Mantee Cafe

4.5
367 reviews
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Mediterranean
A quaint little cafe serving delightful Mediterranean food.
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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Worst experience in service. Appetizers arrived late , server gave an attitude when we asked one dish of Mantee without the sauce saying “why didn’t you tell me before ?”
Asked 3 times to refill the glasses of water and then finally the birthday desert came with hair in it. Terrible terrible experience. !!!

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IJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mantee never fails to satisfy and impress. Highly recommend.

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MM
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious straightforward food, friendly, warm wait staff, and a quiet pretty patio. Great spot for lunch.

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NS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

After making reservations we had to wait 30min . After waiting for more than 30min the waiter is telling us I can clean this table for you guys but we don’t have food we ran out. Really???? First and last time of us going there. Unprofessional.

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CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food & great service. Wish there were other (more) veggies however. I am allergic to “nightshade” types & there were no others.

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KM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious food. Lovely patio setting. Valet parking in back. Service was lacking. Waiter showed up right when we (4) sat down. But then he actually sat down at the table with us -- Don't sit at my table, dude! Inappropriate and weird. And he proceeded to be non-existent for entire night. Couldn't even get a glass of water.

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V
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is phenomenal. Delicious, out of the ordinary, interesting ingredients and tastes. Waiters are very accommodating and helpful, and prices are extremely reasonable. The outside patio is beautiful.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

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CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I bring all out of town visitors there. Great food and the patio is wonderful in the spring air.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered this lovely restaurant 3 years ago and have been coming to celebrate various birthdays and mother’s days yearly since! Great food, great service and great ambiance!

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A
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, especially the hummus. We had a chance to sit in the back room this time which was really nice and quiet. Loved it.

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e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Discombobulated waiters, bringing wrong food to wrong tables. Took forever to get our wine even after asking repeatedly. It finally came after the food was served. Food was tepid and bland. Finally the bill arrived and it had several items listed that we did not order (which of course they reversed). Definitely not their finest hour especially for a special Valentines Day dinner. Past experiences were far better, but this night was not good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is always sooooo good, the chefs traditional manti is the best I have ever eaten, the staff their are also amazing and always check up on you to see how you are doing. Everyone treats you with a lot of respect there!!

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M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious! Great date spot or go with a group so you can try lots of different appetizers.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem. Best restaurant in the area by far. We go at least once a month.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was very poor. Slow. Had to ask for water refills. Appetizers arrived during our entree. Table was poorly bused.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Small portions. Get the mint tea. Fresh mint. Would come back.

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Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We visited this Lebanese/Armenian restaurant for a third time, remembering its outstanding Mediterranean cuisine. We were not-at-all disappointed in the food.

Our Armenian chopped salad ($8) was delicious and generously sized for two - with its unusual lemon and balsamic dressing. Our falafel appetizer ($8) is a terrific value. Our charbroiled chicken kebabs ($17) were flavorfully marinated and plated off their skewers. Dessert was exceptionally-delicious homemade baklava ($8).

Unfortunately, these outstanding Mediterranean specialties were marred by truly embarrassing service. Our reservation (Open Table) had been screwed up by someone in the house who gave away our table. Our hot falafel appetizer sat within our view on the kitchen counter cooling, unnoticed, while our server chatted with other customers, his back to the kitchen. Our after-appetizer wait was so lengthy that the owner actually inquired of us if we were being "kept waiting for our food."

This is a tiny restaurant, with barely a handful of "inside" tables. For nine months of the Los Angeles year, that's not a problem, because the restaurant has a huge "outside" seating area, including a small covered patio and a much larger "garden" section. Our visit, on a very chilly December Saturday night, meant "inside" tables were at a premium... and because of the staff's reservation snafu, we were seated (no choice) at one of the "outside" tables. They're "romantic," but cold. An overhead heater helped a bit, but we observed other patrons being given blankets for their legs (!) because the staff couldn't successfully light another outside heater. (Isn't that the sort of thing a restaurant's staff should check before opening for dinner on a Saturday night?)

Private parking is available immediately behind the restaurant, from an alley. But it's (no option) "valet" parking with a mandatory $6.50 fee for restaurant patrons, $10 for others, which means the restaurant doesn't save spaces for its own customers.

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EV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 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
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 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 15, 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
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 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
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 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 27, 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 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods as always.

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D
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 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 20, 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
13 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
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 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
32 reviews
Dined on September 4, 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 August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is tremendous. Patio ambiance amazing. Strongly recommend!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 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
52 reviews
Dined on August 24, 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 24, 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 10, 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
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 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 5, 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 13, 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
19 reviews
Dined on July 7, 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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