Tapalaya

★★★★★
  • 28 NE 28th Ave

    Portland, OR 97232

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  • 503-232-6652

About Tapalaya

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Monday through Thursday, 4:30pm to 9:30pm; Friday and Saturday 4:30pm to 10:30pm; Sunday 4:30pm to 9pm

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This place is great! Small portions but the food is authentic and delicious. Highly recommended! \r
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★★★★★

This place is great! Small portions but the food is authentic and delicious. Highly recommended! \r
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We went for a nice date night and the atmosphere was good. The portions are very small for the price, even for tapas! We had the blackend fish po boy (which was on stale bread and was about 1.5 bites worth), crab cake (just one for like

3
★★★★★

We went for a nice date night and the atmosphere was good. The portions are very small for the price, even for tapas! We had the blackend fish po boy (which was on stale bread and was about 1.5 bites worth), crab cake (just one for like

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I went to Tapalaya for the first time with a large party. I must not have hit it off with my waiter, because he ignored me most of the evening. It was a long wait to get the food, and the two dishes I ordered came at different times.

3
★★★★★

I went to Tapalaya for the first time with a large party. I must not have hit it off with my waiter, because he ignored me most of the evening. It was a long wait to get the food, and the two dishes I ordered came at different times.

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Four of us went here for dinner the other night. The service was relaxed, no pressure, in fact, another person joined us and they pulled up a chair with no fuss. The drinks were great and they have a good choice of tap beers. The food was wonderful. We were able to sit and chat for over two hours and every dish that hit the table was delicious. We had one of the best times we've had in a restaurant in years.

2
★★★★★

Four of us went here for dinner the other night. The service was relaxed, no pressure, in fact, another person joined us and they pulled up a chair with no fuss. The drinks were great and they have a good choice of tap beers. The food was wonderful. We were able to sit and chat for over two hours and every dish that hit the table was delicious. We had one of the best times we've had in a restaurant in years.

Pros: Great food, great drinks

Cons: No cons with this place

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I went here for my friends birthday, and I liked it so much I keep going back. Everything I have ordered on the menu was really good. I must say the last time I went back I was disappointed they changed the old steak dish with thin slices of steak that was the best thing on the menu, to a new steak dish that was seriously like a bite of steak. Besides that this place is great.

2
★★★★☆

I went here for my friends birthday, and I liked it so much I keep going back. Everything I have ordered on the menu was really good. I must say the last time I went back I was disappointed they changed the old steak dish with thin slices of steak that was the best thing on the menu, to a new steak dish that was seriously like a bite of steak. Besides that this place is great.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Changed the steak dish

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Bites of New Orleans, this Cajun and Creole restaurant serves tapas and jambalaya thus the name Tapalaya.

4
★★★★☆

Bites of New Orleans, this Cajun and Creole restaurant serves tapas and jambalaya thus the name Tapalaya.

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I had such a pleasant time at Tapalaya- it blew my mind! Everyone who was working was really upbeat and friendly, and it was obvious they knew and loved the food! Our server was extremely patient and helpful navigating us through the menus.

We ordered the hurricane cocktail ($3 ea) and the taste of tapalaya ($4- was told it changes daily) for starters off the happy hour menu. The cocktail was potent but not overwhelmingly boozy, and had a nice citrusy flavor. The food came out rather quickly, since the restaurant wasn't busy yet. I was amazed at how large the portions were considering the price and the high quality. Exceptionally tasty were the collards and black eyed pea salad. The collards had an interestingly briney flavor with smokey undertones from the bacon that paired surprisingly well together. I generally do not like fried fish, so I was hesitant to try the crispy catfish that was a part of the "taste" plate. The remoulade it was topped with was absolutely devine, the fish itself not too heavy with a nice crisp.

The overall experience was fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! I will definitely be coming back with friends to get lots of plates off of the dinner menu... I mean, c'mon, crabby mac? Sounds incredible!

2
★★★★★

I had such a pleasant time at Tapalaya- it blew my mind! Everyone who was working was really upbeat and friendly, and it was obvious they knew and loved the food! Our server was extremely patient and helpful navigating us through the menus.

We ordered the hurricane cocktail ($3 ea) and the taste of tapalaya ($4- was told it changes daily) for starters off the happy hour menu. The cocktail was potent but not overwhelmingly boozy, and had a nice citrusy flavor. The food came out rather quickly, since the restaurant wasn't busy yet. I was amazed at how large the portions were considering the price and the high quality. Exceptionally tasty were the collards and black eyed pea salad. The collards had an interestingly briney flavor with smokey undertones from the bacon that paired surprisingly well together. I generally do not like fried fish, so I was hesitant to try the crispy catfish that was a part of the "taste" plate. The remoulade it was topped with was absolutely devine, the fish itself not too heavy with a nice crisp.

The overall experience was fantastic, and I would highly recommend it to anyone! I will definitely be coming back with friends to get lots of plates off of the dinner menu... I mean, c'mon, crabby mac? Sounds incredible!

Pros: Great $, Great Service, Delicious Food, Great Happy Hour!

Cons: None that I could find

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Genius. Small plates and Cajun/Creole. I like to go with four people and order one of everything on the menu (except for the jambalaya which I refuse to share). They just started a happy hour with $2 martinis and $3 hurricanes, which is an insane deal. The HH food menu is good too (mostly stuff off of the regular menu at a discounted price) and seems to change around a bit. Go here. You will thank me.

2
★★★★★

Genius. Small plates and Cajun/Creole. I like to go with four people and order one of everything on the menu (except for the jambalaya which I refuse to share). They just started a happy hour with $2 martinis and $3 hurricanes, which is an insane deal. The HH food menu is good too (mostly stuff off of the regular menu at a discounted price) and seems to change around a bit. Go here. You will thank me.

Pros: Happy hour!!!

Cons: street parking (but I think you can park in the lot in back)

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While visiting Portland where I have dined at many establishments, Tapalaya was a very pleasant surprise. The food was excellent, the service was flawless and the ambience really completed the experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everybody who is looking for all the above.

2
★★★★★

While visiting Portland where I have dined at many establishments, Tapalaya was a very pleasant surprise. The food was excellent, the service was flawless and the ambience really completed the experience. I would highly recommend this restaurant to everybody who is looking for all the above.

Pros: Cajun tapas..can't beat that! Great food and good service.

Cons: None

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My hubby & I went to Tapalaya last night and really liked it. It was one of the best new places we've been in a long time. We got right in (weeknight) and had a nice table at the window. The only downsides were that it was really cold in there & the seat along the window was uncomfortable (no backrest). Service was prompt and the food came out quickly. Good winepour too. We got a lot of food and ate all of it. I would say the quality is definitely there, although the portions are a tad smallish (even considering they're "small plates"). We got the crispy catfish (our fave that night), fried green tomatoes, crawfish etoufee, mushroom bread pudding, a salad w/Oregonzola, collard greens, portobello fries & the muffaletta sliders. I didn't eat the collard greens or Muffaletta sliders since they had meat in them but my hubby loved them. I loved everything I did eat. For $58 we got all of that, plus 2 drinks (a glass of wine & a cocktail). So even if the plates are smallish we still got a lot for our money. Will definitely be going back.

2
★★★★☆

My hubby & I went to Tapalaya last night and really liked it. It was one of the best new places we've been in a long time. We got right in (weeknight) and had a nice table at the window. The only downsides were that it was really cold in there & the seat along the window was uncomfortable (no backrest). Service was prompt and the food came out quickly. Good winepour too. We got a lot of food and ate all of it. I would say the quality is definitely there, although the portions are a tad smallish (even considering they're "small plates"). We got the crispy catfish (our fave that night), fried green tomatoes, crawfish etoufee, mushroom bread pudding, a salad w/Oregonzola, collard greens, portobello fries & the muffaletta sliders. I didn't eat the collard greens or Muffaletta sliders since they had meat in them but my hubby loved them. I loved everything I did eat. For $58 we got all of that, plus 2 drinks (a glass of wine & a cocktail). So even if the plates are smallish we still got a lot for our money. Will definitely be going back.

Pros: Great idea - cajun tapas, high quality food

Cons: A little chilly inside

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Still mourning the loss of Taqueria Nueve, I recently ventured into the new restaurant that took over its space. They serve New Orleans cuisine and it is damn good! Hooray! The plates (well, not exactly plates) are small (tapas style) and the food is served in big old coffee mugs. I know it sounds kind of weird, but they make it work. Everything I tried sang in my mouth. We had the jambalaya (with chicken, shrimp and sausage), the hanger steak (served with carmelized portobello fries) and the bibb lettuce salad (served with smoked tomatoes and a bacon vinagrette). Oh and because the plates were small enough and I wasn't quite stuffed yet, the sweet potato/pecan pie (served with bourbon ice cream) for dessert. Lord have mercy, that food was good! So, although I will forever miss my octopus cocktail from TN, I'm not going to be sad anymore because a new food day has dawned with the opening of New Orleans inspired Tapalaya. Let the good times roll!

BTW, since I first went, I've gone back four times already with different friends -- everyone raves! Now my new favorite dessert is the salty pecan bar with buttermilk ice cream. Now if they would just start serving brunch on the weekends, between Screen Door and Tapalaya, this little area in NE Portland will be the place to be for good weekend morning fare. Oh, and one more thing, the husband (who is also the chef) and wife owners couldn't be nicer, and my new favorite server in the world is Michelle, who makes her name stick in your head by telling you it's like the Beatles song.

2
★★★★☆

Still mourning the loss of Taqueria Nueve, I recently ventured into the new restaurant that took over its space. They serve New Orleans cuisine and it is damn good! Hooray! The plates (well, not exactly plates) are small (tapas style) and the food is served in big old coffee mugs. I know it sounds kind of weird, but they make it work. Everything I tried sang in my mouth. We had the jambalaya (with chicken, shrimp and sausage), the hanger steak (served with carmelized portobello fries) and the bibb lettuce salad (served with smoked tomatoes and a bacon vinagrette). Oh and because the plates were small enough and I wasn't quite stuffed yet, the sweet potato/pecan pie (served with bourbon ice cream) for dessert. Lord have mercy, that food was good! So, although I will forever miss my octopus cocktail from TN, I'm not going to be sad anymore because a new food day has dawned with the opening of New Orleans inspired Tapalaya. Let the good times roll!

BTW, since I first went, I've gone back four times already with different friends -- everyone raves! Now my new favorite dessert is the salty pecan bar with buttermilk ice cream. Now if they would just start serving brunch on the weekends, between Screen Door and Tapalaya, this little area in NE Portland will be the place to be for good weekend morning fare. Oh, and one more thing, the husband (who is also the chef) and wife owners couldn't be nicer, and my new favorite server in the world is Michelle, who makes her name stick in your head by telling you it's like the Beatles song.

Pros: Delicious imaginative renditions of New Orleans favorites, great service, located around other good restaurants

Cons: room can feel a little chilly, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, no weekend brunch

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I know people on 28th Street miss Taqueria Nueve, but this may be one of the best new additions to the Portland restaurant scene in recent memory. Tapas, or small plates, for Cajun/Creole food. Usually when you go to a Southern style restaurant you can only get one thing because there's just too much food. Here you can get 2-3 things and feel totally comforted. I've been twice since they opened a few weeks ago, and everything has been outstanding. The place is a little upscale looking, but the prices were nothing but cheap. They definitely tried to make you feel special without making you pay for it. The food was great, too. Some stuff was pretty classic, the gumbo, crawfish etoufee, and amazing bread pudding. But alot of the dishes were twists on the traditionals like jambalaya that was a little creamy like risotto but with all of the same great flavors. The best was the caramelized hanger steak and the duck confit with sweet potato waffle. Man I will be going back for those again, soon. The service was attentive, but relaxed and they have a pretty cool drink list, too. I hope this place makes it, because this town needs more restaurants to be this creative without breaking the bank.

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★★★★★

I know people on 28th Street miss Taqueria Nueve, but this may be one of the best new additions to the Portland restaurant scene in recent memory. Tapas, or small plates, for Cajun/Creole food. Usually when you go to a Southern style restaurant you can only get one thing because there's just too much food. Here you can get 2-3 things and feel totally comforted. I've been twice since they opened a few weeks ago, and everything has been outstanding. The place is a little upscale looking, but the prices were nothing but cheap. They definitely tried to make you feel special without making you pay for it. The food was great, too. Some stuff was pretty classic, the gumbo, crawfish etoufee, and amazing bread pudding. But alot of the dishes were twists on the traditionals like jambalaya that was a little creamy like risotto but with all of the same great flavors. The best was the caramelized hanger steak and the duck confit with sweet potato waffle. Man I will be going back for those again, soon. The service was attentive, but relaxed and they have a pretty cool drink list, too. I hope this place makes it, because this town needs more restaurants to be this creative without breaking the bank.

Pros: food, service, ambience and price

Cons: parking can be a little tough

 

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