Al Amir

★★★★☆
  • 223 SW Stark St

    Portland, OR 97204

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  • 503-274-0010

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Hours
Sat: 4:30pm-1am, Sun: 4:30pm-9pm, Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm, 4:30pm-1am
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I have been going to Al-Amir restaurant several times a month since 1997. During that time I have attended many special events there and held many of my own parties including my wedding rehearsal dinner. I've been there for New Years Eve

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★★★★★

I have been going to Al-Amir restaurant several times a month since 1997. During that time I have attended many special events there and held many of my own parties including my wedding rehearsal dinner. I've been there for New Years Eve

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We were a group of 4 and ordered teh standard items that we eat at most middle eastern foods.
The Joe's famous dish which comes with Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp was what I ordered. The shrimp was pretty good, the lamb was okay, the chicken

3
★★★★★

We were a group of 4 and ordered teh standard items that we eat at most middle eastern foods.
The Joe's famous dish which comes with Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp was what I ordered. The shrimp was pretty good, the lamb was okay, the chicken

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I contacted every middle east restaurant in Portland. I went with Al Amir because from the first email, they were the most enthusiastic and personal. They made sure I knew they were the oldest and best in Portland. It didn't hurt that they came in a hundred of dollars less than the other restaurants. ;) Long story short...great service, great food, great price! Highly recommend!

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★★★★★

I contacted every middle east restaurant in Portland. I went with Al Amir because from the first email, they were the most enthusiastic and personal. They made sure I knew they were the oldest and best in Portland. It didn't hurt that they came in a hundred of dollars less than the other restaurants. ;) Long story short...great service, great food, great price! Highly recommend!

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For over 10 years my wife & I have been going to Al Amir approximately 2 or 3 times a month. The food is always of the highest quality starting with the excellent bread & salad. The staff is attentive & friendly, while maintaining a professional bearing. We've been fortunate to eat in restaurants all over the world. Al Amir is a gem for us in Portland!

2
★★★★★

For over 10 years my wife & I have been going to Al Amir approximately 2 or 3 times a month. The food is always of the highest quality starting with the excellent bread & salad. The staff is attentive & friendly, while maintaining a professional bearing. We've been fortunate to eat in restaurants all over the world. Al Amir is a gem for us in Portland!

Pros: food quality; service.

Cons: none

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I thought the food here was very good. The hummus was very good and the service very friendly. We'll go back.

4
★★★★☆

I thought the food here was very good. The hummus was very good and the service very friendly. We'll go back.

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great food, great restaurant. The service is nice and friendly. It has a good atmosphere and is worth trying.

3
★★★☆☆

great food, great restaurant. The service is nice and friendly. It has a good atmosphere and is worth trying.

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I went here for lunch with a couple of coworkers yesterday and the food and the environment was great. The food was tasty and the presentation was beautiful. I thought the staff was very attentive - clearing plates, filling up water...etc.

I didn't have any trouble with the owner. You could tell he is a very focused person but once we started talking to him a bit about the food, I found him very nice.

I will be bringing my husband next week for lunch and I will even have them cater our next company meeting!

2
★★★★★

I went here for lunch with a couple of coworkers yesterday and the food and the environment was great. The food was tasty and the presentation was beautiful. I thought the staff was very attentive - clearing plates, filling up water...etc.

I didn't have any trouble with the owner. You could tell he is a very focused person but once we started talking to him a bit about the food, I found him very nice.

I will be bringing my husband next week for lunch and I will even have them cater our next company meeting!

Pros: The food was great.

Cons: I didn't have anything to complain about.

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This restaurant is always a great place to have dinner. The food is exceptionally good and the service has always been good.

5
★★★★★

This restaurant is always a great place to have dinner. The food is exceptionally good and the service has always been good.

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I've been going to this restaurant for about three years. We went there about 2 or 3 times a year. Although it's a little overpriced, we enjoyed the food enough to go back occasionally when my wife and I were in the mood for a middle-eastern meal. I always thought the maitre D (I think he's the owner) was rude. They had one good waiter, but he hasn't been there our last couple of visits.

On our last visit on a Saturday night, we got there a little early (we had a reservation) because we knew they can get busy. We were promptly seated and placed our order with the waitress. We got our appetizer right away. Five minutes later, we had our main course on the table before we've had the chance to enjoy even half of our appetizer. The place was getting crowded and many people were standing in the bar area where we were seated at a small table that barely fit all the dishes we had at our table at this point. The noise level was really high and we were being rushed.

The last straw for me was when the maitre d guy passed by our table, all stressed out, cursing in Arabic and complaining that people were "sleeping at their tables" in reference to customers taking too long to finish their meals and get out of there! I'm not sure if he didn't know I could speak and understand Arabic as well, but that made me feel like these guys had no interest in providing a nice dining experience, rather they wanted to turn tables over as fast as possible.

We had planned to stay for desert and the belly dancer, but we quickly snarfed down our food and we were out of there in less than 45 minutes. Needless to say, we'll never go back and we won't recommend this place to our friends anymore.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been going to this restaurant for about three years. We went there about 2 or 3 times a year. Although it's a little overpriced, we enjoyed the food enough to go back occasionally when my wife and I were in the mood for a middle-eastern meal. I always thought the maitre D (I think he's the owner) was rude. They had one good waiter, but he hasn't been there our last couple of visits.

On our last visit on a Saturday night, we got there a little early (we had a reservation) because we knew they can get busy. We were promptly seated and placed our order with the waitress. We got our appetizer right away. Five minutes later, we had our main course on the table before we've had the chance to enjoy even half of our appetizer. The place was getting crowded and many people were standing in the bar area where we were seated at a small table that barely fit all the dishes we had at our table at this point. The noise level was really high and we were being rushed.

The last straw for me was when the maitre d guy passed by our table, all stressed out, cursing in Arabic and complaining that people were "sleeping at their tables" in reference to customers taking too long to finish their meals and get out of there! I'm not sure if he didn't know I could speak and understand Arabic as well, but that made me feel like these guys had no interest in providing a nice dining experience, rather they wanted to turn tables over as fast as possible.

We had planned to stay for desert and the belly dancer, but we quickly snarfed down our food and we were out of there in less than 45 minutes. Needless to say, we'll never go back and we won't recommend this place to our friends anymore.

Pros: decent food, good roasted lamb

Cons: bad service, rude staff

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Everything was sooo good and the service was great. Makes you feel at home! Definately a best kept secret

2
★★★★☆

Everything was sooo good and the service was great. Makes you feel at home! Definately a best kept secret

Pros: Best food and sooo friendly

Cons: small place

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This is the best Lebanese food I have ever had. I love the hummus and baba ganoush (ok, so I can't spell!) so much that when I'm Portland, I go there specifically to get my fix and I don't even like eggplant! I love the belly dancer and the people (owners and servers) are so sweet. If they even get a hint that you're not pleased, they bring free food. Woohooo! Absolutely go, you'll love it!

2
★★★★★

This is the best Lebanese food I have ever had. I love the hummus and baba ganoush (ok, so I can't spell!) so much that when I'm Portland, I go there specifically to get my fix and I don't even like eggplant! I love the belly dancer and the people (owners and servers) are so sweet. If they even get a hint that you're not pleased, they bring free food. Woohooo! Absolutely go, you'll love it!

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my bf and I went to al amir for dinner. It looked like a nice place to dine, but ughh worst place ever! The food wasn't good at all. The only good thing was the salad that came with the dish and the free bread. I ordered some kind of lamb and when I got it it smelled sooo bad. It looked like dog food. My bf got the sish kabob and it was okay. A little dry. I've had a lot better. Don't waste your money here. The rude waiter was a turn off and made the dinner very uncomfortable. Nothing special about this place!

0
★☆☆☆☆

my bf and I went to al amir for dinner. It looked like a nice place to dine, but ughh worst place ever! The food wasn't good at all. The only good thing was the salad that came with the dish and the free bread. I ordered some kind of lamb and when I got it it smelled sooo bad. It looked like dog food. My bf got the sish kabob and it was okay. A little dry. I've had a lot better. Don't waste your money here. The rude waiter was a turn off and made the dinner very uncomfortable. Nothing special about this place!

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I was duped. I was sent to pick up take out and was told the name and that its on 3rd and Stark downtown. So into the car I go and rush down to what in my minds eye is the right place. I walked in the door and when an employee finally came over I told him I was here to pick up a togo order. He didn't ask my name but what I ordered. I told him I don't really know. An appetizer sampler and a customary lamb dish. I asked to look at a menu and maybe I'd recognize it. Looking at the menu didn't help. Nothing looked familiar. I was repeated prodded by the guy, this and this? That and that? I told him I didn't know. What's on the togo ticket in the kitchen. This kind of dialog went back and forth. Another employee came by. She was a flirty woman who made it all seem innocent and ok. So after waiting about 10 minutes I have a bag of who know what. I went home and my girlfriend wasn't impressed, said the meat dish wasn't made right. Then I grabbed the togo menu the put in and she saw the name and let me know it wasn't the right place. Then I told her about the wierd interaction. This makes me terribly upset. They obviously took the obortunity to take advantage of me who was at the wrong restaurant. Shame on them! This is like spitting in someones face. Stealing someones lunch from the fridge. Its unexcusable. Ill be sure to tell this story to anyone interested in this type of cuisine. And the food sucked on top of all that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was duped. I was sent to pick up take out and was told the name and that its on 3rd and Stark downtown. So into the car I go and rush down to what in my minds eye is the right place. I walked in the door and when an employee finally came over I told him I was here to pick up a togo order. He didn't ask my name but what I ordered. I told him I don't really know. An appetizer sampler and a customary lamb dish. I asked to look at a menu and maybe I'd recognize it. Looking at the menu didn't help. Nothing looked familiar. I was repeated prodded by the guy, this and this? That and that? I told him I didn't know. What's on the togo ticket in the kitchen. This kind of dialog went back and forth. Another employee came by. She was a flirty woman who made it all seem innocent and ok. So after waiting about 10 minutes I have a bag of who know what. I went home and my girlfriend wasn't impressed, said the meat dish wasn't made right. Then I grabbed the togo menu the put in and she saw the name and let me know it wasn't the right place. Then I told her about the wierd interaction. This makes me terribly upset. They obviously took the obortunity to take advantage of me who was at the wrong restaurant. Shame on them! This is like spitting in someones face. Stealing someones lunch from the fridge. Its unexcusable. Ill be sure to tell this story to anyone interested in this type of cuisine. And the food sucked on top of all that.

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I love this place. Even the tea is good. I have been to several Lebonese restaurants in Portland and this is the 2nd best. The atmosphere is the best, but the food is a little better at Hoda's.
We were at Al-Amir last weekend and the server brought us all complimentary baklava, freshly made.

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★★★★☆

I love this place. Even the tea is good. I have been to several Lebonese restaurants in Portland and this is the 2nd best. The atmosphere is the best, but the food is a little better at Hoda's.
We were at Al-Amir last weekend and the server brought us all complimentary baklava, freshly made.

Pros: the food is fabulous and the servers are all friendly

Cons: occasionally, the baklava is stale

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The food might be nice and the atmosphere quaint, but the noise level in the bar was out of control. We went on a Saturday night and discovered thumping music and housewives on top of the bar. Guess if we were all single and 30 we'd get it.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food might be nice and the atmosphere quaint, but the noise level in the bar was out of control. We went on a Saturday night and discovered thumping music and housewives on top of the bar. Guess if we were all single and 30 we'd get it.

Pros: Great humus and menu items

Cons: Too loud - we were yelling over each other

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If you haven't been to Al-Amir in Portland, you should consider it. Housed in the Bishop's House in downtown, the food at this place is divine. The baba ganoush is light and flavorful and the hummus is the best in Portland. You'll get world-class service from this family owned business, as well. Try it - you'll be hooked like I am!

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★★★★★

If you haven't been to Al-Amir in Portland, you should consider it. Housed in the Bishop's House in downtown, the food at this place is divine. The baba ganoush is light and flavorful and the hummus is the best in Portland. You'll get world-class service from this family owned business, as well. Try it - you'll be hooked like I am!

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The food is wonderful! Hummus was incredible, Falafel is to die for...great friendly atmosphere. We will be back!

2
★★★★★

The food is wonderful! Hummus was incredible, Falafel is to die for...great friendly atmosphere. We will be back!

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First off let me say that the lamb was fantastic, the ambiance was excellent, and our seating came promptly. Beyond that however, my husband and I had a few issues. Once the waiter found out we were only drinking water and splitting a dish (one of the most expensive on the menu) he lost his friendliness and attentiveness. The meal we had was overall well prepared and eye-appealing but the Baba Ghannooj was over-smoked and the hummus was pretty bland. The arrival of the belly dancer was what truly made us want to leave however...... the restaurant turned the music up to its highest decibel. It was so loud that we felt it necessary to cover our ears and neighboring diners were exchanging pained glances. Like you could really miss a gyrating, flailing female in the middle of the room!! So in rescue of our future hearing, we quickly departed. When young folks have to leave due to noise pollution, you know you have a problem. So my suggestion - go during the week, enjoy a decent meal, and avoid the entertainment (truth be told, I've seen better performances without the extra baggage).

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★★★☆☆

First off let me say that the lamb was fantastic, the ambiance was excellent, and our seating came promptly. Beyond that however, my husband and I had a few issues. Once the waiter found out we were only drinking water and splitting a dish (one of the most expensive on the menu) he lost his friendliness and attentiveness. The meal we had was overall well prepared and eye-appealing but the Baba Ghannooj was over-smoked and the hummus was pretty bland. The arrival of the belly dancer was what truly made us want to leave however...... the restaurant turned the music up to its highest decibel. It was so loud that we felt it necessary to cover our ears and neighboring diners were exchanging pained glances. Like you could really miss a gyrating, flailing female in the middle of the room!! So in rescue of our future hearing, we quickly departed. When young folks have to leave due to noise pollution, you know you have a problem. So my suggestion - go during the week, enjoy a decent meal, and avoid the entertainment (truth be told, I've seen better performances without the extra baggage).

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Best bar service I have ever had anywhere. I can hardly get in the door before being served. Small place, dark (in a good way) - cozy. They have not made the mistake of going overboard with flashing lights and plasma screens. Has a very comfortable feeling to it.

If you are not of Middle Eastern decent (I am not) you will most likely be amazed at how friendly and cool people from Lebanon really are - have not met an unfriendly person there yet. No that Pasha is gone due to the economic collapse, at least we still have AL AMIR.

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★★★★★

Best bar service I have ever had anywhere. I can hardly get in the door before being served. Small place, dark (in a good way) - cozy. They have not made the mistake of going overboard with flashing lights and plasma screens. Has a very comfortable feeling to it.

If you are not of Middle Eastern decent (I am not) you will most likely be amazed at how friendly and cool people from Lebanon really are - have not met an unfriendly person there yet. No that Pasha is gone due to the economic collapse, at least we still have AL AMIR.

Pros: Friendly people - both the staff and other patrons; fantastic food

Cons: Parking; there at lots nearly typically $3 for the whole evening though (Fri/Sat)

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Al amir is the best place to be its full of life and it is a great place to hang out with friends and even make new ones...You get the best service ever along with a great conversation with the staff are all nice and very friendly...The bar tender Moe is just way too cute and fun to have there also makes the best drinks in town...I love this place its a very fun restaurant and after dinner time on the weekend who needs a club when you got a great crowd and everyone is happy and go going wild and very harmless.

2
★★★★★

Al amir is the best place to be its full of life and it is a great place to hang out with friends and even make new ones...You get the best service ever along with a great conversation with the staff are all nice and very friendly...The bar tender Moe is just way too cute and fun to have there also makes the best drinks in town...I love this place its a very fun restaurant and after dinner time on the weekend who needs a club when you got a great crowd and everyone is happy and go going wild and very harmless.

Pros: Food,Drinks everything is great

Cons: none

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My friend and I went to Al Amir last weekend and what a fantastic meal! The waiter forgot to bring our salads but offered to give us a free drinks because of the mistake. The owner came over and apologized for the mistake personally. How often does that happen! This restaurant has great ambience with the brick walls and stained glass windows plus they have entertainment! A belly dancer performed! How fun is that! I will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

My friend and I went to Al Amir last weekend and what a fantastic meal! The waiter forgot to bring our salads but offered to give us a free drinks because of the mistake. The owner came over and apologized for the mistake personally. How often does that happen! This restaurant has great ambience with the brick walls and stained glass windows plus they have entertainment! A belly dancer performed! How fun is that! I will definitely be back!

Pros: Free Entertainment and the best hummus in Portland!

Cons: They forgot to bring our salads but made up for it with excellent cusitomer service!

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i love this restaurant. on the weekends you can start out with a great meal and then stay late for some great partying. great combo

2
★★★★☆

i love this restaurant. on the weekends you can start out with a great meal and then stay late for some great partying. great combo

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My favorite place. Super cute and small. I love the staff. The chicken is the best, the shrimp is even better. the hummus is to die for.

2
★★★★★

My favorite place. Super cute and small. I love the staff. The chicken is the best, the shrimp is even better. the hummus is to die for.

Pros: the food is spot on

Cons: none

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food was amazing!! excellent blend of spices and flavor was unique..wonderful! Prices are reasonable, service was fast and quite friendly, a must try for someone wanting to venture downtown! I will gladly return again and again!! Just wish you were closer to my house!!!

2
★★★★★

food was amazing!! excellent blend of spices and flavor was unique..wonderful! Prices are reasonable, service was fast and quite friendly, a must try for someone wanting to venture downtown! I will gladly return again and again!! Just wish you were closer to my house!!!

Pros: SERVICE, AMAZING FOOD FLAVORS, PRICE

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Al-Amir was a nice dinning experience. It was a bit better than going to any exclusive restaurant quiet and relaxed, a big change from Red Lobster, Olive garden, Outback, etc. the "higer priced with servers fast food" restaurants. Al-Amir was very prompt with their starter plates and had our appetizers within 5 minutes. Their kabobs are the best! The lamb was falling off the bone and the chicken was not dry. Plenty of flat bread was served and their dips were delicious, the rice and tomato sauce were bland. A little pricy but worthed being our first time. They didn't seemed very busy Wednesday night having only 6 tables to attend to, our server (the owner I think) seemed rushed and with an attitude, he relaxed a bit after we complemented his food. There's a $4 for half a day parking lot right next to them. We would go back.

2
★★★★☆

Al-Amir was a nice dinning experience. It was a bit better than going to any exclusive restaurant quiet and relaxed, a big change from Red Lobster, Olive garden, Outback, etc. the "higer priced with servers fast food" restaurants. Al-Amir was very prompt with their starter plates and had our appetizers within 5 minutes. Their kabobs are the best! The lamb was falling off the bone and the chicken was not dry. Plenty of flat bread was served and their dips were delicious, the rice and tomato sauce were bland. A little pricy but worthed being our first time. They didn't seemed very busy Wednesday night having only 6 tables to attend to, our server (the owner I think) seemed rushed and with an attitude, he relaxed a bit after we complemented his food. There's a $4 for half a day parking lot right next to them. We would go back.

Pros: Change from Ordinary, Plenty of Bread, Safe Lebanese Dinning

Cons: Price, Vague Menu, Location

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The very best meza plate in town. The hummus and baba ganoush are so flavorful, and the grape leaves are my husbands fave! We are always promptly seated, and the service is great. I have eaten at many middle eastern restaurants in town, and while some of them are good, Al amir is by far the best. Huge portions for your money, and a belly dancer on the weekends!! We have taken lots of people there over the years, never met a disappointed one!!

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★★★★★

The very best meza plate in town. The hummus and baba ganoush are so flavorful, and the grape leaves are my husbands fave! We are always promptly seated, and the service is great. I have eaten at many middle eastern restaurants in town, and while some of them are good, Al amir is by far the best. Huge portions for your money, and a belly dancer on the weekends!! We have taken lots of people there over the years, never met a disappointed one!!

Pros: belly dancer, atmosphere

Cons: parking

 

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