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Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar

4.2
121 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar serves Mediterranean, Turkish and Greek specialties. The restaurant is operated by Chef Culha, who takes pride in sourcing its ingredients locally. Organic seasonal products are added to the dishes on the menu at Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar whenever possible. If you love to dine in the fresh air, you’ll enjoy the restaurant’s outdoor seating.

The menu at Lokanta Mediterranean Grill & Bar features a variety of appetizers for you to start with. Try the Mediterranean meatballs with shaved parmesan cheese or the flaming hellumi cheese plate with pear and tomato. For your main course, choose from entrées like swordfish kebabs with white wine lemon caper sauce, sautéed spinach and mashed potato or the lamb burger made with caramelized onions, tomatoes, butter lettuce, roasted potatoes and your choice of cheese. Add a classic side like warm olives and pita bread to any dish.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Turkish, Californian
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Hours of operation


Lunch: M-F 11:30am-4:00pm

Lunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-4:00pm

Dinner: Su-Th 4:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: Sa-Su 4:00pm-11:00pm

Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-3:00pm
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Phone number
(925) 223-8074
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Muhammet Culha
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Catering
Please contact us for detailed information
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rose Ave
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

We love Lokanta and come in frequently for Happy Hour and wonderful meals. The staff is attentive and personable. The food always terrific.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

This was our first visit, but we'd heard good things and were not disappointed. We joined the Mother's Day crush so I can excuse a slight delay in our entrees' arrival. The dolma appetizer (tasty, nicely presented with lemon slices and yogurt) arrived quickly along with our drinks so we didn't starve while waiting. As it was nearly mid-afternoon we stayed on the lunch side of the brunch menu. We had trouble picking - so many things sounded good. The food was very tasty and the prices quite reasonable. It's nice to have a Greek-Med choice in downtown Pleasanton.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Service, as always, was excellent.................................................................................................................................................................

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2014

Great price value happy hour and also late night after 10 pm happy hour specials during the week

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2014

Totally enjoyed this place. The waiter was extremely helpful, and the servers were on top of things. The food was extremely good and the wine we had was perfect. I had questions about a few wines - the waiter offered me a taste of each. Nice! We've made reservations to return next month to try different dishes and more wines!

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2014

We enjoyed a delicious dinner with friends in the back garden room. However, since we were last in the restaurant, several years ago, a sport bar has been added. So it may be a good place to drink with friends, but it was pretty noisy for a birthday dinner. I would request a table in the front if you want it quieter.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2014

Grilled octopus appetizer was the best anyone in our group of three had tasted. Entrees included an Israeli couscous salad, Talas (a sort of greek pot pie) and a beet salad with a lamb skewer. Uniformly tasty!

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

The place was easy to find. The parking is behind the restaurant. We were seated immediately. The ambience is just right. We were seated close to where we could watch our food get cooked. There were four of us in our group and everyone enjoyed their dishes including the dessert. I found the food healthy and less salty which is always a relief. The street is beautiful for an after dinner walk.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2014

Our date night couldn't have been better. From the food to the service to the ambiance this place had it all. We would absolutely recommend this place to a friend and we are already planning our next visit there.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2014

As usual when I dont cook we run on o9ve rto Lokanta , great service friendly staff ,, tehy all know our names and make us feel like family. The food is fresh healthy and always consistent!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2014

My husband and I love to bring friends here for lunch and dinner, because we know we will always have wonderful food, great service, and fantastic wine choices. The spices in all dishes are truly amazing, very exotic but flavorful and interesting. Never had a bad meal here.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2014

My wife and I dined there for her birthday. The food and service were outstanding, and the prices are very reasonable. We are sure to return often.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2014

Four of us ordered something different and everyone was pleased.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2014

Best restaurant on Main Street!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2014

The salads are wonderful! This this a fantastic place for lunch. I love the back atrium. It's sunny and fun.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2014

Had a very good meal in the back room; beautiful room. Great service and very good meal at reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

I accidentally booked this restaurant thinking it was a different one and when we got there, I was totally surprised! We like the layout, we got a great window view, the food was delicious, service a little slow but friendly! We can't wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

The food is outstanding with many unique flavors, along with beautiful presentation. Service was excellent and consistent each time we have been there.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

Great customer service, as usual.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

Tasty creative dishes and attentive service. Comfortable environment. Nice selections between salads, pasta, seafood and more. Only shortcoming would be lack of appetizers for those of cutting back on bread/carbs. Wanted to try the hummus but only offered with pita. A veggie & hummus would be nice. Still, small squabble. Nice place to enjoy a fresh yummy lunch with friends or business associates. I would come back for sure. The salads alone are amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2014

We sampled a number of dishes and all were excellent. Lokanta was a great find.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2014

I had the lamb burger. The only dissapointment was the bun. It was a sesame bun and for price it should have been better. The presentation was of a fast food burger. So won't order that again

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2014

Lokanta is a welcome addition and brilliant star of Pleasanton's downtown area. The food is healthy, innovative, and astoundingly tasty. There is no doubt in my mind that the people in the kitchen and in the back room know exactly what they are doing!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2014

We enjoyed our birthday lunch here! The server was friendly and competent. We loved the food, which is interesting versions of Mediterranean ingredients. The stuffed apricot dessert was a surprise. Wasn't expecting much but it was delicious. We will return and try other dishes.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2014

Enjoyed a nice evening catching up with family. We had heard so much about the lamb burgers so tried it - it was delicious, and I do not usually go for lamb. Service was great and waiter was knowledgable about the menu. Would recommend it and would like to go back!

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2014

Unfortunately what began on a positive note, degraded into a miserable experience due to very poor service. We were put in the back room by the bar and we seemed to have pretty good service. We got our wine quickly and ordered our appetizers, which were really good. It went downhill from there. After that, we got absolutely ZERO attention and our waiter never came by to take our entree order. He was doubling as the bartender. We had to ask for more pita bread for the appetizer because there wasn't enough to start with (which they charged us for). Deciding we'd had enough, rather than begging to order our entree, we asked for our bill, paid it and left.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2014

This small restaurant was excellent. A great salmon dish, and very good flaming Halloumi cheese and a tasty flatbread. Service was wonderful. Drinks were pricey, though.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2014

Had reservations at 6pm for 2 on a Sat night. Main room of restaurant all set for tables of 4 to 6. So we were ushered back to the bar room where tables of 2 are packed like sardines. When we asked about being moved we were told they could not accommodate our request. Then we watched the tables sit empty for the entire time we were there. Serve staff was fantastic and the food was good.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2014

I'll definitely come back here again. Delicious food, great service and nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

I picked this spot for a special Valentine's dinner. I was completed pleased with the entire staff, and especially our serve Fevzi. I was also very impressed by the speed of the meal preparation, and the attentiveness of everyone. I can't wait to return as soon as next week. No more traveling to Walnut Creek for Mediterranean, as I can drive to Main Street here in Pleasanton. Hands down great food!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Not only was the food superb, the waiter (a gracious Turk who really knew his menu and wine) provided over the top service. I personally would eat there every day if I could. The octopus salad was superb, the Talas (chicken meat and vege with philo) was incredible. The wine list was nice and varied.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2014

My wife and I have eaten here many times since they opened. The food is consistently excellent. While there is a clear Turkish/Mediterranian character to the menu, it's not overly exotic with good choices for more conservative eaters and vegetarians. Portion size is just right; wine list is well thought out and there is a full bar if fine wine is not your choice of libation. We bring small groups here often, and everyone has enjoyed it. It's also our personal favorite restaurant when the two of us eat out.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2014

We came on the spur of the moment last weekend. Could only get a seat at the bar, but the food was SO good, the drinks were great, and we really enjoyed the bartender. Came back this weekend and were not disappointed. Favorites (so far) are the Talas and the Flaming Hellumi Cheese appetizer. Yum! The evening's specials were very good, too.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2014

I picked this place by looking at the menu's of Restaurants in the area on Open Table and liked the options. There were 5 of us and everyone selected something diffrent, we all enjoyed what we had ordered and are planning to return soon.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2014

We moved here recently and needed to find a good place to go for dinner. We found thee place to go for dinner. The staff is amazing and the food even better. From the ever-smiling owner who greets you as soon as you walk in to the knowledgable and personable staff that make sure your experience is delightful, this is the place to be. We are already making excuses to go out to dinner again. Because it is Friday is a good excuse, right?

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4.0Dined on January 17, 2014

Good food, good service and all around a nice place to eat dinner. For sure go back!

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2014

This was my second time eating here. The first time we had a friendly server not this time...When seated I asked the server if dish washing was almost completed since the smell of detergent was very strong and was told that "we wash dishes and glasses all night long" as she walked away from us. I made a reservation and there were so many tables vacant I wondered why an offer of changing tables to the front room wasn't offered. When ordering my food I mentioned that the last time I had eaten here I asked for my salmon to be prepared garlic free and was told okay. My two friends ordered the salmon as well and their entrees came out ten minutes before mine. The server placed my plate down and said apologies from the kitchen. Really?

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2014

We went to Lokanta for our weekly date night and were very pleased. I consider myself a foodie because I observe what I'm eating closely and I'm picky. Well, at Lokanta I enjoyed my dish very much. My husband enjoyed his dish too. I had the braised short ribs with mushroom risotto and my husband had the mousaka because he loves eggplant. We would reorder these dishes again! They were delicious. We will be returning to Lokanta for another date night in the future!

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5.0Dined on January 11, 2014

Love this restaurant. Great Mediterranean food along with great service. Wait staff is very friendly. Well priced. Good value. Near the Pleasanton farmers market. Have lunch and then go shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2014

Good food and service. Customers that we were seated next to were very loud which made a loud room even worse. Couldn't wait to finish our dinner and leave which was too bad, the apps (octopus and hummus) and dinners (mousakka and veal) were very tasty but somewhat ruined by our obnoxious neighbors.

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