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Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Cuban Restaurant, Bakery, and Coffee Shop$$$$
Magnolia Park, Burbank
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  • Rini M.
    "Try potato balls, cheese rolls and Parisian choc cake :)) love it."(125 Tips)
    Angie J.
    "Try the Potato Balls - Potato balls and meat pies."(17 Tips)
    "Get the potato balls, cheese & guava cheese rolls & you're set!"(7 Tips)
    Maui Tanning
    "the medianoche sandwich is the best!"(6 Tips)
457 Tips and reviews
  • potato balls
  • pastries
  • sandwiches
  • cake
  • desserts
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  • Deborah A.
    Deborah AbibApril 5, 2016
    Finally I had the chance to try the famous Porto's! And it's excellent. I ordered the Cubanito, the seafood potato ball and the steak empanadas. Next time I'll get the plate of chicken. It looks😋
  • Aron O.
    Aron OrtegaJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best OJ ever. Medianoche and Ropa Vieja sandwiches are delicious! Fried plantains, a must. You have to get the papas rellenas and the rellenitos. For sweets, the mixed fruit tart is my favorite!
  • LAist
    LAistMarch 5, 2015
    If you're after a classic Cuban sandwich, try the medianoche, made with roast pork, ham, mustard, Swiss cheese, and dill pickles served on soft, sweet bread similar to challah, then head to Porto's. Read more
  • LAist
    LAistJuly 22, 2016
    Their chicken empanada is a crowd-pleaser, especially when you order a platter of the party-sized ones. Or you may want to go the sweet route with their apple, mango or pineapple versions. Read more
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie MonroeOctober 6, 2015
    The potato balls are my favorite but I can't leave without a coffee cake and cinnamon crumb bunt cake. Everything here is delicious and reasonably priced. Good value for your money!
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal MoniqueSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Place gets packed so either go with time to spare or come early before 12 or late after 3. Love their Steak Tortas or the Sirloin Salad w/a Iced Vanilla Coffee. Tons of cheap pastries to choose from!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    One of the most popular is the dulce de leche Bundt cake, a vanilla sponge cake filled with caramel and topped with a dulce de leche glaze. In addition to the towering cakes. Read more
  • T. Lorraine F.
    T. Lorraine FrenchJune 10, 2016
    The pastries are divine! Food made fresh daily. Don't let long lines deter you; they move pretty fast. Plus it's worth the wait. Friendly, efficient & patient staff. Authentic Cuban food at its best!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HagerOctober 29, 2016
    Good place, very crowded, long lines that move relatively fast, great attentive, friendly staff. The beef potato ball is awesome. The cheese roll is AMAZING!! The fresh orange juice is a MUST!! 😄😍❤️
  • Allison C.
    Allison ClarkeApril 26, 2013
    22 years in the valley and i finally got around to coming here. absolutely amazing and so cheap! medianoche sandwich is a must. cant go wrong here. service was great even though they were pakced.
  • Jesse W.
    Jesse WatrousMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything looks Delish! Very busy in the afternoon but the staff is friendly & organized. I got the Mango Smoothie, Chix Croquette & Potato Ball = yummy! I Recommend :)
  • Kat L.
    Kat LevyAugust 4, 2013
    Potato balls & red velvet cupcakes...all you need to know about Porto's! Usually pretty crowded, but always worth it. Also lots of really cute vintage shops further down Magnolia for after you eat :)
  • Ardyss
    ArdyssApril 19, 2015
    Everything is great! But I can't leave without a box of banana chips and a fruit tart. My mom would say she can't leave without 15 potato balls, five other pastries, and a steak torta.
  • Nina N.
    Nina NFebruary 8, 2014
    Fancy looking cafe and bakery with tons of things to choose from. The checkered chocolate mousse cake is amazing! Also the plantain sides for the sandwiches at the cafe are good as well.
  • George E.
    George EscobarMarch 9, 2016
    The crumb cake is out of this world. The cheese cake is awesome and the Media Noche sandwich is a must have. New fave...The Brioche is TDF
  • JNET
    JNETMay 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Call ahead 24 hours in advanced to skip the long lines when ordering for a get together :). Line for pick up is at the very end of the bakery where the stairs are and moves quickly !
  • Nattu Daoud
    Nattu DaoudJuly 28, 2013
    Get a sandwich and get a few pastries as an appetizers and for the house. I suggest potato balls, meat pies and guava pastries. The mango smoothie is unbelievable. Enjoy!
  • Jennie D.
    Jennie DinhJuly 30, 2013
    Potato balls had nicely spiced ground beef mixture. Cheese rolls, coconut roll, meat pie, turkey croissant, pan con lechon sandwich, creme brûlée, and the Cuban sandwich were all DELICIOUS.
  • Minerva G.
    Minerva GangesApril 21, 2013
    As a girl raised in Miami surrounded by Cuban restaurants and married to a Cuban, I know a good Cuban place when I see it! Everything was delicious specially the pastelitos de queso! 5 stars
  • Jennifer
    JenniferDecember 7, 2014
    If you want to skip the bakery line, the sandwich line is often less crowded; you can order baked goods there as well. I'll have one of everything, please. Plus a potato ball.
  • Isaac C.
    Isaac CruzAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is worth the wait. You can never go wrong with their potato balls, rellenitos, and meat pies. Great sandwiches that never disappoint, and breads galore.
  • Jae M.
    Jae MonteiroMay 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I can go on & on about this place but I just wanted to take a moment to rave about something I introduced myself to during my last visit-their WHITE CHOCOLATE MOCHA! 1st one I like more than Starbucks
  • Liana F.
    Liana FongDecember 7, 2015
    A line already forms once opening. Guava cheese strudels, potato balls, meat pies, and more! People leave with boxes of this stuff.
  • Kristy C.
    Kristy CarnegieOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ham n Cheese Omelette Croissant is Delish, huge enough for two n order fresh fruit too, n Cinnamon Rolls so Tasty :)! Good Chai LAtte's 🍵☕😍also!
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BelloMarch 8, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Chip Cookies - The chocolate chip cookies are the best I've tasted so far. Also has a sprinkle cookie and polvorone cookie in the pic. All good.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BernNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    1) Any pastry w/ guavo in it is to die for!2) The CUBAno combo is most excellente; plaintain chips just perfecto!!3) I lived in Cuba & never ate anything they serve, sandwich or sweet.4) Def GO!
  • Angela F.
    Angela FaulknerFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The polvarones cookies are AMAZING!! They are like a super airy shortbread and sugar cookie combined. Doesn't look like much but don't be fooled - great taste!!!
  • Nate T.
    Nate TinnerAugust 28, 2017
    The flank steak plate is life-changing, dang near. And of course, the pastries are famous for a reason.
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoAugust 26, 2017
    Please check your potato ball (chicken also) orders before leaving! I got 4 ice cold potato balls my last visit.
  • Dani Z.
    Dani ZandelJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Meal times are horrible for parking...but if you must, there is additional parking behind Rocket Fizz on the next block. Also, EVERYTHING is delicious here. They need more locations!!!! West LA Please
  • Annie D.
    Annie D.May 24, 2013
    So delicious! Every pastry, sweet, and sandwich is worth every penny. Cannot get enough of their scrumptious treats. By far the best in the valley!
  • Sheguina D.
    Guava and cheese pastries and Cuban medioniche don't get any better than this. Don't be discouraged by the long line. It goes fast! Worth the wait!
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.June 10, 2013
    Get the Potato Balls. Ony 80 cents. And all the desserts are great. The mango mousse is one of my personal favorites. Taste kinda like ice cream.
  • Alfred V.
    Alfred V.March 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything here is fresh and delicious. If all you want is coffee or a smoothie there is a drink only line and it moves quick.
  • Antone J.
    Antone JohnsonOctober 15, 2011
    I like to call this place Gordo's -- it's not the best choice if you're on a diet, but damn it's good! Croquetas de pollo are da bomb, and don't skip the pastries or coffee.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Everything here is so authentic, but you must get their meat pies. Plus, order a cake from here for any occasion, you won't regret it.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RodriguezJune 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Even though it gets crowded, it's still a great place to go. They have amazing food; get the potatoes meatball!
  • Jim S.
    Jim SepeAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    What's good here? Everything! My favorites are macaroons and potato balls. Get there at 6:30am for easy parking and shorter lines
  • Stepan T.
    Stepan TrdatianMay 14, 2017
    The place has a name everyone recognizes and the pastries creativity and taste back it up. I give props to those hard workers, both in the front and behind the scenes.
  • jaimie
    jaimieSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Potato ball and meat pie are something for the savory lovers and if you wanna live a little edgier than the norm get a guava cheese roll instead of the regular!
  • Roxy C.
    Roxy CorbuApril 4, 2016
    I have no words for their pastries, whenever I am in LA I try to stop every time and try a new pastry and I am amazed every time.
  • Greta A.
    Greta AndersonApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ode to Potato Balls ~ Potato Balls, Potato Balls filled with meaty goodness. My hips will show how I love you, la, la, la, la, la - Potato Balls!
  • Dora C.
    Dora CrespínMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Potato Balls filled with chicken or beef. After that, Guava with Cheese pastry is the best! Come early on weekends. It's packed!
  • Aid M.
    Aid MendozaApril 12, 2013
    Try their Potato balls, tres leche, tiramisu and caramel flan! So good i wanna buy all their pastries. Hope they have it here in SF too. :)
  • Misty
    MistyJuly 21, 2010
    Everything is made in house. Do not leave without a potato ball or two. The tuna and midnight sandwiches should not be missed. Lines can get long but they know how to make them move fast. If you want
  • Ari M.
    Ari McIntyreFebruary 19, 2015
    You can't beat the cakes they make here. Every single time light & fluffy! Love this place.
  • Tarek D.
    Tarek DesirMarch 18, 2016
    My first experience was during the weekend. The lines were popping outside the entrance. It did not take long to order & food was delicious
  • Ilysa C.
    Ilysa CoopermanMay 19, 2014
    Came Monday at 3:30pm, no line, great service and smelled delicious! Christian who helped us was super polite and patient!
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DAugust 9, 2014
    Cheese rolls. Cuban sandwich. Breakfast croissant sandwich. Cafe au lait. It's all so good! And so easy on the wallet.
  • Corey B.
    Corey BerrySeptember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a must to stop at Porto's when in Burbank! It's my favorite place for light sandwiches and dessert. The cheese rolls are just right! Plus a nice atmosphere and friendly staff.
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