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Lilia Comedor, Portland, OR

Lilia Comedor

4.8
4.8
173 Reviews
$50 and over
Farm-to-table
Award-winning Chef Juan Gomez, who helped República garner best new restaurant nods from Bon Appétit and James Beard, is taking a more personal approach to PNW cuisine. Recently nominated one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the Country by the New York Times, Lilia offers dishes like Pork Collar Confit and fresh Aguachile, leaning on Chef Juan's Mexican-American roots while showcasing hyper-seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. The airy, unpretentious space and breezy patio befit the South Waterfront vibe.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (541) 900-5836
  • Payment options
    Carte Blanche, Cheque Gourmet, Diners Club, Discover, Eurocheque Card, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Juan Gomez
  • Private party facilities
    Please reach out to lafondita@republicapdx.com for private event inquiries!
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Portland
  • Cross street
    On S Moody Ave, 1 block N. of the South Waterfront Lower Tram Terminal.
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    S Moody & Gibbs
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Counter

    $98.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at the chef's counter for a tasting menu experience delivered by Chef Juan. You will get to taste every dish on the menu for the week. The menu changes every week so you will always have something new!

What 173 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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Portland / Oregon

    Innovative

  • Portland

    Best Food

  • Portland

    Innovative

  • Portland

    Hot spot

173 Reviews
  1. kristens

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food made with love! probably the best pork dish I’ve ever had! Will dream about it lol. Drinks were delish as well! Loved that the servers explained every dish. Wish we had tried dessert! 100% will be back.

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  2. JessicaS

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and creative menu. We enjoyed everything we ate and drank.

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  3. Mayaluig

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I found this place a bit confusing - veggies & wine were great BUT proteins... Why fly in live scallops from Alaska only to throw so much on top of them that you can't even taste the actual scallop anymore? The granita was too much & was way too sweet, so much so that this felt like a dessert but was an appetizer...why? The actual mole was good & paired well with the roasted beets but the main star of the show on the plate was intended to be the duck which was way overcooked. Definitely a medium to well done versus a medium rare I had high hopes for this spot but overall the food didn't deliver. One of the servers was brilliant & friendly. The other, awkward & kind of curt. The whole experience felt disjointed.

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  4. IsabelleK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding; the duck and nixtamalized beets absolutely blew me and my partner away. The Chef's Counter tasting menu is fully worth it, gastronomically, at $98 a head. I am dairy intolerant and the kitchen modified one dish for me and completely substituted another, and I never felt at all like I was missing out or not getting a wonderful dish as a result. Really appreciate the chef's flexibility and the work they put into every dish.

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  5. AB95

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably some of the best food ive ever had. The service is attentive and the kitchen really shows their agility in coordination of dishes.

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  6. Rhianna

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chef Juan is fabulous and his food is even better. We would highly recommend going to Lilia.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent. Last night was even better. Hard to explain how it’s possible to get such depth of flavor and complexity, while keeping the flavors clear. Just great!

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  8. PatrickS

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not only does the food look beautiful…it’s amazing. Chef Juan is an incredible and talented. Sit at the chef’s counter. Great experience with Chef Juan Gomez explains the origin of the food and how it’s prepared. The desserts AMAZING. Support Chef Juan and his team.

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  9. JeffreyE

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All employees were very passionate and friendly. All recommendations were excellent!

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  10. AndyandMirandaH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my wife to Lilia Comador for early Valentines Day dinner this weekend. We've been wanting to eat here for a while, and holy cow was it simply the BEST dining experience!!! Owner/chef Juan Gomez and his staff are absolute LEGENDS! We did the chef's counter experience, where Chef Gomez walks you through what went into every dish, and you can taste true love and joy in every morsel...every individual ingredient. This is the finest dining experience in Portland with not one iota of pretentiousness. Chef even happily posed for a pic with us after dinner. 10 Stars on a Five Star scale. Go do this. You will NOT regret it. Thank you Chef Gomez for an amazing experience!

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  11. Michelle

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely chef’s counter experience. Loved watching the plates come out and seeing the chef’s gastronomical talents on display in prep and precision. Would recommend for a delicious dinner!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We decided to have the full course ( one of everything on the menu) for 4 people. The protein dishes were delicious but the plant based dishes were a little underwhelming. We were surprised that we were left with the same tasting plate throughout the whole course of the meal. At this price point you should get a fresh tasting plate with every dish that is being serve. Still a great experience but I don’t think we would go back.

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  13. GraceH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at the counter and did the chef's tasting menu, and loved absolutely everything! The staff was also super friendly and knowledgable. Lovely time, will definitely be back.

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  14. Holly

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I really love this place. The food is some of the best in Portland for sure. My only critique is that the service is always really slow, regardless of how busy or slow they are. To me this isn't the end of the world, but it's a bit annoying when they include automatic gratuity that (if I remember correctly) is over 20%. So just prepare for slow service, but good food!

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  15. guest

    Portland

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s amazing—-every entree option and the desserts. Never disappoints!

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  16. ChelseaL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite restaurant in PDX. Both times I’ve visited I’ve done the chefs counter and I couldn’t recommend the experience enough. You get to try every mouth watering dish on the menu and you leave full which is the best part compared to other tasting menus. The staff are welcoming and professional. Kudos to Chef Juan for all the love and thoughtfulness he puts into the menu each week! We will be sure to return again for another special experience.

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  17. Fastyper

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely service and one of a kind dishes cooked with great care. I am personally not the most adventurous diner but for those who are, check it out.

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  18. OldGrowth

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there for a special anniversary dinner and it did feel special

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth every penny. Chef’s Counter is the way to go.

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  20. AshtonK

    Austin

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I rarely get a kid free evening, but when we do we love a great meal not only tastes great but is a new experience. Lilia Comedor was exactly that. We opted for the tasting menu plus wine paring and will totally do that again the next time. The tasting menu portion size wise was perfect. It was pretty generous compared to other tastings we have done in the past. This was the first tasting menu I have ever experienced where I needed a to go box. The food itself was amazing. We had never had elevated Latin American food and WOW, we have been missing out. If you're on the fence, pull the trigger. We will go back for sure.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu was absolutely amazing, as well as the service. It was an experience, to all the details of the plating of the food. The waiters were quick, kind and took the time to explain the menu. I would recommend this place & can’t wait to come back!

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  22. JoJo

    Portland

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Maybe we just were there on an off day. This restaurant is all the rage in the talk of James Beard and other recognition, but it didn’t really seem like the menu options coordinated very well, the spice profile was essentially the same across each of the dishes we had, and most of the flavors were either bland or a bit over complex (the spices in the protein fighting with the spices in the salsa fighting more still with the spices in the salsa) so that there was never really a perfect bite. Even some of the non-food choices seemed odd. Only a butter knife with carne asada, which was not cooked well enough to be that simple. And individual plates that have a narrow foot so that when you’re trying to cut on them, if you’re not in the very center, they tip. People seem to love this restaurant so I may try again, but my first visit was a bit confusing if not flat out disappointing

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  23. Emily

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fantastic. It was very delicious, although I wish we had had two separate plates for our tasting menu. It was really only an issue when we had to share one taco. The wine pairing was really great, and I recommend adding that as well.

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  24. DavidK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to the team at Lilia for an outstanding dinner. You knocked our socks off and then some. We surrender. We are yours forever and will never be the same. Viva Mexico and Viva Lilia Comedor. Bravo 👏 Ozzie and The Kitchers

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food! Great wine pairings! Just perfection!

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  26. ConnerC

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The team and chef at Lilia Comedor take on elevated Mexican/Latin American cuisine with pride and it truly reflects onto the quality of food we enjoyed during our dinner. Everything was delicious, was paced excellently, and the staff was so kind and helpful.

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  27. BrandonH

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m not one to leave reviews but I felt compelled to after last night… This was the best meal I’ve had in years. From the first dish to the last it was absolutely incredible. This will absolutely be a place we come back to every time we visit. Huge thanks to entire staff for making our experience such a memorable one.

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  28. StaceyD

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Simply outstanding! Take everything you think you know about Mexican cuisine and throw it out the window. This is true, authentic Mexican cuisine reminiscent of fine dining restaurants found in Mexico City. Every bite, every morsel, every detail is well thought out and perfectly executed. The menu changes with seasonal availability, but on our visit we shared the oysters, the scallop crudo, the mushroom huarache and the pork collar confit. Each and every dish was outstanding. We can’t wait to go back and try a completely different menu next time. And finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the superb service which made the experience even more memorable!

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  29. DanielL

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Attentive service and great food made for a very pleasant evening.

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  30. LaurenR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. We will definitely be back!

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  31. RoseR

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was fantastic! For a girl who doesn’t eat spicy foods that much it was perfect. Spicy but not deadly! The food presentation was gorgeous and the staff was very attentive. Will go back for sure!!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Absolutely amazing. Beautiful blend of both Mexican and PNW ingredients. Focused menu done really well. Service was the best that I have experienced in Portland. The staff were all attentive, knowledgeable, and passionate about all their offerings. Will definitely be back!

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  33. Wino

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    BEST food I’ve ever had in my life! Already told others about it and they’ve now made reservations.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience. The food is fantastic. Service is on point. Currently my favorite restaurant in PDX.

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  35. AndreaW

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of 5 celebrated my 65th birthday w a memorable dinner at Lilia Commedor. We chose to order the complete menu with wine pairings for each course. The food was a delight to all your senses: visual presentations were artistic and enticing, waiter described the local ingredients and the preparation process for each course, and the taste was extraordinary and amazing! It may require patience to get a reservation, but the memory of this dining experience will linger forever.

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  36. MarkN

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Creative, simple approaches to great ingredients. We ordered 3 dishes (one from each category of their menu) and the 2 desserts and everything was fantastic. And the cocktails and wine were also great.

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  37. Tees

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lilia was a wonder experience! This is gourmet Mexican food like we’ve never had. We shared a dish from each category: appetizer-shrimp ceviche style with amazing dual sauce accompaniment; small plate-smoked chinook salmon with black beans, brussel sprouts and micro greens; entree-pork collar prepared confit style, with charred leeks, cabbage slaw and not too spicy flavorful chili sauce. The wine steward was very helpful with the foreign wine list, assuring we chose the best wine in our price range to go with the entire meal. Loved! It is very expensive all in, so be prepared for that.

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  38. VictoriaF

    Tahoe

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    For me this is hands down the best restaurant in Portland. The food is amazing, both unique and fresh. The chef table experience is wonderful. It is a bit pricey but worth saving up for. Staff is friendly and despite being busy it feels pretty calm. Great wine list.

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  39. NancyD

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent. Noise level was too high for us.
    Lilia ComedorResponded on January 5, 2024
    Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for joining us for dinner. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food. In the future if it is too noisy, please let us know and we will do our best to manage the noise if possible. We hope to see you soon!

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  40. Kelso

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 as expected. New week, New menu. NEVER had a repeated dish all 2023 🙌🙏🙌

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Lilia Comedor is rated 4.8 stars by 173 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 22 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Lilia Comedor

3159 S Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97239

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On S Moody Ave, 1 block N. of the South Waterfront Lower Tram Terminal.
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, American, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    S Moody & Gibbs
  • Payment options
    Carte Blanche, Cheque Gourmet, Diners Club, Discover, Eurocheque Card, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Executive chef
    Juan Gomez
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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