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Nicholas' Restaurant

318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-235-5123
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Ranked #165 of 3,557 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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
Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Barboursville
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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Portland, OR
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210 reviews 210 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Edgar made the difference. This capable server made us feel at home and back to the extraordinary experience that Nicolas can be. We arrived early enough to get a table right away, and the restaurant filled up in five minutes, as happens every day. In spite of the crowds waiting to enjoy the food, they don't rush you. Wonderful, healthy,... More

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Tampa
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I was in Portland for a conference at the Oregon Convention Center, located in an area with few restaurants within reasonable walking distance. This was a terrific find for lunch. They also serve dinner and colleagues have recommended it for that also. I can't say enough about the food. You sit down and are immediately served a huge warm, hot... More

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Portland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

This small, but enchanting restaurant is a great place to go for a change of pace that tastes great. A couple can order two or three different items and not break your budget. Lebanese food is exotic if you are only use to the basics. Try it, it just might be your fav new taste.

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