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“Delicious mediterranean tapas in a great space with friendly staff!!”

Mediterranean Exploration Company
Ranked #33 of 4,430 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$60
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed 23 August 2017

The food: was terrific! I love the idea of small mediterranean plates, which is a concept I'm less familiar with than larger mediterranean platters. We ordered 2-3 tapas per person and were totally stuffed. Highlights of our order were: grilled peaches (these were amazing! They're on the dinner menu, but I highly recommend them for dessert instead!), a fig salad, baked Moroccan eggs, and the shalom plate: a fresh-baked dense pita with three delicious dips. We also ordered fava beans which were just okay, as well as a date and olive oil cake which was more date-y than olive oil-y and also just okay.

The location: is a very cute space, with lots of natural light and lots of room! There are several communal tables and counters.

The service: was friendly and helpful! The tapas came out quickly but not so quick to be rushed, and at approximately the right pace and order. It was a nice relaxing meal where we could take our time enjoying many new dishes.

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Thank Jennie B
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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Love this place! Have been a half dozen times and have never been let down. From the service to the varied dishes on the menu, you can be assured that wherever you sit and whatever you order, it will be well served and delicious!

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Every dish was spot on with spice and flavor. We followed the shared plate idea that was suggested by the waitress. Each dish was better than the next! And the bill was surprisingly reasonable for all the food we ordered.

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Thank astrolicious
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

A friend from Portland brought me here while I was visiting. We didn't have time to make a reservation, but lucked out with two seats at the bar. Holy smokes, the food is AMAZING. Ordered all meatless dishes, and there were plenty to choose from. The hummus was so fresh and flavorful; the bread served with it was exceptional. We enjoyed the fried cauliflower starter dish and the rice/lentils/fried onions dish. The bartender made a tasty peach and cardamom cocktail for us, too!
We didn't really see the rest of the place since we settled in the bar, but it was packed with people and conversations.

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Killer radicchio salad and kabobs, wine list is kind of pricey but the small plates and octopus are amazing.... Very good themed cocktails.

Thank tfizzle
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