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Karam Lebanese Cuisine
Lebanese Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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515 SW 4th Ave Portland, OR 97204
515 SW 4th AveUSORPortland97204
(503) 223-0830karamrestaurant.com
$$Lebanese Restaurant, Asian Restaurant
Lebanese Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
Mediterranean Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Today 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSunday 2:00 am – 8:00 pm
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Johnson Kwong
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great company, great ambience, great food! First time I had Lebanese & Syrian food and I'm a fan! We came here for dinner was promptly seated. We had the Fryed Cauliflower, Kibee Ball, and Lamb Shank Stew. The Fryed Cauliflower was definitely a welcomed surprise. I was blown away at how it's the total opposite of the bland cauliflower dishes that I'm used. Dipped in the tahini sauce, it was just an explosion of flavor when you bite into it. I couldn't say the same for the Kibbee Ball though. The filling inside it was cold for the one that I ate, so it was a bit disappointing. The lamb meat was something I'll yearn for the next time I'm in the mood for lamb stew. It was so nice and tender that it fell off the bone with just a swipe of my spoon. Coupled with the vegetables in tomato sauce and basmati rice, it had the perfect flavoring and texture. Be sure to come to this place on an empty stomach as their serving sizes are huge! Every one in our party came out of this place so full that we had to take a walk around town just to burn some of it off!
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Benjamin Piff
reviewed 9 months ago
After our first experience, I don't know why anyone would go here, even with a groupon. We ordered hummus and pita for an appetizer, like we always do at Nicholas Restaurant. They brought our table of four (plus a baby) a small ring of hummus with one tiny pita of the same diameter. I couldn't help but laugh, imagining how the family would share this. I immediately lowered my expectations, as the servers seemed to have no idea what customers wanted or expected. Here's a summary of the two poorer dish experiences. I ordered a shawarma and hummus plate with lamb, because I thought this was a safe foolproof dish. Every piece of lamb had significant gristle on each end, the meat was overdone, and it was sitting on a very small amount of hummus with a teaspoon of tomatoes garnished on one side. Another person bought a meat mezza, with the meat arriving about 15 minutes before the rest of the little mysterious plates. Again, we couldn't help but laugh as the person said "Well now I don't have anything to eat these with". Every dish was over $13 I believe, and I wanted to tell every other person waiting to use their Groupon, "Don't waste your money or time, cut your losses and go to the food carts across the street".
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Matthew Steven
reviewed a year ago
This is the most authentic Lebanese food I've had in Portland so far. I'm worried that this place may be sliding a little, however. The first time we went, we had excellent service, and the quality of the ingredients was obvious. Maybe it's because we went as a large crowd of Lebanese, but it was pretty good. On a recent return trip, we noticed that portions seemed to have become smaller, and they seem to be using pomace oil or some kind of inferior oil to top some dishes. Hopefully it's olive, but it's so flavorless that it's hard to tell. Karam is supposed to mean "generous" but they're apparently getting less so, and when I consider the prices on the menu, I expect better. Service is reasonably good usually. It seems that some of the old staff who were presumably family are no longer there, or not there when we visit, which may make a difference. Despite the recent flaws, this remains near the top of my list of restaurants to take my Lebanese friends and family to when they visit PDX. Hopefully they work to improve value to their customers instead of moving toward the mediocrity of some of their competitors.
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Rachel Rothstein
reviewed 4 months ago
Good middle eastern food right in downtown. We went for a pre-father's day dinner and had a great time. Everything was very easily served family style.
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James Boag
reviewed 9 months ago
This place is great, I don't get why it's never busy, it's a great place. Very reasonably priced and you can tell the (family?) people running it really care. Portions are surprisingly large. Highly recommend.
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Khamis Hammoudeh
reviewed a year ago
Wow worst service ever. 2 other tables round me had horrible problems that required calling over the manager. One table got their meal comped because the servers never brought them their drink after 2 reminders. As for our table, we were checked in on only after a table seated after us had received food. We ordered a appetizer only to see that portions were extremely minuscule. I also ordered a Blueberry tea cocktail which was over overpoweringly sweet. I asked if I could send this back after my first sip and instead order a beer. Which I was told wasn't a problem. When we got the bill we were charged for both drinks and were preemptively told by our server that her boss had told her to "charge for both because we wasted the drinks and that he had made them right and there was no problem." Obviously this place doesn't care about their customer's experience and has a lot of problems with the way that the management thinks a restaurant should be run. We won't ever be back, and neither will the other tables that had issues with the management's treatment of their table. The decor was pretty surprising, everything seemed to be brought at another restaurant's foreclosure (why do the tables have maps of the northwest waterways?) and the carpet was back (the clean parts were a bright floral pattern). I'm glad I couldn't see the state of the kitchen.
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