The food was wonderful. We enjoyed the lamb shank, blacked salmon pasta and rib-eye. (We all shared bites). Super friendly place. I was glad I had read an earlier review that told me this was the same place as Sam's (by day) or we would have had a hard time finding it.
Mostly known as Sam’s sandwich shop during the day becomes Barbarossa Bros at night. Had several appetizers including the veggie platter with hummus which was quite good and plentiful as well as the Greek Fries which I would recommend as well. The lamb shank was quite delicious as was the shrimp and pasta dish. However don’t let that the fact that it’s listed under small plates fool you as it was just about enough for two people to eat.
Only downside is parking but certainly plenty of garages just a block or two away if you can’t find a spot along the street. I’d give them two thumbs up!
Spices truly authentic. Recommend the spice rubbed shrimp and couscous appetizer. The Mediterranean veggie sampler great way to start the meal.
This was our first time eating here as it recently opened. My wife and I were accompanied by our two adult children. Our first impression from the street is that it looked like a diner that may have been closed as there was very little lighting inside and not much signage outside other than the large "Sam's" sign. Upon closer inspection we saw the menu in the window and a small sandwich board sign outside indicating we were in the right place.
We promptly greeted by their very friendly hostess who invited us to have a seat. I mentioned it was very dark as they had most of the lights shut off to try and give it a different vibe from the diner atmosphere. I think they would benefit from having some other soft lighting to give it a better ambiance for their customers. It was around 7:00 on a Friday night and there was only one other table with customers seated so it was very quiet.
We started out with the vegetarian platter which consisted of hummus, falafel, pickled turnips with honey mustard sauce and pita. The falafel was among the very best we have had. The rest was excellent and made for a great combination of flavors. For our mains, two of us had the the Mediterranean spiced shrimp and the others had blackened salmon - one with pasta and the other with vegetables. The hostess recommended the pasta and she was correct - it was very delicious. The salmon was cooked to perfection and the shrimp had great flavor. We were not disappointed!! The portion sizes were large and the meal was very filling.
The service was excellent and our hostess kept our water glasses filled and made sure we had everything we needed. As we were rather full from our meal we did not order any dessert but the chef came out and brought us a plate of Baklava. Our daughter noted it was the best she had ever tasted.
By the time we left, we were all very impressed and this restaurant exceeded our initial expectations! They deserve top ratings for food and service!!
Good food. Probably a better lunch destination than dinner. Ambiance is non-existent. Servings are huge.
The food here was wonderful. The tables were set up beautifully and the place was filled with intoxicating aromas from the open kitchen. I attended the soft opening and was not disappointed. I ordered the lamb shank, which was a large and delectable portion of food. My sister ordered the Cajun shrimp pasta bowl, which was also to die for. I will definitely be coming back. I was not disappointed!