Zaatar Fine Lebanese Cuisine

4.4
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144 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Lebanese

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About

Zaatar Fine Lebanese Cuisine delivers passionately prepared, authentic Lebanese cuisine in the Pearl, as well as catering directly to you, wherever you might be in the Portland area. Our products are prepared from scratch, using only the freshest ingredients from local producers and farmers. Whether in our restaurant, at a catered event or through our products found at grocers throughout the area, our goal is to provide all of our customers with a genuine taste of Lebanon that simply can’t be found elsewhere!
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Lebanese, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 8:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(503) 477-8237
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Emaline Karam
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Catering
CATERING MENU Need a cake or other bakery treats for your event? Zaatar Fine Lebanese Cuisine, in association with Karam Lebanese Deli and Catering features a full-service bakery offering cakes for weddings, anniversaries, and other special occasions, for 2 to 100 people! We also have full bakery menu if you’dlike to order one-of-a-kind pastries and cakes
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Neighborhood
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 144 People Are Saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Booked 3 WEEKS AGO for our anniversary. Received a confirmation text to confirm 48 hours prior. We paid to park and arrived to find IT HAD BEEN CLOSED FOR A MONTH. We were beyond disappointed. Unacceptable.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was excited about eating at this establishment but alas, after making a reservation, which OpenTable confirmed, we didn't get that chance. When we arrived for my wife's 30th birthday dinner, the restaurant was closed and there was a sign on the door. It would have been nice to get notified of this. Now I see that they've been closed for close to a month now and others have run into the same issue. Totally unacceptable. I took time off from work, hired a babysitter, drove all the way downtown from outer SE, paid for parking...not to mention the embarrassment of looking like a fool to my wife and the inconvenience of having to come up with something last minute. Totally unacceptable.

RY
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Everything was cooked perfectly, and their desserts are to die for.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Nice people. Will definitely go back.

JM
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy ourselves here. The food is great, the staff are wonderful, and the ambience is enjoyable.

KM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly staff, authentic and light-humored. Food wasn't large portions like some places, but definitely an appropriate size for a meal. We used a groupon, so our value was very worth it. Falafel is different in a good way, crispy on the outside, almost creamy on the inside, as opposed to grainy. Meat was all seasoned incredibly well. Desserts were fun and just one would have been more than enough for both of us. We had a couple of mixed drinks, done well. It was a solid date night.

JM
Portland
52 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating at Zaatar is always a great experience. The owners and staff are friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is always fun.

M
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, very flavorful. The service was efficient and friendly.

JM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret in NW Portland! You really need to try this one out. It will become your favorite restaurant!

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food & great service

BR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite and pleasent with great food. Nice service and great desserts.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing authentic food! Loved everything we got

H
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly owner makes all feel welcome! And food good w lots of sharing plates.

P
Portland
59 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. The best falafel I have tasted in Portland.

W
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed for maintenance. Made a reservation only to show up to it closed. Second time time this has happened. Won’t be a third. Can the ownership of this restaurant not respect its guests enough to turn off open table availability. Completely unacceptable especially for people who come from a distance. Many other better Lebanese choices in Portland anyway.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. The falafel was incredible and I will definitely go back for that alone. The deserts were next level though and tasted as good as they looked. Glad we tried this place!

H
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

There was nothing wrong with this restaurant. Service was good. I just didn’t feel that it was authentic Lebanese cuisine. We came here based on the reviews and it was a little disappointing.

LO
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely evening having dinner at Zaatar. We were happy to discover that there was music that night which was just the right amount of sound level so we could still talk and hear each other.
The staff is extremely helpful and kind and the food was delicious. We will enjoy returning in the near future.

AB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A little spendy, but great food, gluten free pita options, live music, and good drinks.

PD
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was good and reasonably priced. The ambiance could be better, feels more like a simple diner than a Mediterranean restaurant.

E
Portland
86 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent at Zaatar's. I had the lamb kabob's and they were good but not great. Overall, I was pleased with the experience and may return.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time going to Zaatar. The food was delicious with hearty portions and a reasonable price. The service was excellent. I was with three others on this Saturday night and we hadn't seen each other for years - so catching up was a little difficult over the loud music. But I am going back in less than two weeks on a weeknight so we'll see!! It was a great experience otherwise!!!

NC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As out of towners we went on the recommendation of our Middle Eastern bar tender and he didn't steer us wrong! We had delicious Mediterranean food! Next time we're in town we'll definitely go back!

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Portland
189 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fresh pita hot off the oven with olive oil and Zaatar to start sets the appetite for well prepared foods to follow.
Very friendly service.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and the servier was courteous.

C
Portland
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and the staff was very attentive!

BW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good traditional Lebanese/Mediterranean food on a quiet New Year's Eve. The pita bread was outstanding.

JM
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was very, very bland. Nothing had flavor. The only thing we liked was the free pita bread. The server was nice though.

JM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the comfortable seating at Zaata. Not squeezed in like many restaurants do their seating. Easy to find, right on the corner. The food was delicious. I know these particular dishes well, so the bar was high. Omigosh...that falafel was melt-in-your-mouth perfect. Same with the lamb. Every detail. My friends recommended both desserts but I was full...so will go back to "inspect." The live music was terrific, but not too loud to have a conversation. Servers were attentive but not annoying as in many restaurants. The cost of dinner was quite reasonable. What a find!

TH
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always have a good time at Zaatar. We're welcomes like old friends, seated quickly, and attended to carefully. I love their food -- it's Middle Eastern but the spice vary in intensity and balance, so not like anything you've had elsewhere. I'm a fan of the schwarma and grape leaves; my brother liked the lamb kabob, and my husband raved about the kafta kabob. We're excited to try the Dinner For Two, as it looks like an excellent value.

MM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoy Zataar. Friendly family service and food is consistently excellent and authentic. Great for gluten free--even have gluten free pita options and menu is full of gluten free choices.

MR
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could rate more stars, I would. We loved everything about Zaatar: the decor and atmosphere: nicely appointed, yet family friendly and warm. Ghada and the rest of the staff were welcoming, friendly and very attentive. The food was outstanding. I am Lebanese and cook many of these foods, and also have been to many Lebanese restaurants and I can say without hesitation, that Zaatar is the best I have experienced. We ordered the hummus, baba, tabooli, lebneh, pumpkin kibbee (an incredible surprise! We loved it), falafel, grape leaves (tender and lemony!), chicken kebabs (my husband is still talking about how delicious they were); lamb shwarma and lamb kebabs. And the freshly baked bread that kept appearing at our table with the zaatar/oil mix; to die for! Our family really loved the Zaatar experience and cannot wait to return. Thank you for a great evening.

OT
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service!!!

W
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a Wonderfull little friendly -family run restaurant. Wish we could have eaten all day long to try everything. They took such great pride in making your dining experience enjoyable. Don’t find that that often these days. A little gem we will go back to again

B
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Really terrific food. Slow but congenial service.

BR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, tasty dessert, nice people. A bit pricy.

P
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Not quite what I expected but quite nice. Excellent pita bread, served warm. TVs projected images of Lebanon. Only one other table occupied. Had a glass of Lebanese wine. My granddaughter had a cocktail she liked very much. All in all a good experience. I was suffering from a bad cold so wasn’t feeling all that well. Would like to try again under different circumstances.

I
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food, was good, but bland, the flavors were muted and subtle, not what I expected from a Lebanese restaurant

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

Amazing great food

M
Portland
43 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing! It's officially my new favorite Lebanese place in Portland. I love the pita, hummus, kibbeh, and kafta kebabs. The portions are great and the quality of the food is exquisite. I highly recommend this place! The drinks are great as well!

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