10962 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604Neighborhood:
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- 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
A word from Mantee Cafe
A quaint little cafe serving delightful Mediterranean food.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
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Mantee Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (22)romantic (14)great for lunch (12)good for groups (8)special occasion (7)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- Very goodharsueDined on 8/27/2014Food 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:
- Delicious Armenian Cuisine!MizKatzVIPDined on 8/10/2014We 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/19/2014Charming restaurant spot, delicious mediterranean food!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- loveseatingoutVIPDined on 7/10/2014food 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.
- Amazing!NurseAlinaDined on 7/6/2014Everything 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 familySpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- wolfemanVIPDined on 7/5/2014The 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:
- Hidden Gem!Sarah454Dined on 6/19/2014Had 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:
- Great experiencethatindianfamilyDined on 6/15/2014great, 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:
- Best in neighborhoodGoldengangVIPDined on 6/6/2014This is our go to place in Studio City. Consistently delicious food with the friendliest service around. The back patio is charming.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ambience and wine, food so-soyummerDined on 6/6/2014I 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:
- Jo LaMondBinoDined on 5/31/2014At 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:
- Just what we were looking forDankeDined on 5/31/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great findFoodie2Dined on 5/22/2014Small 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 bowlSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- not sure about Mr. Gold's recSallypDined on 5/20/2014Normally 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.
- Not All ThatThejaxDined on 5/18/2014We 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:
- Amazing staff!!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 5/9/2014Can't describe how incredible the staff/waiters were... One of a kind experience..Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic Armenian Cuisinepm61Dined on 5/4/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 147 reviews are from the Mantee Cafe reviews archive.
- Great PlaceJuju88Dined on 4/29/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely patio diningOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 3/23/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SLOW SERVICENewMamaVIPDined on 3/21/2014All we got to try this time was the dolma (great as usual), served cold with yogurt and the dessert, heavenly.
- Quaint and stylish, uniqueJS22Dined on 3/9/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ambiance and foodlaeaterDined on 2/23/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Saturday Night RomanceDanshariDined on 2/22/2014The restaurant offered a fun and intimate setting with great food!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- First time eating Mediterranean...Edznotw88Dined on 2/14/2014...and it was awesome! Would definitely visit again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice PlaceAngelaVIPDined on 2/14/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ManteeArtzDined on 2/14/2014The food was very good. Setting was romantic. I love cozy places like this. Easy to find street parking.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ok food, great service808eatzVIPDined on 12/31/2013I 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.
- DelightfulLuvDiningOutVIPDined on 12/21/2013Delicious 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:
- Mantee-licious!!BrunchVIPDined on 11/9/2013Really 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 enjoySpecial Features:
- Unexpected GemMrsKShellVIPDined on 10/31/2013We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome!LulusingsDined on 10/12/2013Love 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An all-time favoriteJlynne2Dined on 8/25/2013This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Exceeds ExpectationsRigagigVIPDined on 8/14/2013The food and service always exceed our expectations. A real hidden gem. Eat in the outside patio if weather permits.Special Features:
- Great foodGOlsonDined on 8/9/2013Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just OK food, slow serviceLAvisitorVIPDined on 7/31/2013We 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.Special Features:
- Very happyBlukyleDined on 7/19/2013I 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 recommendSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PerfectionOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 7/13/2013Perfect blend of ambience, flavorful food and knowledgeable and friendly staff. Thank you!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We started with the hummus,OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 7/9/2013We 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:
- Wonderful food & welcoming ownerAnabelDined on 7/2/2013Rafi, 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Summer Dining at ManteeOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 6/20/2013On the night before the summer solstice, we were looking for a place where we could truly be under the sun and then the stars. Mantee's garden was perfect. We opted for a lighter dinner of tabbouleh, Armenian salad, hummus with sausage bits and one shared plate of meat mantee dumplings. I guess that's not very light...but we skipped the meat kabobs! The salads were bright and lemony. Hummus held its own--not to blame Mantee, I'm burning out on hummus because it is everywhere now. The mantee were fantastic with a well-seasoned yogurt sauce, the highlight of the meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.