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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic ambience and even better food! Delicious does not describe the food, you must try it!

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vipChrisF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such a great meal! One of our new favorite spots in SF now. The food is Excellent! And our waitress was absolutely delightful. Can't wait to check out the Hooka patio soon!

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MayMay
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good. Very authentic Lebanese dishes. The hummus is super tasty with the freshly baked pita bread. Chicken twouk was tender and on point. Definitely recommend.

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abig
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good Food and its not so expensive
Dont Park on the back as its $15
and our car tire cover has been stole

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vipGingerH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very authentic and delicious food. My husband grew up in the Middle East, and he was impressed with the quality and variety. Super nice servers, too. We will definitely be back!

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Foodie
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They seemed very disorganized now and the meats were not consistent like before. The bread was a bit over baked and totally not as good as before. The normal waitresses that used to be there were not there and they were way way better and efficient.

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vipVendredi
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made an early reservation, and it was extremely quiet in the restaurant. By the time we left it was hopping! Great food, wonderful staff, a good time!!! And a really nice house red to boot. Highly recommended.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Lebanese food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, casual, great food and great service!

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MayaK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GeeBee
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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?

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vipbpbw
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Perfect menu for sharing. Outstanding baba ganoush!

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RaphaelE
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

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livetoeatgoodfood
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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vipTRA5
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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

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IbrahimN
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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jmeabr
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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DoloresP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience1

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.

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vipBillS
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience1

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice food and hooka

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KarenSue
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AnonymousTipster
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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vip4sustainability
San Francisco
99 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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.

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vipRoyY
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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SudeshnaS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Great service!

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vipRobertP
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PickyAboutPizza
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

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MelissaG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipDanielleM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was excellent that night!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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Kathy
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipjjttrr
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience3

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

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PatM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
JoeyM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pita /hummus were amazing

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Arabian Nights is rated 4.5 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.

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