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#168 of 3,449 Restaurants in Portland
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28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232-3145 (Between Burnside & Couch)
+1 503-232-6652
16:30 - 21:30
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Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ive eaten here a few times and its always great. One time we ordered pretty much the entire menu for a large group.. Amazing. I also highly recommend for brunch, its a secret sweet spot.

Thank ego-trippin
Newark, Delaware
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Meals are served tapis style. Usually, this is not my favorite approach. However, for this restaurant I loved it. The small plates give everyone an opportunity to sample several dishes. I had blackened catfish, popcorn shrimp, buttered corn bread muffins, beignets, and café de Monde. The only way this meal could've been any better is if I had actually been... More 

Thank Robert H
Boise, Idaho
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I have eaten at Tapalaya on at least 5 occasions with company and without. It is a strange place because it kind of has a bizarre interior. The food is New Orleans/Cajun Style and it is very good. They kind of have the small plate thing going on so if you are alone and super hungry you probably need to... More 

Thank Milestogo007
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Small plates-our group had fried okra, creamed spinach (best ever!), crabby mac (mac & cheese with crab), crawfish and grits, red beans and rice, vegetarian greens and corn bread. Every dish was really outstanding.

Thank mginabq
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

I love their Happy Hour sitting at a table out on the sidewalk. As a vegetarian this place has some great options and keeps the meat eaters happy too! Grits, mississippi caviar (black-eyed peas, red onions, celery and bell peppers marinated in a red wine vin), fried okra, and veggie jambalaya are just a few of my favorites. Top it... More 

1 Thank Kj S
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This place has become my new favorite brunch location. It has not yet become saturated by tourists or hipsters and stands out as awesome Creole cuisine at "old Portland" prices. We drove by a giant line at Screen Door on our way back home and had to LOL at all the suckers waiting in line. My partner very much liked... More 

1 Thank Jenn W
Plano, Texas
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

We dined at Tapalaya with some friends back in 2010 on a whim and we visited it again on a whim after 6 years. It is amazing the place still retains its charm after 6 years! That was simply amazing for us. Even some of the wait staff were still around from that time. The food was just right and... More 

Fox, Oregon
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214 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We had the opportunity to eat at Tapalaya twice during the past week. Both times it was a genuine pleasure to be there and enjoy the food and the atmosphere. It was the menu that brought us in to begin with. A quick look told us that we were in a place that knew what people eat in New Orleans:... More 

Thank David M
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247 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Very casual setting, okay ambiance (a bit dark though) with pretty good food. For three of us during happy hour (before 6:00 PM) we spent about 40 dollars for food and drinks. The service was good .. But finding parking can be problematic.

Thank treerod1
Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

for not getting to this excellent restaurant for eight years. I love Cajun, and I love places that twist their take a bit, and Tapalaya does both. Although the idea of Cajun with a touch of Vietnamese may sound odd, it's not when you consider there's a large community from Viet Nam in Louisiana. Tapalaya channels this with great dishes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232-3145
    (Between Burnside & Couch)
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-232-6652
Tapalaya is the worlds first tapas (small-plates) restaurant serving Cajun/Creole cuisine.

Everything on our menu is made from scratch, with love. The plates of food are small (appetizer or side items size) and perfect for sharing and pairing. Menu items highlight New Orleans favorites: Jambalaya, Collard Greens, N"awlins BBQ Shrimp, Corn Bread and Po'Boys (just to name a few).

Join us for Live Music every Thursday and Happy Hour Every day (4:30-6:00pm).

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?