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Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon, Portland, OR

Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon

4.8
4.8
487 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 274-0010
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Moe Achour
  • Catering
    Al Amir offers flexible and affordable catering for all of your events: intimate dinners, weddings, corporate parties, holiday or group parties, and even large offsite events. Our historic Bishops House restaurant can accommodate private parties up to 100 guests. We offer full service catering, including but not limited to food, beverages, servers, rental supplies and entertainment. We accommodate your needs A-Z. Our catering menu features food from our traditional Lebanese cuisine to standard fare of your choosing. Let us know what inspires you and accommodates your budget.
  • Private party facilities
    Al Amir offers flexible and affordable private dining: intimate dinners, weddings, corporate parties, holiday and group parties. Our historic Bishop's House restaurant can accommodate private parties up to 100 guests. We accommodate your needs A-Z.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (503) 539-4210
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Portland
  • Cross street
    SW 3rd Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy beautiful and talented belly dancers Friday & Saturday starting at 8pm.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 487 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

487 Reviews
  1. JonathanH

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent traditional Lebanese food. The lamb shank, homemade yogurt sauce, and rice were outstanding. Very good food, high quality. Their wine bottle prices were very good, and the selection was fair, but good enough for a nice meal. Family owned and run for over 30 years. A must visit if you want to support family businesses and get some great food!

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  2. MichaelK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is a wonderful experience not only is the authentic food wonderful the ambience and service is fantastic

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  3. JennyE

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic service and delicious food! Lydia and Mo took great care of us and made this group of moms feel like VIPs.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s been a long time since my last visit, but just as good as I remember.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the "Everything Everywhere All at Once" of Lebanese cuisine. THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!

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  6. EndOfTheLine

    Portland

    72 reviews

    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wife, son and I. We shared two salads. The portions were sufficient for three of us, the ingredients, fresh and, overall, flavorful on the subtle side. We also shared a hummus plate with chicken shawarma on top. None of us had seen this direct combination in the past; normally they are separate. But it was classic shawarma and hummus. Sizeable portion sufficient for three of us to share along with the accompanying pita. For mains, my son and I had cubed lamb with rice. It was somewhat disappointing insofar as it was difficult to detect much in the way of middle eastern spicing, perhaps an unfortunate concession to northwest palates. It was also a bit on the chewy side. The rice was nothing special, though competently prepared; again without much added flavor. My wife had lamb shank. However, it came in a pile with no bone. It is literally the first time in decades of dining out, including middle eastern restaurants from Portland to San Francisco, that we had encountered lamb shank without the shank. And it was not a good difference. The bone contains flavorful marrow and seems to help the meat retain its flavor and juices. The waitperson claimed that most people prefer the meat without the bone. I am skeptical. If it is true, so much the loss for most people. I had a soda, wife had a glass of wine and son had a competent cocktail. With 15% tip, Service was timely and pleasant. The environment is quite nice. $160. It is questionable whether we will return to this restaurant. I had eaten at a take out place in New Orleans called Shawarma on The Run where, for $22, I had a significantly more flavorful and satisfying meal. Al Amin needs to reconsider both its scant menu and some of its preparations. The environment is there, but not the food, notwithstanding the puzzling rave reviews to the contrary.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They treat you like family! Welcoming,warm, amazing food, amazIng service. Thank you thank you!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Lebanese restaurant in Portland. Lydia and Mo are the best hosts. Always a great experience.

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  9. KamranF

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service, I love this place, you feel like you are being served food and wine in a family home.

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  10. sciencegeek81

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were promptly seated and given time to review the menu. Once the food arrived it was delicious and the service was wonderful. The atmosphere is also very nice.

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  11. KristinN

    Portland

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place so much!! The best food and people😊

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  12. BrianK

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I haven't been here since well before the pandemic and remember it as having amazing food, service, and atmosphere - it still does. I love stuffed grape leaves and these are some of the best I've had. The humus and lamb (bone in - always...) were outstanding. The service and atmosphere were welcoming and relaxed. I wish more restaurants had this level of service (reminded us of being in Europe). It is definitely worth the trip downtown and should be on your list of restaurants to try.

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  13. KLEXworld

    Portland

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great gem in Portland! We are new to Lebanese cuisine. The meal was wonderful, and was specifically modified to reflect our preferences. This will go our list to visit again.

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  14. Reme

    Portland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time we have been to Al-Amir. Before I made reservations, I read reviews and was very, very impressed and excited about the terrific comments that were given. These great reviews are absolutely true!! We loved the food, the service and everything else about this wonderful restaurant. Can’t wait to return.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent meal, attentive service, a great experience

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best middle Eastern food in Portland! The owner spent time at our table and provided us exceptional service. He brought additional cuisine items for us to try and brightened our day. What a wonderful experience. Well worth the trek to downtown!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing and the staff was really hospitable.

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  18. Bistro

    Munich

    110 reviews

    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great family run place. Food is excellent. Healthy

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  19. MeganR

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lydia was amazing! Even though she wasn't our server, she came over to check on us periodically and chat with us. The staff were all so friendly. Highly recommend!

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  20. GregS

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, friendly staff, wonderful middle East dining experience, everything we were hoping for.

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  21. MichaelN

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A terrific place to enjoy a great meal with friends and family. Bring your appetite. Everything is so delicious that you might find yourself going for seconds. When in doubt what to order...just put yourself in their hands...everything was terrific.

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  22. VanessaR

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious Wine was ok Staff seemed friendly Unfortunately even so we were the first guests and the host mentioned how slow it is they appeared to be in a rush. The Main dish was served while we were still eating the appetizer which crowded the table extremely. The bill was served when the dessert arrived.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place, great food!!

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  24. JannyP

    Portland

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful family celebration at Al-Amir! We have eaten here so many times and always find the food, service and bar menu is consistently good! The staff is warm and welcoming but also incredibly efficient. Don’t bother with a menu-just do the Meza sampler, sit back and enjoy. Be sure to try a Lebanese margarita and/or one of their famous Spanish coffees. The Lebanese wine is also good!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous vibe! From Walking in the door to our dinner. Service attention food drinks everything!

    1 person found this helpful

  26. Bistro

    Munich

    110 reviews

    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. The family that owns this place are welcoming and engage with their customers. The food is amazing. It is the closest thing to my grandma’s Lebanese dinners I grew up with.

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  27. lucky6

    Portland

    122 reviews

    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband strongly prefers to stick with American comfort food, but we both greatly enjoyed each one of the many dishes we tried at Al-Amir. Everything was delicious! But what we will remember most will be the hospitality of the man who seated us and took our order. He was wonderfully generous and kind about adjusting the meal choices to our liking. I am sure he must have been the owner, and he truly made us feel welcomed.

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  28. GinaS

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was fantastic! Food was delicious and staff unbelievable sweet and dedicated to an excellent service. Ready to comeback soon!!!!

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  29. TerryS

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Grated warmly, service fantastic, food amazing

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  30. McDuff

    Portland

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The grape leaves were the best ever! The Falafel and baba ganoush we’re out of this world. The lamb dishes were delicious with more than ample portions! Our waiter was extremely attentive and very friendly!

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  31. AnnaSov

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al-Amir is a warm space to dine with family and business partners alike, home to fantastically authentic Lebanese food. Pro tip: ask to eat family style. You'll get a taste of all their signature dishes. The service is fantastic and Lydia is uncompromising in the quality of her ingredients -- from fresh eggplant to home made hummus. Sahtain!

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  32. Kiinote

    Portland

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aways consistently fresh, flavorful. and delicious. Great assortment of dishes to select from and the service is impeccable. Very reasonable for the quality of the food served. A must for anyone desiring to try Lebanese dishes at their best.

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  33. DiannaB

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous, I have been a customer here since it opened decades ago. We love Lydia and Mo.

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  34. Joel

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I accidentally made my reservation for the 12th instead of Valentine's day like I meant to. Moe, the owner, remembered me by name and let us get a table despite my mistake. They were completely packed on Valentine's day and the staff were stretched thin, the service was still amazing. The food was incredible, and the price is reasonable as well. Can't get much better, we will definitely go back.

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  35. TracyW

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Al-Amir is my favorite restaurant in Portland, I've been going there for over 20 years! The food is delicious and the service is outstanding!

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  36. Portland

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent evening here. I was taken aback when I walked in To loud music but that was a brief period accompanying a dancer. Otherwise the restaurant was quiet (the furnishings help here), the food was excellent and the service was truly outstanding. We’ll be back.

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  37. LWright

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, hospitality and experience is excellent 💓

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  38. NYC2019

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I return to this excellent establishment on every visit to Portland.

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  39. Valerie

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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.

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  40. MaeghanC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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FAQs

Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon is rated 4.8 stars by 487 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant Portland Oregon

223 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97204

Additional information

  • Cross street
    SW 3rd Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Southwest Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Moe Achour
  • Entertainment
    Enjoy beautiful and talented belly dancers Friday & Saturday starting at 8pm.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (503) 274-0010
  • Catering
    Al Amir offers flexible and affordable catering for all of your events: intimate dinners, weddings, corporate parties, holiday or group parties, and even large offsite events. Our historic Bishops House restaurant can accommodate private parties up to 100 guests. We offer full service catering, including but not limited to food, beverages, servers, rental supplies and entertainment. We accommodate your needs A-Z. Our catering menu features food from our traditional Lebanese cuisine to standard fare of your choosing. Let us know what inspires you and accommodates your budget.
  • Private party facilities
    Al Amir offers flexible and affordable private dining: intimate dinners, weddings, corporate parties, holiday and group parties. Our historic Bishop's House restaurant can accommodate private parties up to 100 guests. We accommodate your needs A-Z.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator: (503) 539-4210
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