Autentica

4.6
334 reviews
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Mexican
Autentica Mexican Cuisine is a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of the NE Portland Concordia neighborhood. For almost one decade, Autentica has specialized in traditional Mexican cuisine. Inspired by Chef Oswaldo Bibiano's southern hometown of Acapulco Mexico. Here you will find classic dishes like pollo en mole (half chicken simmered in a house made mole sauce), posole( a traditional pork and hominy stew) camarones al mojo de ajo (fried garlic prawns). Since it is located in the Pacific Northwest, Autentica works with the freshest locally grown ingredients. Autentica' s brunch served every Sunday, draws inspiration from Mexican street food such as sopes (corn masa cakes topped with chicken and spicy chorizo sausage), huevos rancheros, and corn masa and black bean quesadillas. Our collection of over fifty tequilas and mezcals are a great pairing with the vibrant food. Come in and give us a try!
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r
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food creatively prepared and presented. great Margaritas . good services. A real winner

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C
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We visited during Portland Dining Month and on a Sunday evening they had the room to the right out of service so our table was inches from the patrons on either side of us. Not the most romantic setting to celebrate an anniversary but we still had a good time.

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JB
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful with suggestions on both drinks and entrees. Food was wonderful, atmosphere perfect for a date night. Will most definitely come back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic server and food was great!!!!! Already wrote a yelp review. I only take the time to do this when my experience is exceptional, this was.

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent selection. Great value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. Served promptly with gracious hostess.

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KJ
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared food and beautiful service from our waitress. Our only complaint is the glassware that martinis are served in - a coup is not the proper glass for that drink. Plus, the martini was really tiny and not good value compared to some of the other drinks. Yes, one should drink margaritas here - and they were terrific! - but one of our party wanted a good martini and she was disappointed.

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GL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Their Mole is fantastic and pairs perfectly with the chicken. The special that night was Escolar and was absolutely delicious.

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g
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Last minute decision, which turned out to be a great one. Nice space, courteous servers. Food was great! I had the fish tacos, and my husband had the Mexican plate. We'll be back when we are in the area!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was ok with a few items that were good, but we’ve been to other Mexican places that are far better for food, selection, service and ambiance.
The service was inexcusably horrible. The staff was rude and inconsiderate. Our server was relatively nice but not present most of the time.
Our group had mixed reviews on the food. Some entrees were served hot, some lukewarm. Flavors varied from unique to bland.
We were a party of six so there was an automatic 20% gratuity. That information was in the fine print and no one told us when the bill arrived.
Beverages were good, but we won’t be returning. There are too many good options in Portland including Dame which right across the street. They went out of their way to make our experience lovely from the moment we walked in the door.

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RG
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Autentica is one of our go to restaurants. The food is always outstanding and the service friendly and efficient. We just went on Valentine’s Day and while the restaurant was packed and wait times longer than usual, the food was why we went and it delivered as always. Our server, who was running around like crazy, still found the time to check in on us as needed and we had a delightful evening. I was particularly impressed that the hostess and server were both up to date on my nut allegies that o had warned them about when I reserved. We will return soon!

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KJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. My friends from Mexico truly say this is one of the most authentic restaurants in town. There is something for everyone and any occasion on the menu. I had the steak with chimichurri, and it was cooked to perfection. Everything was great! Highly recommend!

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great evening, amazing food-- but impossible to get a drink while waiting for our table. Large lost revenue opportunity for the owner!

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KB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Unimpressive food. Pretentious “chef.” All around a terrible experience

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the food there and the authentic tastes!

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ML
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is as good as always. Changes to the coffee were not pleasing.

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ML
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and tasty margaritas. Mahi Mahi and carnitas were superb, and our waitress was helpful with recommendations. Great atmosphere. This was our second visit, and there will be many more.

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BR
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This neighborhood gem (walking distance from home) has consistently brought rave revues from friends and relatives alike when dining at Autentica.

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OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Authentica every time! The best rellenos anywhere and live the four salsas

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Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, and as a gluten intolerant individual, I appreciated your waiters taking the time to let me know what was gluten free and what was not. I also love that like 95% of your menu was gluten free. They also patiently brought me 6 samples of red wine... and I ended up getting a bottle of white; the reds were just not sitting well on my palette.

Parking is kind of a challenge, but it is seriously well worth taking the time to find a spot.

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MA
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I, luckily live only a few blocks away and have been a regular customer for eleven years. I especially love their brunch, now sadly only on Sundays, never a long wait. The tortillas are made to order and so good, perfects for sopping up every last drop of the incredible salsas and mole dishes.
I really recommend the pozole available only on Thursday nights. They usually have a seasonal special and some nice vegetarian options.

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LO
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Where are the entrees that made Autentica great?? No carnitas, no barbacoa, just one fish dish with boring sides.

Where are the beans, what happened to the ceviche? The black bean tortillas with complimentary salsa?

Too many small plates, not enough entrees.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is always good. Some minor criticisms: The layout isn’t optimal and we were sorta stuck between the door, window, and another table, which was a bit awkward for my less than mobile father. He didn’t mind but I was a bit concerned. This place is a bit on the pricey side but the food is excellent. The pollo is good but it’s literally just half a chicken covered in mole with rice so it’s a bit one dimensional. Some greenery or beans would’ve rounded out the dish - keep that in mind if you’re wanting it. The mole itself is very flavorful, but I like the goat better. The first bathroom was unfathomably warm. Use the second one.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great holiday meal with visiting family!

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Servers chatting at register not waiting on table
Contrary to menu, goat meal included a large green pepper that was volcanic & spoiled dinner

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Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a lovely meal with another couple. We split several appetizers and then each couple split an entree. Portions are ample, even for my husband who has a very good appetite. Food is delicious. Especially enjoyed the mole poblano. Rich, just the right balance of sweet and spicy. Will definitely come again.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I continually go back here -- my favorite Mexican Restaurant in Portland. The appetizers are so good, I often will do a buffet of those and be too full for a main course. The food is always fresh and good and well prepared. The restaurant itself has nice evening lighting, you can here your neighbor, etc. It's got a mellow vibe. Love it.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and mostly intimate place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very yummy and our server was amazing!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Waitress advertised an item that contained chicken broth as “vegetarian”. Food was really good otherwise.

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HM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was well executed and inventive... mole with Painted Hills beef, incredible garlic prawns and delicious margaritas. Thanks Authentica, you're authentic!

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PD
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A good Mexican restaurant with locally sourced meat and good drinks. This place is aptly named, since the food is authentic regional fare. Excellent service.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a treat to find red mole that reminds me of home. A special occasion and excellent service. Couldn't have asked for more...except maybe some sound proofing. It was quite noisy is my only complaint.

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r
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish has a depth of flavor such that the variety across the meal was astounding. Everything we had, from multiple mole sauces to the tortillas that kept coming, were carefully crafted and beautifully presented. Friendly, attentive, professional service and great atmosphere. Will be back!

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

They messed something up with our order, so it took way too long to eat. Like an hour and fifteen minutes. The guacamole and the margharitas were great. But everything else was average. The Ling Cod special was extremely salty, and the carnitas were fatty in places. But mainly it was how long it took to eat. Not worth it.

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GM
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Roasted goat was amazing

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BL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the fish dish, fish taco, el pastor taco appetizer, and a cheesy appetizer. Everything from the simplest dish to more complicated were delight to the taste buds. Little bits of this and that, it all added to the perfect flavor combinations. How does a fried fish taco taste so superb?? Fish dish was absolutely delicious. The waiter was unobtrusive while being thoughtful and attentive. I've been there several times and it's always a lovely experience.

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CP
Portland
66 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good but the service was amazing.

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AB
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch. One of best restaurants in Portland.

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D
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It will pick up another star from me if chef backs off the salt.

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