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“Creative and Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Levant

Levant
2448 E. Burnside, Portland, OR
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Ranked #654 of 3,629 Restaurants in Portland
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Buffet
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Dining options: Buffet
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“Creative and Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Nice variety, and everything our party of 4 ordered was yummy. The noise level was lower than what is the norm these days. We would definitely go back.

Visited August 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Oakland California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Levant ,Portland just OK”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Beautiful decor,excellent staff,comfortable seating,prompt courteous service but the food was just OK.I am sorry to say that the food was barely tasty and certainly not very special.It made me wonder if the chef was holding back on traditional seasoning thinking she/he needed to "dumb down" the flavors for Portland taste buds, which is not necessary.The small portions were San Francisco prices with more garnish than dish.I wish I could crow about this place because it has all the makings of a good restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Bellingham,Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Our Best Meal in Portland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We love Mediterranean food, and as Levant was only a few blocks where we were staying in Portland and the menu online looked intriguing, we went there midway through our weeklong visit.
Having been once, we'll definitely return for dishes that are imaginative and delicious!

We shared a series of small plates with a friend, including (1) a salad of Little Gem lettuces, creamy dill dressing, lamb bacon (amazing!), radish, crouton, and spring onion; (2) fire-roasted carrots, carrot top zhoug, and goat cheese; (3) sardine a la plancha, charmoula, and grilled lemon; (4) grilled halloumi, fennel and orange salad, spring onion, red chili, and fried mint (my favorite); and (5) cucumber salad, coriander salt, and cilantro. (Numbers 1, 3, and 4 are shown in the attached photos).

Those five small plates, along with a basket of interesting house-made breads and three spreads, were more than enough for our trio, but we also wanted to try a couple of Levant's desserts -- the pistachio milk custard, salted pistachio brittle, and candy floss, and the unbelievably beautiful and delicious Moroccan mint ice cream sandwich, gingersnap, and orange marmalade (photo attached).

I usually have wine when we go out, but at Levant I chose an intriguing, refreshing non-alcoholic drink called "Sun Worship," made with sour orange, lemon, honey, and lavender -- highly recommended!

The servers were very helpful and attentive, but didn't hover, and the tables were far enough apart that we could easily have a conversation at ours without having to raise our voices -- not always the case.

We spend a week in Portland once or twice annually, and Levant will definitely be on our "must" list the next time, and beyond!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Green Bay
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Outstanding Mediterranean Fare”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

Superb cuisine. Easily the finest Marlin I've had anywhere. Fresh, firm texture; buttery taste. prepared to perfection with an awesome sauce. Phenomenal! Order a mix of small plates and sample this Portland favorite's fare.

Visited June 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Levant is like traveling to exotic lands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

As part of a Portland Food Adventures culinary adventure, I experienced a special private dining experience at Levant on East Burnside. Levant is a small restaurant. Half the restaurant is kitchen and half is dining. There is a new patio so outdoor dining will be available just in time for the warm weather. The food was creative, ethnic and exotic. I am not a fan of desserts, but these deserts were fantastic. An amazing experience. If you'd like to see my full review and photos please google my name and the restaurant name.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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