Oba Restaurante’s Zagat Rating
Food: 26 Decor: 26 Service: 25
A “vacation for your taste buds” is provided by the “inventive, perfectly executed” Nuevo Latino plates on offer at this “lively” midpriced Pearl District resto-lounge; while “professional” service draws “romantic” types and
other serious diners to the expansive “cheerful and colorful” dining room,
“dangerous margaritas” fuel a “high-energy” bar scene that’s “young”, “hip” and “happy.”

Best of Citysearch 2013 Winner: Mexican
Best of Citysearch 2013 Winner: Date Spot


“Relax and unwind at Oba Restaurant, renowned for tableside-prepared guacamole, grilled fresh fish, scallop ceviche and an abundance of jalapenos, tomatoes, chilies, spices, fresh fruits and vegetables. This is the place for Nuevo Latino cuisine, potent potables and wines from around the world!” – Gerry Frank, The Oregonian

“If you’re looking for a party with Nuevo Latino flair, Oba is a one-stop shop.”– “Top Portland Restaurants with Great Private Dining,” Portland Eater

“Contreras has revamped Oba’s menu, adding more modern, seasonal Latin American dishes like ahi jicama tacos, and hanger steak topped with watercress and chimichurri.”– Portland Eater

“Always jamming, go for the margaritas and stay for the creative Nuevo Latino cuisine.” – Zagat

“The place to eat while in Portland! – The New York Times

“The steamiest scene in town.” – Fortune Magazine
Winner of the Gerry Frank Golden Fork Award of Excellence

Restaurant of the Year: – Willamette Week

“Oba continues to break ground in the creation of Nuevo Latino Cuisine” – Willamette Week

“The Nuevo Latino hot spot in the Pearl District”– The Oregonian

“Despite the odds, Oba’s attempt to adopt the flavors and ingredients from a host of American cuisines and create something original succeeds. To be sure, this isn’t authentic cultural cuisine, but it doesn’t pretend to be. Judging food against a standard of authenticity is a conceit mostly (and thankfully) limited to those of us who proclaim ourselves critics. To most of you who go out for a meal, there’s a most important question: Is the food any good? At Oba, the answer is yes…” – Jim Dixon’s Real Good Food

Guest Comments

“ My family and I had dinner on New Year’s Eve. Appetizers were great (guacamole and stuffed jalapeños). My wife and I had the steak and my son had the rabbit tamales. We all really enjoyed the meal. The wait staff was attentive even though the restaurant was very crowded. – Duke.

I seldom say a server makes a meal. Chris did. He was knowledgeable without being pretentious, attentive without overdoing it, and personable without being intrusive. Well done.

We went to Oba for a mid-week treat. It was quieter than usual, which made for a nice relaxing dinner. Their menu is always changing, offering exceptional seasonal foods. We had the squash soup and shrimp appetizer, and steak dinner. All were prepared very well. My steak was cooked just as I like it and was delicious. I recommend Oba to anyone who wants to experience truly delicious food. Their preparations are unique and delicious.– Opentable.

The table side guacamole must not be skipped! Every bite of food is packed with flavor. Beautiful restaurant too. The service was just a tiny bit slow, but still thoughtful and professional. Good place for good food and conversation. I live in Seattle and go to Portland about every other year. I always visit Oba when I go.– Opentable.

First the shrimp appetizer had the most delicious sauce, I wanted to lick the plate. Nice refreshing salad with romaine lettuce and toasted quinoa. Then the main coarse. My NY strip was cooked to perfection with delicious mashed potatoes and baby asparagus. My partner had the salmon served on a yucca cake which was so nice. He never finishes his dinner and he sure did at OBA! We will be back to try the paella for sure.– Opentable.

Fabulous dinner, start to finish! We had to order a second round of the malasadas because they were so amazingly delicious! Great waiter, great meal!– Elaine T.