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.
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.
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.
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.......
The best authentic Mexican food in Portland!
Also the spicey margaritas are the best!
Always good....and I love introducing out of town friends to this restaurant, because they rave about the food, ambiance, and service.
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!
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!
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!
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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