The yogurt, bread, and appetizers are wonderful.
The rice and kebabs are fantastic. Even better as cold leftovers the next day!
8/4/2012 4:00:00 PM
First time, very much enjoyed
First time, very much enjoyed our dinners. The waiter made a mistake with my order and I got the wrong rice dish, but I decided I didn't care and it was excellent. I'm inclined to blame the mistake, minor as it was, on the noise level as it was Persian New Years and they were quite busy.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful dinner
We had a wonderful dinner and our waiter Michael was excellent!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best in the area at this price poin
It is two restaurants in one, Persian and Italian, and surprisingly, both cuisines were cooked with utmost competence.
It may not measure up to comparable Persian restaurants in Los Angeles (where the best Persian food outside of Iran is to be had) or Italian restaurants of comparable price in NY, but compared to what is available within a 50 mile radius, this is a place that will not disappoint.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service was excellent.
The food and service was excellent. We enjoyed the belly dancing, fun entertainment.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for an early dinner
We went for an early dinner (6 pm) and the restaurant was very quiet. The food and our cocktails were great. We really enjoyed the hummus appetizer. It had a nice lemon flavor we all liked. Our server was excellent. She made some recommendations for several dishes that turned out very well. She also told us that we were missing the entertainment, which starts later in the evening. We'll have to go back at a later reservation. It sounds as if it's very lively after 7:30.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice Persian food. We
Very nice Persian food. We did not try their Italian and other dishes. Rice was a bit too salty. Our waitress was wonderful. The jazz group (Friday night) was excellent. The belly dancer was also very good.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very nice staff. Good Persian
Very nice staff. Good Persian food that is not available elsewhere, such as chicken with a pomegranete and walnut sauce. Also has an extensive Itialian menu which I have not tried but which is good for our two young boys. Friday and Saturday nights starting at 8:30pm they have live Middle-eastern style entertainment (a band and dancers).
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Savor yummy food
Savor yummy food while being treated like a queen or king. Portions are enough to share or bring home. Staff is wonderfully warm and friendly. I would highly recommend this neighborhood gem.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Arya as a couple and with friends 4 times. Each and every time the service was excellent and the food very well prepared. We only recently stayed for the belly dancing when we dined later and were there with friends. If going before the belly dancing the atmosphere is moderately noise, but once the dancing starts the main dining room gets very energetic. However, if the desire is a quieter experience then the separate patio room is very nice. We love the chocolate martini the bartender makes, actually enjoyed several drinks she has made for us. The variety of rice choices to go with the kabobs is very nice. My favorite is the lentil, date and raisin, not something I would have thought I'd like, excellent.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
When I heard it was Persian AND Italian good, I was skeptic. But both types of food were great. The waitress was great as well.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Personable and charming -
Arya is fast becoming one of our "go to" places to have great food. They have a varied menu sure to please anyone with meal portions generous without being mammoth. . Arya has entertainment as varied as the menu - for Mother's Day it was a smooth jazz duo, but I've also seen traditional dancers and other bands. The music is not overpowering to conversations. Arya can accommodate all ages of family as well as romantic evenings. The host/hostess are charming and will go out of their way to accommodate your seating wishes. Servers are friendly, fast and attentive. They have a larger seating area with a bar and another room off the front with plenty of windows and light that is smaller. Off street parking is available - spacious.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
love this place and their lamb!
highly recommended for family and friends gathering, the music and ambience is great and sometimes they have performance.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
must try.. great food and service
We arrived late for our reservation but since it was a weekday.. They were still able to seat us right away. It was our first time here so we asked our server to recommend their best sellers.. glad we did! we all enjoyed our food! even my little girl enjoyed her pasta. maybe because it was a weekday or maybe it was 9pm.. but they didn't have the baklava the i wanted to try. We'll definitely go back on a weekend, try other items on their menu and maybe enjoy some entertainment (server and posters mention live music/belly dancing on friday-sat nights)..
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really like this restaurant and the service. They are very attentive and the food is excellent.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's a good restaurant. Nothing too special but delicious nonetheless. The food was great. But, the lemonades were too sweet. The menu has a good range of Arabic and Middle East food but it also has pasta which doesn't make sense. I have never gotten the pasta.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
A little disappointed with service
I came there twice, and both to celebrate a friends birthday.
Like most restaurants do, I informed the waiter that it was my friends birthday, and she acknowledge that they will do something special for him, but nothing was done.
It would have been nice if the waiter had said sorry we don't acknowledge birthdays. But Both the time they did promise to do something, but did nothing.
Even in my online reservation I had made a note that we will be there to celebrate my friends birthday.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have never been disappointed here. Kebobs are always perfectly tender and juicy (if you usually order medium rare beef or lamb, our waitress suggested ordering rare--and she was spot on). The Mediterranean platter is nice to start with if you have a party of at least four. The best on the platter is a toss up between the hummus and roasted eggplant. YUM! Lots on the menu to go back and try.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Variety Menu
Arya's menu is very varied. It includes dishes of Persian, Italian and American cuisine. Our group had dishes of all 3 cuisines and everyone found them very good. Highly recommended.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been There a few times love
Been There a few times love the food Love the ambience
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very delicious exotic Mediterranean food. Lovely tastes in a clean, professionally decorated setting
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Another good experience
We have been to Arya many times and the food doesn't disappoint. We will definitely come back again.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't miss the bar!
The food was good but the very best was the cocktails, particularly the martini. The martini came as I think it should with little slivers of ice floating on top which tells me it was well shaken and kept it's taste through to the end, which few do. My brother doesn't drink and she recommended a house special fruit juice mix that came decorated with a different fruit on each side of the glass.
This was our first time here, but another time we would probably stick with the Persian food. We choose it because of the variety on the menu the different tastes in our group. The appetizers we had were all excellent. I want the recipe for the Persian soup, a wonderful blend of spices with beans and noodles and lots of veggies.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special occasion lunch
We made reservations for a special birthday lunch for 8 people. The food was spectacular as always. The service was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for any event from casual lunch to formal dinner. Wonderful place.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, pleasant atmospere
Had dinner with the family. Food was good, service was jonnie on the spot, quiet, well lit. Would dine there again and plan to.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Great Ambience
Our party of 6 dined on a Saturday night for a birthday. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted by Sara and promptly seated. Our waiter was very attentive the entire night. We tried most of the appetizers - yogurts, dolmeh, falafel, borani bademjoon, sambosa, sabzi - everything was tasty, especially the borani bademjoon! There was lots of fresh, warm flat bread, and our entrees were good - steaks, kebabs, vegetarian platter. The actual meal part of our dining experience was more than satisfactory. As for entertainment, Maria the belly dancer and the following DJ kept spirits high. My kids (3 & 7) basically danced the whole time while many adults would come on and off the dance floor. In short, Arya was a fun and delicious place to dine.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place for Special Occassion
I brought my husband husband, a very picky eater here for his birthday. He had a great time. Food was excellent, service was great.
Also a great place for a mixed group of vegetarians and meat eaters.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure
We've enjoyed dining at Arya since its owners redesigned the space previously known as Lori's Diner in 2007. We choose it for special occasions and when family visits. The decor is lovely, service is very good, and the Persian menu items are delicious. Prices may seem high but quantities are large while quality is high. Favorites: Adas Polo, Shrimp Kebabs, and fresh fruit mojitos. On our mot recent visit service was a bit overzealous, but that's better than underzealous! Sometimes the front room (facing yet set back from Stevens Creek) is on the chilly side but this time the main room was very comfortable. Early on a Saturday night the sound check was a bit noisy and lasted a bit too long, but otherwise the noise level was not excessive.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The lunch specials that Arya has are reasonable and this time I had a coupon for a free appetizer. Food is great. Nice decor and relaxing environment.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Arya has a nice quiet atmosphere. We enjoyed the food and our waiter was very responsive. We would go back any time.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, as usual
Been here many times, more lately because they had coupons this month.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Mediterranean food!
Was a great Bday celebration evening!! Friday night they have live Jazz music then followed by Belly dancing.. The food was excellent and so was the service
Recommend this place for special occasions too!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent (but expensive) lunch!
As usual, and excellent, delicious lunch.
While it is expensive, I feel the food alone is worth the price!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I picked this place for company's
I picked this place for company's lunch meeting. Everybody loved the food. The place is easy to find, lots of parking, the ambience is really nice. The only issue we have is the service is slow. But everything else is really good!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dined early before a show at the Mountain Winery. The interior is nicely done, well lit and displays a full bar. The menu is extensive, focusing on Persian and Italian food. Our server, Lisa (LJ), was fantastic - recommeding many items we would not have considered and explaining exactly what each dish contained. Out appetizer platter came with hummus, dolmeh, egglant and persian potato salad. Very yummy. The main courses were huge. I had a combination platter of filet mignon, chicken, and fish kebabs with a large serving of Persian rice, that was perfect. My wife had the chicken koobideh platter, loved it and there was so much she had to ask for a doggie bag. Yeah, midnight snack! We will be back!
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
I am a regular at Arya. The food has been consistently good. We love the cultural mix of the people that frequent Arya. I personally am not fond of the belly dancer on Friday and Saturday nights but the band and singer are first rate. There are not many (or any) other places that have good food, ambiance and a live band and dance floor.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff was very patient and accommodating to our requirements. The menu is very diverse and we had plenty of options for people with dietary restrictions in our party. The bar staff also makes very good drinks.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went there for my birthday and had great service and great-tasting food from the Saffron Scallops to the seafood combo to the salmon, and the chicken kebab. They have a good wine and champagne selection and a full bar, as well. The place is great for groups of any size and have a good variety of Persian and Italian dishes. Desserts are very good too! I would go there again.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic. We
The food was fantastic. We had a party of 16, and 3 of us got different lamb dishes. All were wonderful. The chicken & beef kabobs, the dolmas, and the calamari are also wonderful. If you want to be decadent, order the balklava. They make it themselves and it is WONDERFUL.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
This place is not spectacular - but there is nothing bad about it either. The food is "pretty good" not great and the atmosphere is nice. It was quiet enough so you could talk but also had enough activity to be interesting.
All in all it was a good experience and I would recommend it for people who just want to go out for the evening.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kabobs melt in your mouth
We have been to Arya several times and have always had a delicious meal. The fireplace is a nice perk.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Why is Cupertino Arya Restaurant so much better than the one in Redwood City?
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM