• Vegan Vegan
    ( 8 reviews )

404 NE 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon, USA, 97232

Restaurant and pisco lounge inspired by the Andes region of South America, est. 2015. Fully vegan since Apr 2017. Gluten-free and soy-free options. Open Tue-Thu 4:00pm-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 4:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Beer/Wine, Take-out, South American, Latin

8 Reviews

First Review by kenvegan

A+ atmosphere and food - Edit

Went to Epif for happy hour on a day trip to Portland and we loved everything about it.
Cuisine is South American inspired which is a rare treat to find vegan. Definitely use their delicious pebres with chips and sopaipillas. We got to try all three pebre flavors and absolutely loved them. Also thought the ceviche and empanadas were amazing. Basically I wish I could eat here every day. Also a great atmosphere in the space and friendly staff.

Pros: Vegan South American food, which is hard to find

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Wonderful - Edit

Really nice space, great food. Definitely will eat here again.

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Good effort but fell short - Edit

Just had dinner here. Two of us ordered some chips and salsa, the causa, two empanadas, the charquicán, and the passion fruit cheesecake for dessert. It may sound like a lot of food but it really wasn't. By the time we finished, we were like 6.5/10 full and could've easily shared another main dish.

The food was good but not great. The cheesecake was the best followed by the empanadas. The rest tasted a bit flat and boring. But I don't blame them given how meat-centric South America food is as a whole. There's not a lot they can do with plant-based ingredients while also staying true to the region. That said, I did feel our meal was slightly overpriced for what we got at $54 sans tips.

I think they deserve credit for trying to tackle a cuisine that is widely known to be not veggie-friendly. But with all the great vegan options in Portland, I'm in no hurry to come back and give it a second try.

Pros: effort

Cons: overpriced, boring flavors

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Tell Your Friends - Edit

I loved everything about this place. The wait staff was educated about the food and attentive. The price points were reasonable. The drinks were delicious. We shared about 8 dishes family style and they were all incredible. The "cheese" cake and sweet empanadas were so good! I highly recommend this restaurant. Note: I dined with 2 meat eaters (one of which is a chef) and a vegetarian and all of them loved the food and the atmosphere. Bring your friends. This place is fantastic.

Pros: Delicious Food, Cool Vibe / Interior

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good food, atmosphere, friendly staff - Edit

We arrived around 8:00pm and were able to be seated right away.
Everything was delicious. We had Empenadas and Charquican. Tried a Pisco cocktail made with aquafaba. It was flavorful and refreshing!
Staff was friendly and courteous.

Pros: authentic flavors, unique dishes

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Quiet atmosphere, good food - Edit

I've been here a number of times for cocktails and for dinner twice. The menu isn't extensive and is pretty carb heavy, but I found it delicious. The empanadas were perfect. The salsas were light and brightly flavored. I look forward to trying other dishes!

Pros: Vegan pisco sours, quiet atmosphere

Cons: Limited menu

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Food wasn't that great, overpriced, and snooty atmosphere. - Edit

I've tried this place twice and won't be going back. It is overpriced and the vibe is snooty. The food was ok but nothing I would pay that much for again. My friends food was really bland. I also had a "mock tale" and it was not good at all. I didn't finish it and the waitstaff didn't say anything about it. If you want to pay a lot for vegan food that isn't that great, this is your place.

Pros: Vegan

Cons: expensive , snooty atmosphere , food is mediocre

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Delicious meal / Portions Could Be Larger - Edit

I just had a very tasty meal at Epif. Our waitress was very kind and helpful, and pointed Mr in the direction of the Lentejas, a lentil and rice dish in a squash soup with garlic-roasted veggies.

Although the dish was delicious, I feel it could have been a bit larger as a main.

I definitely recommend this restaurant, but if you are hungry, I would recommend ordering another main if you order the dish I ordered.

Pros: delicious food, great service

Cons: portions could be bigger

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