Portland >Caffe Mingo
Food, service and atmosphere are top notch here. The pasta dishes are so fresh, delicious and memorable I can't ever deviate from ordering them! Known for their Sugo of beef braised in Chianti and espresso served over penne - delizioso!
Busy, but somehow stays romantic and cozy. Small, unique Italian restaurant with an ever-changing menu and an excellent wine list. The pork chops and osso bucco were rich and delicious, perfect pairings for the Brunello we ordered. The service was excellent as well.
Disappointing. Second time to Caffe Mingo. The first visit was excellent! Second time, a nightmare. Waited an extremely long time for a table and was told to go to Bar Mingo for drinks. The food was subpar and the hostess was a bit on the rude side. We were there for our 31st wedding anniversary. Don't think we will be back again.
Great Happy Hour. My wife and I have been coming to MIngo's for several years. The food is wonderful and the service good. I would especcially recommend their happy hour. Great food, great value. Best artisan pizza in Portland.
Portland's Gem. My husband and I have been going to Caffe Mingo for 12 years and it's simply one of the best dining experiences around. Many of the servers have been there for years and they take the time to stop and talk and make you feel as though you are family without being intrusive. Very professional. The atmosphere is one that is not pretentious and it's energy is contagious. We feel like we are in a village in Italy. We love to sit at the bar. The food is fantastic. The flavors and menu items are authentic italian food - the food is so amazing - the dishes are not ladened with heavy sauces or starchs. The food is prepared simply and whole. Hands down our favorite place. The wait is worth it and Bar Mingo is next door and perfect for having a cocktail or two before indulging in a nice, full flavored bottle of wine.
I have eaten at Mingo several times over the past few years. And have always thought the food was very good, the service friendly, and the vibe neighborhoody.
But the last time, I was there having dinner at the bar, one of the servers went on a rant bashing another neighborhood restaurant to out-of-town guests. And the owner stood by, and watched him, without saying anything.
It was totally unwarranted, and totally out of line. It ruined my appetite and I'm not sure when I'll go back.
Great restaurant... interesting service. My wife and I have been coming to Caffe Mingo for years, and are always impressed with the wonderful food and stellar staff. However, on a recent Friday night visit to Caffe Mingo, the service left a little to be desired. The staff has always been very friendly and attentive, but on this visit, our waitress Rosy (?) seemed too preoccupied with sitting at the front door talking on her phone. Meanwhile, our wine glasses sat empty and we were not offered dessert. We felt like we were keeping her when she brought our bill, so we left and had dessert and wine elsewhere. We've always loved the laidback atmosphere at Caffe Mingo, but our waitress' attitude was borderline apathetic. We will always be loyal customers of Caffe Mingo and will still recommend the place to our friends, we just hope that next time the service meets the standards we are used to.
21st little secret got out. Awsome wine, found my new favorate barossa here. Food features northwest seasonal ingredients, and this place is a great place for a date. Just make sure you get reservations on the weekend.
Cafe Mingo is like an old friend that never changes, and always leaves you comforted. Ah, Cafe Mingo, some things never change. I dont usually take the time to write these sort of things, but there is something about this loud little restaurant that merits a moment of my time. I use to eat at Cafe mingo all of the time, but I had not eaten there in 2 years because of post baby chaos. My family and I were glad to sit at a wooden table in the back, and reminisce about the many great Mingo memories. We had to sit and wait 25 min next door at the new,mod Bar mingo, before we could be seated. The cocktail was yummy, but I was worried that maybe with all of this expansion something at our fav little cafe might have changed. Not true, Cafe Mingo was all that we fondly recalled....loud, busy, fun, and delicious. They even sent us out little scallop 'cruda' bites, just to make us really hungary! Cafe mingo is one of those little gems that seems to keep true to itself with simple yummy food. Our server made us laugh, and had us talking to the table across the way, while orchestrating a great meal, and recommended two bottles of vino that left us full, rosy cheeked, and happily sedated. A great sunday night We wont stay away so long next time!
food was not as good as i was led to believe and the service was bad. I had heard about Caffe Mingo from a variety of people as one of the places "to go to" in PDX for Italian food, so I was really looking forward to our experience there. The place is fairly small, so it's noisy when it's busy, that is to be expected. But it took a while for our server to come to our table to even greet us to start the evening, at least 15 minutes. Then when I selected our wines for our group (there were 6 of us) they were out of both of them. Slightly frustrated at this point I order a couple bottles of bubbly. They arrived another 15 minutes later, or so, and then we were able to place our dinner order. The appetizers were o.k., but I'd stay away from the gnocchi, it was more like a casserole than gnocchi. But the worst was the entrees. I had heard so much about the beef braised in Chianti, but the food was mostly bland and lacked texture. The waitress actually forgot to order one of the two orders of it we gave her (you'd think that 5 entrees for 6 people would seem odd to someone), but I got my food on time, and it was just lack luster. My buddy dish was the same when it finally arrived. My wife got a mixed seafood pasta in a light white wine cream sauce that was equally uninspired. Dessert wasn't bad, even though they were out of both dessert wines I ordered (imagine that), but not enough to make up for a meal I still can't believe we spent over $500, before gratuity (which the waitress somehow rationalized to include). Maybe it was just an off night, but it was really off. It'll be a while before I go back to give them a second chance.
Fun Restaurant and Great Staff. I was recently back in Portland after a year of living in LA. I eat out quite a bit, and rarely do I walk away with the notion that the service was perfect, but it was a rainy and packed Saturday night at Cafe Mingo where I had one of the best times in a restaurant in my life. My friend and I had a fantastic meal of a Lamb special, and crab pasta that was ridiculously good. The food was simple yet divine, the atmosphere loud and fun, and our server, Katie, was amazing. She paired a bottle of wine with our food, and everything was spot on and delicious . She was obviously very busy and she made every table feel at home in the packed front of the restaurant. This restaurant is fantastic, and most defineatly worth the wait.
Awesome server. My friend and I stopped in for an early dinner Saturday night. The food (including acorn squash flan and incredible baked prunes with marscapone) was delicious, but the service was truly exquisite. I often find Portland service to be lackluster at best, but Katie at Caffe Mingo is an exception. She is knowledgeable yet easy going, friendly, and gives off a vibe that says she is genuinely happy to be there. She really made our experience fantastic. She knows her wine and food. Thanks, Katie!
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