what could you do to add warmth? I will continue to watch you blossom... Congratulations.

Pros: St. Johns baby... concept...

Cons: smoothing out the edges, bright lights...

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Once again we come away from Encanto impressed and satisfied. We love the comfortable, unpretentious surroundings -great music in the background- but the real star is the food. The menu is innovative and the dishes well prepared. Other diners gripes about the rice and beans seem to me quite beside the point. No other restaurant in Portland is doing exactly this and I am so glad to have such a jewel right down the street when I would gladly drive across town for such culinary craftsmanship. The highpoint of tonight's birthday celebration meal was the blue crab risotto crab cake - substantial, the tallest crab cake I've ever seen - but as delicate as an angel's sigh. The hangar steak on mushroom ceviche was delectable and an improvement on the earlier version with flank. The Adovada stuffed Spaipillas knocked us out - no room for dessert and that's fine with me. Rock on Encanto - we'll be back for our next special dinner out.

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★★★★★

Once again we come away from Encanto impressed and satisfied. We love the comfortable, unpretentious surroundings -great music in the background- but the real star is the food. The menu is innovative and the dishes well prepared. Other diners gripes about the rice and beans seem to me quite beside the point. No other restaurant in Portland is doing exactly this and I am so glad to have such a jewel right down the street when I would gladly drive across town for such culinary craftsmanship. The highpoint of tonight's birthday celebration meal was the blue crab risotto crab cake - substantial, the tallest crab cake I've ever seen - but as delicate as an angel's sigh. The hangar steak on mushroom ceviche was delectable and an improvement on the earlier version with flank. The Adovada stuffed Spaipillas knocked us out - no room for dessert and that's fine with me. Rock on Encanto - we'll be back for our next special dinner out.

Pros: intelligent cuisine, unpretentious

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Twice I've dined at Encanto, both times with native New Mexicans. Twice I have been overwhelmed with how delicious the food is, and how welcoming the atmosphere and service is. The Pueblo style enchiladas are a dream! Twice my New Mexican friends remarked on what a wonderful place it is. Encanto may have their own take on New Mexican cuisine, but it's an amazing take, and well word the drive out toward St. Johns.

Be careful though... Twice I've also eaten far too much!

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★★★★☆

Twice I've dined at Encanto, both times with native New Mexicans. Twice I have been overwhelmed with how delicious the food is, and how welcoming the atmosphere and service is. The Pueblo style enchiladas are a dream! Twice my New Mexican friends remarked on what a wonderful place it is. Encanto may have their own take on New Mexican cuisine, but it's an amazing take, and well word the drive out toward St. Johns.

Be careful though... Twice I've also eaten far too much!

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We love that this restaraunt is located so close to our house. It's sad to see all of the other bad reviews on here. I can say we go here almost every Thursday night for dinner and drinks and haven't had bad service once. The first time we came we weren't sure what to expect from the food, but was pleasantly surprised! I usually don't like spicy food, but it's a unique spicy taste that makes your mouth tingle-for more! They also have a few entrees and appitizers for those who don't want to experience the tingle.
I recommend sitting at the bar or on the patio for fun. The Carne Adovado Sopapilla is my FAVORITE! My hubby gets the Chile rellano which the stuffing changes to match what is in season. You cannot go wrong with the margaritas! The fun wait staff is easy going and are eager to please.
For those who experienced bad service here, go back and try it again!

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★★★★★

We love that this restaraunt is located so close to our house. It's sad to see all of the other bad reviews on here. I can say we go here almost every Thursday night for dinner and drinks and haven't had bad service once. The first time we came we weren't sure what to expect from the food, but was pleasantly surprised! I usually don't like spicy food, but it's a unique spicy taste that makes your mouth tingle-for more! They also have a few entrees and appitizers for those who don't want to experience the tingle.
I recommend sitting at the bar or on the patio for fun. The Carne Adovado Sopapilla is my FAVORITE! My hubby gets the Chile rellano which the stuffing changes to match what is in season. You cannot go wrong with the margaritas! The fun wait staff is easy going and are eager to please.
For those who experienced bad service here, go back and try it again!

Pros: Yummy food and drinks, clean and cool atmosphere, location

Cons: Parking can be tricky

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The meals are interesting and tasty with unique combinations and a great speacials menue. The Drinks are freshly made. Sit at the bar and watch the drinks being made or sit out back in the garden. This is a great addition to central nopo.

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★★★★★

The meals are interesting and tasty with unique combinations and a great speacials menue. The Drinks are freshly made. Sit at the bar and watch the drinks being made or sit out back in the garden. This is a great addition to central nopo.

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We absolutely love Encanto! Not only has the area been desperately needing more great places to eat, but the food is so good, I always end up eating more than I should. We usually end up ordering mostly appetizers and turn it into a tapas kind of meal. My only complaint is that they usually only have one or two choices for dessert(all of which have been super yummy), more selection in the sugar department is always good. We're taking out of town friends there tonight and I'm so excited.

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★★★★★

We absolutely love Encanto! Not only has the area been desperately needing more great places to eat, but the food is so good, I always end up eating more than I should. We usually end up ordering mostly appetizers and turn it into a tapas kind of meal. My only complaint is that they usually only have one or two choices for dessert(all of which have been super yummy), more selection in the sugar department is always good. We're taking out of town friends there tonight and I'm so excited.

Pros: everything

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I love Encanto! It opened up recently in my neighborhood of St. John's. We really needed a restaurant with this high quality of food, and it rises to the occasion. Being from the Southwest I am snotty about the Mexican and New Mexican food available here in Portland. Most of it tastes like bandaids or paper. But, man, the food at Encanto blew me away! The enchiladas were fantastic and even the chile relleno (though not authentic by any means) was good though maybe a little bland. It was some of the best food I've had in a while.
Encanto has a big challenge ahead of it. It's not located very well for the type of customers that will enjoy it most and be frequenters. But if it keeps up with the food, it will attract people from around town. There's one catch. If the owner wants this to be as successful as it can be, he/she is going to need to either put the serving staff through intensive customer service boot camp or ditch 'em all and bring on board people who don't resent having to get things for customers. Despite the darling water/busgirl, the staff were off-putting and probably should have worn t-shirts that said "You're here to eat. Not to ask me things" Our cokes were flat so we asked for more. The bartender looked like I asked her to clean my toilet and wouldn't believe me when I said it was flat. She held on to this resentment toward the end and scowled at us when walking out. Our waiter was just weird. He never brought out the appetizer and even though I kept reminding him of it, he would sneer until finally he brought the check and the I noted he charged us for the appetizer. So we got goat cheese and chips as dessert and still had to pay for it!!! The list goes on. Encanto has a future, and I will continue to eat there despite the grade school mentality nurtured by the wait staff, but a million bucks says it will crash unless the servers (especially the bartender) get some time in detention.

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★★★★☆

I love Encanto! It opened up recently in my neighborhood of St. John's. We really needed a restaurant with this high quality of food, and it rises to the occasion. Being from the Southwest I am snotty about the Mexican and New Mexican food available here in Portland. Most of it tastes like bandaids or paper. But, man, the food at Encanto blew me away! The enchiladas were fantastic and even the chile relleno (though not authentic by any means) was good though maybe a little bland. It was some of the best food I've had in a while.
Encanto has a big challenge ahead of it. It's not located very well for the type of customers that will enjoy it most and be frequenters. But if it keeps up with the food, it will attract people from around town. There's one catch. If the owner wants this to be as successful as it can be, he/she is going to need to either put the serving staff through intensive customer service boot camp or ditch 'em all and bring on board people who don't resent having to get things for customers. Despite the darling water/busgirl, the staff were off-putting and probably should have worn t-shirts that said "You're here to eat. Not to ask me things" Our cokes were flat so we asked for more. The bartender looked like I asked her to clean my toilet and wouldn't believe me when I said it was flat. She held on to this resentment toward the end and scowled at us when walking out. Our waiter was just weird. He never brought out the appetizer and even though I kept reminding him of it, he would sneer until finally he brought the check and the I noted he charged us for the appetizer. So we got goat cheese and chips as dessert and still had to pay for it!!! The list goes on. Encanto has a future, and I will continue to eat there despite the grade school mentality nurtured by the wait staff, but a million bucks says it will crash unless the servers (especially the bartender) get some time in detention.

Pros: Excellent Food, Cool Patio

Cons: Mean Service

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Just opened in January? I am just thankful that a restaurant like this exists! No place in Portland but here can you find sopapillas! But that doesn't begin to portray the interesting selection. You do not need to be from New Mexico to appreciate the entrees in fact, the entrees speak for themselves. The are varied and unique. I can't wait to go back and try them all! Not only is the pricing fair, the servings are pretty big and filling! I agree with the reviewer, save room for dessert! Not sure what a few of the other reviewers meant about the food...I found everything flaverful and tasty. I had the Buffalo shortribs (no bone) with polenta that was outrageous. My friend had roasted vegetable enchiladas, yum! The drinks are worth going for - by themselves. Try a tangerine shot or the house margarita. It is good North Portland finally has a place like this. Oh, they have a really neat outdoor area and you can bring the kids along!

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★★★★★

Just opened in January? I am just thankful that a restaurant like this exists! No place in Portland but here can you find sopapillas! But that doesn't begin to portray the interesting selection. You do not need to be from New Mexico to appreciate the entrees in fact, the entrees speak for themselves. The are varied and unique. I can't wait to go back and try them all! Not only is the pricing fair, the servings are pretty big and filling! I agree with the reviewer, save room for dessert! Not sure what a few of the other reviewers meant about the food...I found everything flaverful and tasty. I had the Buffalo shortribs (no bone) with polenta that was outrageous. My friend had roasted vegetable enchiladas, yum! The drinks are worth going for - by themselves. Try a tangerine shot or the house margarita. It is good North Portland finally has a place like this. Oh, they have a really neat outdoor area and you can bring the kids along!

Pros: Price, cocktails and sopapillas

Cons: not open for lunch

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I went to Encanto with some trepidation after reading the previous reviews. However, I found the place to be outstanding. The drinks were good, service very friendly, and food was excellent...defintely not tasteless as previously described. For starters, the roasted beat with serrano/goat cheese sauce was delicious. The carne adovada stuffed sopapilla was some of the best adovada I have had (and I used to live in New Mexico). My only negative comment about the place is that the portions are way too big. Be sure to leave room for dessert...but order it from the starters menu. The sopapillas are lightly fried, super puffy, and served hot. Perfect way to end a perfect meal.

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★★★★★

I went to Encanto with some trepidation after reading the previous reviews. However, I found the place to be outstanding. The drinks were good, service very friendly, and food was excellent...defintely not tasteless as previously described. For starters, the roasted beat with serrano/goat cheese sauce was delicious. The carne adovada stuffed sopapilla was some of the best adovada I have had (and I used to live in New Mexico). My only negative comment about the place is that the portions are way too big. Be sure to leave room for dessert...but order it from the starters menu. The sopapillas are lightly fried, super puffy, and served hot. Perfect way to end a perfect meal.

Pros: Excellent New Mexican Fare

Cons: gigantic portions

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I was really excited to see such a unique new space going in. Tried it on opening night, just for drinks, loved it! Went back for dinner and drinks... it was terrible. We all ordered different entrees and every single one of us was unable to even finish. The entrees have no taste, but are extremely spicy. Beans and rice may as well be oatmeal, you can't distinguish a single flavor. All of the meat is tender, but flavorless. Went back a second and third time, figuring the chef needed time to figure out his style... but we were just more and more disappointed. We even ordered the special, rock shrimp, which tasted like everything else we've eaten there... spicy nothingness. We finally just gave up.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was really excited to see such a unique new space going in. Tried it on opening night, just for drinks, loved it! Went back for dinner and drinks... it was terrible. We all ordered different entrees and every single one of us was unable to even finish. The entrees have no taste, but are extremely spicy. Beans and rice may as well be oatmeal, you can't distinguish a single flavor. All of the meat is tender, but flavorless. Went back a second and third time, figuring the chef needed time to figure out his style... but we were just more and more disappointed. We even ordered the special, rock shrimp, which tasted like everything else we've eaten there... spicy nothingness. We finally just gave up.

Pros: Cute space

Cons: Loud, poor service, terrible food, uncomfortable seating, inconsistant drinks.

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I was really excited about a New Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood outside of the typical taqueria joints in Nopo. The drinks were made wth love and the service was great. I had few starters and they were excellent. The pork stew and the flank steak ceviche with mushrooms were both flavorful and satisfying that I anticipated my next visit to continue on down the menu. On the next visit drinks were excellent as before with great service, but when my entree arose I was quite disappointed. The rice had no flavor at all, no salt, dry, and a dash of color. The beans likewise. I had the carne adobada and it was tender but not flavorful just a spicy hot. My partner had the Steak enchiladas with the fried egg. I do have to say the egg made it delicious on top of the delicious steak, but unfortunately it was set a side rice and beans that were nothing to rave about. I look forward to continue to enjoy the great drinks and starters but I?ll hold off on the entrees for the time being.

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★★★☆☆

I was really excited about a New Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood outside of the typical taqueria joints in Nopo. The drinks were made wth love and the service was great. I had few starters and they were excellent. The pork stew and the flank steak ceviche with mushrooms were both flavorful and satisfying that I anticipated my next visit to continue on down the menu. On the next visit drinks were excellent as before with great service, but when my entree arose I was quite disappointed. The rice had no flavor at all, no salt, dry, and a dash of color. The beans likewise. I had the carne adobada and it was tender but not flavorful just a spicy hot. My partner had the Steak enchiladas with the fried egg. I do have to say the egg made it delicious on top of the delicious steak, but unfortunately it was set a side rice and beans that were nothing to rave about. I look forward to continue to enjoy the great drinks and starters but I?ll hold off on the entrees for the time being.

Pros: Delicious cocktails and starters

Cons: Entrees need a bit of help

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Visited Encanto for the first time last week. I moved to Portland from Albuquerque, so I was skeptical that true New Mexican could be recreated. I'm very impressed! The Green Chile Stew rocks. The sangria was flawless, someone asked me if I wanted red or green and my enchilada entree was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I'm so glad Encanto is here!!!!

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★★★★★

Visited Encanto for the first time last week. I moved to Portland from Albuquerque, so I was skeptical that true New Mexican could be recreated. I'm very impressed! The Green Chile Stew rocks. The sangria was flawless, someone asked me if I wanted red or green and my enchilada entree was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. I'm so glad Encanto is here!!!!

Pros: Green chile stew, excellent service and authentic taste

Cons: a little pricey

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Was disappointed that happy hour is advertised but not actually offered yet. Ordered drinks anyway and was very pleased - great bar! The food was just okay. I was anxious to try Encanto because of the reviews, mostly great with one exception. I'm afraid I agree more with the review about the food not being very flavorful. My family hails from Mexico so I was very disappointed with what are our staples, beans and rice. There was no flavor at all. I liked the spiciness (the mild was almost too spicy though) but the food needs much more flavor. The desserts were very good but I agree that for the money, it should be a much better all around experience. We'll go back sometime but not in a great rush.

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★★★☆☆

Was disappointed that happy hour is advertised but not actually offered yet. Ordered drinks anyway and was very pleased - great bar! The food was just okay. I was anxious to try Encanto because of the reviews, mostly great with one exception. I'm afraid I agree more with the review about the food not being very flavorful. My family hails from Mexico so I was very disappointed with what are our staples, beans and rice. There was no flavor at all. I liked the spiciness (the mild was almost too spicy though) but the food needs much more flavor. The desserts were very good but I agree that for the money, it should be a much better all around experience. We'll go back sometime but not in a great rush.

Pros: Drinks, desserts, servcie

Cons: Food

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this restaurant is in my neighborhood, so i thought i would try it out for happy hour. i went in about 5pm and told the waitress we were there for happy hour, she said, "oh, we dont have a happy hour yet, but maybe one day soon". but we stayed anyways. the sopapillas were really good and so was the margarita, tho it was 7.50 and in a small glass, but it was well made. i'd go back there again. i was just disappointed that this site says that there is a h/h but there wasnt! oh well, its always good to have new restaurants in no po!

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★★★★☆

this restaurant is in my neighborhood, so i thought i would try it out for happy hour. i went in about 5pm and told the waitress we were there for happy hour, she said, "oh, we dont have a happy hour yet, but maybe one day soon". but we stayed anyways. the sopapillas were really good and so was the margarita, tho it was 7.50 and in a small glass, but it was well made. i'd go back there again. i was just disappointed that this site says that there is a h/h but there wasnt! oh well, its always good to have new restaurants in no po!

Pros: good food, nice space

Cons: no happy hour....

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We have watched as they remodeled this old antiques store into the new restaraunt and were excited to see it open. We were not disappointed! The food was great and very reasonably priced and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful with the menu. The menu is a small selection, but judging by the items we had, they do all of it well. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

We have watched as they remodeled this old antiques store into the new restaraunt and were excited to see it open. We were not disappointed! The food was great and very reasonably priced and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful with the menu. The menu is a small selection, but judging by the items we had, they do all of it well. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Food, service, prices

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In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Mike Martinez for many years. When I first met him, newly arrived and shaggy with a band of cohorts from Albuquerque, I was long and deep into the local indie music scene. Mike was a bass player, and later musical tastemaker, and he and his blues axe wizard friend Jeff worked at the long gone Cajun Cafe as line cooks. More restaurant gigs followed and eventually Mike set up shop in the late great Satyricon. The food was innovative and cozy and served in a gritty, hip setting; he was in his element and he excelled. Fast forward to February, 2007: we?ve all grown up now and Encanto, Mike?s own vehicle, has been open on N. Lombard Street for about a month. It?s New Mexican cuisine, the food he knows best.

From the bar I ordered El Diablo while my husband had the Mr. Martinez. The latter was a stand out, nice and strong with gin, Cointreau, and lemon zest. A roasted beet salad was served on a layer of picante creme fraiche, jalepeno dressing ? beautiful, tasty, and a satisfying texture combination. Arugula salad came next with New Mexican specialty sopapillas, aromatic and piping hot. I remember those Albuquerque boys going on dreamy eyed about this puffy, pillow like bread from their homeland. I never understood until now. The smoky grilled flank steak with mushroom ?ceviche? was served on a bed of julienned, sauteed red peppers and onions. The chile relleno was a whole poblano ? stuffed with goat cheese and white cheddar, lightly and crisply robed ? no sodden batter baggage here. The sauce was fresh with chunks of zucchini and the fairly hot chile was mellowed by accompanying beans and rice. Bread pudding with whipped cream was subtly delicious and not too sweet. All in all just the kind of dinner out I was looking for: reasonably priced and served in an elegant, comfortable space. Welcome to No Po Encanto ? you?ve put a spell on me.

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★★★★★

In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Mike Martinez for many years. When I first met him, newly arrived and shaggy with a band of cohorts from Albuquerque, I was long and deep into the local indie music scene. Mike was a bass player, and later musical tastemaker, and he and his blues axe wizard friend Jeff worked at the long gone Cajun Cafe as line cooks. More restaurant gigs followed and eventually Mike set up shop in the late great Satyricon. The food was innovative and cozy and served in a gritty, hip setting; he was in his element and he excelled. Fast forward to February, 2007: we?ve all grown up now and Encanto, Mike?s own vehicle, has been open on N. Lombard Street for about a month. It?s New Mexican cuisine, the food he knows best.

From the bar I ordered El Diablo while my husband had the Mr. Martinez. The latter was a stand out, nice and strong with gin, Cointreau, and lemon zest. A roasted beet salad was served on a layer of picante creme fraiche, jalepeno dressing ? beautiful, tasty, and a satisfying texture combination. Arugula salad came next with New Mexican specialty sopapillas, aromatic and piping hot. I remember those Albuquerque boys going on dreamy eyed about this puffy, pillow like bread from their homeland. I never understood until now. The smoky grilled flank steak with mushroom ?ceviche? was served on a bed of julienned, sauteed red peppers and onions. The chile relleno was a whole poblano ? stuffed with goat cheese and white cheddar, lightly and crisply robed ? no sodden batter baggage here. The sauce was fresh with chunks of zucchini and the fairly hot chile was mellowed by accompanying beans and rice. Bread pudding with whipped cream was subtly delicious and not too sweet. All in all just the kind of dinner out I was looking for: reasonably priced and served in an elegant, comfortable space. Welcome to No Po Encanto ? you?ve put a spell on me.

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We are long-time residents of North PDX and are thrilled to see so many fine restaurants coming into the area. We eat dinner at these finer restaurants at least 3 times a week so we have a pretty good sense of whether a new place is going to make it or not. Encanto has great potential, but there is way too much emphasis on making everything spicy and not nearly enough emphasis on flavor. We are both Hispanic & were raised on the same foods offered here so we know very well how these dishes should tatste. We love spice and were not offended that even their "mild" sauces would be too hot for the average person, but spiciness alone does not make a great dish!

Our experience began well enough; we were greeted by a very friendly staff & seated immediately. We opted for their spicier cocktails, one made with tequila and the other made with jalapeno-infused vodka which was the better of the two. Appetizer was the grilled steak with mushroom ceviche & was delicious. Then came the entrees. The pork in the carne adovado was tender and juicy but that's as good as it got, zero flavor. I had the enchiladas with roasted veggies and was thrilled to see that I could order it with a fried egg, like I used to have it growing up, but again no flavor. The beans and rice were the most disappointing, tasting like nothing at all. The rice tasted like it was boiled & dyed with red food coloring to give the appearance of Mexican rice. The beans were a watered-down mess. We had to add tons of salt just to get a glimpse of flavor. Some salt, garlic & more use of traditional Mexican herbs & spices are in dire need here.

When we relayed our disappointment to our server, we were given a complimentary dish of their tres leches cake, which was very good and worth ordering. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to justify spending $50 on a very disappointing meal.

Encanto will need to ramp up the flavor and tone down the spice before we'll come back or recommend it to anyone.

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★★★☆☆

We are long-time residents of North PDX and are thrilled to see so many fine restaurants coming into the area. We eat dinner at these finer restaurants at least 3 times a week so we have a pretty good sense of whether a new place is going to make it or not. Encanto has great potential, but there is way too much emphasis on making everything spicy and not nearly enough emphasis on flavor. We are both Hispanic & were raised on the same foods offered here so we know very well how these dishes should tatste. We love spice and were not offended that even their "mild" sauces would be too hot for the average person, but spiciness alone does not make a great dish!

Our experience began well enough; we were greeted by a very friendly staff & seated immediately. We opted for their spicier cocktails, one made with tequila and the other made with jalapeno-infused vodka which was the better of the two. Appetizer was the grilled steak with mushroom ceviche & was delicious. Then came the entrees. The pork in the carne adovado was tender and juicy but that's as good as it got, zero flavor. I had the enchiladas with roasted veggies and was thrilled to see that I could order it with a fried egg, like I used to have it growing up, but again no flavor. The beans and rice were the most disappointing, tasting like nothing at all. The rice tasted like it was boiled & dyed with red food coloring to give the appearance of Mexican rice. The beans were a watered-down mess. We had to add tons of salt just to get a glimpse of flavor. Some salt, garlic & more use of traditional Mexican herbs & spices are in dire need here.

When we relayed our disappointment to our server, we were given a complimentary dish of their tres leches cake, which was very good and worth ordering. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to justify spending $50 on a very disappointing meal.

Encanto will need to ramp up the flavor and tone down the spice before we'll come back or recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Service, cocktails, ambience

Cons: Entrees

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I popped into Encanto the other night to check out the new spot in my neighborhood. It was great. I sat alone at the bar and chatted a bit with the bartender. The braised short ribs were killer and the they have a pretty good tequila selection. They are open late which is needed in St Johns and with the good food too, I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★☆

I popped into Encanto the other night to check out the new spot in my neighborhood. It was great. I sat alone at the bar and chatted a bit with the bartender. The braised short ribs were killer and the they have a pretty good tequila selection. They are open late which is needed in St Johns and with the good food too, I can't wait to go back.

Pros: late night, big portions, tequilas

Cons: too many weird looking rims on the cocktail list

 

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