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Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine

3.8
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Lebanese
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
Chef Walid Alabtan, with his charming personality and many years experience in the restaurant business is now ready to serve you. He last served as executive chef to various restaurants and is to bring his distinctive cuisine to your home. Experience the taste of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean authentic cuisine. A vibrant healthy meal with exotic ingredients of the Middle and Far East.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Turkish
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00 - 4:00PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Friday, Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM, Saturday: 4:00PM - 1:30AM
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Phone number
(206) 588-0650
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Walid Alabtan
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Catering
We offer full service catering and on call private delivery for a big group.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Ravenna Ave and 23rd Ave
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Public transit
Bus #71 will drop you off directly in front of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Live Band Every Saturday night: "Naseems Band" Entertainment begins at 10:00PM and runs untill 1:30AM. Our full service menu is offered. There is a $10 cover charge.
Additional
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 42 People Are Saying
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3.8based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.7
service
3.5
ambience
3.4
value
Noise · Moderate
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Some of the best Mediterranean food I've had in a while.
Thursday nights they have music! Blown away by the group Soul Food.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Nice family restaurant with traditional middle eastern items
Everyone enjoyed their meals and dessert was just great

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Not sure what happened on March 20 2018. The restaurant had their OPEN sign turned on, but the door was locked. There were other patrons waiting and wondering as well. We tried calling their number, but it was not responding. We were very disappointed, since we'd driven from Redmond (~15 miles, plus paying for the 520 toll) to eat here, just to see a locked restaurant. I hope this was a one-off issue, and that they are normally not like this.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is our favorite place. A real neighborhood gem. The food is unbelievably good. Best pita bread ever and the hummus and tzaziki are amazing. We had the special featuring lamb done 3 ways.....so delicious. The owner comes to your table and greets you and treats you like royalty. Try it and you will be hooked.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was really great. Good portion size. We bought a Groupon but forgot to use it. We will be back. Thanks

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is wonderful and the owner is very friendly. The wait staff were fine but didn't smile very much. It's always cold in that restaurant, so bring a sweater!

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Fresh, healthy vibrant flavors. So satisfying. Always a winner

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Good food. We liked the owner. He spent time at our table chatting. Very nice man. Would go back as we love middle eastern food.

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2.0Dined on August 9, 2017

When we walked into the restaurant on a Wednesday evening for dinner, we were not acknowledged. A man was on the phone behind the bar and a server looked at us but stood aside and just stared at the man on the phone. It was very awkward. There was only one other table with patrons. After finally being seated, the service continued to be awful. The food was very bland and my friend's seafood skewer was well under cooked. I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

An incredibly wonderful take on Eastern Mediterranean dishes! The authenticity of the dishes made you feel like you were in that region of the world! Very authentic, very creative, very good!

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1.0Dined on July 18, 2017

They were closed when we arrived so we had coffee nearby and walked around so we went to Vios.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

The waiter did accommodate us according to our needs. He was very helpful.

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1.0Dined on May 7, 2017

Harissa was closed when we went there for our lunch reservation. I don't know how Opentable and the restaurant could let this happen- we were left to find another restaurant last minute for our lunch celebration. It was a complete disappointment. Harissa, please fix your hours online and with Opentable, or warn your potential patrons of any last minute closure. Opentable, please be more diligent with this type of thing. I will not use an unreliable service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

The four of us had a great meal at Harissa Mediterranean Cuisine last week-end. The part owner was our server and was welcoming and friendly. He described their special wine offerings and even gave us Happy Hour pricing, although we were a few minutes past 6:00. We all ordered a the Malbec, which was fabulous, and he gave us a generous pour (more like 9 oz than 6). We also shared the mixed mezze, which included hummus, a roasted tomato chutney, tzatziki, and baba ganouj. They were all good but the tomato chutney really stood out. The pita bread was fresh and included sprinkles of feta. We got a second helping with no extra charge. We each ordered one of the specials. Mine was a stuffed zucchini with lamb and vegetables. My husband ordered the lamb stew. It also came with saffron scented rice. They were all really good. And, then the owner brought us amazing baklava on the house! A great value and wonderful food and really warm service. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Everything we had there was beyond delicious. The special Syrian appetizer was unique and helped raise awareness through food culture. The hummus was out of this world. My husband had the lamb kabob and I had the seafood kabob. Came with salads and the sides were delicious too. I can't wait to go back. We recommend everything we ate!

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2017

We tried this place for the first time last week before going to a play at the Bath House in Green Lake. We really love Lebanese/Middle Eastern food and are always looking for a Good/New place.

The food was flavorful enough, but on the oily/greasy side. One of us had the Chicken Kabob and the other the Lamb Meatball Stew special of the day. The chicken was a nice long skewer, but did not have a lot of flavor from being marinated - we're used to lots of lemon and garlic. The Garlic Sauce was good - a side dish would have been nice for chicken. The rice could have had less butter/oil and seemed a little pasty. The lamb meatball stew had good flavor - but again had an unnecessary layer of oil (olive?) sitting on top. The usually offer a choice of Caesar or Lebanese salad, but were out of Caesar dressing, and it was early on a week night with very few customers.

There was a nice selection of wines, including several Lebanese, and some good beers. We did not have time to try the Baklava - the only desert on the menu.

It's worth a try and we may go again - really depends on your tastes and expectations.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2017

The appetizer combo with the 4 dips and fresh pita is the best! I'd go there just for that.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2017

What a fabulous find!! The best pita bread ever. The hummus is to die for and the lamb is delicious. The owner goes above and beyond in service and in homemade everything.
This is our new favorite place.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

Hairissa is a neighborhood restaurant for us. It features Lebanese food and everything we have had has been very good. Especially noteworthy is Walid's Combination Plate, four different dips served with wonderful pita bread. The dips are hummus, grilled eggplant dip, labneh, and a tomato salsa. All are wonderful, and there is ample portions in this appetizer (essentially, a meal in itself). I'm very fond of the felafel, which are crispy and tasty, served over a buttery rice with tomatoes and feta sprinkled in. Also of note is their bruschetta (I know, at a Lebanese restaurant?) which is tasty with lovely grilled bread, feta, tomatoes, and spices. The music which was soft Brazilian, was just lovely and a wonderful accompaniment to our lovely meal.

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3.0Dined on September 13, 2016

Bread and hummus off the charts crazy good
Chicken on salad mediocre
Not a sole in the place at 4:45 pm
Waitress very quiet

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2016

Great Service and food!
Our server was very informative and attentive. His suggesting on food quantity was right on! The food was delicious and plenty. It's a great value for the price. The baklava was excellent! It was not too sweet or too dry. The server suggested that we use out hands to eat the baklava and he was right. Love the location and WE are certainly coming back! By the way, they make their own pita bread and it was absolutely the best we have had!

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3.0Dined on September 1, 2016

The food was very good but the service was mediocre. Only one person was serving, and he was new. It appears that this restaurant needs more help (I saw the help wanted sign!).

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2016

Our dinners were really good, especially the salmon kabob. I love that salad comes with the entrees. The server was brand new, and it would have been great if he had help on the floor.

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1.0Dined on June 11, 2016

A horrible service experience with marginal food. Here is the timeline for a typical Saturday evening dining experience and the place wasn't even half way full.

610 arrival
620 ordered dinner
730 salads showed up only after speaking to three different servers
745 dinner showed up only after asking several more times and telling the staff that we were leaving in ten minutes if dinner didn't show up.

The most embarrassing part is that the owner actually had the nerve to charge me for the entire dinner. I paid all 108 dollars for marginal food and the worst service I have experienced in years. We will never be back and will never recommend this establish to anyone. How embarrassing to make someone wait over an hour for dinner, ignore them the entire time and then have the nerve to charge them for it.

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1.0Dined on May 14, 2016

They told us a wedding party had reserved the entire restaurant after 730. Our reservation was for 7pm and they told us we could order and eat/be gone by 730, or there was nothing they could do for us. I made the reservation well in advance and they never tried to call or email me about the wedding party. Was very disappointing and unfriendly. We had to spend another hour finding another restraurat to eat at at peak time during a Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2016

My wife and I had the two specials of the day- lamb chops that were succulent, and a lamb meatball stew-like soup that was delicious and a giant serving. Finished off with perfect cup of Turkish coffee and baklava. Our server- the owner - was charming without being intrusive. A great experience.

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3.0Dined on January 2, 2016

Delicious food but definitely a bit overpriced for the portion sizes you get. I highly recommend any of the mezes to start and the pita bread that comes with that is delicious! Clearly freshly made with each order. It is far from the pita bread you will buy in stores. One huge complaint is that they did not tell us that they will charge for extra bread. We ordered the meze sampler and definitely needed more than 1 piece of pita and so we were quite surprised when the bill came. The kabobs, falafels and stews are all so good. Service was incredibly slow to the point that everyone at our table was wondering where our food was, but we were in no rush so we didn't say anything.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2015

Food really good. Service friendly and helpful.
They encourage sharing of courses, which makes the meal very reasonable.
House wine is good and reasonable.
I think the place is hopping with bands later in the evening. Nice and quiet earlier.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2015

We were there for an early dinner on a Thursday night, it was quiet and not yet busy.
The food was very good.
We had Cesar Salad, prawn, beef & chicken kabobs, the meat was flavorful & very tender.
We had the humus & pita, very good!
We will return, enjoyed it very much.
Our waitperson was very helpful with the menu & had a friendly personality.

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2015

I'll be honest, my wife and I passed by this place a hundred times in the neighborhood but never tried it because it seemed like just another mediterranean spot, and we liked the pub at 3rd place books for hummus, falafel, etc. We got an Amazon Local deal though just to try it and we were both pleasantly surprised. The food was really really tasty and the inside ambience was much better than expected. We weren't even able to use our deal because we ordered off the lunch menu, and we didn't care! That's how good of an all around experience it was.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2012

What a wonderful place. The food was fantastic from the hummas & pita bread to the lamb kabobs. Our waitress was attentive. The left overs were just as good the next day. We are going back very soon.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2012

This was the second time we ate at Harissa in the past two weeks, because we love the food! The pilaf is excellent, the spices on the kebabs are very tasty. We really like the caesar salad too, which is not too heavy on the dressing. Service is very good, and the ambiance in the restaurant is nice. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2012

something new.... food was great. They do have an outside eating area - went there for lunch on a sunny day it was great being out doors. Liked the food , went back for a dinner. TRY IT !!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2012

A great find. The food is exceptional. The host/waitress is kind, caring, happy for all her customers to join Harissa for dinning. The food is carefully prepared - they want you to enjoy the experience of eating. The wine list is short but a tasty selection. A real gem.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2012

Delicious food with generous portions. We both had the lamb platter, which I recommend. Interesting wine list, including some Lebanese wines. We also tried an appetetizer, which was called a salad on the menu, but was more like a salsa that we scooped onto pieces of hot pita bread.

They also have a patio, which we looked at, but chose to eat inside because it's still spring and a bit chilly. However, it looks like it would be fun on a warm summer evening.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2012

The food was delicious, service was outstanding (we felt very well taken care of) - a nice place for a special Valentine's Day dinner! Ravenna is a nice neighborhood and Harissa is a great find.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2012

Excellent service and food. It is a vibrant scene that manages to still be romantic.

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1.0Dined on February 4, 2012

I made my reservation through OpenTable a couple of hours before arriving. When we got there they said they would not be able to seat us for two hours.

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5.0Dined on January 10, 2012

WE loved everything about Harrisa's! We'll be there again and often!
Julie

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2011

The pita bread is the best I've ever had, and Walid's Appetizer special is not to be missed. Service, however, is a bit slow and disinterested. But I'd certainly go back.

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