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Nicholas' Restaurant

318 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
+1 503-235-5123
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Ranked #140 of 3,548 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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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173 reviews from our community

89% Recommend
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English first
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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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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194 reviews 194 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Reno, Nevada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Can't remember how I happened on this place - but since I've first been I've been going back over and over! I call it "crack rice" that they serve on the side to everything - no idea what they put in it but it's addicting. MUST get the kafta (ground beef) kabobs. MUST get the mezza with the pita and... More

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Orange, California, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

There are good vegetarian options at Nicholas, which has become one of my favorite restaurants anytime that we visit Portland. The food is excellent and is a great value, with plentiful food given for the amount of money. I especially enjoy the vegan mezza. This is a great place to spend time with friends and enjoy a large pita together!

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