Restaurant
28 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 28 NE 28th Ave., Portland Directions
Today 4:30 PM - 10:30 PM Closed All Hours
+15032326652
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92% of 284 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cajun, Creole, Tapas, Southern, Soul Food
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon-Thu
    4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri-Sat
    4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Cuisine
    Cajun, Creole, Tapas, Southern, Soul Food
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
  • Vegan Options
    Yes
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Tips

250
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Report | 5 months ago
The food was outstanding and the cocktails delicious!
Verified
Report | 10 months ago
Very good food, nice atmosphere and great value.
Verified
Report | a year ago
will go back again.
Verified
Report | a year ago
I recommend the pulled pork and collard greens with bacon!
Verified
Report | a year ago
Really nice atmosphere great service. Went in for lunch really enjoyed the meal. Excellent food, could have been more to meal portion wise. Will definetletly go back.
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Report | a year ago
I have been passing Tapalaya on the way to other places for more than a year now. When I saw this Groupon I was excited to finally try them out. We went in late Sunday afternoon so the place was not busy at all. Great service, very fair prices and the food was tastey. I ordered crawfish ettouffee and couldn't resist getting a bowl of gumbo also. Tapalaya has a great atmosphere and I will definitely go back.
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Report | a year ago
We love you!
Verified
Report | a year ago
So delicious! We will definitely be back to try the dinner menu!
Verified
Report | a year ago
Great music--DELICIOUS food--good price!
Verified
Report | a year ago
Great food, great atmosphere and friendly, helpful staff
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From Our Editors

Tapas and small-plates restaurants may have proliferated in recent years, but you'd still be hard-pressed to find one that serves, nonetheless specialize in, Cajun and creole dishes. Tapalaya is just such a place. The eatery's chefs focus on small plates— during evening hours— designed to create a mix-and-match Southern feast. The day menu hosts Po'Boys with cajun creole sides and the night menu caters to tapas. The chefs recreate the flavors of New Orleans with dishes such as the blackened catfish or classic po' boys cooked with locally sourced meat and layered with red remoulade and a spicy Mardi Gras slaw. The staff also accommodates guests when they're just catching a drink at the bar by sticking to their Cajun motif—crispy crawfish fritters and bacon-wrapped chicken livers stand in for regular ole' tavern peanuts and whatever's floating in that large discolored jar behind the bar.

And since there is indeed a bar at Tapalaya, bartenders pour—what else?—New Orleans–inspired cocktails. They blend everything from the classic Hurricane, which was invented in New Orleans, to the Fi-Yi-Yi Tea made with house-infused tea vodka and lemonade. Naturally, a colorful painting of jazz trumpeters looms over the bar, perhaps announcing the arrival of one of the house's signature desserts—fresh beignets dusted with powdered sugar stand out among many other sweet options.

To add to the distinctly Louisianan vibe of the restaurant without making every table a Mardi Gras float, the staff hosts twice-weekly performances by Grammy-nominated pianist Janie Scroggins and New Orleans sax legend Reggie Houston during the dinner hour on Tuesdays and the Milneburg Jazz Band plays on Thursdays.

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Sun
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon-Thu
4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fri-Sat
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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Many people described the Jazz Music as Happy.
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Many people described the Cocktails as Fantastic. Others thought:
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Many people described the Plate as Small. Others thought:
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Many people described the Dinner as Great.
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Many people described the Lunch as Delicious.
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Many people described the Atmosphere as Nice. Others thought:
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