Mantee Cafe

4.7
349 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A quaint little cafe serving delightful Mediterranean food.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: & Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:15PM

Friday & Saturday: 4:00PM - 9:45PM
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Phone number
(818) 761-6565
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jonatan Darakjian
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Private party contact
Rafi Gabrielian: (818) 761-6565
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Vineland Ave
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Parking details
Limited Parking in the back
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Public transit
Metro Rapid 750
Metro 150
Metro 240
Additional
Beer, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 349 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is exceptional . It just that they were out of several items that was on the menu

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We asked to sit outside, but what seemed to be the manager was pretty rude about it. Our waiter was really friendly, on the other hand.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always love Mantee, and look for any excuse to have dinner there. This was a birthday dinner for a friend. We loved everything: Labne Toom, Mutabbal, Mantee Traditional, soft and crispy pita. But the Queen’s Delight and Spicy Potatoes were our favorites. We were well cared for. It was a lovely, festive evening.

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D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun, wonderful restaurant. Food is great. Service might be a drop slow, but everyone is lovely.

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r
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three different experiences are available, the front room (no décor) for a quick bite and quiet conversation, the back enclosed porch ( like home nothing fancy but clean and more than adequate for laying out all of the different tastes and combinations of hummus and other favorites) and the outside backyard dining open to the sun and the moon. Only one experience is available for the food: you can't go wrong; if you like spicy let the server know; if you do not like spicy let the server know, if you need to know the ingredients just ask and then just allow yourself to think about a number of mainstream entrée choices like all kinds of delicious kabobs (including vegan) and whole, pan-fried branzino, while you are busily chatting and passing around the variety of small plates that can be entrees themselves. The last blast is delicious coffees or teas with the traditional baclava or just order both of theother 2 offerings which I cannot pronounce and which make cotton candy and crème brulee seem quite pedestrian.

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service is an understatement. I used to frequent here. Tried it again. Took 45 minutes to get water, no one checked on us and the noise level was off putting.

I would not recommended if seeking an enjoyable evening.

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SK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods as always.

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D
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our experience at Mantee. Frequently we have take out. But, the experience of great service and staff recommended wines and dishes beats take out.
Great atmosphere for experiencing cultural cuisine and Armenian wines. Follow the lead of you wait staff.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The menu is not vegan friendly at dinner time. My husband ordered and enjoyed lamb chops and being vegan I ordered the “raviolis without the yogurt sauce. It was not entre sized and the waiter never told me that. Then they just assumed we would share both the lamb and the ravioli which were unique but not a meal. So then I ordered the Armenian salad which filled the void but was boring as an entree. It is basically a bowl of marinated cucumbers. At lunch time they offer several vegetarian combo plates which are not available at dinner time. I think they should just raise the price at dinner and still offer those plates for people who want to eat vegan or vegetarian.

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V
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE enjoyed it a lot. Great menu. Can't wait for the garden seating next door to open also.

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G
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Charming and welcoming. Wish there was more variety in the food/side choices but overall we liked it and the servers were lovely.

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A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always beyond exceptional. The service & the food is always excellent. Great for lunch & a cozy dinner.

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s
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 8 year old boy’s birthday dinner, this is his favorite restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is tremendous. Patio ambiance amazing. Strongly recommend!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so good every time! Can’t wait for their bar next door to open.

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w
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Unforgivable wait for service. Took 45 minutes to get water and drinks. Will not go again

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EM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was fantastic, but we had to ask for everything we wanted three or four times before getting it. Yes, it was a Friday night, but just because the restaurant is busy doesn’t mean a server can’t take a moment to get a check. We asked for our check multiple times and it wasn’t until my date told a server we’d been waiting for 20 minutes to get our check that we finally received it. I was disappointed because I have been to Mantee before and haven’t experienced this type of service before. Maybe it was just an off night for the staff, but I probably won’t be back for awhile.

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is very good but sometimes the service is a little inconsistent.

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AZ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

They need more help with service. Poor guy was running around

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s
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hot day in LA, but we sat outside in their rear patio and it was absolutely delightful. The food was fantastic. Fattoush, labne, and, of course, their traditional AND veggie Mantee dumplings. Also highly recommend the sweet and sour kebab. The service was just wonderful - everyone incredibly attentive to us as we had an 8-month old with us who fussed a bit before falling asleep. I wished I lived her so I could go all the time!

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PP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As authentic as it gets! A lot of the dishes taste are a close 2nd to dishes that my mom and aunt make.

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w
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal. Every dish was good. Unfortunately, my wife bit down on something in the humus and cracked her tooth. She informed the restaurant they seem cooperative.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mantee Cafe was one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Our waiter was great, and so was our food. I have never been more impressed by a restaurant than Mantee. It’s a great find! I’m looking forward to coming back again soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food and service is always great. the beef and chicken were tender and seasoned perfectly as usual

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place

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KH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such cute ambiance and always delicious food that leaves you feeling so satisfied.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Everyone else at my table was served. The waiter did not come by to ask if our meals were acceptable so he did not know that I wasn't served. Everyone else was long finished by the time he came back. Turns out someone else had been served my meal and I had to wait for it to be cooked. He also never stopped by to see if our drinks/cocktails needed refreshing. Also, the meal was served before the appetizer dishes were cleared away and we had to stack dishes for the servers so they could put the meals down. Too bad.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing service, as always!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very excellent find, away from the crowds, very friendly and helpful service staff, clean and appetizing room, nothing offensive. Food was outstanding. Only slow part of service was getting the check
The price is right. Hoped to go back before my week is up in L.A.
Would love to have a restaurant. like this in Houston

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique dining experience. Delicious food. Warm and inviting atmosphere. Added to my regular neighborhood rotation.

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Some of the most flavorful steak I've ever tasted.

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c
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The person who recommended Mantee to me raved about the branzino and that was one of my main reasons for going to Mantee, however, they did not have it the evening I was there and I my guests and I did not care for any of the other mains dishes on the menu. The hummus was fine.

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g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Great flavor and presentation. Nice atmosphere and excellent service.

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JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an array of appetizers shared among four. There was great variety, unique tastes, and delicious food. We ordered 5 appetizers and a dessert, but could have used one more appetizer. The waiter's recommendations were very helpful.

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A
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both my adult son and I absolutely love their salad with pursalane, and their chicken kebab. Very attentive staff. A perfect evening.

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LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Both our meats, chicken kabob and the beef kabob ordered medium were very dry and didn't have a lot of flavor. The rice was very good and the service and ambiance were very good, too.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family was in town visiting. The food is delicious, especially the Mantee veggie. The location is very pretty. The waiters are just attentive enough. The hostess never seems happy to see us, not that we expect her to be happy, but at least welcoming. That’s really the only notable downside.

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LH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Always a comfortable setting & service is very good, however very disappointed to see that portions are getting smaller!!

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E
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lamb chops

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NA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mantee is exceptional. Consistent and always delicious

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