La Calaca Comelona

★★★★☆
Voted Best Mexican Restaurant In Portland By Citysearch Users!
  • 2304 SE Belmont St

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-239-9675

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Let me preface by saying that I like the restaurant.The regular menu, if a bit expensive, is delicious and creative. The decor is inspired in the Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo.
The cocktails are yummy and original but very light in the alcohol.
The happy hour (8pm-10pm) is a total joke: the portions are so tiny that Papa Smurf would come out hungry. It's laughable. I wish I had taken a picture. The server even suggested us to order more, when my SO and I ordered a few happy hour items to share. We declined but got a good laugh when the food arrived, it was so surreal. Of course we needed to order more from the regular menu. And they bring you "salsas" but no chips. Unless you are in a severely restrictive diet or are a small, low-appetite smurf...skip the happy hour.

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★★★☆☆

Let me preface by saying that I like the restaurant.The regular menu, if a bit expensive, is delicious and creative. The decor is inspired in the Day of the Dead and Frida Kahlo.
The cocktails are yummy and original but very light in the alcohol.
The happy hour (8pm-10pm) is a total joke: the portions are so tiny that Papa Smurf would come out hungry. It's laughable. I wish I had taken a picture. The server even suggested us to order more, when my SO and I ordered a few happy hour items to share. We declined but got a good laugh when the food arrived, it was so surreal. Of course we needed to order more from the regular menu. And they bring you "salsas" but no chips. Unless you are in a severely restrictive diet or are a small, low-appetite smurf...skip the happy hour.

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If you have never eaten south of the boarder,stay home and don't write reviews on what you have no clue about. I was born in East L.A. and raised in the LBC, I've spent most my adult years in Tucson,AZ. I have dined at the best resturants from Mexicalli to Juarez,from Hermosillo to Basaseachi, Mxico. Even Tucson has no resturant comes anywhere close to the real thing,the true taste and flavor of real home made food on a plate,not served like a carnaval snack. Only in America can someone drop food into a vat of hot grease and call it food. Note in Mexico burros are pet in a fenced yard not a staple.If you don't like their Margaritas, then order a real Mexican drink. Try "The flag" with the best tasting freashly made sangria. But if you're the Corona with a lime kinda drinker stay home and drink your Coors,if you only knew why they serve limes with their beer,you would still be drinking mother's milk.

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★★★★★

If you have never eaten south of the boarder,stay home and don't write reviews on what you have no clue about. I was born in East L.A. and raised in the LBC, I've spent most my adult years in Tucson,AZ. I have dined at the best resturants from Mexicalli to Juarez,from Hermosillo to Basaseachi, Mxico. Even Tucson has no resturant comes anywhere close to the real thing,the true taste and flavor of real home made food on a plate,not served like a carnaval snack. Only in America can someone drop food into a vat of hot grease and call it food. Note in Mexico burros are pet in a fenced yard not a staple.If you don't like their Margaritas, then order a real Mexican drink. Try "The flag" with the best tasting freashly made sangria. But if you're the Corona with a lime kinda drinker stay home and drink your Coors,if you only knew why they serve limes with their beer,you would still be drinking mother's milk.

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This really was one of the worst restaurant experiences i have had in recent memory. The server who greeted us and waited on us was angry and put-upon the whole time because we had a large group (even though we had a reservation). He was very vocal about his unhappiness from the moment we arrived and acted put-upon that we were there. To his credit the food came pretty quickly, despite his incredibly poor attitude. The food--which is kind of expensive-- was nothing to write home about. This is not fine Mexican food by any stretch. The margarita was mostly ice and also mediocre. I recommend Nuestra Cocina on Division. Wonderful service and amazing food at about the same price as this very disappointing place.

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★☆☆☆☆

This really was one of the worst restaurant experiences i have had in recent memory. The server who greeted us and waited on us was angry and put-upon the whole time because we had a large group (even though we had a reservation). He was very vocal about his unhappiness from the moment we arrived and acted put-upon that we were there. To his credit the food came pretty quickly, despite his incredibly poor attitude. The food--which is kind of expensive-- was nothing to write home about. This is not fine Mexican food by any stretch. The margarita was mostly ice and also mediocre. I recommend Nuestra Cocina on Division. Wonderful service and amazing food at about the same price as this very disappointing place.

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We picked this restaurant as a place to meet to celebrate our friend getting a good job! We arrived, were seated, but then had no service for almost half an hour. Then, we asked for our drinks, they took almost another 20 minutes to bring them and then didn't ask if we wanted to order. Sitting there for almost 50 minutes, we started wondering if they had food at all!

Then the wait staff came by, asked if we wanted to order, we have food allergies to dairy, nightshade and onions and we talked to our server about our options on the menu. We decided to order an app and selected the Guac as an appetizer, only to find out that it was about 2 slices worth of avocado and then tomatoes and onions spread thinly across the plate! This was directly following the conversation that we couldn't eat these! So, very expensive quac for little avocado and not thinking through our order in reference to the conversation. I was so sad. I love Guac.

Then we ordered food, which the rest of our party loved, but mine supposedly listed on the menu as having came with avocado which I asked for because it was missing and I was promptly brought 1 slice of avocado on a plate.

Really? Really???

Also the happy hour it turns out is only good inside, where it's hot. Outside, you pay full price for a lack of service!

Comelona, your food was sooo good, your outside seating was amazing, but your penny pinching on the details and your shoddy wait staff hurts me. I'm in a quandry how to rate you. I'll give you a 3, but that's just cuz the food was very good and different from your average Mexican fare.

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★★★☆☆

We picked this restaurant as a place to meet to celebrate our friend getting a good job! We arrived, were seated, but then had no service for almost half an hour. Then, we asked for our drinks, they took almost another 20 minutes to bring them and then didn't ask if we wanted to order. Sitting there for almost 50 minutes, we started wondering if they had food at all!

Then the wait staff came by, asked if we wanted to order, we have food allergies to dairy, nightshade and onions and we talked to our server about our options on the menu. We decided to order an app and selected the Guac as an appetizer, only to find out that it was about 2 slices worth of avocado and then tomatoes and onions spread thinly across the plate! This was directly following the conversation that we couldn't eat these! So, very expensive quac for little avocado and not thinking through our order in reference to the conversation. I was so sad. I love Guac.

Then we ordered food, which the rest of our party loved, but mine supposedly listed on the menu as having came with avocado which I asked for because it was missing and I was promptly brought 1 slice of avocado on a plate.

Really? Really???

Also the happy hour it turns out is only good inside, where it's hot. Outside, you pay full price for a lack of service!

Comelona, your food was sooo good, your outside seating was amazing, but your penny pinching on the details and your shoddy wait staff hurts me. I'm in a quandry how to rate you. I'll give you a 3, but that's just cuz the food was very good and different from your average Mexican fare.

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Disappointed to say the least? We were immediately seated as we walked in the door and which is typically a good sign. In this case it was the last good sign. We then sat at our table near an open door, in Portland with 50 degree temperatures and a slight breeze blowing, with water for nearly ten minutes as the bartender ??Josh? walked directly in front of us, not once asking if we would like something to drink. We asked if the door could be closed as the restaurant was cold. No, problem! Door closed?Then reopened five minutes later when the staff decided it should be opened. At this point I was ready to leave. Our waiter finally entered the bar where he had seated us and asked if we were ready to order. I ordered a chips and salsa and a Margarita as suggested by many. The only Mexican place in town not to serve chips and salsa. The Margarita was served. Ehhh, Margarita in a rocks glass? Extremely small and absolutely no Tequila. I have a Margarita at every Mexican restaurant I visit and this was definitely a $5.50 house Rita with no alcohol. We ordered an appetizer of Fresh Guacamole and Tortillas. This was good! After the ??no chips, no salsa, no Tequila? policy I decided against ordering an $18-$23 entre and go with a sandwich for $7.50.
I was really looking forward to a dinner here as the plating and food looked great. The pricing is a little high for the service and drink quality. Pricing should not come with food quality alone. Pricing should include food quality, food appearance, SERVICE, atmosphere, etc. I cannot express enough that service is just so important to a customer??s experience in a restaurant such as this. Accidents happen, people make mistakes but some of this staff has a complete disregard for the clients. Serving upper priced food no doubt leads to larger tips but there are people like myself who will just refuse to buy expensive to avoid the reward to employees. I was immediately given the cold shoulder by a staff member as we were seated which compounded all the small things. The food was pretty good but definitely not worth going back due to the other lacking components of a ??good? restaurant.

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★★☆☆☆

Disappointed to say the least? We were immediately seated as we walked in the door and which is typically a good sign. In this case it was the last good sign. We then sat at our table near an open door, in Portland with 50 degree temperatures and a slight breeze blowing, with water for nearly ten minutes as the bartender ??Josh? walked directly in front of us, not once asking if we would like something to drink. We asked if the door could be closed as the restaurant was cold. No, problem! Door closed?Then reopened five minutes later when the staff decided it should be opened. At this point I was ready to leave. Our waiter finally entered the bar where he had seated us and asked if we were ready to order. I ordered a chips and salsa and a Margarita as suggested by many. The only Mexican place in town not to serve chips and salsa. The Margarita was served. Ehhh, Margarita in a rocks glass? Extremely small and absolutely no Tequila. I have a Margarita at every Mexican restaurant I visit and this was definitely a $5.50 house Rita with no alcohol. We ordered an appetizer of Fresh Guacamole and Tortillas. This was good! After the ??no chips, no salsa, no Tequila? policy I decided against ordering an $18-$23 entre and go with a sandwich for $7.50.
I was really looking forward to a dinner here as the plating and food looked great. The pricing is a little high for the service and drink quality. Pricing should not come with food quality alone. Pricing should include food quality, food appearance, SERVICE, atmosphere, etc. I cannot express enough that service is just so important to a customer??s experience in a restaurant such as this. Accidents happen, people make mistakes but some of this staff has a complete disregard for the clients. Serving upper priced food no doubt leads to larger tips but there are people like myself who will just refuse to buy expensive to avoid the reward to employees. I was immediately given the cold shoulder by a staff member as we were seated which compounded all the small things. The food was pretty good but definitely not worth going back due to the other lacking components of a ??good? restaurant.

Pros: Food was warm.

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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Just love this place. Happy hour starting at 8p. Yeah! Gooood food, fun place, lots of Tequila and spanish speaking all around! Take your in-laws.

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★★★★★

Just love this place. Happy hour starting at 8p. Yeah! Gooood food, fun place, lots of Tequila and spanish speaking all around! Take your in-laws.

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I was introduced to La Calaca Comelona by a family member who has lived in the metro area for about 14 years. She and her husband (a relatively well known PDX food blogger and restaurateur think extramsg) have traveled several times to Mexico on "food trips" and they really have an eye for the best places in town.
Walking up to the place I was pleased by the murals and sculptures outsize and upon entering the interior was equally authentic and fun.
I don't drink alcohol so usually I'm disappointed at "Mexican" places because often the menu consists of the same old combo plates and the obligatory burritos the size of my arm along with tons alcoholic drinks. I was thrilled that they have decent collection of non-alcoholic liquados on the menu. Another thing that I loved about the menu was that is was different from many Mexican restaurants in that there are several different moles on the menu and no burritos. The other menu items are equally delicious owing to the ingredients and preparation. I am not a big meat-eater so I have not tried all of their meat items so I can't vouch for those. My family member brought me there but I've gone back for the food and the feeling that I'm in Mexico again.
One con I have though (which is a small con) is that it is sort of tucked away in SE instead of downtown. But a benefit of that is that the prices are reasonable (with the acceptation of the most expensive items on the menuPr

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★★★★★

I was introduced to La Calaca Comelona by a family member who has lived in the metro area for about 14 years. She and her husband (a relatively well known PDX food blogger and restaurateur think extramsg) have traveled several times to Mexico on "food trips" and they really have an eye for the best places in town.
Walking up to the place I was pleased by the murals and sculptures outsize and upon entering the interior was equally authentic and fun.
I don't drink alcohol so usually I'm disappointed at "Mexican" places because often the menu consists of the same old combo plates and the obligatory burritos the size of my arm along with tons alcoholic drinks. I was thrilled that they have decent collection of non-alcoholic liquados on the menu. Another thing that I loved about the menu was that is was different from many Mexican restaurants in that there are several different moles on the menu and no burritos. The other menu items are equally delicious owing to the ingredients and preparation. I am not a big meat-eater so I have not tried all of their meat items so I can't vouch for those. My family member brought me there but I've gone back for the food and the feeling that I'm in Mexico again.
One con I have though (which is a small con) is that it is sort of tucked away in SE instead of downtown. But a benefit of that is that the prices are reasonable (with the acceptation of the most expensive items on the menuPr

Pros: Love the food and the liquados

Cons: location

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La Calaca Comelona has come a long way since it's little spot on 11th, but they still won't serve you a burrito (and this is a good thing).

So the crickets aren't for the faint of heart (even though they're tasty), but all of the grilled dishes are absolutely to-die-for and the blackberry-pear mole is inspired deliciousness (even if a bit over-priced, in my opinion). Most dishes are also served with fresh onion, cilantro, and lime - very tasty additions to the grilled dishes or tasty tacos. This place also makes one of the *best* mojitos I've ever had, if Kyle is working the bar.

To the woman upset that she wasn't allowed to sit on the patio: trust me, you weren't missing much. The seats out there are not particularly comfortable or solid and the patio itself is not very well leveled and maintained. Your little one could have easily ended up toppling into the pond after tripping on one of the poorly installed rocks in the patio. Sure, it's nice to be in the sunshine on a lovely Portland day, but it's not really worth the lack of comfort (or stability) in my opinion.

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★★★★☆

La Calaca Comelona has come a long way since it's little spot on 11th, but they still won't serve you a burrito (and this is a good thing).

So the crickets aren't for the faint of heart (even though they're tasty), but all of the grilled dishes are absolutely to-die-for and the blackberry-pear mole is inspired deliciousness (even if a bit over-priced, in my opinion). Most dishes are also served with fresh onion, cilantro, and lime - very tasty additions to the grilled dishes or tasty tacos. This place also makes one of the *best* mojitos I've ever had, if Kyle is working the bar.

To the woman upset that she wasn't allowed to sit on the patio: trust me, you weren't missing much. The seats out there are not particularly comfortable or solid and the patio itself is not very well leveled and maintained. Your little one could have easily ended up toppling into the pond after tripping on one of the poorly installed rocks in the patio. Sure, it's nice to be in the sunshine on a lovely Portland day, but it's not really worth the lack of comfort (or stability) in my opinion.

Pros: Tasty authentic ingredients

Cons: Rickety outdoor patio, some overpriced dishes

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customers are greeted by intense colors, unusual skeletons of all scriptions, a wall devoted to the art of Frida Kahlo, and an eclectic. The food is very good here ! The best mexican on the street

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★★★★★

customers are greeted by intense colors, unusual skeletons of all scriptions, a wall devoted to the art of Frida Kahlo, and an eclectic. The food is very good here ! The best mexican on the street

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We decided to go there w/my husbands mom who was visiting from Denver. We took our three-year old son with us and asked to sit on the patio. The hostess told us we could not sit on the patio. When we asked why she said that children can't run around on the patio. I then asked, do you not allow children at all or is it that he can't run around? And she rudely replied that they absolutely just do not want chilren on the patio. So, we sat inside on a beautiful, sunny, high 80's day. There is also nothing on the menu for kids, I had to ask for a cheese quesadilla. I am not fond of out of control children either, but the rudeness was not necessary and the food wasn't good enough to make me go back.

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★★☆☆☆

We decided to go there w/my husbands mom who was visiting from Denver. We took our three-year old son with us and asked to sit on the patio. The hostess told us we could not sit on the patio. When we asked why she said that children can't run around on the patio. I then asked, do you not allow children at all or is it that he can't run around? And she rudely replied that they absolutely just do not want chilren on the patio. So, we sat inside on a beautiful, sunny, high 80's day. There is also nothing on the menu for kids, I had to ask for a cheese quesadilla. I am not fond of out of control children either, but the rudeness was not necessary and the food wasn't good enough to make me go back.

Pros: Good, interesting food

Cons: Patio isn't kid-friendly; pricey; rude staff

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really cool setting, nice servers, interesting drinks - something snake with avocado? who woulda thunk.

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★★★★☆

really cool setting, nice servers, interesting drinks - something snake with avocado? who woulda thunk.

Pros: food, happy hour, drinks

Cons: you can't sit outside to get happy hour food.

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Great food, wonderful atmosphere. Love coming to eat here. I absolutely love the margaritas, cadillac is my favorite-the house mix is not too sweet or sticky. Highly recommend this place.

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★★★★☆

Great food, wonderful atmosphere. Love coming to eat here. I absolutely love the margaritas, cadillac is my favorite-the house mix is not too sweet or sticky. Highly recommend this place.

Pros: margaritas, food awesome patio

Cons: can get pretty packed

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Me, my girlfriend, and her friend went there to grab a bite before a movie. We were in a hurry so the staff was friendly and able to accommodate us. The Latin music was nice but loud enough that we had trouble carrying a conversation. I loved the artwork and the punchy colors in this place. We decided to go with the veggie quesidillas which was basically one item, cheese, and only one tortilla folded in half (which we didn't learn until after our dish arrived). It was $7 each for this tiny portion. I thought it was pricey and was expecting a two full size tortillas. While they had some neat options to put in your quesidilla, they were not evenly distributed in my girlfriends. She ordered the chipotle chili ones and there were very few in there. I got the cactus one and that was better proportioned Their drinks were very tasty. I got something called the green snake which was mint, gin, lime, sugar, and some other stuff in there. My gf got a fruity drink that reminded me of an Orange Julius. We had asked the waitress for extra sauce since they brought out a tiny portion to share among the 3 of us and she forgot it. We were in a hurry so we didn't ask again.

This was my first experience but I thought the staff was friendly, the ambiance was something I would expect to see in Mexico so it was appropriate. They could turn down the music a little and their food was boring tasting and sorta bland. I've had better Mexican food in PDX, so I probably won't go back there again unless it's for drinks.

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★★☆☆☆

Me, my girlfriend, and her friend went there to grab a bite before a movie. We were in a hurry so the staff was friendly and able to accommodate us. The Latin music was nice but loud enough that we had trouble carrying a conversation. I loved the artwork and the punchy colors in this place. We decided to go with the veggie quesidillas which was basically one item, cheese, and only one tortilla folded in half (which we didn't learn until after our dish arrived). It was $7 each for this tiny portion. I thought it was pricey and was expecting a two full size tortillas. While they had some neat options to put in your quesidilla, they were not evenly distributed in my girlfriends. She ordered the chipotle chili ones and there were very few in there. I got the cactus one and that was better proportioned Their drinks were very tasty. I got something called the green snake which was mint, gin, lime, sugar, and some other stuff in there. My gf got a fruity drink that reminded me of an Orange Julius. We had asked the waitress for extra sauce since they brought out a tiny portion to share among the 3 of us and she forgot it. We were in a hurry so we didn't ask again.

This was my first experience but I thought the staff was friendly, the ambiance was something I would expect to see in Mexico so it was appropriate. They could turn down the music a little and their food was boring tasting and sorta bland. I've had better Mexican food in PDX, so I probably won't go back there again unless it's for drinks.

Pros: Punchy colors, nice artwork on the walls, friendly staff

Cons: Pricey food for the small portions, loud, ok service

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I read about this is a happy hour guide book that gave it a 10/10 and invited my coworkers and friends along. Turns out happy hour is only in the bar, which is a very tiny space in the back. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun, but the drinks were pretty watered-down and my coworkers had to sit in the front room and pay full-price for dinner at 8:30pm. It seems pretty silly to me to have an appetizer cost $8 in one section of the restaurant and then, a few feet back, have it cost $5. I mean, it was Friday night and the place was pretty empty by around 9pm. You'd think they'd want to get rid of their grasshoppers at that point, right?

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★★★☆☆

I read about this is a happy hour guide book that gave it a 10/10 and invited my coworkers and friends along. Turns out happy hour is only in the bar, which is a very tiny space in the back. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun, but the drinks were pretty watered-down and my coworkers had to sit in the front room and pay full-price for dinner at 8:30pm. It seems pretty silly to me to have an appetizer cost $8 in one section of the restaurant and then, a few feet back, have it cost $5. I mean, it was Friday night and the place was pretty empty by around 9pm. You'd think they'd want to get rid of their grasshoppers at that point, right?

Pros: Tasty food, good ambience

Cons: Watered-down drinks, no space for happy hour

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I used to live right up the street from this place, and I agree with the other reviewers- delicious food! No burritos, salsa, or chips! A little pricey, but definitely an interesting take on the old standards.

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★★★★☆

I used to live right up the street from this place, and I agree with the other reviewers- delicious food! No burritos, salsa, or chips! A little pricey, but definitely an interesting take on the old standards.

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I was told about this restaurant by a colleague who raved about the Mexican food there. I went and was surprised by the experience. The food was good....just not very Mexican. Good, healthy choices, just not the "south-of-the border) food I was expecting.

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★★★☆☆

I was told about this restaurant by a colleague who raved about the Mexican food there. I went and was surprised by the experience. The food was good....just not very Mexican. Good, healthy choices, just not the "south-of-the border) food I was expecting.

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This is a great place to experience non-traditional mexican food. You will not find any chips and salsa, nor burritos here, just great food, great service, and a fun place to be. It is very affordable, and the margaritas are awesome!

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to experience non-traditional mexican food. You will not find any chips and salsa, nor burritos here, just great food, great service, and a fun place to be. It is very affordable, and the margaritas are awesome!

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I have mixed feelings about La Calaca, because I love the food but I hate the service. Been here several times and have experienced rude servers who run around frantically like chickens with their heads cut off, even when it's not busy. Literally RUNNING through the bar and acting too busy to serve you. We were actually told that we could not stand in the bar--we had to be sitting down while we waited for our table. Our margaritas and mojito were terrible--totally watered down. Another couple returned their drinks while we were sitting there. If you can stand the service and avoid the cocktails, the food is great! The most authentic I've found so far in P-town. Be sure to try the pork in black sauce, puerco negro, I think it's called. Absolutely fantastic. The patio is wonderful, too.

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★★★☆☆

I have mixed feelings about La Calaca, because I love the food but I hate the service. Been here several times and have experienced rude servers who run around frantically like chickens with their heads cut off, even when it's not busy. Literally RUNNING through the bar and acting too busy to serve you. We were actually told that we could not stand in the bar--we had to be sitting down while we waited for our table. Our margaritas and mojito were terrible--totally watered down. Another couple returned their drinks while we were sitting there. If you can stand the service and avoid the cocktails, the food is great! The most authentic I've found so far in P-town. Be sure to try the pork in black sauce, puerco negro, I think it's called. Absolutely fantastic. The patio is wonderful, too.

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If you are looking for increadible mexican food at a decent price try this 23rd and belmont favorite. Weekends can be a little packed and sevice can be a little better earlier in the week. Waitstaff is friendly and efficiant and the portions are good sized for the dinners "try the sarape ". The cadilac margarita Is choice and the chi can is one of the most interesting drinks that I have ever tried. p.s. they dont have chips and salsa or burritos

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★★★★★

If you are looking for increadible mexican food at a decent price try this 23rd and belmont favorite. Weekends can be a little packed and sevice can be a little better earlier in the week. Waitstaff is friendly and efficiant and the portions are good sized for the dinners "try the sarape ". The cadilac margarita Is choice and the chi can is one of the most interesting drinks that I have ever tried. p.s. they dont have chips and salsa or burritos

Pros: exelent food

Cons: a bit of a wait

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The food at La Calaca Comelona is a step above the other Mexican restaurants in town. It's not just the standards with a side of rice and beans (which I like as well). They also have a very unique atmosphere. Everyone should try it once.

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★★★★★

The food at La Calaca Comelona is a step above the other Mexican restaurants in town. It's not just the standards with a side of rice and beans (which I like as well). They also have a very unique atmosphere. Everyone should try it once.

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Guys, when you are on a date with that girl you'd take home to ma, bring her here. A small and quaint place, come early if you plan to dine on a weekend evening. The menu is full of mexican recipes, and the drinks will take you to memories of casa's and green fields.

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★★★☆☆

Guys, when you are on a date with that girl you'd take home to ma, bring her here. A small and quaint place, come early if you plan to dine on a weekend evening. The menu is full of mexican recipes, and the drinks will take you to memories of casa's and green fields.

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I love this place. Not the best Mexican I've ever had, but the whole experience has been pleasurable every time I've visited. The service is friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is just plain cool -- including the wonderful outdoor utopian patio. I've had tacos and sopes, as well as their fantastic ceviche and hearty meat skillets. Everything I've eaten is wonderful, but probably my favorite item on the menu is the spinach tortilla appetizer. They give you fresh onion, red and green hot sauce, and cilantro making this simple handmade fresh tortilla perfectly tasty. The crickets are worth trying just for the hell of it, but I certainly wouldn't get it every time. I did learn one very important lesson from the crickets: anything with chili and lime can taste good, even if it has small scratchy legs. Not too impressed by the drinks, but the smoothies and fresh horchata are totally awesome! It's a total experience.

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★★★★★

I love this place. Not the best Mexican I've ever had, but the whole experience has been pleasurable every time I've visited. The service is friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is just plain cool -- including the wonderful outdoor utopian patio. I've had tacos and sopes, as well as their fantastic ceviche and hearty meat skillets. Everything I've eaten is wonderful, but probably my favorite item on the menu is the spinach tortilla appetizer. They give you fresh onion, red and green hot sauce, and cilantro making this simple handmade fresh tortilla perfectly tasty. The crickets are worth trying just for the hell of it, but I certainly wouldn't get it every time. I did learn one very important lesson from the crickets: anything with chili and lime can taste good, even if it has small scratchy legs. Not too impressed by the drinks, but the smoothies and fresh horchata are totally awesome! It's a total experience.

Pros: patio, variety, service

Cons: drinks and happy hour

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Despite all of the negative reviews on here, my friends and I tried this place for a birthday celebration. We made a reservation for a party of 12 the day prior. When I got there, the host/waiter said that there was no reservation for us and further, that they could not accomodate a party of 12. He said that he was the only person that had been there the day before so we could not have possibly made a reservation.

Even though there was only one other party there at the time (another large party that was told they had no reservation either - hmmm), we were told there was no room for us. He pretty much told me to come back some other time, but they could not get us in that night. Once they realized that we were not leaving, they put some tables together for us. Once we were done with dinner, a few people in the party wanted to stay and have a drink in their (small) bar area and were told that we could not fit in there so we should go somewhere else.

The service was horrible and slow.

The food was really good though, and authentic. If they would focus a bit on their customer service and not turn customers away they might have a chance. But if they continue with they way things are now, I am afraid that they will never be successful. Such a shame.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Despite all of the negative reviews on here, my friends and I tried this place for a birthday celebration. We made a reservation for a party of 12 the day prior. When I got there, the host/waiter said that there was no reservation for us and further, that they could not accomodate a party of 12. He said that he was the only person that had been there the day before so we could not have possibly made a reservation.

Even though there was only one other party there at the time (another large party that was told they had no reservation either - hmmm), we were told there was no room for us. He pretty much told me to come back some other time, but they could not get us in that night. Once they realized that we were not leaving, they put some tables together for us. Once we were done with dinner, a few people in the party wanted to stay and have a drink in their (small) bar area and were told that we could not fit in there so we should go somewhere else.

The service was horrible and slow.

The food was really good though, and authentic. If they would focus a bit on their customer service and not turn customers away they might have a chance. But if they continue with they way things are now, I am afraid that they will never be successful. Such a shame.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Everything else

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The food was very fresh and the prices were reasonable. Don't go there if you are looking for Tex-Mex, this is very good "Mexican" food!

2
★★★★★

The food was very fresh and the prices were reasonable. Don't go there if you are looking for Tex-Mex, this is very good "Mexican" food!

Pros: Excellent food for a reasonable price, nice atmosphere

Cons: Small, so it can get crowded

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Bitchen food. So-so mixed drinks. Margaritas should be waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy better. Better margaritas at many other non-Mexican joints. Some excellent lighter-fare dishes. Had a very nice red-snapper empenada thing. Like a giant fish fritter. Cool outdoor patio seating.

2
★★★★☆

Bitchen food. So-so mixed drinks. Margaritas should be waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyy better. Better margaritas at many other non-Mexican joints. Some excellent lighter-fare dishes. Had a very nice red-snapper empenada thing. Like a giant fish fritter. Cool outdoor patio seating.

Pros: Authentic food, interesting, non-traditional menu, environs

Cons: Drinks could be far better

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As self-proclaimed connoisseurs of authentic Mexican cuisine, my husband and I decided to favor the good reviews of this restaurant and give it a try. We're so glad we did!! It was positively excellent. Although the prices were high, the service, atmosphere, drinks and food made up for it completely. I would definitely go there again. (There are choices on the menu that will not break your bank as well.) However, when we were there, the menu said that happy hour started at 8pm, and there was no pond on the patio. Not having expected these things, nothing dissappointed us on our visit.
Try it, unless you like taco bell, in which case your untrained palate would not appreciate the authenticity of this fabulous restaurant.

2
★★★★★

As self-proclaimed connoisseurs of authentic Mexican cuisine, my husband and I decided to favor the good reviews of this restaurant and give it a try. We're so glad we did!! It was positively excellent. Although the prices were high, the service, atmosphere, drinks and food made up for it completely. I would definitely go there again. (There are choices on the menu that will not break your bank as well.) However, when we were there, the menu said that happy hour started at 8pm, and there was no pond on the patio. Not having expected these things, nothing dissappointed us on our visit.
Try it, unless you like taco bell, in which case your untrained palate would not appreciate the authenticity of this fabulous restaurant.

Pros: Food, drinks, service, atmosphere

Cons: ? prices are a little steep, but worth it

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After reading a really nasty review, I decided to write one of my own, because my experience was quite unlike theirs, although I do agree with a couple of things. I love the decor, the bar is quite cozy and pleasant, with my table near the fireplace. Service was prompt and friendly, even though we had several late arrivals, and ordered things one at a time, which I know, as a former service industry employee, makes the table " high maintenance". I love the avocado salad, and the pork tacos were so good, I ordered more, they are highly addictive. I do agree with some reviews that this place is overpriced on some items, and the ceviche was very fishy tasting. I tried the grasshopper appetizer, thinking what the heck, and it was gross. I felt like I had a mouth full of, you guessed it, insects!
I really like this restaurant because it is unusual, and the food is generally very authentic, in a mexican revolutionary kind of way. My other fave mexican place is very similar, with food that is not covered in cheese, and very fresh ingredients. Not everything is the best ever, but the nasty reviewer seems like he has a personal ax to grind, and his hyperbolic description was by definition, way over the top.

1
★★★☆☆

After reading a really nasty review, I decided to write one of my own, because my experience was quite unlike theirs, although I do agree with a couple of things. I love the decor, the bar is quite cozy and pleasant, with my table near the fireplace. Service was prompt and friendly, even though we had several late arrivals, and ordered things one at a time, which I know, as a former service industry employee, makes the table " high maintenance". I love the avocado salad, and the pork tacos were so good, I ordered more, they are highly addictive. I do agree with some reviews that this place is overpriced on some items, and the ceviche was very fishy tasting. I tried the grasshopper appetizer, thinking what the heck, and it was gross. I felt like I had a mouth full of, you guessed it, insects!
I really like this restaurant because it is unusual, and the food is generally very authentic, in a mexican revolutionary kind of way. My other fave mexican place is very similar, with food that is not covered in cheese, and very fresh ingredients. Not everything is the best ever, but the nasty reviewer seems like he has a personal ax to grind, and his hyperbolic description was by definition, way over the top.

Pros: Decor, service, tacos

Cons: parking

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I read a review in Portland Monthly about this restaurant and was excited to try this restaurant. Upon reviewing the menu I felt a huge urge to leave before even sampling the fare. Instead of using my best judgement I stuck around to endure a complete dissappointment. I now know that Portland Monthly can not be trusted. The ceviche was the worst that I have ever had and tasted like it was fished out of the willamette river and left in the sun for a few days. I could have opened a can of chicken of the sea added some cilantro and thrown some lime on it and it would have been better than the fish served here. My stepdad who had a brain anurism and can no longer taste or smell would not even be able to stomach this cusine. The drinks here are so watered down that I would feel comfortable giving them to my two year old son. The prices here are not only outrageous but down right offensive, I literally fell off of my chair after I received the bill for food that I could have made in my kitchen and called authentic.I wouldn't recommend this place even I was starving for six days and it was the only place left to feed my hunger. If you are looking to get ripped off and enjoy food that tastes like it was pulled out of a dumpster and thrown on a plate with some salsa then I highly recommend it. Otherwise anyone with a tastey palate be extremely aware. They should spend less time lighting the food 4 less candle and more time preparing the food.

1
★★★☆☆

I read a review in Portland Monthly about this restaurant and was excited to try this restaurant. Upon reviewing the menu I felt a huge urge to leave before even sampling the fare. Instead of using my best judgement I stuck around to endure a complete dissappointment. I now know that Portland Monthly can not be trusted. The ceviche was the worst that I have ever had and tasted like it was fished out of the willamette river and left in the sun for a few days. I could have opened a can of chicken of the sea added some cilantro and thrown some lime on it and it would have been better than the fish served here. My stepdad who had a brain anurism and can no longer taste or smell would not even be able to stomach this cusine. The drinks here are so watered down that I would feel comfortable giving them to my two year old son. The prices here are not only outrageous but down right offensive, I literally fell off of my chair after I received the bill for food that I could have made in my kitchen and called authentic.I wouldn't recommend this place even I was starving for six days and it was the only place left to feed my hunger. If you are looking to get ripped off and enjoy food that tastes like it was pulled out of a dumpster and thrown on a plate with some salsa then I highly recommend it. Otherwise anyone with a tastey palate be extremely aware. They should spend less time lighting the food 4 less candle and more time preparing the food.

Pros: The bathroom was cute

Cons: Price,Ceviche, Margaritas, kid friendly, guacamole salad

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What a great find on Belmont! Good food and good service amongst a bunch of funky skeletons. The super-size veggie quesadilla was bursting with flavor, the taquitos were served hot and cripsy, and the papitas with the coriander sauce on it was simply delicious! The strawberry margarita was good, but small in size. But this eatery has great menu to please both the meat-eaters and the meat-freers alike. During the warmer months, you can take advantage their outside patio, which I think is one of the best outdoor spots in Portland. The regular prices are a little expensive, but their portions are big. Even the Hispanic friend I had gone with, agreed that this was truly reminiscent of her days back home.

2
★★★★☆

What a great find on Belmont! Good food and good service amongst a bunch of funky skeletons. The super-size veggie quesadilla was bursting with flavor, the taquitos were served hot and cripsy, and the papitas with the coriander sauce on it was simply delicious! The strawberry margarita was good, but small in size. But this eatery has great menu to please both the meat-eaters and the meat-freers alike. During the warmer months, you can take advantage their outside patio, which I think is one of the best outdoor spots in Portland. The regular prices are a little expensive, but their portions are big. Even the Hispanic friend I had gone with, agreed that this was truly reminiscent of her days back home.

Pros: Great food, great service, great atmosphere

Cons: Small drinks

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Food was very good....chicken was tender and delicious. Service was ok but they weren't busy at the time. Margaritas were very small. You can get a regular one servied in a small wine glass or the Cadillac Margarita for a $1 more in a wiskey glass. Don't expect the big margarita glasses or 2 for 1 deals like you get in Mexico. Fun atmosphere..... back patio is awesome but no dogs aloud:( Check it out for yourself at least. Kind of pricey.

2
★★★★☆

Food was very good....chicken was tender and delicious. Service was ok but they weren't busy at the time. Margaritas were very small. You can get a regular one servied in a small wine glass or the Cadillac Margarita for a $1 more in a wiskey glass. Don't expect the big margarita glasses or 2 for 1 deals like you get in Mexico. Fun atmosphere..... back patio is awesome but no dogs aloud:( Check it out for yourself at least. Kind of pricey.

Pros: Fun atmosphere, good food, lots of interesting decor

Cons: Margaritas are tiny and it's a bit pricey

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La Calaca has great food, but the service is subpar at best. We've put up with it in the past as a mild irritation worth the experience of great authentic Mexican food.

Multiple times we've been served by the same gentleman (who I've come to understand is the owner's son) who has a surly attitude, is bothered by simple requests (like splitting checks) and certainly doesn't pride himself on prompt service.

My last experience was the worst, when I went with a group of friends not too long ago and had one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had at a restaurant. A couple of us walked in and told them there would be a group of eight. They asked if we'd called ahead, and when we told them no, they said they would not be able to seat us. And that was it, just wouldn't be able to serve us.

I was a bit amazed at first, then tried bargaining with them. After a while, they told us they could sit us in two groups of four, but we could not sit together (they made it clear we could not push two adjacent four tops together, and had to keep them separate). There was plenty of open space in the restaurant and on the patio, and because we were a larger group we told them we were fine with long wait times for food and drinks. But they had a problem taking care of what they considered a large group. They were in no way apologetic and even made us feel like idiots for suggesting the idea that a group of eight could walk in and get service. We were told multiple times that there were plenty of other places to go that will accomodate a group like ours.

So, when our entire group showed up, that's exactly what we did, we went somewhere else and had a great time. Portland restaurants have never been known for their great service, but this was just ridiculous.

0
★☆☆☆☆

La Calaca has great food, but the service is subpar at best. We've put up with it in the past as a mild irritation worth the experience of great authentic Mexican food.

Multiple times we've been served by the same gentleman (who I've come to understand is the owner's son) who has a surly attitude, is bothered by simple requests (like splitting checks) and certainly doesn't pride himself on prompt service.

My last experience was the worst, when I went with a group of friends not too long ago and had one of the most frustrating experiences I've ever had at a restaurant. A couple of us walked in and told them there would be a group of eight. They asked if we'd called ahead, and when we told them no, they said they would not be able to seat us. And that was it, just wouldn't be able to serve us.

I was a bit amazed at first, then tried bargaining with them. After a while, they told us they could sit us in two groups of four, but we could not sit together (they made it clear we could not push two adjacent four tops together, and had to keep them separate). There was plenty of open space in the restaurant and on the patio, and because we were a larger group we told them we were fine with long wait times for food and drinks. But they had a problem taking care of what they considered a large group. They were in no way apologetic and even made us feel like idiots for suggesting the idea that a group of eight could walk in and get service. We were told multiple times that there were plenty of other places to go that will accomodate a group like ours.

So, when our entire group showed up, that's exactly what we did, we went somewhere else and had a great time. Portland restaurants have never been known for their great service, but this was just ridiculous.

Pros: Outdoor Dining, Great Food and Drinks

Cons: Service

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Uh, this place has gone WAAAAAAAY downhill. Worst service I have EVER had. Last night was my birthday and we had a party of 7 for dinner. I don't even know where to begin....was it the waiter's complete disgust when we asked for a highchair? The 2 hour wait for our food? The fact that when it arrived it was ice cold? The fact that they brought the food back 30 seconds later after a turn in the microwave? The disgusting clogged toilet in the bathroom? I could go on...it was just terrible. I have never in my life been made to feel that I was putting the wait staff out by ordering a second cocktail, but last night when my husband requested a second drink, he was told, "okay, but its gonna be a while, I'm really busy". When we tried to order our original drinks, we were answered with, "do you want a highchair or do you want drinks?"....unbelievable.
Two different parties actually got up and left within the course of our evening due to this guy's attitude. And it wasn't that busy. Come on, it was Tuesday night! If he gets that surly on a Tuesday night, I'd hate to see him a weekend. Perhaps he should think about another career choice, because customer service is not his forte.

The food was lousy, the service was lousy.....and the tip was lousy. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Uh, this place has gone WAAAAAAAY downhill. Worst service I have EVER had. Last night was my birthday and we had a party of 7 for dinner. I don't even know where to begin....was it the waiter's complete disgust when we asked for a highchair? The 2 hour wait for our food? The fact that when it arrived it was ice cold? The fact that they brought the food back 30 seconds later after a turn in the microwave? The disgusting clogged toilet in the bathroom? I could go on...it was just terrible. I have never in my life been made to feel that I was putting the wait staff out by ordering a second cocktail, but last night when my husband requested a second drink, he was told, "okay, but its gonna be a while, I'm really busy". When we tried to order our original drinks, we were answered with, "do you want a highchair or do you want drinks?"....unbelievable.
Two different parties actually got up and left within the course of our evening due to this guy's attitude. And it wasn't that busy. Come on, it was Tuesday night! If he gets that surly on a Tuesday night, I'd hate to see him a weekend. Perhaps he should think about another career choice, because customer service is not his forte.

The food was lousy, the service was lousy.....and the tip was lousy. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!

Pros: decent patio

Cons: everything else

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I went here with a group of people and, although we did miss happy hour, still had a great time. The food was fantastic and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I've been looking for an opportunity to go back there and enjoy the eclectic, authentic dishes.

2
★★★★★

I went here with a group of people and, although we did miss happy hour, still had a great time. The food was fantastic and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I've been looking for an opportunity to go back there and enjoy the eclectic, authentic dishes.

Pros: Great Food

Cons: Missed Happy Hour

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This is a great Portland restaurant that does not get enough recognition. I usually get their tacos just because they are so delicious and affordable as well. Their sangria is to die for...with an extra kick of vodka in it not found elsewhere. The patio is very relaxing and interesting to look at with all of the unique art and sculptures.

2
★★★★★

This is a great Portland restaurant that does not get enough recognition. I usually get their tacos just because they are so delicious and affordable as well. Their sangria is to die for...with an extra kick of vodka in it not found elsewhere. The patio is very relaxing and interesting to look at with all of the unique art and sculptures.

Pros: cool atmosphere, fresh ingredients, authentic

Cons: entrees are a bit pricey

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I went to this place off a recommendation from extramsg and the pambaso was all it could be. The bread got a little too soft from the chile oil it was dipped in but it was delicious. If you can sit outdoors, they have a weird look to the outside and with the outdoor bar, this place can't be beat on hot days with a pambaso and a pabst. There is a bit of a price disparity though between the pambaso for $6.95 to the $20 moles which was a bit strange. They should have probably had more in between. The tacos were very average. Friendly service, just wish there were more stuff to look at across the street.

2
★★★★☆

I went to this place off a recommendation from extramsg and the pambaso was all it could be. The bread got a little too soft from the chile oil it was dipped in but it was delicious. If you can sit outdoors, they have a weird look to the outside and with the outdoor bar, this place can't be beat on hot days with a pambaso and a pabst. There is a bit of a price disparity though between the pambaso for $6.95 to the $20 moles which was a bit strange. They should have probably had more in between. The tacos were very average. Friendly service, just wish there were more stuff to look at across the street.

Pros: pambaso

Cons: tacos, price jumps

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The owner and chef of La Calaca knows truly authentic mexican - fabulous food!!! Everything is fresh, executeley prepared and the service is wonderlul.... as a person who was raised around excellent and authentic mexcian food - I find everyone who is whinging about it to just to go to TACO BELL - it's cheap, since that is what want, it 's obviouly what you expect, and honestly it what you deserve!!

2
★★★★★

The owner and chef of La Calaca knows truly authentic mexican - fabulous food!!! Everything is fresh, executeley prepared and the service is wonderlul.... as a person who was raised around excellent and authentic mexcian food - I find everyone who is whinging about it to just to go to TACO BELL - it's cheap, since that is what want, it 's obviouly what you expect, and honestly it what you deserve!!

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Small, cute chairs add to the patio ambience but not the most comfortable place. Great drinks, ok service tho certainly not friendly. Food was not great, altho some other people's fare looked better than mine. Maybe I just don't like authentic Mexican, but I guarantee that it's too expensive for most. (Especially since it's located in less than special South East Portland.) I like to see restaurants do well and it seems that if they lowered the pricing and gave more food, it would be much more popular?

1
★★☆☆☆

Small, cute chairs add to the patio ambience but not the most comfortable place. Great drinks, ok service tho certainly not friendly. Food was not great, altho some other people's fare looked better than mine. Maybe I just don't like authentic Mexican, but I guarantee that it's too expensive for most. (Especially since it's located in less than special South East Portland.) I like to see restaurants do well and it seems that if they lowered the pricing and gave more food, it would be much more popular?

Pros: Patio, Drinks

Cons: Food prices, Food choices

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La Calaca is a beautiful space with a wonderful patio and very fun drinks- the comidas/small appetizers are great- everything is homemade. HOWEVER- main entrees are extremely over priced for what you get. I recommend for drinks and appetizers only.

2
★★★★☆

La Calaca is a beautiful space with a wonderful patio and very fun drinks- the comidas/small appetizers are great- everything is homemade. HOWEVER- main entrees are extremely over priced for what you get. I recommend for drinks and appetizers only.

Pros: Fun space

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I was so excited to eat here. What a let down. nothing at all to munch on while waiting. A serious lack of hospitallity. My empanada was cold and the fish inside it was raw. Portions were way too small for the price. In this town of so many great places to eat, there is no excuse for overpriced, underserved and undercooked food.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was so excited to eat here. What a let down. nothing at all to munch on while waiting. A serious lack of hospitallity. My empanada was cold and the fish inside it was raw. Portions were way too small for the price. In this town of so many great places to eat, there is no excuse for overpriced, underserved and undercooked food.

Pros: authentic food

Cons: poorly prepared food

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I grew up in California, all places with a heavy Hispanic population. Thus I was spoiled when it came to Mexican food. My fiancee lived in Austin for years and hence knows good Mexican too.
Portland lacks sorely in this deparment. FOr some reason most places are horrible.
With a few exceptions like La Calaca. Very authentic, not changed for the gringo palate at all.
We do enjoy eating here, but agree the prices are a bit high.
Worth it when you need a fix of great Mexican food.

2
★★★★☆

I grew up in California, all places with a heavy Hispanic population. Thus I was spoiled when it came to Mexican food. My fiancee lived in Austin for years and hence knows good Mexican too.
Portland lacks sorely in this deparment. FOr some reason most places are horrible.
With a few exceptions like La Calaca. Very authentic, not changed for the gringo palate at all.
We do enjoy eating here, but agree the prices are a bit high.
Worth it when you need a fix of great Mexican food.

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No Comparison if you are looking for a meal that has a sense identity, surroundings that are compatable, service without pretension and value, this would be the spot. No Burritos but be not a Frida.

2
★★★★☆

No Comparison if you are looking for a meal that has a sense identity, surroundings that are compatable, service without pretension and value, this would be the spot. No Burritos but be not a Frida.

Pros: easy parking, great value, ambient-not flashy

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Being of Mexican descent, I find myself being very picky with Mexican food (especially with the lack of authenticity in the Northwest). However I was very pleased with my visit to La Calaca. Some prices were a bit high.. but worth it for the food and the enviroment. It is for those who will appreciate the artistic value of the mexican culture... which is a contrast to people who seem to think that to be mexican all you need is sombreros and / or Aztec interior decorations.

2
★★★★★

Being of Mexican descent, I find myself being very picky with Mexican food (especially with the lack of authenticity in the Northwest). However I was very pleased with my visit to La Calaca. Some prices were a bit high.. but worth it for the food and the enviroment. It is for those who will appreciate the artistic value of the mexican culture... which is a contrast to people who seem to think that to be mexican all you need is sombreros and / or Aztec interior decorations.

Pros: Food, Interior Design, cozy

Cons: price

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This is the best Mexican restaurant in Portland and probably the west coast. The food is clean, creative, and always fresh. No heavy refried beans and no burritos. The owner is a treasure.

2
★★★★★

This is the best Mexican restaurant in Portland and probably the west coast. The food is clean, creative, and always fresh. No heavy refried beans and no burritos. The owner is a treasure.

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WHAT IS UP with a small plate of meat costing 14 freakin bucks?! There wasn't even a sprig of cilantro to compliment it, much less rice and beans (a four dollar addition)! Although it was served cold, it was tasty with homemade tortillas. I'll give it one more try, but for that kinda money, it better be served PERFECTLY.

Proprietors: consider throwing on a small portion of rice/beans for that price... you'll get more repeat customers. Psychologically, nobody wants a stark plate with meat and nothing else.

2
★★★★☆

WHAT IS UP with a small plate of meat costing 14 freakin bucks?! There wasn't even a sprig of cilantro to compliment it, much less rice and beans (a four dollar addition)! Although it was served cold, it was tasty with homemade tortillas. I'll give it one more try, but for that kinda money, it better be served PERFECTLY.

Proprietors: consider throwing on a small portion of rice/beans for that price... you'll get more repeat customers. Psychologically, nobody wants a stark plate with meat and nothing else.

Pros: tasty food, nice staff, good tortillas

Cons: overpriced, stark presentation, overpriced

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The food here is the closest you can get to Mexico, and best of all the atmosphere cant be beat! Try the superquesadilla for a mouth-watering treat!

2
★★★★★

The food here is the closest you can get to Mexico, and best of all the atmosphere cant be beat! Try the superquesadilla for a mouth-watering treat!

Pros: Good prices, great food, friendly people

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Not sure how anyone can say it is cheap - three of us spent nearly $50 on 4 tacos, a quesadilla and 3 beers and the portions ARE small. The pork taco was as close to authentic as I have tasted in Portland (when compared to the food I have eaten from small stands in the CA and NE run by migrant workers). Slow roasted, tender, full of flavor...but it was the tiniest taco I have ever seen and it is the only reason the food didn't get a 2. The chicken was nothing to write home about - bland, bland, bland. The 'mexican sausage' filling tasted like the logs of cheap breakfast sausage you get at Safeway. I am more than willing to spend $50 on dinner but only if I get more than an appetizer size portion.

1
★★☆☆☆

Not sure how anyone can say it is cheap - three of us spent nearly $50 on 4 tacos, a quesadilla and 3 beers and the portions ARE small. The pork taco was as close to authentic as I have tasted in Portland (when compared to the food I have eaten from small stands in the CA and NE run by migrant workers). Slow roasted, tender, full of flavor...but it was the tiniest taco I have ever seen and it is the only reason the food didn't get a 2. The chicken was nothing to write home about - bland, bland, bland. The 'mexican sausage' filling tasted like the logs of cheap breakfast sausage you get at Safeway. I am more than willing to spend $50 on dinner but only if I get more than an appetizer size portion.

Cons: expensive, small portions

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My boyfriend and I came here for the first time last night and enjoyed everything about it. The server was nice when I aked if it wasn't a 'chips-n-salsa' type of place. The mixture of flavors was incredible. I had to force myself to stop shoveling the food down my throat. I can't believe the people who complain about 'not leaving stuffed' for the money they spent. The money spent is on the quality of the food and as for 'not leaving stuffed', I was perfectly satisfied with my portions. I left pleasantly full, not wanting to expel what I had just so much enjoyed. There is something to be said for not overloading a plate!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I came here for the first time last night and enjoyed everything about it. The server was nice when I aked if it wasn't a 'chips-n-salsa' type of place. The mixture of flavors was incredible. I had to force myself to stop shoveling the food down my throat. I can't believe the people who complain about 'not leaving stuffed' for the money they spent. The money spent is on the quality of the food and as for 'not leaving stuffed', I was perfectly satisfied with my portions. I left pleasantly full, not wanting to expel what I had just so much enjoyed. There is something to be said for not overloading a plate!

Pros: Authenic, Reasonably priced, Tasty

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Excellent, excellent. This is one of the best, very fresh ingredients and flavorful tender meat. The tortillas are the best, I've never tasted better. Nice cozy interior, but the chairs are not made for lounging. Don't for get to get one of the fruit smoohties.

2
★★★★★

Excellent, excellent. This is one of the best, very fresh ingredients and flavorful tender meat. The tortillas are the best, I've never tasted better. Nice cozy interior, but the chairs are not made for lounging. Don't for get to get one of the fruit smoohties.

Pros: fresh ingredients, attentive

Cons: close quarters, uncomfortable chairs

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Nope. No burritos here...and thats just fine with me. The tacos are cheap and fantastic, served on freshly cooked tortillas. Everything comes a la cartebut practice a little restraint and youll get a cheap, authentic meal. Not the kind of place youd likely linger over a meal (the chairs arent particularly comfortable), but this place is great for a quick stop.

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★★★★☆

Nope. No burritos here...and thats just fine with me. The tacos are cheap and fantastic, served on freshly cooked tortillas. Everything comes a la cartebut practice a little restraint and youll get a cheap, authentic meal. Not the kind of place youd likely linger over a meal (the chairs arent particularly comfortable), but this place is great for a quick stop.

Pros: great tortillas, low prices

Cons: a la carte

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There's always a Day of the Dead celebration at the Hungry Skeleton. Bright, colorful decor immerses patrons in the art and culture of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Mexico, while the food focuses on the complex sauces for…

 

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