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Cabezon Restaurant

4.6
1129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, French, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM,
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM - 10:00PM.
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Phone number
(503) 284-6617
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Farrell
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Private party facilities
Cabezon Restaurant is a quaint and intimate bistro that offers space for private dining that can seat up to 40 people and cocktail/hors d'oeuvres for 50. Our restaurant is great for hosting holiday parties, wedding rehearsals, and many other events.
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Private party contact
jackie speck: (503) 501-7677
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
NE Sandy Blvd.
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Parking details
Ample street parking in the neighbourhood.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1129 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 hours ago

We absolutely live Cabezon, the food is great, the service excellent always, great cocktails and a bargain for what you get. Been so many places in Portland, more expensive and never as good or the service is never as good. This is amazing find!!!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing, the restaurant was beautiful, parking is my only gripe. Street parking only, so I had to do a bit of a hike before a date.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

First time for all four of us in the party. The food and service were above par! Highly recommend this restaurant for all seafood lovers. The decor is absolutely spectacular too!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Cabezon never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Creative takes on mostly seafood with dishes you won't find elsewhere even when you have seen the name of the dish before (onion tart, cajun grouper). Friendly, knowledgeable and prompt service with an excellent wine list at appropriate prices.
Only downside is hard wooden seats.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Delicious food, always well-prepared. Tonight the halibut was grilled perfectly. Their wine selection is varied in style & price point, so there is something for everyone. Our service was attentive but not intrusive- very friendly staff. I have only had good experiences here.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Service was pleasant, but slow. Our server never returned to ask how we were enjoying our meal. Both our entrees were a bit on the cool side: halibut and the cioppino.
The cioppino was was less than spectacular; the singular crab claw was difficult to eat without splashing red broth everywhere. I counted three mussels and three clams in my dish ; the squid was rubbery. Overall, not a great dish, both because it was not served hot and it lacked flavor. Supposedly there was saffron in the broth but it was too subtle for my taste. I think the rockfish in the cioppino was over cooked . Sigh. I was a bit underwhelmed after recently having a fabulous “fish soup” at Bistro 4 in Walla Walla .

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Wonderful restaurant! The food and ambiance are delightful. It's a great place to go have a relaxing, excellent meal without feeling you are crammed into a space and having to listen to your neighbor's conversation. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

As good as it gets!!! Quaint, quiet and elegant atmosphere with impeccable service and exceptional dishes . Every item is a culinary masterpiece. Thank you for a lovely dining experience,,,

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Cod with potato ravioli was fantastic as was the blood orange old fashioned

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

the food was lovely. the service was less than acceptable. food was brought out in a very odd sequence. the wait staff made too many assumptions.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Cabezon is one of our favorite restaurants! Great chef, owner and staff

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Just a quick dinner. The food was amazing & our server was a total gem!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Amazing experience and we will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very pleased with our first experience. Only thing I would have liked different would have been a free dessert for my wife on her birthday. Server was exceptional. Food was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

The seafood was fabulous - expertly prepared, lots of flavor and interesting combinations of ingredients. The salad and the prawns appetizer were yummy. The server suggested three of us split the two and that was plenty. Decent wine list and fun cocktails. Will definitely go back again, and maybe even save room for dessert!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Delicious cioppino. We also enjoyed the Caesar salad very much. Great wine, great food, great company.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our visit was perfect and can't wait to come again. Food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Everything was fabulous! Four of us dined and all loved our food choices. The grouper was the best ever!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Cabezon is an experience that never disappoints. As always, the meal was very, very good, and while we looked around at other's choices, were reminded why we like coming back to this neighborhood spot. (Apparently, this wasn't only our destination, as others seem to show up on a regular basis) Our seafood-based meals were well presented & tasty. The wine pairing fit perfectly...we even left room for dessert!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Cabezon is a quaint Laurelhurst neighborhood spot that we were looking forward to based on the reviews, though I must admit I had not heard of Cabezon prior to searching Open Table. A friend from NYC from long ago was coming to Portland for a local dog show. We hadn't seen each other for 43 years.

The food was OK but a bit disappointing in the flavor department, based on the reviews I had read prior to making the reservation. The food wasn't bad per se, just nothing exciting, the dishes didn't have much flavor - just ho hum - unremarkable but nicely presented. We shared two appetizers: the onion tart and the shrimp/lentil/phyllo concoction. My friend had the fish dinner (cod or sole) and I had the lamb. The lamb had a huge piece of sinew running through it so even though the thin slices were cooked beautifully, it was difficult to separate the meat from sinew, leaving little meat to eat. The first bite I had to spit out (embarrassing!) because I couldn't chew it apart. At that point I began to dissect the meat more carefully. The flavor of the meat was good, the broccolini (or whatever it was) was cooked beyond recognition and the starch accompaniment was bland (it was so uneventful I can't recall what it was!).

If you like food with more subdued flavors and on the bland side, you would like Cabezon. I don't mean this to be negative. I prefer food with more flavor. I did appreciate, however, that the food was not overly salty to compensate for less flavor, like so many poor restaurants tend to do. I don't think I will be back, but many obviously like the palette Cabezon serves.

We both tried the Orange Blossom margarita which was decent. The service was very good; she did not rush us and planned the food arrival appropriately, allowing my friend and I to catch up on the past 43 years. We were not rushed yet she checked in as needed. For that we are appreciative!

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Cocktails were delicious delicious delicious. Appetizers were sublime.Entrée exceeded expectations. Dessert oh my the banana ice cream was heaven. This place has pride in ownership and you understand why there are no substitutions; the chef knows their craft. If back in Portland this is return must visit.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Great meal. Service is spot on. Let be this place.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Our fave. We go here all the time highly recommend

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

What a delightful meal! We were in the Portland area for a long weekend; Cabezon was one several recommendations that we got from locals. This recommendation was spot-on!

Casual vibe, but the food and wines are SERIOUS!

The menu was focused on mostly local seafood. The wine list was moderately priced featuring good California, French, Oregon selections, including a number of 375ml bottles, which was perfect for the two of us to have Sprinkling Wine with Oysters on the half shell and the Warm Beet and Caramelized Onion Tart (No pic available - we killed it before we thought about getting a picture) as starters. We switched to Pinot Blanc (375ml again) with the Halibut and Swordfish Entrees. Both of the entrees were great, but the Swordfish was the best I've ever had!

We also had a lovely Rhubarb Shortcake for dessert.

We highly recommend Cabezon! If you're not from Portland, allow a few extra minute in planning your arrival as the parking is challenging. By the end of the meal, you will have totally forgotten about the parking hassle!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We loved this place. The seafood was fresh, cooked perfectly, and the flavors were phenomenal. We had several drinks between our group, all were delicious. If you love seafood, you should visit.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I love this restaurant! The food is terrific. The staff are friendly and attentive. You must be willing to park about 3 blocks away. But the area is safe to walk to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

This was our fourth time at Cabezon. As always, it was a pleasant experience. The menu changes depending on season and availability and although we have our favorites from a previous visit, it has been interesting and tasty to try different items.

We were a table of four --- we introduced our friends to Cabezon. They were delighted. Each of their choices was very well received --- as was my husband's starter and meal.

I would like this to be a 100% favorable revue, but I think it would be best to let you know that my meal --- red snapper with fried artichokes and string potatoes --- could be improved. The fish was fresh and delicious. The sauce was delicious, but the serving could have had a bit more. The fried artichokes were a disappointment. There were a few small desiccated slices that were hard to chew and had no flavor. The take away was --- Why bother.

For dessert I had the rhubarb shortcake. This was a disappointment. The rhubarb had a delicious flavor, but it was not succulent. It was dry and the serving was not generous. It needed some saucy rhubarb with the crunchier bits. "A" for flavor. "D" for overall dish.

Would I recommend and return to Cabezon. You bet. This was the first time I have ever not been completely satisfied with the food. The service and ambiance has always been very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We live in the neighborhood and come here several times year on special occasions. We are planning on dropping by of a late afternoon in between these occasions, sitting at the bar, and indulging in creative drinks and appetizers.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

once again Cabezon fails to disappoint, everything is perfect and they also make an epic Manhattan. We had salads and the fish entree's. Our server was awesome, attentive and not over bearing. they even have great bread.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Portland.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We dined on Monday night and so it wasn't quite full, and that might be a reason for carrying the conversation easily without a whole lot of noises. But the best part was the seafood, the mussels, the tuna, the cioppino, the bread...on and on; everything was superbly done. Oh, the Whiskey ice cream was very tasty! Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had heard wonderful things about Cabezon and I was looking for a seafood restaurant to celebrate my birthday with out of town family. The experience started out positive - we had a reservation and the hostess even asked our preference of two tables. However, the service was incredibly slow. Drink orders took nearly 15 minutes to be received. Generally the services was par to sub-par. But it was the disappointing food. Please know that the menu on their website is not what is “always” available plus daily specials. It’s possible our party dined there on a night with a menu that wasn’t what we were looking for... and I understand that.
I am NOT someone who seeks to write negative (or less than stellar) reviews of restaurants. But I do think this restaurant is a tad overhyped and you need to go in knowing the menu is not what is posted online plus daily additions/specials. Even then, for the quality and service, I would not go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very good meal and great service . Definitely go back here again.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our first time there, and we'lldefinitely return. Food and service both excellent, and a good value. We really liked the ambience. Nice comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Love this place - always!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We came on a Friday night and the place was packed. The noise level almost dissuaded us from staying...but fortunately, we took a chance that it would improve. We are glad we did. We loved the food which was expertly prepared and quite delicious. The drinks were good as well. The waiter was a pro and despite the crowd, managed to provide good service. We will be back though we may choose a weeknight instead..

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The service was great (attentive, not obtrusive), the food was incredible, and the pacing was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Glad to discover this gem!
Wonderful in all ways!
Wine list was very nice and not too "fussy".
We had a couple of fish specials and the cod off the regular menu; and shared a fabulous dessert (profita rolls).
Staff was pleasant and felt right at home.
Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Wonderful dinner with exceptional quality local ingredients. Service was very good and non-obtrusive. Loved the marlin and my sister really enjoy the steak. And, we share chocolate for dessert! I will definitely be back.

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