Portland >Food & Dining > Al-Amir Restaurant
223 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.520302 -122.673930
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Wonderful service, consistantly good food – 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.
Extremely noisy – 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.
AMAZING!!!!! – The food is wonderful! Hummus was incredible, Falafel is to die for...great friendly atmosphere. We will be back!
Auditory Abuse, plus – 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).
Great atmosphere, friendly people – 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.
The Best Place In Portland – 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.
Excellent Flavor and the best hummus I have ever tasted! – 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!
really fun time – 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
Authentic, really yummy. talented bellydancer – 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.
A PERFECT PLACE TO EAT LEBANESE FOOD AND A BEAUTIFUL ATMOSPHERE! – 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!!!
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