Oba
Oba

Oba

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.obarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5032286161
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday-Tuesday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Wednesday-Thursday 5:00pm-9:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Latin American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Scott Neuman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call Oba's Event Coordinator, Galit Reilly 503.750.7675, for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NW Hoyt
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Oba
Located in the heart of the Pearl District, ¡Oba! Restaurante is known for its lively atmosphere, hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning Nuevo Latino cuisine. ¡Oba!’s menu is where bold Latin traditions, spices and preparations meet seasonal, local ingredients. ¡Oba!’s inventive cuisine, stunning design, award-winning wine list and commitment to excellent guest service have sustained a solid following and 15 successful years.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Oba reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (78)fit for foodies (76)romantic (57)neighborhood gem (55)vibrant bar scene (48)good for groups (47)hot spot (26)great for outdoor dining (26)notable wine list (25)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A classic gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Once again, Oba did not disapointed us. From the well mixed cocktails at the bar, to the final piece-of-resistance: deset, the whole palat experience was delightfull and as expected for this restaurant high level. Was nice to see their classic steak a la micalese, but they keep on renovating other choices offering something inovatiing and above all, very tasting, well presented and served. The service was always is top notch, and having now you own bottle of water at the table. it's a nice small touch. A final word of thanks for the hostess, that was able to accomodate us so well
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/service
    Sugarjets
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Paella very good/shrimp fried rice too, too salty/too noisy/service slow
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous and diet friendly.
    PDXfoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I love Oba! Service is always superb. Our waiter was great tin suggesting and supporting our ordering and was diligent in following up to insure that we were happy and satisfied with what was then delivered to our table. I have dietary concerns and Oba always is able and willing to adjust to accommodate my needs. I always recommend this as a "go to" favorite and am never disappointed with the dinner that I receive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Oba 8/23/14
    BirthdayCelebrators
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I took my daughter to dinner on 8/23 at Oba for her birthday. The last time we were there together was several years ago. This time we shared several tapas - the waiter was very helpful answering our questions about the portion sizes and descriptions of the items as we were ordering. He was attentive, but not intrusive. - very pleasant. My other daughter called from out of town and ordered dessert for her sister's birthday. Again, our waiter was attentive, pleasant and cheerful and dessert was wonderful. The food was excellent. We had coconut prawns, salad, bacon wrapped peppers, crab cakes and empanadas. All were lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun place
    NWGuy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a fun place to go with really good Latin influenced food and great margaritas. Good for groups or just two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice pre-theatre dinner
    drama
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Oba was the perfect spot to dine with friends before the theatre. We were served quickly and the food was very good. I think we will go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fantastic Tapas and Mojitos
    wfsiii
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We love to entertain friends and family with a meal or tapas at Oba! Your Mojitos are the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent.
    Loulouthia
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary with a first-time visit to Oba and were very pleased. The decor is sophisticated yet comfortable, the wait staff (especially our waitress) was friendly and professional, and the food was superb. The caesar salad was a delicious variation of the classic, and my heirloom tomato salad was delicious as well as visually delightful. The salmon was perfectly done and the accompanying coconut rice and vegetables were great. My husband's beef was also cooked exactly to his standard of medium-rare and was extremely delicious. We had flan and chocolate semifreddo for dessert and were delighted with both. This meal was one of the best we've had (including in Philadelphia and New York).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was amazing
    Mare
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The cod and salmon were cooked perfectly; tableside guac is the best ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and fun
    Normando
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I've always enjoyed Oba. It has a creative and broad ranging menu, covering all of the Latin American cuisines. We've always had fun in this lively and energetic environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely staff, great experience
    simonepdx
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Appetizers, like the amazing guacamole, and beef entrees are the strong points here, but the real stars are the serving staff, who are so pleasant, informative, fun, and helpful. Even a kitchen misstep was corrected graciously. Also, they have a great wine list, and the cocktails are very well made.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Rosall81
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We wanted to try a place we had not been so picked oba and we were not disappointed. I was a bit surprised by the cost of the meal but it was definitely delicious food and we will be coming back. Just with better expectation on entree prices. Our server was excellent and gave us great recommendations on the menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food....but
    Avbduffy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was great, drinks were ok. Service was not great our server was not friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of Fun
    NWGuy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant has it all - location, good service and great food. It is lively without being raucous. Wonderful variety of Latin based food and good margaritas! Just a great place to have dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I've been here once before with my husband and we had a wonderful experience. This time I took my mom and it was just as fabulous. The food is out of this world.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smashingly good
    chanote44
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I loved everything about Oba. This place rocks and doesn't stop till you leave. All the food was excellent, our server was knowledgeable and friendly and the drinks were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All-around good restaurant
    victorb
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Five of us ate dinner here: grandparents, parents, and grand-daughter. All were pleased and satisfied by the shared small plates, the cheerful service, and the reasonable prices. The food is imaginative without being precious, and the drinks - sangria and mojitos on a hot evening - were considerably above average.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Bad, But Not Great
    francophonefoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Oba has a great Happy Hour in the bar, and their dining area in the back is quite lovely. We enjoyed the tall booths, color scheme, and lighting. There was a really loud, large group at the other end of the dining room that stayed loud for the entire time they were there, which was quite distracting. The appetizers, Queso Fundido, and the Colombian Empanadas, were tasty. The beet salad and butter lettuce salads were also good. I ordered the beef ancho, and was disappointed at the toughness of the meat. It was not worth the $38 we paid for it. My friend had the mahi mahi crusted with macadamian nuts, which he enjoyed. For dessert, we had the chocolate semifreddo and creme brulee, which were tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Hour Review
    RedLaRoux
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Oba wasn't bad! It also wasn't super great. It has a good crowd of people, but I felt like the staff and food were sub-par. Also, it was sunny and gorgeous out, and the outdoor seating was closed, which makes zero sense. My nachos were delivered cold and kind of aged, like they had been sitting out for a really long time. Also, the guacamole is $18, which I find a little silly. Service was really slow, but they were also very busy - maybe they were short staffed? I'll give it another try, but I'm not impressed quite yet!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Portland's Best-Kept Secret?
    Luv2dinepdx
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We chose Oba from Open Table after searching for Seafood in the Pearl. Oba was the only return! So while bar-hopping before dinner, we asked what people thought. No one we encountered in the immediate neighborhood had heard of the place. Which worried me. But fear not, we enjoyed our meal. Thought the food was excellent. A complete and satisfying meal was had from the tapas/pinxos menu, washed down with a pitcher of delicious mojitos. It would appear that an "Industry Night" for the neighborhood is in order!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night!
    monthlyvisitor
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As always, Oba was a great date night destination. The Ahi was perfect, the dairy free quesadilla was perfect, the mango salsa was amazing and our overall experience was perfect. Not to loud, but busy. Great choice!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate at OBA
    Boomer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We celebrated our 15 year anniversary at OBA. As usual the food was great, and the outside seating was very nice. We ordered a Swordfish dish and a flank steak dish; both were prepared perfectly with perfect portions. OBA is one of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions or just have a great meal. We love the uniqueness of the menu, the atmosphere and the location. We highly recommend OBA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good.
    jdregan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our dinner group met here and were pleasantly surprised how good the food was. I would return to try other dishes. The atmosphere was lively. The only complaint we had was the noise level -- it was quite loud and difficult for us to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BritTexFoodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great spot for foodies that are also want GF or Vegetarian fare. Many items on the regular menu can also be made GF which is great sign of flexibility by the chefs. The wine list is not huge but it's easy to find good matches for the food. A definite recommendation an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Two people, one entree, three smaller tapas type dishes-- lots of delicious foods. Recommended eating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu
    nibbles
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Exquisitely prepared food. Excellent service. And the menu has something for everyone ... vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. When I go out to eat, I want healthful choices - I want to feel good when I leave. There were, indeed, many healthful items to choose from!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top of the line food
    DanglinDave
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is amazing! It is more than worth the price. Everything we had was so much more than we were expecting. I can't rave enough about how good the food is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    TGF58VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A friend and I had dinner at Oba recently and our experience went from disappointing to exceptional all based on the actions of our server Karen and the owner Steve. We started our meal with some wonderful seared ahi tuna and followed it by a unique version of a Ceasar salad and finally, shared an order of butternut squash enchiladas and a medium rare filet mignon. It was clear when the steak arrived that it was overcooked so we immediately notified Karen and it was quickly replaced by a perfectly cooked version accompanied by glasses of wine. Karen and Steve quick reaction, pleasant demeanor and attentive service made for a terrific experience. I would not hesitate to return to a restaurant that takes great care of their customers
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was amazing
    swilliams
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Took my wife here on our 5 year wedding anniversary and Oba did not disappoint. The service, food, drinks, and environment was amazing. We will go back in a heart beat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maisie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were disappointed. The green gazpacho was great along with the jalapeño small plate. My steak was very over cooked and the accompanying Brussels sprouts were nothing special, bland. I had coffee and it was lukewarm. We hadn't been here in a few years and I think the overall attention to detail has decreased. It is still a great bar and happy hour venue.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious @ a reasonable price
    IPAGuy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. I had the crab cakes & salad. Both were delicious. We met out-of-town guests and Oba is a nice place to have a conversation, some delicious food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    PortlandiaVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We enjoyed our drinks, appetizers, meal and dessert. We highly recommend Oba for a dinner out with friends and family or a romantic dinner out or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Tapas and Drinks
    datenightVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The beef skewers are delicious - we ended up ordering more after our first serving! The drinks were also amazing and the service very friendly and helpful when picking out tapas.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JoeD
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had an excellent meal here last year when we came to Portland for the Blues Festival. We looked forward to returning this year. What a mistake. I had a $38 top sirloin that was supposed to be "nicely marbled and tender" according to our server. Instead, it was tough and riddled with gristle. We will not be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pearl find!
    Copperpots
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Romantic foodie restaurant in the Pearl. Great food and ambience. If you want to feel special, this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tailored order
    Roseburgfoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had several special requests and substitutions. The service was positive. The special requests were honored. No salt, or butter, substitute side dishes, split portions, etc. Nicely done. We'll go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oba Outstanding!
    NWGuy
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is a very good place to meet friends who enjoy good food and and lively place. Although it is an hispanic name and serves great margaritas, it is not all Mexican food. Big variety, and everything we had was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite spots
    ObscureDetails
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Having moved away from Portland after living there for several years, one of the places we always miss is Oba. We've been there many times, in groups, with our kids, and just by ourselves. When we had a chance to visit back for a weekend, we made it the centerpiece of our weekend. From the serrano-pepper caipirinhas to the flan for dessert, and with gaucho-style Prime Rib and vaca frita in between, the food at Oba is what brings me back again and again. It was somewhat noisier than I remembered, largely because of a large and enthusiastic party next to us. It's the kind of place where you don't mind the energy, though, and the meticulous service and terrific food made it all worthwhile.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just right!
    Live2dine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I had friends with kids and in-laws visiting from the northeast U.S., and wanted them to experience a non-chain restaurant and the Pearl. The food was great, the service was spectacular, and Oba was the perfect choice to host a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but pricy
    Frank
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Everything about the dining expeience at Oba is good, but one pays for it. The food and wine prices are aggressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic