Tannourine
Tannourine

Tannourine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tannourinecuisine.com/
  • Phone: 6506381960
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday 12:00pm - 2:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Paul Sarkis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater and deliver to groups of 10 or more . Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Restaurant can be reserved for private parties (buy out), Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: SUNDAY,JANUARY 17,2010 Andrea performs along with a special line-up of invited guest dancers Malia de Felice, Christina Amar, more! Come support Andrea's Raq Stars at their debut performance 7:00-9:30 p.m.
  • Special Events: RAQ THE HOUSE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23RD Andrea performs along with a special line-up of invited guest dancers Adriana, Malia de Felice, Christina Amar, more! Come support Andrea's Raq Stars at their debut performance 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Flores St.
  • Public Transit: El Camino Real is 1 block away, just a couple of blocks away from Bay Meadows.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tannourine
Authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine prepared for you by our famous Chef Paul. Our restaurant features the elegance of fine dinning in a comfortable relaxing atmosphere.
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Tannourine reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (10)good for groups (7)special occasion (5)fit for foodies (5)romantic (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good food
    Jan13
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nice place to go to with group of people, very lively, good food, enjoyable entertainment, very friendly service
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Authentic Middle Eastern food
    dvnoneVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food just like I remember as a child! Friendly staff easy parking and a meal you soon won't forget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Going downhill
    bjean
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I had the cubes of lamb with couscous. The lamb was scarce in this dish and not very well seasoned. The vegetables zucchini and carrots were so overcooked that they they were mushy. It also came with flavorless huge chunks of potatoes and the couscous was dried out. I used to love the food at Tannourine, not so much this time.
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  • Odd experience
    Andrea
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made an Open Table reservation for a client meeting here, and expected that one was needed. But upon arriving, it was just my client and me, and another quiet couple at a table far in the corner. We had to ask the waiter to put some music on because it was so eerily quiet and almost uncomfortable. People did start to trickle in around 7 PM, but we left by then. The food was ok, but not spectacular. Can't comment on the wine, as I didn't have any. It was straight-forward for the cuisine, but the ambiance was awkward. Not sure if I'll be back soon.
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  • WONDERFUL
    sibel
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had a wonderful time. Great meza selection all fresh hummus and babaganoush out of this world. All meats chicken ,lamb and beef very well marinated and tender. Great service and friendly atmosphere. A must again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was attentive w/o being intrusive. Lamb shank was tender & tasty. Beef Kebab was tasty & tough - must stay away from kebabs as they are usually tough, regardless where I go. Place was quite noisy. I think it's because there are no wall coverings so voices bounce back and forth between the walls. I used a restaurant.com cert. Instead of subtracting the total cert value once from the bill, they spread the value over each item, but the sum of each discount was short of our total value. Very odd. I didn't bring it up with the server as it was a small amount and just took it off the tip (I know it's not fair to the server, but I was tired and cranky from a long day, and not up to negotiating). I tipped based on BEFORE gift cert & tax.
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  • Former issues addressed!
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner here on Friday night. We had impeccable service and the food (lamb!) was divine. We've always loved the food, but were disappointed with the service. This time made up for all the rest, we look forward to enjoying Tannourine on a regular basis!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 243 reviews are from the Tannourine reviews archive.
  • Best of the Med
    MaloufVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family is 100% Lebanese and we have never been disappointed with our meals at this restaurant. I have ordered most everything and loved every bite. If you can't go to Grandma's then this is the next best place (and some items are even better...yikes she won't see this).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice fresh food
    MenloGalVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Tried a new restaurant this weekend and was pleased with the choice. I got kebabs and my companion got chicken shwarma, both were tasty. The restaurant itself was nicely decorated, but it was ICE cold, A/C cycling on an off between comfortable and arctic. The service was friendly, slightly slow, but they did have two large parties of nearly 20 people each, so understandable. They may have run out of rice due to the large parties as they asked my companion if he would like cous cous instead of rice as the food was just about to come out. The food and service were good enough to give it a second try. I will be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem.
    adancediva
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A neighborhood gem right on 25th Avenue in San Mateo. Our reservation was for 6:30 PM on a Saturday night and when we arrived our table was waiting for us. There were five of us and we ordered appetizers prior to our main course which everyone thought were delicious. The lamb shanks were to die for and the grilled chicken w/lemon butter sauce was grilled perfectly, moist and not dry. The skewered lamb was also cooked medium rare and not overcooked. The noise level was just fine to hold a conversation without hearing other table conversation even when sitting next to a large party. Service was pleasant and friendly. Our only suggestion would be to improve the wine list.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific! Best Middle Eastern Food.
    maxman
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My grandmother was from Lebanon and I grew up with the terrific middle eastern food. This is the only restaurant on the West Coast that is exactly like home cooking and I have tried numerous ones all over CA, OR and WA as I travel on business almost every other week. It is authentic and the presentation is beautiful. Thanks for being there.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Lunch at Tannourine
    mthiele
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    If you like Lebanese or Mediterranean food, you'll like this place. The meats are fresh and well seasoned, and the service is prompt and friendly. We only had two dishes, plus a salad, but the lamb and the chicken were both very good and I especially liked the Baba Ghanoush and the Hummus. I definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sandyVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    We had high hopes for a good Lebanese meal but this was not the place. The Schwarma was tough and the sauce tasteless. the waiter kept going outside to smoke. Sorry, I hate to write a bad review, but this place has a long way to go
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  • Good Food
    ken210
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    If you want to try something new, go to Tannourine. Lebanese and Mediterranean food at its finest. The place is nice, clean and the service is superb! We tried their meat shawarma and the kafta kashkash and these both tasted wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A return trip will be done!
    MarcT
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    My wife and I had a Groupon special for this restaurant and went there on a Saturday night after making an OpenTable reservation. Since we had the Groupon, we had a pre-set menu of some appetizers, a main course and some dessert. I don't remember all the things we had, but we had some hummus (very tasty and fresh), baba ghanoosh (probably spelled that wrong, but it was good) and some small hot appetizers which were really, really good. The mixed kebab platter was our main course and really good, especially the lamb. The beef was nice and tender and the chicken was flavorful. A few baklava for dessert and we were stuffed! I think the restaurant was a bit short-staffed that evening, but service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    narain
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Went there for a Friday night dinner and was surprised to hear that they had a special event. They had 9 belly dancers performing, was really entertaining. The food was plenty and well prepared/cooked. The service was friendly and right on target. Highly recommend this place but make sure to have a reservation cause they got really busy really quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first visit to
    candyVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    This was our first visit to this nice restaurant and we were impressed by the décor of the place, very relaxing atmosphere and the food was very good and flavorful, we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tannourine
    Steve
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We picked Tannourine for Dinner for our group of 6 friends because it looked a little unusual compared to the regular California cuisine. It is a family owned restaurant and the food, service and ambiance were all great. We shared the cold Mezza combo and Tabouleh to start and enjoyed sharing all of the items. One of the group had Lamb Shanks and kept telling the owner how great it was every time he came by. Two vegetarians had the Veggie Combo and the Mjadra plates and the carnivores had Chicken Shawarma and a fish dish which does not appear on the online menu since the catch of the day varies but it was great! All of the dishes were made daily with fresh ingredients. The noise level was quiet and we could easily carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Room for improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    We were welcomed as soon as we entered the door, and were shown to our table. The wait staff was friendly, and helped us chose our meals from an extensive menu. We enjoyed the mezza combo (1 plate was more than enough for the three of us). Our server recommended the Shish Kabab (Mix Grill), enough for my husband and me to share. The flavors were great, but I thought the meat was over cooked. My son's meal, Kafta Meshwi, finally came when we were almost finished. He didn't mind, and it was hot and the meat was juicy. Overall, we enjoyed the meal and will dine there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Donut
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Went to Tanourine on a Groupon deal. The food was delicious and plentiful-- enough for 2 to have lunch leftovers the next day! Wine list was reasonably priced service was welcoming and attentive. We will go back!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was very good. Lamb shank
    hacker
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food was very good. Lamb shank was recommended and didn't disappoint. Lighting too bright/harsh for our tastes.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & flavorful food.
    dbwmom
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Service was excellent. Food was flavorful. Generous portions. But we did not realize that it was a set menu; it did not specify that on the Groupon. Good thing we are not vegans. There were other items on the menu that we would have chosen. There were many families with young children and a couple of large groups when we were there. That's a good sign.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • meh
    joebob
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Got our order wrong. Didn't refill water glasses. Food was pretty good.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Service still needs improving
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    It was a quiet Sunday Lunch. The food was great. The waiter was sweet but seems not to have been trained as a waiter.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lamb Shank
    Lety
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We were six for dinner and dined early. The server was fantastic. I got the lamb shank, recommended by the server and loved it. It was flavorful and very tender. I brought my own wine and paid a $10 corkage fee which was very reasonable. I didn't check their wine list, I just had a nice bottle for this occasion. I will definitely go back to it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, generous portions
    jdsfVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    The food was generally well executed, and portions were generous. The only dissapointment was the rice which was plain, as though from a rice cooker. In most other Mediterranean restaurants rice I've had has complimented the grilled items nicely, more like a pilaf or something.
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  • Need to focus on service!
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    This is our third visit to Tannourine and the second time we had unsatisfactory service. We were greeted by a nice man at the door who pointed us to our table once I gave the OpenTable info. A woman server met us halfway to our table and asked us if we had a reservation. I assured her we did. She went to the kitchen and came back to tell us she didn't see our reservation. I brought up the OpenTable email on my phone and showed her. She disappeared for a moment and then came back to our table. Her exact words were, "Do you know what you want to order?" No acknowledgement that she had found our reservation or any apology for challenging us. Over the course of the dinner, she warmed to us, but the initial interaction seemed so unnecessary.
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  • Delicious Food with great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We enjoyed a relaxing evening with friends. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    SCoff
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Friendly service, great with our kids, and delicious appetizers and grilled meats. Excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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  • Great Middle Eastern food
    lartos
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    The restaurant is like eating at you're own home with white tablecloths. The food is terrific, and our waiter was very accommodating, even though there was a private party of about 30 people celebrating an 81st birthday. The Falafel and baba ganoush are fantastic. The pita is served warm and try the mixed grill, with chicken, beef, and lamb served with rice and vegetables. It is seasoned just perfect, and just a great place to go. Corkage is $10, so bring your own wine!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great food
    chocloveVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch was great!
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    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.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Very good food!
    Carl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Princess
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mediocre at best
    Jowi
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Very heavy greasy food. We had the Mezza combo plate and the rice/lentil dish. Even the salad was drenched in oil. The pita was good, but that's it. Would not return.
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  • Enjoyable dinner
    SFBayGuy
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food: Great; Service: Can do better
    FridayNiteDinnersVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    ChickenJuice
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No real waiters available?
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    The 4 of us assumed the usual waiters were unable to work that evening. A young man must have filled in. He wasn't dressed like a waiter, he knew nothing about the food, and when he brought the dishes, he asked US who ordered which dish. A restaurant of this caliber makes that the waiter's job. If this had been our first time there, we would never have returned.
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    great for lunch
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