Sandoval's Cafe & Cantina

★★★☆☆
  • 460 SW Miller Rd

    Portland, OR 97225

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  • 503-292-2128

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Beware vegetarians! sandoval's knowingly puts chicken stock in their "vegetarian burritos"! On 3 occasions I was served a "vegetarian burrito" at the PDX location before I found out that they use chicken stock in their rice. When I

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★★★★★

Beware vegetarians! sandoval's knowingly puts chicken stock in their "vegetarian burritos"! On 3 occasions I was served a "vegetarian burrito" at the PDX location before I found out that they use chicken stock in their rice. When I

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Well it's the 5th of May so I decided celebrate with some Mexican food. I was at the Airport so I went to Sandoval's. Sign say special "Ground Beef Burrito $3.99 w/drink. Now I know the food here is a little bland (NO Flavor) but it's a

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★★★★★

Well it's the 5th of May so I decided celebrate with some Mexican food. I was at the Airport so I went to Sandoval's. Sign say special "Ground Beef Burrito $3.99 w/drink. Now I know the food here is a little bland (NO Flavor) but it's a

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My wife and I were out of town and looking for a quick meal. We ended up having a nice evening with some nice people. The nice people were the staff. We tried our limited Spanish on them. They were not to busy to spend some time with us

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★★★★★

My wife and I were out of town and looking for a quick meal. We ended up having a nice evening with some nice people. The nice people were the staff. We tried our limited Spanish on them. They were not to busy to spend some time with us

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It would be nicer to eat in a cleaner, fresher space. This dull outlet of rehashed Ameri-Mexican food lacks luster. Spotty service and a less than professional staff leave one wondering why they didn't go to Chipotle. The prices reinforce that sentiment. Just because it's the only place to get a beer doesn't mean it isn't worth the drive dowtown or to Beaverton.

Likes: the ownership is amiable, if stupid.

Dislikes: Sanitation, quality, ability to get the order right.

I wouldn't go back, thank you.

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★☆☆☆☆

It would be nicer to eat in a cleaner, fresher space. This dull outlet of rehashed Ameri-Mexican food lacks luster. Spotty service and a less than professional staff leave one wondering why they didn't go to Chipotle. The prices reinforce that sentiment. Just because it's the only place to get a beer doesn't mean it isn't worth the drive dowtown or to Beaverton.

Likes: the ownership is amiable, if stupid.

Dislikes: Sanitation, quality, ability to get the order right.

I wouldn't go back, thank you.

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There is no excuse for a place this bad. I agree with all of the other bad reviews. I would never write a bad review unless I truly felt it was deserving.

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★☆☆☆☆

There is no excuse for a place this bad. I agree with all of the other bad reviews. I would never write a bad review unless I truly felt it was deserving.

Pros: N/A

Cons: Entire Place

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My wife an I got food poisoning from sharing the same dish! We were up all night extremely ill. I went in 2 days after and notified the staff to ensure no one else would fall ill. Was told a manager would call me. 2 weeks later, nothing. I called the staff for a second time and they could care less. I am an executive that can not afford to miss several days from work due to poor cleanliness and standards. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE! I would not eat here for anything!!!!!!!! Diner be ware!

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife an I got food poisoning from sharing the same dish! We were up all night extremely ill. I went in 2 days after and notified the staff to ensure no one else would fall ill. Was told a manager would call me. 2 weeks later, nothing. I called the staff for a second time and they could care less. I am an executive that can not afford to miss several days from work due to poor cleanliness and standards. TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE! I would not eat here for anything!!!!!!!! Diner be ware!

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible Food, Terrible drinks and the worst service EVER!

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Will never go back - was treated rudely after very poor service, and sub standard food. Order was wrong, Margaritas were terrible. Nothing about this was good. The owner was so rude - will not return, and needed to warn others. We live close to the one in Beaverton / Murray Hills, and could have made it a regular place - but there's no excuse for such rude behavior. We would have thought there would be some effort to rectify problem.... but apparently not. Customer service is dead here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Will never go back - was treated rudely after very poor service, and sub standard food. Order was wrong, Margaritas were terrible. Nothing about this was good. The owner was so rude - will not return, and needed to warn others. We live close to the one in Beaverton / Murray Hills, and could have made it a regular place - but there's no excuse for such rude behavior. We would have thought there would be some effort to rectify problem.... but apparently not. Customer service is dead here.

Cons: Poor service, Very Rude Owner, Poor value

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We can start from the beginning...The service was awesome, well deserving of a 30% tip. Next, the chips and salsa are an important part to a mexican dinner, and they did not let me, nor my family down. Each entree ordered was absolutely to die for. Don't let me forget about the drinks, well, i need not say much other than perfect!

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★★★★★

We can start from the beginning...The service was awesome, well deserving of a 30% tip. Next, the chips and salsa are an important part to a mexican dinner, and they did not let me, nor my family down. Each entree ordered was absolutely to die for. Don't let me forget about the drinks, well, i need not say much other than perfect!

Pros: best mexican you can ask for

Cons: not more locations around the state

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We are a neighborhood family that consistently eats at Sandovals. We love the food because it's prepared in a fresh, healthy style, and is consistently tastes great. Try the tortilla soup or tacos el carbon. We count on the fresh home made tortillas, salsa and guacamole. This is not a fast food joint, but a quality restaurant that puts care into their meals.

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★★★★★

We are a neighborhood family that consistently eats at Sandovals. We love the food because it's prepared in a fresh, healthy style, and is consistently tastes great. Try the tortilla soup or tacos el carbon. We count on the fresh home made tortillas, salsa and guacamole. This is not a fast food joint, but a quality restaurant that puts care into their meals.

Pros: Home made tortillas and salsa ready for quick take out

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What sets Sandovals aside from all other mexican restaurants other than their delicious entres is their dedication to freshness. It shows in all of their dishes, my personal favorite is the chile verde burrito. They slow cook the meat in their special sauce for hours and when it is all wrapped up in a hot off the press flour tortilla..... there is nothing better.

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★★★★★

What sets Sandovals aside from all other mexican restaurants other than their delicious entres is their dedication to freshness. It shows in all of their dishes, my personal favorite is the chile verde burrito. They slow cook the meat in their special sauce for hours and when it is all wrapped up in a hot off the press flour tortilla..... there is nothing better.

Pros: best chile verde

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We frequent this fun cantina, especially since they added the fabulous outdoor dining area. The food is always consistant, the service is fast especially if Randy is serving you great guy with a good sense of humor... you always feel that everyone is happy to see you and want to make it a great dining experience for you.

Whether you are there for a quick drink and some appetizers or a delicious mexican dinner....it's a very casual fun place to eat.

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★★★★★

We frequent this fun cantina, especially since they added the fabulous outdoor dining area. The food is always consistant, the service is fast especially if Randy is serving you great guy with a good sense of humor... you always feel that everyone is happy to see you and want to make it a great dining experience for you.

Whether you are there for a quick drink and some appetizers or a delicious mexican dinner....it's a very casual fun place to eat.

Pros: Family atmosphere, Great Food, Kid Friendly

Cons: Can be noisy in the bar where there is a large group,

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On a Friday night, it sounded like a great idea to grab a drink and a Fajita. Not too hungry but a bit of mexican sounded great at the moment. Well, don't go to Sandovals if you are either really hungry because the portions are the size of a kids' menu and if you want to share a dish, they charge you $2 for an extra "saucer" size plate. Who does that? No extra side dishes of food or splitting of the dish, but an additional small plate for that extra cost!
My daugter's food came 15 minutes before ours and I was told that it was from the cook dropping our food in the kitchen. I should have known to walk out then!! If they are that cheap, do you think they made fresh food for us or used the 5 second rule?
Don't let the proximity of the place fool you because a little extra driving will be so worth it.
They have extra charges for the plate and for tortillas. I have NEVER been to a mexican place that charges you for extra tortilla.
At this time and age, I am shocked that they are still in business. If it does not make it, I want to be there to say, "I told you so..."

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★☆☆☆☆

On a Friday night, it sounded like a great idea to grab a drink and a Fajita. Not too hungry but a bit of mexican sounded great at the moment. Well, don't go to Sandovals if you are either really hungry because the portions are the size of a kids' menu and if you want to share a dish, they charge you $2 for an extra "saucer" size plate. Who does that? No extra side dishes of food or splitting of the dish, but an additional small plate for that extra cost!
My daugter's food came 15 minutes before ours and I was told that it was from the cook dropping our food in the kitchen. I should have known to walk out then!! If they are that cheap, do you think they made fresh food for us or used the 5 second rule?
Don't let the proximity of the place fool you because a little extra driving will be so worth it.
They have extra charges for the plate and for tortillas. I have NEVER been to a mexican place that charges you for extra tortilla.
At this time and age, I am shocked that they are still in business. If it does not make it, I want to be there to say, "I told you so..."

Pros: location

Cons: food, price, value, all of the above

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I frequent many Mexican restaurants in the greater PDX area always looking for the perfect fish taco dish and must say that the new ones at Sandolvals are spot on. I was content with the previous selection of Salmon tacos, but was recently made aware of the new Rock fish tacos and must say they are to die for. I recommend asking for the spicy version which are very flavorful. These tacos paired along with a fresh tasting Margarita will put a smile on anyones face. Also, my husband really loves sipping tequila and on our last visit we were introduced to a new brand CORZON by our handsome server Javier. He showed us what seemed to be around 30-40 different tequilas, what a variety!!
In summation, the naysayers have a right to express their opinions, but as for us (true regular customers) the food, drink, and service are always top notch!!!
Cheers

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★★★★★

I frequent many Mexican restaurants in the greater PDX area always looking for the perfect fish taco dish and must say that the new ones at Sandolvals are spot on. I was content with the previous selection of Salmon tacos, but was recently made aware of the new Rock fish tacos and must say they are to die for. I recommend asking for the spicy version which are very flavorful. These tacos paired along with a fresh tasting Margarita will put a smile on anyones face. Also, my husband really loves sipping tequila and on our last visit we were introduced to a new brand CORZON by our handsome server Javier. He showed us what seemed to be around 30-40 different tequilas, what a variety!!
In summation, the naysayers have a right to express their opinions, but as for us (true regular customers) the food, drink, and service are always top notch!!!
Cheers

Pros: Fish tacos, fresh margaritas, service, and lots of smiles!!

Cons: None

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I felt insulted by the Sandoval's experience.

That this place stays open is purely amazing. Must be the location and the fact that they have no competition for miles in the greasy chip and microwaved cheese and kool-aid margarita game.

I have been here with my family, alone and for take-out- the food is consistently weak, has no flavor and is made with low quality ingredients. Read the other reviews about the quality of their drinks.

The salsa is "ok" but that is the only thing worth mentioning.

What really makes Sandoval a place to avoid is the service. They literally ignore you unless you are obviously spending for a huge dinner with a huge party.

Do not bother. Its places like Sandoval's that chip away at your soul and ruin the reputation of all restaurants.

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★☆☆☆☆

I felt insulted by the Sandoval's experience.

That this place stays open is purely amazing. Must be the location and the fact that they have no competition for miles in the greasy chip and microwaved cheese and kool-aid margarita game.

I have been here with my family, alone and for take-out- the food is consistently weak, has no flavor and is made with low quality ingredients. Read the other reviews about the quality of their drinks.

The salsa is "ok" but that is the only thing worth mentioning.

What really makes Sandoval a place to avoid is the service. They literally ignore you unless you are obviously spending for a huge dinner with a huge party.

Do not bother. Its places like Sandoval's that chip away at your soul and ruin the reputation of all restaurants.

Pros: salsa, the only so-called mexican food within miles

Cons: You are treated like a foolish caucasion for eating there. Food has little taste. Rip-off prices.

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I have never written a review on a restaurant before, but after having such a bad experience, I felt compelled to tell other people. First of all, I decided to check out the happy hour at Sandoval's, and save a few bucks. When I asked the hostess where the bar was located, she stared at me blankly and just walked away. She spoke to another lady, who eventually came over and directed me to the bar. I thought that was a little strange, but whatever. After sitting at the bar for a few minutes, the bartender asked what I would like to drink. When I told him that I would like a Diet Coke, he looked disappointed. He then brought me a menu, and when I asked where the happy hour menu was, he pointed to the wall behind me. They didn't have much as far as food selection, so I chose the bean and cheese burrito. While I was waiting for my burrito to arrive, I munched on some chips and salsa. The salsa was actually quite good. However, my burrito wasn't very warm. Taste wise, I could have done better myself. Throughout my meal, the bartender never refilled my drink, nor did he ask how my food was. He looked busy watching the basketball game. After being finished for at least 5 mins, I still hadn't received my bill, so I sat my card on the bar. He finally came over to take my payment after about another 5 mins. Never once did he ask how my food was or anything. Needless to say, he didn't receive a tip, and I won't be coming back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never written a review on a restaurant before, but after having such a bad experience, I felt compelled to tell other people. First of all, I decided to check out the happy hour at Sandoval's, and save a few bucks. When I asked the hostess where the bar was located, she stared at me blankly and just walked away. She spoke to another lady, who eventually came over and directed me to the bar. I thought that was a little strange, but whatever. After sitting at the bar for a few minutes, the bartender asked what I would like to drink. When I told him that I would like a Diet Coke, he looked disappointed. He then brought me a menu, and when I asked where the happy hour menu was, he pointed to the wall behind me. They didn't have much as far as food selection, so I chose the bean and cheese burrito. While I was waiting for my burrito to arrive, I munched on some chips and salsa. The salsa was actually quite good. However, my burrito wasn't very warm. Taste wise, I could have done better myself. Throughout my meal, the bartender never refilled my drink, nor did he ask how my food was. He looked busy watching the basketball game. After being finished for at least 5 mins, I still hadn't received my bill, so I sat my card on the bar. He finally came over to take my payment after about another 5 mins. Never once did he ask how my food was or anything. Needless to say, he didn't receive a tip, and I won't be coming back.

Pros: chips and salsa

Cons: service

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This place is a sorry West-side excuse for a Mexican restaurant. I was there once on cinco de mayo and had an awful experience. Food took about 40 minutes (one dish 50 min), was mediocre at best, and server was short and rude. Cheese was not melted on entrees, generic SYSCO ingredients, and never take anyone seriously again if they suggest the margaritas at this place!. It was to the point where we were ready to ask the server to speak with the manager, when we realized, our server was the manager!

We decided that we needed to give it another shot on a day that was not a Mexican holiday because of the proximity to home. Round 2: we had a really nice and polite server. However, he was young and not experienced. He told us we could order margaritas quickly to get the ?Happy Hour? price. So we did and shared two pitchers of margaritas (which are not even good, or strong, and have moldy salt) between 5 people. Sure enough the bill comes around and the 2 pitchers total over $42! No happy hour price. We talk to the manager, and he also does not honor a happy hour price and is extremely rude.

I just expect the owner to have some type of personality or customer service!

Do not go here, go to a typical Mexican restaurant in Beaverton or NW Portland if you live in this area.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a sorry West-side excuse for a Mexican restaurant. I was there once on cinco de mayo and had an awful experience. Food took about 40 minutes (one dish 50 min), was mediocre at best, and server was short and rude. Cheese was not melted on entrees, generic SYSCO ingredients, and never take anyone seriously again if they suggest the margaritas at this place!. It was to the point where we were ready to ask the server to speak with the manager, when we realized, our server was the manager!

We decided that we needed to give it another shot on a day that was not a Mexican holiday because of the proximity to home. Round 2: we had a really nice and polite server. However, he was young and not experienced. He told us we could order margaritas quickly to get the ?Happy Hour? price. So we did and shared two pitchers of margaritas (which are not even good, or strong, and have moldy salt) between 5 people. Sure enough the bill comes around and the 2 pitchers total over $42! No happy hour price. We talk to the manager, and he also does not honor a happy hour price and is extremely rude.

I just expect the owner to have some type of personality or customer service!

Do not go here, go to a typical Mexican restaurant in Beaverton or NW Portland if you live in this area.

Pros: None

Cons: Service, Food, Margarita's, Owner

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The restaurant and bar area are great. Soccer was showing this past Sunday as Brasil beat USA 4x2. The food is great and so is the service of Master Julio. I look forward to seeing many games over at Sandoval's.

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★★★★☆

The restaurant and bar area are great. Soccer was showing this past Sunday as Brasil beat USA 4x2. The food is great and so is the service of Master Julio. I look forward to seeing many games over at Sandoval's.

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I have read the previous rants about how this place's margaritas are not that great, and I must say I totally disagree. The last thing they are is watered down. I am very observant and have noticed that a half lime is freshly squeezed, then a healthy pour of Tequila (about a 5-6 count) the triple sec (about a 3 count) then about a 2-3 count margarita mix. And that is how I always see them do it...and they aren't $8 but $7, and they are definitely worth it. Their arroz con pollo soup is the bomb as well...this is something my wife and I always order on Sunday mornings after a previous fun night out. The combination of rice, pulled chicken breast, clear broth, red onions, fresh diced jalapenos and sliced avocado and a lime wedge really get you back on track. I highly recommend this place for a great time.

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★★★★★

I have read the previous rants about how this place's margaritas are not that great, and I must say I totally disagree. The last thing they are is watered down. I am very observant and have noticed that a half lime is freshly squeezed, then a healthy pour of Tequila (about a 5-6 count) the triple sec (about a 3 count) then about a 2-3 count margarita mix. And that is how I always see them do it...and they aren't $8 but $7, and they are definitely worth it. Their arroz con pollo soup is the bomb as well...this is something my wife and I always order on Sunday mornings after a previous fun night out. The combination of rice, pulled chicken breast, clear broth, red onions, fresh diced jalapenos and sliced avocado and a lime wedge really get you back on track. I highly recommend this place for a great time.

Pros: Margaritas, arroz con pollo soup, monster burrito!!

Cons: Hard booth seats...but other than that nada!!

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I'm torn about this place. My partner and I have gone there on several occasions and after the first visit we quickly decided NEVER to order their margaritas again. At $8 each, you expect a little . . . I don't know . . . tequila! But instead our drinks were just watered-down glasses of margarita mix. We also ordered the salmon tacos (which they're supposedly "known" for) and the spicy ground beef tacos. The salmon tacos were nothing special at all - would never order them again. But their spicy ground beef tacos are absolutely THE BEST. So we have found ourselves going back there repeatedly - but only for the spicy ground beef tacos. So I guess my opinion is . . . spicy ground beef tacos - YES! The rest of the place . . . mediocre at best.

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★★★☆☆

I'm torn about this place. My partner and I have gone there on several occasions and after the first visit we quickly decided NEVER to order their margaritas again. At $8 each, you expect a little . . . I don't know . . . tequila! But instead our drinks were just watered-down glasses of margarita mix. We also ordered the salmon tacos (which they're supposedly "known" for) and the spicy ground beef tacos. The salmon tacos were nothing special at all - would never order them again. But their spicy ground beef tacos are absolutely THE BEST. So we have found ourselves going back there repeatedly - but only for the spicy ground beef tacos. So I guess my opinion is . . . spicy ground beef tacos - YES! The rest of the place . . . mediocre at best.

Pros: Spicy ground beef tacos

Cons: Ambiance, Margaritas

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Sandoval's on Miller is very convenient, and we assumed would be the average Mexican fare like its sister restaurant in Beaverton - wrong. The food was below average, the tamale was terrible. The waitstaff was inattentive, the margaritas tasted like koolaid. Don't go three times hoping it will get better - it doesn't.

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★☆☆☆☆

Sandoval's on Miller is very convenient, and we assumed would be the average Mexican fare like its sister restaurant in Beaverton - wrong. The food was below average, the tamale was terrible. The waitstaff was inattentive, the margaritas tasted like koolaid. Don't go three times hoping it will get better - it doesn't.

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iF if you like margaritas made from a super sweet mix and a spash of cheap tequila this is the place for you! And I can get better tacos from a cart! For $1.00-$1.50! Would FRESH cilantro be too much to ask? The carnitas chunks were too big. Flavorless. For equal price, Baja Fresh has better tacos.

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★☆☆☆☆

iF if you like margaritas made from a super sweet mix and a spash of cheap tequila this is the place for you! And I can get better tacos from a cart! For $1.00-$1.50! Would FRESH cilantro be too much to ask? The carnitas chunks were too big. Flavorless. For equal price, Baja Fresh has better tacos.

Pros: Easy parking

Cons: Food and Drink! Not good!

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If you want to pig out on fatty food - don't go! It's healthy, and apparently the hip place to hang out judging from some of pictures on the walls :) Many items, like the beans, are fat-free. Delicious salmon soft-tacos! For dessert, the Kahlua chocolate chip cake with rasberry sauce was, honestly, what got me hooked on the place - maybe not as healthy as the salmon tacos, but we all need to reward ourselves every now and then for being so darned good, don't we?

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★★★★★

If you want to pig out on fatty food - don't go! It's healthy, and apparently the hip place to hang out judging from some of pictures on the walls :) Many items, like the beans, are fat-free. Delicious salmon soft-tacos! For dessert, the Kahlua chocolate chip cake with rasberry sauce was, honestly, what got me hooked on the place - maybe not as healthy as the salmon tacos, but we all need to reward ourselves every now and then for being so darned good, don't we?

Pros: healthy, hip, great dessert

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I give up. There are no good sit down (with booths) Mexican restaurants in the Portland metro area. $6.95 for two carnitas tacos is insane. I can get better tacos from a cart anywhere around pdx for $1.00-$1.50. The carnitas chunks were too big for my taste. They were also flavorless. The tacos didn't come with lime wedges, instead they came with sour cream and guacamole. That's good for chips, not for tacos. May as well have thrown lettuce and cheese in there. Sadly enough, for equal price, Baja Fresh has better carnitas tacos.

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★★☆☆☆

I give up. There are no good sit down (with booths) Mexican restaurants in the Portland metro area. $6.95 for two carnitas tacos is insane. I can get better tacos from a cart anywhere around pdx for $1.00-$1.50. The carnitas chunks were too big for my taste. They were also flavorless. The tacos didn't come with lime wedges, instead they came with sour cream and guacamole. That's good for chips, not for tacos. May as well have thrown lettuce and cheese in there. Sadly enough, for equal price, Baja Fresh has better carnitas tacos.

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The service was great, the food was delicious, and it was a place you could take your kids or go just to drink margaritas.

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★★★★☆

The service was great, the food was delicious, and it was a place you could take your kids or go just to drink margaritas.

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The food was cheap, the servings small, and we left hungry. The whole dinner costed about 1.50$ to make -we paid 30$.
The waitress never checked on us. Our glasses were empty the whole time. The seats were hard. And, oh please, the ambience was a 1.

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★☆☆☆☆


The food was cheap, the servings small, and we left hungry. The whole dinner costed about 1.50$ to make -we paid 30$.
The waitress never checked on us. Our glasses were empty the whole time. The seats were hard. And, oh please, the ambience was a 1.

Pros: Near Grocery Stores, Empty, Authentic Service

Cons: Poor Portions, Poor Service, Authentic Service

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Sandoval's is a refreshing contrast to the cheesy, fake-fun kind of Mexican restaurant that unfortunately draws crowds. The food is consistently good. I can never resist ordering the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, so I can't comment on other dishes -- but my dining companions have always enjoyed their orders. Service is friendly. The restaurant draws a family crowd, primarily, although it does serve good drinks and has a small bar at the back.

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★★★★☆

Sandoval's is a refreshing contrast to the cheesy, fake-fun kind of Mexican restaurant that unfortunately draws crowds. The food is consistently good. I can never resist ordering the chicken enchiladas with mole sauce, so I can't comment on other dishes -- but my dining companions have always enjoyed their orders. Service is friendly. The restaurant draws a family crowd, primarily, although it does serve good drinks and has a small bar at the back.

Pros: Good food, Friendly service, Plentiful parking

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Sandovals has excellent food and the best margaritas in town.

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★★★★★

Sandovals has excellent food and the best margaritas in town.

 

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