We went at the end of dinner on a Sunday and were delighted to have pleasant cocktails and a jazz duo to accompany some small and tasty plates.
It was very easy to order dishes that we wouldn't make at home and each did a memorable job of combining ingredients. The fried chicken wings in a sweet fish sauce was an excellent and tasty example.
We had trouble finding a Sunday brunch spot for our large group of 12. Luckily, we were able to make a reservation here a couple days before. They were so accommodating and things couldn’t have gone smoother. We really enjoyed the food, service, and music. Our out-of-town guests had a lovely time and we will definitely be back!
Great service, great recommendations on the dishes to get, how many to get for our party of 5. The combination of flavors in particular in their signature crawfish dish over grits was amazing! We will be back - thank you!
Just didn't like that they charged even the plate that they put out for the birthday cake we brought. They charge everything. No atleast complimentary. Asked for extra butter for the grits and they charge it as well, will recommend to a friend for a food taste but we will never go back.
The food was great, lots of flavor. We sat down and the waitress was ready to take our drink order. The service was prompt and the waitress was a great for helping us to decide what to order. The cat fist was really good. Normally I don't care for breaded fish but the breading was very light and not greasy at all. The Jambalaya had great flavor with just a hint of heat (spice).
We will be back to try some of the other dishes.
Excellent cajun/creole food with a fun environment and great service. Also some great cocktails (Boulevardier).
I was part of a party of six and one of the three that had the Jambalaya on a Friday night. The restaurant wasn’t overly busy. The Jambalaya was nothing remotely recognizable to any Jambalaya that we had ever seen or eaten. I would compare the Jambalaya we were served to “sticky rice” with a few pieces of sausage and shrimp. The bottom line is that the Jambalaya was extremely dry to the point that I could have eaten all of it with a pair of chopsticks. It was probably pre-prepared and scooped out of a bowl then microwaved as evidenced by of the bottom of the bowl being very hot in addition to the “sticky-rice”! If this dish is indicative of the quality of the other items on the menu, then I won’t be returning there. Normally, a restaurant personnel (wait staff or mgt) would ask the patrons how the food was, especially of those patrons who didn’t eat most of an entre.
It has to be a management problem if food is coming out of their kitchen like that on a Friday night.
The food was amazing. Everything we had tasted fantastic. We had multiple items including the jambalaya, Brussels sprouts, pork skewers, sweet potato fries, cornbread, Mac and cheese and a beignet. Every single dish was so tasty and well made. We will definitely be back. Great friendly service too.
PDX Dining Month brought us to this neighborhood gem. What a great find of combining locally sourced produce and meats with unique Asian and Creole flavors that we had to try for ourselves. We were not disappointed. As there were three courses and two items in each course to choose from we were able to try everything on the menu. This will not be our last visit. Delicious food, excellent service, decent wine list AND LIVE MUSIC‼️
I truly was hoping for more from the food. The staff was amazing, the atmosphere welcoming and a there was a great live musical entertainer. It was Sunday brunch and I had the Crawfish Etouffee. The sauce had a nice enough flavor but the crawfish were overcooked and it was served over bread and then was also accompanied by buscuits. Grits would have been a far better pairing...or at the least throw on a poached eggs so that the dinner isn't just overloaded with carbs.
I loved everything about this place. The food was outstanding and the service was great. I don’t think you could go wrong with any dish. I will be back in the very near future.
It was an excellent location for Portland Dining Month. Great atmosphere and southern food prepared most excellently. High five to the Tapalaya team for a great date night here!
IF you want greasy food, then go to this restaurant. They only have few vegetarian options and most were spicy which is good. Well, it is New Orlean's type of cuisine after all. But just curious so we tried. I must say it's not for vegetarians.
Food was great! The whole experience was fun!!
Great happy hour, food is excellent, service was great and I plan on going back!!
The Crawfish Ahn Luu alone is worth coming back for. It was delicious!
Not bad. I can't compare to this type of food since this is the first time eating this style. I would go back and most likely will and try other dishes. I had the crawfish grits. Like I said first time.
Friendly staff, good food reasonable prices. The oysters were outstanding
Maybe the best Dining Month menu we have had-Three full courses with lots of amazing flavors from crispy pork belly to fried oyster and crawfish. I am going back.
Tapalaya is a great restaurant for New Orleans-style food. My only complaint is that the okra and oysters were a bit greasy. Otherwise, everything was delicious.
We return for the crawfish etoufee nachos and try to have something new each time. On this visit, we had the lemongrass crab cake, served with fried calamari - bursting with flavor. The nachos were spectacular as always. Drinks are generous, and service is super friendly! Another dish we often order is the vegetarian jambalaya,which changes seasonally based on what's fresh. Great neighborhood spot!
Celebrating my Aunt Mary's 75th birthday, and my Aunt is from Louisiana, so I knew it was a risk taking her to a place that served creole food. She loved it! Absolutely loved the hushpuppies (there are shrimp in there), the Pork Belly Skewers, and she had the Jambalaya, which was good. I had the Beef Cheeks in a pho- broth (Grillads & Grits); they are more tender than a short-rib; However, you only get two small pieces of meat for like $17, that's the downside to that dish. But, it's the only one. Raven, our server, was awesome, and patient, and personable! We had a really great time! The Hurricane... is awesome! They don't have TOILETSEAT protectors, which I don't like, and the bathroom is MEN/WOMEN... don't care for that either... Liked the food so much, that I went back the next day with my man for Happy Hour. They open at 4pm; so even if the sign says CLOSED; they are open, they may have forgot to turn the side around. I'll be back, over and over again!
We took advantage of the PDX restaurant month $33 meal and loved every bite. Unique flavors, well prepared and served by the perkiest capable waitress ever. We'll go back if we're in PDX again!
The only 'issue" I had was that the amount of food in the dishes was lacking----small servings.
Attitude, music, staff, food, fun place--------ABSOLUTLY FANTASTIC!
This place is pricey, but the food is worth it! It can get a bit crowded and noisy, but no worse than any other PDX restaurant. Our waiter was super busy and the food came out very slowly, but it was soooo delicious. On top of that, the waiter offered to buy us dessert because of the wait! Excellent place that I would highly recommend!
Was hungry for Cajun/Creole and this place met my needs. Fried oysters were very good and Jambalaya was better then mine.
I’ve been to Tapalaya many times, the food during this visit was extra delicious; fresh ingredients, piping hot, so flavorful. Everything was outstanding!
Our second time here. Gumbo was alright. I’d get it without chicken next time.
This is a must stop in Portland! One of the best happy hours I've experienced. Always great and warm welcoming; excellent service, and good food.
Fantastic place. We loved it!!
Went to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Always excellent food, friendly folks and great music!
I love southern food. And the chef adds a little twist on my ol stand byes (fried okra, hush puppies, etc.)
This place was just awesome from walking in to the end. There was a live 3 piece band (sax, bass, and .. .ummm something else) that worked to make it a more Nola experience.
The service was fast and friendly, very welcoming, and all with a big warm smile. When we asked for recommendations, they were full of suggestions and certainly not wrong.
I started with the fried okra which was definitely the right way to start. I LOVED the dining sauce with it. Not greasy, totally flavorful, and not so much to be hungry for your main course.
For dinner, I had the seafood and andouille gumbo as well as the fried catfish. Both were absolutely fantastic! The fried catfish wasn't greasy, was light, incredibly flavorful breading and I'd order it again in a heartbeat. I may have just drooled on my own keyboard in writing about it.
My friend had the vegetarian Jambalaya which she loved! It wasn't too heavy and was tangy and delicious.
For desert - bread pudding with pumpkin gelato which made the world a better place. They have their flavor combinations DOWN! Great experience all the way around, I will most certainly be back
Fun menu, great for large groups :)
Vegans welcome at Tapalaya!
I emailed the restaurant before the dinner and I received a very nice response from the chef herself! There were plenty of options. The venue is informal and fun. Perfect for a birthday dinner.
The group enjoyed all the tastes. Our waiter was attentive and informative. Dessert was the real hit. We had bienets, bread pudding and flaming brulee
We also enjoyed beverages from the bar
Overall enjoyable time.
Service was great. The food was not as good as we thought based on pictures from other reviews.
For example, shrimp and grits looked like large gulf prawns head-on in photos, but the actual dish looked like defrosted cocktail shrimp. Good flavor though.
Oyster Benedict was ok but oysters could use seasoning and the hollandaise was straight butter. Oyster breading could have incorporated cornmeal to be more southern Cajun.
Pork bowl looked like left over microwave pork with gravy and an egg. Taste the same as above.
The place next door had full tables for brunch. Tapalaya only had four tables in use.
Staff was great though. Food uninspired, but it was probably great at one time. Prices could be lower due to this fact.
Probably need to try dinner, instead of brunch
Fabulous! We are big fans of Cajun food and visit New Orleans & Cajun Country every year. The idea of Cajun-Vietnamese fusion works so well. Eveything we tried was flavorful and a taste sensation. The nachos were yummy, the hush puppies amazing, the octopus tender and SO delicious, the pork belly outstanding and spinach au gratin had lovely hints of period. Someone at the bar knows how to make classic Nawlins cocktails...both the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz were authentic. We don't live in Portland but can't wait to go back next visit.!!!