Bar Mingo

4.7
285 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Local Ingredients
Bar 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 445-4646
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jerry Huisinga
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kearney and Johnson
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Parking details
Valet lot on NW Johnson Street off 21st. $5/car with validation
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Public transit
Portland Street Car (NW 21st and Lovejoy) heading East toward Pearl District, downtown and waterfront
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Entertainment
Live jazz the first two Sundays of the month (can get loud)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
285 reviews
4.7 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
78%
Very Good
16%
Good
4%
Fair
1%
Poor
0%
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Bar Mingo is always great. Food, service, drinks—the best.

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C
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Outstanding! The mushroom crepes are crave worthy, as is the lasagne bolognese. The olive oil cake with tayberries was a perfect summer dessert. Heather is a wonderful server!

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DR
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

It was wonderful-thank you!!

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DS
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

We love this restaurant, it’s one of the greats that deserves even more attention. Each dish is sublime. The perfect pasta. Great atmosphere without being pretentious.

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JH
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Excellent food and service. The HH wine is always exceptional.

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l
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. It meets our requirement of having great food, great and friendly staff and parking off street.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Perfect neighborhood gem. Wonderful service, homemade pasta, great wine.

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K
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Nice place to meet friends, as we did!

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F
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Quick and efficient service, great food and reasonably priced. One of our favorites!

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D
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Bar Bingo is a favorite! Food, drink & service are always spot on. Well crafted cocktails and nice wine selections. A go to for every day or special occasions.

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F
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Food and service are always great

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p
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Awesome, chilled evening with great, friendly staff.

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J
2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was good, service was poor. Too many other restaurants with good food and much better service.

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t
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The people at Bar Mingo are professional, informative and friendly. The food is great. We've eaten at Bar Mingo dozens of times and never been disappointed. This is a place where they'll remember your preferred drink after a few times. Where you can trust the recommendations for food and wine. Where the price of the special is written on wall. And the special is special.

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j
5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Really enjoyed our first visit to Bar Mingo. Pastas were delicious and the portions were just right (not the gigantic portions you get at some restaurants). Service was friendly and efficient. We were also happy to see a wine list that offers some reasonably priced choices. Overall a great experience and we will be back!

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LW
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We came to celebrate Mother's Day one day early. Bar Mingo was our first choice. We love the selection of salads, pastas, and main dishes. Of course, we love the high quality bread (from Pearl Bakery, I think) as well. I ordered the Crispelle with mushrooms and ricotta...so good! One of our sons ordered the gnocchi with tomato cream sauce. The gnocchi were perfectly tender little pillows of deliciousness. Our waitress (sorry! forgot her name!) was warm, professional, and attentive. She took the time to answer our questions and made us feel as though we were her only customers. Bar Mingo has become one of our favorite places to dine. It's all about the food which fits in with my philosophy, "life is too short to eat mediocre food". The atmosphere is relaxing and casual. We look forward to coming for happy hour sometime soon!

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MS
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Great food, great service, great environment live music, what more can you ask for!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent!

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CP
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Pasta was wonderful as usual; had lasagna and tagliatelle (I think) with sausage. Bread is way too good; hard to keep from getting filled up before pasta!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Fabulous food, great service and intimate atmosphere!

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k
4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Hadn't been to Bar Mingo for some time, but decided upon dinner there before going to the theater. As I had remembered it, the food was fresh, tasty, and nicely served. Will definitely return.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Cousin is up for California for a wedding shower. Such a yummy dinner;

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JT
3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We never got our table. Waited for over 30 minutes, as did several others with reservations.

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CF
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

A nice standby, but not much change over the years.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Awesome as usual!!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Excellent pasta and Italian food that provides a venue for live jazz on Sunday evenings. Given the quality of the music and very attentive service, this is an excellent value and very pleasant restaurant/bar. Cocktails were excellent as well and very reasonably priced.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

My husband and I discovered Bar Mingo on a recent trip to Portland. What a lovely dining experience. I loved the semi- casual and very comfortable environment....still felt elegant enough for a special event or date night. The gnocchi was probably the best I have ever had, cooked to pillowy-soft perfection. My husband had the vongole pasta which he enjoyed. The service was excellent. Overall a very pleasant and satisfying dining outing.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This just might be our new favorite place! We began with appetizers - husband ordered oysters and I had clams. We split the main course - sausage with polenta and spinach, and split the dessert salted chocolate torte. We each had drinks - he had the Manhattan, I had a martini. Every single thing was delicious. Our waiter (Eric) was just attentive enough to make sure that we had everything we needed - excellent!

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CP
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wonderful food and service. Very nice evening and the prices were right on.

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OT
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Eugene was great, we always have a wonderful time when we dine here!

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ID
5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

another evening of great meals at Bar Mingo.
maybe a dozen visits. never fails!

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OG
5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Bar Mingo always a delight with wonderful food and great service

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C
5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I love Bar Mingo. The ambience is wonderful, great urban vibe. The staff are outstanding - friendly, great service. And the food is always delicious. The lasagne bolognese is an all time favorite.

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G
4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I had the petrale sole and it was amazing. The service was incredible, the drinks were interesting and very good. I would recommend this restaurant highly AND if you just want drinks, the bar area is cozy and warm.

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G
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

My husband had the risotto, which has sausage in it...he's a vegetarian, so we thought we could remove the pieces of sausage (since he loves risotto!), but they were way too small to pick out. He ate it anyway, and didn't regret it. I thought I'd be able to eat the sausage out of his dish, so didn't order very much...a side of polenta, and a side of beets. But we didn't like the beets at all, alas. As always, though, the bread is outstanding (though I have to ask for butter instead of the I-suppose authentic olive oil served with it). I filled up on the bread before the meal even arrived...have to find out where they get their bread! And the almond-cake dessert was delicious. A great neighborhood place, and we always have interesting conversations with the couples sitting next to us!

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OT
4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Let me say that my husband and I are regulars. We love the ambiance and staff. The food is generally good but they do have a tendency to go heavier on the butter with some fish preparation. Such was the case Tuesday night when I had sole with capers. Disagreed with me.

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OT
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great meal. Attentive service and staff. Perfect portions. Best meal in a while.

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TT
4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Solid, consistent, terrific fresh pastas, nice service.....one of our "go to" favorites in a city with lots of great choices.

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B
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Exceptional service from the moment we walked in a bit early for our reservation, to over two hours later when we left feeling deeply satisfied with the entire dining experience. Before-dinner cocktails were made just right, and wine we brought along complimented each dish. Our server was attentive but not overbearing, giving us time to just chat and enjoy each other. A complimentary appetizer was a nice touch. Main courses from fish to pasta were exceptionally crafted. And, of course, a glimpse at the dessert menu was too much to resist! The profiteroles and fresh-brewed coffee topped the evening in style. I would highly recommend this restaurant and encourage a reservation!

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B
5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Reliably good in food preparation, choice, service. Although we were horribly late for our reservation, they were very accommodating and made us feel welcome.

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