Portland >Food & Dining > Persian House
Great Food - Great Service. It was a nice, family-run restaurant with great food! The Persian tea and baklava were delicious, as were the entrees and appetizers. We were very, very happy with everything.
Food is good. Overall this place is good; especially recommended for lunch. They get you in and out in an hour. Haven't tried it for dinner, but would if I stayed downtown.
What a healthy meal!.
Not only was the service great-but by the time we left, I felt as if I had known our waitress for some time.
Granted Ihad the buffet, so we did not have the experience of a long wait for a meat dish to be prepared. The buffet was hugely conducive to a vegetarian diet, and every dish was remarkable. Each dish was used with olive oil, and one could tell. There was no walking out feeling terribly full, yet the meal was amzingly satisfactory. In addition, this restaurant knows how to use spices. Not over done, but they certainly had an enjoyable presence.
This was the kind of experience that had us checking out our schedules to plan our next visit. If you like variety, and new experiences, you will not miss Persia House...
Extremely slow service, below average food.
The menu literally says, "please be patient, 45 minute wait on all meats." This is by far the wierdest thing I've ever read. I've had kubidehs from places in Virginia, Atlanta and NOOOOO one has ever taken 45 minutes to cook kubideh. If your grill is right, it wouldn't take that long. Needless to say, since we were trying out new places, we stuck it out and waited 45 minutes. After we got our food, the meet was wayyyy over cooked. Not to mention, there were only 3 tables occupied in the restaurant and it took them 20 minutes to fill glasses of water. Not to mention, the lady was constantly on the phone every time we came to our table.
All in all, that family who owns it is very sweet but something has got to be done about the cooking time. Maybe they need to go see how another restaurant operates.
Great food & service.
I've been coming here off and on for 9 years.
The food is freshly made and it's worth the wait.
The service is friendly and reflects the family-ownership of this restaurant.
Often Persian cuisine served in restaurants is limited to meat kebobs and oily stews. This restaurant stands out for having traditional Persian foods prepared in a healthful manner & yet being quite tasty.
Great vegetarian selection--creatively adapating the not-so-veggie friendly Persian cuisine for the PDX vegetarians.
A great choice.
Try their $20 tour of Persia--you'll be stuffed.
Best Kept secret in Portland!!!!!!. This restaurant is a true Gem. They have been in business for 17 years (WOW)! You have to be good to be in business for that long. It is family owned and operated and you can taste this in the food ( it's is definitely made with love). I have had just about every item on the menu and have never been disappointed. Great selection for vegetarians and vegans. There are many regulars like me that go here weekly. I'm shocked about any bad reviews. If you don't try it you've missed out! One last thing about this family........they are in the heart of many in the portland community.
Home Away From Home.
I have been a regular customer since 1994. The first thing that drew me to the place was the intriguing, mystic of the decor, which I could see through the window. That quaint little stretch of Morrison Street is like a world of it's own. Upon entering the domain, I was graciously greeted by the most charming woman I have ever met. The atmosphere was foreign to me, yet it somehow felt like home; very comfortable and cozy.
As a vegetarian at the time, I was pleasantly surprised to find a wide assortment of dishes to choose from. My favorite became the Veg-Paella, and remains one of my favorites to this day. It is moist with olive oil, not soggy, soaked in sauce, as is most other paella. Persian House paella is generously seasoned with expensive saffron, along with many other fine, tasty herbs. It is a mystery to me how they can use so much saffron on so many dishes, and manage to keep the prices so affordable.
Now it's only fair warning, as it clearly states on the menu, that there are certain items which require a maximum of 40 minutes preparation time; paella is one of them, but it is well worth the wait. Other dishes, such as Fessenjan, can be served much sooner. Fessenjan is another of my favorites, crushed walnut with pomegranate sauce over chicken or salmon; absolutely delicious.
For lunch there is a daily buffet, which consists of a wide assortment of wonderful dishes to choose from. It's all set to go, for a fast, healthy, gourmet meal, for less then the price you would pay at Chipotlle. Kabobs are a specialty, and are one of the dishes that take a while to prepare. The meat is marinated, and melts in your mouth. Kabobs are offered on the dinner menu only. I recommend the lamb and chicken, twin skewer.
There are many exotic dishes which may be unfamiliar at first. The gracious waitresses will be happy to describe for you in detail, and no matter which you choose, you will be most satisfied.
AVOID DINE IN/OUT. The food is poor in taste and portion yet high on price not to mention the slow service with an attitude. We stopped going and recommending.
ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE FOOD AND SERVICE. The food is very bad, micro waved and absolutely not fresh! The service is horrible. This place has nothing to do with great Persian food and is a major disappointment. The buffet is horrible! Bland food, dry rice. Don?t waste your time in Persian house restaurant!
Mediocre at best, not a great overall going out to eat experience. I went here for my birthday and had my favorite Persian dish (khorme-sabzi). The place was pretty busy for late at night (after 7:00pm) in the middle of a weekday (one couple inside and 2-3 pick up orders). The decor was not chic or upscale by any means, but did proudly display all the typical Persian ornaments and decorations from the homeland. So it has its own charm. The food, however, varies. My dish was microwaved (I could hear it in the back) and wasn't good but not spectacular. My friend's dish, however, was excellent. The overall service and complimentary foods were very disappointing. No refills on any of your juices, water refills are had to come by, and the pita bread is bought from Safeway (very low quality and not baked or heated). Furthermore, the cups for water and cutlary were very low quality and small. Basically, you could tell that they were cutting a lot of corners to save some money. I rather pay a couple bucks more for good service and proper food. I know other Persians who've gone there and also had a similar luke-warm feeling.
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