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Portland's Finest Mexican Food!

General Info
2 Locations to Serve You on Killingsworth & MLK and Sandy & 109th
BBB Rating
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Regular Hours
Mon - Sun:
* Super Nachos* Menudo* Quesadillas* Pozole* Ensaladas* Burritos* Enchiladas* Tostadas* Flautas* Grilled Tacos* Rancheros* Fajitas* Tamales* Chile Verde* Chimichangas* Carne Asada* Chuletas* Milanesa* Mariscos* Sea Food
Payment method
discover, amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Northeast Portland, King
English, Spanish


Other Email

Mexican Restaurants, Caterers, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Latin American

Wi-Fi: Free

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average

Pets Allowed: Yes


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Nancy P.



We were underwhelmed with this restaurant. Especially after reading the good reviews. The food was mediocre at best and the atmosphere not great.



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We loved it!

Wow, what a pleasant surprise! We stumbled on this treasure because of Restaurants dotcom. It was about 2pm on a weekday when we arrived and only 2 tables were occupied in the large dining room. That was a I asked several ladies how the food was. They said 'delicious!', so we decided to try it. We are experts when it comes to knowing good Mexican food...and this place gets 2 thumbs up from us. We will definitely be weekly regulars from now on! Eddie, the owner, was so friendly and everything from the chips and salsa to the main courses and flan were awesome! Try won't be disappointed!



Provided by Citysearch - 
AMAZING vegetarian selection

This place is amazing. If you love real Mexican food, you'll love what you get here. The service is good (helpful, polite without pestering) and the food is even better. The atmosphere feels so much more authentic than most Mexican restaurants. If you're used to americanized, chain restaurant ""Mexican"" food, then this isn't you're place. If you appreciate the taste (and feel) of the real stuff, you're going to love it. Enjoy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Most Authentic Restaurant In PDX. Period.

If you like real mexican food, this is the place you've been searching for. I grew up a few hours from the mexican border, and i know good mexican food and this place is the only place in town that serves it up properly. The tortillas alone are worth the trip. All the food is made from scratch, the salsa is great, and the portions are generous. We've tried the beef and chicken, and they have one of the largest vegetarian selections I've seen at a mexican place. We also grab their huge and awesome $4.50 burritos for take out all the time. No matter what part of town you're in, Catalina's is worth the trip.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bland and Dry

So I went with my girlfriend, she had to tamales and I had the chicken fajitas. She couldn't finish hers and thought she was gonna have problems keeping it down. Mine was dry and bland, and somehow greasy as well. The steaming hot portion came out 5 minutes before the rest of it, effectively defusing the ""wow hot fajitas"" moment. It was fast, but we were the only ones in there at 6:30pm... If this is the best mexican food in portland, as other reviews have said, either something changed or that is really sad. Or maybe option 3, just the owners and employees posting ridiculous reviews. Currently awaiting montezumas revenge :(



Provided by Citysearch - 

I go here often and am more than a bit amazed that the local newspapers continually leave this restaurant off their radar. Catalina is great because it offers authentic Mexican food without the fancy frills of other restauants and you can get down on some delicious plates for under $10. Chile Rellenos are my go-to plate (in fact just thinking about it right now makes me want to roll down there and have it for breakfast) but the burritos, tacos, and pork chops have all found their way into my stomach as well. Unlike the seeminly established norm of poor Portland service, the service here is prompt and the couple (who I presume own it) are extremely hospitable and create a jovial atmosphere. I haven't tried the take out window but with so many positive experiences with their main menu I can't imagine quicker, cheaper, to-go food from Catalina is the formula for anything but success.



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Just Like Home

The first time I ate at Catalina's I was so amazed at how much it tasted like my grandfathers cooking. I took him there and he said it wasn't as good as his but it was good. Which in the eyes of my grandfather is as close to amazing as you'll ever get.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Most Authentic Mexican food in PDX

I have to admit catalina is my mom, i can honestly say eating at her restaurant takes me back to childhood, it is like eating at ""home"" i think it is awsome that she has been able to keep our family recipes and has taken to next level for all to enjoy. I enjoyed reading the reviews good and bad. I highly recommened the ck fajita burrito enchilada syle/ green sauce, the spinich and lg prawn burrito enchilda style with geen sauce and the Flan all her food is made from scratch and she has a great vegitarian selection. I think is worth at a visit i look forward to feedback.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The BEST in Portland

The service leaves something to be desired (although if the owners are around it is GREAT) and the ambience is a little cheesy, but that is MORE than made up by the quality of the food. It was AMAZING! My new favorite mexican restaurant in Portland.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Food!!!!

I did not agree with the last review from Lemondrop. WE thought the booths were comfortable, the space did not feel like a cafeteria. The menu was extensive with many delicious items. Margaritas, Appetizer, and Entrees for two it was an average with tip of $16/17. per person. We thought it was a great deal for some fantastic south of the border food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bland and greasy

The food was greasy but the vegetables were really fresh. The booths weren't comfortable, the atmosphere was sort of like a cafetaria feeling, a little better though. That wouldn't have matttered if the food was good. I haven't had alot of mexican food but i've had alot better food at Taco Bell. The rice that came with my combo dish was dry and bland. I wouldn't go back there next time. It's not worth the price at all.



Provided by Citysearch - 
As real as it gets from over the border !!

Best chicken/spinich burritto in town. home made chips are nice and thin and the salsa, well, I could drink it! Great decor, Catlina herself roams the floor making sure all is ok - she's hysterical and in charge; seek her out! Pride is proof in the meals. Outside ""to go"" service is a great idea and very handy.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Consistency is the key

The best chips and salsa, refried beans in town! I have been eating here for three years now at least once a month, if not more. The seafood dishes reign supreme (shrimp tostada, ceviche, whole fried fish, oysters), but the shredded beef enchiladas haunt me as well. True, sometimes the service is slower, but I think worth the wait. A family owned and operated place, Catalina is a matriarch and business maven. I like the high quality of ingredients (meats especially) and authentic seasoning.



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Am I in Mexico?

I've been to places in Mexico that are just like Catalina's. The atmosphere is very authentic Mexican, almost to the point where I can briefly forget where I am and expect the beach to be nearby waiting for me... I've been here a few times and have found that the tamales and chile rellenos are very good. My wife really likes the enchiladas because they come smothered in cheese and red sauce, and they mostly use shredded beef instead of ground beef. I recommend this place to anyone who has been to Mexico and appreciates good Mexican food and atmosphere.



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Gotta try the salsa!

Growing up in Arizona, it was hard at first trying to find a truly authentic mexican restaurant. Until I ran across catalina's a few years back. I'm hooked and I'll have to say that the tamales are pretty close to home.