Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon

4.8
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$30 and under
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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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Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I return to this excellent establishment on every visit to Portland.

VB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Lamb shank and rice was excellent But the rest of the meal was lack luster. Restaurant is in an old building and has an unappetizing smell. They did take charges off the bill for an uneaten entree.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a large group (12 people) and this provided a great space for us to enjoy a meal together. They offered family style dining with a full selection of Mediterranean foods. At 8pm there was a round of belly dancing- quite the show!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mo was FANTASTIC! This was the best service I’v had in Portland, well, ever. Great food, great hospitality, really yummy Lebanese wine. I recommend doing the tasting menu and letting the kitchen/staff have some room for creativity with your meal. Definitely coming back!

OT
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the third time we have been here and I love the consistency of the food, staff and drinks. We have never had to wait long for food. The staff/owners are super friendly and always willing to tell us what we are eating. We took some family from out of town and they said it was the best meal they had eaten on their trip here to Portland!

LO
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always the food here is fantastic!
The bread is always warm and the Kafka is perfect. We eat here at least once a month and love it.

n
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al-Amir is the best Lebanese restaurant i have ever experienced! From the moment you walk in the door, you are not treated as a customer - you are extended family. Lydia and her staff create a warm and welcoming environment, and have created some of the most delicious and satisfying Lebanese cuisine you will ever enjoy. 5+ stars all the way around!

KA
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delightful experience at Al-Amir!!! The food was outstanding and Mo, the owner, treated us first time guests like family! The service and food were incredible and I can’t believe I haven’t eaten here before! It’s a hidden jem in Portland!!! We’ll definitely be back! The space was tastefully decorated and we were surprised by a belly dancer who was lovely with our multigenerational family and really fun to watch! I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place to have in the heart of downtown. Our server Mo ensured we were well taken care of, as did the supporting staff. I had the stewed lamb over rice, it was tender and cooked with all the right spices. My wife enjoyed the shrimp over rice, which was also excellent. Try the rosewater lemonade, it has a unique taste.
My only suggestion to them is to consider offering a rotating draft beer (maybe a local ale) in addition to the bottled beer selection they have.

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here. We went for Christmas Eve dinner and it was amazing. Everything that was suggested was delicious, service was excellent. Can't wait to return.

P
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Family style with near continuous plates of food served by a very warm and service oriented staff, and even some belly dancing between courses! Great food and great experience.

JO
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At Al Amir, we have been treated as if we are family, every time we dine there. It is friendly and engaging, with food you would expect on a special occasion/family celebration. The food is fresh, delicious, presented well and food-allergy safe.

B
Portland
55 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable in every way. Great appetizers and delicious dinner choices. Service excellent, friendly, attentive. Love the baklava. Will come again.

CI
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, such nice people! I would definitely recommend.

OT
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the excellent meal and service!

KB
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to Al-Amir many times over the years and this year we celebrated my husband's birthday there. The staff was so gracious and took great care of us. The dinner recommendations were spot on and everything was delicious.

There is enough room that it's great for large parties as well. Top notch spot.

OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience love this place!

MF
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, great people, and great experiences. Not sure what to order? Ask them to serve family style with Lebanese Margaritas, sit back - and enjoy!

G
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service delicious food and lovely atmosphere!

MG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful warm atmosphere with friendly people. Family owned for at least 26 years! They donate 1000 meals per week to kids in need.
The belly dancing is a bit unusual but doesn’t last too long.

K
Portland
78 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Amir is a wonderful experience and treat. The authenticity of the Lebanese dishes are incredible.
The appetizers to the main dishes are absolutely scrumptious. We have been going to this restaurant for the last 5 years and never do we tire of the menu. We have seen Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors, of the NBA there on many occasions. He was raised in Lebanon, when his father was President of American University in Lebanon. Obviously Coach Kerr wants to dine on authentic Lebanese food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best customer service in town.

KP
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time coming here, the first time we had a family gathering of 14 people - this time it was four of us. Both times the meals, service and overall experience was fantastic. We are of Lebanese descent and can vouch for the authenticity of the food and the friendliness of the staff, who makes you feel like family from the moment you arrive.

SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lamb was perfectly cooked. Service was friendly.

C
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We gathered from around the country and had a fabulous family style meal. Exceptional!!

B
Munich
91 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service. This is the best Lebanese food in Portland. And I am Lebanese and grew up with this food. Their cabbage rolls, grape leaves and kibbe are amazing. The Kefta is perfect as is their rice. It like Sunday dinner at Grandmas.

JB
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great working lunch spot. Go family style!!!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great fun, good food, lovely dancer that entertained us. The owner or waiter who attended us was wonderful.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always an incredibly warm and lovely experience dining at Al Amir. Genuine and caring customer service and delicious food. There’s a reason to return over and over again. One of Portland’s best.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Al-Amir is our favorite Lebanese. The owners are amazing people and the service can’t be beat. We enjoy every visit and wish we could go more often.

TS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

My kabob's meat was very dry

D
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time having dinner; one of our favorite places.

A
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our gracious host Mo made sure that every detail received proper attention. It is truly a fine dining experience in downtown Portland, without the pretence or outrageous cost.

KG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I had such a wonderful time at Al Amir. I can't wait to come back on our next trip to Portland!

L
Portland
87 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al-Amir is always a pleasure to have a meal at! The gentleman who served us brought us samples of several items that make us want to go back in order to have a full meal of some of those foods, like the lentil soup which was really good!! We both had a lamb dish with rice, and we both thought the portions were quite adequate, and I had some left over for lunch later! This is a great place to have Lebanese food!

PD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Al Amir has never disappointed. The food is absolutely amazing, and it was so nice to celebrate my birthday there with friends. Lydia & Moe are gracious hosts.

K
Portland
78 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every foodie in Portland should take the opportunity to savor the delicious flavors of Lebanese cuisine. Al Amir offers so many wonderful choices. Not only are the dishes delicious but the service is outstanding and professional. Make this restaurant the one you put as number 1 on your TDL!!!

LO
Portland
44 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I eat here regularly and the food is always good - consistent and quite authentic. The kafta and the baba are the best!!!

BH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. We elected to go the family meal and everyone had a taste of the plates. Fun food conversations. The wait staff brought out extras of our favorites. Looking forward to dinning with Al-Amir again.

S
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everytime we come here, we leave more than satisfied. Food is very good, and reasonably priced; especially being downtown Portland.

The owner seated us himself and waited on our table. We were first customers of the day. He treated us like Family and I keep that close to my heart.

The food has so much flavor and fills me up with no shame. Food is not greasy, or likely to make your tummy hurt.

Service is the best, always. We were checked on multiple times to ensure everything was to our standards and expectations.

Give them a try and you will not regret it. Belly Dancer every Friday night for live entertainment!