Sarma

Sarma

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sarmarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6177644464x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open 7 days a week (dinner only).

    Doors open at 5:00 PM, kitchen at 5:30 PM.

    Sunday through Thursday:
    Kitchen closes at 10 PM
    Meze open until 11PM
    Bar open until 12 AM

    Friday and Saturday:
    Kitchen closes at 11 PM
    Meze open until 12 AM
    Bar open until 1 AM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Cassie Piuma
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Medford
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Sarma
Sarma is the newest venture from the team behind Oleana & Sofra. Chef Ana Sortun joins Sarma Chef/Owners Cassie Piuma, and Matt Piuma in this latest collaboration.

Sarma is a fun and funky neighborhood restaurant in the style of a Turkish Meyhane ("wine-house"). It serves casual and carefully constructed small plates (Meze), alongside a bustling craft-cocktail program. The wine list is small, and impactful, featuring only natural wines intended to compliment Chef Cassie's flavorful cuisine. Music, communal dining options, and colors abound at this new neighborhood gem!
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Sarma reviews from OpenTable diners
334 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (299)neighborhood gem (203)special occasion (149)hot spot (125)good for groups (109)vibrant bar scene (98)romantic (67)notable wine list (28)late-night find (22)kid-friendly (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful middle eastern tapas
    CoyleVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sarma is very creative - middle eastern tapas basically. You order two or three small plates apiece and share the wonderful creative food. they also come around with special plates that you can choose, like deviled eggs, salmon, fried chicken nuggets. There are vegetarian entrees and meet and fish as well. There is a glossary to translate the exotic words in the menu. Everything is great. This was my second time at the restaurant and I am equally impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My latest meal at Sarma
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I continue to find the food at Sarma to be excellent. As a vegetarian not all the options are available, but there is a much wider choice than most restaurants. I especially liked the Kunefe with beet and the snap pea dish was the best, a real standout and , as many dishes at Sarma are, a complete surprise. Others at the table had the beef tartare and clams which they liked very much. We got there at 17:40 for a 17:30 reservation and by 18:30 the place was full. Noise can be an issue here, when the dinning area and the bar are both full (19:00 - 21:00 most any night). I also love the bar scene here later at night, not raucous or anything just great drinks and pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mish-mash
    mwallace
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The dishes were high quality, but since they are small plates, we picked things we thought would go well together, but they just come out one at a time in a very random order. The decor is also very random and not very attractive, and you are very aware of all the conversations around you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, amazing cocktails
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Two of us ordered 5 dishes and a dessert and everything was delicious. The cocktails were creative and delicious- we both highly recommend the 'Sastisse' which had tequila and salted yogurt in addition to mint and orange. We ordered the 7 layers hummus plate which had a number of interesting 'layers'. The special that was deviled eggs but had kalamata olives, pine-nuts and dill in the filling was delicious. The salad with greens, fennel, nectarines, walnuts and yogurt-taragon dressing was amazing. This place has great vegetarian options, with more that we didn't get to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful, interesting combinations, great flavors. Service was great. Restaurant was popular, evident by the large crowds. Many people eating at bar and standing area near bar, I suspect many we're walk-ins. We had a reservation. Never felt rushed. Ordered from menu and also from trays that they walk around with, which is what ever the chef feels like making that night. Menu was plenty large, making it hard to decide, everything was mouthwatering. Restaurant style was small plates, making it fun to try many things. Can't wait to go back, already booked a future reservation.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    Jess
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Sarma was good, but not as good as I was expecting or hoping it would be. The food was good, service was terrible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, weird music so so decor
    Mamafoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food was fabulous as expected. Heavy metal and pop songs while having Turkish tapas? Not my thing. Inside decor also disjointed and weirdly diner like.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very very good
    4quarterlydiners
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A menu that is unusual, pairing tastes including a glossary to know what the delicious tastes are about. Although they suggest choosing 3 dishes each, we were a party of 4 who shared everything. We could have chosen 2 each so we could have dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow... Loved It. Perfect Execution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    What a joy. My wife and I enjoyed our first visit to this fabulous place... and we'll certainly return soon. Everything we had was fantastic. Rainbow Carrots*, Fried Green Tomatoes, Seven Layer Hummus, Deviled Eggs, Feta Cheese Gnocchi*, Moorish Pork Ribs*, Sugarsnaps* and Corn Cakes*. (Starred dishes stood out the most) Simply decorated dining room, tables for 2 are smallish, great large square bar, service was friendly and efficient. Wines by the glass a bit pricey... and check adds up as you can't resist the amazing food... but all in all worth it as it's so well done. Should be a stop on any serious diner's list. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yum.
    sush
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I really enjoyed the food- creative, fun and delicious. I'm a vegetarian, but had plenty of fantastic choices. I wish the service had been faster. Honestly we probably would have ordered more if there was less of a wait between the courses! Also helpful to know if anything being passed around would be vegetarian or not. But wonderful overall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gaschief
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Superb african -mediterranean spice makes the food delicious, flavorful, and rather exotic. Certainly a place to try many novel presentations of delicious foods. Both meat and vegetarian dishes brilliantly thought out, spiced and tasty. Really original presentations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enticing, delicious small dishes
    Sassy1453
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We enjoyed the "just-right"-sized small plate offerings. Server recommended "3 plates per person" but we found that 3 dishes between 2 people was satiating. Vast vegetarian selections. Attentive, energetic service. Did not care for the "dim sum" style of servers bringing various dishes around - felt a little intrusive and somehow the dishes didn't seem appetizing (?fresh) so would do away with this. Casual atmosphere, nice lighting - what a transition from "The Paddock" which my neighborhood haunt in the 1980s! It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane and overall very enjoyable. Recommend the crab kibbeh dish and hummus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Absolutely amazing as always. My friends were super excited we had dinner there! Great service and thank you for the birthday desserts! Everything tasted spectacular. Cannot wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First timer
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sarma is an absolute gem. I love how they have chef specials come around to each table and ask if they would like to try it. I got wings, and fried chicken during these encounters. Both were great and made my food decisions easier. I like to see what I'm eating, and this was great. Also recommend the patasas bravas, gnocchi (unbelievable), salmon. All outstanding. Our waiter was just average, but this place was fantastic. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique and wonderful
    BosDiningDudeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We chose 9 small plates for four people. Afterward, we each had trouble deciding on a favorite - they were all so special. Fried chicken, Lamb kofta sliders, and octopus/avocado seemed to stand out. I would have to echo other reviewers' comments about the difficulty finding parking. Definitely better to cab/uber it if you can afford to! The money you save on the bill will help: for four of us, with a bottle of wine, it was only about $150. Pretty amazing for greater Boston and for food of this quality and inventiveness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Successful at being trendy...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place has a cool ambience, and I liked the idea of special dishes being brought around to the tables for you to select. I thought everything we ordered was fine (seven small plates and one of the special plates). but really nothing seemed that memorable. The menu was extensive, but dominated by a lot of fried food, so it ended up feeling like quite a heavy, unhealthy meal. Overall, I left feeling like I would rather try other places than return to Sarma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Fabulous small bites place, very much in line with Ana Sortun's other spots. Great bar and friendly service. Parking is the biggest challenge, so walk or take a taxi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Food in Town
    Musemonkey
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Your food was outstanding particularly the lamb sliders and the service was impeccable and friendly. I have already recommended Sarma to friends and family and bought a gift certificate for my daughter's anniversary. Sarma is reasonably priced and offers food that is better than the pricier places in Boston. Two to three small plates are filling and delicious. Come one come all, its the best find in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Anniversary Dinner
    Ees2582
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My husband and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary at Sarma. The atmosphere is welcoming and warm. Our server was helpful in describing the dishes and gave us some tips on navigating the menu. The menu is made up of small dishes, so some advice on how much to order was welcomed. The servers were very attentive, always there when we needed anything. The food was exceptional. Some standouts were the sugar snap peas with pistachio tahini and fried quinoa, hot peppers stuffed with halumi cheese, grilled octopus, corn cakes with salted date butter, I could go on and on. We will absolutely be going back to Sarma again and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys amazing food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mediterranean food around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I have been to the restaurant 3 times and each time I find the offerings appealing, with new dishes to try each time, and all the dishes outstandingly delicious. Sometimes it's hard to choose from some many different dishes. Cocktails are unusual and delicious, too. And the pitas...served warm in a paper wrapping---yummy. They don't last long and they keep them coming, but be careful because it's easy to fill up on these and then you'll deny yourself the opportunity to get through all the courses on your list.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most enjoyable meal in years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Make a meal of three fabulous appetizers per person and share as many as you can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small-plates, big flavors.
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Outstanding work coming out of the kitchen at Sarma. We had several items including the multi-layered Hummus plate, the sugarsnaps, some stuffed peppers (a special), the pork-belly bunuelo, lamb-sliders and more. Each presented flavors of distinct vision and precise execution. This is not generic food. Each dish - well in some cases actually each bite - has a point of view. These folks are turning it out and you ought not to expect to relate to your food casually. We will return at our earliest opportunity.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing ambience
    EatsMcEaterson
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had a great time when we finally made it to this new restaurant. Like the hype, we were pleased by the quality of the food. The vegetarian dishes were the best but the BBQ Harissa duck certainly earns high praise. Next time I would prefer more veg. And yes, I hope next time is very soon!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best food in the Boston area.
    Choicepickings
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    This is a perfect restaurant. The food is so tasty and thoughtfully made you will be delighted. This was our second trip to Sarma and I am looking forward to our third. It is a spot you will want to share with your friends.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Fabulous!
    MLaurieVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is fabulous, creative, and flawlessly executed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, quiet for conversation
    FoodandFriends
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A rare thing to find lately: A restaurant with good food and low-level music to make conversation among four people easy. Nice service, as well. Interesting take on tapas-style eating. Caveats: Only two dessert offerings; frozen greek yogurt was bland to flavorless, regardless of toppings. Side bread was bland, as was the accompanying olive oil. Great service, however.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad found Sarma
    Salemfoodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food was creative and delicious, service excellent and we had a wonderful time. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    mainetransplant
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Interesting and delicious small plates. Small wine list; the Lebanese red was excellent, but when serving by the glass it appeared to me they go for 5 or 6 pours per bottle.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best, best, best food around
    Jayjay
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    fantastic food - this was my 3rd visit and it is unbelievable each time. so unique, fresh, flavorful, every bite is remarkable. nice people, nice wine. hard thing is saving room for the wonderful frozen yogurt dessert. can't WAIT to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second Time: Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Its hard to get a table for four or six people at Sarma but two seems relatively straightforward--we got a table at 7:45 late the same afternoon and were seated at 7:30 in the back of the room behind the large communal table. The waiter was good--attentive and never forgot we were there. The servers who brought the food or bussed the table were uniformly lovely and seemed proud of the food and happy to be there. We had seven small plates--the absolute standout was the "blue fish falafel" which was a fried fish fritter served like falafel with one perfect pickled peach. I'm planning to try pickling peaches myself this week in hommage. Shrimp Saganaki was the only exception: dull and only three shrimp. No room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for the food, not for service
    Kelley58
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our host Andy was spectacular! A shining star who was welcoming, friendly and appreciative of our business. The food was OUT OF THIS WORLD! The top 3 everyone should try: • Carrot Fritters • 7-Layer Hummus • Corn Cakes All spectacular!! Service was a different story. The entire staff was wonderful EXCEPT our primary waiter. He wasn't very attentive to our table of 3, but practically hovered over a larger table next to the back wall. It took him a very long time to come back and take our initial order, and it never got better. What could have been a 5-Star experience was tarnished by our waiter!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made it Memorable
    coop
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My husband and I made our second visit to Sarma on Sunday. The food tasted even better than our first visit. We did experience three instances where the wrong dishes were brought either to our table or to someone else's table. At the end of the meal, the manage came over and apologized and took some items off of our bill. His sincere apology more than made up for the mix ups. We love this restaurant and plan to come again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food chilly welcome
    esseekay
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    They've got what you want at Sarma and they know it. Our party of 3 was warned by the hostess on arrival for a very early Saturday reservation "this table needs to turn by 8." We were out in plenty of time and our waitress , to her credit, did not rush us. Don't let your success go to your head Sarma--service begins at your difficult to find door.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fully satisfying
    pbuttenVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We loved our first dinner at Sarma. The food is off the beaten track, Middle-eastern/Near-eastern/Mediterranean Rim, in keeping with its sister restaurant Oleana, one of our favorites. The small dishes were indeed easy to share and provided a lot of variety. We had some favorites, but there wasn't any dish we didn't love. It's noisy, a drawback for us elders, but lively and fun. The service is friendly and paced right. All in all a wonderful dining experience with friends. We'll be back often.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to be a charm
    bostonflyboyVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Third time here and the food was again outstanding. This is the second time that we introduced a friend to Sarma. This time we had dessert and the frozen yogurt with a pick of various toppings was a delight. A great way to finish the evening and clear our palettes.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing experience!
    kbergstrom8
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Sarma was amazing. The food was absolutely delish - every plate packed a punch of flavors. The broccoli was incredible and some of the best I've ever had! Plan to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need better service
    foogie05
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a good dinner but felt little less personal. It's good to think about educating the servers little more. All Ann's restaurants has same problem. No one is full of energy. But we love her food and cooking. So will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food, drinks!
    KH412
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Really tasty food and drinks. Would definitely go back and sit at the bar again. Fried chicken was amazing as were the corn pancakes and the sugar snap peas. Wine was awesome. Bartenders were funny and friendly but not imposing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Carolinagirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a great spot. I had been to oleana and enjoyed my dinners there, so I thought I'd give Sarma a try. Overall, the food was great. They have the small plates similar to oleana and additionally have specials that they bring around like dim sum. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as usual
    ananasVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Sarma continues to impress. The summer menu is fantastic. We loved the 7 layer hummus, pork ribs, carrots, yogurt cheese with figs, & cheese pastry with beet salad. The only dish that was not enjoyable was the lamb shish which was both very rare & tough. It is frustrating that each time we dine here even though we request to not receive meat dishes separately from veggie dishes since only one member of our party eats meat we often get meat dishes with a long delay before veggie dishes. It would be nice if the kitchen could help with these requests instead of only bringing out "batches" to several tables at once. This is awkward when only one person is eating the dish. The frozen yogurt is always delicious.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.