Caffe Mingo

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
Caffe Mingo is a small Italian restaurant with big Italian flavors in the heart of Portland. Let our authentic, fresh, homemade dishes take you on a journey through the old country with every bite. Our amazing staff know exactly what should go into, and what should be left out of, a great meal.

Our menu changes weekly to offer you the freshest, highest-quality produce, meats, fish and seafood in season. We proudly use and support SP Provisions, Newman’s Fish Company, SuDan Farms, Hood River Organics, Gathering Together Farms, Prairie Creek Farms, Gatto & Sons, Chef’s Warehouse, Latitude 45 Farms, Corsican Cheese Cellars, Staccato Gelato, Bartur Foods and The Singing Pig Farm.

Caffe Mingo offers simple Italian food made with local, northwest ingredients from our organic farmers and our long-time cooks. Join us for a great meal!


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JV
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite and our service and meals were excellent as always. Table situation near restrooms not ideal as not much room to move between and traffic disrupted the ambiance but still a lovely evening

C
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and even better service.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect!

KW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! A beautiful wine list as well!

JB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious eats!!! The service is great and the atmosphere delightful!!

H
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall great. Thx.

A
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One is my favorite restaurants in Portland. Great Italian food, my favorite dish is the sugo. Highly recommend this place, make a reservation if it’s prime time.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sugo was perfection, the ravioli was over-the-top! Everyone Mingo takes the extra time to make things special. ✔️💫💯

j
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at Cafe Mingo. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful with dinner and wine selections.

SJ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Mingo is consistently outstanding! Service is top rate as well.

AV
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Our server was rude and inattentive. My husband had one drink and then his glass sat empty for nearly the entire meal. She took our charcuterie board before we were finished. We asked what options we could make dairy-free and she only gave us the most expensive option on the menu. We were seated next to a curtain blocking the entrance and it kept billowing onto our table. Two of us ordered the trota and it was so acidic it was nearly inedible.

P
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mingo is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland, OR. especially since they now take reservations! The service is always good. Our waitress was fun and professional. The food is always good too and I love the ambiance.

LE
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

drove 70 miles, looking forward to a intimate date night with my wife of 60 years. ordered a bottle of wine which was brought to us in a timely manner. Waitress asked us if we were ready to order which we did. Salad came, and before we were done with our salad the main dish came. Not more than 15 minutes from when our salad was delivered. Very disappointing time line. Maybe it was up to us to tell the waitress that we were not in any hurry? Living in the mountains and not visiting the city but a couple times a year, not knowing city protocol? With that said the steak, fingerling potatoes, and mushrooms were wonderful. Waitress did comp our desert. Will probably be back some day.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single part - dining, service, food, ambience- of the evening at Cafe Mingo was fantastic! I will certainly return!

EJ
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Organized a surprise dinner for a colleague and the owner went all the way to play along. Worked out very well. Excellent food and wine and a cozy atmosphere.

DA
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and the team at Mingo were very helpful with our group. Great food, a nice wine list and a welcoming atmosphere. Thank you!

ES
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’ve been to caffe mingo a few times but the food was nothing special this evening. I had the meatloaf as it was the featured entree for the evening. The sauce was very good, but the meat was under flavored. One of my guests got a pizza and it was completely disappointing, to the point we were convinced that they couldn’t have made the crust themselves. It was pretty terrible. After the excellent bread they served, we expected a pizza up to the same standards.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and lovely dessert! Waiter even brought a candle for my daughters birthday which was the next day!

DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our time at Caffe Mingo. Great service and atmosphere. I ordered the Spaghetti al Fiore and it was incredible. We will definitely be going back for more.

c
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Table next to the door was cold every time the door was opened. Curtains & space heater are not enough to remedy the situation. Maybe a short wall?

S
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

This reservation was made for a birthday dinner. Instead of 3 people we only had 2. We were seated at a two top between the kitchen entrance and the bathroom hallway. NOT a very nice spot for my birthday.
The service was good and the aglio olio spaghetti was tasty but overcooked. The tiramisu was a huge disappointment- tons of whip cream on top of a little espresso rum soaked biscuit- not at all what I was expecting from an Italian restaurant. I won’t go back also because the noise level was so loud it was an effort to converse. Big disappointment.

j
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Portland is lucky to have this place.

O
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This restaurant seems consistently to have good reviews and judged by the first-name-goodbyes as diners left, the night we were there, a lot of repeat business--always a good sign. The restaurant is small and somewhat crowded which makes conversation sometimes challenging given the noise level. But the service was very good--attentive but not overbearing. Wine and beer only; the wine list is moderate in size and mostly Italian--fortunately I recognized a few options, but I suspect one could get needed advice in making choice. I had the Insalata Mingo--essentially a Caesar salad--and for the entree, sugo di carne (braised beef and pasta) which was delicious; would order it again. Bread with olive oil was excellent. My dessert was a bit overpriced--$9 for a scoop of gelato with biscotti. If you go, be sure to have a reservation although there are places at the bar if you just wandered in.

t
Portland
24 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Seated behind the curtain beside the door was a draughty experience - I wondered if it was just me, but turned around to see another customer with puffy jacket and beanie! A solution needs found to this issue to create the cozy atmosphere the open kitchen deserves. Some very good pasta options on the menu and an excellent wine list, but I might steer clear of the pizza next time which was a bit uninspiring. On balance, would be willing to give this restaurant another go with better seating.

J
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Mingo: Always just terrific in every respect.

B
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, wonderful food exceptional evening

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service.

F
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. Intimate, charming with impeccable service and always delicious food. Great for date night or special occasion.

j
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food took way too long. The server was very apologetic. I think it took an hour to get our food

ST
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved this authentic Italian restaurant in Portland. We went as a family of six with our youngest being 10 years old to celebrate our oldest daughter's 18th birthday. They do not have a specific children's menu, but the waiter was very accommodating for our children. Everything was excellent ...food, service, ambience. Only negatives were that it was a little noisy where we were seated by the kitchen, making it hard to hear each other. And we would have like a few more pasta options on the menu. But would definitely go again with just my husband!

EP
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had forgotten how much we love this place. Romantic atmosphere, great service, wonderful food, nice wines by the glass. This is a neighborhood gem!

TT
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is probably our favorite restaurant in Portland! Everything is excellent from the food to the service and the charm of the interiors! The food is deluxe comfort food that always arrives to the table hot off the stove. The food is not trying to be fussy but it is beautifully prepared. They offer old favorites and specials everyday. It is small and inviting and the staff is excellent and no one ever leaves. They have had the same people working there for years. Thank you Caffe Mingo for your excellence!

LM
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We asked the waiter to recommend a wine and his selection was perfect

S
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to Mike's restaurants for more than 30 years. The food has always been great. It is a favorite destination for us and we will continue to go to Cafe Mingo; It is a place that has great ambiance and great food.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and it was amazing. Gina was our server and guided us through a journey of fantastic food and wine. So well done!

M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After more than 20 years still one of my favorite Portland restaurants
A bustling but intimate setting with excellent service.
The food has and still top notch Italian fare with seasonal items. Cafe Mingo is the type of place you could eat at every month and you would always leave with a smile

O
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite spots when we go to Portland. Food and service are always the best. Owner Mike Cronin always greets you with a smile.

M
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dined at Caffe Mingo for our anniversary. Waiter was very nice - just the right amount of attentiveness. We ordered the salmon (excellent - I mean really, really good), and the carbonara (okay). I thought the wine list was pretty good and priced appropriately. We also enjoyed dessert, the peach/blueberry cobbler (excellent) and the chocolate torte (good).
We went on a Sunday evening, had our choice of seating and chose the window. It's a nice, small restaurant and the noise level was such that we could easily carry on a conversation.
One thing we found cool was that they have a sign posted (in Italian), that if you ride your bike there, they will give you 10% off your meal.
One other thing, no big deal, but they made no comment or gesture regarding our anniversary.
We hadn't been in years, and were quite pleased that we visited them again.

1
Portland
199 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mingo continues to offer well prepared and quality food.

BL
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Mingo was great as always. Our server misunderstood my order but when I mentioned the error he made it right immediately.

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