Mantee Cafe
Mantee Cafe

Mantee Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.manteecafe.com/
  • Phone: 8187616565
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:30PM
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Jonatan Darakjian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Sylvia or Rafi 8187616565

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vineland Ave
  • Public Transit: Metro Rapid 750 Metro 150 Metro 240
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited Parking in the back
A word from Mantee Cafe
A quaint little cafe serving delightful Mediterranean food.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Mantee Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (20)romantic (14)great for lunch (11)good for groups (9)kid-friendly (6)special occasion (6)great for brunch (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great Find
    Eatsalot79
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food here is amazing. Absolutely recommend. Not a one bad dish. Good service and the outside enclosed patio and garden area gives it a welcoming environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    harsue
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was excellent, service very good. Prices good. We were a party of 5, had a nice round table. I had the eggplant appetizer as a main course. Others had pasta - all outstanding. One person had sole, it was good, but nothing special. Overall, I would recommend and would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Armenian Cuisine!
    MizKatzVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We happened to be staying up the street from Mantee and decided to give it a try -- I'm so glad we did! The food was fresh and delicious, the service very friendly and efficient. The portions are very generous. Two in our party had the chicken kebabs and I had the spinach mantee dish. We shared a dish of the best tabouli I've had in a long time. If I ever return to this area, I will dine here again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Charming restaurant spot, delicious mediterranean food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loveseatingoutVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    food was fresh and fine. our main waiter seemed distracted and a little upset. when he got an order wrong, he was annoyed. he leaned in to hear and his breath stunk of cigarettes. other waiters helped.. but seeing the staff smoking just outside the door of the patio just doesn't feel clean in 2014.
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  • Amazing!
    NurseAlina
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Everything is amazing. The hot feta is to die for and the Mantee perfect. I can't stop going back to this place. It is my favorite place. The owner is such a nice guy and he makes you feel like you're home having dinner with your family
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wolfemanVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was very good but typical for Middle Eastern. I would not say it was the best I have eaten but it was better than average. The atmosphere made up for what the food was missing. From the front door most people would say they would not even go inside to eat. But as you go in, the place leads you to a very quant open garden patio to eat in. It is a place I would go back to again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem!
    Sarah454
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner on the back patio with a group of 6! The food was excellent - loved the bread w/ the dark sesame dip that they bring and we also had the hot feta, an amazing hummus w/ walnuts & pomegranite (yum!) and the yogurt dip. For entrees we had a bunch of different kabobs w/ rice, and the Mantee special (the little ravioli things that were amazing). All in all, the meal was fantastic! The service was a little scattered - w/ different waiters and some confusion during the meal and w/ the bill - but it was okay, we were enjoying the company and the lovely patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    thatindianfamily
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    great, innovative menu; amazing food. great ambience as well, and very friendly service. the manager is a very interesting guy and he talks good naturedly to all the guests. you feel like a regular on your first visit. once again, great food and great service, will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Best in neighborhood
    GoldengangVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This is our go to place in Studio City. Consistently delicious food with the friendliest service around. The back patio is charming.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambience and wine, food so-so
    yummer
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I went for the first time this week. We ordered Hummus, hot feta, and fatuous salad. Nothing really stood out as particularly good except for the wine. We ordered a glass of red and a glass of white. Wish I could remember the names but the wine was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jo LaMond
    Bino
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    At the front door we thought: This is it? For our anniversary? Entering was not much better. A small cafe. Albeit with charm. An inviting staffer showed us to the garden and voila: it was warm, pleasant, comfortable. Instant happiness. The owner, the waiters, were especially considerate. Then the food came: Magic. Just phenomenal. This is rated one of the best (if not THE best) in Studio City. And it is not for nothing. A fantastic find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just what we were looking for
    Danke
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a nice romantic dinner. Great suggestions and attention from the wait staff. Beautiful outdoor patio that would also be nice with a moderately sized group.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Mantee Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great find
    Foodie2
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Small neighborhood cafe that has a wonderful patio dining area. The food was wonderful. We really liked the house specialty mantee the cream sauce was delightful. The service was prompt, the wine list is small but well selected and the prices are fair. The owner stopped by our table for a short chat, that added to a wonderful dining experience. Great place for a meal if going to Hollywood bowl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not sure about Mr. Gold's rec
    Sallyp
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Normally Jonathan Gold is spot on but I think he might have missed something at Mantee Cafe. Maybe he needed it to get to 101 restaurants but it was not special at all. The service was abysmal and the food did not make up for it, although it was solid. The place settings were not clean and the proprietor argued with me about it. I asked for him to turn on the heater and he argued with me about that too. After we were done with our entrees (very clearly done; plates empty and fork and knife in closing position) our table was not cleared for at least 30 minutes and that was only after we begged. I can only guess that somehow (?) they were not prepared for the increase in business after making Gold's list. But that's odd too.
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  • Not All That
    Thejax
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were disappointed in the food. Maybe we ordered the wrong thing but food was hit you over the head spicy, boiled tomatoes bland, tabouleh mostly had parsley with hardly any tomatoes. And it was pricier than we had anticipated. Place magnificent in atmosphere and fun waiter. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing staff!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Can't describe how incredible the staff/waiters were... One of a kind experience..
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Armenian Cuisine
    pm61
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My daughter and I had dinner here at the recommendation of my colleague who is Armenian. She told me about the special authentic Armenian dishes that they prepare. It was absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was wonderful and our server was terrific. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Juju88
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    This restaurant was so good. I tried the Sjuk Quail Eggs OMG to die for. I would recommend this place to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely patio dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The patio here is wonderful for lunch. They have taken down the tree that was the centerpiece but have added umbrellas so there is plenty of shade. The food is always good here and the wait staff are attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW SERVICE
    NewMamaVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    All we got to try this time was the dolma (great as usual), served cold with yogurt and the dessert, heavenly.
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  • Quaint and stylish, unique
    JS22
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great place! Unique atmosphere, non descript from the outside, but cozy and charming with a nice outdoor patio. The food was terrific and the waiters were attentive and professional. I would go back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and food
    laeater
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Great place for great atmosphere and really homey Middle Eastern fare. Their meats were soft and offerings a little out of the ordinary. The manager also seemed really interested in helping us learn more about the culture where the food came from. My only complaint, it seems that the pace of service is a bit slow. We went into the restaurant but had to wait a few minutes while everyone was attending to someone else. There were only about two people who seemed to have the authority to seat people.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Night Romance
    Danshari
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The restaurant offered a fun and intimate setting with great food!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time eating Mediterranean...
    Edznotw88
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    ...and it was awesome! Would definitely visit again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I like this restaurant, but my only complaint is that they have no Vegetarian entree's. The only things that are vegetarian are the appetizers :-(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mantee
    Artz
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was very good. Setting was romantic. I love cozy places like this. Easy to find street parking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok food, great service
    808eatzVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I was very surpised that the food was just ok, after all the rave reviews. I had the stuffed eggplant which was tasty, but so cold I think some of the flavors were stifled. Same with the stuffed grape leaves. I know they were meant to be served cold, but it was like eating food straight from the fridge. The plate presentations were very pretty, and service was friendly and attentive. The environment was really cute. Too bad the food was just ok. The chicken kabob was in fact very good, but for the price, 4 bites was a little dissapointing.
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  • Delightful
    LuvDiningOutVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Delicious mix of Armenian and Lebanese food, very flavorful, fresh and healthy. Quaint, intimate dining rooms w/ a nice outdoor patio in back. Very friendly and prompt service. A warm and pleasing experience all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mantee-licious!!
    BrunchVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Really nice early Saturday night dinner at 6:30. Too chilly for the patio tho they had a few heaters. Indoors really nice decor, tho will get noisy with a boisterous full house. Service out of this world - servers and bus staff always coming around, checking, helping, laughing. You didn't have just one server, you had the whole crew! Great place to share mezze appetizers. Main entrees limited but were dee-licious ( Mantee-licious! ). Special desserts were pricey but absolutely unique, could easily be shared among four people. When most of the food were mezze plates shared among four, with two entrees shared among four, and a dessert, the final tally was amazingly low for the quality and the experience. Give it a try, go early, you'll enjoy
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Unexpected Gem
    MrsKShellVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    We were on business in Universal City and wanted a restaurant that was not a chain. We booked Mantee on the recommendation of other Open Table diners and were very pleasantly surprised. We had a lovely patio table out back on a beautiful sunny day. Our server was wonderful and our lunch special plates were delicious and plentiful. We would definitely return on our next visit. The inside dining room looked small so be patient if the back patio is not open.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    Lulusings
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Love this family-run place -- they are lovely, and the food is phenomenal and unusual -- I've been eating Lebanese food my whole life and this place introduced to me some great dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An all-time favorite
    Jlynne2
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    This restaurant is one of my all-time favorites! Adorable ambiance and wonderful food. You must order the doma with yogurt sauce and the mantee traditional. The best way is to order a bunch of the appetizers to share; I've never had anything that wasn't delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Exceeds Expectations
    RigagigVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    The food and service always exceed our expectations. A real hidden gem. Eat in the outside patio if weather permits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    GOlson
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Great food, good atmosphere, great friendly service. Nightime in the outside patio is best for the vibe. If you live in Studio City, check this place out. Lots of veggie options on menue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK food, slow service
    LAvisitorVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We went here due to pretty good reviews, the part of having a nice patio was true. Appetizers were fine, interesting variety on the menu. Entree selections were however really limited, no seafood, and basically consisted of 4-5 varieties of kebabs and rice. Prepared OK, but boring. Service was friendly but the super slow, this really killed what otherwise could have been an OK meal.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very happy
    Blukyle
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I was planning a date for my girlfriends birthday and I wanted a nice place that wasn't the usual type of food so when I found this place I was excited. The dinner was awesome and was very pleased with the whole evening definitely recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Perfect blend of ambience, flavorful food and knowledgeable and friendly staff. Thank you!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We started with the hummus,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    We started with the hummus, which was good. Then, we tried the baked feta, King's Feast and the mantee. All were among the best dishes I've had at a middle eastern restaurant (and I've eaten at many).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food & welcoming owner
    Anabel
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Rafi, who owns the restaurant with his wife, does a wonderful job of greeting every guest and checking in to see that the meal is going well. He is a sweet man who prides himself in providing the best experience to every customer. His wife who decorated the interior and exterior dining area did a phenomenal job of making you feel like you are eating in someones dining room or patio. It is very shabby chic and sets a wonderful vibe. A girlfriend and I went on a Tuesday evening for dinner and the place was full. Every dish was prepared perfectly. We sat and ate, chatted, enjoyed the ambiance for four hours! This place is wonderful for a small group of friends or date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.