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Caffe Mingo - Portland

4.8
4.8
1073 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Caffe Mingo is a neighborhood restaurant serving simple Italian food in a casual and comfortable environment. Our menu features plates to share, house made pasta, fresh seafood dishes and daily specials. We have a well rounded wine list, fresh squeezed cocktails and friendly service.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (503) 445-4646

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brett West

  • Neighborhood

    Northwest Portland

  • Cross street

    Kearney and Johnson

  • Parking details

    On NW Johnson off 21st street

  • Public transit

    Portland Street Car (NW 21st and Lovejoy) heading East toward Pearl District, downtown and waterfront

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,073 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. NW

    NWGuy

    Portland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is just a great Italian neighborhood restaurant!! The food is outstanding (especially the spaghetti vongole) and the service really good, both inside and outside. Highly recommended.
  2. A

    Alejandro

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great experience. Excellent entree, drinks and appetizer. The only drawback is that they sold out of the special between when the waiter described it and when we tried to order it. Also not cheap; definitely a special occasion kind of place.
  3. JH

    JesseH

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service from hostess to all servers. Drinks, appetizers and dinner were all fantastic. Terrific value.
  4. JP

    JeanP

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Chicken dish excellent. Pasta with rabbit sauce very good. Disappointed ice cream had run out though our server suggested cream which was ok. She was brilliantly attentive.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wedding anniversary. Great food and drinks.
  6. WU

    WhatsUp

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed. The olive oil is great. Our go-to are the gnocchi, cacio e pepe (not on the menu but always available) and the lasagne. Of course, the cask aged cocktails!
  7. LM

    LeonM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a great Italian Restaurant in NE Portland. Very friendly staff. They ran out of one of the dishes about 8:45 but the chef made a special dish of pasta and vegetables which was perfect. Definitely a top place to go
  8. JE

    JudyE

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent. The service was good excetpt they were slow to ask for my drink order. The wait staff was nice and not stuffy. I ate out side and the plates and silver ware and napkins were nice but the table was not fun or atractive. I just felt they could have done more with the outside experience to make if feel special. The beautiful lillies in the bathroom were a nice touch. The destinction and separation of the cafe and the marcato were confusing. There needs to be better descriptions and signage. I would definately recommend the cafe. My overall bill was much less than I anticipated.
  9. AB

    AndreaB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in the city of Portland. Best service too!
  10. A

    Anne

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal dinner! Absolute perfection! We were promptly seated and enjoyed a nicely paced evening with service that was on point.
  11. DG

    DebandGaryPDX

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another very nice visit to Mingo. We sat outside and the street noise was quite tolerable on a Sunday evening. Food was great. Prices quite reasonable. Server was professional, pleasant and attentive. We are looking forward to trying their sister "cafe" next door
  12. EP

    EngellP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely one of the best restaurants we have ever had the pleasure of dining at! From the owner to the staff amazing food and amazing service! Thank you for the hospitality and we will be back!!
  13. SH

    SheilaH

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A portland favorite.
  14. EE

    EricE

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly service, and great cocktails. What’s not to like? For us, the lamb chops were a highlight. They were tender and flavorful, really some of the best we’ve ever had.
  15. T

    Table42

    Portland

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always delicious food. But the presentation of the food this time was basic to say the least. There was no attempt to make the food like the squares of portables mushrooms look like anything but brown squares, no greenery, no slicing. It was to put it politely - unappetizing. The polenta and Sugo looked like a glop of stew on something. All tasted very nice. But part of going out is the visual appeal of food.
  16. DM

    DutchM

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caffe Mingo is wonderful. Fabulous staff, great food always.
  17. J

    Joshua

    Portland

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful, fresh, extremely tasty Italian food, with many options on the menu. The service was outstanding and friendly. In good weather, outdoor dining is nice, allows a bit of people watching, and increases a sense of privacy. Highest recommendation.
  18. DG

    DeborahG

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a regular and there's a reason -- I'm never disappointed!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  20. KS

    KellyS

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Portland restaurant. Always fabulous. Best wine anywhere. Great service and lovely atmosphere.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Knowledgeable waiter, good food and wine recommendations. Nice outdoor seating. I cannot order anything but the “white” lasagna…. Sublime
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Heather is the best
  23. DF

    DFT510

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I had dinner with my two adult kids. No spouses. No grandchildren. So it truly was a special occasion. Unfortunately I didn’t plan far enough in advance to sit inside where I love the ambience but we still had a delicious dinner with friendly service, outside. I always love Caffe Mingo!!
  24. K

    Kathinator

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Caffe Mingo has wonderful Italian/Mediterranean food, with fabulous signature drinks. It was great to be able to sit in an outside table with two friends. The staff was very attentive to our needs and did not rush us.
  25. RR

    RedRooster

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and even better food
  26. GS

    GastonSinge

    Portland

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and so were the drinks. Garrick is a wonderful bartender.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went for a birthday dinner while we were visiting Portland. It was delicious and memorable! All the food — starting with the bread, olive oil, and salt - was very flavorful. We’d go back and highly recommend Caffe Mingo.
  28. MB

    MikeBonnie

    Denver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience at the bar was both entertaining and elegant service. Couldn’t have been better beginning to end.
  29. JA

    JohnA

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A more open version of the older nona's kitchen style Mingo's familiar to many long time Portland - still great
  30. JK

    JimK

    Dallas

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful evening!
  31. p

    pdxfood

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious meal, great service, always a consistently good experience at this restaurant!
  32. KC

    KevinC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mingo was wonderful, as always. Some of the most consistently best food in town!
  33. KC

    KathleenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous menu! Innovative Italian. Fun cocktails and nice wines. Highly recommend!
  34. MD

    MikeD

    Portland

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu and specials . . . with great dessert options!
  35. P

    Portlandborn

    Portland

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salmon last night was perfection!
  36. JH

    JamesH

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. Superior service. One of the best places in Portland.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s been a while since I’ve been to Mingo’s, but it is as good, or better, than ever before. For me it starts with the staff and they were warm, and genuine! From wine to salad to the pork chop special, to desert, it was all fantastic! Can’t wait to return!
  38. SM

    StephanieM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always wonderful but the service is what really shines
  39. O

    Oregontruffles

    Portland

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We have eaten here several times this year and the food has always been superb. Tonight was no exception, though service was not up to the usual standard.
  40. D

    Dudeo

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best of Portland. Always spot on. The Rabbit Pappardelle is the best dish in Portland! Been going here for over 10 years and the food and service is always outstanding!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Caffe Mingo - Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 1073 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Caffe Mingo - Portland

811 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kearney and Johnson

  • Neighborhood

    Northwest Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    On NW Johnson off 21st street

  • Public transit

    Portland Street Car (NW 21st and Lovejoy) heading East toward Pearl District, downtown and waterfront

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brett West

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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