Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine

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I have been to Ya Hala for 5 times in last 3 months and I don't get bored at all! The flat bread is always hot and soft. Lamb shank is very tender, Tabouli, Baklava... I can go on and on. Everything is so good and very cheap. Don't forget to drink a cup of Turkish coffee!

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I have been to Ya Hala for 5 times in last 3 months and I don't get bored at all! The flat bread is always hot and soft. Lamb shank is very tender, Tabouli, Baklava... I can go on and on. Everything is so good and very cheap. Don't forget to drink a cup of Turkish coffee!

Pros: Kids friendly, Easy access, Price

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I don't know where to start. Whether it's the AMAZING food, or the gracious hospitality. I've been to Lebanese restaurants around the country, and this is the best lebanese restaurant I have been to in the US. John -the owner- is, without any exaggeration, the friendliest and nicest host you could ever ask for. The service is excellent, the food is delicious, and the choices on the menu would fit anybody's taste and budget. I've been there several times and tried all sorts of food and was never disappointed. Don't leave without having dessert!

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★★★★★

I don't know where to start. Whether it's the AMAZING food, or the gracious hospitality. I've been to Lebanese restaurants around the country, and this is the best lebanese restaurant I have been to in the US. John -the owner- is, without any exaggeration, the friendliest and nicest host you could ever ask for. The service is excellent, the food is delicious, and the choices on the menu would fit anybody's taste and budget. I've been there several times and tried all sorts of food and was never disappointed. Don't leave without having dessert!

Pros: Delicious food, Great hospitality, Very afforable

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I can't say enough good things about Ya Hala. Since I first visited last fall, I've been back maybe a dozen times -- and it's kind of a trek to get out there! Not only do they do the basics (hummus, baba ghanouj, shwarma) better than anyone else in town, but they have some incredible dishes that no one else does at all. I'm obsessed with the makdous (pickled eggplant stuffed with chilis and nuts) and shanklish (a kick-in-the-pants cheese salad) and the makloube (an original creation, I'm told). The owner, John, is so utterly charming and friendly I'd come back even if the food were second rate. There is often a wait, especially on the weekends, but that just gives you an excuse to visit the attached grocery and pick up some exotic snacks for later!

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★★★★★

I can't say enough good things about Ya Hala. Since I first visited last fall, I've been back maybe a dozen times -- and it's kind of a trek to get out there! Not only do they do the basics (hummus, baba ghanouj, shwarma) better than anyone else in town, but they have some incredible dishes that no one else does at all. I'm obsessed with the makdous (pickled eggplant stuffed with chilis and nuts) and shanklish (a kick-in-the-pants cheese salad) and the makloube (an original creation, I'm told). The owner, John, is so utterly charming and friendly I'd come back even if the food were second rate. There is often a wait, especially on the weekends, but that just gives you an excuse to visit the attached grocery and pick up some exotic snacks for later!

Pros: variety, quality, value

Cons: , sometimes long waits, closed on sundays

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The owner, John, started our evening with a very friendly greeting and introduction. Later we had the pleasure of speaking with him again in discussion of their affordable but delicious wine list. The food came, best hummus in town, and we were blown away. We have been back 3 more times and haven't been disappointed once. If there is a line, enjoy the attached Lebanese grocery store, it is incredible.

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★★★★★

The owner, John, started our evening with a very friendly greeting and introduction. Later we had the pleasure of speaking with him again in discussion of their affordable but delicious wine list. The food came, best hummus in town, and we were blown away. We have been back 3 more times and haven't been disappointed once. If there is a line, enjoy the attached Lebanese grocery store, it is incredible.

Pros: Inexpensive, Delicious, Atmosphere

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After visiting another similar restaurant I thought I'd found a food style I don't care for. Then a group of us tried Ya Hala today. We were all so happy and my faith was totally restored that there is such a thing as an OUTSTANDING Lebanese restaurant.

The food was perfect. We loved the Veggie Mezza, as well as falafels, kebabs, shwarma. I had lentil soup as an appetizer. It was perfect. Not too heavy, just the right amount of delicious spices.

Ya Hala is now on our all-the-time list of international restaurants.

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★★★★★

After visiting another similar restaurant I thought I'd found a food style I don't care for. Then a group of us tried Ya Hala today. We were all so happy and my faith was totally restored that there is such a thing as an OUTSTANDING Lebanese restaurant.

The food was perfect. We loved the Veggie Mezza, as well as falafels, kebabs, shwarma. I had lentil soup as an appetizer. It was perfect. Not too heavy, just the right amount of delicious spices.

Ya Hala is now on our all-the-time list of international restaurants.

Pros: Excellent menu, Friendly owner, staff, VERY tasty!

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My husband and I have been trying to find a restaurant that was affordable and that would be a place we would want to keep going back to. We found it at Ya Hala's! I found this place on this website and was drawn to it by all the good reviews. We were not dissapointed one bit! The owner and staff was very friendly making us feel very comfortable to ask questions. The food was very good and reasonably priced. Ya Hala's is one of those places that once you've expierenced it you want to share it with your family and friends. We will be going back!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been trying to find a restaurant that was affordable and that would be a place we would want to keep going back to. We found it at Ya Hala's! I found this place on this website and was drawn to it by all the good reviews. We were not dissapointed one bit! The owner and staff was very friendly making us feel very comfortable to ask questions. The food was very good and reasonably priced. Ya Hala's is one of those places that once you've expierenced it you want to share it with your family and friends. We will be going back!

Pros: Inexpensive, friendly Staff

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The personable staff and amazing food bring us back weekly. I recommend Ya Hala to anyone who will listen.

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★★★★★

The personable staff and amazing food bring us back weekly. I recommend Ya Hala to anyone who will listen.

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My friends and I dined at Ya Hala recently having been encouraged by all the positive reviews on this site. Having now eaten there myself, I can safely say that none of the praise found here was exaggerated, and all those with me would agree. The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the entrees. The portions were ample, as was the selection (Multiple kinds of bakalva! Enough reason to visit in itself!). The service was first-rate and exceedingly friendly without being at all intrusive. What are you doing still sitting there reading my review? Go try it!

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★★★★★

My friends and I dined at Ya Hala recently having been encouraged by all the positive reviews on this site. Having now eaten there myself, I can safely say that none of the praise found here was exaggerated, and all those with me would agree. The food was amazing, from the appetizers to the entrees. The portions were ample, as was the selection (Multiple kinds of bakalva! Enough reason to visit in itself!). The service was first-rate and exceedingly friendly without being at all intrusive. What are you doing still sitting there reading my review? Go try it!

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outside of Lebanon. Trust me, I've been there. The hummos is also quite amazing. If I may recommend a dish, it would be the Lamb Bameye (ocra) which is almost as good as my moms. Overall the food is really good, and the owner is hospitable and funny. A truly excellent experience.

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outside of Lebanon. Trust me, I've been there. The hummos is also quite amazing. If I may recommend a dish, it would be the Lamb Bameye (ocra) which is almost as good as my moms. Overall the food is really good, and the owner is hospitable and funny. A truly excellent experience.

Pros: Food, Service, Value

Cons: Limited space

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My friend and I ate here for as little as $26 which included appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 desserts and a warm, welcoming atmosphere and host. The owners are a husband and wife team apparently, and the husband introduced himself to us as "the interruptor" and his wife as the cook. He answered all questions he could about spices and preparation and was very willing to share in his love of the food and his wife's remarkable creations. I hope everyone tries this restaurant.

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★★★★★

My friend and I ate here for as little as $26 which included appetizer, 2 entrees and 2 desserts and a warm, welcoming atmosphere and host. The owners are a husband and wife team apparently, and the husband introduced himself to us as "the interruptor" and his wife as the cook. He answered all questions he could about spices and preparation and was very willing to share in his love of the food and his wife's remarkable creations. I hope everyone tries this restaurant.

Pros: Authentic flavours, Warm Atmosphere, Sweet Staff

Cons: Street parking

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Every Friday, my mother and I would visit the pita bakery and food stalls in the souk in downtown Haifa and stock up on fabulous Lebanese food. I have not tasted it's like since, even with the large selection of Middle-Eastern restaurants here in Portland. Until now...Not only does Ya Hala have the best pita, silkiest hummus, tenderest swarma and freshest baklava (6 kinds!!), but the true spirit of great Lebanese hospitality shines through in all aspects of service. Whether you're a displaced Israeli, Lebanese, or an American with a taste for the best, you must come here - you owe it to yourself!!

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★★★★★

Every Friday, my mother and I would visit the pita bakery and food stalls in the souk in downtown Haifa and stock up on fabulous Lebanese food. I have not tasted it's like since, even with the large selection of Middle-Eastern restaurants here in Portland. Until now...Not only does Ya Hala have the best pita, silkiest hummus, tenderest swarma and freshest baklava (6 kinds!!), but the true spirit of great Lebanese hospitality shines through in all aspects of service. Whether you're a displaced Israeli, Lebanese, or an American with a taste for the best, you must come here - you owe it to yourself!!

Pros: authentic flavors, outstanding value, food store next door

Cons: street parking, construction, open kitchen

 

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