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5507 NE 30th AvePortland, OR 97211Map & Directions
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Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
01/24/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I almost don't want to write a review for this place because its so good...I want to keep it to myself. The food is innovative and has an amazing mix of traditional flavors mixed with new tastes and combinations. Even the drinks are spectacular. I have been here on many occasions and have been very impressed by both dining and food experiences. Autentica is definitely one step beyond any type of Mexican/Southwest fusion in this town.
10/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I agreed that the food was with out a doubt the best mexican food we have ever eaten in Portland. I wouldn't go as far as saying it was authentic, but the food was still excellent. I ordered the carna asada and I can honestly say that the carna asada was more tender and tasty then most steaks I have eaten at famous steak houses in Portland. Oh, I don't want to forget about the black bean tortillas that were given to us. We have never eaten tortillas that were that soft and delicious. The neighborhood was nice and their was an italian eatery next door that looked very good as well.
12/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
first of al. l am a mexican american who has traveled all over the west coast and baja cities of mexico. i found there to be very little autentica about this place. entrees seem to be americanized concepts of what high end mexican food should be, and they are mediocre at best. the service is also completely lacking. my wife and i started with the ceviche. it was pretty uninspired. the salad was quite good: romaine and cilantro with a cotiija dressing. here's where it gets bad. our silverware was covered with chese dressing and the waiter just took it off our plates and set it on the table my fork even had a huge piece of slivered onion on it. my wife was staring at me with a shocked expression. i wiped my fork and knife on my napkin. my wife had the shrimp. and i decided to have the tacos al pastor. possibly the greasiest tacos i have ever eaten. the shrimp was also pretty bad and was not deveined. so she spent as much time working with the shrimp as eating it. i tried one and it did not taste fresh at all. after hearing so much hype about this place this has to be the biggest let down in the six months that i have lived in portland.
05/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were recommended to have brunch here by many friend that love to eat there. We finally decided to have brunch there this past Satuday. The place looks great and it was nice to walk into. It was very difficult to communicate with the server. She was an d older latina woman that could not undersant what we were saying. It seems like she doesn't speak english. It was our fist time in this restaurant and we didn't know about your specialties and she was not able to give us any feedback. We finally got the order though and got the food served. Our server never once came back to ask if we needed anything else and we were had to get her attention to get us what we needed. We asked for coffee after lunch and it was the worst cold coffe we've ever had. I loved the food there. It's a real shame that becouse of the service we will never be back.
04/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The upscale authentic Mexican food makes up a bit for the loss of Taqueria Nueve but our bill for $81 before tip for 2 drinks, 1 appetizer & 2 entrees was steep. This was partly because while sitting at the bar waiting for our table we ordered margaritas. There was only one margarita on the drink menu at $8. That's what we thought we ordered. The bartender pointed to a bottle and said that's what she would be using and also mentioned Gran Marnier. I thought, fine, that's a real margarita. When we got our bill we found we had been served 'Cadillac' margaritas at $12 each. Even when we questioned the bill we were only told that. They did not fix our bill as I think they should have. I found this shocking behavior.
04/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had dinner with 8 other folks here a week ago and the consensus was that the food was excellent and the atmosphere and service were, as well. I had the carnitas, along with boar's ribs and they were the best I've had. The fresh tortillas were in a league of their own. I don't live in Portland but will try to make Autentica a regular stop when in town.
03/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Let me start this by saying my husband is EXTREMELY picky and will reject food with no holding back. He will even, much to my chagrin, reject food that my mother has lovingly prepared for him. Most certainly he rejects food at restaurants. He loves autentica. My hubby is Cuban, and as a rule, doesn't like Mexican corn tortillas, but Autentica's are so fresh and delicious, he even eats my share and I have to yell at him!
My husband also doesn't like spicy food. He likes ""spiced"" food, he believes when food is too spicy you can not really taste the flavor. When he ordered his favorite entree one day and it was spicier than usual (that is, too spicy for him) the owner noticed he was not eating with his usual vigor and asked what the problem was, my hubby complained (rudely in my opinion) and they offered to bring him something different, we chose cake. We were not charged for the entree or the cake. Only my meal and a couple drinks.
This is a great place to eat and they take care of you. I personally think the negative reviews were written by some jaded ex employee or the competition!
Go here and enjoy!
01/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I were first time diners today for brunch. Our neighbors eat here often and have recommended it to us previously. I had hesitated to go mostly due to some of the low ratings given by others on this site. Big mistake. Like movie reviews, feedback is dependent solely on the tastes and experiences of the reviewer. I agree whole-heartedly with the other reviews stating that this is not a place for the Chevy's crowd who enjoys the typical Americanized platter of a generic entree with runny beans and orange rice all covered with gobs of melted cheese. This is AUTHENTIC Mexican food mis amigos. We have been off the beaten path in all places Mexico (Cabo, PV, Troncones, etc) and this food is up there with some of the best. Everything is made with FRESH local ingredients...from the trio of salsa (adobo, serrano, tomatillo) to the main courses this place is amazing. Our server asked if it was our first time there and sent out a complimentary appetizer which we happily ate in addition to two sope con chorizo. For our entrees my wife had the ""huevos con espinaca picante"" (eggs w/ spinach and habanero sauce) and I had the ""chilaquile rojos con bisteck"" (tortillas simmered in sauce with steak)- both were DELICIOUS. For those who haven't been to Mexico and/or haven't had REAL Mexican food keep a few things in mind: the tortillas are handmade and served warm (not fried up triangles), beans are black and homemade with lard (yup, bad for you but taste great and don't come from a can), the cotija cheese predominantly used is more like a feta (not that you'd know what that is either but not like gooey mozzerella), the crema fresca has a different taste/texture (than normal sour cream), and the salsas are freshly made in-house (and doesn't come out of a jar w/ a Pace/Tostitos label).Lastly the service was friendly/attentive; in other countries they wait for you to finish and don't rush you...this is customary. A little expensive but like most great places, well worth it!
09/13/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This is authentic Mexican food. By authentic I mean that this is the kind of fare you would find at an upscale restaurant in Ciudad Bravo. If what you are looking for is a big American platter of ""Mexican"" food, this may not be the place for you. You won't find any nachos or pickled jalapenos anywhere on the premises. What you'll find instead are sauces made from pumpkin seeds and tomatillos, very common in Mexico but rarely seen in the U.S.A. So if you want to know what a real Mexican restaurant serves this is an excellent place to go. I give the food a five star rating. But the price is a little steep so overall I give this a 4.5 rating.
08/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
WOW !!!! what a disappointment, the place was terrible the Menu had very few choices, they don't even have chips and Salsa. According to our waitress I ordered their signature dish ""The Enchilada Dish"", it was smothered in Sauce that was overwhelming to the actual food, My wife had the Tostada Salad we were both so hungry when we were done, that we went to another local restaurant to get a REAL Mexican dinner. Cafe Authenticas prices are way to high for what you get, the food and 2 Ice Teas + tip was $45 no way. We have eaten at many Mexican Restaurants, and this was by far the worst. Our fault we should have looked at the menu, and read the reviews here before we went in, felt like I wasted my money. Save your money.
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I'm stumped. I have eatten alot of great Mexican food and maybe my expectations were too high when we went there. It was slow to get a table (and it wasn't real busy), no water refills (almost no water at all), very small portions, the food was fine (but I have had better elsewhere- alot of times), and yes it was overpriced for what we were fed. It wasn't that great and we were hungry when we left. One trip to Autentica Mexican Cuisine was enough for us.
07/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to Autentica since it opened and have had some excellent meals here. The service has always been substandard, but the delish food made it worth a visit. No longer. This place, or more likely the owner has gotten a huge ego due to some great reviews in the paper recently. Now the portions are smaller, the prices are bigger and the pre meal awesome tortillas and salsa are something you have to BUY. Our very nice server looked fearful when she went to ask the owner if we could have tortillas after we offered to buy them. We overheard him tell her that he could ""make an exception this once."" WTF? My friend got the black bean gorditas. The three silver dollar size black bean pockets were served warm with a cold red sauce, all for $12! The meat in the tacos and sopes is greasy and full of gristle. Good luck trying to get a refill on your soda or water. As a customer you will feel like you are putting the folks at Autentica out. This place is Not worth the trouble. Autentica, you are too big for your britches!!!!!
06/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was so hyped to try this place out because I went to their booth at ""Taste of the Nation"" and had an awesome octopus salad. Well, I was sadly disappointed. I went in for brunch with a friend and we had a horrible time. The food was OK (nothing to write home about) but our server was TERRIBLE! He just seemed like he really did not care about the customer at all. To top it off, after we were finished and ready to get out of htere, he left us sitting at our table for about fifteen minutes with dirty dishes and empty drinks sitting in front of us. And I could see him over at the bar eating and drinking a cocktail! WTF?? I have been in the food industry for too long to be forgiving about that sort of thing. It is one thing if you are in the weeds, but this dude was obviously just slacking off. I will never go back.
06/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We have used CitySearch for several years and have never written a review. We were so disappointed in tonight's dinner we felt compelled to share our experience.
Honestly, the only thing I can come up with to say that's good about this place, was the tortillas. They were tasty - but when we asked for some more, we were told ""The tortilla lady is overwhelmed right now. We are all out"".
Where do I begin? Freezing cold inside. Margarita made with so much syrupy sweet & sour it was disgusting. Tried to serve me some nasty red wine floated on top of lime juice as a glass of Sangria. The only time I've ever had Mexican food I can honestly call bland - the pork tacos were gristly, the tortilla soup was flavorless, and the ""Platillo de Mexicano"" (2 enchiladas and a chile relleno) were completely boring. How do you make mole sauce and a chile relleno bland??
The service was absolutely horrid- waitress clearly did not know the menu, made no attempts to make things right, and was ungodly slow at every step of the dinner.
We will definitely never return.
05/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Autentica is the place to go if you want genuine, quality mexican. Tortilla soup as it should be, made individually to order. Where else can you get basketfuls of fresh, warm tortillas directly from la tortillera? Or enjoy the sight and smell of chorizo and cheese melted down into a tasty dip right in front of you? Try to snag a seat at the bar to watch the choreography in the kitchen. Weekend brunch gets busy, so go early. There are minor menu changes and addtitions every so often, to keep it interesting for regulars like me. Service can be a bit slow when every table in the place is taken and people are lined up outside, but the owner and head chef, Oswaldo, is on top of his game. I've seen him send food back to the kitchen for not meeting the high standards Autentica is known for.
04/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I thought the food here was absolutely delicious! I had the Camarones which had just the right amount of garlic and spices. My friend had a large bowl of perfect pozole. We ordered a bottle of Tempranilla that was smooth and the perfect accompaniment to our meal. We didn't have any problem with bad service or cleanliness as other reviewers. Our server was very friendly and made wonderful suggestions for our meal and our wine.
03/31/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Normally Authentica is excellent but I recently had lunch and ordered gorditas off the new menu. The dish consisted of three tiny warm tortillas stuffed with beans covered in a cold red sauce. We asked our server for tortillas 3 times and didn't get them until we asked the busser. The NEW menu includes smaller portions, higher prices and terrible service. While the place was packed for lunch the owner could be found chatting with staff at the bar.