Great Mediterranean Food
Went here on Saturday night. We arrived early, while the restaurant had only a few customers. It was completely full by the time we left. We had a Groupon which was for a set menu for 2. We brought a guest who would order off the menu. I was nervous that our dinners might not be as good as just ordering from the menu. Couldn't have been more wrong. Service was excellent. Appetizers, enough for all 3 of us, were delicious. Our dinner, Mixed grill (chicken, lamb and Kafka) were wonderful. We are happy to have tried this neighborhood gem and will return.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent Middle Eastern Food
Really good middle eastern food. Ambience is simple, but comfortable. Will definitely go there again.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner here with another couple last Saturday night. We were just here a few weeks before that. Again, we had a great experience. Rawan, our waitress, is so nice. She has only been there a few weeks and tries very hard to make our dining experience pleasant. We all enjoyed everything. We will be back.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you are looking for ethnic
If you are looking for ethnic food, this restaurant fits the Lebanese and Mediterranean bill. Food choices range from traditional dishes to more easily recognized kebabs. No one went away hungry--ample servings. Pleasant and attentive staff were available, but did not hover. No one rushed us. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We will be back.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the really great restaurants
Outstanding food- always fresh and terrific...and the very best Baba Ganoush anywhere, made with fresh eggplant- not canned--.(and superb Pita bread to put it on!)
This place knows how to char food with spectacular results...your taste buds will love you for it!
Great place all around- classy and casual at the same time, well appointed dining room and parking usually A-OK on 25th street.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Attentive staff and wonderful food!
Tannourine is a delightful blend of Lebanese and traditional Mediterranean dishes beautiful prepared and presented in very generous portions. The street parking, I'll warn you now, is a BEAR! That can be a good thing, especially if you enjoy "walking off" your dinner! The night I was there, multiple groups were scheduled, but it was a Saturday night and the hostess was very apologetic about the noise level, which I assured her was no problem since clearly the guests were enjoying their experience as much as I. Lebanese attitude about life is like other Mediterranean countries: the more and happier the better, and if you've been to the Mediterranean or the Middle East you know how wonderful that can be. Highly recommend this gem!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place seems to get better
This place seems to get better every time we go. Had a Group-on coupon for a dinner for 4 -- the meal was great and paired with a nice white wine. Great time by all. One of our haunts.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
This is the second time we've booked Tannourine for a special celeberation birthday, and they have taken great care of us both times. The food is excellent, and the service warrm and friendly. Very good value. We'll definitely be coming back.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
closest to authentic lebanese food
The kibbeh was truly authentic. (being Lebanese I know how they should taste :) )
This is the closest to authentic food I've had in Northern California so far.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a relaxing evening
We were a large group of eight and were a little skeptical of Tannourine's ability to handle it. But the hostess did an excellent job of making us feel comfortable. The place is cozy and the service is good. The menu has a wide variety even for vegeterians. Our orders were taken quickly. The wine took a little time to arrive, which could be considered a little unusual. The food tasted quite fresh and was flavorful. Most entrees come with rice - if you don't want the carbs, just let them know. Most of the rice was simply wasted.
Overall, a relaxing evening with friends.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some terrific food!
Tannourine is a favorite place--outstanding food on a consistent basis--
If you have not tried this place--it is a winner--the best Baba Ghanoush on the planet for starters-then perfectly prepared kabobs and charred veggies--
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Quality and Taste
I found Tannourine to be great quality food, clean environment and great taste. When we came in for dinner at 6:30pm, it was quiet even though about a 1/3 of the restaurant was filled. Then at 8pm, the music went on and a belly dancer came in, then it became somewhat louder, but in a festive good way. The belly dancer was a nice surprise/treat.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had sampled Tannourine's food at a party they catered and was so impressed with the quality of the food that I decided to visit the restaurant myself. I was not disappointed. The food was fresh, fragrant and flavorful, served very hot and in keeping with some of our idiosyncratic specifications. Especially liked the Phool, snapper and baba ghanoush! I will definitely be going back again.
8/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always great Food
The service is great and they are always super nice. The food is fantastic. It is a quite gem in San Mateo.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place was recommended by a friend since I was looking for a place to go out with my family and celebrate my birthday. The food was excellent and the staff were very welcoming and friendly. I have been recommending this place to my friends. The quality of the food and it's preparation was absolutely exceptional!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food: Great; Service: Can do better
We really loved our meal on Friday - especially the grilled lamb, it was very tender and flavorful. What we found unnerving, however, was having to literally lean to the side as the wait staff angled by our tightly placed table. They could have walked around but decided not to, taking this shortcut which had us concerned when they were also carrying many plates. When the table to our left became free, we moved our table over so there would be more room for the wait staff to use the space to the right as a thoroughfare.
We also ordered a salad that never arrived. We didn't mention it because it wasn't included on the bill. Portions are very generous so we did fine without it, just surprised it just fell off of our order.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed our second time dining here. This time we came with our young kids. The mezze both cold and hot were very good, especially both the babaganoush and hummus. Enjoyed the lentil rice as well as the chicken kebabs. Will definitely come again.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our first time to this restaurant. The environment is nice. The food is very good. Our waitress is always simile even it was a busy night. We also enjoy the dancing show. Will definitely come back!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food!
We had dinner there on a Saturday. It was the first time there for most in our party. The service was really nice and the food was very good. The shawarma (both meet and chicken), salads, baba ghannouge, tabouleh, Labna B'Khyar, and pita bread were all delicious. The dolmas were pretty good and the falafel was just ok. We felt the falafel was doughy, not crunchy at all. The mjadra was very good, too, but tasted cinnamon which we were not used to having in such a dish. When we asked for substitutions for things such as rice or feta cheese, the waiter happily complied. He also gave a surprise baklava with a candle in it for the birthday girl. The kind, attentive waiter really helped make our dining experience a very pleasurable one!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lunch was great!
This was a very different experience from the last one. This waitress was very competent. Everything was great, except I forgot to ask for my meat to be medium rare. The cucumbers were a nice treat!! This waitress needs to train the one Sunday night.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Made us feel as if they were genuinely glad we were there. The service was just right--they didn't hover but seemed to appear at just the right times. The food was presented beautifully and, most importantly, was delicious.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
My family dines here regularly. Our favorite dishes include the babaganoush (great smokey flavor),
fava bean appetizer, and cous cous dishes. Service was a bit slower than usual on our last
visit, but we'll be back.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM