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Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
+1 503-222-0906
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb chops” (18 reviews)
“octopus” (30 reviews)
“hummus” (38 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We put ourselves in the hands of the chef and shared a terrific selection of small plates. Solid service. Delicious food. The tasting menu is $50 per person which is pricey. The rating of 4 instead of 5 is because of the price, and also...More

Thank Trek-Always
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had the pleasure of eating here three times, all of them a special occasion or holiday. The food is excellent and very diversified from warn pita style with olive oil and fried cauliflower to a delicious piece of fried chicken. Their desserts are...More

Thank Janell55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Deep, rich, smoky and earthy flavors. Along with awesome food, servers are very nice too. We have dined here several times and they never disappoint.

Thank outdoorUMass
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is Israeli restaurant familiarizing the public with Middle Eastern food. Great hummus, kebabs, baba ganoush and other dishes famous throughout the region. The place itself is modern and located in the middle of Pearl District. We sat outside and it was the best: people...More

Thank Dina M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is really awesome! Hummus, muhamarra, bread, lamb kebabs all were very good! Highly recommended !

1  Thank gaumalik
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is perfect for a family who loves to eat! Tapas dishes are small but tasty. We ordered main dishes and tapas dishes. Octopus was perfectly cooked. The pita bread, well, you have to keep it coming. It was a birthday dinner to remember!

1  Thank Jenn C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great dinner here. They serve mostly small plates and recommend 2-3 different dishes per person at the table. I will say, some were very small and hard to share among 5 people. But everything was fresh, delicious and oh so flavorful. I did see another...More

Thank Gemaroo
Reviewed 23 May 2018

We ate at 4 restaurants on a recent business trip to Portland and this was clearly the best. Great decor and all of the food was delicious. Authentic mediterranean flavours and flawless execution. The hummus, octopus and chicken were all memorable. Fantastic dinner - could...More

1  Thank RSCG72
Reviewed 12 May 2018 via mobile

We were told to come here for great vegan food. Not exclusively vegan - just that they had lots and were very accommodating and it was delicious. Arrived at 6:30 on a Friday night to find a 45 minute wait. We were starving so, after...More

1  Thank Happy_Traveling2013
Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

We loved the small plates an labors at this place. Definitely check out the happy hour! I definitely recommend the Octopus and they were very accommodating for our Gluten allergy. We will be sure to come back here when return to visit our friends. I...More

Thank Graziella B
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John W
20 December 2015|
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Response from JRM1971 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely speak with your server about your the allergies. The restaurant will do its best to accommodate your dietary needs. I'm a vegetarian and they did a great job making sure I was able to enjoy my meal.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$60
Drinks, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 503-222-0906
  • E-mail
A restaurant serving innovative cuisine from the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Drawing from extensive research and travels to Israel and surrounding areas, the menu features exceptional plates that are culturally diverse yet cohesive, paying tribute to the exploration of people across the Mediterranean throughout history. In an open and vibrant atmosphere with an industrial-meets-refined décor in Portland's Pearl District, M.E.C. encourages family-style dining and features a playful beverage program with nods to the flavors of the Mediterranean.
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