Riyadh's Lebanese Restaurant
1318 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
|Mon - Fri:|
Phone: (503) 236-8457
Fax: (503) 236-8457
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Healthy, Middle Eastern
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Below Average
Good for Kids: Yes
02/10/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten here a couple times. The last time was in 2008 and it was the last time. The food is decent, but not as good as other middle eastern places in Portland. If you live in the neighborhood and do not want to travel to one of the better restaurants, then it is worth it. The service was bad and terrible, including late food, the failure to bring dishes, ignoring empty water, and incorrect bills. I will not return.
12/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
so yea if you need lebanese food just go to ya hala on stark near 82nd. infinitely better than anything you will find here. if you have no car and live near by it might be worth a shot since a few things are probably worth while. best of luck though. really nothing special.
09/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Everytime I've been here service has been great. Food has been good and I've never ordered anything I didn't like. The food arrives fast and hot. The hummus is tangy and creamy smooth. Yum! My favorite is the falafel sandwich with a green salad. The falafel is a bit spicy and the salad has just the right amount of garlic and lemon. If you want great Lebanese without all the pretense try Riyadh. You won't be disappointed.
04/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant is amazing for the value. Probably the best Lebanese for the money in town. The hummus is awesome and so are the falafel. Pretty much everything on the menu.
I wish they made their flatbreads from scratch, they get the same ones you can get at the grocery store in the bag. And I wish they had a soda fountain; when you order they bring you a can and a glass of ice. So no free refills.
But those complaints are pretty minor, i've never really been disappointed with this place, its great.
03/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had a great mezza platter here tonight at a very reasonable price. The server was pleasant and seemed genuinely concerned with taking care of us and did a pretty good job even with a quite a few tables to tend to. I can't wait to go back here and try out the other items on the menu.
03/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love Middle Eastern food, but there are better options in Portland. The food is decent (however, unlike other ME restaurants, they do not make their own bread- who wants to eat microwaved pita bread with their hummus?). However, I found it a very unpleasant place to eat. The floors are white, which shows all the dirt and made the place feel dirty. The owner and the wait staff were very unwelcoming. Although the food was okay (although overpriced for the quanity), I left not wanting to return. I am not sure why all the positive reviews.
11/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
After having eaten at several other middle easter places (like Ya Hala, Nicholas, Karams), I feel that the food is pretty average... and the portions that they serve is less.
I expected that atleast I can't go wrong with Baklava... that wasn't the case either.
07/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We've been meaning to try this place every time we have gone by it. Well, we made a great choice! We typically go to Ya Halla, and the food is ok, the wait to get in is ridiculous!!! My Partner is vegetarian and really isn't all that impressed with what they have to offer at Ya Halla. Riyadh's has a TON of non-eggplant and vegetarian dishes. After going to Riyadh's we will definitely make this a regular spot! The food was outstanding, the lamb the best I've had and the other accompanying dishes were some of the best. Falafel can be hard to master and they've done a great job, spicy, moist and very good! There was no waiting, they had great beer on tap and you left full and very satisfied at the portions and unbelievably low prices. A definitely MUST to try!
04/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is by far the best middle eastern food in the Portland area. It is high quality and authentic and YUMMY! The lentil soup is especially good. It is smoky, rich, complex and even at 3 times the price it would be a bargain. The people who run it are also very nice. I have never had any dish at Riyadh's that was not wonderful.
As many people have mentioned, the prices are amazingly low, however, the price is somewhat irrelevant in relation to the quality of the food. Even if the prices were much higher, I would still give it the same rating.
I have been to many other middle eastern places, and specifically Lebanese places, around the western United States and have found none better than Riyadh's. I have also been to virtually every other place in town and while some are pretty good, I am dumbfounded at the raves Hoda's and Ya Hala both receive. Especially Ya Hala as I find their meat very low quality tasting and the food to have very simplistic seasonings.
For my first visit to Ya Hala, I took 2 out of town guests who also have lots of dining experience. They also thought it was not good and was shocked I took them there. I explained that I had not eaten there before, but it had good reviews and they were surprised. I have been back twice since. Once, because I thought my original experience must have been an aberration and again for a friend's birthday. It seemed to get worse with each visit.
So, while Riyadh's seems to have mostly great reviews here on Citysearch, I just can't understand why it is so ignored in the local press. It is hard to believe that other much lower quality places get such frequent good reviews and Riyadh's does not even show up in WWeek's cheap eats guide. But, I guess it is good for me because I can always get a seat.
The only improvement would be a fresh squeezed rose water lemonade like a former Lebanese restaurant in the Phoenix area named Ali Baba.
I just wanted to give a heads up to all of you who love middle east food. This restaurant has the best falafel in town. The hummas and tabouli are great as well. I have eaten Lebanese food in the US and abroad and Riyadh's is very authentic in the dishes they serve. I love the decor and the food. The service was very friendly and fast. I felt well taken care of. I tried the lamb kabob mezza and was not disappointed. The baklava is really good as well. This is a restaurant that I would highly recommend. The prices are very reasonable and even the wine is of good quality. You won't be disappointed.
This is only my second review. I have been trying to find a place that I could have a group of my friends come to and it would not break the bank. I think I have found it. I have eaten here several times. The food is consistantly good and the owner and the waiters that I have run across really care that you have a good experience. Most of the other middle eastern or Lebanese restaurants in town will not take reservations for large groups...like more than 8 people. They don't seem to be set up for it. This place has a room in the back that they will set up for your group. They are really good with helping you plan if you take a little time. I do recommend that you do it on a week day like I did. I don't know how hard it would be for them to do it well on a weekend. They told me that they could do catering, but I wanted to do it there. The bottom line is the food was great, they treated us well and I recommend it to anyone else who wants to have a birthday or whatever. We were noisy and they didn't care...we had our own space. Good time was had by all.
01/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I would, as have the other reviewers, recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a good inexpensive meal. My friend made a reservation for 20 people for her birthday party at 8:30 on a Friday evening. She recieved a call that evening soon before the meal was to take place letting her know that the place closes at 9:00. Since they took the reservation, we assumed that they were just requesting that we not be late. Perfectly understandable. We arrived at 8:30 and the tables weren't ready for us yet. So we stood around contentedly chatting for 15 minutes or so before being sat.
We order, we eat, and as we are finishing, the owner comes around to remind us that they close at 9:00. She comes later to pull every possible plate, asking everyone if they are done, can she have that dish, etc... Still understandable, the kitchen guys don't want to be stuck around all night trying to catch up with our dishes. But she keeps coming out--now asking those who aren't done with their food to please hurry up and finish, ""we close at 9:00, I can't keep the kitchen employees here all night."" At this point it's 9:30--after being sat by her at 8:45. At one point she even has the birthday girl saying ""ok, I'll hurry up and finish.""
I believe I counted five times that she mentioned their closing time within the vicinity of my ear. Each time we became increasingly less comfortable being there.
Had she warned us more than one hour before the reservation that they want us out by 9:30, WE WOULD HAVE MADE OUR RESERVATION ELSEWHERE.
The food was great, but the hospitality was negative. I have worked in the restaurant industry for many years, and if you value your guests and want them to return or spread good words, you don't treat them like they're nothing but an inconveience.
I can only hope the owner has learned that accepting a reservation for a party of 20 people at 8:30 DOES NOT mean you can have them out of the building by 9:00, or even 9:30. I won't be coming back.
This is our favorite Lebanese food in Portland! Not only is it the best tasting but also so affordable! If you like falafel, it is the absolute place to be. We live in Seattle and everytime we come to Portland we try to make it to Riyadh's! You gotta try it....
Riyadh's Lebanese restaurant on Hawthorne has been in business for a long time,a tribute to it's success.I have been eating at Riyadh's since it opened and the food keeps on improving by time.The menu reflects Lebanese influence and many dishes are delicious; all are interesting and the presentation is beautiful.The Falafel is by far the best in town thanks to Riyadh's secret recipe of spices from the old country.The Homus and Baba are as good as they can be.
This East side restaurant is very informal with great food,straightforward cooking , easy and relaxing setting,and after all, it does not break the Bank.Try it once and you are hooked.
01/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
A nice small restaurant on Hawthorne. They have a good menu with lots of options and everything is reasonably priced. Go with a couple friends and pick and choose a few different plates so you can all try everything or just order a mezza. The hummus and the tabooli are well made. I recommend any of the lamb plates. They have very good veggie options too.
12/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Riyadh is an excellent choice for a quick tasteful lunch, that won't break the bank.
Is it the best Lebanese restaurant in town? I don't think so.
IMHO that would be Ya Halla at Stark /SE 80st.
But I have eaten at Riyadh many many times and their service was always kind and fast and the food is good. So what the bread isn't home made - show me a taqueria in town that still makes their own tortillas..that still doesn't mean they're non authentic.
10/23/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Riyadh's is the sort of restaurant that you are always looking for; affordable, freshly made and fantastic food. I have been back several times now & have become addicted to the delicately spiced lamb kebabs & shawarma sandwiches. The baba ganouj & tabule are some of the best I have ever tasted. The delightful owner is from a little known area called Damour in Lebanon & subsequently the food has a much more interesting flavour than many of the other Lebanese restaurants that I have tried in Portland. There are some very good Lebanese wines & beers that are well worth trying.
Riyadh's is a restaurant that I frequent on a regular basis because it offers the best humus, baba ganooj, and falafels in Portland. Everything is obviously made from scratch as you can really taste the flavors of fava beans and fresh peppers in the falafel. Another one of my favorite things to order is the chicken kebab mezza featuring lemony chicken breast skewers, humus, baba, falafel, and tabouli for roughly $8. It's an incredible deal.
Don't leave Riyadh's without sampling their delicious sweet and cinnamon-y baklava. It's out of this world. You won't be disappointed.
I visited Riyahds for the first time about 6 months ago. And I am addicted to the falafel. There lamb is moist and delicous as is the chicken. Two amazing things on the menu that are delicously simple yet affordable are The soup and the Hummus. The lentil soup is a mild taste that is smooth as butter, ask for a slice of lemon with your soup and you will be back the next day. The hummus is ten times better than any hummus you will find around. I've talked with the friendly employees and their hummus is made fresh in the kitchen daily. I like to think of it as a taste that is creamy with a hidden flavor of garlic. The pita bread they bring you is toasted and delicous but if you ask for the ""greek pita"" it's even better. Every thing is good here and affordable. I noticed that Jo_Portland was criticizing the food and service, The way he stereotyped the waitress leads me to a strong feeling of ignorance on his part. Either way the food is delicous people so get down there and folk over the 10 bucks for a delicous dinner.
09/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I don't know if I was there on a really off night or something, maybe the real chef was sick and the rhasta waitress's boyfriend was throwing food on the grill. But it was soo bad that I could never give it a second chance. My companion and I went away from there burping up burnt grill grease. I will usually give a restaurant 2-3 chances really, but this just was not an option. We only lived a few blocks from there and loved the look of the place, very European and cozy, we were so excited about having a new favorite restaurant so near, then everytime I drove by the place I cringed with the memory of ""the nasty flavor that would not go away"". Yuck!