This is for the SE 181st & E Burnside Don Pedro only. I heard so many good things about the SE 188th Location that I had to try the new location and I was not dissapointed. I came in the afternoon and ordered a Breakfast Burrito which was so good it put me in hoggie heaven. Second time went back for the Taco Salad with chorizo, yum, yum. 3rd time I a Chorizo Taco again yummy. 4th time is where it goes wrong: Two weeks later new cooks. Taco Salad with steak. But what is that?? The shell was only half the size as the first time filled halfway with a mealy substance and the few minute bits of steak tasted sweet (going bad). Yesterday ordered Chorizo Burrito. No Chorizo, Rice just the disgusting bean paste drowning in Tamale sauce (Tamale sauce in a Burrito? What? Will I go back to this location again? Never even through it is only 2 blocks away but I will visit the 188th location hoping to get good food. PS Don Pedro is expensive the only cheap thing is the $4.99 Burrito.
Large menu, fun atmosphere and tasty Mexican food! It has a casual dress code and family-friendly. This place also has a decent size bar area and great drinks. Prices are cheap/very reasonable, portions are huge (dieters beware!) and atmosphere is festive and bright. This is a place to indulge and have fun! Regarding the service: I have always had friendly service and the wait staff pays attention to your needs. It's a great place to bring a bunch of friends and hang out/talk/drink/eat, especially in the summertime out on the front patio. Everyone I've brought to "Mazatlan Restaurant" raves about the food and especially the drinks, even their desserts are delish. Highly recommended for a casual and fun night out. Also, they have plenty of parking, which is in high demand in the NW area
I have traveled throughout Mexico and have done a fair amount of complicated Mexican cooking. LA Bamba is very good. Don't order the regular strip-mall stuff like tacos. Go for the shrimp dishes (like the very good Camerones Veracruzanos) or a mole (like the Mole Negro con Pollo that I had recently). The staff is super nice, and the decor is good. If the restaurant was in a more trendy area it would be really week known. I highly recommend it. (I wonder about the negative post about a location that was on Sandy Blvd. Did the reviewer get mixed up about the name of that restaurant? I never saw a La Bamba on Sandy. In any case, my review is about a restaurant on SE Powell, and it has been very good for years.)
If you want true Mexican food, this is the place to go. This isn't your typical beans and rice South of the Border joint! This is the real deal, cooked by a trained chef and assistants, no phony Tex-Mex stuff here. Have the fish steamed in banana leaf for a real treat! It is my favorite restaurant in a city full of great restaurants!
Real solid Mexican food. Had a couple of pretty tasty tacos al pastor and shared a couple of tamales with a friend. Two of their margarita’s made me happy that we walked to dinner instead of driving. Great ambiance and people watching. The evening we went was very lively.
This is a locals favorite, though it does attract an older crowd, the food is always plentiful and spot on. The homemade pies are scrumptious. In addition, the restaurant is filled with WWII memorabilia and photos of the area during its mid-century hay days
Wow! Hands down the best customer service I've seen in Portland. The owner has hired and trained to be the best.His customer service is outstanding. Fast service, great food and a very nice environment.
I love this place. The salsa is fresh and home made. Nothing comes from can. All meat products are steamed and healthy. Very clean and fast. I love you bandito taco
We were underwhelmed with this restaurant. Especially after reading the good reviews. The food was mediocre at best and the atmosphere not great.
Great neighborhood place, service is solid and have never had a dish that disappointed. Lime Chicken Enchiladas are pretty much perfect.