Cafe Mediterranean - Hyde Park

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean

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At Cafe Mediterranean, we believe in quality and simplicity. We prepare and cook truly authentic Mediterranean food.Not only is Cafe Mediterranean's food healthy, it is food that you will savor with every bite. Food is bursting with flavor and nutrition, made fresh and served fast. Eat in or take out and enjoy.

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DorieC
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s the best Greek/Mediterranean food I’ve had in Cincinnati.

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vipWonderful
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cafe M sets a high standard for itself, from the warm welcome of the owner to the tea served at the end of the meal. Excellent food, interesting wine selection and gracious service. Always a pleasure to eat here.

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ShellP
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Very knowledgeable staff and the food was excellent.

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DonS
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The ambiance was pleasant and quiet but no means fancy.
The menu offered a wide variety and what we chose was fine.

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vipRickS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is very attentive and the food is always delicious. This is a wonderful restaurant. The owner, Fahri, is always there to greet us at the door. He makes everyone feel very welcome and special. Go for the lamb shank. It's the very best!

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AndyM
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Everything was very fresh and presented well. Terrific recommendations although I’d guess everything on menu is delicious so we couldn’t have gone wrong. Definitely will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true community gem. The food is authentic and delicious. The service is next level and the owner makes you feel at home. Everytime my family is in town we have to eat here because we know well enjoy a ton of laughs, we won’t be rushed, and we will leave very full. If it’s your first time, you have to order the hummus appetizer, and the beef tenderloin entree, it’s amazing. We also finish with Turkish coffee.

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JackC
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try! Great food, good wine selection, great owner who is very proud of his food.

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vipScottB
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything done with care. The owner loves his customers and preserving Turkish food traditions, while mixing in some other savory specialties.

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HydeParkGuy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner and the entire staff show great pride in this wonderful restaurant. The food is amazing and the service is great. One of my favorite spots in Cincinnati.

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SteveR
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. Just the right amount of attention. Meals were very good but the felafel had clearly been made earlier and warmed up. We’d go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food.

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JDMM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mediterranean is always amazing!! I highly recommend their grilled octopus- it will change your life. Even those that think they don’t like octopus (like my kids) love it. Tender, succulent, and tasty ...not the least bit chewy. It is wonderful and we get it every time we go. For our main course this time my wife ordered the lamb kabob. She was really impressed by the quality and flavor of the meat. Nice portion and delicious veggies and rice on the side. I had the grilled branzino special. It was served whole and was absolute delicious. The owner was there and was pleasant and fun as always. He also made an excellent wine recommendation. I highly recommend Cafe Mediterranean and we look forward to returning again soon!!

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MargoF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

our server was new but very good! Food was great - noise level went up when belly dancing began but we were warned. A little pricy.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful dinner! We started with the vegetarian platter. The yogurt labna and roasted eggplant are my favorite! We had a variety of entrees from chicken to swordfish everyone in our five person party loved their meal plus the wine was excellent!

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Luv2dine21
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Turkish/Mediterranean food. The owner was very personable. Perfect for a date night or family diner.

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vipM2702
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The selection was nice and provided a wonderful opportunity to try various flavors from the Mediterranean landscape.

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MohammadN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is the worst restaurant I have ever had. They just ruined the day. I requested a reservation 2 weeks prior to Valentine's day. I went 30 min prior to my reservation. I had to wait 1.5 hours to get my seat, 1 hour to get the food. They forgot to serve the appetizer. When the food came it tasted gross. It ruined my dinner with my Fiance. If you planning for a good dinner, then skip this restaurant. The management sucks.

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estull
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Cafe Mediterranean was at least double booked when we showed up for our 7 PM reservation. We were asked to wait, but there was no room to wait unless we wanted to stand 12 inches from a dining customer. We didn’t want to spend our evening sitting and eating next to people waiting for a table so we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited an hour after our reservation time. Decided to give up and get takeout somewhere else for Valentine’s Day.

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ckski4
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Appeared they overbooked for St. Valentine's Day - parking is nonexistent, valet not to be found; since no waiting room, we were practically surrounded by those waiting...
Staff seemed well-intentioned, but also seemed to more interested in trying to find next table to open up, than attending to those seated and dining....on plus side, interesting menu and the food we had was very good. Pricing was probably a little higher than it should be.
Sorry, but all in all, doubtful we will return. We wish CM good luck!

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vipCici47
Cincinnati
189 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Mediterranean was "slammed" on Valentine's Day. But I say, "good for them!!" Cafe Med is a friendly restaurant, with excellent service and delicious food. My husband and I were actually glad to see them so crowded. And everyone in service at the restaurant was doing their very best to keep the patrons served and enjoying their dining experience. Our meal took a little longer than usual to come out, but we just lingered over our bottle of wine. When our entrees arrived, everything was as ordered and delicious as always. We will definitely keep returning to this fine restaurant.

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vipdennis
Cincinnati
77 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorites. We tend to order the same thing with each visit and then look forward to the next time.
Service was very good but both individuals spoke so softly that it was difficult to even hear them. That is the only thing that there was to lower the score.

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vipchungclan
Cincinnati
102 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food with attentive service.
Recommend highly!

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Jettagma
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here but will definitely be back! I especially liked the Tabouli and the Labne appetizers. For dinner my friends had chicken shish kabob and beef tenderloin shish kabobs. They both commented on how tender and tasty the meat was. I had Moussaka which was very good also. Then the waiter brought us hot Turkish tea. Loved it! The service was also excellent. I definitely will be going back.

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vipAudreyK
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here twice - and both times received amazing service! Everyone is very friendly and made us feel welcome (even with our 5 year old in tow). The food is equally great. We will be back!

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vipPaulaR
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy Café Mediterranean. The food is excellent, as is the service and ambiance. It is also an excellent value. The hummus is delicious, as are several other appetizers I have tried. The chicken kabob and the spinach pide are favorites of mine. Friends who enjoy lamb absolutely rave about it here. Check out this restaurant!

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SummerH
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place has a really nice grilled octopus salad and the rice that is served with entrees in delicious!

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vipDaveTer
Cincinnati
57 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The portions were wonderful, a nice size. Good taste. Very friendly ownership. Nice variety of dishes. My only negative I thought the tehina was a little to citrus flavored. Other than that, the food and service was great.

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SharonA
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delightful! Delicious octopus appetizer and feta rolls. Four different entrees and we were all pleased. Happy to do it all over again. Turkish wine a pleasant surprise.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and the service were excellent. This is a hidden gem for a delicious lunch. The prices are reasonable and you can get in and out fast or linger if you wish.

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vipAG12
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXcellent in all way

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, pleasant ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Was there for New Years Eve. They had a belly dancer and with the crowded dining she lacked room to dance. It was awkward having her dance in the narrow space right next to your table.

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vipAaronG
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Everyone raves about this place but quite frankly, I’ve had better Mediterranean in Cincinnati. I forgot that they CRANK the music up periodically when the belly dancer comes out and it’s super loud and it lasts a bit on the long side. Think I’m happy sticking with Aladdin and now Artemis up in Montgomery. Both much quieter atmospheres and better tabouleh!

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vipNet1
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a delicious meal and great service
Owner helped select a great wine
Food was well prepared and presented
Very enjoyable evening

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vipCici47
Cincinnati
189 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant!! We're always greeted warmly, treated like family, and we thoroughly enjoy the delicious food. I highly recommend this neighborhood gem.

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Veggienut
Cincinnati
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love middle eastern food and Cafe Mediterranean does it right. The food is delicious and plentiful. We will be back soon

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vipYankeeGirl
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fresh bronzino and amazing desserts! First visit and we will definitely be back!

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LindaG
1 review