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Mediterranean Exploration Company
Ranked #19 of 4,675 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 20 - USD 60
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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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 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.

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

We put ourselves in the hands of the chef and shared a terrific selection of small plates. Solid service. Delicious food.

The tasting menu is $50 per person which is pricey.

The rating of 4 instead of 5 is because of the price, and also the ambient noise level is very high which makes conversation difficult.

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

I have had the pleasure of eating here three times, all of them a special occasion or holiday. The food is excellent and very diversified from warn pita style with olive oil and fried cauliflower to a delicious piece of fried chicken. Their desserts are some things you’ve never heard, like Feta cake or familiar ones like bread pudding. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed. They don’t normally take reservations except for larger parties, but the wait will be worth it. You can check out their menu online to understand the treat you're in for.

Thank Janell55
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Deep, rich, smoky and earthy flavors. Along with awesome food, servers are very nice too. We have dined here several times and they never disappoint.

Thank outdoorUMass
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

This is Israeli restaurant familiarizing the public with Middle Eastern food. Great hummus, kebabs, baba ganoush and other dishes famous throughout the region. The place itself is modern and located in the middle of Pearl District. We sat outside and it was the best: people watching is the most fun! It just happened to be a day of Blues Festival so the crowd was especially vibrant. We ordered baked feta appetizer, chicken kebab, a Lebanese-style eggplant stuffed with diced lamb meat and feta, and ground-meat kebab. Everything was terrific, flavorful, fresh. Portions are not big, “European” size, but you are not hungry after you finish and not heavy either.
The bill was about $81 (before tips) for 3 and included a glass of wine and a beer. Speaking of tips: prepare to tip not only your server but also kitchen staff. I am yet to get used to such tipping, though I understand that it would be fair.

Thank Dina M
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