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309 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1474
11:30 - 21:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is tiny but well worth a visit if you like mediterranean food. The owner was the only one working so he took our order and possibly cooked the food while we waited. If you have a stroller you must leave it outside, there is no room for anything extra. There were several people picking up orders to go... More 

Thank Smithova
San Francisco
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

My wife and I went here for dinner. She's vegetarian, and they had a lot of options available for her. This is a very small place - only 6 tables. The food was excellent. I had a lamb kebob and they gave us some cashew baklava which was just right, as some of them are a sugar bomb. This was... More 

Thank QADude
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

me and my wife had dinner there, the lady were so rude, she but as in waiting list outside and we wait for an hour and when we ask her about our turn she said you were waiting outside so we cancelled you're name and you have to wait for another hour

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Really good Lebanese food. I liked the pita wraps -the meat is juicy, the sauce is tasty and the pita is freshly made (perhaps on site?). The people are friendly and it's a cute little place to hang out and have lunch/dinner.....I'd recommend it and would definitely go back if I was ever in the area...

Thank Esprit_2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

A tiny place right next to the perfect crumb bakery. Go there and be in for a special secret surprise. Tastes you don't always get from similar places. I hadn't tasted it like that since I was a kid. It may be hard to explore more places here

Thank danstpeter
Washington State
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We had a quick dinner at Paprika -- Kafta kebab combo and Schwarma combo. Both were ok, neither were great. The folks running it, however, were very kind. And, as other have shared, free baklava was brought to us with the bill.

Thank mcksh
Framingham MA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant is fantastic. The entire restaurant is operated by the owner who opened this restaurant over 20 years ago. If you like this type of food, you MUST give it a try.

Thank carolynl84
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Very rude and unaccommodating. Awful customer relations. My wife and I came here for lunch and the place was half full. They wanted to stick us at a 2 person table which was very tiny. Wouldn't give us and of the empty larger tables because "what if a party of four comes in" (in which case they could have just... More 

Thank Zach C
Baltimore, Maryland
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Very rude and extremely unaccommodating! At 2:30pm, we walked in and there the 3 tables on the left side were empty. Two 4 tops and one small 2 top. We asked to be seated at the 4 top because my husband and I usually like to try several things and always run out of space. It was clearly after lunch... More 

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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I've been to Istanbul and all over Europe but this was the best falafel I've ever had. The service is attentive and knowledgeable. Cute and cozy little place with a great menu for vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Thank Sara N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1474
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 8313757452

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?