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Xico

4.4
586 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem (734)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (503)

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About

Xico serves vibrant regional Mexican cuisine: classic and inspired dishes, fresh tortillas made from non-GMO corn, farm fresh local produce, sustainable meats, wild fish, and fantastic desserts. We use as many as 20 different chiles at a time to create a menu that will take you and your palate straight to Mexico, from Oaxaca to Michoacan.

The heart of Xico's bar is mezcal; a pit smoked agave spirit laced with smoke and perfect with chiles. Our classic Xico Margarita with fresh squeezed lime is unmatched and is known for being the best in Portland, as reported by the Oregonian.

Xico boasts a wine list carefully selected to pair with the flavors on the menu: Rieslings from Alcase, Germany, Italy and Oregon. The sparkling minerality, terroir and fruit of Italian Lambruschi. And Reds that span the globe from Baja to Spain.

**Please call for parties larger than 6**
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Regional Mexican, Dessert
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Hours of operation
HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Every night 9:00pm-Close
DINNER:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(503) 548-6343
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kelly Myers
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
37th Ave
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Public transit
Bus line #4 stops across the street, and bus line #75 stops two blocks away. The Hawthorne street bus stops a 10 minute walk from Xico.
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Special events & promotions
We have an event space that accommodates up to 79 guests! Please visit our website for more details!



Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine

Private Dining

Xico Upstairs is perfect for your next event. From formal, multi-course dinners with wine, to casual cocktails and snacks, we are prepared to tailor our extraordinary Passive House event space to your specifications.

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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipatenkass (Portland)
1.0  Dined on May 7, 2017

To start, we have eaten at Xico more than a dozen times and it has become one of our absolute favorite restaurants, so much so that we invited 4 friends to join us. We are also usually very easy going restaurant patrons and even if things go a bit sideways we laugh it off and enjoy the evening regardless. But not last night. Twenty minutes after ordering drinks we were asked to remind our server what drinks we had ordered, and then waited another 20 minutes before we got them. Before the drinks ever arrived a server started bringing entrees, even though our appetizers had not showed up yet either. The manager was very apologetic throughout but it didn't seem to improve anything, although she graciously did not charge us for our drinks. As a final straw, usually the food at Xico is spectacular but a few in our party ordered the Vegetable Empanadas which tasted only of fried dough without any flavor from the filling. I guess all restaurants can suffer from inconsistencies at times, very sorry to see Xico go downhill.

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vipDhotchki (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2017

Amazing as always. I can still taste the creamy avocado in the guacamole. Perfect balance of heat, salt and goodness paired with amazing fresh tortilla chips. The shrimp special was amazing. Shrimp was just slightly over cooked but flavors were amazing. As always the margarita was spot on and the mezcal flight was a great experience.

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Martin (Melbourne / VIC)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

The food here is uniformly excellent and creative. This is a sophisticated upscale Mexican restaurant which has been consistently excellent. I have eaten here on a half dozen occasions. When the weather is nice there is lovely outdoor dining on their back patio.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
2.0  Dined on April 21, 2017

The food was delicious but the service was poor. It took about 20 minutes for us to receive 2 margaritas on the rocks and the waitress never checked back on anything. She removed the appetizer plates but that was about it. We had to ask someone else for a check. She stopped by and checked on two other tables and brought their drinks before ours and we were seated first My boyfriend and I were celebrating our five year anniversary so we were bummed the service was not better. This was our first time at Xixo. The food was good enough that we will probably give it a second go.......

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vipfishlover (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 20, 2017

The best authentic Mexican food in Portland!
Also the spicey margaritas are the best!

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Gwen (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2017

Always good....and I love introducing out of town friends to this restaurant, because they rave about the food, ambiance, and service.

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ValerieP (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

We don't live in Portland but when we visit we love to go to Xico's for their great food and fun ambiance. Never feel hurried and the food and drink is so yummy!

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Kimberley (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

We do a date night every weekend and this was one of the best meals we've had in a long time. Can't wait to go back!

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PDXHeater (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 15, 2017

I love this restaurant and leave satisfied every time. The fundido with chorizo is fantastic and tortillas the best and freshest around. Definitely try the plantains as well. Sweet and spicy!

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

I've been coming to XICO on SE Division Street for a few years. Each time it is a 5 star experience in creative chef-led cuisine expertly led by Portland chef Kelly Myers. James Beard would be proud to see this restaurant thriving and to experience this Mexican food like you have yet to taste here.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Xico was recommended by my boss. The appetizers, drinks, and dinner were very tasty. The service was very nice also.

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Compadre29 (Jacksonville)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

This was our second visit to Xico, and we were again impressed with the quality and originality of the food. Definitely not your typical "Tex-Mex", smothered in cheese. Instead Xico offers authentic Mexican dishes prepared to a high standard. Don't miss the sopes and the tomales, and if you happen to visit on a day when the crab tostadas are on the menu, you are truly in luck .

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

The carnitas were wonderful, and the service was excellent. The Mexican Manhattan was a nice accompaniment to the meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

This was my 3rd visit to Xico and it was another flawless event. We were there early for a pre-theater dinner and by the time we left at 6:30, the restaurant was packed. Our server was attentive and moved things along without making us feel rushed. I had the carnitas dinner, small, and it was plenty for a moderate appetite. The chips and dips are great as are the margaritas and the Sopaipillas desert we shared was fabulous. I highly recommend Xico and already look forward to my next visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2017

Great food..Having my reception here for inJuly I hope the food is as good then

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