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Oba! Restaurant Review: The scene at Oba! is as important as the food. A well-dressed, attractive crowd mingles amid pulsating music, and many patrons come just for the two happy hours (one in the afternoon and again late at night), sitting in enormous bar booths glowing with peacock hues. The festive setting works well for both romantic couples and large parties, but the Nuevo-Latino cooking holds its own. Many dishes are recognizable as Mexican, Spanish or Caribbean, but others draw on less well-known cuisines throughout South America, or fuse these varying yet related traditions in lively ways. Start with the guacamole, mashed tableside. Coconut prawns, ceviche or octopus bruschetta are also good choices to accompany the drinks, like margaritas and mojitos. For entrées, try the squash enchiladas with quinoa salad, halibut in a cilantro-mint vinaigrette, gaucho-style grilled prime rib, or, more simply, fish tacos. Service is friendly and competent.