Darsalam

4.3
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$30 and under
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“Discovered the goodness of Iraqi food and found it refreshingly different
from typical middle eastern cuisine.”
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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d
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Each of the dishes had wonderful tastes. The device was attentive, accommodating and smiling. A very pleasant evening.

MR
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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!

F
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

S
Portland
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Chairs are uncomfortable. Food & Service very good

D
Portland
22 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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.

JR
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

w
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I can say we will be back. The service was great, the food was amazing. Everyone had a great time.

LO
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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

G
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Quality and service 5 stars
Quantity of food to the value 2 stars

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and will definitely go back soon!

OT
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2016
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Excited to eat at DarSalam but found the food marginal and a bit pricey! Won't be returning any time soon.

MA
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.