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Great Food and Service. This is the best Greek restaurant I have ever been too. The best food, great service. Always a favorite place for my family and I to eat.
Best Restaurant in Town!.
I make my family go here every year for my birthday.
I love this place, it feels like I'm in my grandmother's kitchen.. and I'm not even Greek. The dishes are light and never overcooked. The Lamb Silvaki (sp?) is to die for. Buy a glass of wine and the Greek salad on the side, and you'll be transported to a quaint restaurant in Greece.
If you have kids, the staff loves to chat with them and make them feel comfortable. That always makes me feel proud. They once broke a plate and the owner (I think) broke a plate himself to make them feel no big deal.
Overpriced, Not so great.. This was my first time at Alexis. The food was rather disappointing. Canned, disgusting vegetables and the Kleftiko was blah.. The service was decent. The atmosphere was enjoyable. Overall the experience was mediocre.
Very good greek food near the Portland Saturday Market. Alexis is a unique greek place that is very unasuming and gives the impression of being closed on the outside. Located on Burnside between Chinatown and the Portland Saturday Market, you will walk in a nice Greek eatery. The service was friendly and was reasonably attentive. We started off with humus and bread which both were very good. The humus had a nice level of garlic without being overbearing. The bread was great. We decided going simple and both had the lamb/beef gyros and spanikopita. The spanikopita was presented a little differently with the philo more of a topping and bottom vs the more commonly found stuffed triangles of philo. It was a pleasant suprise and very good. The gyro was very good and done on a different style pita than I've normally had. This was more of a hybrid between a tortilla and a typical pita used for gyros. It was good, none the less. The prices were reasonable. Aparently Alexis actually makes and distributes a lot of Greek food products to other places.
Ouch........service & prices...... Seedy joint in a seedy area of town and memorably bad service. $7.95 for tzatziki in a finger bowl! If you want pita bread to go with it..... well then cough up $2.00 more for 2 pieces! The food for their prices might have been acceptable had it not been for the wretched attitude of the server. The food really is not cheap when you have to pay for bad service as well! Next time, I will be driving 16 blocks due west and keeping my eye out on the amazing Greek restaurant at the corner of 18th and Burnside.
Disappointing in every way.
Not sure why everyone seems to like this place. Here's what I experienced:
1. Poor service: The hosts were more interested in cheering on the belly dancer than seating us. The waitress seemed tired, bored, and took forever between ordering drinks and entrees.
2. Stale bread to begin the meal.
3. A $7 small "Greek" salad that includes lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, and some olive oil. Should be called a side salad.
4. Canned vegetables and cheap rice pilaf from a box made for a pathetic $17 souvlaki.
5. A belly dancer who struts around while men put cash in her outfit--really classy!
6. Noisy, unclean, poor location. If this restaurant were good, it would be located in a better area of town.
If you've ever eaten really delectable Greek food (i.e., Ella's in Vancouver, B.C.), you will be sorely disappointed by the poor quality of Alexis.
We LOVED Alexis!. We went to Alexis on a Sat. night with a party of 11 that included 5 children under the age of 4! We had a reservation and we seated immediately upstairs. From the beginning, the service was impeccable. Our waiter was attentive, experienced and polite. Since our party was so large, we decided to order the family-style meal, which was delicious. I was the lone vegetarian and the waiter offered to bring me vegetarian substitutes for the entrees that contained meat. Even after asking for extra napkins and plates, more milk for the kids, etc., our waiter seemed unfazed and continued to provide excellent service. The food was authentic and plentiful and the ambiance was festive and inviting. We were in Portland for the weekend visiting from Seattle, and my husband remarked that we should make the 3-hour drive again just to visit Alexis! A true Greek dining experience!
Greek food even your Baba loves.... You have probably passed Alexis a number of times... every time you go to the Portland Saturday Market or drive in to China Town. It's entrance is very unobtrusive and looks to be closed - that is what people WANT you to think. This has to be the best Greek food this side of Mount Olympus. Absolutely fantastic service, cuisine and ambiance. Their dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) are like no other - warmed with a light gravy. The avgolemono (egg and lemon soup) will bring tears of joy to your eyes. The staff and owner go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable, happy and well fed. Prices are so fair that you will double take your bill. Trust us... make your way to Alexis.
Warm atmosphere, bad vegetables. I've always heard great things about Alexis so finally gave it a try. The service was wonderful, the environment was great and it felt like I was part of a large family. The belly dancer came out just a little past 8pm and that was fun too. I ordered the lamb souvlaki and my daughter ordered the lamb chops. They were both very delicious as was the salad and feta cheese appetizer. The only thing I could see improved are the rice and vegetables, they were a bit underwhelming and I had hoped for some type of Tzatziki sauce with the dish. For the money, I think the Greek Cuisina has better food, though for warm and welcoming atmosphere Alexis wins out.
Best Greek in Portland. Very friendly and accomodating staff. The Melitzano is a must try as well as the chicken/lemon soup. They also have an excellent menu of Greek wines.
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