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About Jannah / Yaya Cuisine
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!
San Francisco, CA 94117
Iraqi, Mediterranean, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM.
$30 and under
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.
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.
5 Fulton Street line: Masonic stop
43 Masonic line: Masonic/Fulton stop
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!
Private Party Contact:
Yahya Salih: (855) 855-0558
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We can do all kind of special events. Just give us a call!
Jannah / Yaya Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have visited Jannah for lunch and now dinner. The menu is varied and the food is fresh and very tasty. The menu reflects the owners' Iraqi/Middle Eastern cuisine. The service is very polite and attentive but it feels like a family run place, which it is. As a result one feels warmth and friendliness from the staff. The ambiance in the evening with soft, trendy lighting was especially pleasant. AND not noisy!
Well, I have very mixed feelings about this place. The food is really interesting - a creative take on traditional Mesopotamian dishes. We really liked the food a lot, actually. It was fresh and very unique, and really great if you are vegetarian. The challenge on this particular night was that they were short-staffed and the service was about the worst I've ever had in San Francisco. The wait staff seemed to be in meltdown mode. We waited 90 minutes before we even got anything to eat - warm pita bread, which we had to ask for. About 15 minutes later, our main dishes came, and the waiter recognized that our appetizers had not yet arrived. A half-hour later, we were curious if the rest of our food would ever come, so we confronted the manager (maybe she was the owner) because we were very hungry and Papalote was just next door. The manager brought our three appetizers and said she would not charge us because they had someone call in sick. So, this is a difficult review. On another night, I'm guessing the service would be a 3 - nothing that would blow you away, but the great taste of the food and the low prices would make it worth it.
Never ate...made reservation on Sat at 8...walked in ...immediately recognize lack of coordination...nobody talked to us for 15 minutes but gave us a glass of water and menus and walked away...we got up and left after 15 minutes and seeing how many other tables were getting similar treatment
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