TarBoush Lebanese Bistro

4.8
40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Lebanese
At TarBoush, your nights will never be the same again… Nestled amongst the neon, bright shop fronts, restaurants and bars of Hawthorne Boulevard – TarBoush Lebanese Bistro & Bar is a hip East End restaurant serving Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. Decorated with wooden tables, a special collection of vintage garments antiques and pictures, and a Victorian Architecture dating back to 1852 with a brown and beige color scheme highlighted by green, burgundy and silver accents that arouse the soul, this Chi-Chi Lebanese restaurant ran by owner Pierre Boutros, is popular with a savvy Soho crowd who adore a casual atmosphere and signature dishes such as our own Sawda; sautéed chicken liver with garlic and pomegranate molasses. TarBoush Lebanese Bistro & Bar serves spirits, beer and wine, and is perfect for a casual lunch, post-shopping pit-stops, pre-theatre bites or as a gathering place for a night out with friends.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(503) 235-3277
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chirin Boutros
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Catering
TarBoush offers an extensive catering menu that also includes items not present on our dine-in menu. Kindly allow at least 48 hours advance notice for all catering orders for groups exceeding 30 guests. Let us cater your next special event; Birthdays, Anniversaries, Baptisms, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, Graduations, Engagements and Weddings. TarBoush is also available at times of grieve when a Mercy Meal is needed.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Southeast 32nd place and Hawthorne
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Parking details
2 on-premises parking spots available for our patrons. Plenty of parking on side streets with NO time limit while parking on Hawthorne is limited to 2 hours.
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Public transit
Trimet bus #14 will literally drop you off in front of the restaurant
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 40 People Are Saying
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l
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Situated in a great old house in Hawthorne district, TarBoush was a great find. We were there for lunch and did not expect a big menu. We selected a few dishes from their extensive menu to share and found them all authentic and delicious. Service was fast and courteous. Ambiance was good, made better with pleasant Lebanese music. Overall, a great value. If you like middle eastern food, you should not miss TarBoush.

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D
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of space for big tables. Very very family friendly. Excellent, shareable food. Wonderful owners. And great food! Did I mention that?

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KC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner. The pita bread and entries were delicious!

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in Portland! Excellent quality as always.

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OT
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we tried was wonderful and authentic. From appetizers to salad to main course and coffee—all delicious! Not to mention the service was thoughtful and well timed. Will certainly be back!

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SK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and me have been there twice. Each time we came with different family members and had a very nice time. The food is good and more than enough. The waiter was very good, friendly, and funny. I recommend going to this restaurant.

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Portland
170 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Well crafted food. Fresh off the oven pita bread is a treat.

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N
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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DG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks and great people. Perfect place to order plates and share and grab a bottle of wine.

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D
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good and flavorful. The service was okay and could have been better. The server did well considering the the space limitations to serve people. The seating was barely comfortable.

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A
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor seating for summer. The food was amazing and so were the drinks.

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SH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We loved the cuisine, the atmosphere, and our waiter Johnny. But we were greeted by the hostess who told us we had 6 minutes to order because they were closing and the kitchen wanted to home. It would behoove this restaurant to review its employees. Waiter Johnny saved the day and we had an enjoyable dinner.

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EH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite for their family style meals. Went with 2 friends and a 1 year who ate everything in front of him. Great seating, A/C and nice staff.

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very accommodating owner. Cool old Victorian house. No complaints.

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OT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. Slightly spendy but worth it. Get the rose drink!

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s
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We had 7 in our party. Our table was ready when we got there. Unfortunately, they had us upstairs and most of our party was older. The bathroom is difficult to get to. But the food is delicious. And they have gluten free pita!

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, accommodating and friendly wait-staff and peaceful atmosphere. What more could you ask for?

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LH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had a fantastic time, the food was great. My. Mother was happy to go to a place that has vegan food and there was food for those who like to eat meat as well.

The service was awesome and will definitely come again.

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JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite Lebanese restaurant!!
I went twice in one week!

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KS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service were great. The restaurant is in one of the lovely old Victorian homes that dot the east side. Authentic Mediterranean style food. Portions are large.

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H
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lebanese food is one of my favorites and Tarboush did not disappoint. The lamb shawarma was served with a really light pilaf and was enough food for me to eat for lunch the next day. Cocktails were perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

We had a bad experience with one server. He forgot or food order and we waited for over half an hour for another waiter to realize our food hadn’t come yet. So we waited another half hour for our food to get to the table.

The food was awesome though. But I wouldn’t come back because of the poor service.

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S
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

We had an OT reservation but evidently they didn’t hear us mention that when we checked in. Our table was situated right next to the restroom, so that put a jinx on ambience. Food was delicious. Chicken was hot n juicy. Vegetarian platters were excellent too. Great service - extra pita! Reasonably priced for a great spot on Division St.

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OT
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to TarBoush and quite frankly we were a little disappointed. The serving sizes were small and the prices more on the high side than the other Lebanesse-style restaurants in town. Our server was great, although the tables are a bit close.

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BB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Our appetizers were fine, baba ghanouj and hummus. But the four Entrées were in edible. Big disappointment we won’t be back

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PD
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Tasteless vegetables, and former employee picketing outside with a sign that indicated that they just microwave frozen veggies. Totally believable. Also , paid $71 for a substandard lunch. Outrageous.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed every bite of our meal. The variety of dishes that we ordered were flavorful and complemented each other.

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OT
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

TarBoush was a nice treat for a birthday celebration. The food was awesome with many vegan and gluten free options. Parking is not easy, so give yourself plenty of time. I would have liked more time to savor our starters, so make sure to remind your server to slow down the pace if you wish to enjoy a relaxing meal.

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C
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is pretty good with some exceptions. The grape leaves were soggy, the rice was like glue.
Ya Hala is better and less expensive.
The setting is nice. Wine was priced right and the pour was large.

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b
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food, great coffee. One of my new favorites!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Tarboush indoors, outdoors and takeout and have never been disappointed. The variety offered makes for difficult decisions but whatever is decided always seems right. Lamb is always done to perfection whether as Shawarma or kabob'd. The staff is friendly, attentive without being intrusive, and efficient. Tarboush is our #1 choice for bringing out of town guests for a great meal.

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b
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business meeting with a colleague. Our server was attentive but not overly interruptive. Food was great. Even got some to go!

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P
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The lamb plate for $22 was mostly rice with a bit of salad & rather tough lamb.

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V
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food with good service. A go to when you want authentic Lebanese food.

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MR
Portland
38 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good neighborhood restaurant wth a wonderful lamb shank. Everyone in our group enjoyed the dishes, even the vegetarian. Despite appearances to the contrary, I recommend making a reservation. The place was empty when we walked in at 5:30, by 7:00 it was standing room only and a lengthy wait for those who were not prepared.

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KR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere of this restaurant. Nice outdoor dining. We ate inside because it was hot outside, but not very cool inside either. We ordered a variety of foods and liked everything that we ate. They had a good selection of vegetarian options. They seemed a bit short handed, so service was a little slow.

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PH
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good. It's an old house so the ambiance was what I expected. The service was not great. The servers were very friendly and knew the food, however, they seemed overwhelmed by the number of people in the restaurant even though it was not close to full. They either need more experience or more people helping.

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OT
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida. Fresca y buena
Precios altos pero calidad
Volvería

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're fans of Mediterranean foods and Tarboush sits at the top of our list as a provider of tasty fare at reasonable prices. The lamb kabobs were spiced and grilled to perfection. We brought two teen aged boys who'd just graduated from high school, one of whom had never experienced Lebanese cuisine and he went to town on the kabob mix. We'll be back with our appetites on.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I've been to Tarboush several times and it never disappoints. The meals (lamb!) are delicious and always seasoned just right. The vegetarian fare is equally as good. Ambience is quiet and the staff are personable and helpful.

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