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Darsalam - Portland, Portland, OR

Darsalam - Portland

4.4
4.4
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Middle Eastern
“Discovered the goodness of Iraqi food and found it refreshingly different from typical middle eastern cuisine.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Iraqi, Halal
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (503) 206-6148
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Northeast Portland
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

23 Reviews
  1. LindaH

    Portland

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had gluten free, vegetarians, and vegans in our party of six, and everyone was really happy with their food. I chose it for those options but also mainly because it was so close to the event venue we were going to afterwards. We all said we’d plan to go back, so kudos!

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  2. Jeanie

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was fabulous and we had great service. The atmosphere is very cozy!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Didn’t acknowledge open table reservation. Turned us away with a reservation

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very tasty quality food! We had lamb stew and lamb shank. Servers were very attentive, friendly.

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  5. minag

    Portland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    1) poor food quality 2) food taste horrible , extremely salty , overcooked, burnt. 3) very expensive for fast food quality food 4) 1 stall bathroom outdoor, yes outside of main restaurant !!!

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  6. diner

    San Francisco

    106 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Each of the dishes had wonderful tastes. The device was attentive, accommodating and smiling. A very pleasant evening.

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  7. MaryR

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to untried restaurants with neighbors every few weeks and read good reviews about Darsalam. We loved it as soon as we walked into the cozy spot full of momentos and photographs (!) of Iraq. My only quibble is the price, which was surprisingly high, but then I realized that we'd had a bottle of wine plus enough food for us to each take home practically another meal. We will go again for certain, but order less food. The kabobs were exceptional, as was the beet salad, but one was plenty to split 4 ways, and we ordered 2. Lovely staff, cozy spot and great food!

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  8. Frenchie

    Portland

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food has always been excellent with fresh ingredients and great spices. One improvement that could be made is to serve individual portions of pita bread. They give you a big one for the table and everybody has to tear a piece with their hands.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant and atmosphere. We loved how Darsalam was decorated, the spices used in the food and drinks, how quiet it is, and that the vegetarian and vegan options were marked. We really enjoyed the black ceylon tea and lentil soup and would highly recommend this place to friends.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicately flavored lentil soup. Unlike mine, it's somehow creamy, but without cream, I think). I had eggplant stew on top of the lovely rice - spiced with zatar. My husband had chicken skewers from the HH menu and raved. The beer was fantastic. Fragrant and spicy. We also had the wheat noodle dessert. Very tasty, but I was too full. Took half my stew home and had a second meal!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We really enjoyed the food, but the service was strange. First it took about half and hour for them to take the order. And they only took the order after we requested. Then they brought salads for two people, but not the third. After some time we had to ask for the third salad. After bringing out the salad they started bringing out the entrees one at a time over a prolonged period of time. Then after they finished bringing out the entrees we asked where the appetizer was. There had been a miscommunication between the server and the kitchen, so the appetizer was not prepared. Instead of comping the appetizer they brought it to us and charged us. The food was really good, but the service was very odd.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the vibe of this restaurant. The food is amazing--donut shaped falafels plus cucumber dill yogurt salad equals pure heaven. The baba is perfect, humus fresh and unique. Plus, the cocktails are creative and fun! It actually feels like the food is made with love. Winter or summer, this restaurant is such a treat.

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  13. Steve

    Portland

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chairs are uncomfortable. Food & Service very good

    1 person found this helpful

  14. David

    Portland

    23 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2017

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was just average at best. The falafel was burnt to a crisp, difficult to eat, extremely dry. The beet salad and lamb stew were average.

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  15. Jeff

    Portland

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a little gem in North Portland, easily missed among the bigger names farther west on Alberta. Excellent, authentic Iraqi food, gluten-free (without flatbread) and plenty of veggie/vegan options, served in ample portions and about as laid back as can be. If you're a carnivore, choose between chicken, lamb, or beef in various forms and with various spices, same concept for vegetarian. Start with either soup and savor everything. Use the fresh flatbread for dipping in everything, and go for the Lebanese red or white wine (there's also NW wine and, of course, beer). Baklava leads the dessert options, if you have room: wide range of flavors even on the dessert menu.

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  16. hwyss

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Husband's lamb kebab was dry and chewy. My lamb shank was bland. Appetizers were good. Main entrees, not so much. Specifically went on a Wednesday night for the music, which was just okay. Service was slow even though they weren't busy. All-in-all disappointed.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I can say we will be back. The service was great, the food was amazing. Everyone had a great time.

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  18. LORE

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was OK. Wouldn't go out of my way to dine here and therefore won't return. Very nice people with good service but food was average

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  19. Gerry0423

    Portland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We joined my brother in law's family on short notice. The food was fantastic, met each one's dietary restrictions. We definitely will come again

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  20. Bumblekiss

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality and service 5 stars Quantity of food to the value 2 stars

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful dinner and will definitely go back soon!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excited to eat at DarSalam but found the food marginal and a bit pricey! Won't be returning any time soon.

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  23. marvinandabby

    Portland

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Darsalam - Portland is rated 4.4 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Darsalam - Portland

2921 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Northeast Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Middle Eastern, Iraqi, Halal
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
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