Phoenician Resto Cafe

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Lebanese
Phoenician Resto cafe is a local and family owned Mediterranean restaurant. Chef Ziad Abdo and his wife bring authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisines to the heart of Texas.

We source the finest ingredients and use only Halal meats.
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CM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent chicken shawarma. The waitstaff were fantastic. The hummus was fresh.

PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh and delicious! This is our favorite restaurant in Austin.

CS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I rave about Phoenician Resto-Cafe to everyone, whether they're looking for a recommendation or not. This is, by far, the freshest food in Austin! A Lebanese-owned restaurant by the amazing Chef Ziad and wife Amal and serve to the most delicious Mediterranean cuisine. They're food and kindness make me truly feel at home.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Food exceeded expectations. And reason me price.

TP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was really good, I would go back for the quality of the food. However our service was slow, we didn't get water or a drink until we asked for it, and once we ordered it took a while to even get appetizers going. I think just offering some bread and water to hold us over would have been nice. I believe they are too busy in the evenings and don't really have the staffing to cover the crowds they are getting.

F
Amarillo
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Lebanese/Greek/Mediterranean food at reasonable prices. Fresh and seasoned perfectly. Portions were large enough to take home some leftovers, but not ridiculous and wasteful.
We had standard options: gyro and shawarma plates, Greek salads, baba ghanouj, and rice, all nicely prepared. The sauces were delicious. Pita bread was thin and nothing special, but nothing wrong with it, either. We dined early so I hope the empty tables only reflected the rush hour traffic outside. The hospitality was superior to most casual dining spots.

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

Despite being busy on Valentine day, our food came on time, hot, excellent, authentic Lebanese from an awesome family. If you want a taste of Lebanon and you want it genuine and correctly made, The Phoenician Resto Cafe is your destination in Austin. We love this place and we keep coming back and bringing more friends.

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

Excellent food.

AH
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a gem. I’ve always complained about the quality of the Mediterranean restaurants in Austin I Have tried them all. This one is outstanding. Service was great. They’re very attentive and Pinot Grigio I had was really good. But the food. What can I say. We had the feast for two with chicken steak and the ground meat. It was so tender juicy and delicious. Some of the best Babba ganoush Ive ever had and salad was very well dressed. I’m their new regular. And the price is unbelievable since the other Mediterranean places have eaten at have very mediocre food (at best) and very high prices. Run don’t walk. You won’t regret it.

YR
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I opted for vegetarian options which were excellent. The appetizer and main course were tasty. I especially enjoyed the yogurt cheese, greek salad, and the baba ghanoush. The atmosphere inside was casual and comfortable. Parking could be a challenge! The wine was supposed to be on happy hour price yet did not materialize on the final bill.
I would definitely consider returning to this restaurant when back in Austin, TX.

F
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in simple setting.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not good. Food was very dry; one person was doing all of the service and busing and was clearly overworked.

9
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A vegetarian delight which brought great memories of food while in the Middle East. Can’t decide what to have? Get a platter! Easy walk from hotels near convention center.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food here is great, service a bit slow. Location is right next to freeway so dining outdoors on patio is not the best ambiance.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Sat on the patio, noisy with all the cars coming by.

HZ
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been looking for an authentic Lebanese food restaurant for a while here in Austin, and I'm so glad I found Phoenitian Resto Cafe, the food is really good and it was the perfect place to take my girl who had never had authentic Lebanese food before.

The Hummus, one of the best I've ever tried in my life.
The outdoor part is real nice, the music was a bit loud but not a problem.
The servers were great helpful, super nice and kind.

Would totally recommend to anyone!!
And it so close to Rainey hehehe

B
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have always been big fans of Lebanese / Mediterranean food. For Valentine's day I was looking for someplace with good food, and that might perhaps be a bit less crowded. That's when I came across Phoenician Resto Cafe. On both counts it hit the mark!

It is relatively small, so we avoided a large crowd. That fact and the general ambiance allowed for easy conversation. The waitstaff was very attentive. We were served by three different people just because there were walking by our table and wanted to ensure we had everything we needed and wanted.

The best part of the evening was the food. The grape leaves were outstanding (and in our order they slipped us an extra one). The baba ghanouj was some of the best I've had in years and my wife says the tabouli was amazing. The lamb was perfectly seasoned, cooked and served. And even better than all of that tasty goodness -- the topper -- was the baklava. Both the cashew/pistachio and walnut/pistachio are great examples of fantastic baklava. I have it on good authority that the lady who makes their baklava has been making it for 40 years! While you're munching on that sweet, nutty goodness, make sure you have some of their traditional Lebanese coffee.

If you're looking for something you can complain about after your visit, it'll have to be the somewhat tight and limited parking.

LE
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cute family run restaurant with tasty food. My husband and I went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon, it's definitely worth a try. Parking is available.

C
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Lebanese is always good, but was disappointed in the shanklish the baba ganouj was excellent and the tabouli. Not really a date kind of place more if you just want Lebanese to go, but hey we love Lebanese and in Austin this is the place to go.

CT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Although parking was hard and the ambiance was so-so, the food was excellent. Would definitely carry out. Hummus, grape leaves, chicken schwarma, and lamb kebab were great. The tahini fish was AMAZING. Would go back for that any day... service was friendly but not pushy.

G
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly family run restaurant with authentic Lebanese food. The dishes were very flavorful, and the service was attentive.

Highly recommended.

OT
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

Due to super heavy downtown Austin traffic, GPS gone haywire sending us in circles and perhaps location of restaurant, we did not make it and after we had fled from the downtown crazy traffic we called the restaurant to say we regretted we could not make it.

W
Los Angeles
122 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good halal choice, albeit location a little bit difficult to find. Off Rainey St via a small alley way! Lamb kofta recommended.

OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really, really good - everything we tried was on point. The only complaint we had was that the service was very slow. It took 15 minutes for them to take our drink order, and took quite a while for our food to come out. The saving grace was that when the food came, it was fantastic.

SM
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and surprisingly good Mediterranean food. We have been looking for a good Mediterranean restaurant in austin for some time and think that we have finally found one. Parking is a bit of a problem. Decor could use some improvement.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fried eggplant appetizer with garlic yogurt sauce was unexpected and amazing.

J
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and restaurant has a charming family feel, as if you were eating in someone's home.

MC
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing

R
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice family owned restaurant serving fresh homemade Lebanese food. Especially great baba ghanosh & baklava! Only down side is nearby construction makes parking a bit challenging on busy nights.

L
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined at the Phoenician last Friday night and really enjoyed our meals. The charming owner was the hostess and server. When we told her that we were not familiar with Lebanese food, she explained how different dishes were prepared and made great recommendations. We shared the vegetarian plate as our appetizer so that we could try several items-all were excellent. For dinner, we had the shish tawook which was tender, grilled marinated chicken. Outstanding! Can't wait to go back!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was fantastic and the booking thru OpenTable was so very convenient. Our table was set when we arrived, albeit late at night, but that was really charming. Greeted immediately, the food was absolutely delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. I highly recommend the basmati and the baba ganoush as sides, but the hummus also rocked and the sawarma was phenomenal. The family owners were delightful, provided amazing service, and the meal was a really good value. Looking forward to going back soon when the deck is done!

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We tried Phoenician Resto on a Saturday night and they were obviously understaffed for the evening. I only remember seeing 3-4 waiters for the ~20 tables there, and the first thing our waiter said was "it will probably be at least 30 minutes before we can get food to you... it's been a busy evening." Service was friendly but very slow, from water then wine to the main dish. We had to politely remind them to refill water, get another glass of wine, things like that. The beef and chicken shawarmas were a little overcooked and dry, but the flavor was still decent. Hummus and baba ghanoush were alright, nothing special. Overall a mediocre experience, but hopefully they improve over time.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a great find! This place is a gem. Friendly staff, fantastic food, great presentations, charming atmosphere, and without doubt the best tabouli I've ever had.

f
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We tried a variety of things on the menu trying to see how authentic each dish was. All the items were very good with some of them being the best I have had in a restaurant compared to my families cooking. All the meat dishes were tender and probably the best kafta I have had. The beef and chicken tawook were excellent. Wish we would have gotten the Phoenician Grill which comes out in a great display stand. We seen many others order it. The fried kibbe was good along with the grape leaves. Grape leaves are cold wish they were hot. The meat and cheese rolls were very good too. I like the meat over the cheese but my friend like the cheese over the meat. The Lebanese coffee was traditional and the baklava I wish I had a piece in front of me right now. Will visit again when I am back in town.

The atmosphere was nice and clean with a good crowd. Service was a little slow as we were there for 2.5hrs. But the way we ordered many plates we were in no rush. The owner was almost turning people away as they had two large parties. He was telling people it would take time for food which was good so people knew up front. Only thing for us is we like to order a little of everything to try most things on the menu. we only got to try the main items. Will try the rest next time.

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food! Reasonably priced! Highly recommend it!

ES
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group loved dining here! It was a great dinner before heading out to Rainey street. There was no one else in the restaurant which was a shame. All the food was spectacular and the service was great! I can't wait to go back and I strongly recommend it!

C
Austin
32 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hubs and I tried Phoenician Resto last Friday night when the kids were with my parents. We went early, and when we walked in there was no one there... which always makes me a little nervous, however, my fears were unfounded. The food was AMAZING!! We had an appetizer of hummus and stuffed grape leaves, hubs had the falafel sandwich plate, and I had the kofta sandwich plate. Everything was SO good and reasonably price. Our food was less than $30! I couldn't finish my dinner, but we made sure we didn't leave any scraps behind as they made a delicious lunch the next day. The server was helpful and very kind (she may have been one of the owners), but didn't linger or rush us. The whole time we were there, no one else came in, so I'm not sure if it was due to ACL or just that no one has found it yet, but I hope people find it soon, because we do NOT want this place to close! YUMMO!! I think it would even be the perfect place to bring the kids as it seemed to have a family friendly atmosphere. Next time, we'll bring them along too!

B
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! What a treasure!! We moved here from LA and quite frankly, the thing we miss the most is the access to Middle Eastern food. Until now, we were never satisfied but this place rocks! The food was right on and the owners were a pleasure to talk to. I hope this restaurant does well and stays around a very long time. Definitely recommend !