Oba Restaurante

★★★★☆
  • 555 NW 12th Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-228-6161

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The food is decent but the owner is the slime of the earth. My brother waited tables there until the owner fired him for visiting our dying mother too often. This was after he gave my brother permission to take leave to visit her.

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★★★★★

The food is decent but the owner is the slime of the earth. My brother waited tables there until the owner fired him for visiting our dying mother too often. This was after he gave my brother permission to take leave to visit her.

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We have been to Oba 3 times now, and every Filet was savory and amazing. They change the preperation frequently so we had different styles each time which makes it easy to go back and see what's next. The staff are friendly and know the

3
★★★★★

We have been to Oba 3 times now, and every Filet was savory and amazing. They change the preperation frequently so we had different styles each time which makes it easy to go back and see what's next. The staff are friendly and know the

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I have mixed feelings about Oba. Some of it was very tasty. Some not so much. The table made guacamole really is worth the money but my fish tasted a little old (and by a little, I mean as in "a little pregnant") and my drink could have

3
★★★★★

I have mixed feelings about Oba. Some of it was very tasty. Some not so much. The table made guacamole really is worth the money but my fish tasted a little old (and by a little, I mean as in "a little pregnant") and my drink could have

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The good news is that the food is as tasty as ever. The bad news is that the service was confused at best. 2 of us showed up on a Friday night at 8:45 and wanted to sit in the dining room so we could converse and avoid the loud music and

3
★★★★★

The good news is that the food is as tasty as ever. The bad news is that the service was confused at best. 2 of us showed up on a Friday night at 8:45 and wanted to sit in the dining room so we could converse and avoid the loud music and

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LOVED the passion fruit mojito's... I can't wait to go back and have another. The food was also very good. Our server was great and not snuddy (which you can get sometimes in the pearl)

3
★★★★★

LOVED the passion fruit mojito's... I can't wait to go back and have another. The food was also very good. Our server was great and not snuddy (which you can get sometimes in the pearl)

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The food was soooo good. My GF & I ordered a grande order of tostones with beef carnitas. Its so flavorfull & the meat is tender & juicy. The meal pictured on their site, the vaca frita, was another dish we ordered. That was really good

3
★★★★★

The food was soooo good. My GF & I ordered a grande order of tostones with beef carnitas. Its so flavorfull & the meat is tender & juicy. The meal pictured on their site, the vaca frita, was another dish we ordered. That was really good

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No doubt, the food is great. But last night, we sat around for 30 minutes and never were seated - despite having made reservations. We were told, "sorry, people just aren't leaving." That kind of excuse just isn't good enough. We will

3
★★★★★

No doubt, the food is great. But last night, we sat around for 30 minutes and never were seated - despite having made reservations. We were told, "sorry, people just aren't leaving." That kind of excuse just isn't good enough. We will

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I have been to Oba several times and love their latin inspired menu and drinks. This year my friends and I decided to ring in the new year at Oba and it was quite a disapointment. The drink menu was great but service from the kitchen was

3
★★★★★

I have been to Oba several times and love their latin inspired menu and drinks. This year my friends and I decided to ring in the new year at Oba and it was quite a disapointment. The drink menu was great but service from the kitchen was

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awesome reasonable happy hour!

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★★★★★

awesome reasonable happy hour!

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Love this place. Had a great time.

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★★★★★

Love this place. Had a great time.

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Oba features a fun, artsy, and trendy dining room. Don't expect to find any traditional cuban or caribbean dishes here but rather entrees that have been influenced by the islands and are sometimes reinventions of the original. Still, you're in for some culinary fun. We started with some creative cocktails and the very tasty arepas. We also tried the Cuban Pulled Flank Steak. It was good. The wine list is interesting and fairly priced. The service was excellent.

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★★★★☆

Oba features a fun, artsy, and trendy dining room. Don't expect to find any traditional cuban or caribbean dishes here but rather entrees that have been influenced by the islands and are sometimes reinventions of the original. Still, you're in for some culinary fun. We started with some creative cocktails and the very tasty arepas. We also tried the Cuban Pulled Flank Steak. It was good. The wine list is interesting and fairly priced. The service was excellent.

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We have been frequent patrons for the past few years, and each and every time enjoy ourselves throughly. The service is good and the drinks are always better than I recall them being the time before.

2
★★★★☆

We have been frequent patrons for the past few years, and each and every time enjoy ourselves throughly. The service is good and the drinks are always better than I recall them being the time before.

Pros: great food and drinks

Cons: parking

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You can save money and avoid line and cover charges plus get discounts on your tab at your favorite clubs and restaurants. Check out www(dot)theblackkey(dot)com for more information.

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★★★★★

You can save money and avoid line and cover charges plus get discounts on your tab at your favorite clubs and restaurants. Check out www(dot)theblackkey(dot)com for more information.

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We frequent Oba and have always had a consistently good experience! Service staff is friendly and attentive. We like the Caesar Salad(the best in town), Coyotas and Burger. Their margaritas are tasty, too! Our only complaint would be the constant mariachi-type music... it's rather grating! They do have good take-out service.

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★★★★☆

We frequent Oba and have always had a consistently good experience! Service staff is friendly and attentive. We like the Caesar Salad(the best in town), Coyotas and Burger. Their margaritas are tasty, too! Our only complaint would be the constant mariachi-type music... it's rather grating! They do have good take-out service.

Pros: Food and drink are good!

Cons: Mariachi music

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All in all this place is worth eating at. I like going for happy hour which helps my savings account. If you are looking for consistency and latin food visit Oba.

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★★★★☆

All in all this place is worth eating at. I like going for happy hour which helps my savings account. If you are looking for consistency and latin food visit Oba.

Pros: Great food

Cons: A little on the pricey side for what you get.

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I love to eat and I love to eat out. Don't even mind paying for fantastic food experiences. First time at Obas in Portland, Oregon. I usually don't comment alot on the service, but our waiter was fabulous - polite, friendly, and knew a ton about the menu/wines, etc. I wanted to hire him for my business. But then the food came and I must say it was a disappointment. Maybe I was just unlucky that evening, but it seemed like the owner was trying to offer an interesting meal - charge a lot for it and it just didn't happen. The interesting part that is. Like I said, I don't mind paying, but the price did not match the cuisine in this case. Seems like more and more restaurants are offering a dish with aninteresting name and overpricing it to make it seem "exotic". Maybe I will try it again. Like I said, maybe just unlucky that evening.

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★★☆☆☆

I love to eat and I love to eat out. Don't even mind paying for fantastic food experiences. First time at Obas in Portland, Oregon. I usually don't comment alot on the service, but our waiter was fabulous - polite, friendly, and knew a ton about the menu/wines, etc. I wanted to hire him for my business. But then the food came and I must say it was a disappointment. Maybe I was just unlucky that evening, but it seemed like the owner was trying to offer an interesting meal - charge a lot for it and it just didn't happen. The interesting part that is. Like I said, I don't mind paying, but the price did not match the cuisine in this case. Seems like more and more restaurants are offering a dish with aninteresting name and overpricing it to make it seem "exotic". Maybe I will try it again. Like I said, maybe just unlucky that evening.

Pros: Unmatched service

Cons: Menu and drinks

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The food is out of this world! The service is top notch, too. Worth the drive and the expense. We go whenever we get the chance. Love it!

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★★★★★

The food is out of this world! The service is top notch, too. Worth the drive and the expense. We go whenever we get the chance. Love it!

Pros: Atmosphere

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We frequent Oba and find the food always consistant that is why we are repeat customers.
The Chef is imaginative, the flavors are amazing that he is able to blend together its a feast for the eyes as well as the palate .
It is still the best restaurant in Portland in my opinion.

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★★★★★

We frequent Oba and find the food always consistant that is why we are repeat customers.
The Chef is imaginative, the flavors are amazing that he is able to blend together its a feast for the eyes as well as the palate .
It is still the best restaurant in Portland in my opinion.

Pros: Great service and creative food

Cons: Bar is a bit noisy but rocking

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The first time we went to Oba, we had a three-course meal that was pretty good-- but the service was inattentive and bordering on rude.

The second time we went was amazing. We ordered appetizers (the gazpacho was so unique and refreshing on a hot summer day) and drinks. Their main room was closed for an event, so we sat in the crowded bar. We had no trouble finding a quaint window seat; when we were asked to move to accommodate a 10-top, we did so gladly. When we were asked to move a second time, our $60+ bill (for two people) was taken care of by management! Now that's what I call good service.

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★★★★☆

The first time we went to Oba, we had a three-course meal that was pretty good-- but the service was inattentive and bordering on rude.

The second time we went was amazing. We ordered appetizers (the gazpacho was so unique and refreshing on a hot summer day) and drinks. Their main room was closed for an event, so we sat in the crowded bar. We had no trouble finding a quaint window seat; when we were asked to move to accommodate a 10-top, we did so gladly. When we were asked to move a second time, our $60+ bill (for two people) was taken care of by management! Now that's what I call good service.

Pros: Very original menu, good dinner packages

Cons: Lack of parking, erratic waitstaff

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This restaurant is hyped as one of the best in Portland, but I found it to be below average and way overpriced. The best thing that could be said about the food is that it's "interesting". However, in this case "interesting" doesn't translate into "good". Also, we felt rushed by our server during the meal. Maybe I'm just not hip enough to get this place, but I wasn't impressed.

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★★☆☆☆

This restaurant is hyped as one of the best in Portland, but I found it to be below average and way overpriced. The best thing that could be said about the food is that it's "interesting". However, in this case "interesting" doesn't translate into "good". Also, we felt rushed by our server during the meal. Maybe I'm just not hip enough to get this place, but I wasn't impressed.

Cons: not as good as the hype

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Sunday happy hour -- what could be better?! We'd not been to Oba before, so thought this would be a great way to sample before we commit to the pricy restaurant, especially after reading some of the reviews here. We have no complaints! The room was comfortable and pleasant; our waitress was sunny, helpful and pretty quick; the drinks were fabulous, and the food was very, very good. The caesar salad wasn't what we were expecting, but tasty; coconut shrimp delicious (ok, maybe a little heavy on the sweet sauce, but shrimp were cook perfectly); the tostada sort of dish was FABULOUS; and a deep fried something with beef was very tasty. We'll definitely go back. Tip: the people beside us had the $7 happy hour burgers, and they looked great!

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Sunday happy hour -- what could be better?! We'd not been to Oba before, so thought this would be a great way to sample before we commit to the pricy restaurant, especially after reading some of the reviews here. We have no complaints! The room was comfortable and pleasant; our waitress was sunny, helpful and pretty quick; the drinks were fabulous, and the food was very, very good. The caesar salad wasn't what we were expecting, but tasty; coconut shrimp delicious (ok, maybe a little heavy on the sweet sauce, but shrimp were cook perfectly); the tostada sort of dish was FABULOUS; and a deep fried something with beef was very tasty. We'll definitely go back. Tip: the people beside us had the $7 happy hour burgers, and they looked great!

Pros: Great happy hour!

Cons: Will get back to you when I think of any

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The food is always great at Oba i'm not complaining there. The service is usually slow although the wait staff is always plesant. Just know you can't eat and run because drinks take forever to make it to your table. However when I went here for dinner this weekend for a friends birthday I was very let down. Service was slow as usual but whatever we weren't in a hugh rush. When the meal was finished the waiter brought out a chocolate cinnamon cake for my friend who's birthday it was. It had a candel in it and since we had not mentioned dessert or placed an order for it we assumed it must be competed. I was kinda of confused because I came here a month prior for my birthday and I ordered dessert after I was brought a menu, it was never just given to me. When the bill came there was her dessert on the bill. Her friend was buying the birthday girls dinner and she didn't want to say anything so the waiter was never asked about this. However if you go here for your birthday be warned that dessert is not free for your birthday and if they pull this sceme on you please say something, Its just not right!

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★★★☆☆

The food is always great at Oba i'm not complaining there. The service is usually slow although the wait staff is always plesant. Just know you can't eat and run because drinks take forever to make it to your table. However when I went here for dinner this weekend for a friends birthday I was very let down. Service was slow as usual but whatever we weren't in a hugh rush. When the meal was finished the waiter brought out a chocolate cinnamon cake for my friend who's birthday it was. It had a candel in it and since we had not mentioned dessert or placed an order for it we assumed it must be competed. I was kinda of confused because I came here a month prior for my birthday and I ordered dessert after I was brought a menu, it was never just given to me. When the bill came there was her dessert on the bill. Her friend was buying the birthday girls dinner and she didn't want to say anything so the waiter was never asked about this. However if you go here for your birthday be warned that dessert is not free for your birthday and if they pull this sceme on you please say something, Its just not right!

Pros: great food

Cons: slow service, brought out bday dessert without asking

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My spouse and I chose Oba for a Friday dinner and were dazzled by the menu choices. We were both seduced by the mesquite steak, which arrived just the way we wanted it. I ordered the recommended red wine, which was appropriately assertive. The poblano-sweet potato soup was great. Wish I had some more right now.

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★★★★☆

My spouse and I chose Oba for a Friday dinner and were dazzled by the menu choices. We were both seduced by the mesquite steak, which arrived just the way we wanted it. I ordered the recommended red wine, which was appropriately assertive. The poblano-sweet potato soup was great. Wish I had some more right now.

Pros: delicious food, friendly service

Cons: parking is iffy

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I tried Oba last night to celebrate my husband's birthday and was sadly very disappointed. The service was decent and professional. However the food was not very good, and really over priced for the actually taste/value of the food. My husband had tuna, which was good, appies and drinks were okay. I had chicken with BBQ sauce which was horrible....I wanted to send it back along with a very poor quality Malbec, but did not want to ruin my husband's birthday. Dessert was decent, very sweet though.

Overall, things were chancy and over priced/rated for what you are getting.

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★★☆☆☆

I tried Oba last night to celebrate my husband's birthday and was sadly very disappointed. The service was decent and professional. However the food was not very good, and really over priced for the actually taste/value of the food. My husband had tuna, which was good, appies and drinks were okay. I had chicken with BBQ sauce which was horrible....I wanted to send it back along with a very poor quality Malbec, but did not want to ruin my husband's birthday. Dessert was decent, very sweet though.

Overall, things were chancy and over priced/rated for what you are getting.

Pros: Good Service

Cons: No Value

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Dear Oba-
I hope you will take the time to read this and make up for this particular situation. My Birthday fall the on the 13th of February. Every year my fiance finds a nice place to take myself and several friends; unfortunately this time things didn't end up as smooth as we thought.

Our server was awesome, the drinks were coming and the food was just to be as expected; wonderful.

Towards the end of the night each person paid for their bill; it wasn't until the next night that my friend noticed that she was not only charged for her portion $40 some dollars but an additional $600 dollars was deducted from her account from Oba.
This was on a Friday night, caught on a Saturday evening which means banks are closed Sunday and go figure Monday was a holiday.
Normally I would say to be double charged is a hassle and a pain but it gets straightened out but to be charged an additional $600 and several hours put into researching the charge and straightening out NSF fees due to this charge is an incredible inconvenience and waste of time. Not to mention when she called to speak with the general manager he wouldn't speak to her.

This is disappointing to me because I'm in sales and work for a cruise line and we pride ourselves on service plus my friend is also a manager of Chang restaurant.
I feel this could have been handled better and think she deserves some type of compensation for her time and additional charges that were posted to her account due to Oba's error.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!

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Dear Oba-
I hope you will take the time to read this and make up for this particular situation. My Birthday fall the on the 13th of February. Every year my fiance finds a nice place to take myself and several friends; unfortunately this time things didn't end up as smooth as we thought.

Our server was awesome, the drinks were coming and the food was just to be as expected; wonderful.

Towards the end of the night each person paid for their bill; it wasn't until the next night that my friend noticed that she was not only charged for her portion $40 some dollars but an additional $600 dollars was deducted from her account from Oba.
This was on a Friday night, caught on a Saturday evening which means banks are closed Sunday and go figure Monday was a holiday.
Normally I would say to be double charged is a hassle and a pain but it gets straightened out but to be charged an additional $600 and several hours put into researching the charge and straightening out NSF fees due to this charge is an incredible inconvenience and waste of time. Not to mention when she called to speak with the general manager he wouldn't speak to her.

This is disappointing to me because I'm in sales and work for a cruise line and we pride ourselves on service plus my friend is also a manager of Chang restaurant.
I feel this could have been handled better and think she deserves some type of compensation for her time and additional charges that were posted to her account due to Oba's error.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to hearing from you!

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My husband and I love Oba so planned to celebrate our 9-year anniversary there last night. What a let-down. While our favorite appetizer, the queso fundido, was fabulous as always, my pork mole dish was incredibly bland. Our server never came to ask about how the food was and we had to wave down another server just to get some salt to make my meat edible. My husband's steak dish was the complete opposite - succulent, flavorful and cooked exactly as he ordered. Why the inconsistency? He agreed the pork was awful. It seemed to take forever to get a dessert menu (probably 15 minutes or more), then just as long to get our server to take the dessert order. All in all 3/4 of the food we ordered was up to Oba's usual superb standard, but the remaining 1/4 was so awful it tainted the whole experience. The absent waitstaff is also subpar for Oba. Oba, I hope you pull it together soon. You're one of our favorite restaurants in Portland and we want to come back but to the old Oba, where the whole experience is divine.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I love Oba so planned to celebrate our 9-year anniversary there last night. What a let-down. While our favorite appetizer, the queso fundido, was fabulous as always, my pork mole dish was incredibly bland. Our server never came to ask about how the food was and we had to wave down another server just to get some salt to make my meat edible. My husband's steak dish was the complete opposite - succulent, flavorful and cooked exactly as he ordered. Why the inconsistency? He agreed the pork was awful. It seemed to take forever to get a dessert menu (probably 15 minutes or more), then just as long to get our server to take the dessert order. All in all 3/4 of the food we ordered was up to Oba's usual superb standard, but the remaining 1/4 was so awful it tainted the whole experience. The absent waitstaff is also subpar for Oba. Oba, I hope you pull it together soon. You're one of our favorite restaurants in Portland and we want to come back but to the old Oba, where the whole experience is divine.

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Just returned from theater and dinner at Oba!; I'm writing while impressions are fresh. The play was wonderful but, except for the drinks and Ciappino special, our experience at Oba! was disappointing. Service began with a promising enthusiasm, but as soon as the large table next to us filled, we practically had to do handstands to get the attention of any of the wait staff. Crabcake appetizer arrived just AFTER our salads, though it had been ordered and expected to arrive before. Crab was pulverized, so cakes were mushy. All 3 prime ribs were much too well-done, though we'd discussed our preferences thoroughly with the server, who advised us which preparation to choose. One member of the family sent hers back -- well-done -- not even close to medium rare. Pear sorbet was offered to keep her busy while she waited for a new dinner. Though overcooked, the other two were so hungry, they ate theirs anyway. Mashed potatoes: too salty to eat. Green beans: uncooked -- not tender-crisp. Does anyone really like RAW green beans?There was no problem with drink orders -- obviously the big profit maker for this restaurant. After dinner, coffee arrived well after dessert, and lukewarm. Ten minutes elapsed and desserts were mostly gone before we could get someone's attention to request hot coffee, though staff passed by in a steady stream. Then, as we were finishing the last of our desserts, there was a perfunctory, "No more coffee? Anything else? Thank you for coming," all spoken as I was asking for more coffee! It was obvious the server needed to "turn the table" for the next seating. We felt pushed and rushed. In all, it was not what we'd hoped: Not the food, and not the service. This was once "Restaurant of the Year?" Stick with Happy Hour and don't bother with the overpriced dining room. A $35 prime rib should probably include a salad, but that costs an extra $7-$10. Oh, and that $35 hunk of beef should be prepared the way you clearly requested and discussed at length.

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★★☆☆☆

Just returned from theater and dinner at Oba!; I'm writing while impressions are fresh. The play was wonderful but, except for the drinks and Ciappino special, our experience at Oba! was disappointing. Service began with a promising enthusiasm, but as soon as the large table next to us filled, we practically had to do handstands to get the attention of any of the wait staff. Crabcake appetizer arrived just AFTER our salads, though it had been ordered and expected to arrive before. Crab was pulverized, so cakes were mushy. All 3 prime ribs were much too well-done, though we'd discussed our preferences thoroughly with the server, who advised us which preparation to choose. One member of the family sent hers back -- well-done -- not even close to medium rare. Pear sorbet was offered to keep her busy while she waited for a new dinner. Though overcooked, the other two were so hungry, they ate theirs anyway. Mashed potatoes: too salty to eat. Green beans: uncooked -- not tender-crisp. Does anyone really like RAW green beans?There was no problem with drink orders -- obviously the big profit maker for this restaurant. After dinner, coffee arrived well after dessert, and lukewarm. Ten minutes elapsed and desserts were mostly gone before we could get someone's attention to request hot coffee, though staff passed by in a steady stream. Then, as we were finishing the last of our desserts, there was a perfunctory, "No more coffee? Anything else? Thank you for coming," all spoken as I was asking for more coffee! It was obvious the server needed to "turn the table" for the next seating. We felt pushed and rushed. In all, it was not what we'd hoped: Not the food, and not the service. This was once "Restaurant of the Year?" Stick with Happy Hour and don't bother with the overpriced dining room. A $35 prime rib should probably include a salad, but that costs an extra $7-$10. Oh, and that $35 hunk of beef should be prepared the way you clearly requested and discussed at length.

Pros: Happy Hour Menu, Drinks, Cioppino Special

Cons: Overpriced, Below average service, Meal too salty and overcooked, Felt rushed.

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This is a great place to go if you're looking for some nightlife in the Pearl. Their food is always exceptional, and they have a great bar. If you're a thirty something this is the place for you.

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to go if you're looking for some nightlife in the Pearl. Their food is always exceptional, and they have a great bar. If you're a thirty something this is the place for you.

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I hosted a large group at Oba last Friday night and found the service to be spectacular! Their timing was exceptional, never a wait. Peter and Eric were always on hand to make sure we had everything we need. The food was wonderful and the choices were great. I especially appreciate their use of locally grown food. Oh, and parking was not an issue either. I'd highly recommend this experience.

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I hosted a large group at Oba last Friday night and found the service to be spectacular! Their timing was exceptional, never a wait. Peter and Eric were always on hand to make sure we had everything we need. The food was wonderful and the choices were great. I especially appreciate their use of locally grown food. Oh, and parking was not an issue either. I'd highly recommend this experience.

Pros: Service, Ambience, Central and South American Food

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Sunday's happy hour is the best. The prices, the service and the food and drinks are phenomenal. I love the atmosphere. I recommend the Oba cocktail and the Cosmopolitan. I also recommend the fundido dip!

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Sunday's happy hour is the best. The prices, the service and the food and drinks are phenomenal. I love the atmosphere. I recommend the Oba cocktail and the Cosmopolitan. I also recommend the fundido dip!

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Awful awful awful meal at Oba last night. I hadn't been for about two years and had heard things had gone downhill. The squash enchiladas were OK, but served with an awful side dish that reminded me of hay. I am not a horse, so I did not enjoy it. My husband's pork "tenderloin" was anything but: stringy, undercooked, and almost without flavor. Desert (something with banana caramel chocolate and a pastry of some kind) tasted vaguely like an overly-sugared donut.

Our waitress was great. That's the only thing I can say. I won't ever go back. This is a restaurant I used to love. What a disappointment!

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Awful awful awful meal at Oba last night. I hadn't been for about two years and had heard things had gone downhill. The squash enchiladas were OK, but served with an awful side dish that reminded me of hay. I am not a horse, so I did not enjoy it. My husband's pork "tenderloin" was anything but: stringy, undercooked, and almost without flavor. Desert (something with banana caramel chocolate and a pastry of some kind) tasted vaguely like an overly-sugared donut.

Our waitress was great. That's the only thing I can say. I won't ever go back. This is a restaurant I used to love. What a disappointment!

Pros: The waitress was great

Cons: Terrible food, too loud, no effort from the kitchen

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We had a Chinook Book coupon so decided to ty out Oba. Good shrimp tamales - but charging $24 for the entree which basically was two SMALL tamales with a ton of cheese on top? Come on guys! You could have charged half that and still made a hefty profit. Cocktails - very good. Atmosphere - very good. Service - OK. Hoping they have a happy hour as even with the coupon, it was very expensive for not a lot of food.

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★★★☆☆

We had a Chinook Book coupon so decided to ty out Oba. Good shrimp tamales - but charging $24 for the entree which basically was two SMALL tamales with a ton of cheese on top? Come on guys! You could have charged half that and still made a hefty profit. Cocktails - very good. Atmosphere - very good. Service - OK. Hoping they have a happy hour as even with the coupon, it was very expensive for not a lot of food.

Pros: Cocktails, Good place to meet a friend for dinner

Cons: Extremely overpriced

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Having a reservation, we were quickly, courteously seated. The soups were somewhat exotic, but very good. Our entrees of prime rib and sea bass were delicious. The desserts were deadly. Service was that outstanding feeling when the server is always aware, quick to respond. Oba participates in the restaurant[dot]com coupons, so the higher prices are partially offset.

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★★★★★

Having a reservation, we were quickly, courteously seated. The soups were somewhat exotic, but very good. Our entrees of prime rib and sea bass were delicious. The desserts were deadly. Service was that outstanding feeling when the server is always aware, quick to respond. Oba participates in the restaurant[dot]com coupons, so the higher prices are partially offset.

Pros: Unique fare, delicious entrees & desserts, service

Cons: parking in the Pearl district

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We showed up to Oba for happy hour right at 4pm on a Friday. This must be the best time to go to this spot being it was pretty empty and I've heard it is usually difficult to find a table during happy hour. The prime rib coyotas were fantastic and the chicken tacos were very tasty! Cosmos and margaritas were great!!! We will be back for sure... maybe for dinner (the dinner menu looked great!).

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★★★★★

We showed up to Oba for happy hour right at 4pm on a Friday. This must be the best time to go to this spot being it was pretty empty and I've heard it is usually difficult to find a table during happy hour. The prime rib coyotas were fantastic and the chicken tacos were very tasty! Cosmos and margaritas were great!!! We will be back for sure... maybe for dinner (the dinner menu looked great!).

Pros: happy hour, good looking staff, drinks

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We celebrated my husband's birthday at Oba this past weekend and our experience was well beyond our expectations. First of all, we had been there before for drinks and tapas, but not a full course meal. It tends to be loud in the bar area, acoustics need some refining, but in the dining area it is much more peaceful. The atmosphere is nice. First, we ordered a bottle of Spanish red wine, they have many of Latin wines to choose from. Our only criticism with the wine list: it is more expensive than their many of their competitors. We don't mind paying 100% retail mark up, but 200++% is stretching it. The food: the calamari for starter, it was very, very tender, tasty and one of the best we've had. The butter lettuce salad with Spanish blue, bacon was also wonderful and was a great accompaniment to the wine. If you want bread, you have to ask for it, we didn't need it. Main courses: halibut (special menu), it was a harmonious blend of herbs and fresh flavors; the prime rib was perfectly cooked and side dishes were very tasty. Portions were about the right size (not huge, but just right). Dessert, we had an interesting baked Argentina, it was a fun dessert with fired marshmallow type cream arranged over ice cream, chocolate/caramel. Our server was amazing. He was attentive, but not overly. Very personable and went the extra mile. We usually get 1-2 excellent servers a year and he was one of them. Pedro was an absolute gem and made our evening extra special!! He never missed a beat and was always one step ahead of our needs, he is what service should be! On to the restaurant: because we want to provide an honest review, we have some constructive criticism: prices for the food are higher than comparable restaurants in the area. When wine prices and food prices are higher than competitors a restaurant is at risk for losing repeat "regular" customers. It is a great place for special occasions in our case.

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★★★★☆

We celebrated my husband's birthday at Oba this past weekend and our experience was well beyond our expectations. First of all, we had been there before for drinks and tapas, but not a full course meal. It tends to be loud in the bar area, acoustics need some refining, but in the dining area it is much more peaceful. The atmosphere is nice. First, we ordered a bottle of Spanish red wine, they have many of Latin wines to choose from. Our only criticism with the wine list: it is more expensive than their many of their competitors. We don't mind paying 100% retail mark up, but 200++% is stretching it. The food: the calamari for starter, it was very, very tender, tasty and one of the best we've had. The butter lettuce salad with Spanish blue, bacon was also wonderful and was a great accompaniment to the wine. If you want bread, you have to ask for it, we didn't need it. Main courses: halibut (special menu), it was a harmonious blend of herbs and fresh flavors; the prime rib was perfectly cooked and side dishes were very tasty. Portions were about the right size (not huge, but just right). Dessert, we had an interesting baked Argentina, it was a fun dessert with fired marshmallow type cream arranged over ice cream, chocolate/caramel. Our server was amazing. He was attentive, but not overly. Very personable and went the extra mile. We usually get 1-2 excellent servers a year and he was one of them. Pedro was an absolute gem and made our evening extra special!! He never missed a beat and was always one step ahead of our needs, he is what service should be! On to the restaurant: because we want to provide an honest review, we have some constructive criticism: prices for the food are higher than comparable restaurants in the area. When wine prices and food prices are higher than competitors a restaurant is at risk for losing repeat "regular" customers. It is a great place for special occasions in our case.

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After reading some of the reviews, we were a bit concerned about trying a new place. However, we have been twice now and both times were absolutely perfect. The service, food and atomosphere all exceeded our expectations. We even tried the online reservations and they worked great, too. Thanks for being a great place! We will be back.

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★★★★★

After reading some of the reviews, we were a bit concerned about trying a new place. However, we have been twice now and both times were absolutely perfect. The service, food and atomosphere all exceeded our expectations. We even tried the online reservations and they worked great, too. Thanks for being a great place! We will be back.

Pros: perfectly prepared seafood - excellent service

Cons: none

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Service was mediocre at best. Used to be one of my faves and have been very disappointed the last few visits. Don't bother!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Service was mediocre at best. Used to be one of my faves and have been very disappointed the last few visits. Don't bother!!

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My sister was visiting from outside the country and after seeing all the rave reviews, I made a reservation. While the service was pretty good, the food fell below expectations. We ordered the queso fundido appetizer. This was really good but it was downhill from there. My sister got the Roasted Jumbo Prawns and I got the Ahi Tuna. We agreed that the taste quality was just average at best. The tuna had too many flavours going on--a pepper crust, coconut curry, pineapple salsa, thinly sliced scallion.... Also like other reviewers say, the drinks are overpriced and weak. I will not recommend that place to friends. Maybe we had bad luck and ordered the wrong things but at these prices, I'm not going to take my chances and go back for something else.

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★★★☆☆

My sister was visiting from outside the country and after seeing all the rave reviews, I made a reservation. While the service was pretty good, the food fell below expectations. We ordered the queso fundido appetizer. This was really good but it was downhill from there. My sister got the Roasted Jumbo Prawns and I got the Ahi Tuna. We agreed that the taste quality was just average at best. The tuna had too many flavours going on--a pepper crust, coconut curry, pineapple salsa, thinly sliced scallion.... Also like other reviewers say, the drinks are overpriced and weak. I will not recommend that place to friends. Maybe we had bad luck and ordered the wrong things but at these prices, I'm not going to take my chances and go back for something else.

Pros: service

Cons: Food, drinks, and we had a really strange and awkward seating set up

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We had guests in from out of town and were looking for somewhere new to experience together. A coworker told me about Oba so it sounded like the perfect new place to try. We couldn't have been more impressed. Our reservations were for Saturday night and the place was buzzing. We were a bit early so started in the bar with a cocktail and when our table was ready moved seamlessly to the restaurant. They have a great system in place so you don't have to settle your tab in the bar before going to your table. We then started with appetizers and moved on to our entree and followed with desert. Eventhough it was a busy Saturday night, we never felt rushed which was wonderful. When you top it off with amazing food and attentive service, we could not be more happy. We will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

We had guests in from out of town and were looking for somewhere new to experience together. A coworker told me about Oba so it sounded like the perfect new place to try. We couldn't have been more impressed. Our reservations were for Saturday night and the place was buzzing. We were a bit early so started in the bar with a cocktail and when our table was ready moved seamlessly to the restaurant. They have a great system in place so you don't have to settle your tab in the bar before going to your table. We then started with appetizers and moved on to our entree and followed with desert. Eventhough it was a busy Saturday night, we never felt rushed which was wonderful. When you top it off with amazing food and attentive service, we could not be more happy. We will definitely be back!

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

Cons: a little noisy

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To get the full purpose of a review, I find it?s important to know the reviewer. I?m a man of 30 making a modest income. Dinner at a three dollar sign restaurant is a special occasion. Like the other night ? my girlfriend & my year anniversary. We were looking sharp in new clothing & were exited to eat in a "sensual, robust and lively" place where "every guest is treated like family."

We had 7:45 reservations. We arrived at around 7:40. I checked in with the host, he said it would be a minute, so we sat in the waiting area. As we watched 2 other couples and a 4 top walk in & get seated before us, we decided it would be better to stand adjacent the host desk. It?s now 8pm & the host comes over & asks if we?ve checked in! ?Yes?, I reply & remind him of my name. We were seated shortly thereafter with no apology for the host obviously forgetting about us.

We were then greeted by our waiter who brought us drinks & took our order, I decided on the salmon, my girl the scallop tamale. We ordered ceviche as an appetizer. A while later, we received 2 appetizers we didn't order. Shortly thereafter, the waiter returned ? not to check on our appetizers, but to refresh his memory on our entrees. We confirmed & had to stop him to point out the appetizer misappropriation. He said he would comp 1 of the appetizers & leave us with both ? we obliged. After finishing the apps & enjoying some conversation, we couldn?t help but notice other tables that had been seated after us were already eating their entrees.

Finally, our dinner arrived. The salmon was overcooked & had the consistency of a well done pork chop.
I explained the situation. He offered another entree, or to remake the salmon, but it was then 9:20 & we didn?t have time to wait another 30 minutes for anything else. He did comp the salmon, and both appetizers when we did get the bill.

I know, this happens to everyone on occasion, but this is my story & I thought I would share.

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★★☆☆☆

To get the full purpose of a review, I find it?s important to know the reviewer. I?m a man of 30 making a modest income. Dinner at a three dollar sign restaurant is a special occasion. Like the other night ? my girlfriend & my year anniversary. We were looking sharp in new clothing & were exited to eat in a "sensual, robust and lively" place where "every guest is treated like family."

We had 7:45 reservations. We arrived at around 7:40. I checked in with the host, he said it would be a minute, so we sat in the waiting area. As we watched 2 other couples and a 4 top walk in & get seated before us, we decided it would be better to stand adjacent the host desk. It?s now 8pm & the host comes over & asks if we?ve checked in! ?Yes?, I reply & remind him of my name. We were seated shortly thereafter with no apology for the host obviously forgetting about us.

We were then greeted by our waiter who brought us drinks & took our order, I decided on the salmon, my girl the scallop tamale. We ordered ceviche as an appetizer. A while later, we received 2 appetizers we didn't order. Shortly thereafter, the waiter returned ? not to check on our appetizers, but to refresh his memory on our entrees. We confirmed & had to stop him to point out the appetizer misappropriation. He said he would comp 1 of the appetizers & leave us with both ? we obliged. After finishing the apps & enjoying some conversation, we couldn?t help but notice other tables that had been seated after us were already eating their entrees.

Finally, our dinner arrived. The salmon was overcooked & had the consistency of a well done pork chop.
I explained the situation. He offered another entree, or to remake the salmon, but it was then 9:20 & we didn?t have time to wait another 30 minutes for anything else. He did comp the salmon, and both appetizers when we did get the bill.

I know, this happens to everyone on occasion, but this is my story & I thought I would share.

Pros: Great atmosphere

Cons: I certainly didn't feel "like family".

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Super atmosphere. Phenomenal drinks. Great happy hour food menu. Oba can get pretty loud so having a in-dept conversation is not possible. Great place to start the night.

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★★★★☆

Super atmosphere. Phenomenal drinks. Great happy hour food menu. Oba can get pretty loud so having a in-dept conversation is not possible. Great place to start the night.

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A visit for dinner to Oba is worth it. My 2 friends and I went there during our visit to Portland.
The ambient of the place was so cozy yet elegant. Our waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu. She explained what goes into our dish in detail and made the dish irresistible.
The food was flavorful and beautiful. They really serve the food with a flare. One of my friends got the macadamia crusted halibut with cilantro pesto served over rice. My other friend got the flank steak served with mashed red potatoes and green roasted vegetables. I got the pork and mussels braised in white wine and piquillo pepper sauce served over rice.
Then we shared a dessert, which was pretty good. It was chocolate cake layered with vanilla ice cream, plaintain, and topped with torched cream. It looks like baked alaskan. HOWEVER, the tropical fruits that they serve with the dessert were not fresh. They were mango and pineapple (they were tasteless and mushy).

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★★★★★

A visit for dinner to Oba is worth it. My 2 friends and I went there during our visit to Portland.
The ambient of the place was so cozy yet elegant. Our waitress was so knowledgeable about the menu. She explained what goes into our dish in detail and made the dish irresistible.
The food was flavorful and beautiful. They really serve the food with a flare. One of my friends got the macadamia crusted halibut with cilantro pesto served over rice. My other friend got the flank steak served with mashed red potatoes and green roasted vegetables. I got the pork and mussels braised in white wine and piquillo pepper sauce served over rice.
Then we shared a dessert, which was pretty good. It was chocolate cake layered with vanilla ice cream, plaintain, and topped with torched cream. It looks like baked alaskan. HOWEVER, the tropical fruits that they serve with the dessert were not fresh. They were mango and pineapple (they were tasteless and mushy).

Pros: Flavorful food, knowledgeable waitstaff

Cons: Not too flavorful dessert

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Oba's menu is delicious and innovative. One of my favorite dishes from Portland has been Oba's beef tips in mustard cream sauce over fried bananas and spinkled with bacon. The service was good, and the atmosphere lush and romantic. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Oba's menu is delicious and innovative. One of my favorite dishes from Portland has been Oba's beef tips in mustard cream sauce over fried bananas and spinkled with bacon. The service was good, and the atmosphere lush and romantic. Highly recommended.

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The Happy Hour is the best! Ask for bread because...YUM!! The coconut prawns have the perfect sweet mango dip and the queso fundito is sinful in a good way. Oh yeah. If you want to bump elbows go on first Thurs or a weekrnd, but I prefer mellow Sundays. Cheers! The service is always pretty good and the bartenders are some of the best around! :)

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★★★★★

The Happy Hour is the best! Ask for bread because...YUM!! The coconut prawns have the perfect sweet mango dip and the queso fundito is sinful in a good way. Oh yeah. If you want to bump elbows go on first Thurs or a weekrnd, but I prefer mellow Sundays. Cheers! The service is always pretty good and the bartenders are some of the best around! :)

Pros: happy hour

Cons: sometimes they close

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I read some negative reviews, so when I was going to go with work friends, I was prepared to be disppointed. Honestly, we had a terrific time, the coconut shrimp with the sweet and sour sauce was amazing and the happy hour food was fairly priced and really good. When I was there the first time, we found out that they served Happy Hour all day Sunday, and have been regulars ever since. I love the blackberry margarita and enjoy the staff, and have always had outstanding service there.

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★★★★★

I read some negative reviews, so when I was going to go with work friends, I was prepared to be disppointed. Honestly, we had a terrific time, the coconut shrimp with the sweet and sour sauce was amazing and the happy hour food was fairly priced and really good. When I was there the first time, we found out that they served Happy Hour all day Sunday, and have been regulars ever since. I love the blackberry margarita and enjoy the staff, and have always had outstanding service there.

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I really think this place had gone downhill. What used to be good food and great drinks has descended into a trendy spot to been seen, without any care to the food or service. For the quality of the food, I can think of a dozen other places I would rather go.

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★★★☆☆

I really think this place had gone downhill. What used to be good food and great drinks has descended into a trendy spot to been seen, without any care to the food or service. For the quality of the food, I can think of a dozen other places I would rather go.

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Went to Oba for the first time - I was really looking forward to this place. Since so many people commented 'how great' this place is. I was VERY DISAPPOINTED with my experience: 1) Our waiter was rude, not friendly and had no sense of humor or personality. He was slow at getting us drinks or anything else we wanted. 2) The food is WAY over priced. I had ordered the shrimp and scallop tamale dish - they skimped on the seafood but made sure you had enough tamale and rice to fill you up.

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★★☆☆☆

Went to Oba for the first time - I was really looking forward to this place. Since so many people commented 'how great' this place is. I was VERY DISAPPOINTED with my experience: 1) Our waiter was rude, not friendly and had no sense of humor or personality. He was slow at getting us drinks or anything else we wanted. 2) The food is WAY over priced. I had ordered the shrimp and scallop tamale dish - they skimped on the seafood but made sure you had enough tamale and rice to fill you up.

Pros: Great atmosphere and location in the Pearl District.

Cons: Service needs improvement!

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I was not blown out of the water, but I really hoped that I would be. We sat in the first come first serve bar area of the restaurant (full menu) and it was quite loud compared ot the restaurant area. We made a mistake and didn't order entrees, but instead had a trio of tapas style apps. The ceviche combo was really good, but the tiny little piles of fish were dwarfed by the tortilla chips they were served with. I think they added the chips just to mask the fact that they were skimping on the $14 ceviche plate. We also had the quesadillas, which were delicioso but rather small. We loved loved the house salad and pondered the entire time how we could recreate its freshness and tastiness at home.

I could see myself going back to this place for drinks and happy hour but not for dinner. I can't really say I've *had* the dinner because, well, as I stated before I just had some puny tapas. But I think it is more of a going-out place than a dining experience. Fun though! My guava margarita was delish!

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★★★★☆

I was not blown out of the water, but I really hoped that I would be. We sat in the first come first serve bar area of the restaurant (full menu) and it was quite loud compared ot the restaurant area. We made a mistake and didn't order entrees, but instead had a trio of tapas style apps. The ceviche combo was really good, but the tiny little piles of fish were dwarfed by the tortilla chips they were served with. I think they added the chips just to mask the fact that they were skimping on the $14 ceviche plate. We also had the quesadillas, which were delicioso but rather small. We loved loved the house salad and pondered the entire time how we could recreate its freshness and tastiness at home.

I could see myself going back to this place for drinks and happy hour but not for dinner. I can't really say I've *had* the dinner because, well, as I stated before I just had some puny tapas. But I think it is more of a going-out place than a dining experience. Fun though! My guava margarita was delish!

Pros: Yummy margarita, great location

Cons: Tiny plates, a little too muc bar-scene for me

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Going on a sunday you generally don't think the happy hour will be as good as your friends tell you it will be...I was amazed. This place had the candle sconces all lit up, really fun looking bathrooms and the whole layout was just tip top. Get a reservation though! I'm glad our friends decided to do that. THe bar area is where its happening though. The passionfruit margarita is amazing! and only 3.75?!! The coconut prawns with a spicey sweet sauce were delicious! Oba is a great place to end the weekend right.

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★★★★★

Going on a sunday you generally don't think the happy hour will be as good as your friends tell you it will be...I was amazed. This place had the candle sconces all lit up, really fun looking bathrooms and the whole layout was just tip top. Get a reservation though! I'm glad our friends decided to do that. THe bar area is where its happening though. The passionfruit margarita is amazing! and only 3.75?!! The coconut prawns with a spicey sweet sauce were delicious! Oba is a great place to end the weekend right.

Pros: ambiance, happy hour, attentive waitstaff, great food

Cons: parking (c'mon its the pearl!)

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It's always easy to write a bad review so I try to take the time to give kudos to those that deserve it. The food here is great. My favorite is the macadamia encrusted swordfish and the seared ahi with a mango salsa. The drinks aren't very strong and you can pound down four or five of them and not worry about driving home and you certainly pay for them so that needs some work. The service has always been good, friendly, accomodating and timely. Great happy hour spot and the 30-something seen. Enjoy!

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★★★☆☆

It's always easy to write a bad review so I try to take the time to give kudos to those that deserve it. The food here is great. My favorite is the macadamia encrusted swordfish and the seared ahi with a mango salsa. The drinks aren't very strong and you can pound down four or five of them and not worry about driving home and you certainly pay for them so that needs some work. The service has always been good, friendly, accomodating and timely. Great happy hour spot and the 30-something seen. Enjoy!

Pros: great food

Cons: ok drinks

 

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