Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant
863 East 13th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-3706
(541) 683-7800

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Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 5

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Some restaurant owners are real marketing geniuses. Not only can they cook tasty food, but they also know how to present it in an atmosphere that enhances the dining experience, whether it be a high-brow sit-down restaurant or a simple cafe/diner. The owners of Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant are not that type of genius.

In short, this place is a mess: a marketing mess, a physical mess, and also a hygiene mess (don’t dare to poke your head into the kitchen area or you will immediately “do the sprinkler dance” with your stomach contents).

The downstairs seating is passable at best. The oak wood tables have a layer of grime that can not and will not be removed by a college kid wearing an apron and wiping them with a damp cloth. The fluorescent lighting is a mess. The signage is confusing. The big dirty fish tank near the door is pointless and/or off-putting. The self-serve soda machine uses ice cubes that said college kid in apron dumps in by hand while the ice bin lid sits on the floor. The upstairs seating area is stuffy and smells like there is a natural gas leak somewhere. (Note: There were no gaseous-looking people present upon which to blame this odorosity). There are also plenty o’ big-headed flies; I would have had a field day with one of those electronic fly-zapper tennis racquets.

The food, not on the other hand, is just so so at best. Kabobs are not quite authentic. Falafel balls overcooked. Pita is wet and chewy like some sort of wonderbread version of pita. Hummus is watery. Salad is super watery. Everything, food-wise, really misses the spot.

Price: Reasonable if the taste was better. Expensive considering the low quality food and decor. (They might also refuse to take your “buy one get one free” coupon for false reasons…we saw them do this twice during a 45 minute period).

Summary: Don’t eat at Caspian Mediterranean Restaurant.

Eugenified.com rating: 1 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 51 vote, average: 1.00 out of 5

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