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Toro Bravo
Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo

8.923 reviews
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Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish
Ranked #19 in Portland restaurants
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120 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212
(503) 281-4700
http://www.torobravopdx.com
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Waited for 2 hours and ordered the Chef's choice. The food was good but serving was not worth $40 per person.

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Local from Portland, Oregon, USA

My absolute favorite restaurant in Portland! Spanish-inspired tapas in a unique and inviting space- you can be as adventurous as you want, literally everything I have tried is delicious!

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Beverly Hills, California, USA

Waited for 2 hours and ordered the Chef's choice. The food was good but serving was not worth $40 per person.

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San Jose, California, USA

It might just be me but after eating $40 worth of food for dinner, I was still hungry. The portions while flavorful, are very small. Don't come hungry or go to another place if you don't want to break the bank.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Try some tapas in Portland! Very popular restaurant but as tapas normally is it's a bit on the pricey side.

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Champaign

Excellent tapas place! Potato bravas and Griddled Bacon wrapped dates was delicious!!

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If you can stand waiting in line, this is a wonderful tapas restaurant. I go right when they open mid week and can get right in. Fun to sit at the bar and watch the cooks. Try their tasting menu.

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Prepare to wait for a table but well worth it. Check out Secret Society Bar upstairs (entrance on the street to the right of Toro Bravo) while you wait.

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Local from Portland, Oregon

Spend the $35 for the chef's choice! I was impressed with every dish I had. Get there early (they open at 5) or you'll be waiting for a while.

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Seattle, Washington, USA

Um, Toro Bravo is hands down my favorite restaurant in Portland. It's been on my to-try list for a while and we finally got the chance to try it out the last time we were down there.

I've heard that it can get quite busy here, but we had no problems getting seated around 6pm on a Sunday night. Most of the tables are communal, but our table of 4 sat at the end of a communal table so it didn't seem like we were really sharing w/ strangers.

Now, the FOOD. AMAZING. We were a bit overly excited and order quite a bit. We had the paella, the squid ink fiedo w/ boar sausage and half a dungeness crab, the drunken pork w/ avocado salad, chicken liver mousse, a beef tapas, and some rioja to go w/ it.

Everything was delicious and the portions for the main dishes (paella, and fiedo) were quite generous. Some overall favorites included the tapa dish w/ beef, I forgot what it was called but our waitress recommended it and its basically chunks of marinate beef grilled to perfection. The paella was very flavorful and the drunken pork was quite tasty. I loved everything we had. The squid ink fiedo went well w/ the fresh crab on top and I appreciated that we were provided extra baugette for the mousse w/o asking.

Our server was friendly, knowledgable, and pleasant. I LOVE this restaurant. If I lived in Portland, this would probably be my go-to dinner spot, girls night spot, wine spot, etc.

Price-wise, very reasonable. I think our bill came to just a bit over $100 for all that food plus 3 glasses of wine. No tax in Oregon!

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Emeryville, California, USA

In a nutshell: dark, small plates, meat-heavy.

I enjoyed the "french kisses" (prunes stuffed with foie gras) so much that I ordered two plates, just for me. The omelet with shaved truffle seemed terribly inappropriate at 9 p.m., but it truly hit the spot. I felt like a queen eating such decadent dishes!

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Hillsboro, Oregon

One of my favorite restaurants in Portland. The food is always amazing (I recommend the bacon wrapped dates, flat bread, and squid ink pasta!) and the service is impeccable. It's usually quite busy (an average of an hour wait) especially on weekends, so pop in to put your name on the list and head upstairs to The Secret Society for a drink while you wait!

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New York City

The great thing about tapas is you never get bored with your meal. There's always another small plate coming out. Get here early because you'll be fighting for a spot at this immensely popular spot. Order the Chef's tasting menu.

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Austin, Texas, USA

I am a little bit of a snob when it comes to Spanish style tapas, so take my review with a grain of salt (my friends all loved the food here). Toro Bravo is a buzzing restaurant and you are likely to incur an hour+ long wait on a weekend night. The interest in dining here definitely creates a strong energy and the restaurant is full of energy. The menu consists of all your favorite tapas items and is perfect to share among a small group of friends. It is best to order a few items at a time to see how the group is feeling instead of ordering everything at once. This place is extremely reasonable in its pricing which makes it really approachable.

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SF Bay Area, Western US

This is a great Tapas place in Portland! Quant neighborhood feel, large open window storefront with community tables and a rear eating bar, with the open kitchen right behind where all the fantastic little Tapa plates come out quickly!

First, the 4 of us started by sitting in the waiting area, which is a long narrow, 3 foot wide space with little cabaret like tables nail down, for drinks. Cozy and intimate as we salivated over the tapas menu.

The drinks menu was great too! After trying a Bravo Manhattan (Bulleit Bourbon, Carpano Antica Vermouth, Angostura bitters, toschi cherry, up, 9) and a Toro Martini (Medoyeff Vodka, Mansanilla Sherry rinse, salted almond, up, 9) we all agreed that the best drink was the Red Pepper Delicious (Aviation Gin, sweet red peppers, mint, lime, up $9)

After being seated on a community table seating about 10, we ordered, with great attention from our server, who was helpful and great with timing. We ordered 13 things, and split them all between us.

1. Toasted Almonds with Sea Salt (2)
2. Pickled Vegetables and Marinated Olives (3)
3. Fried Anchovies with Fennel and Lemon (7)
4. Pimentos de Padrons (6)
5. Griddled Bacon Wrapped Dates with warm honey (2/each)
6. Duck Liver Mousse Terrine with Morels & House made sidra mustard (7)
7. Seared Scallops with Romesco sauce (13)
8. Spicy Octopus and Prawn Stew (10)
9. Smoked Pork Shoulder Sandwich with Aioli & Heirloom Tomato (8)
10. Roasted Eggplant w/Lamb Ragu, Sweet Peppers & Mahon (10)
11. Smoked Pork Rillettes with Marmalade and Toast (7)
12. Oxtail Croquettes with Spice Roasted Chili Mayonnaise (14)
13. Braised Torpedo Onions with Salbitxada (4)

Desserts were Churros with Chocolate dipping sauce; Almond Ice Cream with hot Espresso poured over it, and large coffees.

There wasn't a bad dish on the list! All winners, and such a fun way to eat with friends!

They also have a tapas tasting menu for $25/person, a good wine list including 10 Sherries, Beer, and Sangria.

Great food, great service, great fun! Best Tapas I have had in a long, long time! Ole!

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Santa Clara, California, USA
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I went out to Toro Bravo last night with a close friend and dined on cocktail drinks and an empanada. The empanada had curried celery and apples and tasted delicious. The place gets fairly crowded on Saturdays. Regardless, it's worth a visit and I'm looking forward to coming back and trying more dishes.

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Best Spanish tapas bar and eat

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Troutdale, Oregon

Ok, not my kind of food. Long Wait..

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They serve delicious tapas. I loved it.

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Tualatin, Oregon
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