Trebol

★★★★☆
  • 4835 N Albina Ave

    Portland, OR 97217

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  • 503-517-9347

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President's Day is a good night to go to Trebol, if you don't want a crowd. Points of interest for me were a Marilyn Manson-like painting, wrestling masks circa 1958, and the kitch film featuring Santo vs. las lobas playing above the bar.

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★★★★★

President's Day is a good night to go to Trebol, if you don't want a crowd. Points of interest for me were a Marilyn Manson-like painting, wrestling masks circa 1958, and the kitch film featuring Santo vs. las lobas playing above the bar.

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Five top table $$$ looking forward to a nice evening. First off the Tuesday Special as advertised on their website was news to the waitress. Sorry no can do. Atmosphere is very well done. WAITRESS REALLY SUCKS. Food was fairly well

3
★★★★★

Five top table $$$ looking forward to a nice evening. First off the Tuesday Special as advertised on their website was news to the waitress. Sorry no can do. Atmosphere is very well done. WAITRESS REALLY SUCKS. Food was fairly well

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So much tequila to choose from, if that's your thing. If you're just a hungry guy that likes tacos, then Tuesday is the best day to eat here. $10 gets you a shot of tequila, 2 tacos, and a PBR tall boy. If you decide to sit down and eat

3
★★★★★

So much tequila to choose from, if that's your thing. If you're just a hungry guy that likes tacos, then Tuesday is the best day to eat here. $10 gets you a shot of tequila, 2 tacos, and a PBR tall boy. If you decide to sit down and eat

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Very nice atmosphere, happy servers, great food, best margaritas ever, you have to try, salud!!!!!

3
★★★★★

Very nice atmosphere, happy servers, great food, best margaritas ever, you have to try, salud!!!!!

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Well, my boyfriend and I went to Trebol to celebrate a great accomplishment: but the experience wasn't so great. Luckily I'm an optimist, but seriously, we call Trebol Trouble now. It is trouble. \r
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For approx $100 worth of food and

3
★★★★★

Well, my boyfriend and I went to Trebol to celebrate a great accomplishment: but the experience wasn't so great. Luckily I'm an optimist, but seriously, we call Trebol Trouble now. It is trouble. \r
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For approx $100 worth of food and

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We went here for my guy's birthday and the service was truly helpful in setting this up for me. They graciously welcomed him in as the birthday boy, gave us a round of shots in his honor, and even provided a birthday candle for the dessert

3
★★★★★

We went here for my guy's birthday and the service was truly helpful in setting this up for me. They graciously welcomed him in as the birthday boy, gave us a round of shots in his honor, and even provided a birthday candle for the dessert

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great service. delicious drinks. excellent food.

3
★★★★★

great service. delicious drinks. excellent food.

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We have raved about the Mexican food at Authentica in NE Portland. This was our first meal at Trebol and it was excellent. This is not your standard rice, beans and burritos fare. The food was delicious, well-prepared and presented.

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★★★★★

We have raved about the Mexican food at Authentica in NE Portland. This was our first meal at Trebol and it was excellent. This is not your standard rice, beans and burritos fare. The food was delicious, well-prepared and presented.

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Eight colleagues and I decided to eat here while on a business trip in Portland. One of my colleagues had researched the place and it sounded great. Since we were on business, we had to use business credit cards to pay for our meal. We needed to do alcohol separately. We were immediately told this wouldn't be possible, even though we would be charged an automatic 20% gratuity because we were a large party. So I didn't order any alcohol, even though the margartitas looked great. In fact, most of us would have ordered drinks, but because the waitress was so adamant about not seperating our alcohol check from our food check, we didn't. It took forever for our food to come and it was cold. I ordered a tuna dish and asked for it rare and it was well done and flavorless. Truly the worst part of it was that the server was so extremely rude. When a party of 8 walks into your restaurant, I would think you would want to serve them well. Seperating checks for business travelers is so commonplace, and yet this woman acted like it was the most impossible thing ever. This was one time that eating where the locals eat didn't work to our advantage.

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★☆☆☆☆

Eight colleagues and I decided to eat here while on a business trip in Portland. One of my colleagues had researched the place and it sounded great. Since we were on business, we had to use business credit cards to pay for our meal. We needed to do alcohol separately. We were immediately told this wouldn't be possible, even though we would be charged an automatic 20% gratuity because we were a large party. So I didn't order any alcohol, even though the margartitas looked great. In fact, most of us would have ordered drinks, but because the waitress was so adamant about not seperating our alcohol check from our food check, we didn't. It took forever for our food to come and it was cold. I ordered a tuna dish and asked for it rare and it was well done and flavorless. Truly the worst part of it was that the server was so extremely rude. When a party of 8 walks into your restaurant, I would think you would want to serve them well. Seperating checks for business travelers is so commonplace, and yet this woman acted like it was the most impossible thing ever. This was one time that eating where the locals eat didn't work to our advantage.

Pros: Zero

Cons: Tastless food, bad service, overpriced

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We came here expecting a lot based on the reviews on citysearch, and were *really* disappointed. The decor and welcome was promising, we went on a Sunday night and there was a llively buzz about the place. Then we ordered a couple of margaritas, which were obviously made from a mix and sickly sweet (ugh) Despite this, we ordered a couple of the recommended dishes, starting with guacamole. 20 minutes later, our Guac hadn't arrived... we finally had our waitress come to replenish our water and asked her where it might be... she thought it had already come out and we ended up having it delivered along with our main courses... so we sent it back. I had the prawns appetizer and a bowl of soup - the prawns were actually pretty good. My boyfriend had the pork shoulder, which was very dry. We won't be going back to Trebol - the search for an awesome Mexican place in Portland continues!

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★★☆☆☆

We came here expecting a lot based on the reviews on citysearch, and were *really* disappointed. The decor and welcome was promising, we went on a Sunday night and there was a llively buzz about the place. Then we ordered a couple of margaritas, which were obviously made from a mix and sickly sweet (ugh) Despite this, we ordered a couple of the recommended dishes, starting with guacamole. 20 minutes later, our Guac hadn't arrived... we finally had our waitress come to replenish our water and asked her where it might be... she thought it had already come out and we ended up having it delivered along with our main courses... so we sent it back. I had the prawns appetizer and a bowl of soup - the prawns were actually pretty good. My boyfriend had the pork shoulder, which was very dry. We won't be going back to Trebol - the search for an awesome Mexican place in Portland continues!

Pros: great decor, friendly staff

Cons: sickly sweet margartitas, so-so food

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Celebrated New Years here the other night and mouth was treated to a flavor fiesta matching the fireworks that would later ring in the New Year. Overall this was a great way to ring in the new year. The decor is a combination of rustic polish with the massive tequila bar serving as the centerpiece. The menu was filled with unique and wonderful combination of fresh and local ingredients that our table server was able to help us choose the best dish per our own palate.

Started off with a signature margarita and freshly cooked warm tortillas with two different dipping sauces. Moved on to an order of guacamole and ceviche. Both were wonderful but the ceviche steals the show.

For the main course my wife and I shared an order of fish tacos and braised pork shoulder. While the fish tacos looked simple they had a seasoned crust of spices that were wonderful, countered by a dollop of guacamole for a smooth finish. The pork shoulder was just about as perfect as possible with the meat tender and falling apart and the fig compote was heavenly.

We finished the evening off with coffee/kahlua martini-ish drink and the chocolate cake. Both were wonderfully decadent.

It turns out that Trebol offers cooking classes on the first Sunday of every month which we'll be attending soon.

In closing it's the flavors that steal the show here leaving you wanting more. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get. We'll be back very soon.

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★★★★★

Celebrated New Years here the other night and mouth was treated to a flavor fiesta matching the fireworks that would later ring in the New Year. Overall this was a great way to ring in the new year. The decor is a combination of rustic polish with the massive tequila bar serving as the centerpiece. The menu was filled with unique and wonderful combination of fresh and local ingredients that our table server was able to help us choose the best dish per our own palate.

Started off with a signature margarita and freshly cooked warm tortillas with two different dipping sauces. Moved on to an order of guacamole and ceviche. Both were wonderful but the ceviche steals the show.

For the main course my wife and I shared an order of fish tacos and braised pork shoulder. While the fish tacos looked simple they had a seasoned crust of spices that were wonderful, countered by a dollop of guacamole for a smooth finish. The pork shoulder was just about as perfect as possible with the meat tender and falling apart and the fig compote was heavenly.

We finished the evening off with coffee/kahlua martini-ish drink and the chocolate cake. Both were wonderfully decadent.

It turns out that Trebol offers cooking classes on the first Sunday of every month which we'll be attending soon.

In closing it's the flavors that steal the show here leaving you wanting more. The prices are very reasonable for the quality of food you get. We'll be back very soon.

Pros: Ceviche, Fish Tacos, Braised Pork Shoulder

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My mom was visiting from Newport and we decided to check out Mississippi St. for a new spot to eat. This restaurant is the real deal. We ordered 4 different plates and shared everything. The short ribs were absolutely unbelievable. The meat falls off the bone and the dish is perfectly seasoned. We also had fish tacos which were the best I ever had. The texture was amazing as the albacore was first lightly breaded in cornmeal which gave it a bit of a crunch. It came very simply with only guacamole on top but the flavor was so perfect that really was all it needed. Simply perfect. The drunken beans were savory and the boar tacos delicious. We also had the salad with mango, jicama, red onion and romaine and it was so refreshing, the dressing was light and went well with the different flavors. The flan was also a pleasant surprise and the margaritas were well balanced and with many to chose from I'm looking forward to returning.
My only warning is that this food is NOT Mexican American; you won't find cheaply produced massive plates of food where everything looks oddly similar yet has different names. This food is thankfully very far beyond that. I can't wait to take everyone I know to this restaurant.

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★★★★★

My mom was visiting from Newport and we decided to check out Mississippi St. for a new spot to eat. This restaurant is the real deal. We ordered 4 different plates and shared everything. The short ribs were absolutely unbelievable. The meat falls off the bone and the dish is perfectly seasoned. We also had fish tacos which were the best I ever had. The texture was amazing as the albacore was first lightly breaded in cornmeal which gave it a bit of a crunch. It came very simply with only guacamole on top but the flavor was so perfect that really was all it needed. Simply perfect. The drunken beans were savory and the boar tacos delicious. We also had the salad with mango, jicama, red onion and romaine and it was so refreshing, the dressing was light and went well with the different flavors. The flan was also a pleasant surprise and the margaritas were well balanced and with many to chose from I'm looking forward to returning.
My only warning is that this food is NOT Mexican American; you won't find cheaply produced massive plates of food where everything looks oddly similar yet has different names. This food is thankfully very far beyond that. I can't wait to take everyone I know to this restaurant.

Pros: Best fish taco!!

Cons: We didn't discover it sooner

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My husband and I visited Trebol shortly after it opened for dinner and enjoyed ourselves. We finally got an opportunity to try their brunch and were disappointed. Bloody Marias were great. Guac and chips great, but our entrees were so bland and tasteless-just not what we had been hoping for. Hopefully, their dinners have continued to be good, but brunch is, overall, no bueno.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I visited Trebol shortly after it opened for dinner and enjoyed ourselves. We finally got an opportunity to try their brunch and were disappointed. Bloody Marias were great. Guac and chips great, but our entrees were so bland and tasteless-just not what we had been hoping for. Hopefully, their dinners have continued to be good, but brunch is, overall, no bueno.

Pros: Great Bloody Marias and Chips

Cons: Lacking in spice and flavor

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This was by far the worst Mexican food I've eaten EVER! The Sangria was awful, the bun on my burger was literally crumbling into pieces and the fish dishes were super fishy. Not to mention how much things cost! We spent $184 for 8 people (2 of them children) and no one in our party was impressed at all. Not worth it:(

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★☆☆☆☆

This was by far the worst Mexican food I've eaten EVER! The Sangria was awful, the bun on my burger was literally crumbling into pieces and the fish dishes were super fishy. Not to mention how much things cost! We spent $184 for 8 people (2 of them children) and no one in our party was impressed at all. Not worth it:(

Pros: homemade tortillas

Cons: everything else we ordered

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My husband and I ate here last night (Cinco de Mayo). We had a gift certificate, but were a little leery of the place, having read so many poor reviews here on Citysearch. May 5th is our anniversary, so we wanted to celebrate with a special dinner, but were a little worried that the place would be crazed with 'Cinco de Drinko' goers..

It was wonderful! We had booked a table and were seated immediately, the food was flavorful, fresh and beautiful, and the portions not at all as small as I had feared, after reading other reviews here. We ordered one appetizer to share and one entree each and were perfectly full by the time we were done. The ambiance also was great - they had a DJ and the decor was warm and comfortable.

I can only imagine that other reviewers were hoping for a more mainstream version of a Mexican restaurant: huge portions you have to take home, endless chips etc. It's not that. It's not cheap either, but the food is well worth the price - some of the best Mexican food either of us have found anywhere - and we'll go again, for sure - if only to take one of their cooking classes, or to taste one of their many, many tequilas!

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★★★★☆

My husband and I ate here last night (Cinco de Mayo). We had a gift certificate, but were a little leery of the place, having read so many poor reviews here on Citysearch. May 5th is our anniversary, so we wanted to celebrate with a special dinner, but were a little worried that the place would be crazed with 'Cinco de Drinko' goers..

It was wonderful! We had booked a table and were seated immediately, the food was flavorful, fresh and beautiful, and the portions not at all as small as I had feared, after reading other reviews here. We ordered one appetizer to share and one entree each and were perfectly full by the time we were done. The ambiance also was great - they had a DJ and the decor was warm and comfortable.

I can only imagine that other reviewers were hoping for a more mainstream version of a Mexican restaurant: huge portions you have to take home, endless chips etc. It's not that. It's not cheap either, but the food is well worth the price - some of the best Mexican food either of us have found anywhere - and we'll go again, for sure - if only to take one of their cooking classes, or to taste one of their many, many tequilas!

Pros: Wonderful flavors, attentive and knowledgeable staff.

Cons: None come to mind

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My boyfriend and I tried Trebol for the first and last time last night. The restaurant does have a nice ambience. We waited at the hostess desk for someone to put us down on the list, however, there was no hostess. Several servers walked by, but we were not greeted by one of them and our presence was not acknowledged. We stood there for at least 8 minutes. Finally, a man from the party waiting behind us got fed up and went to the bar to ask if someone could help us. He was informed that 'the hostess will take care of you'. Hmmmm. A bartender did come over eventually and he wondered aloud where the hostess was. Lo and behold, she appeared after around 10 minutes and told us we would be waiting 20 minutes. I asked her what about the three available tables we could see. After another few minutes she said that it would actually be only a 5 minute wait. We were seated. I would not discount a restaurant just for this initial horrible first impression and was looking forward to the food.

They serve water from glass wine bottles - the water tasted extremely stale. I ordered a margarita, which was ok, but not extraordinary and took 10 minutes to get to the table. Our server brought us a complimentary plate of 2 tortillas which couldn't have been more than 4 inches across. So, yay! we each got one mini tortilla to dip in salsa. It made us laugh, it was so ridiculous. They were out of the turnovers, which is what we wanted to order for an appetizer. Instead, we ordered the halibut ceviche. It arrived with 4 tortilla chips. Wow, 2 for each of us. Of course, when we had eaten them, we still had a huge plate of ceviche left to eat. We asked for more chips to eat it with. The ceviche itself was bland, not enough lime, not enough salt, not enough cilantro. We also felt that, though the meat in our tacos was well done, and the presentation was nice, they relied too heavily on spiciness over real flavor. The crowning moment of the night was when we got the tab and found out that they charged us $2 for the extra plate of chips that made it possible for us to finish our ceviche. We felt extremely nickel and dimed for food that was just ok. If you want amazing tacos for a great price in NoPo, go to Por Que No!

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I tried Trebol for the first and last time last night. The restaurant does have a nice ambience. We waited at the hostess desk for someone to put us down on the list, however, there was no hostess. Several servers walked by, but we were not greeted by one of them and our presence was not acknowledged. We stood there for at least 8 minutes. Finally, a man from the party waiting behind us got fed up and went to the bar to ask if someone could help us. He was informed that 'the hostess will take care of you'. Hmmmm. A bartender did come over eventually and he wondered aloud where the hostess was. Lo and behold, she appeared after around 10 minutes and told us we would be waiting 20 minutes. I asked her what about the three available tables we could see. After another few minutes she said that it would actually be only a 5 minute wait. We were seated. I would not discount a restaurant just for this initial horrible first impression and was looking forward to the food.

They serve water from glass wine bottles - the water tasted extremely stale. I ordered a margarita, which was ok, but not extraordinary and took 10 minutes to get to the table. Our server brought us a complimentary plate of 2 tortillas which couldn't have been more than 4 inches across. So, yay! we each got one mini tortilla to dip in salsa. It made us laugh, it was so ridiculous. They were out of the turnovers, which is what we wanted to order for an appetizer. Instead, we ordered the halibut ceviche. It arrived with 4 tortilla chips. Wow, 2 for each of us. Of course, when we had eaten them, we still had a huge plate of ceviche left to eat. We asked for more chips to eat it with. The ceviche itself was bland, not enough lime, not enough salt, not enough cilantro. We also felt that, though the meat in our tacos was well done, and the presentation was nice, they relied too heavily on spiciness over real flavor. The crowning moment of the night was when we got the tab and found out that they charged us $2 for the extra plate of chips that made it possible for us to finish our ceviche. We felt extremely nickel and dimed for food that was just ok. If you want amazing tacos for a great price in NoPo, go to Por Que No!

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I go back regularly for the great tamarind margaritas.fabulous! They also have tables outside for when the weather is nice. Its also kid friendly.

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★★★★★

I go back regularly for the great tamarind margaritas.fabulous! They also have tables outside for when the weather is nice. Its also kid friendly.

Pros: good happy hour,fun staff,tasty food

Cons: kind of spendy

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This is a small but quaint place to have a meal. I really enjoyed the fish tacos. They are my favorite. I does get busy a night. The service is very friendly.

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★★★★☆

This is a small but quaint place to have a meal. I really enjoyed the fish tacos. They are my favorite. I does get busy a night. The service is very friendly.

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I ate at Trebol back in Early September with a coworker of mine. It was a short bike ride from 30th and killingsworth to Missisippi. We sat outside so I can't speak for the atmosphere experience or service inside but we had a great time all the same. We sat on the nicely designed patio with several other tables. The food was great. I have never had barley at a mexican restaurant before and it was quite refreshing. I do admit, they are a little stingy with the tortillas, but heck if you really want some more then ask, we did, and they arrived shortly. We had a tres tacos platter and an abacore tuna dish. All ingredients meshed well together and nothing was overbearing. The beans might be a little to spicy for the faint at heart. All in all our experience was enjoyable. I'm not raving with excitement but I wont complain. It's a fine establishment. I shall return.

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★★★☆☆

I ate at Trebol back in Early September with a coworker of mine. It was a short bike ride from 30th and killingsworth to Missisippi. We sat outside so I can't speak for the atmosphere experience or service inside but we had a great time all the same. We sat on the nicely designed patio with several other tables. The food was great. I have never had barley at a mexican restaurant before and it was quite refreshing. I do admit, they are a little stingy with the tortillas, but heck if you really want some more then ask, we did, and they arrived shortly. We had a tres tacos platter and an abacore tuna dish. All ingredients meshed well together and nothing was overbearing. The beans might be a little to spicy for the faint at heart. All in all our experience was enjoyable. I'm not raving with excitement but I wont complain. It's a fine establishment. I shall return.

Pros: Great patio with neat built in speakers..

Cons: Patio chairs seemed a bit flimsy and wiry.

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Delicious camarones appetizer - great sauce, spicy, garlicky, tasty. The Draper Chicken was great - meat falling off the bone. I really liked my seared tuna. The chanterelle enchilada was also very good - not a typical enchilada, though, so be warned. I would describe the food as Mexican Inspired Oregon Cuisine. Fresh, local, seasonal produce and I think everything is Organic. The owner spent a lot of time describing the menu to us by phone and you can tell he is a food lover. Portions are quite generous. Prices reflect the great produce, skill in preparation, flavors and quantity. I say the prices are fine for what you get.

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★★★★★

Delicious camarones appetizer - great sauce, spicy, garlicky, tasty. The Draper Chicken was great - meat falling off the bone. I really liked my seared tuna. The chanterelle enchilada was also very good - not a typical enchilada, though, so be warned. I would describe the food as Mexican Inspired Oregon Cuisine. Fresh, local, seasonal produce and I think everything is Organic. The owner spent a lot of time describing the menu to us by phone and you can tell he is a food lover. Portions are quite generous. Prices reflect the great produce, skill in preparation, flavors and quantity. I say the prices are fine for what you get.

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The food is good, but I would definitely recommend that you eat prior to visiting this high end Mexican restaurant. It's also quite expensive, we spent around $70 for two persons. It started off with the waiter presenting three mini soft tortillas in place of bread with some spicy salsas. The fact that they only gave us three mini tortillas was kind of funny, but I liked the thought. The tortillas were good but I fought to have my partner split the other half with me. We dined on 3 Entree's (two were not enough for two) an appetizer that was good but comprised of 4 Tortilla chips with shredded chicken, tomato and parsley. That came to $11, it was very tasty just way too small for what we spent. I had the Albacore Tuna Tortillas, three small tortillas with toppings, $15.
The restaurant itself is very cute, nice outside area and the food is very well executed, just know that you might have to order a couple of Entree's.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is good, but I would definitely recommend that you eat prior to visiting this high end Mexican restaurant. It's also quite expensive, we spent around $70 for two persons. It started off with the waiter presenting three mini soft tortillas in place of bread with some spicy salsas. The fact that they only gave us three mini tortillas was kind of funny, but I liked the thought. The tortillas were good but I fought to have my partner split the other half with me. We dined on 3 Entree's (two were not enough for two) an appetizer that was good but comprised of 4 Tortilla chips with shredded chicken, tomato and parsley. That came to $11, it was very tasty just way too small for what we spent. I had the Albacore Tuna Tortillas, three small tortillas with toppings, $15.
The restaurant itself is very cute, nice outside area and the food is very well executed, just know that you might have to order a couple of Entree's.

Pros: Nice interior

Cons: Tiny Portions

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We recently stopped by Trebol and were disappointed with the food. Don't get me wrong the service was great and friendly. I expected more from an entree costing $15 than a heap of lettuce. The tuna tostada wasn't much more than an appetizer and ended up leaving hungry.

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★★☆☆☆

We recently stopped by Trebol and were disappointed with the food. Don't get me wrong the service was great and friendly. I expected more from an entree costing $15 than a heap of lettuce. The tuna tostada wasn't much more than an appetizer and ended up leaving hungry.

Pros: outdoor seating

Cons: value

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About a month ago, we returned to Trebol. The waiter didn't know anything about the menu, and my food came undercooked. I very nicely asked to have it "cooked" a bit, she was very rude. When my food returned it was torn apart like they threw the insides of my taco onto a grill and just tossed it back on the plate, burned. Sadly, they've gone downhill a bit and is not worth the high price. In these times, I can't afford to dally around with subpar food and rude service when there are other sure bets in this town. I doubt I will return

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★☆☆☆☆

About a month ago, we returned to Trebol. The waiter didn't know anything about the menu, and my food came undercooked. I very nicely asked to have it "cooked" a bit, she was very rude. When my food returned it was torn apart like they threw the insides of my taco onto a grill and just tossed it back on the plate, burned. Sadly, they've gone downhill a bit and is not worth the high price. In these times, I can't afford to dally around with subpar food and rude service when there are other sure bets in this town. I doubt I will return

Pros: The memories

Cons: Food, service and price

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I read a nice review of Trebol on livePDX and my wife and I decided to give it a shot. We were pleasantly surprised at the unique menu options and dedication to local and organic ingredients. I am not a vegan but even their meat-less menu items sounded delightful. Starting out with the drinks, the tequila list was impressive, their unique take on the margarita was also nice, and a good selection of both local and hispanic beers, plus house sangria which is always a plus. We had the ceviche for an appetizer, which was awesome, and the main course was very delicious as well. Two drinks a piece, an appetizer, and two entrees and walked out the door $60, which was another nice surprise for the quality of the meals we received. The wait staff was very helpful and friendly, and I assured them we would be back to visit Trebol before too long.

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★★★★☆

I read a nice review of Trebol on livePDX and my wife and I decided to give it a shot. We were pleasantly surprised at the unique menu options and dedication to local and organic ingredients. I am not a vegan but even their meat-less menu items sounded delightful. Starting out with the drinks, the tequila list was impressive, their unique take on the margarita was also nice, and a good selection of both local and hispanic beers, plus house sangria which is always a plus. We had the ceviche for an appetizer, which was awesome, and the main course was very delicious as well. Two drinks a piece, an appetizer, and two entrees and walked out the door $60, which was another nice surprise for the quality of the meals we received. The wait staff was very helpful and friendly, and I assured them we would be back to visit Trebol before too long.

Pros: Fresh ingredients, good bar

Cons: n/a

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The food here is top notch. Great for non-meat eaters as well. The best ingredients combined in unique and amazing dishes paired with high quality cocktails. Among many, the tamarind margarita was truly memorable. The service was great, they take time to answer questions and make you feel at home. I also appreciate the sustainability in choosing foods, and the recycling and composting efforts. This is a place I will frequent.

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★★★★★

The food here is top notch. Great for non-meat eaters as well. The best ingredients combined in unique and amazing dishes paired with high quality cocktails. Among many, the tamarind margarita was truly memorable. The service was great, they take time to answer questions and make you feel at home. I also appreciate the sustainability in choosing foods, and the recycling and composting efforts. This is a place I will frequent.

Pros: Food, Drinks, Desserts, Service, Conscious of environment, Good happy hour

Cons: ....none!....

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went trebol for the cinco de mayo festivities, and was blown away by their creativity to set the mexican bbq with d.j's in and outside. the ribs were to die for and the drinks were great, even though they were served in plastic cups (but whatever) it was my first time visiting and was pleasantly surprised in their professionalism under very busy circumstances... it was also great to hear that the hispanic chamber teamed up with them and were able to share in proceeds benefiting their kids scholarship fund. great job, and we'll definately be back

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★★★★☆

went trebol for the cinco de mayo festivities, and was blown away by their creativity to set the mexican bbq with d.j's in and outside. the ribs were to die for and the drinks were great, even though they were served in plastic cups (but whatever) it was my first time visiting and was pleasantly surprised in their professionalism under very busy circumstances... it was also great to hear that the hispanic chamber teamed up with them and were able to share in proceeds benefiting their kids scholarship fund. great job, and we'll definately be back

Pros: very helpful staff, yummy food

Cons: parking

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My best friend?s birthday is Cinco de mayo so this year she preferred to find a Mexican restaurant with entertainment and margaritas. I called around many places to find out who had a patio, entertainment and room for a reservation for 15 guests. When I called Trebol, a peppy man explained that they would be having musical entertainment; a raffle and other fun cinco activities and all benefited a charitable cause. This sounded great so I made the reservation. When I arrived, I looked around and noticed there was no music or any sort of festivities to speak of. I asked and was told that there had been a DJ earlier, but he was done on the patio for the night. My friend was a little disappointed, but we moved on. The margaritas were being served in plastic cups on the patio. The birthday girl asked if it would be possible for just her to have a glass since it was her birthday. The waitress courteously explained that the bartender was not having glass outside. We had children at the party who ordered milk which arrived in?glass cups. 2 out of 15 plates of our food arrived. It was not for another hour that the rest of the party?s food came (including the birthday girl?s vegetarian option). There was no explanation or apology. Drinks took a long time and often when they came out (now in glass). At the end, after all paid for what they had ordered, there was a still unaccounted for money left on the tab, most likely due to the drinks that no one ordered. There was no attempt on the waitress?s part to get that figured out and she was unsure of the prices of the drinks. Neither was there any attempt at any sort of compensation (perhaps comping the appetizers that were small plates of guacamole with six chips for $10). The couple of people who had brought cash were forced to foot the rest of the bill (includeing the birthday girl?s husband). The waitress complained about her tip. Overall, the service, food and drinks were terrible none of us will EVER go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My best friend?s birthday is Cinco de mayo so this year she preferred to find a Mexican restaurant with entertainment and margaritas. I called around many places to find out who had a patio, entertainment and room for a reservation for 15 guests. When I called Trebol, a peppy man explained that they would be having musical entertainment; a raffle and other fun cinco activities and all benefited a charitable cause. This sounded great so I made the reservation. When I arrived, I looked around and noticed there was no music or any sort of festivities to speak of. I asked and was told that there had been a DJ earlier, but he was done on the patio for the night. My friend was a little disappointed, but we moved on. The margaritas were being served in plastic cups on the patio. The birthday girl asked if it would be possible for just her to have a glass since it was her birthday. The waitress courteously explained that the bartender was not having glass outside. We had children at the party who ordered milk which arrived in?glass cups. 2 out of 15 plates of our food arrived. It was not for another hour that the rest of the party?s food came (including the birthday girl?s vegetarian option). There was no explanation or apology. Drinks took a long time and often when they came out (now in glass). At the end, after all paid for what they had ordered, there was a still unaccounted for money left on the tab, most likely due to the drinks that no one ordered. There was no attempt on the waitress?s part to get that figured out and she was unsure of the prices of the drinks. Neither was there any attempt at any sort of compensation (perhaps comping the appetizers that were small plates of guacamole with six chips for $10). The couple of people who had brought cash were forced to foot the rest of the bill (includeing the birthday girl?s husband). The waitress complained about her tip. Overall, the service, food and drinks were terrible none of us will EVER go back.

Pros: The ambience of indoors and patio both

Cons: Everything else

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With over 75 tequilas, Trebol is sort of my heaven. Both the bartenders are rather personable and have an extensive knowledge about the numerous tequilas they carry. Trebol is an excellent place to try out a brand you've never tasted, let alone those you have never even heard of. In the restaurant's organic spirit of "no prepackaged food out of a box," they make their own sweet and sour mix for margaritas, which I find rather tasty and impressive.

As for the cuisine, my girlfriend and I are both in the restaurant industry, and we have been consistently stunned by Trebol's service and the high-quality of the food--and we're picky too. We've been to Trebol for "la hora feliz" and "la cena" and have always had a warm welcome from all the staff and the head-chef and owner Kenny Hill. On one visit, for no reason at all, Kenny took our party on a tour of the restaurant and gave us samples of their verde and table sauces to take home. We love the atmosphere, Trebol feels like home--only a little fancier. Regarding the food, the presentation is immaculate and Trebol has found the perfect balance between food texture and flavor. The menu is impressive, the only downside is it is too hard to make a decision, but rest assured, everything is great.

As you can tell, I totally recommend Trebol. In Portland, where restaurants are a dime a dozen, we feel like we've found a gem, we're certainly going back!

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★★★★★

With over 75 tequilas, Trebol is sort of my heaven. Both the bartenders are rather personable and have an extensive knowledge about the numerous tequilas they carry. Trebol is an excellent place to try out a brand you've never tasted, let alone those you have never even heard of. In the restaurant's organic spirit of "no prepackaged food out of a box," they make their own sweet and sour mix for margaritas, which I find rather tasty and impressive.

As for the cuisine, my girlfriend and I are both in the restaurant industry, and we have been consistently stunned by Trebol's service and the high-quality of the food--and we're picky too. We've been to Trebol for "la hora feliz" and "la cena" and have always had a warm welcome from all the staff and the head-chef and owner Kenny Hill. On one visit, for no reason at all, Kenny took our party on a tour of the restaurant and gave us samples of their verde and table sauces to take home. We love the atmosphere, Trebol feels like home--only a little fancier. Regarding the food, the presentation is immaculate and Trebol has found the perfect balance between food texture and flavor. The menu is impressive, the only downside is it is too hard to make a decision, but rest assured, everything is great.

As you can tell, I totally recommend Trebol. In Portland, where restaurants are a dime a dozen, we feel like we've found a gem, we're certainly going back!

Pros: Ambience, Tequila Selection, Warm Service

Cons: As a student, a little more than I like to spend, but well worth it.

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went last night (thursday) to meet friends for happy hour. some showed up at 5:30, some 6:30, a few at 7. ended up with 8 people and had to move to a larger table, not a big deal since only about a 1/4 of the tables were occupied. i arrived with boyfriend at 6:30. we ordered four happy hour plates and some drinks. drinks arrived. at 7:15 i asked about our food. it was brought out a few minutes later. it took 45 minutes and a request to get 1 salad (a large handful of mixed greens with one pickled onion on top), and 3 small plates of tacos. 45 minutes. no apology. our friends who arrived around 7 and ordered dinner didn't see their food for an hour, and the restaurant was out of rice (which was told to them shortly before their food arrived) we ordered some flan around 8 and asked for the check. boyfriend was handling it - we wanted to pay our portion and go. around 8:45 when he was still waiting i asked what was up - i wanted to leave. he explained that they'd been having trouble - couldn't split out the bill and he had no idea what the waitress was doing. i go up to the counter, ask the waitress what's up. she's frazzled beyond compare and has multiple receipts flying about. they can't really bill mutliple cards, didn't split the bills out (even though it was clear separate groups showed up and ordered at significant time intervals...) then apparently they can bill more than one card, but we need to do it all at the same time. i took the bill ($184) and manually broke it out into four groups, crossed out the printed gratuity and wrote in $0, gave them two cards and cash. they ran the cards (including 18% gratuity). i called them on it - they said they couldn't do anything about it. manager was called in who was a little more solid than the useless waitress, but had nothing to suggest. ideas: give the gratuity back in cash. credit some drinks. give out a gift certificate. nothing. ridiculous. not worth another visit.

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★☆☆☆☆

went last night (thursday) to meet friends for happy hour. some showed up at 5:30, some 6:30, a few at 7. ended up with 8 people and had to move to a larger table, not a big deal since only about a 1/4 of the tables were occupied. i arrived with boyfriend at 6:30. we ordered four happy hour plates and some drinks. drinks arrived. at 7:15 i asked about our food. it was brought out a few minutes later. it took 45 minutes and a request to get 1 salad (a large handful of mixed greens with one pickled onion on top), and 3 small plates of tacos. 45 minutes. no apology. our friends who arrived around 7 and ordered dinner didn't see their food for an hour, and the restaurant was out of rice (which was told to them shortly before their food arrived) we ordered some flan around 8 and asked for the check. boyfriend was handling it - we wanted to pay our portion and go. around 8:45 when he was still waiting i asked what was up - i wanted to leave. he explained that they'd been having trouble - couldn't split out the bill and he had no idea what the waitress was doing. i go up to the counter, ask the waitress what's up. she's frazzled beyond compare and has multiple receipts flying about. they can't really bill mutliple cards, didn't split the bills out (even though it was clear separate groups showed up and ordered at significant time intervals...) then apparently they can bill more than one card, but we need to do it all at the same time. i took the bill ($184) and manually broke it out into four groups, crossed out the printed gratuity and wrote in $0, gave them two cards and cash. they ran the cards (including 18% gratuity). i called them on it - they said they couldn't do anything about it. manager was called in who was a little more solid than the useless waitress, but had nothing to suggest. ideas: give the gratuity back in cash. credit some drinks. give out a gift certificate. nothing. ridiculous. not worth another visit.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: service inexcusable

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As native Texans, my husband and I are always on a search for great Mexican food. Needless to say, this is often a fruitless endeavor so far north of the border. However, we were both highly impressed by the quality and creativity of our dishes at Trebol. Our food was well-seasoned and the portions were generous. The margaritas were perfectly balanced and had creative ingredients like lavendar, tamarind, and serrano-infused tequilla. These were literally the best margaritas we've had in years! We also enjoyed the friendly staff, comfy booths, quirky mexican-wrestling films playing silently above the bar, and the Mana/Manu chao mix on the radio. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

As native Texans, my husband and I are always on a search for great Mexican food. Needless to say, this is often a fruitless endeavor so far north of the border. However, we were both highly impressed by the quality and creativity of our dishes at Trebol. Our food was well-seasoned and the portions were generous. The margaritas were perfectly balanced and had creative ingredients like lavendar, tamarind, and serrano-infused tequilla. These were literally the best margaritas we've had in years! We also enjoyed the friendly staff, comfy booths, quirky mexican-wrestling films playing silently above the bar, and the Mana/Manu chao mix on the radio. We will definitely be back!

Pros: Unique mexican cuisine in Portland.

Cons: Don't come expecting chips & salsa or fajitas - that's not what trebol is about.

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I LOVE TREBOL! The first time I set foot inside this place, I felt welcome and very comofortable thanks to the great staff! I was blown away by the amount of tequilas the bar offered and my friends and I decided to take menus home with us to keep track of which ones we've tasted, we're trying to go through the whole list! The food is great, I like the twist on the traditional Mexican taste, being that I'm Mexican. They also play nothing but Mexican movies on their big screen which is awesome and super entertaining! Over all, this is a great place to hang out with friends and relax. The atmosphere is perfect for conversation and the service is great!

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★★★★☆

I LOVE TREBOL! The first time I set foot inside this place, I felt welcome and very comofortable thanks to the great staff! I was blown away by the amount of tequilas the bar offered and my friends and I decided to take menus home with us to keep track of which ones we've tasted, we're trying to go through the whole list! The food is great, I like the twist on the traditional Mexican taste, being that I'm Mexican. They also play nothing but Mexican movies on their big screen which is awesome and super entertaining! Over all, this is a great place to hang out with friends and relax. The atmosphere is perfect for conversation and the service is great!

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We were very impressed with this neighborhood spots, original dishes and warm decor. I appreciate the authentic spanish cooking and could not begin to tell you what we liked best, since we seemed to go from one tasty discovery to the next. I particularly appreciated our server, who knew his menu and bar choices, and was not afraid to make recommendations. Nothing irritates me more, than to ask a server what they think about a particular cocktail or dish and have them reply "depends on what you like,"- duh! Our server asked question to help us navigate the menu and our drink choices, to our ultimate satisfaction and enjoyment. We loved Trebol and are looking forward to returning!

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★★★★☆

We were very impressed with this neighborhood spots, original dishes and warm decor. I appreciate the authentic spanish cooking and could not begin to tell you what we liked best, since we seemed to go from one tasty discovery to the next. I particularly appreciated our server, who knew his menu and bar choices, and was not afraid to make recommendations. Nothing irritates me more, than to ask a server what they think about a particular cocktail or dish and have them reply "depends on what you like,"- duh! Our server asked question to help us navigate the menu and our drink choices, to our ultimate satisfaction and enjoyment. We loved Trebol and are looking forward to returning!

Pros: Knowledgable wait staff

Cons: neighborhood still developing

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My partner and I went to Trebol on a much anticipated date night. The overpriced menu should have been a warning to stay clear, but based on a positive review, we decided to try it out.
Upon arrival, we stood there for a full 2-3 minutes before being acknowledged. The chili-infused/mango margaritas were interesting, but super weak and too heavy on the ice for a $7 specialty drink. Our entrees were a joke. The leathery black bean empanadas seemed to be lacking the main ingredient, beans. The uninspired fish tacos consisted of nothing more than some hunks of fish thrown on dry tortillas, accompanied by an enormous amount of red cabbage. Food was mediocre and overpriced, service was poor, and the wait long. When the server asked how our meal was, I said so-so and he smiled and went on his way. He could care less. Needless to say, we will not be returning to Trebol.

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★☆☆☆☆

My partner and I went to Trebol on a much anticipated date night. The overpriced menu should have been a warning to stay clear, but based on a positive review, we decided to try it out.
Upon arrival, we stood there for a full 2-3 minutes before being acknowledged. The chili-infused/mango margaritas were interesting, but super weak and too heavy on the ice for a $7 specialty drink. Our entrees were a joke. The leathery black bean empanadas seemed to be lacking the main ingredient, beans. The uninspired fish tacos consisted of nothing more than some hunks of fish thrown on dry tortillas, accompanied by an enormous amount of red cabbage. Food was mediocre and overpriced, service was poor, and the wait long. When the server asked how our meal was, I said so-so and he smiled and went on his way. He could care less. Needless to say, we will not be returning to Trebol.

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I was excited to try this new restaurant. I love Higgins and feel strongly about eating local, however I was very disappointed in Trebol. The cocktails were weak, average and overpriced. The food was o.k. and nothing special. There was one veggie option on the menu that was lacking in flavor and creativity. The pumpkin seed encrusted tuna was the best thing I tried there but was served with bland uncreatively prepared winter squash. To top it all off, the Mexican bread pudding dessert was horrible, both salty and completely dry. When we got the bill, we discovered that the soft tortillas that they serve you upon being seated and refill throughout the meal are then charged to your bill at $3 for 4 small tortillas. I would expect such an item to be complementary when you are paying $20 for your entree. Needless to say, we will not be going back to Trebol.

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★★☆☆☆

I was excited to try this new restaurant. I love Higgins and feel strongly about eating local, however I was very disappointed in Trebol. The cocktails were weak, average and overpriced. The food was o.k. and nothing special. There was one veggie option on the menu that was lacking in flavor and creativity. The pumpkin seed encrusted tuna was the best thing I tried there but was served with bland uncreatively prepared winter squash. To top it all off, the Mexican bread pudding dessert was horrible, both salty and completely dry. When we got the bill, we discovered that the soft tortillas that they serve you upon being seated and refill throughout the meal are then charged to your bill at $3 for 4 small tortillas. I would expect such an item to be complementary when you are paying $20 for your entree. Needless to say, we will not be going back to Trebol.

Pros: happy hour, N pdx location

Cons: uninspired food, horrible dessert, over priced

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It wasn't crowded when we went there, still the server was all energetic in inviting us and explaining the items, their ingredients. Their tuna item (with the rice) was the best that I tasted, while I liked the Flat bread chicken too. Definitely not a recommended place for vegetarian, there's only one entree item for veggies and it's not that good. Overall, pretty good restaurant (definitely very different of all the Mexican restaurants that I had earlier).

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★★★★☆

It wasn't crowded when we went there, still the server was all energetic in inviting us and explaining the items, their ingredients. Their tuna item (with the rice) was the best that I tasted, while I liked the Flat bread chicken too. Definitely not a recommended place for vegetarian, there's only one entree item for veggies and it's not that good. Overall, pretty good restaurant (definitely very different of all the Mexican restaurants that I had earlier).

Pros: Good, different food

Cons: Not recommended for vegetarians

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This was my second visit to Trebol. I came back to find a wonderful menu change with the most incredible ahi dish I have ever had! There were seven of us there so we shared appetizers and entree's all of which were delectable. The tequila menu has also expanded: The waiter was knowledable and helpful in creating flights for us. They offer smaller "taste" size shots of tequila (not that these are tequilas you shoot, these are for sipping) so you can sample a quite a few without falling off your chair. I am so thrilled that we have another Oaxacan style restaurant in town, and it's in my neighborhood! Great job Mr. Hill

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★★★★★

This was my second visit to Trebol. I came back to find a wonderful menu change with the most incredible ahi dish I have ever had! There were seven of us there so we shared appetizers and entree's all of which were delectable. The tequila menu has also expanded: The waiter was knowledable and helpful in creating flights for us. They offer smaller "taste" size shots of tequila (not that these are tequilas you shoot, these are for sipping) so you can sample a quite a few without falling off your chair. I am so thrilled that we have another Oaxacan style restaurant in town, and it's in my neighborhood! Great job Mr. Hill

Pros: Beautiful interior, good service, knowledgable staff

Cons: neighborhood is still a bit sketchy

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I love this place. Great cocktails and beautiful bar!! I have been here about 4 times now and every time I have LOVED what I ordered. The seafood and oysters are beautifully prepared and there is just the right amount of heat! Its definately worth the small trip to this cute small neighborhood. I am looking forward to visiting during the happy hour :)

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★★★★★

I love this place. Great cocktails and beautiful bar!! I have been here about 4 times now and every time I have LOVED what I ordered. The seafood and oysters are beautifully prepared and there is just the right amount of heat! Its definately worth the small trip to this cute small neighborhood. I am looking forward to visiting during the happy hour :)

Pros: Fresh beautifully prepared food, huge list of tequilas, and the best tamales in town

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A few us went to Trebol's happy hour recently and had an excellent experience. We sat at the bar and learned about the specialty cocktails, their vast tequila selection, and the authentic Mexican influence on the cuisine. Our bartender Tony was very knowledgable about the tequilas and the food. His recommendations were much appreciated. I particularly enjoyed the Tamarindo Margarita and the all of the food items we ordered were fantastic. I could tell that the chef takes a lot of pride in offering quality cuisine. I look forward to going back for some more!

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★★★★★

A few us went to Trebol's happy hour recently and had an excellent experience. We sat at the bar and learned about the specialty cocktails, their vast tequila selection, and the authentic Mexican influence on the cuisine. Our bartender Tony was very knowledgable about the tequilas and the food. His recommendations were much appreciated. I particularly enjoyed the Tamarindo Margarita and the all of the food items we ordered were fantastic. I could tell that the chef takes a lot of pride in offering quality cuisine. I look forward to going back for some more!

Pros: Margaritas and food made fresh. Vast tequila selection.

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Fun and flavor are the two words I would use to describe our recent dinning at Trebol. The restaurant is painted with warm and inviting colors to match the mood of the friendly and attentive service. Our group sampled a heathly variety of appetizers and shared portions of specials and menu entres. The queso fundido disappeared almost immediately. Dishes with Pork were a favorite -- braised to tender perfection, and the margaritas were fantastic.

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★★★★★

Fun and flavor are the two words I would use to describe our recent dinning at Trebol. The restaurant is painted with warm and inviting colors to match the mood of the friendly and attentive service. Our group sampled a heathly variety of appetizers and shared portions of specials and menu entres. The queso fundido disappeared almost immediately. Dishes with Pork were a favorite -- braised to tender perfection, and the margaritas were fantastic.

Pros: Food and Service

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Let me first say that after reading the great reviews I was very excited to try Trebol.
Seemingly intent on getting us far too drunk before dinner we were steered toward
the "Flight of Tequilas", WOW. Passed, and had one of their interesting Margaritas,
which was nice but not amazing. (Be sure to wipe the outside of the "sugar rimmed" Margarita glass
or you will spend half the evening trying to get your sticky fingers apart!). We then ordered several appetizers, a salad, and two main courses. My date liked the shrimp but had commented that it was "small".
The Tamales however were the consistency of hard rubber! Not only was the masa like rubber but the sauce
(poured over the still attached husks) made for an interesting SPLATTER ART PROJECT! Do NOT take a white shirt to a business meeting for Tamales here! Service good guys, but concentrate on the kitchen.
As Alexis once said "QUALITY, QUANTITY, .............SERVICE".

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★☆☆☆☆

Let me first say that after reading the great reviews I was very excited to try Trebol.
Seemingly intent on getting us far too drunk before dinner we were steered toward
the "Flight of Tequilas", WOW. Passed, and had one of their interesting Margaritas,
which was nice but not amazing. (Be sure to wipe the outside of the "sugar rimmed" Margarita glass
or you will spend half the evening trying to get your sticky fingers apart!). We then ordered several appetizers, a salad, and two main courses. My date liked the shrimp but had commented that it was "small".
The Tamales however were the consistency of hard rubber! Not only was the masa like rubber but the sauce
(poured over the still attached husks) made for an interesting SPLATTER ART PROJECT! Do NOT take a white shirt to a business meeting for Tamales here! Service good guys, but concentrate on the kitchen.
As Alexis once said "QUALITY, QUANTITY, .............SERVICE".

Pros: Service Prompt

Cons: Food

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Love it!! Love it!!! Love it!!! The smoked pork shoulder melted in my mouth...the cocktails were creative and delicious and the staff were friendly and attentive.

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★★★★★

Love it!! Love it!!! Love it!!! The smoked pork shoulder melted in my mouth...the cocktails were creative and delicious and the staff were friendly and attentive.

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I really wanted to like this restaurant. It is only a couple blocks from my house and it seemed like a refreshing addition to the neighborhood. I first visited when they first opened with my boyfriend and we had a really nice time. They had an excellent drink selection and the food was both superb in its presentation and flavors. The service on our first visit was almost too attentive as it seemed they were over-staffed but everybody was very friendly and informative. It is unfortunate that my second visit was such a disappointment. I came with my family visiting from out of town and I thought this would be the perfect spot to bring them... I could not have been more wrong! We came during a weekday (perhaps weekends are better) we stood at the door looking around for someone to seat us (over a minute), finally a guy got up from the bar and greeted us. Although he seemed enthusiastic about the drink menu he came across more as a pushy salesman trying to get my non-drinking parents to order "flights of tequila". We were then greeted by a very corporate-like waitresstron who while she seemed knowledgeable about the menu left us feeling like cogs in her corporate spiel. We had the guacamole which was as good as I had had the first time but my father wanted chips and we were disappointed that we were only given a few! My mother ordered the soup which was bland and watered down while my sister had the house salad that consisted of a couple leaves of lettuce with no hint of flavor from the dressing. The entrees were inconsistent the tamales were excellent but the taco entree had a messy presentation and lacked in any savory aspect. While our waitress did the basic checkin to see how we were doing it really seemed as though she was going through the motions . I have to say though that she had several tables and may not have had the time to spend with us as she would have liked. I hope they get more consistent with staff and food but for now I'd say stay away.

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★★☆☆☆

I really wanted to like this restaurant. It is only a couple blocks from my house and it seemed like a refreshing addition to the neighborhood. I first visited when they first opened with my boyfriend and we had a really nice time. They had an excellent drink selection and the food was both superb in its presentation and flavors. The service on our first visit was almost too attentive as it seemed they were over-staffed but everybody was very friendly and informative. It is unfortunate that my second visit was such a disappointment. I came with my family visiting from out of town and I thought this would be the perfect spot to bring them... I could not have been more wrong! We came during a weekday (perhaps weekends are better) we stood at the door looking around for someone to seat us (over a minute), finally a guy got up from the bar and greeted us. Although he seemed enthusiastic about the drink menu he came across more as a pushy salesman trying to get my non-drinking parents to order "flights of tequila". We were then greeted by a very corporate-like waitresstron who while she seemed knowledgeable about the menu left us feeling like cogs in her corporate spiel. We had the guacamole which was as good as I had had the first time but my father wanted chips and we were disappointed that we were only given a few! My mother ordered the soup which was bland and watered down while my sister had the house salad that consisted of a couple leaves of lettuce with no hint of flavor from the dressing. The entrees were inconsistent the tamales were excellent but the taco entree had a messy presentation and lacked in any savory aspect. While our waitress did the basic checkin to see how we were doing it really seemed as though she was going through the motions . I have to say though that she had several tables and may not have had the time to spend with us as she would have liked. I hope they get more consistent with staff and food but for now I'd say stay away.

Pros: nice bar

Cons: inconsistent service and food

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Great spot to eat, drink and chat! Service was spectacular and the tamales were delicious! The drink menu includes traditional margaritias as well as some daring and might I add tasty mixtures. Recommend for meeting friends or a date night!!

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★★★★★

Great spot to eat, drink and chat! Service was spectacular and the tamales were delicious! The drink menu includes traditional margaritias as well as some daring and might I add tasty mixtures. Recommend for meeting friends or a date night!!

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Popped into Trebol last night at 7:00 and it was hoppin. We were greeted by a lovely young lady who suggested a high table in the lounge because all tables were full. We could have moved to a booth when it cleared but we enjoyed our experience where we were. After a few minutes our waiter who may have also been the Bartender, came to the table. He suggested a Pisco-Sour and a Margarita Rosada (both had unique ingredients) but we took his advice, and we were quite happy. We had several appetizers and the waiter suggested coursing the experience for us to accomadate the small table. We sat and enjoyed Prawns in a smokey red sauce, followed buy Ceviche of Prawns, and then Chorizo and Mole covered Oysters. The food was fantastic. Trebol is an experience that I recommend to those who are looking for fresh organic cuisine with accomodating service. Keep it up!!!

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★★★★★

Popped into Trebol last night at 7:00 and it was hoppin. We were greeted by a lovely young lady who suggested a high table in the lounge because all tables were full. We could have moved to a booth when it cleared but we enjoyed our experience where we were. After a few minutes our waiter who may have also been the Bartender, came to the table. He suggested a Pisco-Sour and a Margarita Rosada (both had unique ingredients) but we took his advice, and we were quite happy. We had several appetizers and the waiter suggested coursing the experience for us to accomadate the small table. We sat and enjoyed Prawns in a smokey red sauce, followed buy Ceviche of Prawns, and then Chorizo and Mole covered Oysters. The food was fantastic. Trebol is an experience that I recommend to those who are looking for fresh organic cuisine with accomodating service. Keep it up!!!

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I showed up excited about a new Mexican restaurant close to home! But when we got there the host, a bald guy with glasses, started the whole experience off on a wrong foot.

First we asked to sit outside and after seeing an open picnic table outside. We received a cool, "Sorry we're full outside". We were then directed to a banquet for two. When we asked to sit at a more private 4 seater booth in the corner, we were told, "Are you a party of four? No? Then sorry - on a weekday I might be able to accommodate you, but it is Friday."

I'm not dumb, I get it: Friday nights are busy nights for restaurants and using space wisely is critical to keep waits down, business flowing and people happy. But this Friday night? 6:30 p.m. and the place was virtually empty with only two tables inside taken and lots of wait staff milling around.

We sat and we were going to order but soon left, soured by the pretentious and condescending attitude of our host. In a town like Portland with so many great places to eat, it all comes down to service. If you're looking for upscale Mexican cuisine, I'd recommend Autentica Mexican Cuisine where the service is warm and the food is amazing.

Don't waste your time here.

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★☆☆☆☆

I showed up excited about a new Mexican restaurant close to home! But when we got there the host, a bald guy with glasses, started the whole experience off on a wrong foot.

First we asked to sit outside and after seeing an open picnic table outside. We received a cool, "Sorry we're full outside". We were then directed to a banquet for two. When we asked to sit at a more private 4 seater booth in the corner, we were told, "Are you a party of four? No? Then sorry - on a weekday I might be able to accommodate you, but it is Friday."

I'm not dumb, I get it: Friday nights are busy nights for restaurants and using space wisely is critical to keep waits down, business flowing and people happy. But this Friday night? 6:30 p.m. and the place was virtually empty with only two tables inside taken and lots of wait staff milling around.

We sat and we were going to order but soon left, soured by the pretentious and condescending attitude of our host. In a town like Portland with so many great places to eat, it all comes down to service. If you're looking for upscale Mexican cuisine, I'd recommend Autentica Mexican Cuisine where the service is warm and the food is amazing.

Don't waste your time here.

Pros: Locale

Cons: Service

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My girlfriend (who is from Mexico) and I read about this new restaurant and decided to give it a try. When we got there, we were very excited about what we saw. Very cozy atmosphere, great setup, and a very nice (although small) patio outside. It feels like a great place to meet friend for conversation and drinks. In fact, the drinks are amazing! Try the tamarindo margarita, it is awesome! However, the fun stops right there. People, this is NOT authentic Mexican food. In fact, this is more like an attempt for contemporary (or nuevo) Mexican cuisine, which means they mess up with the original recipes to create new flavors, that falls well short of expectations. Killing centuries-old recipes like that should be a crime. We ordered a shrimp ceviche which actually tasted sweet rather than tangy (from the lime juice that needs to be used on the recipe). For Mexicans, this tasted and looked more like a cold caldo rather than ceviche. You could barely see the shrimp in the dish as well. We also ordered a black bean soup, which was actually pretty decent (chipotle based). For our main course, we ordered empanadas de platano (plantain empanadas, actually an appetizer) and tamales. The tamales tasted very bland since they used cornmeal rather than corn flour. Also, we were told that the meat was very spicy, almost a 9 on a scale of 10. Not even close. It was more like a 4 out of 10. The meat didn't have any flavor either. The empanadas were very small and there were only three (for a plate that costs $10.50). They were drenched in a tomato based sauce that made it taste more Italian than Mexican, and the empanadas were also very thin and you could barely taste the plantain. Overall, I would give the restaurant 5 stars for drinks, atmosphere, and service, but ultimately a restaurant is graded by its food (I can get drinks and atmosphere at any Pearl District bar). The place has a lot of potential, but they still need some more practice at the kitchen. Salud!

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★★☆☆☆

My girlfriend (who is from Mexico) and I read about this new restaurant and decided to give it a try. When we got there, we were very excited about what we saw. Very cozy atmosphere, great setup, and a very nice (although small) patio outside. It feels like a great place to meet friend for conversation and drinks. In fact, the drinks are amazing! Try the tamarindo margarita, it is awesome! However, the fun stops right there. People, this is NOT authentic Mexican food. In fact, this is more like an attempt for contemporary (or nuevo) Mexican cuisine, which means they mess up with the original recipes to create new flavors, that falls well short of expectations. Killing centuries-old recipes like that should be a crime. We ordered a shrimp ceviche which actually tasted sweet rather than tangy (from the lime juice that needs to be used on the recipe). For Mexicans, this tasted and looked more like a cold caldo rather than ceviche. You could barely see the shrimp in the dish as well. We also ordered a black bean soup, which was actually pretty decent (chipotle based). For our main course, we ordered empanadas de platano (plantain empanadas, actually an appetizer) and tamales. The tamales tasted very bland since they used cornmeal rather than corn flour. Also, we were told that the meat was very spicy, almost a 9 on a scale of 10. Not even close. It was more like a 4 out of 10. The meat didn't have any flavor either. The empanadas were very small and there were only three (for a plate that costs $10.50). They were drenched in a tomato based sauce that made it taste more Italian than Mexican, and the empanadas were also very thin and you could barely taste the plantain. Overall, I would give the restaurant 5 stars for drinks, atmosphere, and service, but ultimately a restaurant is graded by its food (I can get drinks and atmosphere at any Pearl District bar). The place has a lot of potential, but they still need some more practice at the kitchen. Salud!

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went to trebol last night to experience the hipe.. i have to say that everything said about the food, drinks and especially the service, couldn't be more on.... it's awesome. we arrived after what seemed to be an accident in the street, the buzz inside was still present... but their staff made everything right. the colors inside and the upbeat music to the great suggestions of drinks turned the focus on making our long day a fun and relaxing one. we started with the plantain turnovers, shrimp ceviche and the sassy czar salad that was executed perfectly... everything from freshness, unique style of dishes to the presentation was educational. our cocktails were really tasty and seemed to compliment the dishes rather well. their servers seemed to like to hussle because everytime i looked up they were always delivering something with smiles and never seemed stressed out, even being that there were only three of them.(two servers and mngr) we tried the braized pork shoulder, skate wing with mole amarillo and the caldo.... YEAH!!!!!!! try there choc. cake with summer berrie compote.. it was made to please...

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★★★★★

went to trebol last night to experience the hipe.. i have to say that everything said about the food, drinks and especially the service, couldn't be more on.... it's awesome. we arrived after what seemed to be an accident in the street, the buzz inside was still present... but their staff made everything right. the colors inside and the upbeat music to the great suggestions of drinks turned the focus on making our long day a fun and relaxing one. we started with the plantain turnovers, shrimp ceviche and the sassy czar salad that was executed perfectly... everything from freshness, unique style of dishes to the presentation was educational. our cocktails were really tasty and seemed to compliment the dishes rather well. their servers seemed to like to hussle because everytime i looked up they were always delivering something with smiles and never seemed stressed out, even being that there were only three of them.(two servers and mngr) we tried the braized pork shoulder, skate wing with mole amarillo and the caldo.... YEAH!!!!!!! try there choc. cake with summer berrie compote.. it was made to please...

Pros: they have additional parking located next door at neil kellys lot, great drinks, late night happy hour

Cons: none and we were looking

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Stopped by Trebol Last night for a drink with friends. It was my second visit, but the first for them. We were all surprised with a late night happy hour that was comprised of small bites and $4- Margaritas. I had to try the Tamarind Margarita. (it was great) My friends had Cactus Prickly Pear Margaritas, LOVED THEM!!! We all shared happy hour Flautas, Enchaladas, and Sopes. Everything tasted great. The staff was casual, attentive and very nice.

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★★★★★

Stopped by Trebol Last night for a drink with friends. It was my second visit, but the first for them. We were all surprised with a late night happy hour that was comprised of small bites and $4- Margaritas. I had to try the Tamarind Margarita. (it was great) My friends had Cactus Prickly Pear Margaritas, LOVED THEM!!! We all shared happy hour Flautas, Enchaladas, and Sopes. Everything tasted great. The staff was casual, attentive and very nice.

Pros: Great, Late

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My friend and I tried out this place on a Saturday two weeks ago and since all the tables were full we sat at the bar and were glad we did. The bartenders, Jordan and Tony, were attentive and hysterically funny and even though they were busy we never felt ignored. Every one of their recommendations, from drinks to food, was spot on and I don't think that we stopped laughing the entire time we were there. There was even an old Yul Brenner western playing on the set behind the bar. Ask Tony about movie trivia, he knows a lot. We were more than a little hesitant about diving in to their massive tequila selection (more than 50) but the bartenders were well versed and we really enjoyed their choices. I mean a desert tequila? Absolutely! I just wish I remembered which one it was so I can try it again but I'll ask next time we go. We were told that the menu changes often which is good because we plan on going back again. Oh, they have happy hour as well. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

My friend and I tried out this place on a Saturday two weeks ago and since all the tables were full we sat at the bar and were glad we did. The bartenders, Jordan and Tony, were attentive and hysterically funny and even though they were busy we never felt ignored. Every one of their recommendations, from drinks to food, was spot on and I don't think that we stopped laughing the entire time we were there. There was even an old Yul Brenner western playing on the set behind the bar. Ask Tony about movie trivia, he knows a lot. We were more than a little hesitant about diving in to their massive tequila selection (more than 50) but the bartenders were well versed and we really enjoyed their choices. I mean a desert tequila? Absolutely! I just wish I remembered which one it was so I can try it again but I'll ask next time we go. We were told that the menu changes often which is good because we plan on going back again. Oh, they have happy hour as well. Enjoy!

Pros: Great space, attentive staff, excellent food

Cons: Parking is on the street

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A friend and I went to Trebol on a recommendation and had a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was great, with bright colors, dim lighting, good music, and surfing on the flat screen. Tortillas are made fresh and served warm to get you started. I can't resist fish tacos, so I had fresh halibut tacos served with spicy cabbage slaw and drunken beans (an amazing dish). My friend had enchiladas served with an over-easy egg on top, presentation was perfect. As for the bar, one word... "TEQUILA". They have 50+ tequilas, and an innovative specialty cocktail list. The Mango Calentico, an interesting cocktail of pepper infused tequila, mango and cilantro was my favorite. My friend had a Margarita Azul, a margarita with house made lavender syrup. We enjoyed our server, he was attentative, funny, and informative. With two happy-hours we will go again and again.

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★★★★★

A friend and I went to Trebol on a recommendation and had a fantastic experience. The atmosphere was great, with bright colors, dim lighting, good music, and surfing on the flat screen. Tortillas are made fresh and served warm to get you started. I can't resist fish tacos, so I had fresh halibut tacos served with spicy cabbage slaw and drunken beans (an amazing dish). My friend had enchiladas served with an over-easy egg on top, presentation was perfect. As for the bar, one word... "TEQUILA". They have 50+ tequilas, and an innovative specialty cocktail list. The Mango Calentico, an interesting cocktail of pepper infused tequila, mango and cilantro was my favorite. My friend had a Margarita Azul, a margarita with house made lavender syrup. We enjoyed our server, he was attentative, funny, and informative. With two happy-hours we will go again and again.

Pros: Happy Hours

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On the far edge of the aggressively trendy Mississippi shopping, dining and entertainment district, Trebol combines old and new sensibilities. The space is rustic and airy, with a warm pumpkin color scheme set off against dark wood. The…

 

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