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Jannah / Yaya Cuisine

4.3
103 reviews
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$30 and under
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Iraqi
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
Come experience what Herb Caen called "Baghdad By The Bay" with legendary San Francisco Chef Yahya Salih. He blends traditional Mesopotamian dishes with California/Mediterranean influences. Combining his life-changing experience with California cooking pioneer Jeremiah Tower and the traditional dishes of his native Iraq, Salih has carved a niche for himself as one of the premiere chefs in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the only restaurant in the city that replicates Mesopotamian cuisine. Formerly Yaya Cuisine, Jannah provides a modern and fresh atmosphere in which to experience a 3000 year old culture and enjoy wine from California, Argentina, Lebanon, Turkey and more. Jannah is the perfect place for memorable events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, graduation, family gatherings and corporate events!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Iraqi, Mediterranean, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
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Phone number
(415) 567-4400
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yahya Salih
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Private party facilities
Legendary San Francisco Chef Yahya Salih combines traditional Mesopotamian dishes with California/Mediterranean influences for the most unique party you've ever had!
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Private party contact
Yahya Salih: (855) 855-0558
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Catering
We do off site catering for events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, graduation, family gatherings and corporate events. We can cater seated dinners for 20 to 150 people or buffet style for 50-500 people.
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Cross street
Masonic
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Parking details
Plenty of street parking, and across the street you can park in Lucky store lot for free for 2 hours with a purchase at Lucky.
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Public transit
5 Fulton Street line: Masonic stop
43 Masonic line: Masonic/Fulton stop
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Special events & promotions
We can do all kind of special events. Just give us a call!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 103 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.0
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Terrific food and wonderful service. A distinctive and joyous meal. A wonderful evening. I cannot wait for my next trip back!!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

excellent food

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Terrific food overall - really enjoyed the Mezz. Hummus was terrific as we the Baba Ganush and Muhamara. Salmon was among the best I've had - cooked on the medium side but was moist and tender - melt in your mouth.
Lamb was done incredibly well also

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The filafil pizza was good - interesting take on an usual middle eastern staple. The main lamb turmeric entree was not to our liking, the dolma appetizers and hummus were ok.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were very impressed with the excellent service and the fact that we could talk easily. The pizza appetizer with the garbanzo crust was terrific. The lamb dolmas were very tasty but a lot of the same flavor throughout. I will definitely go back and try some other dishes soon.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We had a dinner at this middle eastern family style restaurant. Very friendly staff and owners. The dining room is modestly decorated and clean. The number one reason to stop by is the food. They have entrees that are similar to offerings around the city but with small changes that provide unique taste sensations. Try the stuffed dolmas. You'll wish you had skipped lunch so you could ask for more. Although stuffed, we decided to share the rice mousse dessert and left another plate shiny clean.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Once I discovered Jannah, I keep going back. I even had my birthday celebration there with 18 people in December. Wonderful place, delicious food, great service and authentic Iraqi food.
I definitely recommend Jannah.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Very nice mezze and lamb shank. Authentic, healthy food of good value. Not noisy and relaxing atmosphere with good service. Definitely I will go back again.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Wedding Aniversary

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We dined shortly after five on a Thursday, and it was quiet with few other customers. The space is neat and freshly painted, but hard finished and rather bare, so a full house might be noisy. Delicious, inventive food; we will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Our party of four arrived early for our 7 pm reservation and were welcomed and seated promptly. Service started off a bit slowly for ordering drinks and appetizers, but once we got rolling, service kept up with us. We ordered muhamara and Urook pizza as appetizers. Then all four of us ordered entrees, but we should have split two - so much food! Everything was good, and we enjoyed having leftovers of salmon and chicken kabobs, perdaplow, kuzi, and lamb shank tabsee. Also enjoyed kunefe for dessert. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

The restaurant accommodated our 1-hour early arrival (reservation for 10)! Although the restaurant was full, service was excellent. I would recommend this venue for their authentic food, friendly service and comfortable ambiance.

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4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful, soul-warming food and hospitality. I was recognized and warmly greeted the second time I went, and the food was even better the second time.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Fabulous dinner! The Perdaplow, a phyllo dough with shredded chicken, rice, almonds, and raisins was delicious. We also had the Lamb Hind Shank with caramelized onion, grilled eggplant, walnuts, and roasted bell pepper in pomegranate and yogurt sauce. Very tasty!

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Wonderful food. Reasonable prices. Nice people

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Great presentation of plates; vibrant, colorful, and the combination of spices explode the palate. very satisfying. Parking is available at the supermarket across the street - double plus!

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

What a find. The food is authentic with Cali twist; fresh, flavorful, and creative. The service was attentive. It's at kind of off the beaten path but the patrons kept coming in while we were there (7:30-9:00pm) that itself tells you something. We'd definitely go back to try other dishes.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food! Service was incredible. They really took care of us.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food, excellent service. Unique cuisine. Not too many veggie or gluten-free dishes, but the ines we had were great.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Jannah is in our neighborhood and very easy stroll there. We enjoyed our meal which was authentic and different - Iraqi Middle Eastern cuisine. We had a wonderful chat with the owner who is from Iraq and very knowledgeable about what is happening there. The place is quiet, comfortable and a good, reasonable place to go with friends when you actually want to talk to each other.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Great take on traditional Iraqi cuisine. Real enough to taste authentic, but inviting enough that everyone could enjoy it. Serving sizes were generous and great for sharing. Servers were friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Creative Iraqi food. Flavor combinations I never experienced before.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Since I discovered Jannah, I go there fairly frequently. I keep introducing my friends to jannah.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2017

I always love the food at Jannah. I have introduced this restaurant to many of my friends. They all liked it.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

This was my first time having Iraqui food, the appetizers were very good, a plate with 3 different types of hummus with pita bread, it was quite good. I was so full afterwards that this would have been enough for the 3 of us. Our waiter was excellent being that we arrived early at 5 pm, rather than 5:30 pm, the time of our reservation. My main course was also very good, but by then I was too full to really enjoy the meal. We asked for hot tea to go with our dessert and the tea was excellent, if in the area, would go back.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2017

I keep going back to Jannah and I introduce this amazing place to my friends--the food is delicious and the food is authentic

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2017

Neighborhood dining spot

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

Awesome food!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Tasty food, attentive staff and quick service. While the decor is a bit sparse, the look and feel match the restaurant's ethnic cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Lovely meal at this restaurant. Food was delicious and service was good. We shared a salad, chicken kebab, and lamb shank, and a dessert. Everything was delicious and we had a great dinner date.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2017

I keep going back and also bring my friends and family.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2017

The food was very good. but there are better restaurants with higher quality food and service

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Although announced online as an Iranian restaurant, it is actually a Northern Iraqi restaurant. The food was great we ordered a salad, a small pizza-like dish with lamb sausage and as an entrée a fatoosh salad with biriani beef. The salad was fresh with mint and other leaves. It was enough for two and quite satisfying. The downside was the service, the main waiter/manager seemed not to be very used to deal with customers. But overall the other waiters were atentive in serving water and answering questions. I would recomend to try it.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Once I discovered Jannah I keep bringing my friends. The food is delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2017

Loved it. Disappointed tagines are no
Longer festered. Have followed from Yaya days on 9th ave

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Absolutely amazing food and service! I grew up with authentic Iraqi and Middle Eastern food and this place hit it spot on. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Excellent and unique Middle Eastern food. Portions are large and very shareable. Delicious! Will be back again soon!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

I have become a regular customer at Jannah. I have introduced this restaurant to alot of my friends. We all like the food, generous portions, extremely tasty and great value. I highly recommend Jannah. You will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2017

We so love the family who runs this. The food is delicious and the service great.
We have been now twice and sure will be back.
Don't miss this great place and support local :)

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