If you aren’t looking for this little Spanish haven, you probably won’t find it—but the narrow and unassuming storefront’s frosted windows are hiding one of the sexiest destinations in town. Big paella pans, small plates, full-bodied wines, and an adventurous date—score!
Overpriced and Under-delivered!. Based on a recommendation from our friends, my wife and I went there at 9:30pm on a Saturday night for a late night drink and tapas. They were nearly empty and were cleaning up as if they were closing, even though they are listed as open until 11pm. One of the bartenders finally came over and said 'ok, have a seat at the bar'. We did and he made a couple of wine suggestions, and poured us 2 glasses of red that were in open bottles on the side board. He mostly walked around with others and cleaned up and brought us a small bowl of almonds and got us a paltry dish of manchego cheese with quince. We felt we were disturbing their efforts to close the place, so we finished our meager food and oxidized old left-over wine and asked for the bill. Would you believe it was for about $38!! They charged us way tooo much for this waste of our time. I will not hesitate to tell all of our friends and websites about our experience there.
Wow.. I'm not sure why this place isn't on the top of the list on Citysearch. Of course, I'm probably a bit bias since I love authentic Spanish cuisine since I used to live in Spain. In comparison to some of the other's I've tried in the area, this comes the closest to the real thing. There were admitedly a few things that I sampled (we had a large party) that weren't quite authentic but even those items were delicious. The atmosphere is great too.
Love this place!. Outstanding food, wine and service (this last part is truly unique in PDX!)! Prices are a little high for tapas, but that's not going to stop me from eating here at least every other week -- if not more often!
LOVED Patanegra!!. My boyfriend and I went to Patanegra last Thursday night to celebrate his birthday. This was my second time there, the first was with my daughter who lived in Spain and was taught how to make paella over an open fire. It was just as memorable the second time around. The food amazing and the wine list exactly what we heard it was - extensive. The cheese plate, though first thought was small, was incredible and paired well with our wine. We ordered the Paella Patanegra with its hearty portions of meats and seafood. Having spent a month in Spain (not long enough) and eaten a lot of paella, it was authentic and full of flavor. We were too full to order dessert. It was still daylight when we arrived, but cozy and romantic. Riccardo was exactly the opposite of what another reviewer said. He was polite, very attentive and offered recommendations which we were glad we followed. We will definitely go back to Patanegra (hopefully frequently) and we can't wait to take our friends!
great atmosphere for girls' night out. My friends and I went to Patanegra after going rock wall climbing. We were happy with what we found there! The house wine was divine, our greeter was knowledgable and very friendly. The mushrooms were fabulous as well as the salads. It was a bit pricey, but overall we were very satsified!
Valentines Spectacular. Went here on Valentines day and had a really nice evening. The lights were a little bright for trying to be romantic, but everything else about it made up for it. The server was very helpful and knowledgeable offering great suggestions for first timers. We ordered four tapas and left very full. The food exploded with flavors in our mouths. We would like to go back as there were so many other choices we would like to try.
cheaper than a trip to spain. I'll put in a good word for Patanegra. We spent 71 plus tip for two people, but we had a great time. Expensive items were 10.50 per glass for red wine and 19 for Patanegra ham plate, but we wrote it off to education. The wine was delicious, and the ham was intense from long curing. The endive salad with grilled pear was outta sight, and the rabbit with mustard sauce was wonderful. Also enjoyed the deep fried fresh anchovies. We had good service from the Joe Black waiter. Perhaps an early dinner on Saturday saw this place at its best.
How Bad Can It Be?. My husband and I dined at Patanegra last Friday night, despite reading very mixed reviews. We thought, "how bad can it be?" It was worse. Our waiter, the infamous Jack Black wannabee, was inattentive most of the time and rude when he remembered we were there. He couldn't remember which wines were available by the glass, and couldn't be bothered to find out. He became impatient when we mispronounced one of the menu items. Then came the first few tapas dishes. The garlic mushrooms were a bland, soggy mess. The bread was stale. The meager slices of ham were grossly overpriced. And the patatas bravas were a mushy, microwaved heap of potatoes smothered in what tasted like canned sauce. They were barely palatable.After paying $70 for the two of us, my husband and I came home and had leftover lasagne because we were still hungry. If you want excellent tapas and great service, save your money and go to Toro Bravo instead.
I was surpirsed by few review. This is one of our favorites, it is true that the food is different but very good.
Like the people there too. Go for it. If you like somethink else that basic food you will enjoy it!
Our best place in Portland. Patanegra is a great mix of good food, one off the best wine selection of the area ( price from Wine Specialist) and wonderfull people. The service is effcient and friendly and we always meet quality people who are also seeking for an nice atmosphere.
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