Tapalaya

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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern

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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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Bevaru
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always like coming home. We brought two Southern visitors to enjoy the food and the music of Reggie Houston. They loved it, right down to the beignets!

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vipLucZar
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing brunch here - definitely a must visit restaurant in Portland, and obvious why they are on Eaters brunch list. Bread pudding French toast is the best, and their hash with blackened catfish was also incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is very good for starters. It's a great fusion of New Orleans and Vietnamese food. Good service and drinks. The brunch is excellent. The owner is super nice. I very much recommend eating here!!

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MarkL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Interesting variation on Cajun food. Happy hour was really good and drink prices very reasonable.

KZ
vipKarenZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The atmosphere was cute but the brunch food was meh. The coffee was not great and was $3 which is pricey for crappy diner coffee. My boyfriend had the pulled pork Benedict and it was nothing special. I had the fried oyster hash. The oysters were not fresh and just eating one made me sick for the rest of the day. The potatoes were under seasoned. Would not recommend for brunch.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great New Orleans cuisine. Gumbo was the best

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CherieS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food - sorry to see Tapalaya close! Everyone needs to come here and eat in the next few weeks!

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AndyZ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for weekend brunch. I love the food and service, plus the acoustic guitar music is a huge plus for us.

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bosher
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wish we had found this place before now, since it is closing at the end of the year. Hope someone buys it and keeps this amazing menu! It was terrific!

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Ellie
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I so enjoyed the food. The shrimp in the daily Tapas (3) when we went was to die for. I cannot wait to go back and have the Jambalaya.

The waitress was super friendly and helpful.

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ZoeyR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend Tapalaya to everyone!! I absolutely love their food, drinks, and overall vibe.

MG
MikeG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks, cool laid-back atmosphere, friendly and attentive service.

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vipLesa
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite go-to!

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MiloW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious (I tried the fried tofu and veggie jambalaya). The music was really chill, and the lighting was dim which made it feel comfy.

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gordonk
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reggie Houston is very special and the food is excellent

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vipgwhiz
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Marfa
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

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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vipLizabeth
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MarkM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Uviaggiatori
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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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barbarar
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipLisaP
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipfoodie
Seattle
46 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Returned to Tapalaya again for another delicious experince

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vipHanC
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

EG
EileenG
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDrinky
Portland
154 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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RichardF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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LuisG
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipJakesterpdx
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

mother’s day

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JosephL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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vipClaireW
Portland
50 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipLisaP
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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SarahE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

DM
DustinM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ChristineL
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1