La Sirenita

★★★★☆
  • 2817 NE Alberta St

    Portland, OR 97211

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  • 503-335-8283

About La Sirenita

Hours
Monday To Sunday From 10:00 AM To 10:00 PM

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The BEST carne asada burritos in town!\r
Cheap, clean and always fast. Been coming here\r
since 2001. Make sure to grab rosted peppers and \r
onions. Great hot sause bar. !!!!

3
★★★★★

The BEST carne asada burritos in town!\r
Cheap, clean and always fast. Been coming here\r
since 2001. Make sure to grab rosted peppers and \r
onions. Great hot sause bar. !!!!

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I ate a burrito here yesterday and got food poisoning - it didn't even have meat in it. Yeah, it's cheap, but believe me, it's not worth puking later. Although I'm pretty angry it happened the silver lining is that I can warn you --- don't eat here!!! You do not want to feel like I have been for the past 24 hrs - in bed all day eating jello and praying you won't puke again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I ate a burrito here yesterday and got food poisoning - it didn't even have meat in it. Yeah, it's cheap, but believe me, it's not worth puking later. Although I'm pretty angry it happened the silver lining is that I can warn you --- don't eat here!!! You do not want to feel like I have been for the past 24 hrs - in bed all day eating jello and praying you won't puke again.

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So this is a pretty authentic spot. Mexicans go in it every day and they are also cooking it so you know it's good. (When futbol (aka soccer) is playing you know you're in the right spot.)

Fish tacos are delicious for all you non-meat eaters! And the portions for everything is rather large so you could make 2 meals out of the burritos or whatever if you wanted.

I have some friends that come here almost everyday and they continue to go back. Would recommend it.

2
★★★★☆

So this is a pretty authentic spot. Mexicans go in it every day and they are also cooking it so you know it's good. (When futbol (aka soccer) is playing you know you're in the right spot.)

Fish tacos are delicious for all you non-meat eaters! And the portions for everything is rather large so you could make 2 meals out of the burritos or whatever if you wanted.

I have some friends that come here almost everyday and they continue to go back. Would recommend it.

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Feed a family of four for $20-$25 and get great mexican food with larger than usual portions. We have done this with family, friends, and out of towners, and each time the group was happy with the flavors and the portions delivered. Call in your take out order and can stop and go in minutes. It's all good from salads and burritos to chimi's and more, you will find something you like at a very good price.

2
★★★★☆

Feed a family of four for $20-$25 and get great mexican food with larger than usual portions. We have done this with family, friends, and out of towners, and each time the group was happy with the flavors and the portions delivered. Call in your take out order and can stop and go in minutes. It's all good from salads and burritos to chimi's and more, you will find something you like at a very good price.

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I agree with the other reviewer, in that quality is inconsistent. The tortas, however, are always excellent.

3
★★★☆☆

I agree with the other reviewer, in that quality is inconsistent. The tortas, however, are always excellent.

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We love this place. Not much on atmosphere, but huge portions of good hot food for fabulous prices. I think the chicken burrito is still only $3-and huge.

4
★★★★☆

We love this place. Not much on atmosphere, but huge portions of good hot food for fabulous prices. I think the chicken burrito is still only $3-and huge.

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My husband and I, on our quest for delicious tacos in our neighborhood, went into La Sirenita to check it out. We both got a carne asada and a carnitas taco. Both tacos had a lot of meat and was tasty and cooked well. They are only $1.35 each so our whole order was really cheap. We also got some rice and beans, which were pretty much standard, and an order of chips which were crisp and tasty. They also offer a nice little condiment bar, where we got some smokin hot roasted jalapenos. The food was really good, the atmosphere is casual, so don't expect a superior dining experience, and I even sneaked a peek into the kitchen, which was clean and tidy. My husband and I give it the big thumbs up for yumminess!

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★★★★☆

My husband and I, on our quest for delicious tacos in our neighborhood, went into La Sirenita to check it out. We both got a carne asada and a carnitas taco. Both tacos had a lot of meat and was tasty and cooked well. They are only $1.35 each so our whole order was really cheap. We also got some rice and beans, which were pretty much standard, and an order of chips which were crisp and tasty. They also offer a nice little condiment bar, where we got some smokin hot roasted jalapenos. The food was really good, the atmosphere is casual, so don't expect a superior dining experience, and I even sneaked a peek into the kitchen, which was clean and tidy. My husband and I give it the big thumbs up for yumminess!

Pros: Super yummy food

Cons: No alcohol

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I used to go here more often than La Bonita but found the quality to be inconsistent. I really love carnitas and several times they have been too fatty and greasy. Ii prefer to go to Bonita for that. But if you're looking for something veggie it's most often a hit.

3
★★★☆☆

I used to go here more often than La Bonita but found the quality to be inconsistent. I really love carnitas and several times they have been too fatty and greasy. Ii prefer to go to Bonita for that. But if you're looking for something veggie it's most often a hit.

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The soft tostada/veggie burrito is only $3, and is easily the best burrito I've ever had. This place is as authentic as it gets. Ive been a solid customer there for three years now, go there about once a week, and have never had a bad experience. La Bonita, its closest competitor and neighbor, is less authentic, more expensive, and bland in comparison.

2
★★★★★

The soft tostada/veggie burrito is only $3, and is easily the best burrito I've ever had. This place is as authentic as it gets. Ive been a solid customer there for three years now, go there about once a week, and have never had a bad experience. La Bonita, its closest competitor and neighbor, is less authentic, more expensive, and bland in comparison.

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This is/was the best local mexican spot in NE Portland until today. I ordered fish tacos and a order of chips with pico de gallo. When I pulled the chips with pico out of the bag they were wrapped in, an insect fell out of the bag and landed on my counter still alive. I have eaten there for years, but unfortunatly will never go back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is/was the best local mexican spot in NE Portland until today. I ordered fish tacos and a order of chips with pico de gallo. When I pulled the chips with pico out of the bag they were wrapped in, an insect fell out of the bag and landed on my counter still alive. I have eaten there for years, but unfortunatly will never go back.

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I'll admit that I've spent years at a time addicted to La Sirenita burritos. They are delicious. And the people are very friendly (one time I forgot my wallet and they still made me a burrito and said to bring the money in next time!).

You wait in line at the counter to order, get a number and then wait for your food. They are cooking pretty fast back there, but if you are behind a long line it can take a while so try to avoid peak meal times - this place is popular!

5
★★★★★

I'll admit that I've spent years at a time addicted to La Sirenita burritos. They are delicious. And the people are very friendly (one time I forgot my wallet and they still made me a burrito and said to bring the money in next time!).

You wait in line at the counter to order, get a number and then wait for your food. They are cooking pretty fast back there, but if you are behind a long line it can take a while so try to avoid peak meal times - this place is popular!

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I ate at La Sirenita a few months ago upon a friend's recommendation, and abso-frickin-lutely LOVED it! It's a small hole-in-the-wall type of joint, but very close to the true essence of what a genuine taqueria should be. Go to Mexico and you will find many places like La Sirenita that offer similar, equally tasty fare. If you're looking for Latin cuisine that is big on ambience, don't go to La Sirenita - go to Andina's in the Pearl for some Peruvian (and pray that you get good service there). La Sirenita offers a wonderful array of delectable, authentic Mexican foods that will more than satisfy any stomach.

In fact, it is soooo good - it may even offend the palatial "sensibilities" of some of Portland's bountiful WASP crowd. And THAT, my friends, is how I know that this taqueria ROCKS! :-)

2
★★★★★

I ate at La Sirenita a few months ago upon a friend's recommendation, and abso-frickin-lutely LOVED it! It's a small hole-in-the-wall type of joint, but very close to the true essence of what a genuine taqueria should be. Go to Mexico and you will find many places like La Sirenita that offer similar, equally tasty fare. If you're looking for Latin cuisine that is big on ambience, don't go to La Sirenita - go to Andina's in the Pearl for some Peruvian (and pray that you get good service there). La Sirenita offers a wonderful array of delectable, authentic Mexican foods that will more than satisfy any stomach.

In fact, it is soooo good - it may even offend the palatial "sensibilities" of some of Portland's bountiful WASP crowd. And THAT, my friends, is how I know that this taqueria ROCKS! :-)

Pros: FLAVOR!

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I've actually eaten at La Sirenita a lot for someone who doesn't like it all that much. This is true for 2 reasons: 1) I'm a hopeless cheapskate, 2) I'll eat just about anything. There was a time about 12 years ago when La Sirenita and La Bonita, a block east, where the only 2 eating establishments on Alberta St. Hard to believe now that there's countless trendy joints spread out from end to end of the 30 block area between MLK and 33rd.. It survives based on a tried and true formula of big portions at low cost. You get what you pay for: low grade meat mixed together with other ingredients into a gloppy mess and stuffed into a tortilla with an unhealthy quantity of cheap cheese. It's edible, and by Portland standards for Mexican food, I guess it's not too bad. I'm sure I'll be back ...... cheapest option on Alberta.

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★★☆☆☆

I've actually eaten at La Sirenita a lot for someone who doesn't like it all that much. This is true for 2 reasons: 1) I'm a hopeless cheapskate, 2) I'll eat just about anything. There was a time about 12 years ago when La Sirenita and La Bonita, a block east, where the only 2 eating establishments on Alberta St. Hard to believe now that there's countless trendy joints spread out from end to end of the 30 block area between MLK and 33rd.. It survives based on a tried and true formula of big portions at low cost. You get what you pay for: low grade meat mixed together with other ingredients into a gloppy mess and stuffed into a tortilla with an unhealthy quantity of cheap cheese. It's edible, and by Portland standards for Mexican food, I guess it's not too bad. I'm sure I'll be back ...... cheapest option on Alberta.

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I've eaten a lot of burritos in Portland, but none compares to this place. I eat there once a week at least.

2
★★★★★

I've eaten a lot of burritos in Portland, but none compares to this place. I eat there once a week at least.

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I am very sad for those who think this is authentic mexican. We went here, expecting more of a restaurant atmosphere - not fast food - mexican rap playing on the TV and dark chicken used in the dishes with ALOT of nuggets in it! How disappointing! The only way I'd go back is after a night of drinking and it may taste more like authentic mexican then! The only pro is that it is extremely cheap. But, ususally, there is a reason why it's cheap! We have given up trying to find any decent mexican food in Portland!

1
★★★☆☆

I am very sad for those who think this is authentic mexican. We went here, expecting more of a restaurant atmosphere - not fast food - mexican rap playing on the TV and dark chicken used in the dishes with ALOT of nuggets in it! How disappointing! The only way I'd go back is after a night of drinking and it may taste more like authentic mexican then! The only pro is that it is extremely cheap. But, ususally, there is a reason why it's cheap! We have given up trying to find any decent mexican food in Portland!

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We actually go to the newer location in Sellwood on Milwaukie just a block and a half North of Tacoma. This one has been open about a year and is run by the same family. I grew up in northern CA and spent some time in San Diego and I find their food to definitely be above par to many of the places I have been. My husband grew up in Pasco, WA where the taco trucks abound and he is really picky, and we LOVE La Sirenita. Usually when the ambience is good the food is lacking as far as mexican goes. We live closer to The Iron Horse and San Felipe and will always go the extra distance to see them. They know us by name and are always very pleasant. They were very accomomodating of our large soccer group even though they had little room.

2
★★★★★

We actually go to the newer location in Sellwood on Milwaukie just a block and a half North of Tacoma. This one has been open about a year and is run by the same family. I grew up in northern CA and spent some time in San Diego and I find their food to definitely be above par to many of the places I have been. My husband grew up in Pasco, WA where the taco trucks abound and he is really picky, and we LOVE La Sirenita. Usually when the ambience is good the food is lacking as far as mexican goes. We live closer to The Iron Horse and San Felipe and will always go the extra distance to see them. They know us by name and are always very pleasant. They were very accomomodating of our large soccer group even though they had little room.

Pros: MMMMM..., Cheap

Cons: None

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In many ways, this may be the best Mexican food in Portland. Try the Big Burrito (especially the chicken). It's tough to stop eating.

2
★★★★☆

In many ways, this may be the best Mexican food in Portland. Try the Big Burrito (especially the chicken). It's tough to stop eating.

Pros: cheap, tasty, fills you up

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Authentic, sonora style taqueria. Hands down best tacos in town. If you want the real-deal, this is the place. If you like Taco Bell, you'll be very disappointed.

2
★★★★★

Authentic, sonora style taqueria. Hands down best tacos in town. If you want the real-deal, this is the place. If you like Taco Bell, you'll be very disappointed.

Pros: Authentic, Cheap

Cons: Ambience

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8 months ago you could expect a waiting line out the door. This evening at 6:30pm, there were two people besides me. The place appeared run down, dirty. Tables not cleaned. The woman at the register kept playing with her hair and refused to acknowledge the guy in front of me.

One look over the side counter and into the kitchen told me to - run - not walk!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

8 months ago you could expect a waiting line out the door. This evening at 6:30pm, there were two people besides me. The place appeared run down, dirty. Tables not cleaned. The woman at the register kept playing with her hair and refused to acknowledge the guy in front of me.

One look over the side counter and into the kitchen told me to - run - not walk!!!

Cons: , Unfriendly

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I wouldn't normally be inspired to spend time writing a negative review, but, given its mediocrity, this place gets way too many good reviews to remain silent. And my review won't even be very specific because this restaurant just doesn't deserve it. Having lived in Texas and California, I can safely tell you that La Sirenita is uninspired and bland. Stay at home and make better burritos yourself.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I wouldn't normally be inspired to spend time writing a negative review, but, given its mediocrity, this place gets way too many good reviews to remain silent. And my review won't even be very specific because this restaurant just doesn't deserve it. Having lived in Texas and California, I can safely tell you that La Sirenita is uninspired and bland. Stay at home and make better burritos yourself.

Pros: cheap, doesn't cost much, inexpensive

Cons: bland, no flavor, tastes canned

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I'm only telling you about this place because I no longer live in Portland, so I don't have to worry about standing in line when everyone finds out about this place! Excellent home-cooked Mexican food, and super cheap. My best friend and I could split the carne asada and both get stuffed for under $10. This place is completely without frills- don't expect any linen table cloths here!

2
★★★★☆

I'm only telling you about this place because I no longer live in Portland, so I don't have to worry about standing in line when everyone finds out about this place! Excellent home-cooked Mexican food, and super cheap. My best friend and I could split the carne asada and both get stuffed for under $10. This place is completely without frills- don't expect any linen table cloths here!

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: Kinda hard to find

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Real, authentic mexican. Inexpensive and delicious! Forget about Esparza's or Chevy's or Taco Del Mar or any of that other totally fake, Americanized slop.

2
★★★★★

Real, authentic mexican. Inexpensive and delicious! Forget about Esparza's or Chevy's or Taco Del Mar or any of that other totally fake, Americanized slop.

Pros: Inexpensive, Delicious, Authentic

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This taqueria has fast service, low prices and delicious food. A great value for the money with huge amounts of food! The service is polite although can be slow when it's busy. I recommend take out, not dine in.

2
★★★★★

This taqueria has fast service, low prices and delicious food. A great value for the money with huge amounts of food! The service is polite although can be slow when it's busy. I recommend take out, not dine in.

Pros: Inexpensive, delicious food

Cons: crowded parking, crowded lines

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Oh My GOD! These Are the best burritos ever. I moved across town and now I live down the block from La Sirenita. If my stomach could take it, I would be there every day. SOFT TOSTADA, TACO AL PASTOR! I hope they never move.

2
★★★★★

Oh My GOD! These Are the best burritos ever. I moved across town and now I live down the block from La Sirenita. If my stomach could take it, I would be there every day. SOFT TOSTADA, TACO AL PASTOR! I hope they never move.

Pros: FLavor, Cheap, The Bomb

Cons: Lines, Gut Bomb

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this tiny taqueria has the best burrito for your dollar. I highly recommend the soft tostada with black beans for $2.25. Must have an appitate for these filling and tasty treats. Great people watching in or outside. Quick service and Freddy, who takes orders for luch is very friendly. Tends to get bussy for lunch and dinner, so expect a line.

2
★★★★★

this tiny taqueria has the best burrito for your dollar. I highly recommend the soft tostada with black beans for $2.25. Must have an appitate for these filling and tasty treats. Great people watching in or outside. Quick service and Freddy, who takes orders for luch is very friendly. Tends to get bussy for lunch and dinner, so expect a line.

Pros: Mexican owned, cheap!, Alberta

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AND...it some of the best food in town. The cool ambiance and low prices won't last forever. This neighborhood is changing super fast. So, do youself a favor and get in there ASAP....I've tried it all...and like it all...but I like the Chicken Chimichanga best of all.

2
★★★★★

AND...it some of the best food in town. The cool ambiance and low prices won't last forever. This neighborhood is changing super fast. So, do youself a favor and get in there ASAP....I've tried it all...and like it all...but I like the Chicken Chimichanga best of all.

Pros: the neighborhood, the people

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La Sirenita's chile relleno burrito is the best! I've never tried anything else there because I love it so much. For less than 5 bucks, you just can't beat it. The place is a total dive, so get it to go. Be prepared for a wait, though--it's always busy.

2
★★★★☆

La Sirenita's chile relleno burrito is the best! I've never tried anything else there because I love it so much. For less than 5 bucks, you just can't beat it. The place is a total dive, so get it to go. Be prepared for a wait, though--it's always busy.

Pros: cheap, big burritos

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A popular choice for bargain hunters, La Sirenita---The Little Mermaid---is one of the few sit-down places in town where you can fill up for less than $5. The authentic taqueria is a meat-eater's haven, with traditional taco fillings of…

 

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