Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon

4.9
359 reviews
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Lebanese
If these beautiful brick walls of the historic Bishop's House that Al Amir calls home could speak.....Oh, the stories they could tell!

The happy chatter of family and friends gathering.

The rhythm and flourish of Lebanese music and dance.

The laughter of once-in-a-lifetime celebrations.
Gluten free and vegan options available

The quiet, loving gazes across a table for two, relishing a fine dining experience together.

Since 1988, Al Amir has made these moments possible for guests like you. We only create dishes from scratch using the finest of ingredients, carefully spending hours each and every day to create our exquisite cuisine.

Come join us as we bring you the delights of Al Amir!
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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with amazingly good Lebanese food. Strangely, upon arrival they did not have our Open Table reservation?! But the amazing staff declared it was no problem and sat us immediately. Service throughout the evening was warm and attentive without hovering, very appreciated. Luckily it was an early 7pm reservation and the restaurant hadn't filled up yet, which it certainly did soon after.
We went during the "Portland Eats" dining month and they had 3 specialty menus in addition to their large normal menu to choose from. We ordered one of each and another entree as there were 4 of us. It was far more food than we could finish, but it was all amazingly fresh and cooked perfectly. Flavors were spot on. I would say it's the second best Lebanese restaurant I've eaten at, and would absolutely return, as well as recommend it to friends. They have a full bar including specialty cocktails which was nice. The space is in an old historical building which is beautiful both outside and in. The dress code was evening "casual" and almost everyone looked like they were out that Friday night to celebrate. We had the food served family style which is the norm both there and at many other Mediterranean/Middle Eastern restaurants. It was all standard Lebanese fare as far as choice, but really well done. This place would be great for a vegetarian diner as well. I'm not going into the specifics of what we ate etc. Suffice it to say, it was all wonderfully prepared and presented. A belly dancer came out at 8pm and performed around the room. It was fun, but seemed a little out of place. I didn't see any haters in the crowd, so I think she added to the festivities. Overall a wonderful experience across the board. I would recommend it for a first date, general date, birthday, anniversary, large group or small. I think it really hits the sweet spot as far as class/warmth/and versatility. It was very affordable for the food and experience.

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LF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. Amazing food, and amazing service! Very comfortable and homey spot.

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LA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for Portland dining week! Food was excellent, service was quick and attentive and engaging. Drinks before hand came out quickly and were great recommendations. Completely recommend! We’ll add this one to our regular list when we’re downtown.

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RD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of a very few true Lebanese venues. The wait staff are the embodiment of Lebanese culture and the grilled dining experience is just like Situ used to make!

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d
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the absolute BEST evenings I've had in a restaurant in a very long time! Service was impeccable. Food was delectable! I would highly recommend it for an amazing dining experience!

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N
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have tried all of the middle eastern restaurants in the Portland area and Al Amir is hands down the best. Excellent food, music was pleasant and not too loud. Service was attentive and hospitable. Will return again and again.

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was perfect as was the service by the incredibly personable owner/manager!

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HF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Lunch menu price is reasonable and enough to eat for the family. The restaurant environment is great for family and friends. We would come back again.

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a
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great middle eastern food with wonderful service and reasonable prices

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RC
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for a work meeting over lunch. The space was quiet and worked well for conversation. We didn't feel rushed to leave after we had finished our meal. The food was prepared well and priced appropriately for lunch time. The staff was friendly and warm.

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MG
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mo always makes you feel welcome with his Lebanese hospitality!

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LW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Always a great time at Al Amir ❤️

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al Amir has the best Mediterranean food in downtown Portland. Great quality, value for your money and service. It is one of the best hidden gems that has been in the city for years. We visit Portland once a year and we make it a priority to eat here during our stay every time!

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JG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food and atmosphere. I will defenatly come back.

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DB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Al-Amir for many years and are never disappointed. You feel like family when you are there. Everything about this restaurant is wonderful.

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B
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff had great recommendations and were appropriately attentive.

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OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolute blast eating here. The vibe and food were both fantastic!

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P
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 10 with various dietary challenges and Lydia our waitress made sure that everyone had plenty of options with our family style meal. The food, service and atmosphere are all excellent.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very few restaurants understand true Middle Eastern hospitality and cuisine these days. Al-Amir lives up to its name (the Prince) in every way. The food was clearly top quality cuts of lamb, chicken, and beef and the produce was local, and very fresh. The recipes were authentic and perfectly executed. Lydia served us as if we were part of her family in a warm, calm, and relaxing environment where we could easily hear each other and share some quality time together. The menu is very good but you don't really need one. Just talk to your waitress or waiter as if you were at home and they will bring something special to your table.

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JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening was lovely with a beautiful setting, fantastic service, and the tenderest lamb I have ever eaten. Please go and experience this yourself. Mo and his staff are to be congratulated on one one the best experiences in Portland for dining.

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SR
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to eat. Staff checked on us regularly, and we even got a couple free desserts, nice bonus.

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OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family style meal is a great way to experience all the good food this place has to offer

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impressed and feel like family when eating here! Moe is the best and his quality of service is beyond amazing. One of my favorite places hands down

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JK
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Lebanese food.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mo is the best. Come hungry!

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JD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal I’ve ever had in my entire life. The food, the staff and the atmosphere are all among the best that Portland, and indeed the Northwest, has to offer.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service even though restaurant was very busy

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C
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Al Amir was very enjoyable. The service was friendly and professional. Our server went over and above expectations to make sure we had a lovely meal and a great evening to celebrate my birthday.

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RB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. We had a wonderful time and felt very at home.

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a double date recently that was most enjoyable. In spite of dietary restrictions, the wait staff were incredibly kind and brought us a delicious dinner that we shared family style. The tables were packed when we arrived, but you wouldn’t know it given how attentive and caring our waitress was. The belly dancer was friendly and seemed to enjoy the customers, too. We will definitely be back!

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A group of us went with the hopes of having authentic Lebanese food. We were not disappointed.

We chose the family style option and the food was spectacular. The server was great and very attentive.

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was friendly and helpful. Great place for larger groups.

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ID
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed dinner out with good friends. The staff were very kind and efficient. Food was tasty. Very relaxing atmosphere.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many Smiles.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was amazing and the cuisine was authentic and very good. The service was excellent and as newbies to the Lebanese scene we trusted our server to pick the best option for our party and he did not disappoint. A lot of great food and the belly dancer was fun to watch. I would definitely recommend this place.

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A
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Al-Amir for over 20 years! It’s a Portland classic and the best Lebanese in town.

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RD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Fantastic service from start to finish

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Al Amir! The food is amazing but the service and people are the best. You have food and drinks quickly and they take care of all your needs. This is the perfect place for big groups, small groups, date night, you name it. My absolute favorite.

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DA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go-to for consistent, excellent service and delicious cuisine!

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Lebanese food in PDX. Service is superb. Great bar & some incredible Lebanese wines!

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