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Mediterranean Exploration Company

333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
+1 503-222-0906
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lamb chops” (22 reviews)
“octopus” (30 reviews)
“hummus” (35 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209-3144
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small plates to share. We ate and ate and ate. Everything was great. Many new dishes and flavors. Mint Ice Tea was super served in a little glass with crushed ice and mint. Great pita bread, Challah bread and grilled octopus. Wonderful spreads from a...More

Thank tiredandtravelled
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Time and again the Mediterranean Exploration Company delivers the best meal! We are regulars here. The menu never disappoints. Best octopus in town! Must have the Lamb chops every time we go. During the summer the roasted peaches are melt in your mouth amazing. This...More

1  Thank Sherine B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Portland, and heard about this place from a couple of locals. Great bar, food was great, and drinks. A real find, don't miss out visit the Pearl District and go in here!!

1  Thank steelered42
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

We went to Portland City Grill for happy hour, then walked 10 mins up the hill to MEC for our reserved table at 5.45. First thing we were thankful of was the fact that we reserved a table. This place is busy - couples were...More

1  Thank Paul_K_Oregon
Reviewed 22 January 2018

From the moment you walk into the restaurant, you know you are in for a treat. The atmosphere is lively and modern. The tables are inviting, and the smell is making you hungry. Amazing food, great selection, friendly staff. Wish I ate there more than...More

1  Thank elinaglenn
Reviewed 7 January 2018

very popular joint here in portland so do make a reservation. Dinner was very good, not excellent, but atop the middle eastern options in town-- on the West side of the city for sure. Shalosh brings 3 spreads (eggplant, pumpkin/carrot and beet/walnut) with peta bread....More

Thank jackwidely
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We went with friends for happy hour. Wonderful food, very accommodating with gluten free foods. We especially loved the freshly made pita bread and dates wrapped in bacon. Would definitely recommend!

1  Thank Bridget S
Reviewed 22 November 2017

Fabulous expensive good and wine. The food and wine were served nicely. But after 4 requests for bread, it arrived well after all the food was eaten and juicy dishes gone. Good bread though. Same situation with dessert. Small servings of coffee and tea were...More

Thank Helen R
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Being a party of four was perfect for trying out several menu items and being able to share around the table. The lamb meatballs were excellent as were the shrimp and the squash dishes we tried. The Turkish Delight Cocktail, served in a tea pot...More

Thank JenniferT999
Reviewed 15 October 2017

A variety of menu items, the waitress explained all of it very well. We ordered several dishes and shared all of them. The only thing I did not like, is I wish they would bring you a large dinner plate instead of the salad plate...More

Thank sargentmom
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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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