Portland >Food & Dining > Al-Amir Restaurant
223 SW Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.520302 -122.673930
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Downtown
Best Lebanese Food in Portland! – 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 (really fun), regular professional business lunches and countless romantic dinners. I've introduced dozens of people to the restaurant and they always want to return there to meet me again for lunch. I have always found the food to be consistently excellent.
The catering is also extremely reasonable -- I am also a producer of local films and theatrical entertainment and I have had rehearsal dinners/cast parties at the restaurant and have used their catering for several premieres and for parties at my home. I have never been disappointed in the excellent service. My father, who is from Springfield/Eugene area, never tries any kind of food he considers "unusual" but once the belly dancer came out - he couldn't wait to come back! Belly dancers on Friday & Saturdays at 8:30 area great surprise for out of town guests.
It's ideal for parties when the food will just keep flowing and is served family style. You don't have to worry about anything - just sit back and relax!
Pretty normal food, wouldn't go there again – 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 (which I considered would be the best) was a downer. The chicken kabob (differently named there) was not good too. It wasn't juicy at all.
Falafels were good, which I never seen a middle eastern place mess up.
The soup (lentil) was not good.
Stress Free Catering! Perfect Food! – 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!
Very good! – 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!
Yummy!!! – 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!
decent food, mediocre service – 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.
Amazing... – Everything was sooo good and the service was great. Makes you feel at home! Definately a best kept secret
Amazing Food, Servers, Owners and Belly Dancer! – 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!
Rudest waiter!!! – 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!
Unethical customer service, bland food – 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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