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Refined menu from across the Mediterranean. Elevated service. Highly curated wine list. 

Dining Room at MEC


Contact Us


Open Daily 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Happy Hour

Available Daily 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

(Exclusive to our Bar)

Phone:  (503)-222-0906




There is ample paid parking available. Street parking is available on all blocks nearby. Here are a few parking garages/lots in close proximity.

411-417 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

1201 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97205

1232 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

Mediterranean Exploration Company (MEC) is Sesame Collective’s flagship restaurant in Portland, Oregon. MEC serves up cuisine from the Mediterranean and beyond while drawing inspiration from extensive research and global travels. Located in the heart of Portland’s industrial Pearl District, MEC is a vibrant, energetic restaurant with an open hearth kitchen, and a playfully creative beverage program.

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Radicchio Salad

cherries. yogurt dressing. breadcrumbs. pecorino


Salt Roasted Beets

pickled shallots. chopped herbs. tahina. poppy seed vinaigrette. urfa


Fennel Salad

green s’hug vinaigrette. mint. orange. candied almonds


Little Gem Salad

chili mustard vinaigrette. mama lil’s. dates. manchego. walnuts


Octopus Salad

corona beans. celery. candied pepitas. herbs. curried almond aioli



Beef Bacon-Wrapped Data

almond. allepo honey


Warm Castelvetrano Olives

olive oil. bay leaf


Hamachi Crudo

smoked eggplant. tamarind soy vinaigrette. black harissa mayo. crispy ginger


Labneh with Fried Artichokes

harissa vinaigrette. honey-soaked dates. pita


Roasted Eggplant Dip

tahina. mint. smoked olive oil. pita


Hummus Abu Hassan

tahina. chickpeas. parsley. pita


Fasolakia Hummus

tomato braised beans. lemon. herbs. pita


Crispy Lamb Hummus

lemon tamarind vinaigrette. serrano herb salad. pita



6 pieces. tahina. green s’hug


Chicken Meatballs

cured olive lemon aioli. ras el hanout. smoked eggplant relish. almonds



Greek Potatoes

oregano. garlic. lemon


Braised Greek Greens

olive oil. chili flake. lemon juice



rice. lentils. fried onion


Roasted Broccolini

charred olive vinaigrette. miticrema. crispy garlic


Fried Calamari

dill pickle tzatziki. spicy tomato sauce. ouzo


Moroccan Brick Chicken

arugula. pecorino


Pan Seared Scallops

greek fava dip. fresh fava bean vinaigrette



Spiced Maitake Mushrooms

warm lentil salad. black garlic toum


Chermoula Rubbed Shrimp

preserved lemon green chermoula. cabbage. crispy spices


Charred Half Artichoke

green harissa hollandaise. preserved lime


Grilled Octopus

lemon. espelette. dill


Adana Lamb Kebab

ezme. labneh. sumac onions


Hanger Steak

new potatoes. capers. roasted garlic. preserved lemon


Greek Lamb Chops

oregano. garlic. lemon



Baked Feta & Strawberries

black pepper honey. thyme. hazelnuts. challah


Blistered Shishito Peppers

pistachio feta purée. herbs. hawaij. crispy chili garlic oil


Spinach & Cheese Boureka

feta. sesame


Chicken Boureka

sumac. onion nut jam. feta


Butter Roasted Cauliflower

jalapeño tahina. tomato vinaigrette. pine nuts


Food was delicious and service excellent. We sat outside and it was a lovely evening and a good time. Cocktails were extra-ordinary.

Judith H.

Amazing! We got the potatoes, lamb hummus, their pita is to die for and then the octopus was delish! Worth every penny! And the arak & a hard place is my fav drink.

Marissa W.

Nice selection of unique cocktails and dishes. It’s was a little loud but only because it was crowded and people were enjoying themselves. This is our second time and we will be back again.

Barb A.

Loved it! The host was incredibly friendly, hospitable, and accommodating. Food was delicious. Great date night experience.

Kyle Burgres
Chef De Cuisine
Taylor Troy
Sous Chef
Brittni Armenta
Sous Chef

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Erica Namare
Service Manager

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Alex Vining
Bar LEad

Meet Our Team

Sesame Collective


333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Tel.  (5030-222-0906

© 2024  by Sesame Collective.

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