unforgettable experience of hospitality. Our menu showcases the breadth and depth of
cuisine from the region and beyond, designed for sharing and creating a feeling of
warmth in the belly and the heart.
Our vision is to be a vital centerpiece in Oakland and to build a culture of warmth,
inclusivity and community in the area through the gift of Arab hospitality. Through the
power of food, we want to enrich people’s understanding and appreciation of Arab
cuisine and culture and all it has to offer in the Bay Area.
We’ve been to Dyafa and the food and service have always been outstanding. Tonight the food was every bit as good as it has previously been but the service was disappointing
Beautiful location with windows overlooking the estuary. The food was awesome. Loved the seasonal Manoushe and the edges were great to scoop up the eggplant spread.
The batata harra were the best fried potatoes I've had in a long time.
Amazing food and great service.
Service always a bit challenged at Dyafa. But the food is amazing. So we come back over and over!
We went with a group of 5 friends. We all found the food to be delicious, interesting flavors, perfectly cooked. Attentive service. Great atmosphere. We’ll be going back.
Excellent, flavorful food in an enjoyable setting. Highly recommend the mezze platter.
The food was absolutely delicious. Every dish had a distinctive taste. We particularly liked the shrimp dish and the carrot appetizer. The breads were also outstanding. My only complaint was the noise....too noisy for my taste...but the food was so good I’ll go back.
We went for our 2 year dativersary. Had a wonderful experience. Great good, atmosphere, and servers!
Very comfortable spacious beautiful restaurant. Easy to converse. Pleasant environment and really good healthy food.
We will definitely be back. Everything was delicious and beautiful to look at! Ambiance of the restaurant makes it a pleasure to linger. Waitstaff was friendly and properly attentive. A winner all around.
The food is amazing, the servers are great. Wonderful experience.
Dyafa is in Jack London square. Its a high-end restaurant serving mediterranean food, emphasis on the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine). They hav a very strong cocktail program, a handful of local beers on tap, and a limited wine list. The space is tastefully decorated and quite nice. We went on the later side of a Monday and it was fairly quiet despite being pretty full when we sat down.
The food very good. We ordered two dips. The hummus comes with lamb meat in a pool of fat, resting in the hummus. It was AMAZING. The yoghurt spread is bright and salty, and had perfectly fried brussels sprouts on it. Also very very good. We also ordered a flatbread which was pretty good if a bit bland (perhaps too much spreads and dips, that's on us). Next (or really, all at once, see below), we got the Fattoush. It was a western re-imagining, with big, fresh chunks of greens tossed in a tart dressing. It was good but it needed more spice and/or citrus to give it a bit more zest, I think. Finally, the lamb shank, which seems quite popular. It was falling off the bone, perfectly seasoned, resting on a bed of wheat berries (great choice) and some sort of reduction to bring it all together. Classic "old skool" restaurant meat slab.
We had cocktails and a glass of wine each. Cocktails were suberb, lots of exciting but thoughtful flavor combinations, particularly with spices and herbs. Get the cocktails!
The server was nice, very professional, and well-informed about the menu with good suggestions, no up-selling. She guided us through ordering and let us do our thang. But my biggest complaint, and the reason I only give service 3 starts, is the pacing of the meal was all off. If you are doing shared plates of all different types this is very important. Within minutes of placing our order, our 2 person table was packed with dips, bread, and salad. All told we were out of there with a full belly and light wallet in about 1 hour, which is too fast.
We were a party of 5 at 7 on a Monday. Overall a good experience but I have a few quibbles. It took a long time for our cocktails to arrive. And if you’re encouraged to share a lot of saucey and wet foods why can’t you just keep the pita bread coming? One small pita for 5 people and then it takes forever to get another one. And you have to wait and pay every time you want another little pita! Then we ordered more cocktails and they never came. Anyway.
Wonderful lunch! Incredible flavor and diversity
we were 4 in our party. We shared some appetizers Hummus with pieces of lamb two types of flat bread and the Fatush salad. Two of us were familiar with the type of food, but the food here was up several notches beyond what we had before. The main dishes, one of fish and another, vegetarian. was more than enough and for all of us. It was delicious, but there was hardly any room for dessert. We shared one cake. It was a bit too experimental for us with combination of flavors of sweet and sour. Just did not make it for us. Over all a great experience!
This is my second time at Dyafa and the service is much improved. The food and drinks were good. We’ll be back.
The food is delicious and the drinks are amazing. However, we went for brunch and the brunch menu is very limited. I wish they have a full menu besides the brunch menu. Both foods and drinks are limited during brunch.
Simple Arabic food served in a beautiful dining room with a view of the water and boats.We tried several of the small plates: labneh with roasted brussels sprouts (delish!), hummus with lamb (much too salty), charred eggplant (fine) , dandelion greens (oily) and house made pickles (good). We ordered two of the Samaka Harra large plates (whole fish) and this was delicious. The cocktail menu riffs creatively on Middle Eastern imagery. Given the prices, I expected the servers to be better informed about the food & culture it draws from, and for the service to be seamless. Reem's in Fruitvale serves the same food sans ambiance and the prices are much more reasonable.
I left Dyafa overstuffed. Why you ask?? Because the food was so tasty I could not stop eating even though I was getting full.
It is like a little Middle Eastern heaven in downtown Oakland. The food was amazing and prepared by Chef Reem herself! Strongly recommended.
Creative Middle Eastern food and interesting cocktails. Very pleasant and attentive service. Somewhat noisy and not particularly intimate setting.
Everything was great! The food was absolutely superb Will definitely return.
Beautiful setting and tasty food but The worst service EVER!
Maybe Dyafa hits it out of the park for dinner, but lunch was a big disappointment. We were really looking forward to our lunch at Dyafa, but the best thing I can say is that it was quiet at 1pm and we could hear ourselves talk. Given that the restaurant was less than half full, the service was lackadaisical. We ordered
fattoush salad and shish tawook, chicken in flatbread with garlic aioli, grilled veggies and pickled turnips. The fattoush was bland compared with others we have had and the chicken dish was mostly flatbread with some chicken, a few grilled veggies and a lot of aioli. We are willing to try Dyafa again for dinner given the outstanding recommendations from several friends who have similar taste. It can only get better.
Dyafa has of course had fantastic press; everyone is dying to go there; interesting
and new dishes etc. Food is in fact quite interesting and quite good.
But...I have not yet in perhaps my lifetime (I'm a very senior citizen who eats
out a lot) experienced the appalling, totally untrained service to which I and
my guest were subjected this past week. We both even called our waitperson
out on it...to no effect. It was shocking. Fairly ruined the whole evening.
I can't recommend Dyafa and certainly if you have a guest, don't even dream
of going there.
We had a party of 4. We got 6 small plates and a lamb shank. The Muhammara was good, not great. Everything else was outstanding. Great food!
Lovely place with a nice atmosphere. Food was really delicious and beautifully presented. Service could be better (appetizer arrived late, got wrong order, then correct dish was served after our main course was completed, no one really apologised) and wine serving was very small (especially for $16 per glass). Overall a nice experience and we will go back to Dyafa.
The fava salad was so salty that we could not eat it.
Food was simply amazing! From vegetarian options to meat options everything came to our table wonderfully presented and delicious. The servers were gracious, professional, and knowledgeable! What a fantastic dinner experience for us!
Different and delicious. Try the flatbread with zata'ar, the eggplant and tahini thing, the roasted carrots, the chicken...and they make interesting refreshing cocktails. Good interesting wine list. Staff was incredible - it's in Jack London Square and if you're from out of town may be a bit of a challenge to find - and park - but worth it. Yum.
The food is very tasty, the space and view lovely, and the service efficient and friendly. The price is a wee bit high, but I have been twice and look forward to returning. More for a special dining with friends than a regular lunch place.
Absolutely one of my best dining experiences... ever! I consider myself a highly experienced
home chef, okay yes, I'm a foodie- busted! That said, it's a rare restaurant's kitchen that
humbles me and creates a meal and an atmosphere that is difficult to replicate
in our kitchen at home. Dyafa is one of those amazing places...and was over the top delicious!
Our server, sorry I can't recall her name- but from Lebanon was exceptional as well-
Knowledgeable, warm, genuine sincere and we let her order for us as well!
We're telling all our friends about this jewel of a restauarant!
Interesting, flavorful food in a very pleasant space.
Food was delicious as always and love the space but wish the lunch menu were a bit more broad...
The food and service was great. We were happy with the quality and quantity of each item.
I hardly write reviews (I am trying to be better about this) but I have to share how outstanding Dyafa was!
My two roomates and I made a reservation and came and simply put, we were BLOWN away. Short and sweet:
-service was spectacular. I forget her name but she communicated well that there was a slight delay on service, recommended and explained dishes and answered our questions thoroughly as the menu had many items we had never heard of before. She paced our items perfectly. Great job
- food: highlights - get the pita and Zatar bread and at least two cold Mezze Labneh was yum, the chicken confit main was the chefs special and it left us all ohhhhing , ahhhhhing at the table like children at a pizza birthday party, really want to try the Lamb next time.
- we all ordered cocktails (I got the gin based one with prunes and citrus and peanuts ) and I think we all agreed that they were unique and interestingly flavored but next time I will grab some white wine like a Sauv Blanca I think it would go well with all of the flavors. Maybe a bold red too :)
- if I had to say something constructive , I noticed that there was no music playing in the background when we arrived and first sat and then as the meal progressed I noticed music playing. Not really a complaint or anything just found it interesting.
-make a reservation and go immediately!
Can’t wait to go back
I had high expectations coming into Dyafa. I must say that my expectations were met and then some . We kept it simple starting with Mana'eesh, a large flat bread baked with a small amount of assorted vegetables and subtle spices. This flavorful soft bread was the perfect way to start. Next we had a large bowl of salad called Fattoush. Every ingredient was fresh and complementary and most importantly bound together by a great oil and herb dressing. Finally, we ordered a baked fish over rice that was perfectly prepared. The contrast between the al dente rice and the moist tender fish melded together with the subtle use of spice raised the dish to another level. Our dessert was a delicious sesame cookie that was soft on the inside but had a hard thin chocolate surface. The service was great. We were able to ask our server questions about the menu and she gave us her full attention and at no time did we feel rushed. I wanted to give this restaurant 5 stars but I was not comfortable with our seating and I felt the ambiance of the space did not do the food justice. I would have liked a more intimate feel with the decor possibly reflecting more the nature, warm and comforting. Nevertheless, 4.5 stars! Go!