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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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We sat the chef's counter and our server ended-up being the bartender. His lack of service and competency as a server was palpable from the beginning. He didn't know much about the new tasting menu that was introduced and we had to ask to speak to someone else to get the full scoop on it. The sea bass cost an extra $5/person but this wasn't indicated on the menu. The entree actually came-in before the appetizer - Battata hara (spicy potatoes) - because they had forgotten about it and we had to remind them about it. This was our 3rd time at Dyafa and I must say that this experience was so disappointing that this will most likely be the last. The food was average and a poor value for what we got.

m
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food over priced for quality. $17 for hummus with chunks of lamb fat not even fat on top. Very disappointing experience

CM
London
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hits on all cylinders; drinks, food and service were all top notch. Clean flavors, and healthy taste.

NA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I used to love this restaurant and brought folks all the time, the quality of the food and the integrity of being truly Syrian or even middle eastern is gone, there are apples in the salad, sticky toffee pudding on the dessert menu. Reem's spirit feels lost now. Additionally, the portions are a fraction of what they used to be. The fish used to be a whole fish and now it's a teeny piece.

J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is comfortable and interesting. The staff were attentive and friendly. Cocktails very tasty and food delicious. We loved all the salads and the falafel was exceptional! The portions were average to smaller. It was a wonderful experience, but a bit overpriced for the small portions.

ST
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Dyafa met and surpassed my expectations. First of all Sarah was fantastic and was very knowledgeable of the menu. She was very accommodating and polite. The food was outstanding, but first the wine was straight from the west bank of Palestine. Very flavorful, smooth bodied and fruity. A mixed pickled veggie plate was served with a plate of olives, We ordered for appetizers: Zatar manakish, brussels sprouts with yogurt and eggpant mutabal and pita......all simply outstanding. Entree we had family style- Arak battered sea-bass and Makluba..........Outstanding and can't wait to return, We also met with the chef, Mona Leena and what i say. Her vision capped our evening. Great food and ambiance that I highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Worth the price.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food is amazing! It’s becoming one of our favorite places!

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious. Lamb shank big enough for 2. Roasted eggplant and pita was great. Squid dish also good

NB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, food and service.

m
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Dyafa for a bit of a celebration and, aside from being slightly difficult to find once we got over to Jack London Square, had an excellent experience. We shared the chickpea pancake, Labneh, Halloumi and fried Brussels sprouts from the Mezze sections and the "fish and chips" entree. Everything was delicious, the service was excellent and attentive and we were comped the Kenafah for dessert. We will definitely be going back to try more of the menu and would wholeheartedly recommend it.

Y
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really unique dining experience in Oakland. Great Mediterranean food and cocktails.

Glad to have tried this place out in my own backyard.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing u inquest Mediterranean food experience!

l
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First visit to Dyafa and we found the food outstanding. We shared the whole menu of small plates and enjoyed each one.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

5 stars in general. This place is perfect. Food is great! Drinks can be a little slow coming out for large tables. drinks could also be a little more spirit forward, but what do I know! Go and enjoy.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was so helpful and sweet.

P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ladies dinner. Great craft cocktails, nice wine selection based upon the middle eastern cuisine. Beautiful space and the staff are incredibly attentive Michelin quality! The good is delicious and fresh- probably some of the best hummus in town. Pitas are house made and so flavorful. Dinner for three was a sharing of 4 small plates, 1 entree, two deserts and a lot love.

CD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
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 on January 18, 2020
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
21 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
31 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
14 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
8 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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