Bar Casa Vale in Portland, Oregon is a cozy, dark Spanish tapas bar with an impressive wine and cocktails program and mouthwatering dishes.
Bar Casa Vale
If you’re looking for a low-key, hip night spot in Portland, Oregon, check out Bar Casa Vale.
Located in Southeast Portland near the curved intersection of SE 9th and Sandy Boulevard, this cozy bar is dark, intimate, and super chill. Grab a table by the bar, or snuggle up by the outdoor fire.
Bar Casa Vale is perfect for date nights or a late night after-dinner spot with friends.
The bar program focuses on an impressive list of 30+ Sherry and fortified wines.
You’ll also find massive gin & tonic cocktails, more than a dozen Latin-influenced cocktails, and well-curated beers and ciders.
And that pitcher of sangria pictured above? You can get that too for $27/pitcher or $9/glass.
If you’re stopping at Bar Casa Vale for drinks and a quick bite, order off of the top section of the menu. You’ll find a dozen snacks that are hearty enough to satisfy your immediate hunger, but won’t leave you feeling stuffed.
Here’s a look at some of the Pintxos we enjoyed on this night.
Fried Olives ($6) with sobrasada and piri piri mayo are bite-sized starters that are perfect accompaniment to one of Bar Casa Vale’s wines or cocktails. It’s shown here with the larger plate of Turmeric Fried Chicken.
The Chicharrones ($6) at Bar Casa Vale are served with dried shrimp and lime. They’re as crispy as you want them to be, and I love the bit of sweetness you get with the lime.
Anchovy Two Way Montadito ($5). If you don’t think you like anchovies, but you haven’t had them in a while, you need to try this dish. Anchovies are so delicious, and enjoying them with two different preparations and sauces really helps you see the potential in these little fishes that pack a flavor punch.
If you’re looking for starters that are slightly more substantial, go for the Black Cod Skewers or the Chicken thigh skewers ($7) with turmeric. Both are grilled up nicely and have lots of spice in each bite.
If you’re at Bar Casa Vale with a few friends and plan to stay a bit, I suggest ordering a few Pintxos, and then a few Tapas to share. These are medium-sized platings that are perfect to share between 2-4 people.
Grilled Flatbread ($9) – this one was served with clams conserva. So good!
Broccoli Salad ($10) with tonnato, radish, turnip, lovage, poppyseeds. If you love salads with a hearty crunch to them, then you will love this one!
Frito Mixto ($12) delicata squash, sweet onion, garrotxa, black pepper. I really loved this veggie tempura spin. The breading was not overpowering and the flavors of the veggies really came out. The garrotxa (cheese) was generously sprinkled on top and added a lovely final touch to each bite.
Carrots en Vinagreta ($10) with sunflower, black garlic, feta, avocado and grapefruit. I have to admit: I wasn’t sure about this one when it was set in front of us. But, I loved it. There’s a nice balance of crunchy and soft textures, a little hit of spice with the black garlic and then some tang with the grapefruit.
Raciones (larger plates)
While this is an excellent spot for late night drinks and tapas, you could enjoy a really nice, satisfying dinner at Bar Casa Vale, too.
If you’re here for dinner, or have a larger appetite, Bar Casa Vale offers a selection of larger plates in the Raciones menu section. These would be great to share, or you can enjoy them as your main course.
Steamed clams ($16) with spicy tomato braised tripe, chickpeas. I really loved this dish. The chickpeas added a nice depth and the tomato based broth gave it all such nice flavor.
Albondigas ($14). These were chicken meatballs with flint corn, tahina, miti-crema, and – here’s the crazy fun and delicious bonus round ingredient – crispy chicken skin.
This is definitely what I would order again with a group of friends! Or, I’ll just be unapologetically selfish and eat a whole order by myself.
Grilled lamb neck ($35) is something I keep seeing pop up on Portland restaurant menus… and so far, I think I like it.
At Bar Casa Vale, they serve grilled lamb neck with green wheat harira and salsa verde. This is a dish you will want to share with a few friends – it’s filling, but worth every bite.
Visit Bar Casa Vale
Overall, I enjoyed my first visit to Bar Casa Vale. I need to go again during the daytime (better photos next time, I promise!) and try a few of their newer dishes.
SE 9th & Pine
Get the Bar Casa Vale Menu here
Tuesday -Thursday 5:00pm – midnight; Happy Hour 5:00pm – 6:00pm, 10:00pm – close
Friday – Saturday 4:00pm – midnight; Happy Hour 4:00pm – 6:00pm, 10:00pm – close
Sunday 4:00pm – 10:00pm; Happy Hour all day.
Monday – closed
For more info visit the Bar Casa Vale website.
Have you been to Bar Casa Vale? What did you think and what was your favorite dish and drink?
If you haven’t been yet, what dish here intrigues you the most?
I attended a media event during which the food and beverages pictured in this post were provided by Bar Casa Vale. As always, all opinions and photos are my own. If I don’t like it, I won’t write about it. Period. I only share positive experiences here on UrbanBlissLife.com, and experiences, products, and places I truly enjoyed and think you will, too!
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