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Levant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.levantpdx.com
  • Email: info@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "I enjoyed my dinner at Levant. The service was better than average for Portland and the food was inventive and satisfying. One quizzical note was the cutlery - the "designer" ware was so odd as to be nearly unusable; thankfully the food was delectable enough to keep one pressing on in spite of the adversary."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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
  • "Our table ordered 7 items and each one was delicious. Flavors were pure and exciting, layered without being complex. LOVED the grilled octopus hot appetizer and the sturgeon entree. So mouthwateringly delicious! We're already looking forward to going back and sharing this gem with good friends."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Levant has a very pleasant atmosphere. Seating is comfortable and not crowded. Our group has fried chick peas in za'atar, spicy cold poached shrimp, fried cauliflower, roasted Brussel sprouts and wood fired pita with hummus and chick peas as starters to share. Each of these dishes were perfect for sharing and well prepared. Our entrees choices were hearth roasted Lamb, whole grilled Branzini and sturgeon. Each dish was tasteful and adequate portions. For dessert we shared Lemon Curd donuts and Chocolate torso with cardamom creme anglaise along with a glass of sauterne and madeira. Although the wine list is reasonable for a $20 corkage fee we splurged on our own Burgundian wines. All in all a very good dining experience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Portion sizes were very small for the price points. Pita was doughy and not baked through, hummus was bland and boring. Octopus had no seasoning and should have had twice as much lentils with it. The lamb cuts were great, but again the rice portion should have been doubled. The honey with the kasseri cheese tasted of low quality and didn't stand up to the cheese. The waiter told us that the menu was designed for sharing, but there just wasn't enough to go around. Cocktails were great, but the rest of the drink menu was quite small. Waitstaff was professional and knowledgable."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Really special food - complex flavors and intriguing ingredients plus a spectacular selection of house cocktails (every bit as exotoc and unique as the dishes). We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and an awesome atmosphere i would recommend this place to anyone, the fried cheese and the lamb are especially good and the Brussel sprouts (if you are a fan) are excellent with the lamb bacon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our party of 4 had a terrific meal at Levant. We shared everything which allowed us to try many dishes. Everything was delicious, top-notch. Great wine list. Attentive service. Lovely space and ambience. The best part of the experience was the broader flavor palette. Portland needed this restaurant. Can't wait to go back! (P.S. We're picky)"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was our second time here. ALL the food was absolutely delicious. We tried three small snack plates, about five cold apps and three cold apps, plus one entrée. There were four of us. We couldn't stop ordering new things. Each plate was even better than the previous one. Very welcoming place, nice décor. Everyone very friendly. I would (and do) recommend this restaurant to everyone. We think it's one of the best (the best?) in Portland."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The reviews were good and I love middle eastern fusion. Sadly, the meals we ordered were very bland. The hand I selected was dry and without flavor. Lastly, we selected the donuts for dessert. It was quite apparent that the fryer had other things cooking in it before the dog. Everything was off."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "After searching for a perfect spot for my wife's birthday, Levant was chosen based off of the eclectic menu and prior recommendations. We were not disappointed. The combination of multicultural cooking flavors and techniques combined with outstanding service and fantastic wine recommendations (Israeli and Macedonia reds) makes this place is a definite go to and a location that we will return to. Levant represents the best of Portland culinary in my book."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Yummy small plate options as well as tasty main dishes. Imaginative and delectable desserts. Friendly staff. Cozy atmosphere. Recommended."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Four our of five times great. Interesting menu, seasonal and great cocktails. Wine list well thought out."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The quality of the food and service are excellent but we were rather surprised by the large bill. There were four of us and none of us had an entrée; we all had some sides and starters. The bill for the four of us was more than $200. some of the starters were really VERY small bites and yet they were $10+."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Nice place, but if you sit by the door, it's very cold everytime people go in and out. It's hard to get comfortable. The food was good, but portions were small for everything, so ends up being pricey."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal here, but I would say that for spending nearly $40 each for two of us, including one glass of wine, I didn't even feel totally full at the end. Pleasantly satisfied, but not full, and no left overs. That's fine, but just know that you're gonna pay to get a full meal."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I really wanted to like Levant. I am interested in the cuisine, bought Ottolenghi's Jerusalem the same weekend. Food was good, though not knock your socks off good. Service was completely disinterested, starting with "Have you been here before? No? Well, let me explain how the menu works." My partner and I were not quite sure if she was serious as she patiently explained appetizers, soups & salads, small plates, entrees. Um, we have eaten in restaurants before. Yet she was not eager to explain the things that were new to us (freekah, zhoug). Finally, this is the worst tableware I have ever encountered ANYWHERE. It is impossible to relax if you are worried about your knife launching itself across the table at any moment. Go to IKEA already."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was mostly very good with a couple of misses. The mackerel was not my favorite-very dry. "Small plates" is right. Order lots!"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "From the moment we stepped in to the warm, light-filled room with a hanging spider of gleaming copper lamps, I was hooked. Service was non-fussy but attentive but with a light touch that allowed us our own evening. Waiter made an excellent suggestion on a new sparkling we hadn't tried and it was fantastic. The food was all beautifully done, from crisp, fried haloumi kissed with honey to a shaved celeriac salad to tender herby squid and braised lamb to die for, bejeweled with dried fruits and gorgeous chickpeas. I wish we lived in Portland so we could go all of the time, but for now we'll have to be content with going every time we're in town."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was creative and perfectly prepared. Service was seamless but not stuffy and our server was a delight. Somellier picked spot on wines for our meal. We're a pretty tough group to impress but have been raving about our meal and planning many return visits."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We came from afar to try this place. Considering that our whole party has spent extensive time in the Mediterranean and Israel, we were disappointed. In short, the service was poor, cold and lacking (and I've worked as a server for over 4 years), the space itself was cold (our table-neighbor was wearing a down coat), and the portions were tiny for the price. In particular, a number of dishes that are considered street food in Israel were tiny, overpriced and minimal. Traditionally, Mediterranean and Israeli culture are warm and welcoming. If a restaurant purporting to make this food doesn't mimic the culture, it won't succeed."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "From the friendly greeting to the last bite, this restaurant is a gem. Food, outstanding; decor, same; noise level, thank goodness, is not too high; service, impeccable. What can we say? We loved the creativity of amazing food and we will return!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I went to Levant for a first date. The food was amazing and the staff was able to answer all of our questions. Great atmosphere, although it was a bit drafty and chilly. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Visited Levant for first time recently. The food was excellent, very well prepared and unique in terms of the flavors. Service efficient and friendly. Noticed that nearby restaurants busier which means Levant needs to work on ambience building and offerings. Granted it was chilly night, but it was cold inside the restaurant, having the fans turned on didn't help. Needs more music to create more atmosphere, and to come up with reasons for folks to enjoy bar dining etc to increase the clientele. Did also thoroughly enjoy the Israeli cab which alone could tempt us back. Overall, an enjoyable culinary experience, but with so many restaurants in Portland area, the Levant team will need to keep pushing to build their reputation and diner levels."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "not good for groups ~ our dinner took over 2 hours from the time that we ordered it...the server never acknowledged this, nor did the management. food was decent, ambiance was nice...not going back any time soon..."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Wonderful interesting and unusual blends of spices and ingredients. Our waiter, also the sommelier, knowledgable about good pairing with what we were having. Cozy atmosphere, good and personable service. Will definitely go again soon."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "We had a group of five and had a fantastic evening at Levant. What I had: - Perfect Palmetto cocktail - Leek-potato soup: Delicious - Persimmon and fennel salad: A work of art. But a little more sweet than I wanted. - Yams. The flavors of lime, cilantro, chili made every bite a sheer delight and fest of flavors. - Shrimp a la Plancha with charmoula and peppers My dining companions also had raves for the Root Down Daisy cocktail, celery root salad, roasted sunchokes, and the cod. The food came out swiftly. Our server was perfect in her tasks. At the end, she even volunteered to break out our bill three ways, and it was done perfectly. No bill drama! Bottom line: I would return nightly for the leek soup and yams if I lived nearby."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "I recently met a friend for dinner at Levant and we both thought the experience was a winner. The service was excellent and completely refreshing for the Portland dining scene. The cocktail list is innovative and fresh. The foods is quite good, a few things that are really good. Lots of fresh flavors that aren't "the usual." The fava bean falafel was fantastic. The only less than notable dish was the dessert, a pear and date crisp that let us down a bit at the end. I'd definitely return and can't wait to try more of the menu!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The cocktails are truly inspired with a talented bartender to boot. Just tell him what you like and something wonderful will arrive. For food, I had an amazing grilled whole sardine - it was done to perfection which takes skill. I'd say go for a cocktail or two, share a couple of small plates and call it good."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Excellent dinner destination featuring genuine French fair in a beautiful dining room. Service was above and beyond exemplary."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "Chef Snyder does a fabulous job making us feel welcome and special. The extra attention he pays to food, to guests and to all details make you fell home- Levant home!!! What a great place!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We came to Levant and were able to try several small plates which were all delicious! We tried the lamb cigars, falafel, Lamb and lentil puree, Grilled Squid and squash salad. Drinks were tasty, and all the dishes had great flavors. Prices were reasonable and service was great. I especially liked the atmosphere, wood fire and rustic, warm feel. We will be back :)"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Overall a nice experience. The wood burning open oven (fireplace) was nice but if you were seated anywhere near it, boy it got warm. There was a table 2 tables down that was rather loud and the sound seemed to bounce off the walls. Our waiter had no personality and seemed as if he could careless. It showed when one of the items we ordered was missed and we got squid instead of cauliflower but we just rolled with it. The harissa almonds were great, as was the shrimp. I'd recommend those whole-heartedly. The beet salad and frisée salads were good, but a tad under seasoned. I would give them another try."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Levant has a unique take on mediterranean food and it starts with the portland cool decor. Unfortunately, it ends up being always a bit off the mark as if they are just trying too hard. Begin with the cool, ergonomically designed forks that sit vertically on the table- cool but they don't stay on the plate after use. The dishes are all interesting, often delicious, but usually one is left trying to decide if you really like it or not owing to the avantgarde approach to spices and combinations - eg burnt leaf fig vanila ice cream? It was a melted white soup on top of a tasty tiny iron pan of fruit crisp that just burned my tongue. Overall, an interesting experience for those weary of comfort food, but not a place I will return to."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "My pick for seasonal dishes: Pear&celery salad , Chioggia beets with goat cheese anise hyssop and candied walnuts truly a lovely fall salad. The grilled leek with cardamom soubise and crispy shallot had such flavor my dining partner and I had to fight over it The hearth roasted lamb with squash and tahini puree, lamb bacon cabbage and pomegranate lamb jus cooked medium rare…I'm not going to say more than this. Go there!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The service was friendly, prompt and helpful. Interesting and tasty cocktails, and a nice ambience. There were generally enough gluten-free choices for me, and I did not get glutened (yay!). The fried halloumi appetizer was tasty served with honey, walnuts and some kick-y black spice. The beet salad was beautifully presented and a good mix of flavors. The cress salad seemed like a very large plate of green curls, but my partner liked it. The entrees, unfortunately, were a mixed bag. The clams in the shellfish stew did not taste fresh, and the sausage was weirdly dry and chewy. The lamb entree was cooked perfectly but couldn't reconcile all the elements in it. For the cost, the food was not compelling enough for us to come back."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Wonderful change of pace from the norm. Very good food, service and overall experience. If you want high a quality dining experience, but not the same flavors and menu as everywhere else, this is your spot. Flavor sensation."
    Dined on 10/26/2013