Caffe Mingo

4.8
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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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Portland
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
2 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
31 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
6 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
192 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mingo continues to offer well prepared and quality food.

BL
Seattle
27 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.

AT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent! Thank you!

SC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect date, the perfect meal, outstanding service. Thank you!

c
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

OT
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, as always. Amazing food comes out of that small kitchen, and we are always happy with whatever we order. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The wine list is excellent and well priced, and the atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. This has long been and continues to be one of our favorite restaurants.

MK
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love going here. The fresh corn risotto is great. We also order the shrimp skewers a lot. We have always enjoyed all the food and the service is great

T
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Caffe Mingo is the place you take anyone who loves and appreciates overall excellence; the food is SO good.

JG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cafe Mingo was excellent in all respects, as usual. The food was supurb as well as the service.

JA
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If one likes authentic meals in an Italian kitchen style setting, Caffe Mingo should be a destination. Reservations are strongly recommended.

TT
Nashville
32 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been regulars of Cafe Mingo for many years. We absolutely LOVE this restaurant for the food and the service! It is a very quaint and personal place and they have become friends over the years who know us by name. They are definitely one of our top restaurant picks in a town of many choices.

h
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of Portland's finest restaurants! Beautiful food. Great service. Fantastic wines. And the tomatoes this time of year are outstanding. Get ye a Caprese Salad!

ZC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food in a relaxed environment. Service is outstanding, and the price point is great. Recommend to anyone!

AB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian food and wine list in charming neighborhood setting. Heirloom tomato appetizer followed by two apps (spediini shrimp dish and warm octoupus salad are a delicious combo to share). Then aglio e oglio, just one of the several homemade pasta options. Saw lots of great looking pizza at nearby tables. If you like delicious Italian food, don't miss this place (and/or the casual Bar Mingo next door). Molto bene.

OB
London
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We used to love this place, but it has made changes that aren’t to our liking. The bread used to be heavenly- no longer. The menu has fewer imaginative choices. I love polenta, but not if it has garlic in it! We will stick to Bar Mingo from now on.

T
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for spouse and I to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

J
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had an excellent meal, with great service. Caffe Mingo has been a favorite for years, and it does not disappoint.

PB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noisy
Friends from Boston - difficult to hear and be heard

J
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We first came to this restaurant 20 years ago. Now that we have moved to Portland, it is wonderful to know that it continues to provide excellent food and service for reasonable prices. It is quite noisy especially for one who wears - hearing aids . But that is also a sign of people enjoying good company and good food. Defitely worth the trip!!!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

JH
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always excellent! It is our favorite restaurant!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!

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FK
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would recommend to friends who don't mind that they can't talk with their dinner partner and be heard.

RM
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good food. Pizza too salty, squid a little tough, but everything else was very good. Prices are very reasonable, both for food and wine. We will be back.

j
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming space with delicious food and lovely service. The pasta with braised beef was fantastic! Also loved octopus with summer salad.

KR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food with artful presentation. The lemon pudding cake with whip cream and fresh berries was incredible!

LR
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's like an Italian kitchen opening right into this smaller restaurant. Good smells, appearance and great food.

RM
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

ST
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

been many times....never fails to be delicious .....only hint was server didn't pace the delivery well so we felt rushed....knowing it was a Friday evening, makes the diners feel like they want you in & out but she was very pleasant and professional and friendly

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