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“Great foo, cheerful but spotty service”

Mediterranean Exploration Company
Ranked #13 of 4,813 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$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 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 long gone by the time the dessert came. The second dessert took about 20 minutes. The huge check was handled expeditiously.

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Thank Helen R
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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 and easily shared among three of us was truly delightful. The Challah Bread Pudding made me a fan of bread pudding where I wasn't before.

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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 that you are given.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Very interesting menu, and we went on and explored different dishes. We started it with Octopus with pepper and dill. Well, the Octopus was so tiny and thin, it should not have been $ 16 for the dish. That was the low point of the dinner, but, fortunately, all the dishes gotten better from there. The Usul Hummus was delicious, we cleaned out the plate. The Beacon wrapped dates, the sweetness of the dates mixed very well with the saltiness of the beacon. But, it was a bit on the sweet side, I wish I had some bread to go with it. The raddichio salad was mixed well, and the dressing tasted similar to ranch flavor, the portion was generous enough to share. The lamb sandwich as well as the lamb chop were a good choice. The most memorable dish of the evening was the lamb chop. It was one of the best Lamb Chop we've ever had. Thumbs up to the Chef !

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Four of us arrived around 6:00PM on Friday, September 29, 2017, and told the wait was 1-1 1/2 hours. We placed our name on the list and walked around the area for about an hour until we received the message a table was ready for us.
There are so many interesting choices to select from. The selections are made to share.
We started with the fennel salad dressed with a lemon vinaigrette which was delicious. All our selections were well seasoned and very flavorful: oven roasted kohlrabi, oven roasted peaches(yummy!), hummus pitriyot, Mediterranean Sea bream, and Moroccan brick chicken.
Great service and friendly staff.

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