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Nicholas' Restaurant

318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-235-5123
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Ranked #159 of 3,638 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Description: This is the original Nicholas Restaurant location, serving authentic Lebanese food since 1986.
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English first
Portland, Oregon
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We went in without reservation and it was quite early in the evening.. The restaurant was already very busy! We used to eat at their Gresham location, but recently moved closer to downtown, so decided to check this one out. As we sat down, we looked at their menu... and we found that our favorite is not on their menu:... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were looking for a quick place to eat at 2pm on Sunday. We found Nicholas open and full. We didn't have to wait, but as we are our lunch, we saw many people coming and waiting. I ordered the vegan mazza and the humus worth the warm giant pita bread is amazing. Everything feels homemade. The place does not... More 

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Langlois, Oregon
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have been going to Nicholas for about 12 years. I pat them a visit every trip there. I recommend the lamb kebabs, the hummus and pita, the gyro and the peach yogurt beverage.

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Los Angeles, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We both tried the chicken kebab. The chicken wasn't grilled like kebabs should be and the rice was extremely salty. They used way too much chicken bouillon! What in the world happened to the rice? What was this, Rice-A-Roni? It did not taste like authentic Lebanese food. I enjoyed reading their history, their beautiful story on the back of their... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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156 reviews 156 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

There is no ambiance at Nicholas' Restaurant and you need to be willing to wait for a table since it is so popular. However, the wait is worth it. We ordered 3 different dishes and all of them were fabulous. The pita bread is huge (the size of a large pizza) and they are generous with it, if you want... More 

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San Ramon, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Visiting Portland for the first time and craving for something not-fancy-different and not too far from our hotel at the Lloyd Center. The place was packed, including outdoor seating, on a Friday @7pm! Loved the Lamb Sampler, which paired well with a rosé, and the Lebanese salad. Will try this place at lunch before heading home.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Nicholas’s Restaurant on SE Grand Ave. is a place I go back to over and over. It is a fall back kind of place where we’ll be shopping on the east side and it’s lunch time and we say “let’s just go to Nicholas’s” . Firstly the food is good and served in nice portions. The Kibbah Snack is a... More 

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Canby, Oregon
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My family and I wanted to try something different than our normal restaurant pick. We did a quick search using the tripadvisor search app. Wow this app is great! We found Nicholas about 8 miles away and decided based on review to give it a go. We drove by it the first time and easily parked and walked to it... More 

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eugene, OR
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have eaten here with our younger son, and with friends. Middle eastern, starting with huge wedges of pita 16 inches across. Add several mixtures to dip into, starting with hummus. Portions are huge; share or be prepared to take some home. Several varieties of lamb, or mixed dish platters.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

To say I like Lebanese/Middle Eastern food would be an understatement...I love it. And the food at Nicholas on SE Grand did not disappoint. You are in love from the moment the server brings a large pizza size flat bread to munch on. For an appetizer we (3) ordered beef sambisik which were excellent. The main courses were lamb platter,... More 

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Additional Information about Nicholas' Restaurant

Address: 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Phone Number: +1 503-235-5123
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian

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