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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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food

4.2

service

4.3

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4.0

value

4.1

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.!!!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Authentic, Live Music
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 (Portland)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was and is always amazing!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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