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#198 of 3,430 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:30
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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215 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 

Thank PdxMarc
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We just had appetizers so we could try many differant things. We where not disapointed. Excellant food great staff. We will be back !

Thank 9Steve123
Houston, Texas
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Small and intimate space. I had chicken and beignets. The chicken was average but the beignets did have a good taste . The kale salad , which isn't New Orleans was REALLY good. We also had the shrimp and grits , which was pretty good. Service was GREAT.

Thank padele969
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

My family and I ate dinner here after a day of cycling around the Willamette River section of Portland, so we were pretty hungry. The interior is bright and festive and the art tasteful, a mix of Portland and bayou. The tables are a bit too close for my preference, but space is a premium, so they do the best... More 

Thank Tom L

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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
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?