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Karam Restaurant

515 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204-2631 (Formerly Karam Lebanese Cuisine) (Downtown)
+1 503-223-0830
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Ranked #116 of 3,545 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Dining options: Reservations, Private Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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102 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Portland, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The service is attentive. Food is delicious and plentiful. Love their new location. The manager/proprietors circled around twice to ask us if there was anything else we needed and how was the food. Servers refilled water, brought more pita without being asked. They offer GF pita, a plus for us. We had the meat mezza platter and my partner and... More

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Rochester, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Wadie and Madjoline treated us to a delightful meal, each item of which tasted home-cooked. The pitas were hot and freshly made, the hummus and babaganouj delicately but fully-flavored. The meat dishes were delicious -- perfectly seasoned, piping hot, a delight to all the senses. The restaurant was completely full, but the servers pleasant and attentive. Save room for dessert... More

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Alhambra, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

The humus was to live for and the other members of the party of adults and children seemed pleased though the look of one dish of a child was less than appealing. However, the two of us who ordered eggplant stew were very disappointed. We use eggplant ourselves in many dishes and you do not have to soak it in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

We popped in for a snack and stayed for a meal. Each bite solicited sighs of awe and satisfaction. This mom and pop restaurant is both homey and elegant. This quality experience also comes with a surprisingly affordable price tag. Try Karam. You will not be disappointed!

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oregon, usa
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The best falafels ever. Haven't had them this good since I lived in the Middle East. I take my family and friends here all the time for falafel plates. Fresh baked pita bread! The lentil soup is also amazing. There are so many choices on the menu that I am sure are great, but I love falafels!

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Portland, Oregon, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

No longer downtown they opened a 'deli' off of Cedar Mill in Beaverton. Gone is the great vibe, the tables with the maps on them, the extensive menu. Gone! Now you've got strip mall, walk up to cash register, order from fridge case pre-made items that they then nuke, etc. and then sit at funky tables and listen to the... More

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San Francisco
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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