Portland >Riyadh's Lebanese Restaurant
My new eastside hangout...really good Lebanese food. This is only my second review. I have been trying to find a place that I could have a group of my friends come to and it would not break the bank. I think I have found it. I have eaten here several times. The food is consistantly good and the owner and the waiters that I have run across really care that you have a good experience. Most of the other middle eastern or Lebanese restaurants in town will not take reservations for large groups...like more than 8 people. They don't seem to be set up for it. This place has a room in the back that they will set up for your group. They are really good with helping you plan if you take a little time. I do recommend that you do it on a week day like I did. I don't know how hard it would be for them to do it well on a weekend. They told me that they could do catering, but I wanted to do it there. The bottom line is the food was great, they treated us well and I recommend it to anyone else who wants to have a birthday or whatever. We were noisy and they didn't care...we had our own space. Good time was had by all.
Really authentic Lebanese and very good service...I will return. I just wanted to give a heads up to all of you who love middle east food. This restaurant has the best falafel in town. The hummas and tabouli are great as well. I have eaten Lebanese food in the US and abroad and Riyadh's is very authentic in the dishes they serve. I love the decor and the food. The service was very friendly and fast. I felt well taken care of. I tried the lamb kabob mezza and was not disappointed. The baklava is really good as well. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend. The prices are very reasonable and even the wine is of good quality. You won't be disappointed.
good food, bad hospitality.
I would, as have the other reviewers, recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a good inexpensive meal. My friend made a reservation for 20 people for her birthday party at 8:30 on a Friday evening. She recieved a call that evening soon before the meal was to take place letting her know that the place closes at 9:00. Since they took the reservation, we assumed that they were just requesting that we not be late. Perfectly understandable. We arrived at 8:30 and the tables weren't ready for us yet. So we stood around contentedly chatting for 15 minutes or so before being sat.
We order, we eat, and as we are finishing, the owner comes around to remind us that they close at 9:00. She comes later to pull every possible plate, asking everyone if they are done, can she have that dish, etc... Still understandable, the kitchen guys don't want to be stuck around all night trying to catch up with our dishes. But she keeps coming out--now asking those who aren't done with their food to please hurry up and finish, "we close at 9:00, I can't keep the kitchen employees here all night." At this point it's 9:30--after being sat by her at 8:45. At one point she even has the birthday girl saying "ok, I'll hurry up and finish."
I believe I counted five times that she mentioned their closing time within the vicinity of my ear. Each time we became increasingly less comfortable being there.
Had she warned us more than one hour before the reservation that they want us out by 9:30, WE WOULD HAVE MADE OUR RESERVATION ELSEWHERE.
The food was great, but the hospitality was negative. I have worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and if you value your guests and want them to return or spread good words, you don't treat them like they're nothing but an inconveience.
I can only hope the owner has learned that accepting a reservation for a party of 20 people at 8:30 DOES NOT mean you can have them out of the building by 9:00, or even 9:30. I won't be coming back.
Best Lebanese in Portland!. This is our favorite Lebanese food in Portland! Not only is it the best tasting but also so affordable! If you like falafel, it is the absolute place to be. We live in Seattle and everytime we come to Portland we try to make it to Riyadh's! You gotta try it....
Best Falafel in Portland.
Riyadh's Lebanese restaurant on Hawthorne has been in business for a long time,a tribute to it's success.I have been eating at Riyadh's since it opened and the food keeps on improving by time.The menu reflects Lebanese influence and many dishes are delicious; all are interesting and the presentation is beautiful.The Falafel is by far the best in town thanks to Riyadh's secret recipe of spices from the old country.The Homus and Baba are as good as they can be.
This East side restaurant is very informal with great food,straightforward cooking , easy and relaxing setting,and after all, it does not break the Bank.Try it once and you are hooked.
great prices. A nice small restaurant on Hawthorne. They have a good menu with lots of options and everything is reasonably priced. Go with a couple friends and pick and choose a few different plates so you can all try everything or just order a mezza. The hummus and the tabooli are well made. I recommend any of the lamb plates. They have very good veggie options too.
good food for less.
Riyadh is an excellent choice for a quick tasteful lunch, that won't break the bank.
Is it the best Lebanese restaurant in town? I don't think so.
IMHO that would be Ya Halla at Stark /SE 80st.
But I have eaten at Riyadh many many times and their service was always kind and fast and the food is good. So what the bread isn't home made - show me a taqueria in town that still makes their own tortillas..that still doesn't mean they're non authentic.
Portland's secret Lebanese gem of a restauraunt. Riyadh's is the sort of restaurant that you are always looking for; affordable, freshly made and fantastic food. I have been back several times now & have become addicted to the delicately spiced lamb kebabs & shawarma sandwiches. The baba ganouj & tabule are some of the best I have ever tasted. The delightful owner is from a little known area called Damour in Lebanon & subsequently the food has a much more interesting flavour than many of the other Lebanese restaurants that I have tried in Portland. There are some very good Lebanese wines & beers that are well worth trying.
Best Humus and falafel in town.
Riyadh's is a restaurant that I frequent on a regular basis because it offers the best humus, baba ganooj, and falafels in Portland. Everything is obviously made from scratch as you can really taste the flavors of fava beans and fresh peppers in the falafel. Another one of my favorite things to order is the chicken kebab mezza featuring lemony chicken breast skewers, humus, baba, falafel, and tabouli for roughly $8. It's an incredible deal.
Don't leave Riyadh's without sampling their delicious sweet and cinnamon-y baklava. It's out of this world. You won't be disappointed.
Delicous food, welcoming environment, and fast friendly service.. I visited Riyahds for the first time about 6 months ago. And I am addicted to the falafel. There lamb is moist and delicous as is the chicken. Two amazing things on the menu that are delicously simple yet affordable are The soup and the Hummus. The lentil soup is a mild taste that is smooth as butter, ask for a slice of lemon with your soup and you will be back the next day. The hummus is ten times better than any hummus you will find around. I've talked with the friendly employees and their hummus is made fresh in the kitchen daily. I like to think of it as a taste that is creamy with a hidden flavor of garlic. The pita bread they bring you is toasted and delicous but if you ask for the "greek pita" it's even better. Every thing is good here and affordable. I noticed that Jo_Portland was criticizing the food and service, The way he stereotyped the waitress leads me to a strong feeling of ignorance on his part. Either way the food is delicous people so get down there and folk over the 10 bucks for a delicous dinner.
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