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Caffe Mingo, Portland, OR

Caffe Mingo

4.8
4.8
260 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 226-4646
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    for private event inquiries please email barmingo@comcast.net
  • Neighborhood
    Northwest Portland
  • Cross street
    21st Ave / Johnson St.
  • Parking details
    valet also available behind the building on Johnson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 260 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Italian

  • Portland

    Best Overall

  • Portland

    Best Food

  • Portland

    Neighborhood gem

  • Portland

    Italian

260 Reviews
  1. JasonM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was quite attentive until we received our entrees. Pizzas were good if not delicious. Ravioli was very well made but the sauce was not as advertised on the menu. It was more of a fresh tomato marinara than a vodka sauce. Very tasty though. The real issue was the beef filet. It was ordered Medium Rare and was delivered Medium well, just a slight pink in the very middle. The kitchen cut the steak through the middle to present in on the plate and should never have sent it out like that. Tried unsuccessfully to get our servers attention to make a correction. They did remove have the cost of the entree for my trouble, so I guess that is something.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both had the halibut special after salad and oysters. Nice variety of alcohol and non alcoholic beverages

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mingo’s never disappoints. Great dishes and always love that Penne al Sugo! Convivial atmosphere. Nice staff.

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  4. GaryS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Continues to maintain such a high standard for food and service. Small intimate but comfortable space. The best pasta in Portland since the 1990’s.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, ambience, service- can’t wait to return!

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  6. JamesE

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Marinara sauce truly incredible. Nice staff and room.

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  7. CariM

    Portland

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is amazing. We had burrata appetizer is fabulous. We also love the penne al auto di carne is the best I’ve had. We also had the spumoni dessert was also unique and delicious. The staff was so friendly. Highly recommend

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  8. BobS

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to live in PDX and still go back occasionally. When we do, Cafe Mingo, after all these years, remains a dining destination. In a foody city, it is consistently good, lively and friendly. It's a nice mix of "old Portland" with a younger neighborhood clientele and predictably good food. It's the ultimate "comfort food" place.

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  9. ryanb

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we go here, the food, service and wine are exceptional. We order a mix of favorites with new items and we're always impressed! It's a treat when we go out and we know we're going to walk away happy and satisfied.

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  10. ItalianFun

    Portland

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great meal at Cafe Mingo. We go often.

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  11. BillF

    Portland

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    More like $$$ than $$ value, but still a nice place

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  12. Tiga

    Portland

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered vongole special. Delicious. Server was attentive and recommended glasses of wine to accompany based on my flavor profile preferences. Complimented my pasta dish well.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t wait to go back! Perfection! Two thumbs up!

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  14. GregW

    Portland

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went early on a Thursday evening with wife to celebrate an occasion. I brought a bottle of wine from my cellar and my wife had glasses sparkling wine. Service was attentive without being too much. I had a bread and olives to start, followed by a Caesar salad and beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes & broccolini. My wife had oysters, mixed greens and ravioli. We shared a bread pudding for dolce. Everything was excellent.

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  15. CraigH

    Portland

    50 reviews

    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have been here many times. We come back because the service is always friendly, efficient and professional. The food is outstanding and we love the quiet ambiance. This visit was as we expected. The only nit pick is that the Fettuccine Chicken Cacciatore was over salted which took away from the wonderful flavor.

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  16. Sandiests

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend told us about Café Mingo. We're so glad. It has a great vibe. Awesome service my salad was fresh and delicious and one of the best pizzas we've ever had. Can't wait to come back.

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  17. Datenight

    Portland

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a treat to dine here. The place is small but the service and meals are wonderful. Parking can be a hurdle at peak times.

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  18. MichelleR

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An old favorite of ours that never disappointed. Great place for a date dinner as well as for a larger party.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service! We have been here many times and will continue to go back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have never in my life had better Bruschetta, in fact I think it’s the best appetizer I’ve eaten. Next time I’m getting an entire order to myself! The blood orange margaritas were excellent. The waitstaff was wonderful, the ambiance was so welcoming and romantic. We loved it!

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  21. SaraD

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Darling restaurant, delicious food! The only disappointment was notifying them when I reserved that we were celebrating birthday, and I told the person seating us that it was birthday too- they brought our desert that we ordered (not one they offered for bday) without candle. I had to take it back to them and ask them to put a candle in it. I always love the gesture of a restaurant bringing the desert on their own small it can be with candle. Otherwise, highly recommend this wonderful gem.

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  22. JimG

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Returning to Caffe Mingo I can rely on favorites due to a somewhat limited but outstanding menu. Consistent quality and excellent service. We continue to visit when time allows.

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  23. Ivory

    Boise

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We had excellent Willapa Bay oysters. Perfectly chilled. The drinks were also good but the noise level was so high that it was difficult to converse. The veal chop entree was smothered in a red sauce very unappealing. Pizza was just so so. Ice cream dessert was fine.

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  24. DRose

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious! Three of us shared 2 pastas, a pizza and apps. It was enough to have us leaving stuffed.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant! Romantic and intimate setting with delicious food and amazing service.

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  26. AartiP

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    All in all, everything was average and ok. I would not go back. I found the options to be okay and nothing exciting. The flavors to be dull and the service to be slow and not really professional. Example: Bruschetta costed 20 dollars with only the top bread having shrimp and the bottom bread being naked.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, excellent food. Fish, pasta, cheese, meats all very tasty. Worth another visit soon.

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  28. Jigsaw

    Houston

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Neighborhood place. Tasty meal- uneven service. Table placement seems to make it awkward for servers to interact w guests

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  29. CurtisB

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Great food and service. We have this restaurant top of our list every time we come to Portland.

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  30. Buddinggourmand

    Portland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal in a warm and inviting restaurant with excellent and friendly service.

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  31. JonF

    Portland

    180 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    180 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It's been a long time since I ate at Caffé Mingo with my wife… We usually eat at the sister restaurant Bar Mingo, but there was a party event. We really enjoyed our dinner out and the food was excellent as was a service.

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  32. BobS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Penne w/bolonese sauce Any mixed drink Any dessert

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  33. MikeM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love both Cafe’ Mingo and the Barba Mingo next door.

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  34. AllanL

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very noisy, especially four women at a table next to us.

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  35. foodieextraordinarie

    Portland

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and wine as always. Thanks Michael for making Caffe Mingo such an integral part of our NW neighborhood.

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  36. Hangrie

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Caffe Mingo was a big surprise. We ordered wine and cocktails, brussel sprouts with bread and the chicken ragu and risotto. Everything was absolutely delicious no doubt about it. I wanted to take photos but we enjoyed the food too much I totally forgot. Great ambience and the server was amazing. Will be back!

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  37. MercedesB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was great. Service not so much. Suspect that they were short staffed.

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  38. JLDoane

    New York City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great experience. The ravioli was over the top.

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  39. DavidL

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We shared a salad, entree, bottle of wine, and dessert. The food was simple but absolutely delicious in the best Italian tradition. The service was personable, warm, and knowledgeable. Our experience was wonderful.

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  40. jans

    Portland

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We came for the PER DUE O PIU which we have been doing here for years celebrating anniversaries, birthdays etc. This was always a great feast, not so much this time. While the food was still delicious, the portions were so minuscule that quite frankly there was not much to share. A few months back this included a glass of Prosecco, not any more. Also, why bother to ask in the reservation what the occasion is, when no one in the restaurant takes a note of it? This was a birthday celebration but no staff member acknowledged that.

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FAQs

Caffe Mingo is rated 4.8 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Caffe Mingo

807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1408

Additional information

  • Cross street
    21st Ave / Johnson St.
  • Neighborhood
    Northwest Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    valet also available behind the building on Johnson
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (503) 226-4646
  • Private party facilities
    for private event inquiries please email barmingo@comcast.net
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