The La Rambla Loft

Reservations… 503.472.7306

Experience luxury accommodations in Oregon’s gorgeous wine country. The historic La Rambla Loft, beautifully restored, offers you a unique overnight experience within walking distance to all that Downtown McMinnville has to offer.


•  $300-$350 per night
•  Sleeps 4-6
•  Two Bedrooms:
– King Suite with Tub, Shower & Bidet
– Queen Bedroom
• Luxury Linens with Latex Mattresses
•  Additional Bathroom with Walk-in Tiled Shower
• Gourmet Kitchen
– Tableware
– Cutlery
– Cookware
•  Dining & Great Room
• Two Fireplaces
• Laundry
• Desk & Computer
• WiFi
• Flatscreen HDTVs
• DVD Players
• Within Walking Distance of  Grocery, Pharmacy, Library, Shopping, Park, Dining & Wineries

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– 1st COURSE –
Fois Gras Empenada with Black Mission Fig and Port Reduction
– or –
Dungeness Crab Cake with Meyer Lemon Aioli, Grilled Hedge Hog Mushrooms and Arugula Oil

– 2nd COURSE –
Arugula Salad with Golden Raisins, Toasted Pine Nuts, Blood Orange, Roasted Golden Beets and Cava Vinaigrette
– or –
Pomegranate and Valdeon Salad with Butter Lettuce, Bacon Lardon, Fresh Basil, Pomegranate and Sherry Vinaigrette

– 3rd COURSE –
Smoked Pork Belly Conserva with Corona Bean and Bacon, Roasted Baby Carrots, Herb Butter
– or –
Butter Poached Lobster Tail with Lemon Couscous Risotto, Basil Oil, and Pickled Tomato
– or –
Whole Roasted New York Strip Loin Rubbed in Porcini and Sage and Carved to Order, Brown Butter and Herb Fried Yukon Potato, Valdeon and Spinach Cream
– or-
Cantabrian Lamb Stew- Slow Roasted Lamb Shank, Moroccan Lamb Meatballs, Morcilla, Piquillo and Christmas Lima Bean

– 4th COURSE –
Raspberry Dusted Beignet with Chocolate and Cara Cara Orange Ice Cream and Pistachio Tuille
– or –
Clear Creek Brandy Pear Gazpacho, Tangerine Crema, Pear Chip and Fresh Berries

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Photo Gallery

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Restoration of the Schilling Building

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Willamette Valley at its most chic!

La Rambla is the ideal destination for anyone looking to enjoy a culinary gem nestled in the heart of Oregon’s gorgeous wine country. 

Deftly blending Spanish influences and classics with the freshest ingredients the Northwest has to offer, La Rambla offers a welcoming vibe to everyone from couples seeking an intimate meal to groups ready to top off a day of wine tasting with good food and good company.
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Tapas Show & Tell

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Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Cake Infused with Tangerine and Cinnamon

We rarely drive through McMinnville without stopping by La Rambla. It’s a surprise to find desserts this good off the beaten track. What distinguishes this molten chocolate cake is the infusion of bright fruit flavor and a hint of cinnamon in the batter. The textual play between the ethereal mousse, dense cake, and creamy ice cream is nirvana.

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100% Excellent Customer Satisfaction


“It was AMAZING! I’ve actually lived right off La Ramblas in Barcelona and I am very impressed!”
-Jessie Tyler 


“We LOVE La Rambla! We came down from Portland just for your Bodegas platter!”
– Emily & Eric 


“Superb meal & service! Congrats on getting into Wine Spectator.”
– Richard Crone 


“Food was excellent – great variety of ingredients & flavors.”
– Unknown


“We have been coming here for several years & always find the food service & attention to detail excellent.”
-Brandon & Pamela Filbert


“First time – not the last”
– Ed Ventham

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Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 5 Years in a Row!

McMinnville top small towns for food from the Daily Meal

Top billing goes to … La Rambla!


2.  La Rambla “A charming bistro located in historic McMinnville where Proprietor-Executive Chef Timothy Hodges delivers pastoral elegance in Spanish inspired tapas”

238 NE Third Street in Historic McMinnville, Oregon – Call for Reservations at  #503.435.2126

Tucked away in historic McMinnville is a culinary delight – a restaurant called La Rambla.  Executive Chef Timothy Hodges creates Willamette inspired Spanish tapas dishes that pair nicely with the local wines.  The combination of flavors and presentation of the food were a nice surprise followed by an afternoon of wine tastings while traveling the back country roads of McMinnville.  Many locals and wine visitors in the area stop here to either enjoy a house specialty cocktail at the long copper bar or sit at a bistro table under Gaudi-like hand-blown lamps for some tapas prepared from fresh local ingredients.

Wine Spectator bestowed the honor of the “Award of Excellence” and “Award of Distinction” to the deserving winner – La Rambla.

Chef Timothy Hodges greeted us with a glass of cuvée and a sampling of tapas including:

Cold Tapas – jamon serrano and jamon Iberico with arugula covered flatbread and olive oil

Vegetable Tapas – roasted delecata squash with thyme and caraway honey

Seafood Tapas – pan seared ahi tuna with fig and olive tapenade, capers and olive oil

Meat Tapas – lamb stew with rutabega gratin.
We plan to go back to try the La Rambla Paella – one of La Ramla’s best known dishes!

From their website, here’s an introduction what’s behind the restaurant name.

La Rambla, named for Barcelona’s famous avenue, specializes in the cuisines of the Iberian Peninsula.  Our menu is full of traditional favorites as well as lesser-known delicacies awaiting discovery by intrepid diners.  Tapas allow for perfect parings of wine and food, and allow diners to experience a variety of our treats.  We strive to use only the freshest, local ingredients in our recipes.  Our wine list is one of the most extensive in the state, with more than 350 entries from Oregon and from Spain – and of course our well-informed wait staff is always ready to make a suggestion.

2012 Superior Cellar Award Winner
Oregon Wine Press

September 2011 Issue

Ken’s Picks:
(Domain Serene)

No other nation has mastered the art of “bar food” quite like Spain. And, when you get hungry in a sleepy little wine country town like McMinnville, tapas usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.   Luckily, for locals and visitors alike, there is the charming and upscale La Rambla, right in the heart of town on historic 3rd Street.

Named for the famous avenue in Barcelona, La Rambla offers traditional Spanish cuisine, inspired by the Iberian Peninsula and tempered with fresh local ingredients.  This level of authenticity and attention to detail would be hard to find in any small American town, but at La Rambla it is done with flavor and style under the masterful guidance of Chef Tim Hodges.

The potatoes, braised with an over-easy egg, is a wonderful starter, as well as the steamed clams, the seared scallops with fava beans and the decadent braised smoked pork belly. It is rare to see a menu this extensive and varied handled to such a high standard of quality.

You can visit La Rambla online for a complete menu, but a  few of my favorites include the Iberico ham, Dungeness crab and bay shrimp cakes, sautéed garlic chili shrimp, the meatballs braised in a piquillo sofrito, and best of all the duck breast with croqueta (made from duck confit).

Their wine list is an eclectic affair, with a wealth of Spanish gems and a well chosen selection of local Oregon favorites, including Domaine Serene. They even have Oregon wines made from traditional Spanish grapes!  Regardless of your thirst, every wine is picked to compliment the diverse and delicious menu and there is a wine for any taste or occasion.  There is even house made sangria, which can be a delight on a hot Oregon summer day.

During your next visit to Oregon Wine Country, indulge your inner explorer and enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner at La Rambla. You’ll be glad you did.

Buen provecho! – Ken Evenstad 

Lady concierge:

Long time no see!  I have moved to the town of McMinnville, Oregon.  I am no longer working as a concierge.  Instead I am co-managing a small pizza shop with my husband Brian.  It’s a big change, but a good one so far.

Here in the midst of wine country, there are a handful of quality restaurants using the fresh, local meats and produce this area is known for.  So far we have tried Cuvee, Thistle and La Rambla.  Didn’t have my camera at the first two, but here are some shots of our lunch at La Rambla.  It’s a Spanish tapas place.

First up was this partially-devoured chef’s choice meat and cheese plate ($12).  It came with housemade chorizo, serrano ham, a hard cheese, a bleu cheese and some candied walnuts.  We had this with some good bread and olive oil. Next up was the manila clams with chorizo, sherry, garlic and herbs ($7).  I could eat these all day.  We used the clam shells to scoop up the rest of the juice left over in the bowl.  These were one of the best things we ate here:  Piquillo Peppers stuffed with northwest crab, goat cheese, harissa ($12).  Tons of crab spiked with the spicy harissa wrapped in a roasted pepper.  Mmm, mmm, good…

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La Rambla makes world news!


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La Rambla Awarded the Wine Spectator 2008, 2009 & 2010 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE!

Selected as one of the nation’s most wine-friendly restaurants for 2008 & 2009

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Our Historia

We are located in the Schilling Building in historic downtown McMinnville. Erected in 1884 to house the Boss Saloon, it is the oldest brick building in McMinnville. Originally a two-story brick structure, the Schilling Building was stuccoed in 1905 at which time the ornate metal cornice was added. By the early 1900’s it was a grocery; later a variety store.

After extensive renovation after it was purchased in 2002, the restaurant’s space now features a beautiful wood entrance, dark mahogany, a copper-topped bar, hand-blown light fixtures, and original artwork. While the main attraction is the food, the artful design and richly detailed interior combine for an ideal setting to create a memorable pairing of food and setting. La Rambla invites you to stop in any time to enjoy our unique and lovely restaurant.

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