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 2011 Winner: Mexican
Best of Citysearch 2011 Winner: Date Spot


“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

“Chef Scott Neuman of Oba in Portland, Oregon, is considered the “father of Nuevo Latino cuisine in the Pacific Northwest”.– Miami Eater

Restaurant of the Year: – Willamette Week

“Executive chef Scott Neuman’s fresh take on luxurious banana-and-cream-cheese malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) is well worth loosening your belt for.” – Portland Monthly

“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

“In the Afro-Cuban religious practice known as Santería, the term oba refers to a spiritual king. There’s no question that executive chef Scott Neuman serves as the mighty oba of this sultry temple of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.”– Portland Monthly

“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

“ Dan was wonderful. His big smile and kind genuine service was a fresh breath of air! Thank you so much for a great end to a tough day. Happy Cinco de Mayo! – Beth T.

Fabulous service! You are one of our top favorite restaurants in PDX! – Elaine T.

We really appreciate our server recommending the veggie menu.
Considerate and observant. – Elizabeth K.

Lovely dinner—wonderful recommendations from our server, JEM! – Katie G. & Adam M.

Jennifer is a great server and overall a fantastic person.
My wife and I enjoyed Sunday happy hour immensely!– Darron A.

Drinks are original and extremely good—well crafted. Adonay is the expert!
We come find him every time we eat/drink here. Food is exceptional—even happy hour selections.
Thank you!– Jeffery M.

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.