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TIQA

4.6
4.6
520 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
TIQA is locally-owned and located within easy walking distance of Portland, Maine’s Old Port. We serve innovative Pan Mediterranean cuisine , which includes more than a dozen countries. We’re known for good food, warm hospitality, good value and our casual yet elegant atmosphere. Lunch, dinner and bites at the bar served daily. Cheers!

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, North African, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 808-8840

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Cappello

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private multi-functional room with state of the art A/V, private bar, and sound dampening material. It is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail events. Corporate meetings to wedding receptions can be executed flawlessly. Please contact Deen Haleem at deen@TIQA.net or call us at 207-808-8840.

  • Private party contact

    Deen Haleem: (207) 808-8840

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Maple St

  • Parking details

    Street parking is free after 6pm in front of restaurant and on side

  • Entertainment

    Weekly Thursday "Cocktail Club" Happy Hour starting at 4 with live music starting at 5 or 6. Special featured spirits, beers, wines and specially priced dishes.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 520 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Healthy

  • Boston / New England

    Mediterranean

  • Maine

    Good for Groups

  • Maine

    Healthy

  • Maine

    Great for Lunch

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  1. s

    sararachel

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! We went early for a date night and almost had the restaurant to ourselves at 5pm. We had the Muhamara with pita, seasoned fries with toum, falafel, steak and lamb kabob, and polenta with roasted vegetables. All fabulous! Especially the muhamara and the toum sauce! So unique. The only disappointment was the baklava- it was a bit dry. The lemon curd garnish was very good, as were the soaked raisins. But the baklava itself was not as flavorful as I would have expected.
  2. AV

    AmandaV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    So fun, we shared 4 different plates, and we each got a cocktail. Because it was my birthday I got a complimentary dessert, I picked a chocolate mousse type dessert. It was all delicious and different than our typical dinner dates spots. Highly recommend the octopus and the falafel! We are both gluten free, and they have a TON of GF options, all clearly marked, and they take allergies very seriously and are very understanding.
  3. HZ

    HeatherZ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was great! Thank you

    TIQAResponded on July 26, 2022Hi Heather, Glad you enjoyed the food and service and thank you for the kind review - hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  4. JC

    JeffC

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The olive tray was unique and delicious. The hummus was average and the lamb was tough. The service was extremely slow.

    TIQAResponded on July 26, 2022Hi Jeff, Sorry about your experience - assure you it's not the norm and hope you give us another chance. Sincerely, Deen

  5. JS

    JodieS

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So loved having a delicious meal with so many GF options. Our daughter has celiac which can make it hard to eat out safely. Felt confident that we were safe at Tiqa - our server knew what items were GF and gave us great recommendations. Food was delicious and atmosphere was very fun.

    TIQAResponded on July 26, 2022Hi Jodie, We so enjoyed hosting your beautiful daughter and here wonderful husband and the family. Hope to see all of you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so nice inside! Great cocktails and amazing food. So glad we went there 10/10!!

    TIQAResponded on July 26, 2022Hi, So glad you enjoyed yourselves and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  7. c

    cmb22

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one of our favorite restaurants in Portland. The food is fresh and delicious and they have an extensive wine list and great cocktails.

    TIQAResponded on July 7, 2022Hi Susan, Thank you for the kind review and sooo happy to be one of your favorite restaurant - hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  8. SR

    SandraR

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and wonderful food! We thoroughly enjoyed our time!

    TIQAResponded on July 7, 2022Hi Sandra, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. So glad you enjoyed your time at TIQA. Sincerely, Deen

  9. MW

    MarilynW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    $3 for one pita bread that should have been complimentary with the dish??

    TIQAResponded on July 7, 2022Hi Marilyn, Thank you for the kind and constructive words. Cost: 4 hours to make 80 pitas (@ $20 an hour) - $1 per pita labor cost. Food/material is .25 cents - fixed cost is $1 per pita. Machine made bread - would be easier and cheaper, but inferior. We used to price it into the dishes and it frequently got thrown out. Realize $3 is still high, but hopefully it explains why it is, what it is. Sincerely, Deen

  10. SS

    SusanS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Wonderful food and drinks. We loved sharing the small plates especially the potato pancake with pickled vegetables (the best!) and the spanokopita. But everything we tried was delicious. The pita bread is made on site and is fresh and fluffy. Lots of wonderful spreads to try out. We sat outside which was nice and cool and away from the Saturday night crowds in downtown Portland.

    TIQAResponded on June 16, 2022Hi Susan, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. So glad you enjoyed everything. Sincerely, Deen

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, fun experience! Love the small plates and sharing to taste several yummy food items. Great, friendly service too!

    TIQAResponded on June 16, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Delicious food, however the portions are small.

    TIQAResponded on June 4, 2022Thank you for providing us with your feedback. We recently changed our menu from a classic menu fully composed dishes to tapas/small plates. The thought was to enable guests to try many different things vs. one entrée. Realize this is not for everybody and we are in the process of adding some fully composed entree's to the menu. Sincerely, Deen

  13. K

    Kathryn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was absolutely wonderful. The food was excellent, the atmosphere was lovely, and the service was fantastic. In particular, the champagne given to our table as a surprise was so lovely, thank you!

    TIQAResponded on June 4, 2022Hi Kathryn, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with our feedback and so glad you enjoyed your meal. Hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  14. CW

    CWKer

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We hadn’t eaten here in 3 years. The menu and the food was much improved! Our waitress and the chef were excellent. They made our sons birthday dinner enjoyable and they they paid great attention to detail and made it special. I would definitely go back.

    TIQAResponded on June 4, 2022Hi, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. So glad you enjoyed yourself and glad your sons birthday celebration went well. We look forward to seeing you back. Sincerely, Deen

  15. S

    Stephanie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was INCREDIBLE!!! Fresh, tasty: everything we could have asked for. Service was equally fantastic!

    TIQAResponded on May 22, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  16. K

    Kismet

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, authentic Middle Eastern food at reasonable prices. We return again and again to enjoy the tastes and the good service in a delightful, bright space.

    TIQAResponded on May 13, 2022Hi Kismet, Appreciate the kind words and patronage - hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  17. LV

    LizV

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to Tiqa for a Sunday brunch with a couple of friends. I've always enjoyed the atmosphere of this restaurant and the food was on point, as per usual. This was probably my sixth or seventh visit to Tiqa. I love how the menus specify the Mediterranean country of origin for each dish. We ordered hummus and olives for the table as starters. My entree was an open face egg sandwich which was served on their house made pita bread. The service was good. I'm grateful for Tiqa's presence in the Portland food scene, since it's location on the south end of Commercial street typically has parking available and the size of the restaurant generally makes it easy to get a reservation. I will continue to visit this gem.

    TIQAResponded on May 13, 2022Hi Liz, Thank you for the kind words and patronage, it's greatly appreciated and we hope to continue hosting you. Sincerely, Deen

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food. Interesting and varied brunch menu with a Mediterranean twist. Service was perfect. Reasonable Prices. Mother’s Day brunch was a total success

    TIQAResponded on May 13, 2022Hi, Appreciate the kind words about mothers day brunch and so glad you enjoyed it. Hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  19. O

    Oobeachbum

    New England

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We had been to Tiqa in the past and loved it. We went back- everything is ala cart- expensive. I’m ok with paying for a good meal, BUT the food was pre cooked and cold the grilled asparagus was torched- totally burnt not any indication that it was green to start. The service was poor and we will not be back. Totally different from our first experience. A waste of $145.00!!!

    TIQAResponded on April 26, 2022Hi, I am so sorry to hear about your experience. Please give us a chance to make it up to you, would love to the opportunity to show you this is not the norm and at least buy you drink to make up for it. Sincerely, Deen

  20. F

    Familyeats

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, and service are always excellent!

    TIQAResponded on April 19, 2022Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  21. DW

    DaisyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Perfect Mediterranean cooking. Small plates were quite small for the price, but the flavors were amazing. Outstanding service.

    TIQAResponded on April 17, 2022Hi Daisy, Thank you for the kind review. Realize prices are higher then what we want to them to be, please know this is something we are very sensitive about and do all we can to keep it affordable. Unfortunately our cost just continues to go up. We hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Great service. Wonderful location. Food was middle of the road

    TIQAResponded on April 14, 2022Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and the kind words about our staff and venue. Do you mind if I ask what you ordered and how could have it been made better? Sincerely, Deen

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was attentive and polite without being overbearing. The food was fresh and all of our dishes were really flavorful. The Muhumarra was our favorite Mezze and the warm, marinated Feta was really delicious. Our group of four also sampled several kebabs, all of which were cooked perfectly.

    TIQAResponded on April 14, 2022Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  24. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friendly, helpful waitress and delicious food. A very pleasant evening.

    TIQAResponded on April 6, 2022Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  25. m

    mainer00

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent brunch if you are looking for something beyond eggs and bacon. The hummus and olives to start took me back to a vacation in Morocco. The shakshuka eggs were perfectly spiced and cooked.

    TIQAResponded on April 6, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great, the hosts charming and accommodating. We just had to wait a bit too long for our food but we understand that all businesses are understaffed. We will return for sure and bring friends. Thank you!

    TIQAResponded on March 24, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and appreciate you being so understanding. Look forward to hosting you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  27. MF

    MFATZ

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All of the staff were so friendly and attentive. We had small plates to start and share, and our meals were fantastic. We will definitely return.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  28. RT

    RTTCM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Visited during restaurant week. We experienced outstanding service from initial host to bartender to wait staff. They went above and beyond. Fun drinks and fantastic food. We will be back!

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  29. JK

    JoanneK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at TIQA but not the last. The food was full of flavor, the portions good and the wait staff was attentive and fun. Had a great and yummy experience.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Joanne, Thank you for the kind review and we look forward to hosting you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  30. JD

    JulieD

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Maine Restaurant Week Brunch offerings! We enjoyed the hummus, sesame sticky buns and warm olives for starters. The shakshuka and lamb confit main dishes were fantastic and well timed after our starters. Service was attentive and cheerful... we were most surprised that the restaurant wasn't more crowded. A great little gem on Commercial Street!

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Julie, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  31. F

    Friday

    New England

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Outstanding dinner to celebrate Restaurant Week. Serve was good from start to finish. Food was delicious. My only complaint was the baklava was salty

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Friday, Thank you for the kind review and sorry about the baklava, please let us know when you are in again - would like to offer you one on the house (which should not be salty). Sincerely, Deen

  32. b

    brads

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    A few years ago I considered going to Tiqa but numerous poor reviews turned me away. This time many positive ones changed my mind and I am so glad I took the chance. The food - veggie kabob, brussels sprouts, falafel, steak - was divine and ambiance was soothing and pleasing.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Brads, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  33. P

    Pixie

    Birmingham

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Our food came out cold, but the flavor was good. We just wish it would’ve been warmer.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Pixie, My sincerely apology for your experience. Not sure if you relayed this to our wait staff, but it should have been immediately addressed. If that's didn't happen, please let me know when you are in again and we will be happy to offer you an entrée on the house. Sincerely, Deen

  34. LM

    LindsayM

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Our party was a bit let down by our experience during MRW. Communication and attentiveness to our party was really lacking. Minimal check ins. Everything took an extremely long time. Drink order, taking of our food orders, amount of time to receive our food and the check. For a 5:45 reservation we didn’t actually get our entrees until nearly 8pm. After having to feed parking meters again and pay babysitters extra for a longer than planned outing…it wasn’t worth it. Food was good but can’t speak to the desserts bc we had to skip due to time.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Lindsay, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback and apologies for the experience you had. We were extremely busy on that day - not a good reason - hopefully you give us another opportunity and we would be happy to make the first drink on the house. Please also note, you don't need to pay the meter after 6pm. Sincerely, Deen

  35. DD

    DavidD

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper Goooooooooiooiiiiiiiid!

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi David, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  36. EC

    EdyC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tiqa is a stunning restaurant surprise for brunch. My niece, my neighbor, and I quickly fell in love with it. The atmosphere was comfortable and pleasingly decorated with many interesting touches, especially lovely wood. The servers were most gracious and comfortable with the menu putting each of us perfectly at ease. Our server through the main meal had a great sense of humor. The coffee, mezzas, entrees and drinks were delicious. Every dish was tastily spiced with just the right amount of heat in the baba ganoush. Each of us plans to go back to Tiqa and will heartily recommend it to our friends. A fantastic dining experience!

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Edy, Thank you for the kind review and we look forward to hosting all of you again. Sincerely, Deen

  37. K

    Keela

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I really love this spot! The food is always good as well as the cocktails. I have never had bad service at this place. Decor and ambiance are a little confusing but good visit overall.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Keela, Thank you for the kind review and hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  38. C

    Colleen

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went during restaurant week. It was excellent...food, cocktails, service and atmosphere!
  39. SH

    SusanH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    I love the food at TIQA however the dessert was not set up so it was like having a chocolate soup - not at all how our server described it.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Susan, Thank you for the kind words and sorry about your dessert, please let me know when you are in again, dessert will be on the house and assure you it will be great. Hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

  40. MR

    MerrillR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Space is very open with “live” acoustics. Difficult to hear a partner who speaks softly.

    TIQAResponded on March 12, 2022Hi Merrill, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, we have noise dampening material, but our cement floor makes it difficult to fully address . Hope to host you again soon. Sincerely, Deen

FAQs

TIQA is rated 4.6 stars by 520 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for TIQA

327 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Maple St

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, North African, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is free after 6pm in front of restaurant and on side

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Cappello

  • Entertainment

    Weekly Thursday "Cocktail Club" Happy Hour starting at 4 with live music starting at 5 or 6. Special featured spirits, beers, wines and specially priced dishes.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 808-8840

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private multi-functional room with state of the art A/V, private bar, and sound dampening material. It is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktail events. Corporate meetings to wedding receptions can be executed flawlessly. Please contact Deen Haleem at deen@TIQA.net or call us at 207-808-8840.

  • Private party contact

    Deen Haleem: (207) 808-8840

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