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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” (18 reviews)
“octopus” (28 reviews)
“hummus” (40 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 5 days 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 5 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Wow, this place can get crazy busy but it's worth the wait. If you can get reservations, do so. The small plates to share area all divine and the beer/wine selection is outstanding. Also, have craft cocktails. You sit at communal tables or tables very...More

Thank Rhett L
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We felt as though we were transported to the Mediterranean last night while savoring our mezze at Mediterranean Exploration Company. Our potpourri of mezze was a perfect blend of tomatoes with pine nuts, warm castelvetrano olives, padron peppers, meatballs, and pita bread topped off with...More

Thank 28maryjaneh
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

This place has fantastic food. The lamb tartare, hummus, salads are our favorites. The staff is welcoming and attentive without hovering. Unfortunately the noise level is extreme, except in the bar, which is why we go to Happy Hour. They have installed some sound boards...More

Thank Maxine C
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Great choice for staff dinner. The variety of foods and emphasis on sharing dishes made it fun for staff conversation. Service was great and guided is well. The only draw back is that it is a LOUD atmosphere.

Thank mattingly2018
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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
USD 20 - USD 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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