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About Tapalaya

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.

28 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30PM - 9:30PM

Friday & Saturday 3PM - 10:30PM
Sunday 3PM - 9:00PM

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 9am - 2pm

Cross Street:
Between Burnside & Couch

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(503) 232-6652

Website:
http://www.tapalaya.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music Every Thursday from 6-9pm.

Catering:
We are happy to cater your event, large or small! For more information, please contact Chantal Angot at 503-232-6652.

Parking Details:
Convenient parking in the shared Whole Foods lot, in addition to tons of street parking around our friendly neighborhood.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Tapalaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tapas (4)
Cozy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
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Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Organic (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 22, 2017

All the food was exceptional, except the vegetarian greens (too much vinegar).

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

There was a power outage in this section of town, I drove 30 minutes to discover it (and the whole block) was closed

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The live music was great

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Neighborhood gem. Good food service is always consistent; never disappoint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our group of six (three couples) had a quick dinner at Tapalaya before heading to the Moda Center for a show. Service was great from the get-go. The space isn't huge, the the layout allows for a few tables of larger groups, and they're still able to get food to the table fast. This was perfect for our tight Friday-night timeline.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food (Cajun inspired) tapas is excellent. Taste is authentic and spot on. Genius idea to have it in tapas so you can enjoy a variety of stuff. The creamed spinach was delicious, the shrimp hush puppies to die for. The fried oysters, the best anywhere. The beading was light yet perfectly crisp. The jambalaya is must have. Go enjoy yourself with the taste and flavors of
NOLA you won't be be disappointed.....

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

The restaurant itself is a nice place, but the food was so-so. It was expensive for the amount and not the level of quality we had when were in New Orleans. Also, we tried some dishes that were supposed to have a Vietnamese twist and didn't find anything remotely close.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was good but slightly over seasoned. The wait staff was tremendous.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Being from New Orleans I really enjoyed the seafood gumbo. Best I've had in a long time. The rest of the looked outstanding can't wait to go back and try the other menu items. Also wanted to give a shout out the wait staff and the kitchen staff that went the extra mile to accommodate my wife's vegetarian needs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

I was kind of disappointed with the food. The fried chicken was small and not the best. Maybe I'm a tough critic because I am from the south. The salad I ordered took forever to come out. And the cole slaw was really really bad. To their credit, we had a wonderful waitress, and they have a really good bread pudding for dessert. Other than that, can't say I would really recommend the place.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Being born and raised in Louisiana for 32 years then moving to Portland five years ago, my standards for southern food are pretty high. Tapalaya deliverers.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Three words: Crawfish. Etoufee. Nachos. You must not miss these awesome morsels! Delicious, 5-spice wonton chips covered in lightly spicy crawfish etoufee , melty cheddar & cotija cheeses, green onions & cilantro. They sounded strange, but were oh, so swoonworthy. The spicy Asian slaw and vegetarian jambalaya were excellent as well. Drinks are well-crafted and service is good. We have been dining at Tapalaya for many years and it is always a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The food and service was great. They have live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Delicious! A good variety of tapas plates, and every single one of the 7 plates we ordered was excellent. I didn't feel like we overpaid, once the check was split across the 4 of us, but it always takes me slightly aback when the price for a tapas plate is almost as much as a single entree. However, I would go back and I would recommend it strongly. The food was always fresh and hot when it got to our table, and it was fun having enough people to order several different plates!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great food, fun atmosphere, lovely evening!

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Excellent New Orleans style food, with an Asian twist provided by Chef-owner Anh Luu. The crawfish Anh Luu with creamy grits was great, as were the fish sauce wings and the cornbread. The beignets with bourbon syrup were fabulous. Anh Luu, who grew up in New Orleans, knows what she's doing. Fun New Orleans decor.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Tapalaya never disappoints. It's a wonderful place to sample and taste among friends. Love the small plates and the Taste of Tapalaya!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I love the food at Tapalaya. It used to be one of my favorite places to go. I haven't been there in a couple years and was excited to go for my birthday. The food was good but it is ridiculously expensive! Yes, I know it is small plates, but really? $14 for a steak with absolutely nothing with it? $12 for a small appetizer-sized order of fried oysters? And while I appreciate the deliciousness of the food, the outrageous prices are just too much. Next time I will go to Miss Delta for equally great food with a much better overall value.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Good food and fun atmosphere. Had a live band that was great. We started singing happy birthday to the birthday boy and the band started playing the birthday song. Decent price for good food. Only small issue was we asked for an extra corn bread and rice after they brought us our first set of food but we didn't get that until after we were done with everything. Would enjoy going back again.

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Excellent sweet potato fries. The crawfish with grits was tasty but hard to identify much of a crawfish. Vegetable jambalaya was very good, good level of spiciness, but lack8ng in vegetables. Black eyed peas salad could have used more peas. Desserts were good
Service quite good. The house wine was poor or the bottle had been opened for some time. For $8.00 i would expect a better wine for what was likely a 3 oz. pour. In summary a somewhat mediocre experience
Why a cajun cafe would play Beatles, David Bowie and Talking Heads is a total mystery. Does not help the food or the atmosphere

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Terrific birthday brunch! I love that they take reservations since no one wants to wait in line on their birthday. Server was super nice--made good recommendations, quick with requests and handled our large bill split easily. Cocktails were tasty and unique. Every thing we order in the menu was delicious-- standouts include the coconut pork rice bowl and the crabby grits. Fried chicken has great spice and a lovely crunch. There was a blues duo playing that morning and while they were good, they were really really too loud for a small space. No conversation could be had once they started up. That was my only criticism---please just play without an amp! We'll be back!

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 7, 2017

So many fun small bites to choose from. Vibrant atmosphere and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Fun!
Friendly environment.....great whiskey selections along with interesting menu with a defined Creole style.
Great jazz from a lively talented trio of musicians.
Altogether a fun dinner

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We had brunch at Tapalaya, and the food was very good. For our party of two, we shared the Eggs Sardou entree and five sides: the andouille, the bacon, the beignets, the crabby grits, and the greens. The sides were all fantastic except the beignets, which were a little on the heavy side (very doughy in the middle) but still yummy enough. The Eggs Sardou was less impressive and underseasoned, but the sauce that went with it was nice and creamy. The portions were generous and the meal was a good value, but we had a slight issue with the service. There was a stretch for nearly half an hour when our server didn't check in - so we couldn't get more coffee or drinks or even the check when we were ready to go. The restaurant was busy but not packed, but maybe they were understaffed. We still enjoyed our meal and I'd go back if I happened to be in the neighborhood.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on May 30, 2017

All food served small plates. Eclectic menu, definitely has flavor. Fried Chicken & Hush puppies were great. Strawberry cake with sorbet was awesome! Good bar and great live Jazz on Tuesday & Thursday. Very relaxed atmosphere and fabulous friendly service.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on May 29, 2017

We are from New Orleans and were hoping to find a piece of home here but the food and service were not what we expected. The gumbo was more authentic than the rest of the food. The other dishes generally lacked flavor and spice. In the case of the jambalaya, it was beyond bland and did not have the requisite trinity (bell pepper, onion, celery). The red beans and rice was a disappointment. The decor, ambiance, and drink list were good, though so this can be a great place to meet with friends after work.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on May 14, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Portland. When I miss New Orleans, I can get my fix here.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We had a very tasty Mother's Day brunch here. The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. Great cajun/creole foods, and good cocktails to boot.

On this particular Sunday there was a guy playing New Orleans jazz songs on guitar in the corner. It was a nice addition, not too loud, and really added to the ambiance.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Spicy, Live Music, Great for Brunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Our food order got mixed up, and two main dishes were just forgotten, and the bacon for the table was really late. The staff comped the items. But we were still hungry. I know it was Mother's Day but we only had four people in our group, and the place wasn't packed.

I'm not a big fan of places that bring out the food when the cook/chef gets it done. Our two orders of cornbread came out long before the accompanying grits and eggs, to the point the cornbread was cooling off. I'm sure that's an easier delivery method for the cook, but it leads to people getting their meal before other people, and then someone is left to eat after everybody else because everybody says, oh, don't wait for me. And I think that led to our food getting missed because no one was checking off our entire order -- remember, for only 4 -- to make sure everything lined up and was delivered. Delicious but frustrating.

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 (Portland)·Dined on May 3, 2017

This place never fails me.. the service is great. Food is great! And that hurricane is a doozie...

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Great atmosphere, great Thursday night music and good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined on April 16, 2017

It was siiiiick, homestyle food, tapas style, I was into it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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