LAID BACK + LOCAL
Owned by Executive Chef Norberto Portillo, Tabla offers a casual ambiance paired with expertly crafted food & cocktails.
Small plates with BIG flavor that are meant to be shared.
OWNER | EXECUTIVE CHEF
Born and raised near Anthony, Texas, Norberto’s interest and talent in the culinary arts earned him acceptance into The Scottsdale Culinary Institute and apprenticeships at renowned Portland staples - Park Kitchen and Simpatica. With the knowledge and experience he acquired, he resolved to return to his roots to impact, enhance, and evolve the local food industry. Opening Tabla and teaching aspiring chefs at El Paso Community College, where he continues to share his passion for cooking, are the products of that resolve.
After working every aspect of the service industry, John put his 15+ years experience and love of the craft toward reworking the bar program at Tabla in 2016. An El Paso native, lover of bourbon and prohibition era cocktails, his favorite drink is a Paper Plane or a Lone Star and a shot of Averna. His bar now features a selection of unique bourbon, Texas and American whiskey, gin from around the world, and a large collection of amari and aperitif.