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Que Pasa Cantina

££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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1408 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-230-9212
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 16:00 - 22:00
Sat 15:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This place is by far one of my favorite restaurants in Portland. My boyfriend come here about once a month. The space is a small, intimate setting. I feel like it is best suited for 2 diners, no more than 4 to a party. Sometimes the wait for a table can be a little long, (that’s Portland for ya!) but... More 

Thank Dkjaquette
Portland, OR
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

This is a quaint, comfortable and friendly place to have consistently good Mexican food. Favorite items are the chicken enchilada casserole, Mexican chopped salad, and the special papas mashed with cheese and vegetables. However, the very best is the Tres Leches Cake.....it is the best ever. Save too for it.

Thank boboji
SF Bay Area
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144 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

This place is unique, charming, friendly, delicious. On the other side of the river, it's in a slightly gritty area with a few bars, food trucks, etc. nearby. Easily walkable from downtown, or just get a Lyft if you over-indulge on the margaritas. Ole!

Thank Grace Carr L
Portland, Oregon
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

Went here on a busy Friday night. The staff was friendly, especially our waiter. The food was outstanding. Fish tacos were super good. I am still craving the goat cheese and corn quesadilla. It was the best!

Thank marilynoregon
Portland, Oregon
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181 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015

So I'm excited about this little place. Went here for happy hour, not knowing it was still happy hour- so when we ordered our waitress said "off of the happy hour menu"- OH! We had the loaded nachos and the carne asada taquitos and we went through two margaritas each. Pretty darn good margs. My friend had been before and... More 

Thank kebnertravel
Vancouver, Washington
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167 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Not your ordinary Mexican restaurant, everything just a bit fresher, lighter tweaked a bit but with a lot of the flavors and comfort you want. The margaritas were delicious! Happy hour was pretty good as well

Thank lovetogoalways
Portland, Oregon
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799 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015

We've been coming to Que Pasa for several years, and were sad to see some long time employees depart a year or so ago. And again, when we went recently, new staff. This time around the service was spotty and not the usual exuberance we have come to expect from this restaurant. The food was still good (although my veggie... More 

Thank Bryan H
Portland, Oregon
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2015

My sister and I visited this restaurant on a sunny evening. We ordered a spicy habenero/pineapple margarita that was delicious. For food we split an order of fish tacos and the tamale platter. The tamale was one of the best that I had ever had and the Potato Ole is a must for the side dish. My only complaint would... More 

Thank laura c
Silverton, Oregon
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414 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2015

We've been shopping for a good Mexican restaurant with fresh, authentic food and thought we'd found a winner when we enjoyed a delicious dinner on their covered and heated patio. However, they doubled the amount of our tip when they did the final run on our credit card; we thought 20% was enough so we called about it. The owner... More 

Thank 03Val48
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

A wonderful dining experience not only found in the truly authentic line up on the menu but also in the spot on decor. Having spent numerous holidays in Mexico, Que Pasa Cantina brings back the charm of many restaurants we frequented there. From the corrugated metal walls to the brightly colored oilcloth table coverings...it all works so well. As does... More 

Thank Daniel M

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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
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1408 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-230-9212
Que Pasa Cantina offers a variety of traditional dishes as well as items with a twist, like our popular chicken enchilada casserole, fish tacos, goat cheese & chorizo stuffed jalapenos and tres leches cake. We also offer pitchers of margaritas, buckets of beer & many house cocktails to choose from. Happy Hour daily from open to 6 pm and 9 pm to close. Check out our heated outdoor patio with your family!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?