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Karam Lebanese Cuisine

515 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204-2631 (Downtown)
+1 503-223-0830
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Ranked #95 of 3,502 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: From our small home kitchen to our restaurant we serve our authentic food with love and care for all our customers. We care for our customers and therefore we feed them healthy and nutritious food that we would also feed our children. We have different variations of foods that we serve for vegans, gluten intolerants, meat lovers, and vegetarians. We have GLUTEN FREE PITA!!!!
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91% Recommend
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San Francisco
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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We love going to Karam every time we visit Portland. One of the best Lebanese food restaurants out there. Highly recommend it.

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Pendleton, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner her with my wife and 16 year old daughter. The food was great. We had a pita bread and hummus appetizer that we all enjoyed. My daughter had the lentil soup which was amazing. I had a traditional Lebanese meal sort of a lamb meat ball with a cream sauce that was interesting, I can't remember my wife's... More

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The Dalles, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I ate at Karam with a friend of Lebanese heritage. She was surprised to see many dishes from her childhood on the menu. While a couple we tried didn't measure up to her mother's cooking (do they ever?!) she pronounced the food very good and authentic. I loved the vegetable mezza with excellent baba ghnoush and the kibbee. The restaurant... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

This might be my new favorite downtown Portland restaurant. I sort of had to talk my husband into eating here but it was close to our hotel and I really like Mediterranean food. He was very happy! It was a rather crowded Saturday night but our timing was impeccable and we got a table right away. I thought the service... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

We were overcharged for our lunch, when we notified the waitress, she was very sweet and wanted to fix it, but her manager refused to let her. When we pointed out that it was higher than what was on the menu, she said it was a computer issue and disappeared. Sad, sad, sad.

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Hood River, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were stumbling around downtown Portland and this place was recommended, thought we'd give it a shot. It didn't look like much from the outside, a simple plain, older restaurant. Wow, were we surprised, what awesome food, the hummus was to die for, the service was top notch and we will go back, loved it!

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Gladstone, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My husband is Lebanese and knows good Lebanese food when he tastes it. He was very pleased with the dishes he tried here. I have eaten at many Lebanese restaurants and found myself loving everything I tried. Between the two of us, our big votes go to their Kibbee! We had the Kibbee balls and baked Kibbee, and loved them!... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

First of all, let me say that I don't know anything about Lebanese food. I have eaten at two Lebanese restaurants, Karam, and that "other" one just down the street from Karam. Karam was far and away the best of the two, so don't get them confused when you walk down Stark st. and see the two restaurants a half... More

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Vancouver, Washington
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We go to this restaurant very often and love this place for the food, service & ambiance. I am a vegetarian and so I don't have much options. But, I tried the Mujadara(Rice, Lentils and Caramelized Onion Pilaf) and it became one of my favorite dish. Very few Lebanese restaurants has this in their menu. You need to try this... More

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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We really like the food at Karam's. There are many good middle-eastern restaurants in the area, but Karam's has the best pitas. The pitas are freshly made, hot and soft, and really enhance any meal. The restaurant has a few vegetarian choices, but not as many as some of the other middle-eastern restaurants.

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