Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant
Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sahararestaurant.net/
  • Phone: (303) 790-4707
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm. Saturday: 11:00am - 9:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Loubna Zouiten
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sahara offers from the extravagant to the casual for all types of catering needs. We have experience to work with any budget and any size of event. Call for details.
  • Entertainment: We have an authentic Belly Dancing show on Saturday Nights with shows at 7:00 and 7:30.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clinton Ct
  • Public Transit: 1/4 mile from the Arapahoe road light rail station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of well-lit parking available.
A word from Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant
Dining at Sahara’s is a SE Denver and DTC Tradition!

From Moroccan to Lebanese dishes, Sahara Restaurant has proudly been serving traditional Mediterranean cuisine to Denver Metro diners for over 20 years. Our family run restaurant is a longstanding tradition in Mediterranean dining for the DTC lunch crowd and Southeast Denver date nights. With intimate booth seating, imported Moroccan rugs, rustic handmade pottery and décor, warm multi-colored Moroccan lanterns, Sahara Restaurant is a truly authentic Middle Eastern dining experience. Sahara Restaurant is an oasis in the middle of the Denver Technology Center.
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Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (8)great for lunch (5)special occasion (5)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (4)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Good
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was very good. Our friend who loves middle eastern food thought it was very good. I would definitely go again. I would not give it an outstanding, but satisfying enough for a taste of the middle east.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family Favorite Since the 1990s
    TableforFour
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My family loves Sahara. We have been coming here for years. Favorite entrees include Sahen Lamb with Pine Nuts, Mustard Chicken and Sahara Vegetarian Combination. Among the appetizers, try the Pastilla (shredded chicken wrapped in phyllo dough and sprinkled with cinnamon), the little spinach turnovers, and the grape leaves. The ambiance is casual and warm. Nice lighting and décor. This is a great spot to relax and linger over a good meal - especially during the week. Weekends are more energetic, especially if you get to see the belly dancing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobbye
    BobbyeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food and service are excellent and consistent. Babe been going there for years and it never fails to be terrific they make you feel like you are part of the family when they great you. The restaurant is welcoming and warm and comfortable with amazing food. We go there frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morocan at it's best
    CaptainJack
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    It was my wife's birthday, and also the day before her final Chemo infusion. It was great restaurant to celebrate this two occasions. We both had lamb dishes, which are on their normal menu. The meats were cooked to almost perfection, and the spice blends I do not think we could duplicate. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to any of our friends.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!!!
    HananVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Nice decor and great food. Thanks for Making this a great birthday party Party of 10 and they were readyet is bring a cake and I hired a belly dancer. The owners are so nice and very chill. Good came out perfectly and a appropriate time. ❌⭕️ Hanan
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great middle eastern
    BobbyeVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is phenomonal. Wil be back again. Service and ambience excellent. A rare find in a strip mall
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant reviews archive.
  • cardinalVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Above average Moroccan food. Middle east dishes are superior to most middle east restaurants
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    Jlosh
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was very authentic, the service was exceptional! I was very impressed with the entire restaurant. We were with a large party with children and they were able to accommodate us with ease. So glad we found it, we will return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious & Outstanding food!
    Sauciefoodie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Sahara is always a consistently a delicious restaurant that we continue to visit and bring new guests to enjoy. We have celebrated a variety of special occasions at Sahara & most recently my family chose to surprise me for Mother's Day! I don't believe they were expecting such a June turn out, as there were only two servers. Thankfully we arrived early, but by the time we left the place was almost completely full! Great atmosphere, staff, but even better, their delicious fare! We love it! Try the garlic chicken but ask for it to be spicy! Also the vegetarian sitter to start is the perfect way to experience Sahara!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    wwahine
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We can always count on a great meal from Sahara. The wait staff is friendly and the food is always delicious. Their lamb shank fell off the bone and their falafel was perfectly cooked (not overly fried as to become too crusty). The stuffed grape leaves appetizer was just right for the 4 of us. The food comes out quickly, but you'll still feel very comfortable lingering over a glass of wine well after your meal is finished.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Middle Eastern in Denver
    Alissa
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We've been to most of the Middle Eastern restaurants in Denver and this one blows them all out of the water! Such rich flavor and high quality meats!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    FoodieJ
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We had a group of 11 including 5 kids when we dined at Sahara. The staff had the table ready when we arrived and they were very attentive throughout. The Hummus and Baba Ganoush was really good. Everyone's main dish was very good as well. The standout of the evening was the Honey Apricot Lamb Tajine. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the belly dancer (Saturday night) was fun for everyone as well. I would definitely recommend them.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    Janiece65
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    While spending a significant time in the Gulf region, I discovered a real penchant for Middle Eastern food. Since then, I've been looking for a good Middle Eastern restaurant in the South side of Denver, and it looks like I've finally found one! The food was excellent and authentic, and the menu provided a large number of choices for every palate. The belly dancer was an interesting touch, as well.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We purposely schedule dinner for a Saturday night so we could see the belly dancer. She was awesome! She took the time to take pictures with the kids and even gave them a lesson on how to belly dance. The entire group loved their food choices. A great evening had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I eat here frequently and recently took several people from my office to lunch and they all loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Always excellent middle eastern cuisine, very flavorful and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sahara
    Diane
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great service and delicious Midle Eastern cuisine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited
    Sonny
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The wine selection was extremely limited. All of the selections were dry wines. The meat was not very tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place to eat
    Penny
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I love this place. The food is fantastic. The owners are wonderful. My husband and I like to go there just for dinner or a special occasion. One fun thing is that there is sometimes a belly dancer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    DenverTS
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We've been to Sahara many times and have always had good food and very kind service. I have dreams about the spicy chicken dish. I know DTC/Centennial isn't known as a foodie hotspot, but this is a great spot for delicious Middle Eastern food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good Middle Eastern Food
    RecentMalaysianTraveler
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The Hummus and Tabouli are very good. The lamb was solid and the beef in the Shawarma was outstanding. All in all, the entire experience was very good and enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place is beautiful, quiet,
    MageeVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    This place is beautiful, quiet, and has delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ReviewerfromdaburbsVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Simple menu, and we have had almost everything on it, we like it very much, this is one of our go to places for Saturday lunch
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good in all respects.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    very good in all respects. not aware of belly dancing which was exciting but not conducive 4 conversation when being performed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    foodie
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The food was excellent as usual. It's a great place to dine and especially a great place to take out of town guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs attention
    2oldforthisVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    My husband and I ate there last Sunday. We waited to be greeted as there was no one at the front. We noticed quite a few customers having to wait for some time to be seated on arrival. The restaurant needs up dated. The wall near our table is chipped and our vinyl tablecloth was less than appealing. The service was just so so. We both had a lamb entrée and felt like it was over cooked. The saffron rice was quite good. We won't go back.
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  • One of Denver's Best - A Must Stop
    Russell1976VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I have been going to Sahara for 14 years and it never disappoints. They are without a doubt the best Middle Eastern cuisine in the Denver and they are constantly updating their menu and restaurant. Saturday and Friday nights they have very tasteful and fun belly dancing and their food is second to none in the area. Their staff has very low turnover and most of them haven't changed since I started going there and they are all great. The food has never been anything but authentic and delicious. Weekend nights they have great Tajines with if you have never had one is a real treat. For the portion sizes and quality they are reasonable and with the beautiful last remodel the ambiance is outstanding. Make them your tradition today!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, fresh and so delicious.
    DorothyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Fresh, fresh and so delicious. Authentic spices and lamb is so tender. So glad we found this place when visiting the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Will Return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Living in suburbia in unincorporated Jefferson County, we do not have a lot of good, ethnic restaurants near us, rather there are mostly mediocre chain restaurants. Having a craving for Middle Eastern food, we tried Sahara, and were glad we did. We tried a delicious apricot lamb dish, a wonderful baked salmon, and the house combination plate. All were amazing looking, and tasting. Everything, including the hummus, seemed fresh and homeade. Sahara is the kind of restaurant that is worth the extra drive time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, but average overall
    luvitalyVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this restaurant, but the food was delicious! The strip mall it's located in and the decor is less than exciting, but overall it's worth eating here. Try the Lebanese wine, nice surprise.
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Sahara has the most delicious falafel, they are light and the flavor balance is perfect. Their food is always good (trust me, I frequent this place at least once a month), and their baklava is amazing, served with hot honey syrup. It's a great restaurant for gluten-free or gluten-restricted diets as things are marked appropriately on the menu. I almost always get the Sahara All Veggie Special because it has a little bit of everything that I crave when I eat here. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Middle Eastern Food and Dance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    We visited Sahara for the first time on Saturday night and definitely enjoyed the food. We were a group of 4 which allowed us to sample 4 different appetizers and 4 different entrees. Each dish was wonderfully spiced and delicious. We especially loved the pastilla appetizer - chicken in puff pastry. Each entrée was large and two of our group got to take home food for lunch the next day. On Saturday night they have a belly dancer who starts around 7:00PM whose entrance really made the restaurant come to life. Definitely a fun evening and one we look forward to re-enacting again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Lebanese and Middle
    FirstTimeVisitors
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Amazing Lebanese and Middle Eastern food. Go on friday/saturday for the Tajine!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sahara, not Belly Dancing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We are regulars at Sahara, which is near our home. We tend to get the same favorite dishes on most visits. The food is generally consistent and very yummy. Service is comfortable. Just keep in mind if you are going for a quiet dinner and chatting, check with them about their Belly Dancing performances. We forgot the other night, went at main dinner time on a Saturday and were seated under a speaker. When the Belly Dancing occurred, the music was very loud for us and we couldn't talk easily. I am sure the performance is enjoyed by many, but that night it was not of interest to us and was a little disruptive. So, depending on your interest, check the schedule -- it may be just Saturday nights. Overall, again, we like Sahara!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very fine meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    The only thing missing was "Home Made Pita". Store bought and cold, does not cut it with such good food otherwise. Gotta try the Hush-Puppies
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very surprised to find this
    weekenddiners
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Very surprised to find this local gem. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Worth stopping
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Our neighborhood group of 4 couples go out to dinner quarterly. It was my turn to choose the restaurant and I chose Sahara as I am trying to find a local Middle Eastern restaurant as good as the two we tried in London. This is as close as I have come to finding that... The food was great, the service good and the Lebanese red wine delicious. Every one enjoyed the evening. DG
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The hummus is divine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Don't mind the trek from downtown to the DTC area to have Sahara. The grape leaves are delicious. I love the homemade hummus. The pita bread is fresh. Their veggie platter is perfect!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food as usual
    Hpypalate
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The food was amazing and I am a HUGE fan of Lubna's Spicy Chicken. The service was poor on Sunday evening when we went. We have been to Sahara many times and this is the first time I can report bad service. The restaurant was very slow and quiet when we were there which leads me to believe that the service is better when the restaurant is full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    We had a very nice dining experience at Sahara. The lamb and plum tangine was wonderful, well worth the trip. The Sahara plate was a great mix of Morrocan specialties,very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.