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!
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.!!!
The food and service were great, the only thing lowering my rating here is that I made a reservation for a business meal, and the live music made it much more difficult to converse during the meal. I wish I'd had some way of knowing there would be live music when I made the reservation through OpenTable. I do look forward to returning to Tapalaya on other occasions.
Great, creative food and friendly service. We had a late reservation for a party of 9 and the staff was terrific! My wife & I are pleased to add 7 new fans to your restaurant!
Family brunch for Christmas eve.
Excellent service and food made special by thw staff and the guitarist... why were we the only guest there? Maybe it was the snowy day, it added to the ambiance, but you should head to Tapalaya too.
Our book club had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food and service. (However we were puzzled why the beignets were served with syrup but no plates the first time around).
Came here for an annual holiday brunch with the gals. The wait staff was very friendly, service was great, the food was beyond ahhmmazzing! I highly recommend this place for some great authentic food.
The food was and is always amazing!
Went to Tapalaya for my birthday dinner and the food was very flavorful. Was impressed with every dish that was served to me, I ordered the fried chicken, Mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts and corn bread, everything tasted amazing. The only complaint I have is that the chicken was a bit undercooked, I saw a little blood after I took a bite. However, the staff was great and replaced my order when I pointed this out. Definitely recommend.
Great time with our group of eleven. We were all headed to a play so really appreciated the extra attention and prompt service so we could get to our next destination on time. Great food and cocktails!
The food was my biggest disappointment honestly. My boyfriend and I have eaten here at least 5 times and the food was wonderful, the last time we went here was at least a year ago.
Crab stuffed squid was under seasoned and weirdly textured, the squid was fishy and the tom khan sauce was so sweet. The spinach potatoes were watery and sweet as well and the jambalaya was boring.
I want to give this place another shot I really do. Maybe next year.
We have been to this restaurant before and as a Cajun place it had one of the most consistent kitchens in Portland. Now with the fusion Vietnamese /Cajun the food was not good overall. Our server was aloof, inattentive and barely checked back (forget having a water glass refilled or a second round of drinks arrive in a timely fashion). Also the cocktail program at the restaurant was previously good and is now poor. We are unlikely to return.
Home style Cajun/creole cooking. The oysters are moist, crunchy and down right delicious!
Jambalaya had the right amount of Andoulle, chicken and shrimp, was seasoned well.
The grilled blackened Octopus was a little dry but had good flavor. Braised greens are delicious, you can get them with bacon or without.
Martini was fabulous. Fun, low key restaurant in the hood.
Overall, not bad really. The mixed drinks could have used a little more liquor. Service was a bit spotty. Slight consternation registered when too many questions were asked about the menu items (2 questions per person seemed to be the limit. Admittedly, small sample size (my wife and myself.)
But overall the menu had some interesting choices. I had the Jambalaya. The rice was really sticky kind of globby (sp). I like it that way. It gives that Southern comfort food feeling.
BTW you can park in the Whole Foods lot behind the restaurant rather than circle the surrounding blocks for a teeny space.
All the food was exceptional, except the vegetarian greens (too much vinegar).
4 of us went to Tapalaya early on Saturday nite . we were seated right away and our waitress guided us thru selections. We all sampled the jambalaya, awesome stuffed mushrooms, cesear salad with excellent fried capers, crawfish Ahn Luu dish (creamy and wonderful!), fish sauce wings and fried okra. all was superb. for dessert we had the beignets and an intriguing tasting casava cake (sp?). the happy hour down river drop went down very easy - and at a great price.
Went there to celebrate a friends birthday. I had mentioned it while booking reservations. I thought maybe the restaurant was going to do a mini dessert so we can sing happy birthday. That didn't happen and I was a little disappointed because this is the first restaurant that I have went to that didn't do that. The waitress didn't even say happy birthday.
There was a power outage in this section of town, I drove 30 minutes to discover it (and the whole block) was closed
The live music was great
Neighborhood gem. Good food service is always consistent; never disappoint.
Tapalaya was just plain outstanding! The Cajun/creole food with a Vietnamese twist was spectacular and the freshness and quality were out of sight! Great little neighborhood spot with friendly waiter! There were four of us, so the sharing of many small plates made the visit even better. All four of us have eaten in New Orleans multiple times and this ranks right up there. If you haven’t been, you have to go!