Toro Bravo

Toro Bravo

Tapas Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Eliot, Portland
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  • Susan M.
    "The Grilled Octopus was delicious along with the Squid Ink Pasta."(6 Tips)
    CITY GRIT
    "Start with the Octopus, Padrons and Bacon Wrapped Date Pinches!"(6 Tips)
    Melon L.
    "French kisses and bacon wrapped dates make it worth it."(4 Tips)
    Trina S.
    "The tasting menu is a great deal!"(7 Tips)
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  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerMarch 5, 2016
    One of my Portland favorites! Try the squid ink pasta, the grilled octopus & the house smoked coppa steak. They're so good (esp. the pasta) we drive from Seattle just to grab dinner and drive back! :D
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TurnerAugust 16, 2014
    One of my all around favorite restaurants. Salads are huge and delicious. Almost too many small plates to choose from. I'm rarely disappointed with a dish even when I feel like I'm going out on a limb
  • Ben H.
    Ben HongJuly 28, 2016
    I've been to Portland 3x and I've gone to Toro Bravo every time. Grilled octopus and paella are must-haves. But all their food is on point. Follow your heart and your belly will not be disappointed.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    Toro Bravo is about as Spanish as the French revolution, but this is damn good food. Get there right when it opens — at five — and be ready to fight for your spot. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Ritika B.
    Ritika BorkarApril 18, 2015
    Expect a good wait but it's totally worth it. Do try the kisses as they are quite unique. Bacon wrapped dates and octopus are delicious. Paella is really really good. Sangria is exceptional!!
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyNovember 17, 2016
    Chef's tasting menu is the way to go. Figure out what you love and go back for seconds. Take their advice on wine too.
  • Sara
    SaraOctober 25, 2015
    Everything we had - grilled octopus, Brussels sprouts, meatballs, and coppa steak - all were delicious with complex flavors that stood out. Cute and small - expect a wait, but well worth it!
  • Anthony K.
    Anthony K ✌️May 17, 2013
    Amazing squid ink pasta andoctopus a la plancha. Dates were great and French kiss were satisfying but felt more like dessert. I would pass on the seelbach cocktail and drunken pork.
  • Vicki
    VickiApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The tortilla has yet to be mentioned and is so underrated. Best dish ever the potatoes were cooked to perfection...so soft and just melts in your mouth. Get it!!
  • Valerie A.
    Valerie ArmstrongMay 24, 2014
    our party changed shrank and grew a couple times during the 2hr wait (which we expected, as a party of 7 on a Friday). The hostess took our changes with very good humor
  • Ori A.
    Ori ApplebaumJune 10, 2012
    Amazing!!! Good things to order: radiccio salad, scallops with romesco, Moroccan tuna, glazed carrots, lamb with apricots & noodles, potatoes, chocolate Milton rhubarb & strawberries.
  • chingsin
    chingsinDecember 5, 2017
    Good for dates and splurge. Usual pricing for tapas, some of the items can be a hit or miss. Do try the rabbit ribs and cod croquette.
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid BorlandFebruary 25, 2017
    One of my fav spots! The octopus was in my top favs. The coppa was really good as well. I'll be back again soon and will add more!
  • James C.
    James CowartJuly 20, 2013
    Came with three friends and we shared appetizers, entrees and desserts. *Everything* was beyond amazing. Heavenly food and incredible service!
  • Summer G.
    Summer GApril 21, 2013
    Their Bacon wrapped dates are so scrumptious they could be a dessert. One of the better Paellas iMve had in recent years...a must get
  • Pat M.
    Pat MobleyAugust 23, 2015
    Iberico skirt steak, Barcelona kisses, and Kyle's cocktails are fantastic. You can't really go wrong with anything on the menu.
  • Karan S.
    Karan Shah3 weeks ago
    Lots of vegan and vegetarian options. V on the left is vegan and veg on the right is vegetarian
  • Ingrid B.
    Ingrid BorlandMay 1, 2017
    Skirt steak was amazing! Duck liver mousse equals amazing... Albacore tartar and don't forget the bacon wrapped dates
  • Chi N.
    Chi NguyenAugust 2, 2014
    Ok tasting menu is legit and has way too many special dishes for such a great steal. Was skeptical at first but ended up being best meal
  • Maggie W.
    Maggie WilliamsFebruary 28, 2015
    Great food, tried to enjoy dinner with my honey but waitress was too flirty with him while dismissing me. It gets on my nerves and it does not increase their tip.
  • Kelli Y.
    Kelli YappDecember 2, 2015
    Everything is incredible. You can't leave without having Patatas bravas and the manchego burger.
  • Susan M.
    Susan McGowanAugust 25, 2013
    The Grilled Octopus was delicious along with the Squid Ink Pasta. Get the Caramel Panna Cotta for dessert.
  • Erin M.
    Erin MeadorNovember 28, 2012
    Awesome dishes... Bites, tapas and larger main dishes. Empanadas were heavenly... So was the hand torn pasta!
  • Alan M.
    Alan MooimanMarch 11, 2016
    Go with a few people and order a whole bunch of things to share. But expect to wait for a table.
  • Megan K.
    Megan KrummDecember 9, 2014
    The Sidra 👌 the beef cheeks and the octopus are excellent.
  • Vy N.
    Vy NguyenJuly 26, 2015
    Lots of gluten free options. Tick marks show what has no gluten, or modified to have no gluten.
  • Suzi
    SuziNovember 30, 2013
    The grande charcuterie platter is an amazing compilation of meaty goodness. Must order!
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew BennettJuly 22, 2015
    Get the tasting menu, and prepare for this adventure into a realm of culinary wonders.
  • Melissa L.
    Melissa LimApril 1, 2016
    You really can't go wrong with any of the small plates or entrees on the menu.
  • Ian P.
    Ian PerryAugust 22, 2014
    Tasting menu is the way to go. If you like good food, you will not be disappointed
  • Deb P.
    Deb Pang DavisMay 16, 2011
    Get a seat at the bar if it's just 2. You get a great view of the restaurant. The orange salad is delicious. Read more
  • Jack S.
    Jack SattaMay 5, 2010
    If you have to wait, you can wait in front or in their little cove and get served. They'll move you to a 'real' table (read: larger) if you want, but you get the same attention, service and food.
  • Domanique A.
    Domanique AliciaApril 15, 2013
    GF items available, but you should chat with the staff, and they'll help arrange.
  • Brandon V.
    Brandon VukelichMay 3, 2014
    Be prepared to talk loud so you can have a conversation. Great eclectic menu.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Start with the Octopus, Padrons and Bacon Wrapped Date Pinches!
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeNovember 24, 2013
    Try the Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon Sherry Cream
  • Sylvan T.
    Sylvan ThompsonOctober 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the burger! I know it seems out of place in a tapas place, but it is exceptionally good. Maybe not on your first visit...but it just gives you another reason to come back!
  • Jenn Y.
    Jenn YFebruary 5, 2013
    Stylish spot for tapas, by the same owners of Tasty N' Sons.
  • Violetta C.
    Violetta CerasuoloNovember 3, 2012
    Such a great atmosphere! The brussel sprouts are absolutely amazing!
  • Erika d.
    Erika de la TorreDecember 29, 2014
    The "spanish" food was not at all as it should be. Im from spain and i came here for a good spanish dinner. The food was spicy and had spices we dont use in spain. Not to mention the paella, just no.
  • BBQ bill K.
    BBQ bill KowalchukJanuary 5, 2016
    I can't believe for a restaurant that is only open from 5-10 that they do not take reservations. Tried to get a table for 3 last Tues at 7 pm n they took my name n cell n told me it would be 2.5 HR
  • Amy C.
    Amy CerconeNovember 24, 2013
    Try the Fresh Pasta With Pimenton Dulce And Manchego
  • Ellen C.
    Ellen C.March 21, 2012
    GREAT service. I disliked my cod and my server, Amber, took it off my bill without my even asking. Sweet people.
  • Micah C.
    Micah CollinsJanuary 17, 2013
    Get the manchego burger and the merguez & flatbread. That is all.
  • Melon L.
    Melon LJanuary 19, 2015
    Expect an 1+ hour wait. French kisses and bacon wrapped dates make it worth it.
  • Diane T.
    Diane TranJuly 31, 2011
    730 on a Saturday...super busy ie 90 min wait. Apparently everyone was ordering the paella...which is normally delicious...but this time it came out too salty and burned...server took it off our bill.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RaiaNovember 19, 2012
    Try the Salt Cod Croquettes - With garlic aioli...yum
  • JESS3
    JESS3November 16, 2011
    Order anything, it's all good - but the fried anchovies and lemons are extra special!
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamAugust 24, 2012
    Excellent choice for contemporary Spanish inspired cuisine.
  • Todd M.
    Todd MJanuary 12, 2013
    Fantastic! Lamb chops and potatoes are great.
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