Habibi Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1012 SW Morrison St

    Portland, OR 97205

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  • 503-274-0628

About Habibi Restaurant

Hours
Sun 1am-9pm, Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 12am-9pm
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One of the best restaurants downtown, a bit small for large parties... but extremely good food for an intimate night out.

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★★★★★

One of the best restaurants downtown, a bit small for large parties... but extremely good food for an intimate night out.

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My vegetarian friend wanted to come here and now I know why. As far as my meaty meal, it was juicy and the portions were pretty good size wise. My friend liked her vegetarian platter (spinach pie, baba ghannouj, etc.) so overall I'd say

3
★★★★★

My vegetarian friend wanted to come here and now I know why. As far as my meaty meal, it was juicy and the portions were pretty good size wise. My friend liked her vegetarian platter (spinach pie, baba ghannouj, etc.) so overall I'd say

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My wife and I checked Habibi out last Friday and had a blast. The servers were very attentive and made us feel at home, but it was the great food and decor that really made the evening. The food is very authentic and the best Middle

3
★★★★★

My wife and I checked Habibi out last Friday and had a blast. The servers were very attentive and made us feel at home, but it was the great food and decor that really made the evening. The food is very authentic and the best Middle

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They have 2 convenient locations and the best food hands down.

2
★★★★★

They have 2 convenient locations and the best food hands down.

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Have been there with couple of friends on a Sunday afternoon.
We had chicken shawarma, chicken kabob. The general tasty kabob dish was just okay... i wished the chicken was a little bit more succulent (it just was dry as it was a day-old item). Shawarma was much better than the kabob item.
The falafel was good.
The salad, which came with the entree, wasn't great.
I would prefer other middle eastern choices that are out there.

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★★★☆☆

Have been there with couple of friends on a Sunday afternoon.
We had chicken shawarma, chicken kabob. The general tasty kabob dish was just okay... i wished the chicken was a little bit more succulent (it just was dry as it was a day-old item). Shawarma was much better than the kabob item.
The falafel was good.
The salad, which came with the entree, wasn't great.
I would prefer other middle eastern choices that are out there.

Pros: Nice location

Cons: Okay food

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We went here to use a Groupon. I ordered the Vegetarian Mezza platter, to try a little variety. Plenty of food, enough for two people. Service was fast and pleasant. My boyfriend got the Chicken Kabob. He said it wasn't is favorite thing ever. A lot of meat, not enough veggies. But some people might prefer it that way. I will definitely go back there again. I thought some things on the menu were a little pricey, but the mezza plate was a great deal.

2
★★★★☆

We went here to use a Groupon. I ordered the Vegetarian Mezza platter, to try a little variety. Plenty of food, enough for two people. Service was fast and pleasant. My boyfriend got the Chicken Kabob. He said it wasn't is favorite thing ever. A lot of meat, not enough veggies. But some people might prefer it that way. I will definitely go back there again. I thought some things on the menu were a little pricey, but the mezza plate was a great deal.

Pros: Good food, Good Service, Large portions

Cons: Some items expensive

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Habibi is a great and authentic lebanese restaurant with hookahs and belly dancing. Their food is fantastic and the waitstaff is friendly.

4
★★★★☆

Habibi is a great and authentic lebanese restaurant with hookahs and belly dancing. Their food is fantastic and the waitstaff is friendly.

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The other night I was on my way to my favorite restaurant in town, "Persian House" and decided to try something new. I saw this place called Habibi and it looked busy so I stopped in and tried it. It was nothing to rave about but cheap. I think that's why some people go here. If your looking for quality home cookin go right up the street to Persian House and if your looking for good lebanese I recommend Nicolas.

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★☆☆☆☆

The other night I was on my way to my favorite restaurant in town, "Persian House" and decided to try something new. I saw this place called Habibi and it looked busy so I stopped in and tried it. It was nothing to rave about but cheap. I think that's why some people go here. If your looking for quality home cookin go right up the street to Persian House and if your looking for good lebanese I recommend Nicolas.

Cons: Quality

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We were sat upstairs and the wait staff promptly forgot that we were there (though from reading more reviews posted here I can see that it doesn't matter where you are, the service is horrible).
The portions were extremely small. I ordered the vegetarian mezza. It came with 1 falafel and 1 piece of pita bread. No one ever asked if we wanted water.We ordered cokes and they were never refilled. $1.75 for a small glass of coke and not a single refill.
I will always tip 20%, less if the service is bad. The staff at Habibi left me feeling like they didn't deserve a tip. Pretty bad. Can't imagine this restaurant being around for too many years.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were sat upstairs and the wait staff promptly forgot that we were there (though from reading more reviews posted here I can see that it doesn't matter where you are, the service is horrible).
The portions were extremely small. I ordered the vegetarian mezza. It came with 1 falafel and 1 piece of pita bread. No one ever asked if we wanted water.We ordered cokes and they were never refilled. $1.75 for a small glass of coke and not a single refill.
I will always tip 20%, less if the service is bad. The staff at Habibi left me feeling like they didn't deserve a tip. Pretty bad. Can't imagine this restaurant being around for too many years.

Pros: few

Cons: many

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Was downtown today and I saw Habibi. My girlfriend mentioned she had dined here and loved it. Well, I agree with her. From the moment I walked in I felt appreciated. The owner was so nice and professional. Was by myself and just wanted to eat and read my book. I ordered the falafel combo, which consisted of hummus, side salad, falafel sandwich. Everything was fresh and amazing, reasonable too. I have dined out lately at enough crappy restaurants to last a lifetime, so it was refreshing to be treated kindly and professionally. Thanks Habibi. DeDe Unverzagt

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★★★★★

Was downtown today and I saw Habibi. My girlfriend mentioned she had dined here and loved it. Well, I agree with her. From the moment I walked in I felt appreciated. The owner was so nice and professional. Was by myself and just wanted to eat and read my book. I ordered the falafel combo, which consisted of hummus, side salad, falafel sandwich. Everything was fresh and amazing, reasonable too. I have dined out lately at enough crappy restaurants to last a lifetime, so it was refreshing to be treated kindly and professionally. Thanks Habibi. DeDe Unverzagt

Pros: everything

Cons: n/a

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I've heard great things about this place and tried it for the first time yesterday with a friend. All of the wait staff were very personable, our food came out fast and was very good. Their turkish coffee melted away the hangover i had within a few sips. We got the veggie mezza and the phoenician pizza. The falafel is amazing and their hummus, which i usually like a bit lumpier, had a great flavor, no specific spice overwhelming the rest. We ended up taking half of the pizza to go because we were near full after sharing the mezza. Our bill came to under $20. The location is very convenient for anyone who MAXes it downtown, as it's just half a block from the peterson's stop. I can honestly say that i have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience here.

2
★★★★★

I've heard great things about this place and tried it for the first time yesterday with a friend. All of the wait staff were very personable, our food came out fast and was very good. Their turkish coffee melted away the hangover i had within a few sips. We got the veggie mezza and the phoenician pizza. The falafel is amazing and their hummus, which i usually like a bit lumpier, had a great flavor, no specific spice overwhelming the rest. We ended up taking half of the pizza to go because we were near full after sharing the mezza. Our bill came to under $20. The location is very convenient for anyone who MAXes it downtown, as it's just half a block from the peterson's stop. I can honestly say that i have absolutely nothing negative to say about my experience here.

Pros: Just off the MAX line, great food, great staff, cheap eats.

Cons: Small , close tables may inconvenience large groups and people who can't control their kids.

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I have been to many Middle Eastern restaurants, and this one is the worst I have ever been to. I ordered the Baba Ganoush sandwich for $5. What I got was a tiny sandwich split in two, containing a few slivers of lettuce and tomato pieces and a dab of Baba Ganoush wrapped in an floury, dry pita. It was by far the worst sandwich I have ever eaten.

The jallub (raisin) soda I ordered had a hint of mint and was tasty for $2.50

The service was nonexistent. I had to get someone else's attention, after waiting for 20 minutes for my original server who had seemingly disappeared, to bring me my check.

The only other Lebanese restaurant I have been to in town is Nicholas Restaurant. Between the excellent food, the constant attention with the service, and the lively atmosphere, I would recommend that one if you were taking someone out. There are also other Middle Eastern restaurants in town I would recommend, including The Green Onion near PSU and Kabob House in Beaverton.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been to many Middle Eastern restaurants, and this one is the worst I have ever been to. I ordered the Baba Ganoush sandwich for $5. What I got was a tiny sandwich split in two, containing a few slivers of lettuce and tomato pieces and a dab of Baba Ganoush wrapped in an floury, dry pita. It was by far the worst sandwich I have ever eaten.

The jallub (raisin) soda I ordered had a hint of mint and was tasty for $2.50

The service was nonexistent. I had to get someone else's attention, after waiting for 20 minutes for my original server who had seemingly disappeared, to bring me my check.

The only other Lebanese restaurant I have been to in town is Nicholas Restaurant. Between the excellent food, the constant attention with the service, and the lively atmosphere, I would recommend that one if you were taking someone out. There are also other Middle Eastern restaurants in town I would recommend, including The Green Onion near PSU and Kabob House in Beaverton.

Pros: None

Cons: Very poor food

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First time at Habibi but we will definitely go back. The food was so tasty, particularly the lamb schwarma and the veggie mezza. The owner was really genuine and fun, he made sure we were well taken care of. The restaurant is small and casual but inviting. Great location in downtown, right on the Max, can't wait to go back in the summer and eat outside.

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★★★★★

First time at Habibi but we will definitely go back. The food was so tasty, particularly the lamb schwarma and the veggie mezza. The owner was really genuine and fun, he made sure we were well taken care of. The restaurant is small and casual but inviting. Great location in downtown, right on the Max, can't wait to go back in the summer and eat outside.

Pros: Food, ambience

Cons: Small

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This place is small, but cozy; and there is a mezzanine in the back where larger parties can go. The food is phenomenal! The guy who owns this place is a hoot and will order for you if you let him. I recommend the platters that offer a little of everything. The prices aren't inexpensive, but not the most expensive I've seen. The atmosphere is friendly bordering on party like as the host goes from table to table asking how everything is. The pace isn't fast, so if you're in a hurry, try the McDonald's down the street. The food here is fresh, hot and tastes like it was prepared just for you; with care and expertise.

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★★★★★

This place is small, but cozy; and there is a mezzanine in the back where larger parties can go. The food is phenomenal! The guy who owns this place is a hoot and will order for you if you let him. I recommend the platters that offer a little of everything. The prices aren't inexpensive, but not the most expensive I've seen. The atmosphere is friendly bordering on party like as the host goes from table to table asking how everything is. The pace isn't fast, so if you're in a hurry, try the McDonald's down the street. The food here is fresh, hot and tastes like it was prepared just for you; with care and expertise.

Pros: on the MAX line; great food and friendly service; relaxed atmosphere

Cons: small; close eating to your neighbor

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I love this place. The food is great, the hospitality is genuine, and the atmosphere is relaxing and homey.

The owner welcomes everyone that comes through his doors. There is something flavorful and inspired on the menu for everyone, vegans, vegetarians, and even you carnivores.

Seems I always go for the lebni sandwich wrap (no onions please) and the vegetarian mezza platter is plentiful and oh so tasty. The Lebanese pizza is great, the baklava is mouth watering....

Some of Portland's lesser evolved Restaurateurs serving similar cuisines could learn a lesson from this establishment.

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★★★★★

I love this place. The food is great, the hospitality is genuine, and the atmosphere is relaxing and homey.

The owner welcomes everyone that comes through his doors. There is something flavorful and inspired on the menu for everyone, vegans, vegetarians, and even you carnivores.

Seems I always go for the lebni sandwich wrap (no onions please) and the vegetarian mezza platter is plentiful and oh so tasty. The Lebanese pizza is great, the baklava is mouth watering....

Some of Portland's lesser evolved Restaurateurs serving similar cuisines could learn a lesson from this establishment.

Pros: Great food, excellent service

Cons: Parking can be a challenge

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i love the food at habibi, delicious. the yogurt drinks are quite tasty, the lamb is always amazing, the lamb shank is the best. now onto service... don't get me wrong the owner is ridiculously friendly, and helpful, and he will bend over backwards to give you a great experience, but if he is busy, or otherwise unavailable you are left to the mercy of the rest of the staff. in which case you will get no refills of water, soda, etc. they look at you like you are crazy when you ask for anything such as the removal of appetizer plates when your entree comes, and they act like its the biggest chore in the world. outside of the owner, the service borders on being rude. that aside it is still a favorite of mine, and pretty much every time i've gone there i've had a great experience

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★★★★☆

i love the food at habibi, delicious. the yogurt drinks are quite tasty, the lamb is always amazing, the lamb shank is the best. now onto service... don't get me wrong the owner is ridiculously friendly, and helpful, and he will bend over backwards to give you a great experience, but if he is busy, or otherwise unavailable you are left to the mercy of the rest of the staff. in which case you will get no refills of water, soda, etc. they look at you like you are crazy when you ask for anything such as the removal of appetizer plates when your entree comes, and they act like its the biggest chore in the world. outside of the owner, the service borders on being rude. that aside it is still a favorite of mine, and pretty much every time i've gone there i've had a great experience

Pros: great service from owner, fabulous food, great prices

Cons: poor service from staff

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The food here is very good and the owner makes you feel welcome and at home. He's happy to recommend dishes if you're not familiar with the food. I've been to Karam and thought it was great and I would say that Habibi is at least on-par with that. They could take a page or two from Oasis over in Beaverton as far as some of the dishes but nevertheless it's a solid dining experience and you'll walk away full and happy. The atmosphere is nice and they also have outdoor seating right on Morrison. Great for people watching and in the shade. Give it a try, there's a reason these guys have so much repeat business.

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★★★★☆

The food here is very good and the owner makes you feel welcome and at home. He's happy to recommend dishes if you're not familiar with the food. I've been to Karam and thought it was great and I would say that Habibi is at least on-par with that. They could take a page or two from Oasis over in Beaverton as far as some of the dishes but nevertheless it's a solid dining experience and you'll walk away full and happy. The atmosphere is nice and they also have outdoor seating right on Morrison. Great for people watching and in the shade. Give it a try, there's a reason these guys have so much repeat business.

Pros: The owner is a friendly guy.

Cons: can be warm inside on a hot day.

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The first time that I ate here I thought that the food was somewhat mediocre though certainly not odious or inedible, I just found there to be nothing remarkable about it. I decided that I would probably just stick to Nikola's since the food there is slightly cheaper, slightly better, and served in MUCH more generous portions. Today, however, I was downtown looking for some chow so I thought I'd give it another shot. Bad decision. I have never neglected to leave a tip until today. The food was not fresh and it was down right gross. They served me a tiny piece of bread that was cold and stale, the hummus was dry, bland, and crusty, the babaghanoosh was yucky and too garlicky, the "spinach pie" was wrapped in this nasty pizza dough that tastes like the crust of frozen pizza. The "Lebanese pizza" was also a little stale, not to mention bland. And the falafel was crusty and dry. Before I ordered, I thought the price was a little steep, but I assumed that I would have plenty of leftovers to take home (my wife and I can split a vegan platter at Nikola's and still take home leftovers). The portions were jaw-droppingly skimpy here though. Then to top it all off, I sat there for 20 minutes after I finished my food and was completely ignored-no check, no drink refill, nothing. I finally just threw some money on the table and walked out. Lebanese food can really be much better than this. The owner of this restaurant does seem like a nice guy, but he needs to get together a bit.

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★☆☆☆☆

The first time that I ate here I thought that the food was somewhat mediocre though certainly not odious or inedible, I just found there to be nothing remarkable about it. I decided that I would probably just stick to Nikola's since the food there is slightly cheaper, slightly better, and served in MUCH more generous portions. Today, however, I was downtown looking for some chow so I thought I'd give it another shot. Bad decision. I have never neglected to leave a tip until today. The food was not fresh and it was down right gross. They served me a tiny piece of bread that was cold and stale, the hummus was dry, bland, and crusty, the babaghanoosh was yucky and too garlicky, the "spinach pie" was wrapped in this nasty pizza dough that tastes like the crust of frozen pizza. The "Lebanese pizza" was also a little stale, not to mention bland. And the falafel was crusty and dry. Before I ordered, I thought the price was a little steep, but I assumed that I would have plenty of leftovers to take home (my wife and I can split a vegan platter at Nikola's and still take home leftovers). The portions were jaw-droppingly skimpy here though. Then to top it all off, I sat there for 20 minutes after I finished my food and was completely ignored-no check, no drink refill, nothing. I finally just threw some money on the table and walked out. Lebanese food can really be much better than this. The owner of this restaurant does seem like a nice guy, but he needs to get together a bit.

Pros: nice owner

Cons: bad, overpriced food

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Fabulous food, warm and charming service, great location. I always have a special and fun time when dining at Habibi. All the food I have ordered there -- shawerma, baba ganouch, hummos, falafel, etc. -- has been delicious. I've dined there with parties from two to twelve and have never had a complaint of any sort. It's my favorite downtown restaurant.

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★★★★★

Fabulous food, warm and charming service, great location. I always have a special and fun time when dining at Habibi. All the food I have ordered there -- shawerma, baba ganouch, hummos, falafel, etc. -- has been delicious. I've dined there with parties from two to twelve and have never had a complaint of any sort. It's my favorite downtown restaurant.

Pros: Fabulous food and charming service

Cons: None

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My friend wanted to try a new restaurant for his birthday! He went on-line and found Habibi and boy were we glad he did. This was the best lebanese food we've ever had! Then to top it off the atmosphere and service was excellent. Everything from the giant gold leaf plate our appitzers were served on, to the cucumber slice in the water was perfect! The menu was so well put together, the vegetarian and vegan options were listed first and easy to find and recognize, we definitely appreciated that. Mazen, the owner, was so kind and personable and sat down to tell us his story. It is so great when you meet someone who cares so much about their restaurant, you can tell he really put a lot of time and effort into making it the best it can be! Dishes we loved: The Vegetarian Platter was perfect for four of us to share for the appetizer. We were able to try a little of everything. Our favorite was probably the falafel, the tzatziki, hummus, baba ganoush. I should just tell you everthing was delicious! I've been telling everyone about Habibi!!!!!

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★★★★★

My friend wanted to try a new restaurant for his birthday! He went on-line and found Habibi and boy were we glad he did. This was the best lebanese food we've ever had! Then to top it off the atmosphere and service was excellent. Everything from the giant gold leaf plate our appitzers were served on, to the cucumber slice in the water was perfect! The menu was so well put together, the vegetarian and vegan options were listed first and easy to find and recognize, we definitely appreciated that. Mazen, the owner, was so kind and personable and sat down to tell us his story. It is so great when you meet someone who cares so much about their restaurant, you can tell he really put a lot of time and effort into making it the best it can be! Dishes we loved: The Vegetarian Platter was perfect for four of us to share for the appetizer. We were able to try a little of everything. Our favorite was probably the falafel, the tzatziki, hummus, baba ganoush. I should just tell you everthing was delicious! I've been telling everyone about Habibi!!!!!

Pros: Everything...vegetarian and vegan options

Cons: nothing

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Wow. Wow. Wow. I've been traveling for weeks, eating at some of the best restaurants in the country, including the overrated Babo (Maria Batali's restaurant), and this is HANDS DOWN, the best food I've had in years. I noticed while walking by Habibi that it had a constant stream of customers and beautiful decor. I decided to head in alone on a Friday night and was immediately greeted by the owner. He is the kindest and most welcoming person I have ever met. The food was EXCELLENT. Absolutely no complaints. Their home-made lemonade is divine and the lentil soup is the best I've ever had. The chicken schwarma is delicious. Hurry down to Habibi for one of the greatest food experiences of your life. I live in Texas and am seriously considering taking another trip to Portland just so I can experience this place again!!!!

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★★★★★

Wow. Wow. Wow. I've been traveling for weeks, eating at some of the best restaurants in the country, including the overrated Babo (Maria Batali's restaurant), and this is HANDS DOWN, the best food I've had in years. I noticed while walking by Habibi that it had a constant stream of customers and beautiful decor. I decided to head in alone on a Friday night and was immediately greeted by the owner. He is the kindest and most welcoming person I have ever met. The food was EXCELLENT. Absolutely no complaints. Their home-made lemonade is divine and the lentil soup is the best I've ever had. The chicken schwarma is delicious. Hurry down to Habibi for one of the greatest food experiences of your life. I live in Texas and am seriously considering taking another trip to Portland just so I can experience this place again!!!!

Pros: Everything

Cons: No cons whatsoever!

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My husband and I are regulars at this truly fantastic place. Since Habibi's new owner, Mazen, transformed the place - everything is SO much better. It is an entirely new restaurant.

The decor is inviting, the dishes & silverware are beautiful, the customer service is attentive, and the food is absolutely fantastic. Experiencing the many spices used in Lebanese cooking, and the variety of flavors in their foods is an enjoyable experience.

We have been to many Lebanese and/or Middle Eastern/Persian restaurants and none compare with Habibi - not even remotely.

If you are someone who enjoys trying new places and/or cuisines you will be delighted with Habibi. If you are someone who is afraid of trying new or different cuisines. Have no fear, for there is something for every palate at Habibi. No matter what you order, you will not be disappointed.

So what are you waiting for? Go dine! :-)

The location is especially convenient since it is on the max line and is one block from a smart park.

Our favorites include the hummus, kafta kabab, grape leaves with beef, fatayr, all lemonades, black tea with fresh mint, turkish coffee & baklava. Yummy! The pizza dishes are terrific as well - especially those with Lebanese spices.

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★★★★★

My husband and I are regulars at this truly fantastic place. Since Habibi's new owner, Mazen, transformed the place - everything is SO much better. It is an entirely new restaurant.

The decor is inviting, the dishes & silverware are beautiful, the customer service is attentive, and the food is absolutely fantastic. Experiencing the many spices used in Lebanese cooking, and the variety of flavors in their foods is an enjoyable experience.

We have been to many Lebanese and/or Middle Eastern/Persian restaurants and none compare with Habibi - not even remotely.

If you are someone who enjoys trying new places and/or cuisines you will be delighted with Habibi. If you are someone who is afraid of trying new or different cuisines. Have no fear, for there is something for every palate at Habibi. No matter what you order, you will not be disappointed.

So what are you waiting for? Go dine! :-)

The location is especially convenient since it is on the max line and is one block from a smart park.

Our favorites include the hummus, kafta kabab, grape leaves with beef, fatayr, all lemonades, black tea with fresh mint, turkish coffee & baklava. Yummy! The pizza dishes are terrific as well - especially those with Lebanese spices.

Pros: Convenient location for fantastic, flavorful food.

Cons: Sometimes service lags, but overall very good service.

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If you crave an absolute thrist quencher you must try the Habibi Lemonaid. Not to sweet, just the right amount of tartness and the fresh mint leaves add the perfect touch. We just discovered Habibi about a month ago while taking a nice afternoon stroll around downtown. As we entered this beautifully decorated resturant we were greeted with a very warm and friendly smile from Mazen. Mazen is Habibi, when in his resturant you are not just a customer, you are family.
This place is awesome! Being excited ablout a new resturant, we ordered several items. Everything was great. The Mezza platters offer a wide selection. The rice with lentils and lamb is a must try. And the lentil soup is the best we've had. We've been back 3 times since with friends, and even ordered food to go after we finnished dinner, it was that good! I think my cousin has a crush on Mazen. I know we have a crush on Habibi and we will be back soon! (and we'll bring our cousin)

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★★★★★

If you crave an absolute thrist quencher you must try the Habibi Lemonaid. Not to sweet, just the right amount of tartness and the fresh mint leaves add the perfect touch. We just discovered Habibi about a month ago while taking a nice afternoon stroll around downtown. As we entered this beautifully decorated resturant we were greeted with a very warm and friendly smile from Mazen. Mazen is Habibi, when in his resturant you are not just a customer, you are family.
This place is awesome! Being excited ablout a new resturant, we ordered several items. Everything was great. The Mezza platters offer a wide selection. The rice with lentils and lamb is a must try. And the lentil soup is the best we've had. We've been back 3 times since with friends, and even ordered food to go after we finnished dinner, it was that good! I think my cousin has a crush on Mazen. I know we have a crush on Habibi and we will be back soon! (and we'll bring our cousin)

Pros: Excellent Service, Great Attmosphere, Fantastic Food

Cons: None

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I lunched at Habibi and had one of the pita wrap combos (comes with a salad, a pita, and a plate of hummus). I chose a lebanese sausage for my wrap, and it was delicious. My water was served with a fresh cucumber slice; a refreshing addition. The proprietor worked the floor along with the wait staff and greeted everyone, shaking hands with people he knew and getting to know the new diners.

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★★★★☆

I lunched at Habibi and had one of the pita wrap combos (comes with a salad, a pita, and a plate of hummus). I chose a lebanese sausage for my wrap, and it was delicious. My water was served with a fresh cucumber slice; a refreshing addition. The proprietor worked the floor along with the wait staff and greeted everyone, shaking hands with people he knew and getting to know the new diners.

Pros: Great atmosphere, delicious, varied menu

Cons: The wait staff (other than the proprietor) lacked enthusiasm.

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For our first visit to Habibi, my "foodie" family took some relatives who were new to middle eastern food. My brother in law is used to eating familiar American fare and my 9 year old nephew is a picky eater whom I've only seen eating french fries. My family ordered shawarma and other items we have come to love at other middle eastern restaurants. (My 11 year old daughter was in heaven.) To our delight, my brother in law tried the meat mezza - a combination platter of several different menu items - tried everything, and loved it. My picky nephew bravely ordered the lamb kebabs and liked them. He also tasted everything on his dad's plate and pointed out that he liked most of his dad's meal, too. (And we thought he'd stick with pizza!) Both kids loved their mango lassi. Overall, the food was great and we will remember Habibi then next time we visit Portland. (We're from Salem.) My chef hubby asked what was in the shawarma and kibby. They refused to share their recipes, which we expected, so we'll have to return again and again when the cravings strike.

A couple things to note: we were seated upstairs because the tiny main floor dining room was full. After delivering our meals nobody came up to check on us and one beverage order was never delivered. When finished, we had to wait a long time for take-home boxes and the check. I finally ran downstairs and asked for boxes, thinking the waiter would come up with boxes and our check. He only brought the boxes and we had to ask for the check downstairs as we were walking out the door.

Also, one review here commented on parking. This shouldn't be an issue if you're planning a visit to Habibi. Since we drive in from out of town, we parked in the SmartPark on 4th near Morrison, then rode the Max up Morrison to Habibi. Our total parking cost was $2. Cheap.

Despite the service issues, we will definitely be back - and will make sure we sit downstairs.

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★★★★☆

For our first visit to Habibi, my "foodie" family took some relatives who were new to middle eastern food. My brother in law is used to eating familiar American fare and my 9 year old nephew is a picky eater whom I've only seen eating french fries. My family ordered shawarma and other items we have come to love at other middle eastern restaurants. (My 11 year old daughter was in heaven.) To our delight, my brother in law tried the meat mezza - a combination platter of several different menu items - tried everything, and loved it. My picky nephew bravely ordered the lamb kebabs and liked them. He also tasted everything on his dad's plate and pointed out that he liked most of his dad's meal, too. (And we thought he'd stick with pizza!) Both kids loved their mango lassi. Overall, the food was great and we will remember Habibi then next time we visit Portland. (We're from Salem.) My chef hubby asked what was in the shawarma and kibby. They refused to share their recipes, which we expected, so we'll have to return again and again when the cravings strike.

A couple things to note: we were seated upstairs because the tiny main floor dining room was full. After delivering our meals nobody came up to check on us and one beverage order was never delivered. When finished, we had to wait a long time for take-home boxes and the check. I finally ran downstairs and asked for boxes, thinking the waiter would come up with boxes and our check. He only brought the boxes and we had to ask for the check downstairs as we were walking out the door.

Also, one review here commented on parking. This shouldn't be an issue if you're planning a visit to Habibi. Since we drive in from out of town, we parked in the SmartPark on 4th near Morrison, then rode the Max up Morrison to Habibi. Our total parking cost was $2. Cheap.

Despite the service issues, we will definitely be back - and will make sure we sit downstairs.

Pros: Nice menu variety, great flavors, food is absolutely delicious!

Cons: slow service to the upstairs dining room

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Great location, great value, and excellent food! The mezze was a good choice... my garlic craving was quenched after a visit here. I felt like I'd known the owner for years after visiting for the first time - very hospitable and enjoyable experience all around.

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★★★★★

Great location, great value, and excellent food! The mezze was a good choice... my garlic craving was quenched after a visit here. I felt like I'd known the owner for years after visiting for the first time - very hospitable and enjoyable experience all around.

Pros: location, flavorful food, great service

Cons: parking could be bad

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I was very excited to not only see the variety of foods on Habibi's menu, but also that there are several options labeled as "vegan". All of the vegan options I've tried so far (e.g., hummus, pizza) have been very tasty and reasonably priced. The staff is very friendly when I visit to dine in or take out.

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★★★★★

I was very excited to not only see the variety of foods on Habibi's menu, but also that there are several options labeled as "vegan". All of the vegan options I've tried so far (e.g., hummus, pizza) have been very tasty and reasonably priced. The staff is very friendly when I visit to dine in or take out.

Pros: Vegan food, Price

Cons: None

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The food at Habibi is really good. It is fresh, well seasoned and prepared. The owner is the nicest guy, trying to accomodate everyone. The staff are wonderful as well.

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★★★★★

The food at Habibi is really good. It is fresh, well seasoned and prepared. The owner is the nicest guy, trying to accomodate everyone. The staff are wonderful as well.

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THe food is good. I enjoy Nicholas, ya hala and Habibi. I think the service and the personality of the owner "Mazen" sets Habibi at the top of my choice list. Everytime I am there, the groups of people dining all seem to be enjoying their experiences. I don't want to rave too much about Habibi due to the inevitable crowds that will some day make for long waits to get inside and eat.

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★★★★★

THe food is good. I enjoy Nicholas, ya hala and Habibi. I think the service and the personality of the owner "Mazen" sets Habibi at the top of my choice list. Everytime I am there, the groups of people dining all seem to be enjoying their experiences. I don't want to rave too much about Habibi due to the inevitable crowds that will some day make for long waits to get inside and eat.

Cons: Sitting outside and having street wierdos bother you while trying to eat.

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We were always treated like family when we ate at Nicholas' by Mazen, so as soon as we found out he opened his restaurant we came to eat here. We were not disapointed and have been coming ever since. The food is always fresh and amazing. His mom's recepies are of wonderful variety including plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The music is great and it is fun siting outside and watching the city get dark. We usually come with a large group (big family) and have always been very well taken care of. By the way, Mazen loves kids, so bring them along, they will enjoy all the attention and the strawberry yogurt drink of course!

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★★★★★

We were always treated like family when we ate at Nicholas' by Mazen, so as soon as we found out he opened his restaurant we came to eat here. We were not disapointed and have been coming ever since. The food is always fresh and amazing. His mom's recepies are of wonderful variety including plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The music is great and it is fun siting outside and watching the city get dark. We usually come with a large group (big family) and have always been very well taken care of. By the way, Mazen loves kids, so bring them along, they will enjoy all the attention and the strawberry yogurt drink of course!

Pros: Food, service, location

Cons: Interior remodel

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The overwhelming sense of hospitality makes every customer that walks through the door feel like part of the family, but once you take your first bites of the delicious food you know that Habibi is the place for you... I've tried almost everything on the menu and each one quickly becomes one of my favorite dishes. Hopefully the remodeling is done soon because from what has been done so far I know it is going to be beautiful!! Oh, and if you are worried about parking downtown..Habibi validates parking at the nearby garage...
Try it out...you won't be disappointed

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★★★★★

The overwhelming sense of hospitality makes every customer that walks through the door feel like part of the family, but once you take your first bites of the delicious food you know that Habibi is the place for you... I've tried almost everything on the menu and each one quickly becomes one of my favorite dishes. Hopefully the remodeling is done soon because from what has been done so far I know it is going to be beautiful!! Oh, and if you are worried about parking downtown..Habibi validates parking at the nearby garage...
Try it out...you won't be disappointed

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..Habibi will be serving Hookah's soon..I love their food and im middle easten! Ask him to just hook you up with whatever you want you wont regret it!

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★★★★★

..Habibi will be serving Hookah's soon..I love their food and im middle easten! Ask him to just hook you up with whatever you want you wont regret it!

Pros: Best Middle Eastern Food Around..

Cons: none..

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probably the best middle eatstern food in pdx!

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★★★★★

probably the best middle eatstern food in pdx!

Pros: service, food

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We went here for the first time tonight and were very impressed. The menu was varied and extensive (with plenty of clearly-marked vegetarian and vegan selections), service was prompt and friendly, and the food was delicious--the best falafel I've had in Portland! We were happy that the food was very fresh and not overly oily, unlike some of the other Lebanese restaurants in the area.

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★★★★★

We went here for the first time tonight and were very impressed. The menu was varied and extensive (with plenty of clearly-marked vegetarian and vegan selections), service was prompt and friendly, and the food was delicious--the best falafel I've had in Portland! We were happy that the food was very fresh and not overly oily, unlike some of the other Lebanese restaurants in the area.

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First off, they are still working on remodeling the inside of the restaurant so be sure to go on a nice day when you can eat outside.

The food is fantastic--and reasonably priced! They had a large selection and the owner was more than willing to tell us about each dish as we decided what to order. I've had the dish that I ordered at other restaurants and this was by far the best. Their alcohol selection is limited, but that's really fine as this is a place you go to eat and enjoy the food, not necessarily to drink. As for non-alcoholic option, they had the usuals as well as things such as rose water.

I would definitely go there again!

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★★★★★

First off, they are still working on remodeling the inside of the restaurant so be sure to go on a nice day when you can eat outside.

The food is fantastic--and reasonably priced! They had a large selection and the owner was more than willing to tell us about each dish as we decided what to order. I've had the dish that I ordered at other restaurants and this was by far the best. Their alcohol selection is limited, but that's really fine as this is a place you go to eat and enjoy the food, not necessarily to drink. As for non-alcoholic option, they had the usuals as well as things such as rose water.

I would definitely go there again!

Pros: Great food, reasonably priced, fabulous service

Cons: The inside is not yet finished

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I love this place. I was a loyal follower of Nicholas on Grand but once I ate at Habibi, I can never go back. Except on Sundays, when Habibi is closed. The food is fresh, authentic and well priced. They have a great selection for vegetarians and vegans and you will not be disappointed with the menu. The staff is fantastic. Just introduce yourself to Mazen and he will do anything to make you happy. I live in the Pearl and eat at many different establishments, but this is my happy place.

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★★★★★

I love this place. I was a loyal follower of Nicholas on Grand but once I ate at Habibi, I can never go back. Except on Sundays, when Habibi is closed. The food is fresh, authentic and well priced. They have a great selection for vegetarians and vegans and you will not be disappointed with the menu. The staff is fantastic. Just introduce yourself to Mazen and he will do anything to make you happy. I live in the Pearl and eat at many different establishments, but this is my happy place.

Pros: Amazing Food; Great service

Cons: They are still remodeling, but don't let that stop you.

 

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