Dyafa

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$31 to $50
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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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CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Salad was really salty and made with cheap vinegar. Barely eatable. Lamb was a bit chewy not seasoned very well. Desert was also weird. Tasted more like Mac and cheese than desert. Sorry, really wanted to like it.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We usually have a good experience, but this time was much different. Service, timelines, food etc. I don’t think we will be going back again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon entrance, the fragrance made my nose and mouth very excited!! Wow! Gorgeous food and presentation. Will definitely return when I’m hungry. It’s a splurge, but worth every penny!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Dyafa on a Saturday night during restaurant week and had a fantastic meal. The food was amazing. Our servers were lovely, busy but not harried. The music and atmosphere were perfect. Definitely our new favorite spot.

AF
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Worth the trip from SFO on Friday of a 3-Day weekend and Bay Bridge & Toll. Go now. It was fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We went as a group because it was Restaurant Week in Oakland. I was very disappointed to see their offering was $55 dinner, no bargain over the daily menu.

AC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was all very tasty; especially appetizer dips. I'm tired of paying $13 for a 6 ounce cocktail.

ED
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere! Great for sharing tapas style with friends.

b
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, delicious food, imaginatively conceived and perfectly executed, served by friendly staff in a very pleasant atmosphere, with a well-chosen soundtrack of Arab music playing audibly but unintrusively in the background. Even familiar things were better done than usual. In short, mabrouk!

AH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food....interesting, authentic flavors. Especially recommended for explorers of international cuisine.

NJ
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view of the marina. Lots of seating. GREAT menu and delicious lunch. Definitely making the trip to the East bay again just to have lunch or dinner here.

f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was very good.

OT
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really great food. Fantastically seasoned. Went there for lunch, so the process of ordering & paying wasn't too off-putting. Just felt a little awkward. Saves them on staffing, but it doesn't benefit the customer. For a lamb hummus app, side salad, and a pita bread, it cost me about $31 with tax and tip. Seems a little much, but the quality of the food made it almost worth it.

SD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very helpful in explaining and recommending dishes. Wonderful Brussels sprouts and hummus dips. Very nice selection of entrees.

VJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic, simple food with lots of great middle eastern/mediterranean flavors. Interesting cocktails, nice simple wine selection. The space is very comfortable and staff is friendly and attentive. Nice long bar if you like sitting at the bar. Not overpriced. Good spot to come back to. I will definately be back.

Z
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. Prices will add up quite quickly, but the first bite of every dish is always followed by an audible "oh wow."

Can't wait to come back next year for my Birthday.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. A bit pricey but worth it for special occasion. Really wonderful small dishes for sharing.

LL
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Unique menu and it was fun to share plates.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pre-fixe menu was outstanding. I’ll be there again.

KO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were so disappointed that this restaurant misled so much about the New Year’s Eve menu. It’s just not ok to make a decision 2 or 3 days in advance to switch to a fixed menu. Additionally, Though they said they would have the menu up a day before (too late) on Open Table, I could never find it. When we arrived, we discovered that you had to choose one entree for 2 people which is tough with individuals with different food requirements. Fortunately, it was enough food, we were able to figure out the sharing and it was delicious. They gave 2 of us free drinks, which was nice. It’s not what it once was which is so sad.

OT
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service friendly. We came in a Monday night so even though it was busy, it wasn’t too loud. Really enjoyed everything, would definitely return.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food but wish more brunch offerings/dishes with protein!

BB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dyafa is one of the most delicious and beautiful restaurants in Oakland. The food is always outstanding.

N
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good with the exception of the fried brussel sprouts which were exceedingly salty - almost inedible. Otherwise everything was great.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were a bit disappointed given high expectations. Some appetizers and dips were great but both our main courses were nothing special. Ambience is really nice and we were prepared for a very good meal ( and paid accordingly) but it did not quite deliver.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The coffee is overpriced. They charge $5 for drop coffee and don’t any other types of coffee!
shakshuka is good, however the price proportion on the menu is wrong. The shakshuka is $15 and Labneh (yogurt) with oil and herb on top is $12.

CZ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The ambience is great and so is the service. However, some of our food was cold, and then there was a problem because apparently you can order a half glass of wine but it applies to the regular menu wines and not the actual wine menu. So they wanted to charge us $20 for a single glass. They fixed it but we thought that was shady as the waitress never clarified anything.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious

f
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, particularly the eggplant dip and fish entree. Absurdly long wait for cocktails - they arrived 15 minutes after the appetizers were served.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great cocktails, delicious food at a variety of price points and we were not at all rushed even on a busy Friday night. Our only tiny issue was an inattentive server who didn't appear very knowledgeable about the menu.

J
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was so good
I’d been for lunch

Dinner was amazing

SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I have loved Dyafa in the past. This time, not. The service was dreadful: the wine didn't come, despite repeated requests, until all but one of the appetizers had been eaten. We had to request again, the remaining appetizer. But what was brought was a repeat of the first one. The food was ok, although not of its previous deliciousness.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They seated three of us on a table size for two. The dishes didn’t even fit on the table. The waitress told us that the food comes out slowly and not all at once. That’s not what happened.

At one point they took away one of the dishes to make space that we hadn’t finished eating !

The food was mediocre at best. Burnt manaeesh. Way too many fried pita pieces in the fatoosh.

Overall an unpleasant experience. We are definitely never going back there again. And would recommend our friends to not go there too.

JB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terribly slow service at dinner. I've been here for lunch several times and really liked it. There's a totally different menu at dinner. Suggest you try lunch first

NP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love! Came for a Saturday night dinner. Excellent food and service.

k
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful good, gracious service

s
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I miss the sandwiches made with the flatbread. Don’t like the pita bread. Something changed and in don’t like it. Also I don’t like the self-service at lunch time

JG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived early and was heartily greeted by hostess and bartender. They both helped me through a menu of foods I was not too familiar with. My guest and I both loved our selections which were splendid. Will definitely return !

ME
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, friendly place with delicious food and great service.