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Caffe Mingo - Portland

4.8
4.8
1163 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 18 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 1,163 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wife and I have been going to Care Mingo for many years now and it never disappoints. It’s a wonderful place I highly recommend it.
  2. j

    janeh

    New Mexico

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect as always! Great food, service and wine!!
  3. FS

    FeliciaS

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience, had the Halibut and it was cooked perfectly. My husband had the lasagna. So light and with fresh pasta perfection!
  4. a

    artn

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, outstanding food, great ambience….one of my favorite restaurants in Portland
  5. B

    Bobb

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious, delightful, downright wonderful. Our waitress was pitch perfect.
  6. LW

    LindaW

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Still our favorite neighborhood restaurant -- and as good as anywhere in the city
  7. MF

    MelissaF

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Lovely interior, we were warmly greeted and host gave us no issues with one more added to the reservation. A little too dark IMO, and the font size on the menu too small. It would really help to increase the font size. Our server was fantastic. Really knowledgeable about the menu and personable. Bread was yum. And I really wanted to be more impressed by your zero-proof beverage selection. You have some called out at Mingo on the Round and they are delicious. I found that lacking and what ended up being bartender’s choice, was pretty much cranberry juice and soda water with a lime twist in a tall glass w a straw. I wanted something more sophisticated and special- it looked too much like a kids beverage. Please also source n/a wines and n/a local beers. There are SO many good options out there! Appetizers were ok. Oysters weren’t cleaned well enough (found grit in a few) and a tad strange in flavor. Main courses were very good. It’s hard to please Northern Italians who grew up on rabbit and polenta, but this was well done and meat fell off the bone. Maybe a bit more salt in the sauce? Specials were also good as was dessert. I still like Mingo at the Round better, but it was a lovely evening with my family overall. Thank you.
  8. T

    Taniguchi

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Wonderful ambience. Daily specials as well as core menu to choose from.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food, and a cozy environment made for a great date night
  10. LB

    LaurelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely phenomenal food, and staff. One of our favorites :)
  11. BG

    BelindaG

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although I'd hoped to be seated in the original Caffe Mingo, our reservations put us in Bar Mingo which is now an extension of the restaurant service. They've done a lot to make Bar Mingo more atmospheric, and our table was comfortable, spacious, and situated nicely to provide quiet conversation. Our waitstaff was amazing, and engaged us in just enough conversation to feel personal and known. The food at Caffe Mingo is always wonderful, which prompted us to bring our granddaughter there for her 18th birthday celebration. The roasted sweet potato appetizer sumptuous, the sugo di carne (always my favorite) deeply flavored and tender, and the Funghi en Cartoccio was a very satisfying non-meat main course alternative. Thoughtful wine recommendations and fabulous tiramisu, affrogato (with a candle for her birthday), and gelato rounded out the meal. We highly recommend Caffe Mingo anytime you want to treat yourself!
  12. H

    julieH

    Portland

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Never disappoints. Great food, good service and pleasant atmosphere. Happy people having a nice time,
  13. CP

    CfromPortland

    Portland

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food here is always reliable--very good. The service was great. We couldn't decide on wine so we each for three tastes before ordering. How great is that.
  14. FH

    FrancesH

    Portland

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very creative specials and consistently good mainstay items plus good wine choices at fair prices an good advice on what goes best with what that evening
  15. DG

    DoxieGirls

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always so good! Consistent, fun, excellent service and of course, delicious!
  16. A

    Andrew

    Portland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding menu choices, excellent preparation, attentive service, nice ambience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Chill atmosphere with good food but a bit overpriced for what it is. Not sure we will be back.
  18. PJ

    PJSPDX

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around. So glad Caffe Mingo made it through the challenges of the pandemic!
  19. M

    Mark

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our dinner here. We showed up too early but they were able to seat us in the comfortable bar area while we waited and the great cocktails helped! Great food with amazing pastas and memorable desserts. Wonderful all around experience.
  20. DP

    DiningaroundPtown

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ordered and shared (and we ordered a lot) was delicious! Especially fabulous: the Polenta al Forno and Sugo. Great wine selection .. and leave room for Dolci, we shared the panna cotta: brilliant. Thoughtful and charming service as well. Highly recommended.
  21. LM

    LeonM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great neighborhood Northwest Restaurant serving delicious Italian food. The service is top notch as well as the food. You will not be disappointed.
  22. BG

    BeccaG

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional on EVERY level!! Such a special treat ❤️
  23. MI

    MarleneI

    Portland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my boss, a self-described "seafood snob" from New England, to Caffe Mingo. She had the Halibut and described it as "perfection". The ambiance, service and food were just fantastic--a very Portland experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Delicious entrees and cocktails. Only criticism was the slight delays in taking our orders.
  25. DG

    DoxieGirls

    Portland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ALWAYS exceptionally consistent. A favorite with friends
  26. AN

    AlainaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I think outstanding says it all. A lovely night. I really like how the tables are placed. There is plenty of separation in an intimate environment. The food was spectacular! The service professional without being invasive. I highly recommend Cafe Mingo!
  27. NH

    NancyH

    Portland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mingo never disappoints, great food and the staff is the best!
  28. JR

    JenniferR

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good, but portions are a little on the small side and the prices are high. The wait staff was excellent, attentive, but also gave you your space. The meal is an experience in slowing down and enjoying things -- so, plan to be there awhile. Darker lighting. It is fairly small so the noise level from conversations is fairly loud, accompanied by music on top -- so, if you have a hard time hearing with a lot of ambient noise -- this might not be the place for dinner conversation. Would be good for a date location for a long dinner evening out.
  29. n

    nvrt

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff here are unfailingly professional, but friendly as well. The menu is familiar to all Italian cafes, but also refreshingly, a little different.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their pasta, made in-house, is not to be missed!
  31. JD

    JulieD

    Portland

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way… balmy last of summer evening Eric was perfect server Cocktails, dinner, wine & tiramisu 👍🏻
  32. EF

    ElaineF

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is one of our favorite restaurants and never disappoints. The food, the service and the vibe all contribute to a fun, relaxed experience.
  33. AS

    AmyS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite place in the neighborhood! Always fresh ingredients & housemade recipes.
  34. A

    Ashley

    Portland

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Portland gem and mainstay that never fails to deliver delicious perfection!
  35. C

    Carguyjim

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We hadn’t come to Mingo for many many years and the experience was a delight - both the food and the warm service and hospitality.
  37. KD

    KentD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was personable and very good. My wife had Tagliatelle with sausage ant it was very good. I ordered spaghetti with vongele and prosciutto and it lacked flavor and the sauce was runny. Not up to Mingo’s usual standard.
  38. D

    Datenight

    Portland

    148 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our meals were very tasty and well crafted. The service was mostly good as they were quite busy. Parking can be challenging in this neighborhood. This place is small so the tables are close together.
  39. AW

    AnthonyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food: I had Boar, my wife halibut. The boar was tender, tasty and mildly spiced.
  40. j

    janeh

    New Mexico

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding as usual. Food is fantastic and service is always good.

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 1163 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 18 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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