Alexis

★★★★☆
Families and friends of all ages can take a yummy trip to Greece--all while on stayingon Burnside.
  • 215 W Burnside St

    Portland, OR 97209

    Cross street: Northwest Second Avenue

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  • 503-224-8577

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This is the best Greek restaurant I have ever been too. The best food, great service. Always a favorite place for my family and I to eat.

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★★★★★

This is the best Greek restaurant I have ever been too. The best food, great service. Always a favorite place for my family and I to eat.

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I make my family go here every year for my birthday.

I love this place, it feels like I'm in my grandmother's kitchen.. and I'm not even Greek. The dishes are light and never overcooked. The Lamb Silvaki (sp?) is to die for. Buy a glass of wine and the Greek salad on the side, and you'll be transported to a quaint restaurant in Greece.

If you have kids, the staff loves to chat with them and make them feel comfortable. That always makes me feel proud. They once broke a plate and the owner (I think) broke a plate himself to make them feel no big deal.

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★★★★★

I make my family go here every year for my birthday.

I love this place, it feels like I'm in my grandmother's kitchen.. and I'm not even Greek. The dishes are light and never overcooked. The Lamb Silvaki (sp?) is to die for. Buy a glass of wine and the Greek salad on the side, and you'll be transported to a quaint restaurant in Greece.

If you have kids, the staff loves to chat with them and make them feel comfortable. That always makes me feel proud. They once broke a plate and the owner (I think) broke a plate himself to make them feel no big deal.

Pros: Family Friendly and great food

Cons: Location is a bit rough

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Alexis is a standby for my workgroup when we want excellent food, great service and a place we can get in and out of on a lunch hour. The gyros are fabulous and the servers are friendly and attentive.

4
★★★★☆

Alexis is a standby for my workgroup when we want excellent food, great service and a place we can get in and out of on a lunch hour. The gyros are fabulous and the servers are friendly and attentive.

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This was my first time at Alexis. The food was rather disappointing. Canned, disgusting vegetables and the Kleftiko was blah.. The service was decent. The atmosphere was enjoyable. Overall the experience was mediocre.

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★★★☆☆

This was my first time at Alexis. The food was rather disappointing. Canned, disgusting vegetables and the Kleftiko was blah.. The service was decent. The atmosphere was enjoyable. Overall the experience was mediocre.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Vegetables side, Prices

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This is the place to get your Greek food fix. I love to order the Alexis platter and get an assortment of all the tastes. The octopus is amazing and tender. There is no better humus in town. Get creative and over order. It is always good the next day.

4
★★★★☆

This is the place to get your Greek food fix. I love to order the Alexis platter and get an assortment of all the tastes. The octopus is amazing and tender. There is no better humus in town. Get creative and over order. It is always good the next day.

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We had a big party at Alexis and the food was so good and the wait staff was excellent! The belly dancer was awesome and the flaming cheese was to die for!

5
★★★★★

We had a big party at Alexis and the food was so good and the wait staff was excellent! The belly dancer was awesome and the flaming cheese was to die for!

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Alexis is a unique greek place that is very unasuming and gives the impression of being closed on the outside. Located on Burnside between Chinatown and the Portland Saturday Market, you will walk in a nice Greek eatery. The service was friendly and was reasonably attentive. We started off with humus and bread which both were very good. The humus had a nice level of garlic without being overbearing. The bread was great. We decided going simple and both had the lamb/beef gyros and spanikopita. The spanikopita was presented a little differently with the philo more of a topping and bottom vs the more commonly found stuffed triangles of philo. It was a pleasant suprise and very good. The gyro was very good and done on a different style pita than I've normally had. This was more of a hybrid between a tortilla and a typical pita used for gyros. It was good, none the less. The prices were reasonable. Aparently Alexis actually makes and distributes a lot of Greek food products to other places.

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★★★★☆

Alexis is a unique greek place that is very unasuming and gives the impression of being closed on the outside. Located on Burnside between Chinatown and the Portland Saturday Market, you will walk in a nice Greek eatery. The service was friendly and was reasonably attentive. We started off with humus and bread which both were very good. The humus had a nice level of garlic without being overbearing. The bread was great. We decided going simple and both had the lamb/beef gyros and spanikopita. The spanikopita was presented a little differently with the philo more of a topping and bottom vs the more commonly found stuffed triangles of philo. It was a pleasant suprise and very good. The gyro was very good and done on a different style pita than I've normally had. This was more of a hybrid between a tortilla and a typical pita used for gyros. It was good, none the less. The prices were reasonable. Aparently Alexis actually makes and distributes a lot of Greek food products to other places.

Pros: Ambience, close to downtown

Cons: none

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We have been going to Alexis for years and I don't think I have ever had a bad meal. We usually eat family style - order a bunch of food and just share. The service is great and the entertainment on the weekends with the belly dancers is very fun.

4
★★★★☆

We have been going to Alexis for years and I don't think I have ever had a bad meal. We usually eat family style - order a bunch of food and just share. The service is great and the entertainment on the weekends with the belly dancers is very fun.

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This is a high end restaurant in portland, but it is one of the best when it comes to a variety of food. It is an evening in its self. Come to celebrate an ocassion or just to have a quiet dinner with your special one.

4
★★★★☆

This is a high end restaurant in portland, but it is one of the best when it comes to a variety of food. It is an evening in its self. Come to celebrate an ocassion or just to have a quiet dinner with your special one.

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Seedy joint in a seedy area of town and memorably bad service. $7.95 for tzatziki in a finger bowl! If you want pita bread to go with it..... well then cough up $2.00 more for 2 pieces! The food for their prices might have been acceptable had it not been for the wretched attitude of the server. The food really is not cheap when you have to pay for bad service as well! Next time, I will be driving 16 blocks due west and keeping my eye out on the amazing Greek restaurant at the corner of 18th and Burnside.

1
★★☆☆☆

Seedy joint in a seedy area of town and memorably bad service. $7.95 for tzatziki in a finger bowl! If you want pita bread to go with it..... well then cough up $2.00 more for 2 pieces! The food for their prices might have been acceptable had it not been for the wretched attitude of the server. The food really is not cheap when you have to pay for bad service as well! Next time, I will be driving 16 blocks due west and keeping my eye out on the amazing Greek restaurant at the corner of 18th and Burnside.

Pros: none

Cons: service, value, and location

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Not sure why everyone seems to like this place. Here's what I experienced:

1. Poor service: The hosts were more interested in cheering on the belly dancer than seating us. The waitress seemed tired, bored, and took forever between ordering drinks and entrees.

2. Stale bread to begin the meal.

3. A $7 small "Greek" salad that includes lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, and some olive oil. Should be called a side salad.

4. Canned vegetables and cheap rice pilaf from a box made for a pathetic $17 souvlaki.

5. A belly dancer who struts around while men put cash in her outfit--really classy!

6. Noisy, unclean, poor location. If this restaurant were good, it would be located in a better area of town.

If you've ever eaten really delectable Greek food (i.e., Ella's in Vancouver, B.C.), you will be sorely disappointed by the poor quality of Alexis.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not sure why everyone seems to like this place. Here's what I experienced:

1. Poor service: The hosts were more interested in cheering on the belly dancer than seating us. The waitress seemed tired, bored, and took forever between ordering drinks and entrees.

2. Stale bread to begin the meal.

3. A $7 small "Greek" salad that includes lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, and some olive oil. Should be called a side salad.

4. Canned vegetables and cheap rice pilaf from a box made for a pathetic $17 souvlaki.

5. A belly dancer who struts around while men put cash in her outfit--really classy!

6. Noisy, unclean, poor location. If this restaurant were good, it would be located in a better area of town.

If you've ever eaten really delectable Greek food (i.e., Ella's in Vancouver, B.C.), you will be sorely disappointed by the poor quality of Alexis.

Pros: None

Cons: Everything

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We went to Alexis on a Sat. night with a party of 11 that included 5 children under the age of 4! We had a reservation and we seated immediately upstairs. From the beginning, the service was impeccable. Our waiter was attentive, experienced and polite. Since our party was so large, we decided to order the family-style meal, which was delicious. I was the lone vegetarian and the waiter offered to bring me vegetarian substitutes for the entrees that contained meat. Even after asking for extra napkins and plates, more milk for the kids, etc., our waiter seemed unfazed and continued to provide excellent service. The food was authentic and plentiful and the ambiance was festive and inviting. We were in Portland for the weekend visiting from Seattle, and my husband remarked that we should make the 3-hour drive again just to visit Alexis! A true Greek dining experience!

2
★★★★★

We went to Alexis on a Sat. night with a party of 11 that included 5 children under the age of 4! We had a reservation and we seated immediately upstairs. From the beginning, the service was impeccable. Our waiter was attentive, experienced and polite. Since our party was so large, we decided to order the family-style meal, which was delicious. I was the lone vegetarian and the waiter offered to bring me vegetarian substitutes for the entrees that contained meat. Even after asking for extra napkins and plates, more milk for the kids, etc., our waiter seemed unfazed and continued to provide excellent service. The food was authentic and plentiful and the ambiance was festive and inviting. We were in Portland for the weekend visiting from Seattle, and my husband remarked that we should make the 3-hour drive again just to visit Alexis! A true Greek dining experience!

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You have probably passed Alexis a number of times... every time you go to the Portland Saturday Market or drive in to China Town. It's entrance is very unobtrusive and looks to be closed - that is what people WANT you to think. This has to be the best Greek food this side of Mount Olympus. Absolutely fantastic service, cuisine and ambiance. Their dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) are like no other - warmed with a light gravy. The avgolemono (egg and lemon soup) will bring tears of joy to your eyes. The staff and owner go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable, happy and well fed. Prices are so fair that you will double take your bill. Trust us... make your way to Alexis.

2
★★★★★

You have probably passed Alexis a number of times... every time you go to the Portland Saturday Market or drive in to China Town. It's entrance is very unobtrusive and looks to be closed - that is what people WANT you to think. This has to be the best Greek food this side of Mount Olympus. Absolutely fantastic service, cuisine and ambiance. Their dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) are like no other - warmed with a light gravy. The avgolemono (egg and lemon soup) will bring tears of joy to your eyes. The staff and owner go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable, happy and well fed. Prices are so fair that you will double take your bill. Trust us... make your way to Alexis.

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I've always heard great things about Alexis so finally gave it a try. The service was wonderful, the environment was great and it felt like I was part of a large family. The belly dancer came out just a little past 8pm and that was fun too. I ordered the lamb souvlaki and my daughter ordered the lamb chops. They were both very delicious as was the salad and feta cheese appetizer. The only thing I could see improved are the rice and vegetables, they were a bit underwhelming and I had hoped for some type of Tzatziki sauce with the dish. For the money, I think the Greek Cuisina has better food, though for warm and welcoming atmosphere Alexis wins out.

1
★★★☆☆

I've always heard great things about Alexis so finally gave it a try. The service was wonderful, the environment was great and it felt like I was part of a large family. The belly dancer came out just a little past 8pm and that was fun too. I ordered the lamb souvlaki and my daughter ordered the lamb chops. They were both very delicious as was the salad and feta cheese appetizer. The only thing I could see improved are the rice and vegetables, they were a bit underwhelming and I had hoped for some type of Tzatziki sauce with the dish. For the money, I think the Greek Cuisina has better food, though for warm and welcoming atmosphere Alexis wins out.

Pros: Good place to bring children and relatives, belly dancers, appetizers

Cons: Location, bland rice & soggy veggies

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Very friendly and accomodating staff. The Melitzano is a must try as well as the chicken/lemon soup. They also have an excellent menu of Greek wines.

2
★★★★★

Very friendly and accomodating staff. The Melitzano is a must try as well as the chicken/lemon soup. They also have an excellent menu of Greek wines.

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This is the spot I crave. It doesn't pretend to be upscale and the food is always fantastic, the wines are reasonable in price, and the staff is friendly.

2
★★★★★

This is the spot I crave. It doesn't pretend to be upscale and the food is always fantastic, the wines are reasonable in price, and the staff is friendly.

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My family and I went here for lunch on a Friday at 12:15 and ordered hummus as an appetizer. After about 5 minutes we were informed that they were out of hummus. We were a little dumbfounded and contemplated leaving but decided we would stick it out. While we waited 30 minutes for our food to arrive we watched everyone who arrived after us get, and eat, their meals.

When our meals finally came I asked what had taken so long our server informed us that the pork I ordered took a long time to cook. I had purposely avoided ordering the items on the menu that said "Allow 15 minutes." From that moment on we did not see the server again.

We had 3 different dishes...all of which were uninspired and sub-par.
-The chicken Gyros was horrible. The chicken could best be described as bad lunch meat.
-The pork skewers that took so long to cook was undercooked, greasy, and fatty.
-The lamb/noodle dish was adequate but nothing worth ordering again.

The manager did try to salvage the experience by comping us desserts...which were quite tasty. He also informed us that our order had been lost by the kitchen and had to be remade. All in all....it was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My family and I went here for lunch on a Friday at 12:15 and ordered hummus as an appetizer. After about 5 minutes we were informed that they were out of hummus. We were a little dumbfounded and contemplated leaving but decided we would stick it out. While we waited 30 minutes for our food to arrive we watched everyone who arrived after us get, and eat, their meals.

When our meals finally came I asked what had taken so long our server informed us that the pork I ordered took a long time to cook. I had purposely avoided ordering the items on the menu that said "Allow 15 minutes." From that moment on we did not see the server again.

We had 3 different dishes...all of which were uninspired and sub-par.
-The chicken Gyros was horrible. The chicken could best be described as bad lunch meat.
-The pork skewers that took so long to cook was undercooked, greasy, and fatty.
-The lamb/noodle dish was adequate but nothing worth ordering again.

The manager did try to salvage the experience by comping us desserts...which were quite tasty. He also informed us that our order had been lost by the kitchen and had to be remade. All in all....it was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had.

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At Alexis I always have an outstanding expirence. Gerry the manager is so friendly and kind. The food and service has always been excellent. I have been eating there with my family since we moved to portland (1990) and now that I am on my own, I still frequent Alexis with my friends. Try the Gyros.

2
★★★★★

At Alexis I always have an outstanding expirence. Gerry the manager is so friendly and kind. The food and service has always been excellent. I have been eating there with my family since we moved to portland (1990) and now that I am on my own, I still frequent Alexis with my friends. Try the Gyros.

Pros: Service, Value, Excellent Food

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The service was really good as soon as we walked in. They give you a loaf of sesame seeded bread in the beginning, it would be better if it was heated warm though but otherwise it's still good. I ordered the Moussaka. The only thing i didn't like is that the entrees are served with vegetables that remind me of the frozen bagged veggies with peas, green beans, etc. cooked in their own tomatoey sauce. It tasted good but just didn't seem very authentic greek to me. They have an extensive wine list though and other than the veggies i'd say everything else was really good.

2
★★★★☆

The service was really good as soon as we walked in. They give you a loaf of sesame seeded bread in the beginning, it would be better if it was heated warm though but otherwise it's still good. I ordered the Moussaka. The only thing i didn't like is that the entrees are served with vegetables that remind me of the frozen bagged veggies with peas, green beans, etc. cooked in their own tomatoey sauce. It tasted good but just didn't seem very authentic greek to me. They have an extensive wine list though and other than the veggies i'd say everything else was really good.

Pros: Inexpensive, Friendly service

Cons: Prefrozen veggies?

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My coworkers and I went to Alexis for lunch, and it was a pleasant surprise. I'd been for dinner before, and was hopeful that our lunch experience would be equally satisfying. Service was fast, efficient, and courteous. The food, of course, was wonderful; and reached our table quickly.

Next time you need a good Greek meal downtown, skip the Greek Cusina and try Alexis for lunch.

2
★★★★★

My coworkers and I went to Alexis for lunch, and it was a pleasant surprise. I'd been for dinner before, and was hopeful that our lunch experience would be equally satisfying. Service was fast, efficient, and courteous. The food, of course, was wonderful; and reached our table quickly.

Next time you need a good Greek meal downtown, skip the Greek Cusina and try Alexis for lunch.

Pros: great food, fast service, nice atmosphere

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I believe Alexis is a rare restaurant that stays true to it's traditions. The atmosphere is of a classic mediteranean taverna. The portions are large and very reasonably priced. For a night out with the family or with friends, Alexis is a great place to go.

2
★★★★★

I believe Alexis is a rare restaurant that stays true to it's traditions. The atmosphere is of a classic mediteranean taverna. The portions are large and very reasonably priced. For a night out with the family or with friends, Alexis is a great place to go.

Pros: inexpensive, service, large groups

Cons: , no smoking

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Best Greek I've ever had. Also a very comfortable place to eat. The service was less than excellent, but the food more than made up for her.

2
★★★★★

Best Greek I've ever had. Also a very comfortable place to eat. The service was less than excellent, but the food more than made up for her.

Pros: food, ambiance, price

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Bravo! There's a Greek restaurant in town with authentic food AND atmosphere. Don't put off trying this place out because of the ugly exterior and surroundings. It's a whole nother world inside. Alexis gets both the basics and the specialities right. The Greek salad is delicious, especially the feta cheese. You can't go wrong with the oven roasted chicken and potatoes. Jerry, who must be the manager, and who comes around to every table, is very friendly and down-to-earth. It's a great place for any size group, large or intimate. The menu accomodates a variety of budgets. If you miss Greece and want a great meal in a comfortable, warm atmosphere, Alexis is the place.

2
★★★★★

Bravo! There's a Greek restaurant in town with authentic food AND atmosphere. Don't put off trying this place out because of the ugly exterior and surroundings. It's a whole nother world inside. Alexis gets both the basics and the specialities right. The Greek salad is delicious, especially the feta cheese. You can't go wrong with the oven roasted chicken and potatoes. Jerry, who must be the manager, and who comes around to every table, is very friendly and down-to-earth. It's a great place for any size group, large or intimate. The menu accomodates a variety of budgets. If you miss Greece and want a great meal in a comfortable, warm atmosphere, Alexis is the place.

Pros: Authentic atmosphere, Great food, Good service

Cons: Building exterior

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I love everything about the Alexis but sometimes my excuse for going there is just to order saganaki. Saganaki is greek cheese that they bring to your table in flames. It is delicious and entertaining. Try to go on the weekends when they have belly dancers, but if you have a large group you might want to make reservations.

2
★★★★★

I love everything about the Alexis but sometimes my excuse for going there is just to order saganaki. Saganaki is greek cheese that they bring to your table in flames. It is delicious and entertaining. Try to go on the weekends when they have belly dancers, but if you have a large group you might want to make reservations.

Pros: belly dancers

Cons: downtown parking

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These days it is hard to distinguish dining from theater; instead of focusing on the food, the restaurant industry has become enamored with trendy decor and flashy presentation. This is not good if you're anything like me, becuase when I go out to eat I am concerned with only one thing: EATING A GOOD MEAL. At the Alexis, I get more than a good meal--I get an excellent meal! An excellent meal that is accompanied by authentic Greek hospitality (which translates into unparalelled service) and lively atmosphere! The calamari is the best in Portland and the tzatziki has just the right kick. The bread and pitas are beyond explanation! The Alexis is always consistent and a great place to take dates and relatives from out of town. I am confident claiming that it is Portland's best place to eat!!

2
★★★★★

These days it is hard to distinguish dining from theater; instead of focusing on the food, the restaurant industry has become enamored with trendy decor and flashy presentation. This is not good if you're anything like me, becuase when I go out to eat I am concerned with only one thing: EATING A GOOD MEAL. At the Alexis, I get more than a good meal--I get an excellent meal! An excellent meal that is accompanied by authentic Greek hospitality (which translates into unparalelled service) and lively atmosphere! The calamari is the best in Portland and the tzatziki has just the right kick. The bread and pitas are beyond explanation! The Alexis is always consistent and a great place to take dates and relatives from out of town. I am confident claiming that it is Portland's best place to eat!!

Pros: Great Food, Great Atmosphere, Inexpensive

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I went to Alexi's with a large group of friends for prom. Due to a miscommunication with our reservations, the wait was a bit longer (10-15 minutes...), but the food made up for everything! Don't miss the nights when the belly dancer performs, too. The service, food, and atmosphere are definitely worth the visit.

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★★★★★

I went to Alexi's with a large group of friends for prom. Due to a miscommunication with our reservations, the wait was a bit longer (10-15 minutes...), but the food made up for everything! Don't miss the nights when the belly dancer performs, too. The service, food, and atmosphere are definitely worth the visit.

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Right in the thick of Portland's Old Town, the Alexis offers a bright and fun dining experience brimming with warm Greek service and traditional dishes. The servers---many of whom have worked here for decades---are personable; they'll…

 

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