Portland >Food & Dining > Nicholas Restaurant
3233 Ne Broadway St, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.535278 -122.632462
Neighborhoods: Grant Park, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
Nicholas Restaurant has expanded from its incredibly busy, incredibly small location on Grand to this one on Broadway. However, the steaming hot oversized pita bread, the humus, and the stuffing-yourself-on-pita-and-olive-oil-before-the-entree remain the same.
Food is good but the service is usually bad. I used to not care too much because Mediterranean food is my absolute favorite, but a few days ago I called in to order food so they could make it in advance, it was 8pm on a week day and they were not busy (I asked)... The answer I got was: we don't take reservations. I said I am not making one. They said they could not place my order in advance because that was like making a reservation and that they were a first come first serve restaurant. I said that that was okay with me, that if when I got there (10 min walk) they were (by some miracle) full... I would either wait or take my food home. They still said NO! I passes by there after I hanged up and they had only 2 tables used! I email them and the answer by the owner was the same!
They are not a flexible restaurant. Also in the past they have said not to things like changing something in a place or whatever.
VERY BLACK & WHITE TYPE MANAGEMENT!
In a city that likes to keep things weird? mmmm...
Not going back there again EVER. Lost a client of 12 years that introduced so many others to your restaurants!!!
I like to stand outside which is the exhaust area for their bread oven. It smells so good! When you first sit down, they bring you a piece of pita the size of a normal pizza and some oil to dip it in. Service touch and go, but atmosphere comfortable and somewhat exotic. I do really like this place and it's original on Grand.
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