Tapalaya

4.5
528 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Tapalaya is the worlds first tapas (small-plates) restaurant serving Modern Cajun/Creole with a Vietnamese Twist.

Everything on our menu is made from scratch, with love. At Tapalaya we have our own farm in West Linn, OR that supplies us with wonderful seasonal ingredients. The plates of food are small to medium sized but rich and full of flavor, perfect for sharing and pairing. Menu items highlights include Crawfish Anh Luu, Jambalaya, Turmeric Red Beans and Rice, Blackened Octopus, and Beignets.

Join us at Tapalaya for Live Music every Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday brunch 11am-2pm.
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Portland
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu keeps evolving towards Asian flavors, while maintaining the base southern flavors - mostly the sauces. No complaints, but traditional southern style sauces are still available upon request.

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M
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Not much flavor to the food the service and cocktails where good can’t believe a fried seafood plate with 2 catfish 3 oysters and 4 shrimp was $30 and soooooo bland

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L
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town to see our daughter and husband. They took us to Tapalaya for Saturday Brunch. It was hands down, our favorite place all weekend. The Shrimp and Grits was creamy with just a hint of heat. Our daughter had the Brisket Benedict and finished the whole entree! Fabulous food. Run don’t walk to Tapalaya!

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really tasty combinations. I need to go back to try more delicious plates!

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U
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointing cajun fusion. Julep cocktail was sweet and bland. Tried gumbo, appetizers and the Crawfish. None of them had the electrifying spicy taste I am used to from Creole food in New Orleans.

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b
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious and unique menu - we were there for brunch and plan on returning to try the dinner menu. service was wonderful, they have a guitarist/vocalist during Sunday brunch who was really good!
this is a restaurant is a great find - can't recommend it enough:)

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LP
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great neighborhood find. Food yummy & interesting combination.

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f
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returned to Tapalaya again for another delicious experince

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HC
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a great meal and a fun time when dining at Tapalaya. Friends ask me for recommendations of what to order but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

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EG
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food and drinks! What a great spot!

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D
Portland
143 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We regularly dine at Tapalaya and are never disappointed. On this visit, we had the crawfish etoufee nachos (always perfection!), the radicchio caesar, and the edamame caviar. All lovely. Service was friendly and efficient and drinks were very good. We are looking forward to our next visit to Tapalaya!

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RF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a nice time, and came away impressed by what they had to offer. We started with the gumbo. Had good flavor (I like mine with a little kick), but it was served luke warm at best. My wife had fried chicken dinner (but the substituted the catfish). She loved that and the rice beans and rice. I had the jambalaya which was decent, but again lacked kick. When you say Cajun I expect a little kick. The major treat was the corn muffin....???....I know but the were really good. I am usually not a muffin guy, but this was the exception. As for the service. Our guy was outstanding and attentive. Although he was running back and forth he was never short and always courteous. We have already told family and friends they should try it.

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LG
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience on my wife’s first Mother’s Day. Excellent food and brunch cocktails...we definitely have plans to return soon.

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J
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The food that was good was really, really good - amazing biscuits, eggs benedict, and more. However, some things were pretty bad - the chicken soup was way too salty and the kid's french toast had a strong bourbon flavor which I loved but most kids, including my own, would not like.

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

mother’s day

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JL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Beignets were heavy and doughy. Fried chicken had little flavor. Grits were clumpy and greasy

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CW
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tapalaya was nice, though it was expensive for the quality/portion size. The edamame with garlic and chilli oil was good. The pot stickers were kind of too meaty for us, as the filling was all meat. The kids 'popcorn' chicken was nice chunks of juicy chicken well prepared, though it was disappointing that the only vegetable on offer was greens, which my kids won't eat. The fried chicken was okay and the beef medallions were tasty, though too rare for me.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great ambience. If you’re looking for excellent creole food with a Vietnamese twist look no further. Brunch was outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Music was good but too loud. Suggest not to use a mike....

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LP
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Portland gems! Wonderful food, great prices, fun servers.

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SE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual, fun and a little visit to New Orleans with a twist.

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DM
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a meal I couldn’t rave about. Chef is at the top of her game!

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CL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

While tasty, the dining month portions were tiny and did not represent a high value distinct from ordering food off the regular menu. Spent $66 plus tip and left still hungry.

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TL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good experience. I don’t know why I haven’t been there before but I will be going back!!

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing we went for Portland dinning month. I’ve been to New Orleans and the food reminded me of but with a Vietnamese twist.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7pm. It took about 10 minutes for a server to even acknowledge us, then another 20 for them to clear a dirty table and seat us.

It's not the staff's fault - they seemed VERY understaffed for the size of the restaurant. It was full on a Tuesday night and they had one or two servers who were perfectly nice, but seemed overworked.

Drinks and food took forever to come. The nachos were great, everything else seemed generic - nothing unique or interesting like we were hoping from a place that claims to be Vietnemese/Cajun fusion.

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w
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Best cajun food I've had since New Orleans. Incredible taste, simple yet complex. Unpretentious interior fits the origin of the food and live blues took me back South. My only big complaint is even though the place was slammed, the staff was just overwhelmed and chaotic. Even with a reservation it took me a 20 min. wait to be seated and another 50min. before the appetizer even arrived. They only had two servers and the bartender to try to manage the floor and kitchen was also overwhelmed. At this price level, apologies just don't cut it.

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b
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing service! great showcasing of food for dining month

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MV
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Louisiana cuisine done right. The catfish came out piping hot, and the right level of thickness. Very good rendition of oysters Rockefeller, au gratin style.
This is a very good place to take a group of friends and share the meal. Prices really are reasonable with a group, and the wait staff is relaxed and efficient. Food came out all at once and it would have been better to be staggered.
The Asian influence seemed to be a bit subdued.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great music and atmosphere. Service was slow but it was acknowledged. I would return. Food was great.

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MO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing! I had the Steak Diane with creamy grits and greens. Parking was rough and it was LOUD, but the food more than made up for it!

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MC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The kitchen was swamped, thus food came out slowly. It is Dining Month so we are giving it a little latitude and we always give a restaurant at least 2 tries. The food was great, a little cool in temperature, but very flavorful. My biggest complaint is that we ordered 2 drinks made with a call bourbon, WON"T do that again, the price was $17 & $18 each. That to me is WAY too expensive, even in NYC an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan don't cost that much. We'll go back for the food but probably won't have a drink.

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DJ
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We live four blocks away and have had hit or miss meals here over the years. Friday night was a miss. Our reservation was at 7:15 for 3 people. Our server was non-attentive and somewhat aloof. The service was slow and the food was luke warm at best. Our daughters medium steak was rare. We were never asked about how we were doing or even offered a second drink until we flagged her down. We had to ask again where they were 20 minutes later and was told the beer was out. The entire evening was just weird. We don't need to be doted on but this was sad. The food was good although the portions on some courses were small. (and again, cool) Will we be back? Sure, its down the street from us but if we had to drive here, no.

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AW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I love this place and the food, always!! We had the steak Diane and crawfish and grits, heaven!! It was a busy Friday night. Took advantage of the Portland dining month, which was a fantastic bargain, that salad was wonderful. The noise level is a little much, and the waitstaff seemed a little overloaded, but they still rocked it! Overall, this is one of my favorite places for interesting, well prepared Creole food with a fun twist.

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AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Tapalaya is an interesting Viet-Cajun fusion restaurant. Searching for more authentic Cajun flavors, I was a bit disappointed. However, now knowing what the situation is, I would be more open to the experience. It is certainly worth the effort to try it for yourself.

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LM
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We didn't know what to expect from a "Viet-Cajun" restaurant, but our waitstaff explained how Vietnamese immigrants settled in Louisiana and how both Cajun and Vietnamese cuisine has French origins. The menu was diverse and interesting, and our selections were delicious. Cocktails were also well done. It's not a fancy place, but the noise level accommodated conversation. The quality of the food for the price was extraordinary in Portland. Recommend highly.

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KT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is excellent, equal to a higher end restaurant in New Orleans, which in Portland is almost impossible to find!

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e
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find thru Portland Dining Month! Delicious, unique food and caring, thoughtful service. Loved our evening here!

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VL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Worth checking out if you want to try a new restaurant on 28th, but would not be at the top of my recommendations. We went for dining month so perhaps the service was off, but our plates came out at very different times. The crawfish anh lu was great, and we also enjoyed the blackened octopus. Fried oysters were mediocre.

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Cocktails were great. Ordered a shrimp and grits. Tasted good. Tried buttermilk chicken. Looked great but wasn't seasoned well. Beignets are small and doughy. Not as light as anticipated. Prices are high in my opinion when you factor taste and portions. Good service. Nice vibe. Food underwhelmed our party.

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