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Levant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.levantpdx.com
  • Phone: (503) 954-2322
  • Hours of Operation:

    T-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Northwest, Israeli
  • Executive Chef: Scott Snyder
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room in the wine cellar seats 6 to 8 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East 24th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Shared public lot and street parking available
A word from Levant
Levant is a French-Arabesque restaurant serving modern representations of Middle Eastern dishes in the heart of Portland, Oregon on bustling close-in East Burnside Street.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I went on a Thursday night. It was pretty quiet. The service was excellent and the food was great. I had the lamb and my guest had the octopus. We also ordered the fried chickpeas as a starter and the pita bread. The chickpeas were great. The pita was quite doughy and not what I was expecting. There was a healthy amount of za'atar, which I think is my new favorite spice. Finally, the server was impressively knowledgeable about the wine selection. I will be returning again."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Delicious, unexpected, savory, amazing. We had a great time sampling Levant's menu and were delighted with each course."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Very impressed with creativity of our lamb dish. True to Levantine influences in all their offerings. Though happily sated with our meal, we couldn't resist dessert and rewarded with the most sublime dessert. The pistachio custard is a 5 star finish. We are foodies and I have never had anything like it. We will dine at Levant again."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I met one of my friends here for dinner. Wonderful food and drinks. Food was well paced and delicious. Absolutely great experience."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The menu selections from the Snacks to the entrees proved to be creatively crafted and presented. The use of many seasonal local vegetables, which on this occassion included a chilled yogurt and tomato soup, stunningly seasoned and prepared individually as starters - tricolor califlower, padron peppers and stuffed squash blossoms. The use of spices and unique preparations perfectly accented each plate. Service was unobtrusive and thorough. Wonderful experience worth repeating."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food was delicious, we'll portioned, and satisfying. Wait staff are friendly, and timely. We had help picking the wine and loved the bottle recommended. All in all a great experience. My only gripes were uncomfortable chairs, and music volumes that made it a bit difficult to really talk."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I am still thinking about the outstanding meal I had at Levant a few days ago. The food was divine - full of flavors and combinations not ordinarily experienced and I have dined out a lot. I really appreciated the beautiful presentation, the inventive use of fine ingredients including exotic spices and the waitress was incredibly knowledgable and personable without being intrusive. I highly recommend Levant and will patiently wait for the chef to write a cookbook since I live on the other side of the country."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Levant is excellent. Creative fresh and delicious. Very accomodating to food restrictions. I LOVE this place."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We visited levant for an anniversary/birthday celebration and we loved it. The restaurant is a simple design with an outdoor area almost as big as inside. The food is amazing and beautifully presented. The lamb was the star of the show - 4 different cuts on one delicious plate - and the duck was also great, coming with heirloom wheat that gave fabulous texture. The service was friendly and professional and left you feeling that they were going as fast or slow as you wanted for each course. A wonderful evening - we will visit again."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit. We joined two other couples who have enjoyed Levant for some time and were delighted with the entire experience. Delicious, innovative menu. Cordial, relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, which we look forward to enjoying again. Attractive patio/terrace during summer months."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Very unique menu, with very creative pairings. If you are tired of seeing the same thing on the menu everywhere you go, give this gem a try!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "While visiting portland found this superb restaurant. Best pita bread I ever ate, including visiting Israel! Terrific menu and all our dishes were memorable."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience. The menu was very different and so full or wonderful flavors. The decor is beautiful, service excellent. A Californian who has dined at served top Portland resturants while visiting, this has so far been my favorite dinning experience. I am Vegeterian and found lots of selections. Must say all the meat and fish platers looked and smelled amazing too."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "good vibe, very quiet for a Saturday night, no walk ins - restaurant might be targeting a different clientele , perhaps it would do better in Seattle like Mamnoon in Cap Hill. It will be likely difficult for Levant to attract the neighborhood given the flavor profile and price point. Across the way the Matador chain was taking most of the walk in crowd."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've dined here several times, and I think it's out of this world good. I eat out several nights a week, and this is by far my favorite in Portland."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Was having trouble getting reservations on a Saturday at some of my favorite haunts. I had seen Levant before and always wanted to give it a try but I read some mixed reviews and a visit became a lower priority. We went on Saturday and I was extremely impressed. Start with some hummus and garbanzo beans - choose a salad and Order the lamb for the table! This is as good as it gets in my book for the price and ambiance. Had a great bottle of wine with dinner and impressed friends who had wanted to visit Nostrana. It will reside at the top of all of our lists for places to go!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "When you are 60% empty on a Friday night, service should have more focus, not less."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a menu that would be unique even in Portland and Levant did not disappoint. The marinated octopus starter was cooked perfectly and the Quail on Polenta entree had a really nice combination of flavors that helped Levant be just different enough from other restaurants to make it memorable."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meal very much. The lamb dishes were very good."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Outstanding food that is unique; we enjoyed it all. Good wine list with average prices. We wish them well."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "From the appetizer to the entrée, the creativity of the chef was amazing! We will return!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great small plate sharing with interesting tastes. Many so tasty we ordered a second plate."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our party of 4 dined at Levant on Saturday night. We all thought it looked beautiful as we entered with the low sun setting and the patio dining open. We sat inside with the open window right there. We tried 9 plates between us and then 2 desserts. We loved the food! The Cornish game hen was wonderful! There was plenty of food . So creative! The staff work really well together and the chef seems very relaxed while orchestrating it all. take a peek in the kitchen and private dining in the back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and drinks. Great outdoor dining area!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wonderful food, very good wine list, friendly & efficient service, lovely decor. Our table could have been a tad larger, but maybe we just ordered too many dishes (we enjoyed them all)! We will certainly dine at Levant again and highly recommend it to others."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Levant was great. Interesting and delicious food. We loved the cauliflower and falafel."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. We couldn't ask for more. It was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This is my new favorite restaurant in Portland. Before my hubby and I went, I thought it was another kebab-and-hummus-house. I was SO wrong. The food at LEVANT is totally new, yet the flavors are strangely familiar, but with fantastic twists, combinations, and presentations. Try the lamb fingers, fried green almonds, chicory/anchovy salad (mouth-watering!), grilled calçot!...the list goes on and on. As if the food wasn't stupendous enough, the WINE LIST is astounding. Beautiful list of wines, and the wine steward/waiter/manager/owner? was so hospitable, helpful and inviting. What a nice place! Our new neighborhood haunt."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "the food and cocktails were excellent. period. we were happily stuffed "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Very good food and service. The appetizer selection could be improved. The music was too "frenetically mosque"- we mended less of a religious experience! (-: The sturgeon was one of the best pieces of fish I ever had and the lamb was outstanding as were the desserts and cocktails."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We made dinner plans late at Levant because they had a table open at the time we needed. The service was initially slow but after our drinks came (delicious and different) we became more patient. The place was hoppin. Lots of seemingly happy customers lingering over their meals. The menus seemed short and several items had sold out by our 8:15pm reservation, but again these issues were quickly forgiven once the food arrived. The pita and hummus were fantastic. The carrot salad exceptional. The salt cod balls were good but all this was overshadowed by the scrumptious lamb plate. We loved the food and loved the variety. An exceptional meal and a very pleasant surprise. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food really leaves something to be desired....tastes were not authentic and incredibly over spiced. Food is tremendously overpriced, portions are very small, the selection is limited. It would be a much better place if they put more emphasis on food quality instead of trying to be hip and cool. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Outstanding wait staff, nicely stocked bar for its size and the food was simply amazing!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "About the best meal I have every had! We put ourselves in Brent's very capable hands, and he came through with flying colors. The mix of small plates, salads, and entree's that we shared was perfect, made only better by the recommended wines. A 10 PLUS experience!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Everything about Levant is extraordinary. The service is impeccable, the staff is very attentive and pleasant, and the ambiance is very welcoming. The food is an amazing blend of flavores. The chef is always introducing new items to the menu, which allows you to be pleasantly surprised when you visit them repeatedly. It's one of the best places in Portland! "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The meat dishes were very good. But the hummus used too much garlic and not enough lemon or salt. Pita is very fresh but the timing is off so you might be looking at a bowl of hummus and have to wait awhile for pita. Drinks were good if a little slow. Wine list is impressive. Including an Israeli wine by the glass. Service started very slowly but improved over the evening. Dessert choices offer a nice variety. Lot of construction in area made parking difficult on a Friday night."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was our second visit here and it was once again, GREAT! I had the calamari which was super delicious and such a large portion! The lentil soup was tasty as well and we also tried the fried cheese which was practically dessert! My husband loved the beef Kofta and drinks were quite tasty! We will be back :)"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Extraordinary food—very flavorful-- very creative menu—always introducing new items- amazing experience"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I almost skipped it due to a bad review in the Oregonian, but I would have missed out on an excellent restaurant. We had a mixture of small plates and a main entree. From the lentil soup with the beautiful broth, to the spanikopitas made with nettles, leeks and fennel, we felt nourished and stimulated by the wood fired crusts, lovely spices, and excellent cooking. The Game hen was tasty and plentiful, the octopus was soft and fresh. With the wood fire in the background, and the pleasantly exotic music played overhead, we had a memorable evening. My only criticism would be the echoing dining room, but the tables are set pretty far from each other, so it's easy to overlook."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was helpful and patient. There were many terms and dishes unfamiliar to us and our waiter led us through them and helped us order just the right amount. Personally I felt the food was really hit or miss, the fried chickpeas were excellent, the brussels sprouts were...well, awful (holy moley tough, overwhelmed with smoke flavor). The two salads we had (beet, kress) were delicious, fried cheese with honey and walnut so-so, and etc. The restaurant was full and the noise level gets pretty high, not impossible to handle but quite loud. All in all a solid B grade, good, but with all the choices in Portland, not good enough to bring us back right away."
    Dined on 4/4/2014