Nicholas Restaurant

(503) 235-5123 | View Website

318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR | Directions   97214

45.520491 -122.660580

Open Hours

Monday To Saturday From 10:00 AM To 09:00 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 09:00 PM

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Cuisine: Fast Food, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

Price: $

Tags: Carry Out, Cheap Eats, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot

Payment Methods: Cash, Check

Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program

Nicholas Restaurant
Nicholas Restaurant
Nicholas Restaurant
Nicholas Restaurant
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Reviews for Nicholas Restaurant

Nicholas Restaurant

Incredible Lebanese & Middle Eastern food--generous portions, reasonably priced, and friendly service.

over a year ago

I recommend this place Read the rest bellow

Great food do not eat there if you are picky or want something not on the menu they lay out the menu and you pick what you want. I've been there tons of times and i don't ask for this with this i get 1 thing then comeback again for another. Everything there has been good. service is not always the best. The place is not foo foo. If you have no idea what foo foo means. PF Chang is foo foo. The little local asian place with the good food (you all know that type of place) is not foo foo. Foo Foo can be good. Its good but the food wait takes a while so don't get angry the stuff is not reheated like at other places its homemade. so all in all i would suggest eating at any location but the ones not in the middle of Portland are best. Its all good food! :)

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

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.


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!!!

over a year ago

The food is outstanding, but wow I could just get an appetizer and be stuffed. DO NOT come here if you are not hungry and/or with a lot of people and do not over order, no matter how yummy everything looks. Just come back!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Dropped in for a quick bite as I had a hankering for some chicken kabab and falafel. Unfortunately I wasnt able to order a couple of falafel along with an order of kabab.

I had to order to an entire entree of falafel which would've been too much food and more than I wanted to spend. So I ordered a drink and took a second look at the menu and decided I'd get a chicken shwarma with a bit of falafel inside. Waitress wasnt sure if they could swing that and after asking someone in the back she said, "Nope, cant do that". So I left. I understand special orders can be a pain in the neck for some restaurants but for other restaurant it's a pleasure.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Not a good time at Nicholas restaurant – I've been to Nicholas restaurant half a dozen times and came to realize over the last few visits that the service stinks. Some of their food is good but my dessert was a pile of liquid where the cream had separated. Their desserts have consistantly failed at Nicholas. But, with the lousy wait-staff and less than sanitary conditions I will never return. Sincerely, E.Hubbard

over a year ago

Love Nicholas, Yummy, Generous Portions, Great Value!! – Oh, boy! We looove the food at Nicholas! It is excellent! Eating there has never been disappointing, ever. The chicken kebabs and the lamb with rice platter are out of this world! The pita is humongous and is served piping hot, family style! My husband, daughters and I are fans of Nicholas. It's great value for money too, the portions are generous! I highly recommend it.



Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Major Disappointment – We are from out of town and have eaten here before, but something has changed. The little salad that came along with our dinner, unfortuantely, was the best part of the meal. My husband had the gyros, and he was drooling for it...thinking how yummy it was the last time, packed full of meat, etc......NOT this time. It had a few slivers of meat and lots of Pita wrapped around the scant amount of meat. What a disappointment. Doubt whether we would even go back.

over a year ago

The best humus I have ever had! – Super food and and a super value. I can't get over that they make everything at one place. Almost too good to be true, Cheap food and authentic (I think) as I have ever had.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR HUNGER HERE. – This was such a disappointment!! I drove a couple friends up from Vancouver WA to check this place out, for a great friendly dinner, and the food was horrible. It was embarrassing.

I have always laughed, because Gordon Ramsey says never eat at a restaurant with pictures on the menu, and when we sat down I leaned over to my husband and made a little joke, knowing, hoping the food was good. I have never really met a middle eastern dish I didn't really enjoy.

Boy was I wrong! We ordered Kabbah and an eggplant dish...

and it was practically dog food. Sloppy, disgusting piles!!

Not to mention the waitress must have been blind, or just dumb, to see that we barely touched the food, and were NOT taking it to go, but had nothing to say about it.

I guess they are used to people ordering food and not really eating it.


NOTE:::We were at the recently turned from Arabian Breeze to Nicholas restaurant.

WHAT A DUMP. The decorations are falling off the walls, its SUPER dirty, and incredibly uncomfortable.

Never again, to ANY of their restaurants.

My ONE STAR RATING OF "Eh" was required. I give them zero stars.

over a year ago

Not bad, Very busy, Small accommodations – I'm here to review the New Gresham Location. It isn't up on here yet. I had seen the "COMING SOON" sign for over a year, and it finally opened! I couldn't wait to try it. It was a good thing my daughter and I got here early for lunch because the place soon filled up and had a line out the door. I'm not sure if it's because it's new or not. The staff was very nice, especially the guy Handling the drinks. He made my 2yr old a fresh kiwi shake and she guzzled it in about 2 minutes. We ordered a falafel plate for an app, and they were defiantly not the best I've had. I think they make them ahead of time and then nuke them. I ordered some kind of sandwich, resembling a gyro. It was good. Nothing spectacular but i would come again. I looked around at other plates and the main dishes were huge! Unless you have a big appetite i would share! The place is quaint but very cramped. The waiters are all going back in forth through one small path and that is where you have to walk too. Also the bathroom is back behind the waiter station on the way to the kitchen so you have to inch back there too. Other then this, i liked it and I would come back here again.

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