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Ali Baba

11 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch (14)
  • Neighborhood Gem (13)
  • Good for Groups (6)

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Family owned and operated, this hidden gem of South San Francisco offers the most authentic Mediterranean cuisine around. For centuries, the people of the Mediterranean have savored these dishes, and it has allowed them to eat well and live long, healthy lives. Ali Baba’s diners delight in the freshness, healthfulness and variety of our dishes. We offer a comfortable, yet stylish setting, with a combination of modern design and stone, wood and copper accents, adding an authentic vibe. Sink into our cozy banquettes and chat with friends while enjoying succulent meats, delectable sides, and irresistible desserts. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes as well. Ali Baba is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes. Catering is available. Don't forget to use our Presto tablets on your next visit!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch Monday - Saturday: 10:30am - 5::00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5;00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 871-2221
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
South Airport Blvd
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout
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3.9based on all time ratings
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 15, 2016

Ali Baba is a favorite of most or all SSF businesses (life sciences in particular). The food is superb and freshly prepared each day. The service is very good and if you just want to order out online, it's so easy. Mostly, it's great food, great value, great service and a lovely group of people that run the place - high marks all the way around!

3.0Dined on December 4, 2015

This location was difficult to find. It was fairly empty on a Friday night so we had decent service. I do like how we can view the menu and order from these devices on each table - the order goes directly to the kitchen. Staff was friendly and establishment was clean. The tables were a little too close together.

4.0Dined on March 20, 2015

While the food was good. The whole process is not a real sit down place. Order placement via a terminal on the table. Assuming you have the correct one. Service of food is fast but not in the correct order for sit down. No drink refill unless you flag down a server. No dish clearing unless you ask. Too crowded for business lunch.

2.0Dined on January 21, 2015

It was a self service eatery. The place is clean, reasonably priced and the food OK. Just not what I expected. More like a fast food place with a Mediterranean menu.

4.0Dined on December 18, 2014

Order before you sit down. Grab your drink yourself, you will not be served. Cashier was snappy and didn`t explain the process even after we told her it was our first time there.
Redeeming factor, the food was delicious.

3.0Dined on July 22, 2014

Options are limited in this part of SSF. The food is very good. I'm not a big fan of the iPad replacing the server. Fast, good food for lunch, though. And good for groups.

5.0Dined on March 7, 2014

My husband and I were looking for somewhere to eat on the way to the airport. We stopped here but didn't expect to have such a nice meal. The food was delicious, the environment was comfortable and easy and the table tablets for ordering and games/trivia made it extra fun. Great, fresh falafel too. We would certainly go back again. I wish we could find a low-key and tasty spot like that near where we live!

2.0Dined on February 15, 2014

poor service
food very bland -something was definitely missing - all six of us agreed on this fact
chicken very dry - maybe day old due to the fact that we were the first ones there and arrived at 11:30am.

5.0Dined on December 13, 2013

Excellent food and service in a nice, new setting. Parking available. Easy access to freeway. Great variety of Mediterranean food. Love the kebob plates. Lentil rice was delicious. Favorite lunch place.

4.0Dined on September 16, 2013

Good food. Nothing special, but quite tasty. Very reasonably priced. I took my mother there and we were able to have a quick dinner and it was less than $25. Would go back again if I wanted kebabes/hummus and was in the area.

3.0Dined on September 13, 2013

Group of friends ordered the falafel wrap, garlic potatoes, hummus, and pita chips, and the cheese sticks. The food was good and flavorful and definitely filling. The service could be better though. We had a reservation but were told to order at the counter. The ordering process should of been explained better before we sat down because some of us ordered at the table and that apparently wasn't the "right" thing to do despite the reservation. Otherwise good food, nice place kind of the middle of nowhere but good nevertheless!