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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."(122 Tips)
    Angie J.
    "Try the Potato Balls - Potato balls and meat pies."(17 Tips)
    Hemang
    "Get the potato balls, cheese & guava cheese rolls & you're set!"(7 Tips)
    Maui Tanning
    "the medianoche sandwich is the best!"(6 Tips)
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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
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 so....la, la, la, la, la, la - Potato Balls!
  • 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. :)
  • Ari M.
    Ari McIntyreFebruary 19, 2015
    You can't beat the cakes they make here. Every single time light & fluffy! Love this place.
  • roxanne
    roxanneAugust 7, 2014
    For a good time, pace up and down the baked goods case. The flan will bring you to a new level of appreciation for Mexican dessert...
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • LX M.
    LX MezaJanuary 17, 2011
    Sooo far Potato Balls is a nice hold before you delicious sandwich I ordered the Pastrami and wifie got the Cuban sandwich!! Can't wait my tummy is dancing in my skin
  • Rockie T.
    Rockie TAugust 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    First time? Can't go wrong with the potato balls, chorizo pie and steak torta sandwich with dulce de leche latte drink.
  • 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!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CabreraMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    most authentic Cuban food in all of LA! can't beat their prices but I do recommend coming during the week. on the weekends they'll be a line out the door!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jordyn
    JordynMarch 21
    Very reasonably priced and VERY delicious. Order anything - it's all good. It gets crowded, but the line moves quickly.
  • David S.
    David SilbersteinMarch 3, 2014
    Be prepared for a long-ish line. The food is worth it though. The potato balls are delicious as are the sandwiches.
  • Preston M.
    Preston Melbourne-WeaverJanuary 12, 2014
    Loved the chicken fajita sandwich. If it looks good to you, go for it. If not, you just wasted some time reading this.
  • JNET
    JNETJune 6, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Parking and lines are part of the experience. The prices and because it is soooo good makes the wait worth it.
  • Ken M.
    Ken MoralezApril 10, 2014
    The deserts are all so good try them all. I got the raspberry cheesecake.
  • Marlon A.
    Marlon AlaanMay 11, 2015
    Always has long lines but moves fast. Love the guava & cheese rolls!
  • Alex S.
    Alex SteeleSeptember 14, 2014
    This is one of the best bakeries if not the best in L.A. I've been a customer for the last 40+ years.
  • Zeee L.
    Zeee Lasola-TubleMay 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    To beat the long lines, make a phone order at least 24 hours before so you can pick up your cake and buy other pastries.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaJuly 13, 2011
    You can't leave Porto's w/o 2 things: a wonderful pastry treat and hot savory potato ball - like nothing you've ever had in your life.
  • jaimie
    jaimieMarch 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is always pack, even years after they've opened so I recommend at least coming 10-15 minutes before closing because they close super early like 730 and then your S.O.L.
  • Shane B.
    Shane B...May 11, 2012
    Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, Potato Balls, need I say anymore?
  • Erin Jo H.
    Erin Jo HarrisAugust 6, 2013
    This place is legit! Yummy everything, authentic Cubano & friendly. Mariquitas (plantain chips) are a must!
  • Annette H.
    Annette HollandNovember 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Southwestern Steak Salad - Practically #paleo and the steak is tender and seasoned perfectly.
  • Michi S.
    Michi S.July 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Addicted to : Cheese Roll, Red Velvet Cupcake, and Potato Ball !!! Always busy during the day, but that's worth it to wait for those delicious things....
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenApril 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    ALL the tips say it all & SK faves are no different = Cheese Roll, GUAVA Cheese Roll, Potato Balls & most cakes
  • Pablo P.
    Pablo PenaApril 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    When you walk in there are 2 lines, both are to order in/take out. But the one on your right has a view of all pastries/cakes.
  • Audrey D.
    Audrey DowJune 25, 2013
    Potato Balls are a great appetizer. Get them to go for a party and just pop in the oven for a quick reheat.
  • Mohamad A.
    Mohamad AbdulazizOctober 13, 2015
    I loved the muffins. And I ordered Lach cake for my little girls' birthday. Wonderful marshmallow taste :)
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MoomooJuly 13, 2015
    The cheese and strawberry croissant is delicious! Add tomato to chorizo omelet for more flavor.
  • Reem H.
    Reem Halawani2 days ago
    I love their milk cake and potato balls , if you are ever in Los Angeles I highly recommend this place
  • Naeem R.
    Naeem RahimiFebruary 13, 2014
    Loved the place, went there twice and tried a couple mof pastries... Very reasonable price and tasty!
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerJuly 4, 2015
    Excellent overall, always deliver fresh, consistent, and great food/service. Always worth going.
  • Jacory G.
    Jacory GumsDecember 5, 2012
    Get the cheese rolls. A MUST GET! Cheap and sooo good! Well, only if ur a pastry lover. Promise.
  • Mary
    MaryFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    First timers must get the cheese rolls-they are divine. Parking at this location is a hassle after 10:30am.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HetrickJuly 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get everything. Everything there is good & you won't be disappointed. Really, I'm serious. Do it.
  • Gina B.
    Gina BaxterDecember 25, 2011
    The Mango Moose is my favorite. Whenever I go there no matter what I alaways have to get the mango moose.:-)
  • Beverly H.
    Beverly HillsApril 20, 2014
    I would recommend the guava cheese roll, Pina Colada Mousse, Potatoe croquet, and chicken empanada...Yum!
  • Pamela D.
    Pamela D.February 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The raspberry cheese cake is the best I've ever had, so smooth. And yes, the guava strudels are amazing.
  • Jenny
    JennyOctober 31, 2012
    The chicken croquettes are underrated..I think they're better than the potato balls (which are still awesome).
  • Tomasino M.
    Tomasino MaloneyApril 2, 2015
    Had a fruit tart cake for my wedding from Porta, way better than a traditional wedding cake.
  • JNET
    JNETJuly 29, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    My current favorite is the coconut strudel. Yummy w loads of crunchy sweetness.
  • Emily V.
    Emily Von MoltMarch 20, 2014
    I went for lunch and I asked if they had any vegan options they said no, so I went ahead and ordered a vegetarian sandwich and asked for no cheese... I get home to find cheese in it ... That's a waste
  • J N.
    J NadonzaDecember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Incredible place. Cubano is Delish. I like cheese and guava roll. Fruit art yummy
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KSeptember 25, 2014
    Pina Colada Shake! They've all been delish! No disappointments yet! 👍
  • Darlene J.
    Darlene JeffersonOctober 13, 2014
    The Food is Delicious! Love the Potato Balls, cakes & sandwiches! The staff's great!
  • Myra B.
    Myra BDecember 29, 2012
    Go 1st thing wen it opens otherwise u'll b in there wit the long lines this is daily always busy there!
  • Eric S.
    Eric SteinSeptember 30, 2016
    All food is great, you cannot go wrong. The hardest part is you can't take all the food with you!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesAugust 1, 2013
    Gorge on potato balls, Cuban sandwiches and decadent desserts. Also location in Glendale.
  • Keu R.
    Keu ReyesSeptember 18, 2014
    Get the Cuban Sandwich and if you're a coffee lover don't leave without a "cortadito".
  • Mazda
    MazdaNovember 17, 2010
    Rosa Porto is now retired, but her recipes and her high standards remain, including her motto, “quality is the number one ingredient in everything we do."
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel ShimizuAugust 24, 2013
    Best red velvet cake in LA! $23 for 9", $35 for 1/4 Sheet (pre order only). Preorder in general to avoid lines
  • Sascha Dupont C.
    Sascha Dupont ConnerMay 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Afternoons around 3 pm are awesome. Almost no line and you can actually get a table. ;-)
  • Chrystal J.
    Chrystal JuarezJuly 15, 2016
    Everything is amazing great customer service!! And to mention we got to see chuck "the iceman"....
  • Tisa H.
    Tisa HuguesJuly 6, 2013
    Wish I had the Midas touch where everything I touched turned into milk n berries cake
  • Richard T.
    Richard TranJune 20, 2014
    favorites: cheese rolls, guava cheese strudels, fruit tarts, plantain chips, and many more
  • Angie J.
    Angie JavierDecember 29, 2013
    Try the Caprese - Caprese with prosciutto on rustic bread served with plantains
  • Ness
    NessMarch 3, 2011
    Best original Cuban bakery! Media Noche sandwich & the grilled veggie are my favs! Owners are old friends of my grandma so I know it's good food :)
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie B.August 23, 2012
    Potato balls have a delish meat filling!! I wish more people tipped this so I could order a dozen of potato balls and skip on the long wait for my cubano :'(
  • Manolo W.
    Manolo WhatshisfaceAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The classic Cuban sandwich! Oddly, they don't provide nutritional information....hmmmmm, I wonder why?
  • Lau U.
    Lau UMarch 14
    Antojo de pan? Este es el lugar al que se debe de ir... chocolate chip muffin y el flan mis favoritos.
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