Jannah / Yaya Cuisine
Wow! I highly recommend the Meza platter of 3 different ganoushes plus tabouleh-a meal in itself. Every dish is full of flavor and beautifully prepared. Save room for dessert-baklava is the best around. Great wine menu and attentive and personable service.
Delicious food. More tasty sounding dishes than I could eat, so I'll definitely be going back to try some more of them. Very nice ambiance as well. We sat at the booth on the back wall, and it was very comfortable.
This restaurant seems to be a big secret and it really shouldn’t be! It’s spacious so you don’t feel cramped and it’s easy to have a conversation with your dining companions. The food is DELICIOUS! If you enjoy middle eastern food, Jannah has a fantastic and interesting menu. The dipping sauces (mama ghanoush, baba ghanoush, papa ghanoush, hummus etc...)are all interesting and tasty. All 4 at my table had kabobs (lamb, salmon, chicken) and we all enjoyed our dishes. The restaurant is family owned and run and the service is terrific! I highly recommend checking it out. I believe they also do parties..
Great change of pace from traditional mediterranean food, but also had some classics on the menu as well. Great food, the staff was very attentive and helpful, and I honestly I thought the prices were low in comparison to the rest of the city. Not to mention there’s also free parking across the street, which seals the deal for coming back again. Great overall experience
Lovely service. Interesting food, especially the Mamaganoush.
The closest place to the University of San Francisco, where I work, where we can be treated and fed just like a dear family member would. It is not just delicious food, it is personal customer care too what keeps bringing us back tao Jannah.
Deliciosa la comida! El carnero suave y la berenjena la mejor!!!!!
The food delicious!!! The lady was very nice and kind. The babaganoush was the best!
And really nice place for dinner and quiet conversation with friends. The food is very well prepared and a tasty intersection of Middle eastern and and South Asian flavors IMHO...we will be back.
As always the food was good with excellent service. I introduced another one of my friends to Jannah and she said will bring her friends there as well.
Great food as always! Service was excellent. Truly a hidden gem in SF!
Family-run neighbored spot serving authentic and very tasty Iraqi cuisine. Nicely presented and a good value.
We are regulars. I continue to love this place. The food is creative and outstanding. My go-to is the kebab on fatoosh salad. The lamb dolmas are wonderful (as are the vegetarian ones). I'm always tempted by the biriani and phyllo dishes. Plentiful portions of tasty and satisfying food and friendly service!
Wafa and her husband YaYa who own Jannah serve authentic dishes. They are tasty and plentiful. It's a great place to have dinner parties as well as just have lunch or dinner with a friend. I recommend Jannah. You will be pleased.
We've eaten here several other times, but this night seemed a bit off -- pita was stale for instance.
Great friendly service in a cozy casual atmosphere with flavorful generous portions.
Location: with easy parking in the garage near by, right north of the Panhandle.
Atmosphere: casual, with bar seating options, a small alcove with traditional Bedouin seatings as tables for 2-6 people. Lounge music isn’t too long.
Service: although usually quite packed and seemingly short on staff this place runs smoothly without much wait.
Food: “simple” deceiving menu leads to great find, great flavours. I am a great fan if their version of the babaganoush, i.e. mamagaboush. Vegetarian options even though much less are really great.
Jannah/Yaya was a new experience for us. Food and service were excellent. Our party of four tried a wide variety of starters and main courses, and everyone was enjoyed by all. We were first in just before 6pm, but it quickly filled up by 6:20pm so it is well-known and popular.
We had a great time! The food was delicious, the night was relaxed, and our group of 6 had enough room that we didn't feel squished. The place had a low noise level, and we had great conversations without having to yell or stain to hear each other. Wonderful!
We really enjoyed ordering a lot of different things and sharing them family style. Totally recommend this. Start with the combo of 3 dips platter, add a salad, another appetizer or two, and a main or two. Yum!
Excellent, inventive food at a great price. Large portions; six of us all brought food home.
We always go there when we attend a concert up the hill at St. Ignatius Church. The Iraqi food is really outstanding, with recipes that are clearly "family" recipes, and not just "the usual" middle Eastern ones. Prices are very reasonable, and the service is friendly and efficient. A real gem !
Great spot to celebrate special occasions.
The food is delicious, and the plates are packed with color. The portions are generous; great staff!
As always the food was scrumptious, the atmosphere cozy, Wafa the owner a delight, YaYa her husband and owner an excellent Chef. A must restaurant to go to.
An excellent family-run ethnic (Iraqi!) restaurant with tasty original food (especially the homemade Iraqi desserts), friendly homey reception, a comfortable environment and plenty of birthday enthusiasm. We were helped through the unfamiliar portions of the menu and felt like genuine guests with welcoming hosts. We will be back!
We absolutely loved it! There were 5 groups celebrating a birthday! Great spot for celebration!
I didn't like the sweet sauce that went with the lamb. My wife liked her dish.
Wow, this is my absolutely favorite restaurant in the city. Food is delicious, generous portions, gorgeous spices and the staff is attentive, friendly and welcoming. A great model for any one wanting to open a restaurant!
I've been to Jannah many times. This time my friends joined me for their first dinner at Jannah. Everyone thought it was exceptional. We had Mama Ganoush, Fatoosh Salata, Grilled Eggplant, Kuzi, and Lamb Shank. Everything was delicious!
Great middle eastern - specifically Yemini - food. Many dishes we only see there - including various phyllo dough specialties. Great dips - so it's a good place for groups like us who had some vegetarians and some meat eaters.
Falafel pizza is a must! Generous portion sizes. Lamb bamia is fantastic
Mediocre food overall. Best things we had were the hummus ( original) and lamb/chicken kabobs. The beef biryani in Phyllo dough had SO much ginger it was inedible. The eggplant appetizer sauce was overly sweet and did not pair with the eggplant well. Rice, salad and vegetables were not noteworthy, just plain. The baklava itself was good but did not need a sauce at all. The saffron in the sauce was distracting and did not go with the rice pudding or baklava. Would not go back.
Jannah is among my favorite restaurants. This time I ordered the Kuzi. It's a very tasty dish. I also like their deserts because they are not overly sweet.
Outstanding middle eastern food. Iraqi to be precise, but very much reminded me of Moroccan.
Iraqi food! Who knew? This place has interesting and delicious food that you cannot find just anywhere. I consider myself a serious foodie and would definitely return.
We had muhamara, Urook pizza, and grape leaves as appetizers. Next time we'll leave off the grape leaves, as the first two dishes were plenty. Four of us split an order of kuzi and an order of perdaplow, which were delicious but more similar than we expected. Lots of food, with some left over for take home. Service was spotty; our beers were empty too often and too long. Otherwise a very pleasant evening.
This is a very good family run restaurant featuring Middle Eastern cuisine. They have been in various locations for many years (due to the unfortunate San Francisco landlord problems) and we were very sad when they had to close their location on 9th Avenue , when it was YaYa's. If only we had known that they still existed, now under the name Jannah (their daughter).
The food is very good and plentiful; and we could actually have a nice conversation without having to yell above noise (as is the problem at many other restaurants). We will go back, for sure!
Nice representation of an unusual cuisine we don’t have much access to. Nice homey touch and feel, a few good wines, and a good location.
Large portions, some dishes excellent (eg eggplant, lamb shank) but some were average, so overall uneven.
Everything was delicious - except maybe the dried lime juice. Tasted like stale iced tea. Get the pomegranate juice instead
Delicious appetizers, but underseasoned mains (lamb shank, while tender, was woefully underseasoned, as was the sauce it came with).
Let me start with the positives. The heaven salad (Jannah means heaven) had really tasty eggplant and the molasses pomegranate dressing was incredibly flavorful. There was, however, way too much of it. The lamb shank itself was likewise fantastic, but paired with somewhat lackluster basmati rice and giant pieces of steamed, unspiced vegetables, so nothing outside the lamb shank itself about this dish was really appealing. The service is not very attentive, even though it was a quiet weeknight. Overall there is a little bit of Iraqi centered cuisine, but the dishes are unimpressive as wholes, and I just don't think this is among the better experiences for food from this region.
We were stunned by the unique snd delicious flavors of this Middle Eastern/ Mediterranean Cuisine & Unique Wine list.