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Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Cuban Restaurant and Bakery$$$$
Downey
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  • The pastries at Porto's Bakery & Cafe is a can't miss
  • Gabriela A.
    "The potato balls guava and cheese strudel are naturally, delicious."(52 Tips)
    Pamela P.
    "Cheese rolls, potato balls, macaroons, and dulce de leche cookies!"(9 Tips)
    Christel L.
    "Potato balls, cheese rolls, guava strudel, plantain chips, YES!"(6 Tips)
    Estefania💎
    "But I def recommend the cuban cake, mamay shake, and cuban sandwich"(14 Tips)
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  • tina t.
    tina tanJuly 17, 2015
    Aside from the famous cheese roll, tried the apple and guava strudels and chocolate croissant. Their cubana sandwich is also good. Pair them up with Latte. Cakes are great and prices are not bad.
  • Christel L.
    Christel LomMay 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite of all Porto's locations. Always crowded, but no surprise because the pastries, sandwiches, and drinks are delicious! Potato balls, cheese rolls, guava strudel, plantain chips, YES!
  • Alwyn L.
    Alwyn LoaOctober 21, 2012
    There's always a lot of people but its worth the wait! Watch the signs for lines. Cakes only, Cafe, Pastries. I love the potato balls and the baked ham and cheese croissants! Cheese rolls with guava!
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaNovember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't freak out seeing the long lines, it moves pretty fast and is totally worth the wait. I always get potato ball, ham croquette, cheese rolls, and guava strudel.
  • Meilissa
    MeilissaNovember 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have time to hang out here, you definitely should try the breakfast croissant. I love the omelette ham & cheese!
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GarciaAugust 13, 2015
    GOTTA GET potato balls & cheese rolls. Everything else they have is also good but lines gets reeaaally long especially on Sunday afternoons
  • Julie C.
    Julie ChanAugust 4, 2013
    lines are quick an fast although they are long! I love the meat balls and all their pastry items are mouth watering delicious. so fresh!
  • Steve A.
    Steve AlfaroApril 15, 2013
    Any of the three Porto's that you go to will have long lines, the restaurant @ Downey is the only one that I've seen has three different lines. Definitely take your patience along with you.
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 16, 2012
    Though you might be tempted to fill up on potato balls and cheese rolls, make sure to save room for one of their sandwiches! We love the cubano and the pan con lechon.
  • Vanessa C.
    Vanessa CNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're ordering a full cake, there's a special line for you :) Go straight to the "whole cakes" line rather than the main (super long) lines. You can also order other pastries in addition too
  • Eliud M.
    Eliud M.April 23, 2014
    This place is HUGE, the staff is super friendly the various alternatives for breakfast, lunch or dinner are what you expect from a pure Panaderia Puertorriqueña but Cuban style!
  • Rocio G.
    Rocio GamezMay 14, 2013
    If you've never been here... It's a must try! Whenever I'm around the area I always have to make a quick stop. I'm addicted to their dulce de leche cookies!
  • AEROLUCIFER
    AEROLUCIFERNovember 10, 2012
    More than yammy! It is like Europien bakery. It's remainding me this place my home back to Czech republic. I hope they'll open more stores close to Southbay area or beaches.
  • Barbie C.
    Barbie COctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I have been going to Porto's (in glendale, when it was the only one) since I was a very little girl. I saw this bakery grow from a little hole in the wall to the expansion it is today. I LOVE PORTO'S!
  • °_°
    °_°January 18, 2012
    Their Tres Leches cake is awesome. The line tends to move fast. Staff moves pretty quick. Cheese rolls, potato balls, everything in their bakery cases...great!
  • Jan G.
    Jan GonzalesSeptember 22, 2013
    Inca Kola contains 40g sugar. It explains a lot if what I've seen here so far. Other than that, employees seem friendly and baked good is amazing!
  • Barbie C.
    Barbie COctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try Cuban tamale, papa rellena, ham croquet, meat pie, plantain croquet, gauva pastry, tres leche cake, cuban cake, cuban sandwich, Materva soda....and anything else thats cuban
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MJanuary 21, 2013
    The Bistec Sandwich is soooo good! I wish I had some jalepeños to eat it with. This place is definitely worth the hr and a half drive round trip.
  • Eletta B.
    Eletta BonfantiOctober 9, 2011
    If you haven't heard o this place already ... It's not to miss ... Absolutely delicious ... From the coffee to the delectable desserts to the Cuban sandwiches ... Amazing!!!!!
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonDecember 29, 2013
    The horchata latte with the guava & cheese roll is superb. The chicken croquettes are like Brazilian coxinhas but even more delicious.
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk CartozianJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The chorizo and egg sandwich is one of the best things between bread I've ever had. Add some Tapatio for just the right kick, and a fresh-squeezed OJ to wash it down. Booya!
  • Donna
    DonnaNovember 11, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Porto's awesome food never disappoints though the lines are long. Staples to get are the cheese rolls, potato balls, empanadas. Great pan con lechon sandwich. Love the dulce de leche latte! :)
  • Kirk C.
    Kirk CartozianJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The chorizo and egg breakfast sandwich is one of the best things between bread I've ever head. Add some Tapatio for just the right kick, and a fresh-squeezed OJ to wash it down.
  • Brandon B.
    Brandon BourgeoisSeptember 12, 2013
    Absolutely incredible pastries! Don't be overwhelmed at the counter and know you will leave with at least three boxes full of sugary goodness.
  • Steve A.
    Steve AlfaroApril 15, 2013
    My Common Order: Guava Cheese Strudels (Refugiados), Meat-Filled Pies (Pastel de Carne), Potato Balls, Cuban Sandwich....Tomorrow I start my diet!
  • Maribel T.
    Maribel TostadoDecember 12, 2011
    Try the rellenitos...especially the ones with banana. They are yummie. Also if you don't like lines don't come here. Always a line but worth the wait.
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CoatesMarch 2, 2014
    If you order a sandwich to go you don't get the chips! Order for there and then you can put it in a to go container that are located all over the cafe
  • Adam A.
    Adam AshleyFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bakery in Los Angeles!!! Prepare to wait in line. But, overall a wonderful experience. The bakery has been featured on the Food Network.
  • Gabriela A.
    Gabriela ArreolaApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The italian sub is really good. The potato balls guava and cheese strudel are naturally, delicious. The mango and green tea smoothie are delicious as well.
  • Michelle T.
    Michelle TDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's cheaper to order a dozen for potato balls, cheese rolls or guava cheese rolls. You can also order any number of baked goods from the deli side.
  • Dionicio O.
    Dionicio OrtizJanuary 7, 2011
    OMGoodness...literary everything on the menu looks great! I enjoyed the natural Strawberry Banana smoothie far one of the best smoothies I have had. CON: Long LINES =P
  • Leticia G.
    Leticia GonzalezAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I prefer the line in the left. I think it goes shorter & you can order the same as the right line. Potato balls are the best.
  • Antonio C.
    Antonio CastilloMarch 17, 2013
    Guava and cheese empanadas are a must, also try the blueberry and caramel cookies oh and don't forget the alfajores!
  • Antoinette C.
    Antoinette ChristinaJanuary 21, 2012
    Try the famous Potatoes Balls and the Fresh Egg Bread loaf is perfection! For lite meal, the southwestern chicken salad is a MUST!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WeeSeptember 3, 2015
    Cheese rolls and guava cheese strudel are a must try! Don't fret too much about the queues as it goes fast
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick McGovernMay 25, 2013
    The Laredo , egg & cheese omelet , with black bean , avocado and tomato on Cuban bread
  • Sharmin K.
    Sharmin KarimOctober 21, 2011
    The guava and cheese rolls are delish. And the southwestern chicken grilled salad is very tasty and they give you a huge portion.
  • Christine T.
    Christine TironaDecember 3, 2013
    Porto’s Bakery Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Relief FundraiserUntil Wednesday, December 4 Each Porto’s Bakery location will donate 20% of the sales from regular size Cheese Rolls to the American Red Cross.
  • Janice G.
    Janice GAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ham croquettes and spinach feta croissants are definitely worth the wait. Desserts are great too.
  • Pablo A.
    Pablo ArevaloNovember 15, 2013
    Get any table in the outter area so you enjoy the windy weather and order a New York Cheesecake
  • Erika L.
    Erika LynnAugust 25, 2012
    So many goodies to choose from! The cheese rolls really are delicious, btw.
  • Phil R.
    Phil RojoJune 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The chicken croquettes are like a little ball of friend chicken & biscuits that you get from The Cheesecake Factory.
  • Thomas I.
    Thomas ItpickJune 25, 2012
    Looks like a cafeteria but eats like a restaurant. Pastries are great, they even have a cake corner. try a little of everything.
  • Erick L.
    Erick LopezJuly 27, 2015
    Who doesn't love a place where they have so many deserts makes you want to buy all of them.
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VeranoSeptember 20, 2014
    Everything here is delicious! I prefer the savory food while hubby dies for the desserts!
  • JJ T.
    JJ TabayNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't let the long lines scare you, they're super efficient and the wait is never as long as the lines make it look.
  • Brad Y.
    Brad Y.November 6, 2010
    Don't let the large crowd scare you off. The Pastry line moves very quickly and is 100% worth it. Awesome to have Porto's in Downey!
  • Estefania💎
    Estefania💎February 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delish! But I def recommend the cuban cake, mamay shake, and cuban sandwich
  • Eric S.
    Eric SDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Insanely busy but lines move quickly. Cheap and delicious baked goods and Cuban-style good.
  • Leticia G.
    Leticia GonzalezJune 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Stick to the pastry & deli line for ALL GOODS. Remember there's a cake ONLY line. You'll have to make 2 lines if you go there first.
  • Aurelle Y.
    Aurelle YNovember 17, 2010
    The long line is definitely worth the wait & it moves fast! Cheese Rolls, Guava Cheese Rolls & Chicken Croquettes are my top 3 favorites!
  • Nicole V.
    Nicole VegaSeptember 29, 2013
    Delicious like usual. Didn't expect the place to be so big :D it's a nice place to hang out with friends and family
  • Alma O.
    Alma Ortiz-MaresApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the florentine cookies or the carrot/apple muffins. They're great. Can't leave without a cheese roll.
  • Nikki C.
    Nikki Cawley1 week ago
    The Italian sub was amazing! And the blended mocha was the best I ever had.
  • Carlos T.
    Carlos TorresOctober 7, 2013
    Anything you get here is delicious. Great customer service, clean and friendly atmosphere.
  • Candy S.
    Candy SassyPantsNovember 29, 2011
    Even though it looks crowded, Trust me; the line moves quick.... Hooray for "papa rellenos and sweet sweet yummy pastries!!!!"
  • Daniel H.
    Daniel HatmakerApril 20, 2013
    It can be overwhelming if this is your 1st time here. Go with someone who has been here before and don't come if you're in a rush.
  • Josephine C.
    Josephine CheeJuly 8, 2013
    This location is busier than Glendale or Burbank location. The lines goes fast and staff are nice.
  • Juan H.
    Juan HernandezMarch 5, 2015
    Freshly baked Cuban pastries; the masareal is the freshest I've ever had!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeeDecember 3, 2015
    Going here the day before Thanksgiving was absurd in line length and delicious in taste.
  • Jeanette P.
    The pan con bistek sandwich was amazing! For dessert: mango cheesecake!!
  • xsunx🐢xshinex
    xsunx🐢xshinexMay 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    i love their bakery and cafe.. chocolate chip cookie juz melts in your mouth : )
  • Estrella S.
    Estrella SevillaOctober 7, 2014
    Try their Dulce De Leche blended drink & their Pastrami. Its yummy!
  • April A.
    April AdamsJuly 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cubano sandwich, steak torts, potato balls, chicken empanadas, cheese rolls, Cuban meat pies....
  • Katrina G.
    Katrina GuicoJuly 12, 2011
    Cheese rolls are the best ! Everything looks so good. Worth the wait in line, they go by pretty fast anyways. :3
  • Sally M.
    Sally MorrisDecember 23, 2016
    I had the vegetarian sandwich (breaded eggplant). I loved it!
  • Kelly U.
    Kelly UDecember 10, 2011
    So many choices, I suggest the cuban cake very moist and delicious. Always a busy place
  • Antoinette C.
    Antoinette ChristinaJanuary 24, 2012
    Gotta try a yummy Ted Velvet Cupcake from PORTOS! Cream Cheese and moist cake is amazing! :)
  • Josie C.
    Josie CastroFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the food & pastries...but the people who work here need to work on customer service skills!
  • Monique O.
    Monique Olivas YueAugust 29, 2015
    Potato balls and their pastries are the best! It's noisy and crowded but worth the wait.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LoAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheese roll, dulce De Leche, empanada, tamales, black forest..ohh I love all!!!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PetrisDecember 18, 2013
    Chicken empanadas and the cheese rolls! Delicious! Oh and the cakes!!!
  • Frances
    FrancesNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Single/small orders are at the left, dozens/cases are to the right and whole cakes are at the back (rightside) by the stairs!
  • Joey B.
    Joey BerumenNovember 15, 2013
    Guava Cheese, tiramisu, potato balls and the media noche sandwich. I don't need to say anything else, do I?
  • Pete N.
    Pete NelsonMarch 30, 2014
    The cheese and guacamole omelet the on a croissant is delish!
  • Javier A.
    Javier ArtigaJune 3, 2016
    Awesome place, Napoleon's are dynamite!
  • Tina G.
    Tina GuerreroMay 1, 2013
    The potato balls are awesome but, then again, everything is awesome here!!!
  • KENDRICK K.
    KENDRICK KIMApril 5, 2016
    Try the Mojito fusion passion fruit drink 👍
  • Emily J.
    Emily JimenezMarch 25, 2016
    Try the potato balls and a horchata smoothie!
  • Gerald F.
    Gerald FongAugust 7, 2014
    Everything here is excellent. The meat pies and potato balls are the best.
  • Patty B.
    Patty BautistaNovember 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything is good here but people swear by the cheese rolls, guava cheese strudels, and potato balls! :)
  • Nancilou B.
    Nancilou BiscottiJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful pastries, lousy parking, always busy. Be prepared to wait!
  • Dj Stutter
    Dj StutterJune 21, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    PORTO'S!!!! A must try if you never tried! Leave you diet at home!!! Thank you in advance!
  • Fatima M.
    Fatima MorenoOctober 6, 2015
    Love their cakes, great for special occasions and inexpensive
  • Anna Q.
    Anna QuintoAugust 25, 2015
    Bigger than the 1 in glendale service is fast
  • Denise "Niecee" G.
    Have a list ready by the time they serve you. Makes things a lot more efficient
  • Richard L.
    Richard LeeMarch 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their guava rolls and their chicken croquets. My gf also recs the iced dolce de leche.
  • Nidz S.
    Nidz SmithFebruary 16
    Pastry are the best, but need one needs to try the wonderful potato balls!
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AndaFebruary 27, 2013
    U gotta come around 8:30 am, the morning crowd is usually gone and there's no line!
  • David H.
    David HallNovember 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Dulce de Leche coffee is outstanding.
  • JT
    JTApril 5, 2016
    I love their cheese rolls and guava Danish. Fruit tart is not bad
  • Yvette A.
    Yvette AlvarezJuly 29, 2016
    The potato balls and the guava and cheese Danish are the best!
  • Ralph
    RalphAugust 30, 2011
    Their iced-coffee is really good! Great to have on a warm, hot day.
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KDecember 31, 2011
    GUAVA STRUDELS!! MEAT PASTRIES. CUBANO SANDWICHES. so cheap + so good. blows 85c bakery outta the water
  • Pamela P.
    Pamela PerezJanuary 28, 2013
    Cheese rolls, potato balls, macaroons, and dulce de leche cookies!
  • Josie C.
    Josie CastroJanuary 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything from breakfast, to pastries, to sandwiches and desserts and cakes are DELISH...
  • Estefano C.
    Estefano ChaeDecember 23, 2015
    Coxinha and tuna croissant!!! I loved it very much 😍😍😍 everyone should try! Awesome
  • Danielle R.
    Danielle RanoaMarch 29, 2012
    Potato balls are amazing! Pina Colada smoothie is great too
  • Shazia A.
    Shazia AkmalFebruary 4, 2014
    Thres Lyches cake with all berry is the best**** must try.
  • Kurtis O.
    Kurtis OshiroMarch 15, 2014
    Much slower than their Burbank location...but potato balls are worth it.
  • madai b.
    madai ballesterosSeptember 18, 2014
    Love it ! Baby que más quieres ... si ya te llevo de todo ... consintiendo a mi marido bello en esta semana de su cumpleaños ....
  • LD M.
    LD MakeUpJuly 26, 2016
    Napoleon, Opera y Browny... Mmmm... Todos estaban deliciosos.. Un buen gusto para disfrutar..
  • Javier M.
    Javier MardueñoAugust 25, 2016
    Excelente! Vayan preparados para hacer un gran fila, pero vale la pena. Muffin de chocolate 👌
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