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Nicholas' Restaurant

#116 of 3,293 Restaurants in Portland
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318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-235-5123
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takeout
Description: This is the original Nicholas Restaurant location, serving authentic...
This is the original Nicholas Restaurant location, serving authentic Lebanese food since 1986.
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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Yummy food and very nice service

From the beginning with that giant Lebanese bread hot out of the oven, to the appetizers, to mixing up menu items with pleasure by the wait staff, to the fantastic skewers (lamb & chicken), everything was great. Not a fancy place, but the food was really perfect, tender, tasty, and quite obviously... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
WorldWiseTrade
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

From the beginning with that giant Lebanese bread hot out of the oven, to the appetizers, to mixing up menu items with pleasure by the wait staff, to the fantastic skewers (lamb & chicken), everything was great. Not a fancy place, but the food was really perfect, tender, tasty, and quite obviously made from scratch. This place bookmarked for the... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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152 reviews 152 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Second visit here! I have to come more. Wonderful food, cozy seating assignments, always busy, but expect good conversation, outstanding wait staff and delicious food. Large portions to share! The Baba Ghanoush is the best in town. I had a chicken kabob salad, yum yum, with 2 large skewers of meat and lots of fresh feta. Bring all your friends... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here ( one on SE Grand Steet ) for the last 5 years not on a regular basis but on a yearly basis. The review is based on my observations over the years : 1) Wait times on Friday & Saturday. Place has been always been heavily crowded on Friday evenings & Saturday evenings. They accept... More 

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Rhinebeck, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We arrived 7 pm on a Wednesday to a packed restaurant. Fortunately, we had to wait only a few minutes to be seated. There's a good reason this place is so popular. We each had one of the mezze platters so we could sample a variety of their dishes. each had the hummus, tahziki, felafel and tabouli. All were top... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

My husband and I LOVE this place, can not begin to describe what a great experience it is to go dining with Nicholas! The staff are very helpful and attentive, really great personalities and are very nice. Helpful when it comes to ordering. We know exactly what we want when we go in, which is usually a plethora of food!... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I stood for about five minutes before anyone welcomes or direct me to set on a table. Then,when I chose something in the menu, I have been told that these prices are not effective yet, which makes no sense. But I was hungry and ordered chicken kebab which was average. They served an Arabic fresh pita with Zaatar and green... More 

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Hilda K, Owner at Nicholas' Restaurant, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had a bad experience, we appreciate your feedback. And we will be watching the flow and the service of our business and making sure next time you come in you get a better experience. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. More 

Gladstone, Oregon
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have loved Nicholas for years, we went back after not going for a long time. We managed to get right in without a wait when we arrived on a Sunday at lunch time, which is extremely lucky. Our bread and seasoned dipping oil arrived quickly, steaming hot. We ordered hummus and it's always wonderful. My husband and I split... More 

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Oak Grove, Oregon
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A dear friend suggested to come here for my birthday lunch. She and her family have been here several times over the years of there growing family. I am glad she suggested this place our waitress Winter greeted us as soon as we arrived and brought us the pita bread with the dipping oil the herbs seasoned the oil beautifully.... More 

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Vancouver
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62 reviews 62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

So... here I am, driving north bound on Grand Avenue... it's 8:30, just left a long meeting, I'm starved and knowing that just about every decent restaurant in our area closes at 9:00 pm I'm thinking and driving as fast as I can to find a place to eat! On my right side I spotted Nichola's... been there some time... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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240 reviews 240 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I visited our daughter and son-in-law in Portland, OR last October. The first night, we had a late dinner at a Lebanese restaurant- the Nicolas restaurant on Grand [apparently there are other locations]. The food was fabulous- everything seemed fresh- nice flavors- and the service was perfect. The giant, warm, pita bread they brought out was excellent-... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-235-5123

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget

Description

This is the original Nicholas Restaurant location, serving authentic Lebanese food since 1986.
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?