Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands

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Verde Cocina brings the best of NW bounty to you with a fusion of Mexican flavors. Since 2009 we've been working with local farmers and purveyors to source the freshest ingredients we can find. Looking for a juicy steak, a delicious cheese filled quesadilla, AND a hearty vegan entree to satisfy everyone in your group? You've come to the right place. Our entire menu is naturally gluten-free and we offer options for a wide variety of dietary lifestyles. Paleo and Vegans unite! Our full bar features fresh squeezed cocktails, Mexican and local draft beers, a large selection of premium tequilas, and a delicious selection of wines.

Just up from the Oregon Zoo, Verde Cocina at Sylvan Highlands has family friendly indoor and outdoor dining areas to accommodate parties both large & small. With ample parking and an easy exit off of Hwy 26, our Sylvan Highlands cafe is an easy stop for brunch, lunch or dinner. We also have a separate sports bar with a few monitors to watch the game.
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GP
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful staff. Jake at the bar is most hospitable. Staff can hop to accommodate a larger crowd.

It will be our go -to place for our choir Cantata Pacifica.

Thanks!

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The gluten-free fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream dessert was great, the carne asada not so much. The steak was some of the toughest I’ve had in years. Don’t order it or you’ll be chewing until next Tuesday. Don’t get me wrong- this was the second time I’ve dined here and everything else I’ve tried has been fabulous. I will be going back.

S
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything fresh, amazingly prepared beef and chicken. Wish I lived closer.

KS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely birthday brunch! Fast seating, speedy delivery of food. Will definitely be back.

JG
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal of their “Enchilada of the Day “ which was delicious! Also had a great cocktail. Nice evening out!

S
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

In celebration of our 51st wedding anniversary & my birthdays 4 of us dined at Verde cochina Sylvan.
A mistake.
We ordered chips & salsa. Chips were stale, random pieces & salsas came tiny plastic containers, difficult to use!
Two outs chose the Enchiladas of the day, and found them to be very good. Two of us chose Chili Reliano. Big mistake. My serving was not even very warm. Poblano chili huge, tough. Even the cheese was tough! I tried to like-took over 1/2 home with me, and found that heating in my micro wave, the cheese melted, tho veggies were still kinda tough.
We have eaten at Hillsdale verde cochina and loved it! Not so here.
Service S L O W. Disappointing evening.

CB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great location and great food. It never disappoints! I recommend this with kids, as they have a thoughtful kids menu. No kids area, but I think people didn't seem to mind. Very casual atmosphere. Would have like to have seen our server a little more, I think he was having an off day. Love the food, margaritas and guacamole. What more could you ask for?!

J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined with a party of 11 and we were pleased that all of our meals came out together. Two of our party were gluten intolerant so it was comforting to know the entire menu is gluten-free. I had the Seafood Medley served paleo style, and it was delicious. Others all seemed to enjoy their meals, and we agreed to return again.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Great service but lack luster food.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that I can come here and get a healthy dinner.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Conveniently located. Grateful for the healthy food selections! Nice setting. Wait staff good.

G
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason why this place is voted Portland's #1 Paleo restaurant each year. The food is superb-- fresh, healthy and yummy!

IW
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My best friend birthday

KR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great options for many dietary wants. Great portions and lots of delicious veggies.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Inventive food and wonderful service!

KV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was unimpressive. Menu was sparse. Prices were overpriced. Overall, huge disappointment. Don't let the photos fool you, the food looks nothing like that. Steak was tough. Portions are very small. Website talks about how they specialize in catering to dietary needs and they really do not.

CK
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall Verde Cocina was great. First time there, had set up to meet a friend from out of town there. The food I felt was a little bland - I ordered the Carne Asada plate. The fresh veggies are basically a salad under your steak and I felt this was the worst part of the meal. Steak was tender, but could use more flavor, and the Mashed Potatoes were the best part of the dish. Wasn't a fan of the chimi-roja salsa, but that's probably personal preference.

Our waitress was fantastic, friendly, and very accommodating (took us a bit to order as we were catching up). We ended up being there until they closed and left on our own accord. They never pushed us out, or made us feel like we needed to leave. Afterwards we stood in the parking lot for quite some time continuing to catch up - again nobody ever made us feel like we needed to leave. The staff there is super friendly and I'd definitely go again - I'll likely try the Fajita that my friend got next time, as they looked really good.

JJ
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Place to go. Great Food, very cordial employees and awesome patio dining.

MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Verde Cocina Mother's Day brunch! Even though it was totally packed the service and food were great!

JA
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went there once before and was not impressed. This time (1 or 2 years later) we went for Mother's Day brunch and everything was excellent! We will definitely return.

JB
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Friends went there to try the new brunch, some of us new to Verde Cocina and some who go quite often. We had great food - the avocado toast was fabulous and so was the bacon, and the chilaquiles and the rest were delicious too. Service was friendly, helpful and prompt. We will be back!

RB
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty gluten free, what's not to love? Good service and excellent desserts!

S
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals are flavorful, fresh and well seasoned. The guacamole with chips and fresh veggies is a must - made table side. Anything with their green chili, try it. Many vegetarian and vegan choices. It’s my go to spot. Rarely crowded. Attentive and well trained wait staff

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service!

LB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meals are very tasty, lots of veggies, flavorful and the service was prompt and friendly. Highly recommend.

KE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time at restaurant and the service and food was great.

p
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simon the server IS THE BEST! Simon the server IS THE BEST! Simon the server IS THE BEST!

KE
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good with options for gluten-free and vegan, however the service was very slow, at least for this first visit.

SR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful server....unfortunately I didn't pay the bill, so didn't catch his name nor had the receipt to see who served us....we were a party of 8....and he was awesome!

F
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was slow and inattentive. Will not return.

LN
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit and we will definitely be back. Entree portions were generous with veggies which we really appreciated. The mole was outstanding!!! The white garbanzo beans were delicious. My teen daughter loved them and she usually won’t touch garbanzos. The guacamole was disappointing only in spice. No apparent added spice but generous with chunks of fresh avocado. Will definitely come back soon for the Mole!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Nothing about this restaurant makes us want to return

LK
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and fantastic food. Love all the Gluten Free and Paleo options here!

T
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting food. My wife who has Celiac, loved the French toast and the Carne Asada breakfast plate was perfect.

DM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is loaded with vegetables instead of cheese and refried beans. The vegetables bare fresh and cooked well. The restaurant is large so getting a seat is usually possible at any time.

SH
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not bad. Healthy food in a nice clean atmosphere with nice folks and lots of drink options. But overall somewhat uninspired and mundane.

AD
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Special of the day was so fabulous. Service attentive but not intrusive. Great neighborhood spot

G
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Meh. Over priced mediocre food with average service

M
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice Mexican food with good service. I've never seen it crowded.

J
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, their guacamole with warm tortillas is soooo good, sometimes I drop by just for this. On the days I also order dinner, I either get the paleo plate if I'm eating paleo that day or enchiladas if I'm not. They had a pork and goat cheese enchilada on special the other night that was so delicious....over easy egg on top. Yummm! I always feel like I'm eating healthy and I love the way they add vegetables to dishes you wouldn't expect....not to mention their breakfasts are super delicious too.