Caffe Mingo - Portland

4.8
920 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 920 people are saying
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vipAshley
Portland
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mingo is a perfect example of a long time incredible restaurant. Simple yet unique. Reliable yet never boring. Italian comfort food for foodies without any pomp or attitude. A neighborhood favorite that I hope sticks around forever.

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pdxcook
Portland
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the 25 or so years I’ve been going to Mingo I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad meal. (Well, maybe once—- but that was because of my dinner partner— not the food.). Mingo is my Cheers—-feels like home with friends and FABULOUS food.

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StanleyS
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Loved the goat cheese ravioli. Beets! Excellent. Sorry the location was north of the cozy bar area. I realize they needed more room to keep customers apart. Overall great.

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vipGaryO
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This is a good restaurant, BUT I do not like having to show my vaccine card to be able to eat here. the Vaccine has been shown to wane in it's effectiveness and so one can still get the virus and spread the virus. Also health records are supposed to private information.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mingo is a reliable neighborhood restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. We enjoyed a lovely evening.

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DougJ
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent, food was superb as always. Also appreciated they required proof of vaccination and actually checked it!

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foxl
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was the best meal we've had since the pandemic started. Bravo!

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Andrea
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I've been coming to Cafe Mingo for nearly 20 years. But this last time was my last. The quality of the food was not very good and the options for vegetarians were pretty few and far between. After having this be one of our favorite family places, I don't think we'll be back.

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BeccaG
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner for 6 was fabulous! We ordered several appetizers, mains, veggies, dessert, wine and cocktails. All were excellent. Wonderful, attentive service. Thank you for a special and delicious evening!

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DanF
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special evening at Caffe Mingo. Michael and the team provide a consistently high quality dining experience. Food and service were delicious and attentive, and the wine selection was strong. Thank you team Mingo!

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RobinP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the braised rabbit with polenta and the ravioli, both delicious and cooked perfectly. The wine recommendation was great as well. Wonderful night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
205 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice local cafe with good food and whimsical cocktail list. Recommend for night out and a walk around neighborhood.

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MikeK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, I will definitely b back..

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abby
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ex Ellenton food, drink, and service. We will return soon.

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Kurt
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s one of our favorite Italian restaurants to it at in the Portland area

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acasebeer
Portland
53 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night! The service was spot on, the food was EXCELLENT, I'll be back!

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vipRyanH
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The linguine with rabbit was horrible. I’ve been to
Mingo many times and this time didn’t do it for me. The menu needs to be changed. We’re gonna try somewhere else next time.

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Phoebe
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I've been to Caffe Mingo multiple times, and the food never disappoints. I love everything there, and the wine selection's also optimal. This is the first time I sat at the bar, and the service was abysmal. I had to wait so long for my glass of wine, that I ended up canceling the order and eating my meal with a glass of water. The bartender seemed more concerned talking to patrons to my left than acknowledging the rest of us at the bar. It was a huge disappointment, especially since I had invited a friend of mine who had never been. We had plans to see a movie, and we had to wait so long to order that we ended up late to our movie as well. Given how hard it is to convince anyone to go out, I'm not sure I can risk another lousy evening just to see if it was a one time situation. Such a bummer.

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vipShareG
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every morsel!

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KimM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service and great ambiance.

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vipBillD
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first "normal" dinner out (not birthday, anniversary) since last summer at Mingo. Very enjoyable experience. The two pasta dishes we shared (papparadelle, gnocchi) were exemplary as was the wine. Very friendly atmosphere and service.

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vipMaryS
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess welcomed us warmly - respectfully asked us to show our vaccination cards per the restaurant's prudent policy! Our service was excellent overall from several different servers, and the food was delicious as always.

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harryd
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. One of the best

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sheiny
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mingo never disappoints! Everything was fabulous and the osso bucco was ridiculous.

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Mark
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been here multiple times. Always great food and an ever changing menu.

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Casey
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We showed up for our reservation but the restaurant had closed due to snow and no one let us know. I understand if they needed to close (even though most other restaurants on the block were still open), but very disappointed no one called or texted to inform us before we drove in the snow to get there.

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RogerK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding meal.

We did not have any of the many pastas on offer, opting instead for the (pork chop) special and the steelhead dishes. Both were excellent, as was the polenta appetizer.

Service was good and unobtrusive. The tables are nicely spaced, so the ambience is agreeable also.

Although Caffe Mingo has been there for many years, this was our 1st time going. We will go back.

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FoodFan
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is delicious! We had polenta with sugo di carne, lasagna, Tagliatelle, and a Caesar salad. We selected the wines from their selections with the help of the staff. Had the special dessert -- amazing -- and a sweet wine to accompany. Our server was very attentive and tolerant of all our tastings. Very good experience, the staff and restaurant are top notch.

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vipWendyinAloha
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Mingo is a favorite - service is lovely: friendly, knowledgeable, just attentive enough. The menu is a mix of old favorites and fresh new seasonal dishes - very much in the traditional Italian style. My favorite is always the fish, which they prepare beautifully, for my husband, meatballs, but for most folk the wonderful handmade pastas!

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ToddS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food and service is excellent. The restaurant has been expanded since we were last there. Great atmosphere to enjoy with friends. Enjoy!

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vipKateM
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Mingo has become my favorite restaurant in Portland. Heather & Heather are wonderful and we will miss the bartender, I hear good things are on the horizon for her. Fantastic food, cocktails and staff. I could not ask for more. I love the coziness of the restaurant and a wonderful bar.
Thank you

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BigBrownMercedesSedan
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday. We had a table outside in mid December, but we were nice and toasty with the heaters on. The Sfizio and Spruzzi cocktails were a fantastic way to toast a special day. I had the sugo di carne (wonderful) and I had to rush off to a concert, or I would have loved to have stayed for dessert. Really warm, welcoming staff. Can't wait to go back.

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AmyE
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Enjoyed the outdoor seating as well.

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Unity
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserve early if you don't want to ext outside. Food was outstanding.

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SteveB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great food and service. Comfortable environment

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vipEmeryMonroe
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Food is superb.

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SandyK
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

4 of us enjoyed a great meal at Caffe Mingo. We all had different entrees and they all were outstanding. I'd recommend the quality of the food. We sat outside and heat lamps made it comfortable. The wait staff were pleasant and thorough.

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BobS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mingo is a Portland classic. We used to live in Portland and still visit as often as we can, including Mingo whenever we do. The food and service is reliably good, all personally overseen by the owner.

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vipSBBK
Portland
31 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Always enjoy coming here. Unfortunately, last night our food was cold and the salad portions were extremely small.

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vipOlivegirl2
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The space has changed to the bar mingo location which I find to be a little cold in ambiance.

FAQs

Caffe Mingo - Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 920 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.