28 NE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 Directions
Today 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM Open All Hours
+15032326652
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92% of 290 customers recommended

About this business

  • Cuisine
    Cajun, Creole, Tapas, Southern, Soul Food
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    tapalaya.blogspot.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • 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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Report | 4 months ago
The food was outstanding and the cocktails delicious!
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Report | 9 months ago
Very good food, nice atmosphere and great value.
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Report | a year ago
will go back again.
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Report | a year ago
I recommend the pulled pork and collard greens with bacon!
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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
Everything is good! We've never had a bad meal there. My favorite drink is the Tuaca Sidecar and it is delicious!
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Report | a year ago
Be sure to try the Po'boys!
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Report | a year ago
Great food, great atmosphere, and friendly, helpful staff. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
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Report | a year ago
Serving size is not large, but adequate. We didn't take anything home.
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Report | a year ago
Like d the food a lot, especially the collard greens and the blackeyed peas appetizer. The dishes are great for sharing and the prices very reasonable.
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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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Portland Restaurant Guide

Portland is renowned for its great craft beers, easy access to dramatic nature, independent spirit, excellent live music scene, and generally laid-back lifestyle. One of the city’s best kept secrets, though, is its outstanding culinary offerings. Portland restaurants serve up a wide variety of cuisines, and their flavorful offerings keep residents well satiated. From fine dining to food carts, there’s something in Portland to suit everyone’s taste.

Dining in Portland is incredibly diverse. If there’s one aspect of the city’s culinary scene that really stands out, it’s the food carts. Downtown is home to a whole court of food carts, serving up flavors from every corner of the globe. The term “food cart” can be a bit misleading though, since many of these small kitchens housed in trailers, like E-san Thai, Flogene’s Home Cookin’, and the Frying Scotsman, serve up the kind of sophisticated dishes normally reserved to sit-down restaurants.

Eating well in Portland also includes visiting the city’s gourmet dining spots. For haute French cuisine, Le Pigeon in Lower Burnside is the place to be. Andina in the Pearl District has mouth-watering tapas covered and Caffe Mingo in the Alphabet District is among Portland’s top Italian restaurants. One of the great features of dining in a fine restaurant in Portland is that it still retains a more casual feel than any other American city. It’s just great food without any pretentiousness.

No guide to the Portland food scene would be complete without mention of the city’s fantastic brew pubs. Portland is the birthplace of the microbrewery movement and some of the country’s most beloved beers are produced here. Deschutes, BridgePort, and Rogue are just a few of the brewpubs in town that serve up delectable eats with their flavorful sudsy creations. The Portland mainstay McMenamin’s can also be found in practically every one of the city’s neighborhoods, meaning good food and great beer are never far away.

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4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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4:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Fri-Sat
4:30 PM - 10:30 PM
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