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Zeina's Cafe & Catering

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607 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4025
+1 315-738-0297
10:00 - 16:00
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Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Utica, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you want fresh, delicious and great prices try Ziena's Cafe. It's a wonderful family owned place. The fried cauliflower is so wonderful and the chicken swarma is the best

1 Thank wenmac44
Cold Brook, New York
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loaded fries and lamb gyro and saranac soda can't go wrong. Filled both of us for lunch. It was busy but we were treated like the only customer with fantastic service. Gotta try this if u have not yet done so!

Thank JohnS1026
Utica, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This restaurant doesn't look like much on the outside. Once you walk in, you are greeted by the owners and/or their children who also work there. You are treated like family!! The food is delicious each and every time!!

Thank k13392
Utica, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Zeina's is family run and they provide a wonderful experience. The atmosphere is not elegant but that is part of the charm. The food is the best middle eastern food I have had. There are many items on the menu from which to choose and they will have special items from time to time that are always a treat.

Thank mhodge5300
Clark Mills, New York
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111 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Everything I have ever ordered has been great and since the owners and their family are the staff, you always get exceptional service. Everybody goes above and beyond to make sure that you have a great experience and a great meal, the owner even brings around little cups of Turkish coffee, it is strong but free so I always have... More 

Thank Laurie E
Utica, New York, United States
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

I would not let my dog eat here without him worry about food oiling place is dirty and just have bums in there asking for money or cig stay as far away fro this place

4 Thank Donna M
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

We were totally impressed with this place....The service was amazing...the menu was jam packed with great items...and our meal was just out of this world....We have experienced their food in the past as they catered a wedding we attended and we have wanted to go to their restaurant since...It is family run and we pretty much had the whole family... More 

Thank Rick D
Oneida, New York
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This unpretentious cafe serves authentic Middle Eastern (Lebanese) cuisine for lunch and dinner. Locals seem to gravitate to the few sidewalk tables. Inside, the cafe is tres casual, but clean, and when we visited, a steady background of late '50s to late '60s lounge singing/show tunes on the sound system. For lunch we ordered falafel, hummus and kibbeh. Great food,... More 

Thank kevincW4167YP
Hillburn, New York
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I am always looking for new dining experiences when traveling. We were staying locally and were looking for dinner. We had a great dining experience at Zeina's. The food was amazing! The service prompt and the prices very reasonable. The cafe doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that steer you away.

Thank 189chrisandbarb
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The first person we met at Zeina’s was a neighbor who was busy rolling fresh grape leaves at a table near the entrance. That was our clue that the food here was truly homemade, and it was our introduction to an evening where we had an absolutely delicious meal while interacting with the lovely family that owns this restaurant. After... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$12
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 607 Varick St, Utica, NY 13502-4025
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Utica
  • Phone Number: +1 315-738-0297

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