Cabezon Restaurant

4.6
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Cabezon is a bustling neighborhood seafood bistro and fish market. Opened in December 2009,
Cabezon is located near both Portland’s Hollywood and Rose City Park neighborhoods. Offering
“Coastal Cuisine with Passion” – elemental seasonal cooking driven by the offerings of the day
from local producers and the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Owners, Chef David Farrell and
wine maven Jackie Speck, look forward to delighting you with their unique menu, and invite you
to stop by for our local wood-fired fish and meats, chef made pates, and seasonal ice creams.
Our diverse wine list features small hands-on producers.
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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, we arrived 30 mins or so before closing time and while there were other tables there when we arrived, by the time we had dessert we were the last table left. At no point did we feel pressured or like we were being pressured out the door. Great food and amazing service, recommend for sure.

TN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my our first time here & we met up w friends. Our waiter, Norman, was awesome! I enjoyed everything from the dirty martini, mac & cheese, cioppino & a nice ending to the meal ~ limoncello! And don't get me started on the bread with the chunks of sea salt on the butter! WE WILL BE BACK, so you may want to warn Norman!!

P
Portland
109 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner tonight was wonderful. Besides good food the quiet ambiance allowed us to talk comfortably. One of us is hard of hearing while another talks very softly. Dinner in a typical place did not allow a conversation to flow along easily. Cabezon provided a space for us to share true communication.

PD
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find! First, kudos to the bartender for making some really great cocktails. The oysters and phyllo-wrapped shrimp as appetizers were great, and the monkfish and cioppino main courses were original and very tasty. Dessert -- try the profiteroles!!!

P
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went on NYE and had to wait for a request ed table. Two complaints is that other than the bar (which the seats were full) there’s no other place to wait and you end up blocking the entrance or the waiter/waitress serving food #2 - for an 8:15p reservation, they ran out of TWO menu specials 😤......but the Cesar salad is delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Cabezon for seafood. Love the beet salad, specials, seafood and steak dishes.

R
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we put in our mouths was fantastic. This is a lovely place to splurge for a special occasion!

F
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The quality of the food is consistently delicious, the drinks are well prepared, and the overall experience is superlative!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Worth the money.

K
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We joined some friends who had been to Cabezon many times and were not disappointed. We shared the crab potpie and the prawns for our appetizer. We all loved the prawns! Crunchy and flavorful, the sauce was the perfect pair with them. The sea bass and lamb ragu were both scrumptous and the right size. Again, we shared - a dessert this time - the profiteroles and they were the perfect ending to an outstanding meal. The wait staff were warm, knowledgeable and friendly. One thing I would say though, for whoever is watching the door, a nod or a smile to acknowledge that you see someone is helpful if you cannot get to them right away. We will happily return again!!

F
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! We especially enjoyed sitting at our cozy round table in the front corner, table #8. We are elders and the noise level is manageable in that corner.

The cioppino was especially delicious! Compliments to the chef!

Also, thank you for accommodating the garlic allergy of one of our party. Much appreciated.

We’ll be back soon!

Fran

SA
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Christmas eve dinner here and it was busy. We'll definitely come back! Special crab pot pie appetizer was delicious. We both had cioppino which was excellent. Wondeful dessert of profiteroles flavored with Maker's Mark whiskey. Cocktails perfect. Can't think of a negative thing, was warm and inviting with great service.

D
Portland
150 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cabezon is the restaurant highlight in our neighborhood. If we lived across town, we would make the trip to dine here. The service is friendly and efficient, and we love sitting at the bar and watching the action in the kitchen. The seafood is super fresh and preparations are creative and oh so good! Cocktails are well crafted, the ambience is nice. Cabezon is the perfect place to grab an early bite and a drink, to indulge in a full dinner, or have a group dining experience for a special occasion. Highly recommended!

AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a party of 4 and each of us had a different entree. We were in full agreement that our meal was excellent. Highly recommend.

j
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

the steak was incredibly good
the cioppino was a bit watery. could have been richer and more flavorful.
ambiance was top notch
would go back

N
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find-we were back in Portland for an annual visit and we made it a point to dine at Cabezón again. Everything we ate was better than last year's visit.

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Cabezon, often for special occasions. This was one of the best meals we've had there. Wonderful gravlax appetizer with lemon creme fraiche plus monkfish and black cod served with green veggies and jasmine rice. Good flavor combinations.

CT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cabezon is a lovely restaurant with attention to the inventive and well-presented food. We had the beet salad with goat cheese and greens that was delicious. Also the green papaya salad atop a seared white fish-really exquisite. The Cioppino was good-excellent broth and perfectly cooked seafood, but in retrospect the other entrees offered more tantalizing variety of flavors. We finished the meal with the pear tartine topped with caramel and ice cream that was heavenly. We were able to have dessert because the portions were right-sized, not a mound of food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot! Lots of flavors and options. Highly recommended! We’ll be back.

C
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cab exon is always fabulous! It never disappoints. The menus is diverse with consistent favorites.

BB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Fine, but not worth the hype or money. Flavor lacking

K
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was informative, helped with pairing wine with our courses and fun! Started with a glass of Prosecco paired with the shrimp wrapped in filo and basil with a light delicious peanut sauce and thinly sliced carrots, sweet red bell peppers, onions and rice noodles. Since it was a cool evening and we both wanted something hardy but not to filling we decided to share the cioppino, an Italian seafood stew. The cioppino is a tomato based stew of blue mussels, shrimp, white fish, Dungeness crab, calamari, fennel, onion and garlic. Definitely, ask for additional bread to soak up the broth, you won't want to leave until your bowl is empty! We paired the 2013 Anne Amie "Prisme" Pinot Nior Blanc which is fruit forward and a wine we were not familiar with and it paired well with the richness of the broth and seafood. Good acid balance. Alterative suggestion was the Pinot Gris. Dessert we tried the pear tart with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream...a pair of a finish! Since moving to Portland a couple of months ago, we have visited Cabezon a half a dozen of times and each time try a new dish. Highly recommend for foodies as well as a special dinner occasion or looking for great seafood along with an interesting wine list. Buon Appetito!

RG
Seattle
65 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great dinner and we enjoyed the ambiance and service. We were happy with everything we ordered. Wished they had a few more seafood options for the main course.

DR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cabezon never fails to deliver a wonderful evening out. Great service and outstanding local farm to table fare. It's both a neighborhood and a Portland gem. We've loved going here since it opened.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious! We will be back!

G
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been trying different seafood restaurants in the Portland area for a couple of months now and this place is at the top of our list. Go early since like most good seafood places they run out of the catch of the day.

c
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great service, reasonable food (but I find the 'no substitutions ' rule for sides a little limiting. Probably would go again.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the table designed for two, the manager talking with us, and the excellent seafood. If we return to Portland we would make this a certain stop!

b
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It’s been over 5 years since I’ve dined here. It was good but I’ll prob go another 5 again. Food was good, not exceptional. Nothing worth me salivating to go back for.

T
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best seafood places in Portland. Have the Blinis. And the Cioppino. Oh, and they had fresh swordfish in the form of the best grilled swordfish steak I've ever had.

KK
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was in Portland for business and found this little jewel! The halibut was absolutely awesome! I would highly recommend this place for any occasion for fabulous food and to carry on a conversation.

PK
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here 5 times and it is always excellent. A neighborhood gem!! Great food & service, great ambiance and WOW, we could hear each other!! We will return again.

CK
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazimg, as always! Our server Norman was impeccable. The food and cocktails were divine. My favorite restaurants in Portland, hands down!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. There was an unfortunate variability in the temp sitting by the window. It was cold, the heat would kick on and then it would be very warm.

KD
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant. The space is well designed and intimate. If noise is an issue asked to be seated in the smaller room off to left. Small menu but the selection was perfect mainly fish and seafood. I had a purée squash soup to begin that was superb. Flavor was full with many different tastes. My partner had the cod which was perfectly cooked and I had the house speciality. To finish we had this whiskey ice cream. Go you will not regret it

K
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cabezon is a secret jewel in PDX’s dining crown. It’s my “go-to” fine dining with visitors. Signature dish: Cioppino. Fish is always lovely. Excellent wine list. The dessert is usually outstanding. However, the Pear Tartine was disappointing.

PI
Seattle
83 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! Booked this restaurant based on others reviews and was not disappointed. The mussels were to die for! Both fish entrees were delicious and well presented. Service was excellent.

GS
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All three dinners were outstanding. We had a delightful evening with just the right attention from our server.

a
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great Service. Must eat the caviar/blinis.

D
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Last time we dined at Cabezon, it was fabulous. Food was amazing and service was great.
This time, a completely different experience. Our server disappeared for long periods of time. Our food took forever to appear ...even soup as a starter. We kept looking around wondering if something was going on or if the restaurant was short staffed.
Then the main course was just OK. Two of us ordered the ciopppino, which I had had before. It was just OK, not great. Much less fish and crab than were in last time. I wouldn't be able to rave about it as I had hoped to. The other two entrees were just also, just OK.
The server could have come out and apologized for the food taking so long, at least to let us know she had us in mind. Nope...nothing until we spoke up.
I am sorry, but with so many great restaurants in Portland, a disappointing meal and poor service means we won't be back for quite awhile. Too bad.