Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 200 NE 28th Ave

    Portland, OR 97232

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  • 503-238-3777

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Amazing food, elegant, upscale surroundings with prominent bar and friendly staff. Pricey, but worth it. Good for dates! Very cozy.

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★★★★★

Amazing food, elegant, upscale surroundings with prominent bar and friendly staff. Pricey, but worth it. Good for dates! Very cozy.

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The menu is very limited and had few appealing items. Be sure to look at the menu to make sure you like the selection. The apparent intention of the chef is to produce items with interesting flavors and ingredient combination. In fact,

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★★★★★

The menu is very limited and had few appealing items. Be sure to look at the menu to make sure you like the selection. The apparent intention of the chef is to produce items with interesting flavors and ingredient combination. In fact,

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Had an excellent meal at Tabla on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was busy but the service was impeccable. The (definitely Mediterranean) menu was varied and interesting but not overly lengthy for a small restaurant. The three-course

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Had an excellent meal at Tabla on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was busy but the service was impeccable. The (definitely Mediterranean) menu was varied and interesting but not overly lengthy for a small restaurant. The three-course

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My husband and I came to Tabla with an out of town guest. We were on time for our 6:30 p.m. reservation. We ordered cocktails, the three-course meal, dessert and coffee. Before 8:30 p.m., we were winding up our conversation when

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★★★★★

My husband and I came to Tabla with an out of town guest. We were on time for our 6:30 p.m. reservation. We ordered cocktails, the three-course meal, dessert and coffee. Before 8:30 p.m., we were winding up our conversation when

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It was my first time to Tabla. We ordered the fixed price 3 course dinner which inclued an appetizer, past and main course. I ordered the fried ricotta, Ravioli and salmon. The appetizer I could have easily put the entire amount in my mouth in one bite - it was literally just a tasty morsel. Don't get me wrong, it tasted wonderful. It was just so small. The ravioli was singular, as in ONE ravioli. The salmon was lovely, with a wonderful flavor, but I'm certain it wasn't more than 3 or 4 ounces. The beer was really good, but I left Tabla like I'd had an appetizer and still needed to be fed. And after $100, that's just not acceptable. and that was without dessert!

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★★★☆☆

It was my first time to Tabla. We ordered the fixed price 3 course dinner which inclued an appetizer, past and main course. I ordered the fried ricotta, Ravioli and salmon. The appetizer I could have easily put the entire amount in my mouth in one bite - it was literally just a tasty morsel. Don't get me wrong, it tasted wonderful. It was just so small. The ravioli was singular, as in ONE ravioli. The salmon was lovely, with a wonderful flavor, but I'm certain it wasn't more than 3 or 4 ounces. The beer was really good, but I left Tabla like I'd had an appetizer and still needed to be fed. And after $100, that's just not acceptable. and that was without dessert!

Pros: the food and beer is fantastic

Cons: the portions are teeny tiny

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my friend and i sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the art of cooking. we loved pretty much everything, especially the dessert, but the meat they selected for steak was disappointing. it was so lean and tough that i got tired chewing it.

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★★★☆☆

my friend and i sat at the counter and enjoyed watching the art of cooking. we loved pretty much everything, especially the dessert, but the meat they selected for steak was disappointing. it was so lean and tough that i got tired chewing it.

Pros: atmosphere, friendly staff

Cons: ???

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We love the food at Tabla, often sitting at the bar to enjoy a 3 course tasting menu that's often extraordinary. Great wine list, too.

5
★★★★★

We love the food at Tabla, often sitting at the bar to enjoy a 3 course tasting menu that's often extraordinary. Great wine list, too.

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I have been eating my way through Portland's food scene since moving from Seattle a year and a half ago and Tabla is far and away the best dinner, best service, and best atmosphere to be found. I now eat here almost once a week. The food is so fresh, well thoughtout, and impressively executed. And the $24 3-course option is the steal of the century.

Run, don't walk, to Tabla.

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★★★★★

I have been eating my way through Portland's food scene since moving from Seattle a year and a half ago and Tabla is far and away the best dinner, best service, and best atmosphere to be found. I now eat here almost once a week. The food is so fresh, well thoughtout, and impressively executed. And the $24 3-course option is the steal of the century.

Run, don't walk, to Tabla.

Pros: Best food in town, unimpeachable wine list, awesome staff

Cons: They don't serve lunch!

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We got the 3 course dinner for $24 and the wine pairing - everything we tried was wonderful. Delicious sweetbreads, mouth watering agnolotti, good wine. We are definitely going again.

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★★★★★

We got the 3 course dinner for $24 and the wine pairing - everything we tried was wonderful. Delicious sweetbreads, mouth watering agnolotti, good wine. We are definitely going again.

Pros: Good food, good wine

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My husband went to Tabla last night with a long time friend. When he came home he told me that he was excited about finding this wonderful restaurant with good food and a lovely ambience. He said all was well until he and his friend were concluding their meal. They both had paid separately with their respective credit cards. My husband and his friend always leave the tip in cash. Well the manager/owner came out and demanded to know if everything was ok. He was advised three separate times that everything was fine. finally the manager asked why no tip had been left. Excuse me??? Had he bothered to not ASSUME no tip was left and shut his big mouth he might have seen the money laying on the table for the tip. He then demanded my husband and his friend leave immediately and never return. Well I can assure you that will not be a problem - what an unprofessional immature restaurant owner. We will be sharing this incident with everyone we know.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband went to Tabla last night with a long time friend. When he came home he told me that he was excited about finding this wonderful restaurant with good food and a lovely ambience. He said all was well until he and his friend were concluding their meal. They both had paid separately with their respective credit cards. My husband and his friend always leave the tip in cash. Well the manager/owner came out and demanded to know if everything was ok. He was advised three separate times that everything was fine. finally the manager asked why no tip had been left. Excuse me??? Had he bothered to not ASSUME no tip was left and shut his big mouth he might have seen the money laying on the table for the tip. He then demanded my husband and his friend leave immediately and never return. Well I can assure you that will not be a problem - what an unprofessional immature restaurant owner. We will be sharing this incident with everyone we know.

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Great take on Mediterranean food. A bit more upscale, but sometimes they offer a fixed menu price. The service is mostly attentive. It is in the NE 28Th neighborhood. Many places to stroll to after dinner. In the summer you can usually get a seat outside on the sidewalk.

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★★★★★

Great take on Mediterranean food. A bit more upscale, but sometimes they offer a fixed menu price. The service is mostly attentive. It is in the NE 28Th neighborhood. Many places to stroll to after dinner. In the summer you can usually get a seat outside on the sidewalk.

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This is a great place to go for a nice dinner, if parents are in town, etc. The food is interesting, vaguely Mediterranean-themed. They used to have a wonderful prix fixe deal for some remarkable low price, but that's gone these days. Try the Moroccan chicken stew, or any of the fresh pasta dishes. The prices are high, but the food is worth it. Also try the clove flavored drinks, too!

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to go for a nice dinner, if parents are in town, etc. The food is interesting, vaguely Mediterranean-themed. They used to have a wonderful prix fixe deal for some remarkable low price, but that's gone these days. Try the Moroccan chicken stew, or any of the fresh pasta dishes. The prices are high, but the food is worth it. Also try the clove flavored drinks, too!

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My daughter is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. She came up for vacation over Christmas and was advised by one of her chef teachers to try dinner at Tabla. We made the trip on her last night in town. It was wonderful.

They have a great menu. Their $24 three course meal is one of the best bargains in town for those who want variety and great taste. Five of us had dinner and we all enjoyed ourselves. The beet salad was appreciated by three of us at the table (not me) and the truffles were enjoyed by all. I particularly enjoyed the wine list. It has good variety of region, quality and price. Almost anyone can find something to enjoy at a price that is fair. Their presentation was excellent. The service was great without being pretentious.

I will go again and anticipate another enjoyable evening. This is a real neighborhood gem. Go! Try it!

Ron

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My daughter is a student at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, CA. She came up for vacation over Christmas and was advised by one of her chef teachers to try dinner at Tabla. We made the trip on her last night in town. It was wonderful.

They have a great menu. Their $24 three course meal is one of the best bargains in town for those who want variety and great taste. Five of us had dinner and we all enjoyed ourselves. The beet salad was appreciated by three of us at the table (not me) and the truffles were enjoyed by all. I particularly enjoyed the wine list. It has good variety of region, quality and price. Almost anyone can find something to enjoy at a price that is fair. Their presentation was excellent. The service was great without being pretentious.

I will go again and anticipate another enjoyable evening. This is a real neighborhood gem. Go! Try it!

Ron

Pros: Wonderful food, excellent service, fair price.

Cons: Parking on NE 28th.

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on one of the hottest nites this summer who wants to be sitting near the kitchen?? I DO... since that's the very best spot at this fantastic restaurant to watch the passion that goes into their amazing cooking. Watching the chef prepare their signature raviolis was both fun and enlightening. Even more so when she stopped to answer questions, and then prepared a special one for us to taste. It was a mix of flavors that balanced perfectly. But most of all we apprecited the obvious care and joy that went into making it. We went for the happy hour but will return for dinner any time we get the chance.

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★★★★★

on one of the hottest nites this summer who wants to be sitting near the kitchen?? I DO... since that's the very best spot at this fantastic restaurant to watch the passion that goes into their amazing cooking. Watching the chef prepare their signature raviolis was both fun and enlightening. Even more so when she stopped to answer questions, and then prepared a special one for us to taste. It was a mix of flavors that balanced perfectly. But most of all we apprecited the obvious care and joy that went into making it. We went for the happy hour but will return for dinner any time we get the chance.

Pros: food, service, ambience, drinks, happy hour

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We have been going to Tabla since they first opened and we love it!!! Its a great place with awesome service! Love IT!!

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★★★★★

We have been going to Tabla since they first opened and we love it!!! Its a great place with awesome service! Love IT!!

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We have been loyal fans of Tabla for years - when they dropped the 3 course prix fixe dinner option we lost our enthusiasm and it felt as if the energy of the place took a dip as well - we went this past weekend and were so pleasantly surprised that not only is the 3 course prix fixe option back but the food is better than ever - it is and remains our favorite

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★★★★★

We have been loyal fans of Tabla for years - when they dropped the 3 course prix fixe dinner option we lost our enthusiasm and it felt as if the energy of the place took a dip as well - we went this past weekend and were so pleasantly surprised that not only is the 3 course prix fixe option back but the food is better than ever - it is and remains our favorite

Pros: service

Cons: parking

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I had to write this review after reading the previous one. We also went to Tabla on our anniversary this month and had wonderful service and exceptional food. We sat at the bar by the kitchen and met friendly Paul, who gave us great recommendations and made our food. All of our appetizers and entrees were unique and delicious with the whole farm to table philosophy. Our waitress was friendly and also brought us a special complimentary dessert wine and chocolates for our anniversary. They also served very good and affordable half bottles of wine for those wanting cocktails/beer AND just a LITTLE wine with dinner. I wish more restaurants in Portland were like Tabla and we will definitely be back for more!

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★★★★★

I had to write this review after reading the previous one. We also went to Tabla on our anniversary this month and had wonderful service and exceptional food. We sat at the bar by the kitchen and met friendly Paul, who gave us great recommendations and made our food. All of our appetizers and entrees were unique and delicious with the whole farm to table philosophy. Our waitress was friendly and also brought us a special complimentary dessert wine and chocolates for our anniversary. They also served very good and affordable half bottles of wine for those wanting cocktails/beer AND just a LITTLE wine with dinner. I wish more restaurants in Portland were like Tabla and we will definitely be back for more!

Pros: attentive service, quality of food

Cons: none!

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What?s up??? We have been a good customer of Tabla , and have enjoyed the food and atmosphere since it opened in 2003. We were patrons in July of this year and the experience was fabulous. But after picking Tabla to be the place of our anniversary dinner the other night, we were shocked, dismayed and thoroughly disappointed. The menu was average, the staff slow, the electricity and energy from this place was gone. What changed since July??????? We really don?t know if we will return.

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★★☆☆☆

What?s up??? We have been a good customer of Tabla , and have enjoyed the food and atmosphere since it opened in 2003. We were patrons in July of this year and the experience was fabulous. But after picking Tabla to be the place of our anniversary dinner the other night, we were shocked, dismayed and thoroughly disappointed. The menu was average, the staff slow, the electricity and energy from this place was gone. What changed since July??????? We really don?t know if we will return.

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Right after Tabla opened a friend described it as grossly over-priced with miniscule portions. Years later, after much prodding from the significant other, I finally went. How silly of me to take a review to heart right after the restaurant opened! As a result I?ve been missing out on the joy that is Tabla for years! Let me start off by saying that while the service was charming and fine, they clearly aren?t focusing on dropping appropriate silverware prior to delivering the food, or crumbing the table, and the like. However, you barely notice since the food is absolutely incredible? oh the food. I salivate as I type. I?m sure the menu changes frequently, as they introduce regional specialties from around the world each month, however, I will cross my fingers that the perfectly prepared Hawaiian ono remains on the menu indefinitely. The prix fixe menu is an incredible bargain, which might make one hesitate, quantity over quality, but rest-assured those fellas know their way around the kitchen. If you can, go on a Tuesday ? as we randomly did ? they have a special $20 wine list, bringing our 4 course, truly special meal w/wine to merely $100! I thought I might get arrested for robbing them blind on our way out, but alas, I made it home safe.

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★★★★★

Right after Tabla opened a friend described it as grossly over-priced with miniscule portions. Years later, after much prodding from the significant other, I finally went. How silly of me to take a review to heart right after the restaurant opened! As a result I?ve been missing out on the joy that is Tabla for years! Let me start off by saying that while the service was charming and fine, they clearly aren?t focusing on dropping appropriate silverware prior to delivering the food, or crumbing the table, and the like. However, you barely notice since the food is absolutely incredible? oh the food. I salivate as I type. I?m sure the menu changes frequently, as they introduce regional specialties from around the world each month, however, I will cross my fingers that the perfectly prepared Hawaiian ono remains on the menu indefinitely. The prix fixe menu is an incredible bargain, which might make one hesitate, quantity over quality, but rest-assured those fellas know their way around the kitchen. If you can, go on a Tuesday ? as we randomly did ? they have a special $20 wine list, bringing our 4 course, truly special meal w/wine to merely $100! I thought I might get arrested for robbing them blind on our way out, but alas, I made it home safe.

Pros: Ono, value

Cons: ambiance and service a bit casual compared to the exemplary food

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We went about 7:30 on a Saturday night and were only able to get seating at the bar. Instead of doing the $29 price fixe we opted to share a few different dishes and enjoyed the appetizers, pasta dishes, and chocolate dessert. The bartender was very good at describing the food and wine dishes and despite her need to hustle on a busy night noticed she gave thoughtful attention to each of her customers. Impressed with the food and service -- we'll go back.

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★★★★★

We went about 7:30 on a Saturday night and were only able to get seating at the bar. Instead of doing the $29 price fixe we opted to share a few different dishes and enjoyed the appetizers, pasta dishes, and chocolate dessert. The bartender was very good at describing the food and wine dishes and despite her need to hustle on a busy night noticed she gave thoughtful attention to each of her customers. Impressed with the food and service -- we'll go back.

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Although the restaurant has the potential to be pretty great, the chefs seem to have made it their mission to take quality ingredients and mix them in strange combinations that, while somewhat tastey, do not live up to their intended purpose (i.e. "fine dining"). Don't get me wrong; had I paid only $30 for my meal, I might not feel so bitter about the experience. Unfortunately, my food alone cost $30. Add to this my incredibly overpriced drinks, and BAM!, I'm doling out more than $50 (with the 18% gratuity automatically added to our table's tab). Now, I would not mind so much, but I left thinking that I might like to drive thru to someplace where at least I get what I pay for. Don't get me wrong: it's not that the food is bad, but that it is pretentious to no good effect. I can't imagine that one would ever leave there satisfied and I'm sure they will leave there light in the wallet.

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★★★☆☆

Although the restaurant has the potential to be pretty great, the chefs seem to have made it their mission to take quality ingredients and mix them in strange combinations that, while somewhat tastey, do not live up to their intended purpose (i.e. "fine dining"). Don't get me wrong; had I paid only $30 for my meal, I might not feel so bitter about the experience. Unfortunately, my food alone cost $30. Add to this my incredibly overpriced drinks, and BAM!, I'm doling out more than $50 (with the 18% gratuity automatically added to our table's tab). Now, I would not mind so much, but I left thinking that I might like to drive thru to someplace where at least I get what I pay for. Don't get me wrong: it's not that the food is bad, but that it is pretentious to no good effect. I can't imagine that one would ever leave there satisfied and I'm sure they will leave there light in the wallet.

Pros: food is kind of good

Cons: cost too much (food is not prepared well enough for the price, drink prices are out of control)

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first of all i am a pastry chef and i know about creme brulee it is served cold would you want warm pudding? cause that is what it would be and if you put it in the fridge after you torch it the sugar on top would turn to a liquid and would be goopy... please dont be one of those tightwad retards acting like you know all i dont tell my doctor what hes doing wrong....

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first of all i am a pastry chef and i know about creme brulee it is served cold would you want warm pudding? cause that is what it would be and if you put it in the fridge after you torch it the sugar on top would turn to a liquid and would be goopy... please dont be one of those tightwad retards acting like you know all i dont tell my doctor what hes doing wrong....

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I really like the concept of the three-course meal and three-glass of wine pairing. But that was where my enthusiasm for Tabla ended. While the beets were fantastic, the salad needed just a pinch of salt. However, the folks at Tabla don't put salt and pepper on the table. Perhaps chefs take offense at seeing people through the open kitchen seasoning their food, but they should get over that. And if it is an aesthetic thing, a tiny dish of sea salt is would look nice on the table. My second plate was the pappardelle with rabbit. My dining companion likened it to tuna casserole, which I think was a overly generous comparison. This dish was flat-out boring. The third plate was the pork chop, served with an heirloom tomato puree and an apple fritter. I just could not understand this dish. The pork was tough. They should consider searing it, then deglazing, rather than grilling. I didn't taste any heirloom tomatoes, but I sure did taste a lot of vinegar in the glaze. Holy pucker! Way unbalanced. And the apple fritter, left me thinking "huh?". It added nothing. Perhaps the most annoying thing about our experience at Tabla was dessert. We ordered the creme brulee. It was cold! I realize that creme brulee is often refrigerated before being pulled out to get torched, but the entire thing exhibited no degree of warmth whatsover. I pointed this out to the waiter, who claimed that he just watched it being prepared. Unless they immediately chilled it in the frige after being torched and then brought it to us, there's no way it could have cooled off that fast (which means he was lying). While the service was attentive throughout our meal, this encounter with the waiter left a bad taste in our mouths (which still lingered of vinegar from the pork). I might go back to Tabla, but there are a lot of other places that deserve a shot at my money.

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★★☆☆☆

I really like the concept of the three-course meal and three-glass of wine pairing. But that was where my enthusiasm for Tabla ended. While the beets were fantastic, the salad needed just a pinch of salt. However, the folks at Tabla don't put salt and pepper on the table. Perhaps chefs take offense at seeing people through the open kitchen seasoning their food, but they should get over that. And if it is an aesthetic thing, a tiny dish of sea salt is would look nice on the table. My second plate was the pappardelle with rabbit. My dining companion likened it to tuna casserole, which I think was a overly generous comparison. This dish was flat-out boring. The third plate was the pork chop, served with an heirloom tomato puree and an apple fritter. I just could not understand this dish. The pork was tough. They should consider searing it, then deglazing, rather than grilling. I didn't taste any heirloom tomatoes, but I sure did taste a lot of vinegar in the glaze. Holy pucker! Way unbalanced. And the apple fritter, left me thinking "huh?". It added nothing. Perhaps the most annoying thing about our experience at Tabla was dessert. We ordered the creme brulee. It was cold! I realize that creme brulee is often refrigerated before being pulled out to get torched, but the entire thing exhibited no degree of warmth whatsover. I pointed this out to the waiter, who claimed that he just watched it being prepared. Unless they immediately chilled it in the frige after being torched and then brought it to us, there's no way it could have cooled off that fast (which means he was lying). While the service was attentive throughout our meal, this encounter with the waiter left a bad taste in our mouths (which still lingered of vinegar from the pork). I might go back to Tabla, but there are a lot of other places that deserve a shot at my money.

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Wow! Best dinner I've had out in years, well since I lived in a bigger and more food oriented city actually. My friend and I each had three different courses and they were all delicious and beautifully presented. It was a lovely evening at an outside patio table with polite and attentive (but not overbearing or overly cheerful) service.

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★★★★★

Wow! Best dinner I've had out in years, well since I lived in a bigger and more food oriented city actually. My friend and I each had three different courses and they were all delicious and beautifully presented. It was a lovely evening at an outside patio table with polite and attentive (but not overbearing or overly cheerful) service.

Pros: food, service, elegance

Cons: none

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My family ate at Tabla to celebrate a birthday for my son 9/8. We had 5 adults in our party, we had reservations and we were seated within 5 min. Each one of us chose a different entree from the prix fixe menu. We found the service to be excellent, having brought 3 bottles of wine with us, the server was kept busy with various paourings and different types of wine glasses. Some of the dishes which we had were the lamb which had a somewhat Indian spice accompaniment, the pork which was succulent , the duck confit was excellent, and the cassoulet and steak were quite good. The portion size was just right and we found our waiter to be attentive but inconspicuous. All in all a wonderful evening-- we were there for 3 hours and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. A real bargain for the quality of the food!

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★★★★★

My family ate at Tabla to celebrate a birthday for my son 9/8. We had 5 adults in our party, we had reservations and we were seated within 5 min. Each one of us chose a different entree from the prix fixe menu. We found the service to be excellent, having brought 3 bottles of wine with us, the server was kept busy with various paourings and different types of wine glasses. Some of the dishes which we had were the lamb which had a somewhat Indian spice accompaniment, the pork which was succulent , the duck confit was excellent, and the cassoulet and steak were quite good. The portion size was just right and we found our waiter to be attentive but inconspicuous. All in all a wonderful evening-- we were there for 3 hours and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. A real bargain for the quality of the food!

Pros: great food at a good price

Cons: I was put off reading some of the other reviews which were off the mark

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We heard good reviews about Tabla being a cheap, yummy place to eat for a nice night out. After being seated, our waiter didn't offer us any kind of drink and did not tell us the specials. He explained about the half portions (at $13 per entree) verses the "full" portions (at $19 per entree). I decided to get a "full" duck confit entree and my husband chose the "full" scallops entree.

The waiter returned with my FULL entree - a single duck wing, a piddling spoonfull of mashed potatoes, and one single leaf of a green vegetable. My husband's "full" entree consisted of a single scoop of noodles, and TWO scallops. What's funny is that even the half entree was written as "scallops" not "scallop!" I'm a petite person, at 110lbs and I finished my entire meal and was still famished afterwards. The duck was mostly bone and gristle.

Our meal was almost $40 total.

With the bill, we also were given some half-pea-sized mints - my husband exclaimed "even the mints are tiny!"

Never have a left a restaurant hungry, especially after paying so much for so little. I understand that the idea is to promote the small plates, like tapas, but never have I had a $19 tapa!!

I have no idea why this is only listed with one dollar sign. Total rip off!

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★☆☆☆☆

We heard good reviews about Tabla being a cheap, yummy place to eat for a nice night out. After being seated, our waiter didn't offer us any kind of drink and did not tell us the specials. He explained about the half portions (at $13 per entree) verses the "full" portions (at $19 per entree). I decided to get a "full" duck confit entree and my husband chose the "full" scallops entree.

The waiter returned with my FULL entree - a single duck wing, a piddling spoonfull of mashed potatoes, and one single leaf of a green vegetable. My husband's "full" entree consisted of a single scoop of noodles, and TWO scallops. What's funny is that even the half entree was written as "scallops" not "scallop!" I'm a petite person, at 110lbs and I finished my entire meal and was still famished afterwards. The duck was mostly bone and gristle.

Our meal was almost $40 total.

With the bill, we also were given some half-pea-sized mints - my husband exclaimed "even the mints are tiny!"

Never have a left a restaurant hungry, especially after paying so much for so little. I understand that the idea is to promote the small plates, like tapas, but never have I had a $19 tapa!!

I have no idea why this is only listed with one dollar sign. Total rip off!

Pros: It's close to my house.

Cons: Poor service, overpriced, small portions

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With no disrespect for the dining room staff, however, it can get a bit crowded at times, and that's a good problem. Do stop in because the daily $24 three courses are quite simply the best deal in town. You select an appetizer, pasta, entree at what appears to be 1/2 servings. Regardless, without skimping on quality and ingredients, the meals come together to great surprise. Give it try and be sure to order wine to go with the predominantly Mediterranean style of cooking. Order an Oregon Pinot Noir, then try the rabbit rague and truffle tajarin before complimenting chef Paul.

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★★★★☆

With no disrespect for the dining room staff, however, it can get a bit crowded at times, and that's a good problem. Do stop in because the daily $24 three courses are quite simply the best deal in town. You select an appetizer, pasta, entree at what appears to be 1/2 servings. Regardless, without skimping on quality and ingredients, the meals come together to great surprise. Give it try and be sure to order wine to go with the predominantly Mediterranean style of cooking. Order an Oregon Pinot Noir, then try the rabbit rague and truffle tajarin before complimenting chef Paul.

Pros: Look for the $24 three course meal...

Cons: Can get a little tight with foot traffic..

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My sister-in-law and her friend from San Francisco were visiting last month and we made reservations at Tabla for meet for dinner. Having read some of the reviews about service at the restaurant, we were a little apprehensive about picking Tabla.
Any worries we had were quickly put to rest the minute we walked in the door. We were seated right away and the service from the start of the meal to the finish was excellent, just outstanding. We all decided to try the "three course for 24.00" and three of us opted for the two appetizers and main course instead of the appetizer-pasta-main plate. We all chose different appetizers so we could share and the waiter co-ordinated everything so the cold apps came first and the warm apps came out with my husband's pasta. Everything was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the grilled romaine hearts, the clams and the rabbit w/ the egg noodles. My sister-in-law asked the waiter to pick a Pinot Noir from Oregon for us and he did not disappoint with his selection. I had the duck confit for my main dish and it was perfect. Everyone else raved about their main course also. We finished the meal with some lovely chocolates from Alma.
Throughout the meal the waiter was attentive (refilling our wine glasses, taking away empty plates, etc.) without being obtrusive.
I highly recommend Tabla.

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★★★★☆

My sister-in-law and her friend from San Francisco were visiting last month and we made reservations at Tabla for meet for dinner. Having read some of the reviews about service at the restaurant, we were a little apprehensive about picking Tabla.
Any worries we had were quickly put to rest the minute we walked in the door. We were seated right away and the service from the start of the meal to the finish was excellent, just outstanding. We all decided to try the "three course for 24.00" and three of us opted for the two appetizers and main course instead of the appetizer-pasta-main plate. We all chose different appetizers so we could share and the waiter co-ordinated everything so the cold apps came first and the warm apps came out with my husband's pasta. Everything was wonderful. I especially enjoyed the grilled romaine hearts, the clams and the rabbit w/ the egg noodles. My sister-in-law asked the waiter to pick a Pinot Noir from Oregon for us and he did not disappoint with his selection. I had the duck confit for my main dish and it was perfect. Everyone else raved about their main course also. We finished the meal with some lovely chocolates from Alma.
Throughout the meal the waiter was attentive (refilling our wine glasses, taking away empty plates, etc.) without being obtrusive.
I highly recommend Tabla.

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We sat outside. Kept getting pestered by bums. Took 20 minutes to get our drink order, server didn't recognise the wine, which is unbelievable since the wine list is neither legnthy nor complex. (One good point- they don't list the wines by price; i.e. cheapest at top, most expensive at bottom.) At that time we were ready to order our dinner and did so. Another 20 minutes went by, and we finally got the wine. 10 minutes later, we got our ridiculous appetizers. $8 for a caesar with 6 leaves of lettuce? And turmeric? What tumeric is doing in a caesar salad is beyond me and should be outlawed. The dressing was good, however, an unusual twist with boiled instead of raw egg. My date had the cheese plate. Oh my lord, I have never been so insulted. The restaurant owner might as well have been that bum, wanting our money for nothing. It was two thin slices of cheese, the size you get when you ask for a taste from a purveyor. And did I mention they charge $2 for bread?
I finished my salad before my date finished his cheese, and the hostess came to clear our plates, and asked if I "was still working on the dressing." What is that?!? So she cleared my plate and left my date's. I bet him $10 that they would forget to clear his and bring our entrees while his plate and dirty silverware were on the table. I was right.
20 minutes later, our entrees arrived. We had both ordered half portions. I was satisfied, but he is, at the moment, making dinner afterwards. I had the pappardelle with rabbit, and this is my opinion: If this was anyone's first taste of rabbit, they would say, "Oh, it tastes like chicken!" If it was chicken, it would have been lovely. But I have never had such flavorless rabbit. And the pappardelle, while yummy and seemingly made in-house, was half the width pappardelle should be. My date's penne was obviously bought and cost maybe $0.25 a serving.
We will not be back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We sat outside. Kept getting pestered by bums. Took 20 minutes to get our drink order, server didn't recognise the wine, which is unbelievable since the wine list is neither legnthy nor complex. (One good point- they don't list the wines by price; i.e. cheapest at top, most expensive at bottom.) At that time we were ready to order our dinner and did so. Another 20 minutes went by, and we finally got the wine. 10 minutes later, we got our ridiculous appetizers. $8 for a caesar with 6 leaves of lettuce? And turmeric? What tumeric is doing in a caesar salad is beyond me and should be outlawed. The dressing was good, however, an unusual twist with boiled instead of raw egg. My date had the cheese plate. Oh my lord, I have never been so insulted. The restaurant owner might as well have been that bum, wanting our money for nothing. It was two thin slices of cheese, the size you get when you ask for a taste from a purveyor. And did I mention they charge $2 for bread?
I finished my salad before my date finished his cheese, and the hostess came to clear our plates, and asked if I "was still working on the dressing." What is that?!? So she cleared my plate and left my date's. I bet him $10 that they would forget to clear his and bring our entrees while his plate and dirty silverware were on the table. I was right.
20 minutes later, our entrees arrived. We had both ordered half portions. I was satisfied, but he is, at the moment, making dinner afterwards. I had the pappardelle with rabbit, and this is my opinion: If this was anyone's first taste of rabbit, they would say, "Oh, it tastes like chicken!" If it was chicken, it would have been lovely. But I have never had such flavorless rabbit. And the pappardelle, while yummy and seemingly made in-house, was half the width pappardelle should be. My date's penne was obviously bought and cost maybe $0.25 a serving.
We will not be back.

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My husband and I enjoyed our food at Tabla, however; the service was slow and the waitress dismissive and insulting. She spent a good deal of her time during our meal paying attention to the table next to us. Evidently she knew many of the men eating there. She spoke loudly about a particular wealthly customer who repeatedly has paid unwelcome attention to her. She did not refill our water glasses once during our meal, coming over to help us only when requested. When we ordered dessert, it came after a half an hour. Before getting our dessert, my husband inquired about the delay. In response she gave us a lesson on how a busy restaurant runs. In effect scolding us for our "so-called" impatience. This excuse went on deaf ears since my husband worked in several popular restaurants all through undergraduate and graduate school. We will never return.

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★★☆☆☆

My husband and I enjoyed our food at Tabla, however; the service was slow and the waitress dismissive and insulting. She spent a good deal of her time during our meal paying attention to the table next to us. Evidently she knew many of the men eating there. She spoke loudly about a particular wealthly customer who repeatedly has paid unwelcome attention to her. She did not refill our water glasses once during our meal, coming over to help us only when requested. When we ordered dessert, it came after a half an hour. Before getting our dessert, my husband inquired about the delay. In response she gave us a lesson on how a busy restaurant runs. In effect scolding us for our "so-called" impatience. This excuse went on deaf ears since my husband worked in several popular restaurants all through undergraduate and graduate school. We will never return.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Bad service

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I had imported squid-ink with scallops for $16 bucks. I would not recommend the half orders -- more like 1/4 orders. Half orders are not half price. The house wine is a $10 glass of pinot noir. My only con: Once my girlfriend and I were seated we waited nearly 15 minutes to be recognized by our waiter -- which for a business with less than 20 tables -- nearly half of them empty at the time -- seemed a bit unusual.

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★★★★☆

I had imported squid-ink with scallops for $16 bucks. I would not recommend the half orders -- more like 1/4 orders. Half orders are not half price. The house wine is a $10 glass of pinot noir. My only con: Once my girlfriend and I were seated we waited nearly 15 minutes to be recognized by our waiter -- which for a business with less than 20 tables -- nearly half of them empty at the time -- seemed a bit unusual.

Pros: inexpensive, unique food, great wine selection

Cons: long wait 4 waiters

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If you can, get a seat at the bar, it's the best seat in the house. It overlooks the immaculately clean kitchen where you can watch the chefs in all their glory cooking up some of the best food I've had in a long time. The food is reasonably priced for two as you can split a 3 course dinner and add another appetizer for and not spend all the money in your wallet or purse. It's a fun atmosphere with chefs who are personable and awesome at what they do.

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★★★★★

If you can, get a seat at the bar, it's the best seat in the house. It overlooks the immaculately clean kitchen where you can watch the chefs in all their glory cooking up some of the best food I've had in a long time. The food is reasonably priced for two as you can split a 3 course dinner and add another appetizer for and not spend all the money in your wallet or purse. It's a fun atmosphere with chefs who are personable and awesome at what they do.

Pros: Great tasting food, Affordable

Cons: Can be crowded, Service can be slow

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went to Tabla the other night and experienced a fine menu with finessed service. After walking around the neighborhood we felt that in comparison to the other establishments in the area that Tabla seemed quite appetizing. All in all, We will return to sample some more of the cuisine.

2
★★★★☆

went to Tabla the other night and experienced a fine menu with finessed service. After walking around the neighborhood we felt that in comparison to the other establishments in the area that Tabla seemed quite appetizing. All in all, We will return to sample some more of the cuisine.

Pros: food, ambience

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We live only a few blocks away, but had always thought of Tabla as an expensive, fancy-pants kind of place.

We were wrong. The kitchen here is brilliant, and the value is exceptional. Recently we paid $25-$38 an entree at Olea, and the food wasnt really that special. Tabla blows Olea away. We got one $24 three-course prix fixe dinner and a single regular entreeplus a couple glasses of wineand were completely satisfied for a grand total of $59. This is probably the best restaurant we've tried in Portland.

Our entrees were roasted pork loin and duck confit, and both were amazingly goodunusually flavorful and carefully prepared. Perfect food, perfect quantities.

The only complaint is the service. Our waiter did a great job with our appetizers, pasta and entrees, but went completely M.I.A. after dinner. He was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect experience.

2
★★★★★

We live only a few blocks away, but had always thought of Tabla as an expensive, fancy-pants kind of place.

We were wrong. The kitchen here is brilliant, and the value is exceptional. Recently we paid $25-$38 an entree at Olea, and the food wasnt really that special. Tabla blows Olea away. We got one $24 three-course prix fixe dinner and a single regular entreeplus a couple glasses of wineand were completely satisfied for a grand total of $59. This is probably the best restaurant we've tried in Portland.

Our entrees were roasted pork loin and duck confit, and both were amazingly goodunusually flavorful and carefully prepared. Perfect food, perfect quantities.

The only complaint is the service. Our waiter did a great job with our appetizers, pasta and entrees, but went completely M.I.A. after dinner. He was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect experience.

Pros: food, value, kitchen

Cons: service, wait time

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Tabla is one of my absolute favorite places to eat in Portland. I've been numerous times and had a great experience each time. The food is delicious and interesting, the prices are amazing for what you get, and the waiters are always friendly and very helpful! If you haven't tried Tabla, get there as quickly as possible!!

2
★★★★★

Tabla is one of my absolute favorite places to eat in Portland. I've been numerous times and had a great experience each time. The food is delicious and interesting, the prices are amazing for what you get, and the waiters are always friendly and very helpful! If you haven't tried Tabla, get there as quickly as possible!!

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One of my favorite things to do is to try to Portland eateries. I would much rather spend my money on local creative fair than at any chain place. It was a real bummer to have such great food and such poor service. Our party of 5 waited 20 minutes before our drink order was taken and 45 minutes for a small bowl of delicious olives. We wanted dessert but after 2 frustrating hours of waiting on food and drink, we decided to stop by the gas station for a candy bar. When asked, our server offered no satisfying explanation for the slow service and didn't really seem sorry. Maybe if he had been apologetic the experience would not have been so agitating. The food was great, but sadly we will not be going back because the service was so slow.

1
★★★☆☆

One of my favorite things to do is to try to Portland eateries. I would much rather spend my money on local creative fair than at any chain place. It was a real bummer to have such great food and such poor service. Our party of 5 waited 20 minutes before our drink order was taken and 45 minutes for a small bowl of delicious olives. We wanted dessert but after 2 frustrating hours of waiting on food and drink, we decided to stop by the gas station for a candy bar. When asked, our server offered no satisfying explanation for the slow service and didn't really seem sorry. Maybe if he had been apologetic the experience would not have been so agitating. The food was great, but sadly we will not be going back because the service was so slow.

Pros: Food, Appearance, Creative

Cons: Service, Staff

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I swear I am the biggest TABLA fan, however, whenever I open my big mouth and bring tons of folks there, something happens and things fall through the cracks. When I'm there with 1-2 people, the staff handle it fine. When I'm there with 4 or more, it seems overwhelming for the server.

Best bet is to sit at the bar, order as many tapas as possible (they are all delicious) and enjoy the company of the bartender. If bartender is not friendly and sociable, go to the next place. The attitudes of the workers at Tabla on any given night -- make or break the place.

Overall - I'm a big (wait, HUGE) fan, but hate it when I get occasionally disappointed for no good reason... It keeps me away for a good 2-3 months of business.

2
★★★★★

I swear I am the biggest TABLA fan, however, whenever I open my big mouth and bring tons of folks there, something happens and things fall through the cracks. When I'm there with 1-2 people, the staff handle it fine. When I'm there with 4 or more, it seems overwhelming for the server.

Best bet is to sit at the bar, order as many tapas as possible (they are all delicious) and enjoy the company of the bartender. If bartender is not friendly and sociable, go to the next place. The attitudes of the workers at Tabla on any given night -- make or break the place.

Overall - I'm a big (wait, HUGE) fan, but hate it when I get occasionally disappointed for no good reason... It keeps me away for a good 2-3 months of business.

Pros: wine, staff, everything

Cons: wait staff , slowness, no wine refills

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This is by far our favorite restaurant - especially since they've added the $20 deal. The service is exceptional and we can't say enough about the food. While the portions may appear small, it's easily made up for in flavor. We've found that when the food is really good, you're much more quickly satisfied. The staff is very knowledgeable, perfectly pairing wines (wine flight) with each course. This is one of the few places we can take friends to and not have to worry about the evening being a "miss" - it's always outstanding.

2
★★★★★

This is by far our favorite restaurant - especially since they've added the $20 deal. The service is exceptional and we can't say enough about the food. While the portions may appear small, it's easily made up for in flavor. We've found that when the food is really good, you're much more quickly satisfied. The staff is very knowledgeable, perfectly pairing wines (wine flight) with each course. This is one of the few places we can take friends to and not have to worry about the evening being a "miss" - it's always outstanding.

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Bad service, unattentive, not knowledgable staff, way over-priced, small selection.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bad service, unattentive, not knowledgable staff, way over-priced, small selection.

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my husband and i were in portland on a visit, i had read about tabla on citysearch. the prix fix got my attention. 20 bucks, and nice portions, not like when restaurants in nyc offer prix fix, and your hungry when you leave.
we were so full we did not have room for dessert, but on our second visit,(yes we went back two nights later!) my husband had to try dessert.
the lamb ragu was amazing !!
wait staff very nice and attentive.
dining here is what going out to dinner is all about.

2
★★★★★

my husband and i were in portland on a visit, i had read about tabla on citysearch. the prix fix got my attention. 20 bucks, and nice portions, not like when restaurants in nyc offer prix fix, and your hungry when you leave.
we were so full we did not have room for dessert, but on our second visit,(yes we went back two nights later!) my husband had to try dessert.
the lamb ragu was amazing !!
wait staff very nice and attentive.
dining here is what going out to dinner is all about.

Pros: inexpensive, nice wines, nice interior

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Definitely go in for the 3 course, $20 meal -- Though the portions look small, their density and richness make it more than enough for two people to share. The wine list is excellent and the service is efficient and unobtrusive. Our dessert was the only slight letdown -- don't get me wrong, it was good, just not up to par with the rest of the meal. Highly Recommended!

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★★★★★

Definitely go in for the 3 course, $20 meal -- Though the portions look small, their density and richness make it more than enough for two people to share. The wine list is excellent and the service is efficient and unobtrusive. Our dessert was the only slight letdown -- don't get me wrong, it was good, just not up to par with the rest of the meal. Highly Recommended!

Pros: Excellent Food, Great Value, Great Wine

Cons: Can be Noisy

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Always packed for a reason! Make reservations and go for the $20 three course dinner option. It is SO delicious. I've eaten there a few times now and am never disappointed. After speaking to the chef/owner we found out that almost everything is local and/or organic. Yummy!!

2
★★★★★

Always packed for a reason! Make reservations and go for the $20 three course dinner option. It is SO delicious. I've eaten there a few times now and am never disappointed. After speaking to the chef/owner we found out that almost everything is local and/or organic. Yummy!!

Pros: Taste, Reasonable Prices

Cons: Crowded, Kinda Loud

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We ate here last night and really liked it. The great thing about the three course 20 buck dinner is you get to pick anything you like from each section of the menu. Everything we had was either very good or excellent.

2
★★★★★

We ate here last night and really liked it. The great thing about the three course 20 buck dinner is you get to pick anything you like from each section of the menu. Everything we had was either very good or excellent.

Pros: Price, Food, Service

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Wow!! Once again, if I had read these reviews beforehand, I probably would never have ventured to this delightful restaurant. This would have been the second time in a month I went to a great restaurant that had less than wonderful reviews from "the commonfolk." Honey"s, if you want a side of beef while you dump your weight loss program, cook it yourself!! However: if you want intelligent, friendly waitstaff, and delicious food, go to Tabla. We all had the 3 course special, and everything was delicious. I really recommend the hand made pastas as well as the halibut, risotto, and tenderloin and sausage. We all had one of the friendliest waiters we've ever encountered. Eugene, looking to move to Eugene??? Contact Blackie Cole. She'd hire you anyday. Give it a try, and don't depend on year old reviews. You won't be sorry.

2
★★★★★

Wow!! Once again, if I had read these reviews beforehand, I probably would never have ventured to this delightful restaurant. This would have been the second time in a month I went to a great restaurant that had less than wonderful reviews from "the commonfolk." Honey"s, if you want a side of beef while you dump your weight loss program, cook it yourself!! However: if you want intelligent, friendly waitstaff, and delicious food, go to Tabla. We all had the 3 course special, and everything was delicious. I really recommend the hand made pastas as well as the halibut, risotto, and tenderloin and sausage. We all had one of the friendliest waiters we've ever encountered. Eugene, looking to move to Eugene??? Contact Blackie Cole. She'd hire you anyday. Give it a try, and don't depend on year old reviews. You won't be sorry.

Pros: extremely friendly wa, great special menu fo, very clean

Cons: it's 100 miles away, that's all!!!Really

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This little restaurant is one of Portland's hidden treasures. The staff are professional, fun and expert at their job and the food is incredible. The smaller plates ensure an opportunity to try many of the creative dishes and the price is right. Not recommended for children as the menu is more adult and the space is cozy. The wine selection is one of the best in Portland. Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

This little restaurant is one of Portland's hidden treasures. The staff are professional, fun and expert at their job and the food is incredible. The smaller plates ensure an opportunity to try many of the creative dishes and the price is right. Not recommended for children as the menu is more adult and the space is cozy. The wine selection is one of the best in Portland. Highly recommended!

Pros: food is excellent, cozy/relaxing, awesome wines

Cons: not children friendly

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It used to only be what I called "super tuesday" at Tabla for that 3 course deal. Now, I don't know if it's a slow Spring or what, but it's every night, and I challenge any foodie to find a better deal in town. Tabla is fabulous, overall. Their house pasta with truffle butter is so delicious, I dream about it, and is the essence of simplicity. Best duck confit I've had in Portland, and recently the pork tenderloin was so good, I could barely bring myself to offer a medallion of it to my date.... Go and enjoy this place, which is quickly becoming "my favorite restaurant", and their service is super friendly.

2
★★★★★

It used to only be what I called "super tuesday" at Tabla for that 3 course deal. Now, I don't know if it's a slow Spring or what, but it's every night, and I challenge any foodie to find a better deal in town. Tabla is fabulous, overall. Their house pasta with truffle butter is so delicious, I dream about it, and is the essence of simplicity. Best duck confit I've had in Portland, and recently the pork tenderloin was so good, I could barely bring myself to offer a medallion of it to my date.... Go and enjoy this place, which is quickly becoming "my favorite restaurant", and their service is super friendly.

Pros: Service, Food, Food!

Cons: Weekend waits

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simply put, the food is spectacular, from the vegies, to the pasta and on to the desert. just wonderfull.

2
★★★★★

simply put, the food is spectacular, from the vegies, to the pasta and on to the desert. just wonderfull.

Pros: great flavor, relaxing and romantic, great bar

Cons: , bowl size,not portion, need port?

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I cannot believe some of the whining here! My God this place is a TREASURE. The quality of the food is exceptional and the prices and portion sizes in ratio. Who needs piles and piles of food when each plate is an experience? I bring all of my out of town friends and clients here and it's always a resounding success. Nope it's not a place to bring the family to load up get stuffed for cheap. It is a great place to go with your foodie friends from New York, San Francisco and yes, Beaverton. We've been back too many times to count.

2
★★★★★

I cannot believe some of the whining here! My God this place is a TREASURE. The quality of the food is exceptional and the prices and portion sizes in ratio. Who needs piles and piles of food when each plate is an experience? I bring all of my out of town friends and clients here and it's always a resounding success. Nope it's not a place to bring the family to load up get stuffed for cheap. It is a great place to go with your foodie friends from New York, San Francisco and yes, Beaverton. We've been back too many times to count.

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Tsk*Tsk*Tsk* To all of you who criticize! If you want "the American dream" meal of 10lbs. of food for 5 dollars then flavor and exceptional culinary delights are not for you. Expect small portions but more flavor than you could ever imagine (very much worth the price to anyone who gets pleasure from eating great food)! To all of you who have complained about the small portions, think of it as the opportunity to try more taste-bud tickling treats rather than a rip-off. People are way too negative and forget to see the fun opportunities in life! Oh- and don't forget the fun and friendly staff!

2
★★★★★

Tsk*Tsk*Tsk* To all of you who criticize! If you want "the American dream" meal of 10lbs. of food for 5 dollars then flavor and exceptional culinary delights are not for you. Expect small portions but more flavor than you could ever imagine (very much worth the price to anyone who gets pleasure from eating great food)! To all of you who have complained about the small portions, think of it as the opportunity to try more taste-bud tickling treats rather than a rip-off. People are way too negative and forget to see the fun opportunities in life! Oh- and don't forget the fun and friendly staff!

Pros: amazing food, fun staff, great date spot

Cons: , in one day to, eat it all!

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If you are prepared for small plates, you will love it. Our waiter was wonderful at getting us taken care of in time to make our movie. Soup was outstanding.

1
★★★☆☆

If you are prepared for small plates, you will love it. Our waiter was wonderful at getting us taken care of in time to make our movie. Soup was outstanding.

Pros: staff: quick & nice

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