Great anniversary dinner
We were able to dine here for our anniversary and enjoy the three course June menu. I was happy that this restaurant offered all the items in each course for the June special menu. Plenty of delicious choices. I was glad that I went the beet fennel salad which where the beets were perfectly cooked. My husband made his own three course menu starting with a spicy charcuterie, salad, and full pasta. He only wished for a couple of slices of bread to enjoy the delicious sauce at the end. The house red was pleasant and it is always nice when a restaurant has an option for a carafe of wine when only two people are dining. The place was pretty busy even on a Sunday night so it was little bit loud if that is a concern for anyone in your party.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Tabla! I've been here 3 times and have not been disappointed. The food is excellent, and the staff is so friendly. I've brought friends to this restaurant and they love it as well!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
special dinner without kids
We were lucky enough to choose Tabla while the kids were at grandma's. That means it was special, and it did not dissapoint! Service was very good. Recommendations were very helpful. The place was nearly empty when we arrived, but got super busy before we finished. Fun watching the open kitchen while we dined. Overall, well done. My wife says she would like to return and that is high praise in a city with so many choices.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, minor issues
Excellent dinner except for the dessert cake which was too dry. Service was a little inconsistent as we waited for awhile before our waiter came over to attend to us. The people who work there did not exude a lot of warmth or particular interest in the diners. Seemed like they were more interested in each other. But accolades to the chef who accommodated a person in our party by making a vegetable dish that wasn't on the menu. The dish was extraordinary both in presentation and taste! Kudos to the chef!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabla never lets us down!
We took an out of town guest to Tabla this week and had a wonderful evening. Every bite was delicious, the menu was fresh and interesting and whole evening was wonderful. We love the three course menu!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our favorite restaurant in Portland
We love this place! I haven't had anything that I haven't liked. The duck confit is to die for! The food is well prepared and presented nicely. The prices are reasonable. The portions are modest, which we like. We don't come away feeling overstuffed. On special occasions we allow ourselves the three course dinner with wine pairings, sampling more of the menu.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tabula Rusa - A Clean Slate
Our dinner at Tabla was really outstanding. Located in a very active neighborhood in Portland, there is lots of pedestrian activity and sense of excitement. The service was excellent by our server Ellis, and the experience was worthy of coming back again.
7/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
We discovered this little gem over the weekend. They have a great pre-fix option for $30 pp where you pick any app, pasta and entrée. My husband and I both tried it and were not disappointed. We each had a fresh seasonal salad, mine was a classic panzanella and his had lovely cherries and stone fruit. For our pasta, I had the Tarjarin (think fresh pasta with truffle butter and parm) - amazing! My husband had the Radiatorre which was also very tasty. The duck was crispy and delicious and the halibut was perfectly cooked. No room for dessert (duh!). Only have 2 complaints, 1) the wines by the glass were served too warm and 2) time between courses was a tad too long. That said we will definitely return!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Tabla is truly scrumptious! I could eat the tajarin every day. I highly recommend getting the 3-course dinner because you get to pick an appetizer, a pasta (home-made), and an entrée so you get to sample a little of everything. My husband and I both got the 3-course dinner and every dish was delicious- not a single miss!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Met friend for dinner. Meal was delicious!
Tables seemed a little close.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The past dishes at Table steal the show. We tried them all and they were all delightful.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
Dinner with friends was really wonderful. I loved the assorted crostinis and my meal was absolutely perfect. I opted for the 3 course option and really loved all of my selections. Leah and the other servers were attentive and efficient. We really had a wonderful night -- thanks Tabla!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
After 10 years in Portland they still have it. Portland is known for it's hidden gems and they still have it. We did the 3 course dinner - it was perfect. Even had a great dessert to finish the night. I will be going back a again. This is a must go.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice neighborhood find
All of us had the 3 course $30 menu and it was a very good value. The menu is original, food was outstanding and the presentation of the dishes was elegant. It was a warm evening and we enjoyed sitting outside. The service was friendly, helpful and non-intrusive. We would return to try other dishes.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabla never fails to impress and satisfy. Drinks were great, food was even better, staff was friendly and welcoming. Our orders came out correctly, the first time and the food was exquisite! Great use of flavors and seasonal ingredients highlight the menu and our food choices. A real treat. Thank you Tabla, we'll see you again very soon!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been dining here for years
Been dining here for years and the food and service are consistantly top notch. Everything was prepared to perfection and presented beautifully. It would be criminal to dine at Tabla and not have the Tajarin. It's the most perfect pasta dish ever conceived. As strange as it sounds though, I always ask to leave off the parmigiano reggiano. It allows the pasta and truffle butter to shine. The Duck Confit was delicious and paired nicely with the bed of farro, cherries, sweet corn and kale. My girlfriend's Panzanella salad was extremely happy. I think I liked it even a little more than my Buffalo Mozarella salad, but I'd want to try both several more times just to be sure. ;-) Kyle provided fantastic service as usual! Love this place!
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
4 of us had a lovely dinner
4 of us had a lovely dinner at Tabla. The pasta was lovely - I opted for the simple but luxuriousdish of very fine handmade pasta with truffles, which was fabulous. In fact, best pasta I ever had, including in Italy. (All of their pasta is house made.) The other diners (spaghetti, steak) were equally as enthusiastic about their choices. The salads were lovely, with locavore-approved ingredients fresh from the farm. The service was friendly but not intrusive. The restaurant is quite small, so the group of 4 next to us who hadn't learned to use their 'inside voices' made an unpleasant contrast to the rest of the evening. We would definitely go back.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
good food not so good service
been here many times love the food and the service is usually very good. not this time my entire party of 5 liked our server but not our service. wine put in very heavy decanter...very heavy for this 70+ group and no one ever offered to fill our glasses. Food was very slow to arrive.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
nice variety of wines to choose
nice variety of wines to choose from, excellent food choices on menu
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three course tasting menu
Great place with consistently awesome food. Service is great
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Pasta in the US
I have been coming to Tabla for years and it remains one of the best restaurants in Portland. Great small wine list and the best pasta I have had outside Piedmonte . Highly recommended .
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I have been to Tabla twice. Both times we've gotten the $30 pre fixe, and loved it! Coming from Chicago, we can hardly believe how affordable it is! The handmade pasta is outstanding, the drinks are great, and the ambiance is wonderful. We will definitely be back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tabla was an outstanding find
Tabla was an outstanding find in all respects! Great/creative food, attentive/ friendly, service and lovely atmosphere. New Yorkers, we were visiting family for the month in Portland. Tabla compares favorably with fine restaurants in NY without any pretentiousness.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lives up to expectations!
The 3 course $30 meal is a bargain. Excellent preparation, very good wine list. Surprisingly quiett @ 6:30 on a Sunday. Great desserts. Everything fresh and presented well.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food preparation and presentation are outstanding. At these prices, Tabla would be very, very hard to beat.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would possibly kill for the peach and melon salad. The lamb sausage was terrific and loved the texture. It was a wonderful night. Thank you so much.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding neighborhood restaurant
I love going to Tabla. I've always found the food, service and ambiance to be top rate. I also find their three course prix fixe for $30 to be an exceptional value. Although I always enjoy everything I try there, I am always blown away by the pasta dishes. Since their pasta is fresh and made in house, it always very satisfying. The simple pasta with truffle oil and grated parmesan is my favorite. I will continue dining at Tabla.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
In short, remarkable.
We started with a green salad and the beet salad. Both were great! For the second course, we had the padrone pepper special and a sausage pasta special. Both were good, yet the sauce with the padrones was amazing. For the last course, my spouse had the ravioli, which should be ordered for each table. I had the coho salmon, which I really enjoyed. Throughout, the service was very pleasant and timely. Go here!
8/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Our dining experience was
Our dining experience was very good... We enjoyed the varied menu items. To us it seemed like a small neighborhood find. We will return for another meal! Nice wine, too!
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came for the 3 courses for $30 deal and were very pleased with all courses. The crespelle in particular was delicious.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely all the way around! Excellent service, fabulous tasty and creative food. Nice wine list although we had the table wine which was very nice. Salted caramel gelato was great although very salty. Loved this dinner!
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to Tabla once before when my boyfriend and I stumbled upon it when another restaurant we wanted to go to was busy. We ended up getting the last 2 seats and the kitchen bar. I thought the food was incredible then and on this second time I went, I loved it even more. It is by far the most fresh pasta I've ever had. Everything is made with such detail and attention to flavor, I wouldn't mind eating here everyday. Move over Piazza Italia, Tabla just took your spot! You can now count me as a frequent customer. I loved everything!!! Thank you!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute little bistro
Incredible food, cute place, great service. Will definitely recommend!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would go back-again and again
Our experience lived up to what we had heard: attentive service, imaginative menu pairings with a delicious wine list to complement.
We'll be back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super find in Portland, loved
Super find in Portland, loved Chef's choices for appetizers, HIGHLY recommend
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very enjoyable experience
We had a couple of well made cocktails before dinner. Had the oil poached tuna appetizer, a couple of shared pasta dishes that were very well made and the duck confit and the lamb special. We really enjoyed all of the food except for the lamb. Nothing really wrong with it, but it wasn't up to the rest of the meal. Had a very reasonably priced bottle of Lacryma Christi del Vesuvio Rosso @$40. Waitstaff was helpful, attentive and timely. A very nice evening out.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
An enjoyable dining experience
Try the three course meal where $33 buys you a starter, pasta, and appetizer. I enjoyed the Beet & Apple salad, an absolutely glorious Tajarin with truffle butter (I'm not a pasta lover but this was to die for), and the duck confit. Scrumptious! We finished our dinner with salted Carmel Gelato and was perfect. Service was outstanding, they know how to craft a cocktail, and the wine lit worked. Next time we hope to sit at the bar looking into the kitchen. There Will be a next time! It was great to reserve va Open Table, too.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night
We split a green salad, that was perfectly dressed. My spouse had the tajarin pasta, which is simply prepared. (All pasta is house-made and superb.) I had the tortellini special, and really, really liked it. We finished with the salted caramel ice cream to make a great meal. The service was just what we want, and the cocktails are also very good.!
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Small menu that allowed perfection
It seemed like they really put thought into their menu. Also, it was a very reasonable price for the quality. All this without being houghty or snobbish.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb food and service! Great cocktails and wine!!
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fantastic and very
Food was fantastic and very reasonably priced. Cant wait to go back. Only complaint would be the pasta should have been served more promptly as it was not quite warm enough .
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious, beautiful food
We love this restaurant and have returned many times. We bring our out of town visitors, as well. The food is always delicious, and the 3-course dinner menu that gives you choices for each course, is an amazing deal. The servers were attentive and not over=bearing. Most of all, the food is fresh, beautifully prepared, and delicious.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Keep it coming!
My favorite restaurant in Portland consistently delivers. Great food at a great value. The staff could not be nicer. I love that we are never rushed.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great special occasion place
Tabla has a 3 course, $33.00 deal that is the way to go. Choose from an appetizer, pasta and entree. The 4 of us had different things, and everyone loved their food. Tabla is a great place!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
I go to Tabla every couple of months, and have done so for quite a few years. They have remained, for the most part, very consistent over that time in delivering a very high quality of food and service in a relaxed (but not down-market) environment.
When I want a great meal, whether just for two or entertaining out-of-town friends, but in a casual environment, this is my go-to place.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were invited to join some friends here, this being our first time at Tabla. Had the beet-apple salad and Risotto for main dish. Both were really, really good. Portions were just right. All the other aspects of our visit (ambiance, service, drinks, etc..) were very nice, and I would go back again.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had the three prix, the
We had the three prix, the beet and pear salad very refreshing!, Buffalo mozzarella was very tasy, an extra piece or two of crostini would have been better.
The main course of Duck confit was very tasty and the Tombo Tuna was a OK BUT THE PORTION was a bit skimpy with only two slices perhaps 3-4oz
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good, although small portions
I'm vegetarian (for 42 years) and the tabla ravioli was excellent! The soup starter was also very good, but the bowl made both my date and I laugh when it arrived. It's about 15" in diameter, which would have been gigantic except for the fact that the "rim" was about 6" wide, leaving around 3" in the middle for a small depression that the soup was actually in. Seemed silly, frankly.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
We return again and again
Always satisfied and impressed with the preparation and presentation. Service is prompt, informed and courteous. We will return again and again.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous restaurant. One of
Fabulous restaurant. One of my favorites in all of Portland. Great choices, wonderful tastes. the 3 course meal is an absolute bargain for this city. No one should miss their Ravioli. Seasonal menu yet some items are "always" there. Great staff. Will remember you from visit to visit. Don't feel rushed but service attentive and professional.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM