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Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
+1 503-222-0906
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Opens in 21 min
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an instant favorite and will now be our choice for special occasions or when family and friends visit. The service is fantastic and décor inviting and romantic but the star is the food and drinks. The clever family style menu make it fun...More

Thank Stumptown2010
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very tasty food. Every dish we had was absolutely delicious. My favorites were the meatballs, cheese plate, and the salmon. The meatballs and cheese come with bread which was a welcome surprise. However, the service could have been better. Also, you need more than two...More

Thank Global_Grub
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family came to celebrate my son's birthday and had enjoyed so much all the dishes ordered ie mushroom humus, calamari, Lamb racks , fish ... Of course the service is also excellent. This restaurant will be on our list ... The wait is long...More

Thank 30mait
Reviewed 1 week ago

I write is after my second trip to Mediterranean Exploration the first one being some time in 2016. This restaurant is off the charts. On this trip we managed to sneak by the hour wait as two seats opened up at the bar (yes, I...More

Thank Michael Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in around 5:30 on a weeknight and were seated right away despite not having a reservation. Service was excellent - attentive but not hovering. We decided to order a la carte instead of doing the $50 pp tasting menu. Between two of us, we...More

Thank SushiFoodie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would have passed on the seasonal Watermelon & Feta Salad because I thought it was too late in the season. But, the waiter suggested it & it was wonderful. We also enjoyed bacon wrapped dates, Muhammara (roasted red pepper spread w/walnuts, pomegranates & molasses)...More

Thank Lynne D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trendy, crowded, noisy restaurant, offers a wide variety of small plates, "Tapas-like" to the happy crowd eating at the tables or those anxiously waiting for a table. Have a tasting mentor $50.00 and a corking fee of $25.00. Good wine list, many cocktails and...More

Thank Carlos A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our dinner was amazing! Every dish was delicious, interesting and beautifully presented. The cocktail and wine list is fantastic. And the service is attentive, charming, but not invasive. We loved it. A particular favourite was the fried cauliflower with labne - so delicious. We couldn't...More

1  Thank tartangirl51
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Small plates that are to die for, a combo of Mediterranean specialties rushed out fresh from the kitchen. Amazing cocktails, friendly service, this is one of my favorite repeat dining experiences when visiting Portland.

Thank FloridaAuthor
Reviewed 28 August 2018

We just had small plates (like tapas) because I'm a vegetarian and my husband is a vegan. They were staples like hummus and grilled eggplant but prepared perfectly and some new dishes that were delicious. The place has a great atmosphere also.

Thank Chini A
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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