Dyafa

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Syrian
Dyafa celebrates the richness of Arab culture and cuisine by providing guests with an
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.
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J
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Friend get together,

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place good food and great cocktails

B
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Everything was perfect, including the delivery to our table of flowers that I ordered that day from a local florist. We will definitely be going back.

t
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent but does not need to be this expensive

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. Pita sandwiches were a big meal for lunch. Did not need anything else. Sat outside, nice location.

L
Tokyo
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We came here a month ago before they updated their menu with the new chef.

It was a bit disappointing because we felt the menu and value went down. The fried rock cod was the biggest disappointment. It was 2 pieces of fried fish for $35.

We also ordered 5 different cocktails and only 1 really stood one.

Everyone at the table loved the chicken confit. It was really special

WJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

For exotic flavors and a change of pace. Heavy on the garlic in all of the dishes, so keep that in mind.

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing foods, very welcoming staff. Would definitely go back.

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been there numerous times and the services gets better each time. Some of the dishes have been tweaked so it keeps it exciting, but I do prefer the whole fish vs the fried with the fennel. My favorite is the muskhan !

CM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the food. It was great value for trying new Mediterranean food. unfortunately one of our entrees arrive about 15 min after the rest of the food and we were full. That was the only mishap.

PB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Although I enjoyed the muhummara, the breads and the salad, the main courses were not so good. The chicken was under-done, the lamb shank rather tasteless, and the eggplant dish, although tasty, was barely warm. The dessert was good, but I thought the restaurant was overpriced for its value. I was especially disappointed that a restaurant serving Middle Eastern food didn’t offer authentic mint tea, but only bag tea.

SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t wait to return.

E
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went to Dyafa with some visiting family members and it was the best choice! We were able to try almost all of the small hot and cold plates and not one disappointed. Drinks were unique and delicious - even some wines you rarely see. Dessert is a must! We will definitely be back.

S
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an incredible dinner with several dishes my wife and I had never had before. The wine list was great and I enjoyed a few glasses of the Planeta Frappato.... a wine I had never had but will be looking for in the future!

DW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I have been here a few times for both lunch and dinner. Usually, I am in love with everything. Arrived to find out that lunch you have to order at a counter, take a number and just grab any open seat. Not sure why I needed a reservation since it didn't matter when we came. The Mezze was fine but the Fattoush salad was wilted and there were sprouts and arugula in it. True Fattoush salad has either of these ingredients.

The service was just okay. I am hoping that this is not a sign that the restaurant is not doing well and that it might close because Oakland needs some good places to eat.

NF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Googled Michelin-starred restaurants in the East Bay &
Dyafa was listed. Not quite sure how. Compared to other Michelin-starred restaurants we’ve visited (Commis, French Laundry, Chez Panisse), this was truly puzzling
Would we return? Very iffy

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely more of a date night place, but my business dinner with my guest went perfectly. I can’t wait to come back and try more of their new items. We enjoyed the lamb shank and the fish, which had a fantastic and light “breading” of chickpea flour. Amazing if you are avoiding gluten. So happy with our meal and service.

R
Atlanta
25 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dyafa came highly recommended and I've heard owner Reem Assil speak at an event so I wanted to go check it out. Staff had our reservation ready and we received a table immediately. I had luggage on me to travel right after the visit here and staff offered a spot for it as well as to keep an eye on it which was a welcome gesture. The food was great - had the Damascus lemonade and cold coffee, hummus kawarma with chickpea pancake, mujadara and finally sfoof for dessert. Everything was excellent. The mujadara especially was brilliant - fluffy and light yet flavorful and filling. The dessert was a bit too big and I had to leave it behind to catch my flight but I'd have totally taken it to go if in town. The staff were courteous in their service and though we stayed a tad bit longer than their closing time, nobody asked us to leave. The location is pretty neat too - between the train tracks and the water, and the decor as well as music all lend well to the dining experience here. I will be back to take a stab at their dinner menu.

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

I was very disappointed with Dyafa. I had heard such great things about it. it felt like it was old and tired, no one was making sure the food quality was up to itself old standard and that they hired that staff from the diner down the street. The food was just ok. the menu was very small and the service was unrefined and unpolished. I won't be going back or recommending this place.

E
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!!

RT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent Lebonese food. It was our second time there. Good size portions so two can easily split a main. Nice setting by the water in Jack London Square. Go there, you'll like it.

s
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and went far beyond the usual Mediterranean fare of hummus, baba ganoush, etc. The service was excellent. We ate outside, watching the sunset and listening to the seagulls. Doesn't get better than that!!

JH
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to dine with a group with varied food preferences. Super helpful staff!

OT
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Dyafa serves delicious, flavorful, well-prepared food, and I have gone there multiple time. But I do have to say that my last visit with 3 friends was disappointing and annoying. Our waitress took our order, but that was all of the "waiting on us" that she did all evening. She never looked our way again, so when we needed things, we had to work hard to flag down other people, or to get up and get someone, or we just had to wait. For instance, my friends' shared main course did not come until LONG AFTER two of us had finished ALL of our food. Seriously. We had been done for a long time when their food finally arrived. And we could not get anyone to check on it or even hear that we were waiting. I had chosen the restaurant and was embarrassed that my friends had such frustrations. . .

If they don't give a damn about me as a customer, then I will probably go someplace else.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious food! Wonderful location and ambience. Brought wrong order and immediately replaced. Server brought bill before client was finished eating meal....

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Setting is great. We ate outside. And I love the wraps! Steph Curry is the best.

EH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of fun but hard to converse with the whiletable

BT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

I love this place - the staff, the setting and the food. But it took a very long time to get water and drinks, at least until the outside seating cleared out. Might have been a short-staffed day, though no one said so.

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal with out-of-town guests from NY who were very impressed - and should have been. Every dish - large and small -- was delicious, different, beautifully presented. Friendly and helpful staff. Food came quickly - which was fine. However, drinks came very slowly -- too late to finish two of them. I'm not sure what was happening there.
Some confusion about whether it was all right to park in the semi-empty parking lot right next to the restaurant (the final verdict: don't).
But this is a destination restaurant - delicious, fun, different and a real treat.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Our service was really slow, but everything taste great.

MJ
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Muhamarra. My group didn’t finish most items we ordered...not because the quantity was great, but because we just didn’t like them well enough to keep going! We enjoyed trying them. The ambiance was charming.

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

We loved the food - unusual flavors and combinations that worked beautifully. We were so taken with the interesting options on the menu that we ordered more food then we could eat even after our server warned us that we were probably going overboard. But then we were able to take the leftovers home and relive our delicious dining experience!

LD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place knocked us out with the intelligent servers, hosts, and bartender of whom all seemed proud of their food and to work there. They were all so nice, and then the food was so great. We've been talking about this place to everyone. Our son recommended it, and now we are. The tastes were exquisite and unique, and have inspired our cooking ever since. And the cocktails, omg the cocktails. I loved the Mexi-Pali. The bartender cheerfully accommodated my request to make me a lemonade that had less sugar, making sure I liked it. I loved it. Go here. Everyone. Go here. Get the sampler of four dips. Get everything.

W
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Don’t let the name worry if you aren’t very adventuresome! This restaurant has wonderfully flavorful food without being cutesy or bizarre! Fresh herbs, greens and spices typical of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food. For a treat try the cardamom iced coffee.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I really wanted to love this restaurant because the food and drinks are really great. I had heard good things for some time but a special occasion finally brought us there. Maybe it was an off-night but the service was harried and sloppy. I don't typically have demanding service requirements but for the experience I had expected and the higher price point, the service should have been better.

TM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. Lots of vegan friendly options. Staff was great!

NP
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food, great wine!

d
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. We very much enjoyed the Muhammara and the hummus Kawarama, the lamb shank and the maklouba. The batata harra was okay. We had two different cocktails, both of which were delicious.

We had a reservation but were still seated near the bathrooms, which we did not appreciate.

l
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The cocktails were weak on the alcohol! They almost tasted virgin!

RE
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food deserves the hype. Was skeptical at first but the cocktails, hummus, chicken..... amazing!