Arabian Nights

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Arabian Nights is a Middle Eastern themed restaurant with Lebanese food. We are known throughout the Bay Area for our authentic dishes, halal meats and charcoal grill preparation. Our specialties include: Meshawi Plate (lamb/beef/chicken skwers), Farouj Meshwi (half chicken with garlic), Fried Kebbe (lamb stuffed with beef), and Ribeye Kebab. We also offer 15 gluten-free and vegetarian dishes including: Moudardara (lentil & rice), Veggie Platter, Moussaka (eggplant, tomatoes, chickpeas), Baba Ghannouj, excellent Hummus, and more. In addition to amazing food, the decor and mood lighting will sweep you away to another place and time. There is also wine and beer bar in front featuring wines from California, Lebanon and Palestine. Large parties are welcome. Catering is also available.
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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Lebanese food

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Food was not all that. Service was poor. Won’t go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, casual, great food and great service!

MK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was superb and service was great. Our waitress was exceptional

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience, so many new dishes to discover.

GB
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

This place never disappoints. We always have a good time and the food is always good and fresh!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is absolutely delicious. Love the filo cheese rolls & the chicken shawarma was wonderful. The service however was lacking. As the staff walked by they didn’t even notice us & it took about 15min to get the check. The waitress seemed to be the only one waiting on all tables. Maybe short staffed?

b
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Perfect menu for sharing. Outstanding baba ganoush!

RE
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very dark and old place. Not friendly stuff. Food not tasty, old tables and very old decorations way way to expensive for restaurant setting and food. I’m a really bad location

l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing! I love this place! I'm being a little picky, but it was a little cold but they had closed the door that was open.

TR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Authentic ambiance. I enjoyed the outside hooka patio. The food was good and they had good service.

IN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my go-away party here. The food was very close to home in the middle east.

j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very tasty and authentic. Portions are large and great for sharing (family style).

DP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservation last minute Xmas eve, 12/25.
They were very busy, it was noisy, and we sat for 1/2 hour without anything except bread and water.
They seemed to be understaffed.
So we just left!

I CANNOT RATE IT BECAUSE WE GOT NO FOOD. THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD US THEY COULD NOT HANDLE IT.

BS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

I have been here many times and like the food but the smell of cigarette smoke and the hookah has taken over the place. I had to launder my clothes to get the smell out. Not sure when I will give it a try again.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food and hooka

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Loved the food, very friendly staff and affordable prices

KS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! The food was fantastic (try the samplers), the ambiance is fun and the waitstaff is right on! Do yourself a favor and check this out-you won't be disappointed.

AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our server wasn’t that great, even though the restaurant was empty she didn’t come by much and managed to screw up our very simple order (no comp). The food was not as good as I remember it the first time. The lamb in particular was pretty mediocre.

4
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This is one of the few restaurants I return to, so, on the eve of a holiday Monday late last year, I was sad to find: only one server, juggling sit down and delivery meals; appetizers served after main courses; my favorite dish suddenly altered with intrusive spices not in its traditional recipe, likewise a new, strong herb in the salad; and the previously at least twice replenished warm pita never replaced at all.

RY
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Lebanese food. Authentic Lebanese atmosphere and servers and cooks. Great Meal!

SS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to smoke hookah and eat, just know they don't take reservations (our wait was only a few minutes on a Friday night). Staff is very pleasant and attentive. Nice selection of hookah, and food is great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Great service!

RP
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Lebanese cuisine, freshly prepared with great quality ingredients and nice presentation. Achieves ambience of a night out somewhere in an Arabic country which comes as a surprise stopping in from a San Francisco street. Excellent Californian and International wines. Really friendly and competent service makes the nice evening experience complete.

PA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food, great service, from the other reviews I was expecting a more “special” location, but overall good.

MG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!! We loved it & plan to go there often now. Prices were great too! Also there wine selection was amazing.

DM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was excellent that night!!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was introduced to Arabian Nights by a recently departed friend so the restaurant will always hold a special place in my heart. At the same time, I loved the cuisine from the outset. The warren evoke (dolmas) are the best; I also love all of the other vegetarian offerings. The staff are always friendly and efficient. The Restaurant is never noisy or over crowded. It is always a pleasure to eat at Arabian Nights!

j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was unexceptional; sesame dip that came with the bread before the meal was flavorless, and my dish, which was a special that takes longer to make, was overcooked and looked like sludge.

Menus are old; pages are crumbling.

This looks like a place that was once great and hasn't put any money into upkeep in a decade.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were five people, the main courses came 35 minutes apart. When we objected we were told because we ordered appetizers for main course which only one of us. Overall very disappointing which is the shame as the quality of the food is nice

PM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love this place and often meet their with friend. The table service can be uneven, but the food and atmosphere make up for it.

JM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pita /hummus were amazing

AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration here for a party of 12. Received a really good service!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great. We got the appetizer platter and meat platter so we could sample a lot of things. the meat was a little dry but the flavors were great. Most of the patrons were eating out back and smoking hookahs. Dining room was pretty empty so easy to get a reservation. I would recommend

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Came for boyfriends birthday. It was exactly what I wanted. Thank you!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was fantastic! Great marinated kabobs, but service was very slow and we waited over an hour and a half for our entrée. The waitress was apologetic but fact remains that we were starving when the food arrived. Luckily it was very tasty.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Excellent food!!!! The service was bad because they were understaffed the evening that we were there. We had a very early flight to catch the next morning so we wanted to leave quickly but it took forever to get our check and pay. But it really wasn't the waitresses fault, they were running around in this huge busy restaurant trying to deal with everything and they apologised to us. We would definitely go again. Best Arabic food in town!!!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is beyond perfect

l
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Genuinely enjoyed our meal at Arabian Nights for a birthday dinner. The restaurant's food is excellent and it seems people have not yet discovered this space. It is huge and very pretty decor, but the service was just not that great. It seemed they were going through some menu changes as the wine list was non-existent and they only gave 5 people 2 menus. Will definitely come back in a few months to see how they've progressed.

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