Lokal Mediterranean Kitchen

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Mediterranean
After serving the Midtown community we are now ready to open our doors to our lovely neighbors in Upper West side of New York City.

Join us for our amazing lunch, brunch or dinner service with a full bar.

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Tue 4:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 281 People Are Saying
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KT
Austin
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dip platter & wine selection. The bread was amazing and very interested to pair with the dips vs. typical pita bread. I suggest the whole grilled fish, really clean but flavorful.

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A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've now been here a few times and the food and service have been consistently excellent. Wonderful dips (the Pink Queen beet dip is a must). The small plates, salads and entrees were all delicious. And the wait staff could not have been nicer and more accommodating.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They had many options for appetizers and entrees. We enjoyed ourselves.

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S
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Happy to make the acquaintance of this neighborhood spot. We all enjoyed our selections: my fine chicken soup and feta cigars which were outstanding, despite the advertised dill being unrecognizable. Will return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing! The service is impeccable.

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JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We really enjoyed our time and meal.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I live five minutes from Lokal and I've stopped in, either by myself or with friends, several times. If I lived five miles away, the choice might be less obvious. To my mind, Lokal is a relaxed, reliable neighborhood restaurant with an interestingly varied menu and dependably good food. And that is a very fine thing, in my opinion. As a famous psychiatrist once said, "Good enough is good enough." Not every restaurant needs to be a destination, or edgy, or "hot." On a recent Monday evening the comfortable room was almost full -- a good sign. We had an Open Table reservation -- easy. There were three of us, and we had a lot to talk about, so we appreciated the moderate sound level -- no blasting speakers. Our dinner was better than good enough. The spiciness of my pepper/eggplant appetizer spread, advar, was moderated by the delicious bread (and when the loaf was gone the waiter offered more). My shrimp casserole was packed with plump shrimp, peppers and onions in a dark, fragrant sauce. (Better than the dull grilled shrimp I ordered once before.) One companion's lamb chops were cooked to her taste and of good quality. The third guest had a cold, and only wanted soup and a vegetable side dish. She swore her avgolemono soup made her feel better than her mom's chicken soup. The only slightly off note was the waiter, who might have been having a bad night: the concept of smiling or making eye contact seemed foreign to him. Still, he was efficient and got our orders right, and that's saying a lot these days. Oh, prices: they are not bargain basement, but they strike me as reasonable for this affluent neighborhood. Bottom line: Lokal lives up to its name -- a neighborhood place to drop into repeatedly, eat well, and feel comfortable. I hope it's here for a long time.

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LM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just love Lokal! Always fresh and delicious food.

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F
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this casual and welcoming restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. We sat inside/outside because of a very accomodating waiter who picked up on the fact we yearned to sit outside. Food excellent although We both were quite thirsty afterwards, so maybe a bit less salt.
Third time there.
New go to place.
Jc

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HD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

An interesting and diverse menu of very fresh and well prepared Mediterranean food. The wait staff is well trained and very warm and friendly. The layout of tables allows for conversation. All in all Lokal is a go to neighborhood restaurant.

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B
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Turkish cuisine at great value

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LM
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s one my local favorites! The food is consistently good and fresh. Service is friendly and efficient.

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OT
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is this technically a 5-star restaurant - no, but what it is is a 5-star local (no pun intended) restaurant. Great food, great value and wonderful service by Kara. We enjoy it every time. We usually order only fish (dorado and sea bass are outstanding) but this time also had wonderful lamb.

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MO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We truly enjoyed ordering a huge selection of small plates to sample. Octopus amazing, fabulous calamari, hummus,babaganush, pink queen, scallion pancake, falafel, lentil patty, stuffed grape leaves and bread. Generous pour with drinks and desserts delicious. Lovely waitstaff and enjoyed our meal !

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day

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A
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good choices - good service - did not feel rushed.
Good value.
Pleasant atmosphere.

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YM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! We had the pear and arugula salad with feta cheese as a substitute along with grilled chicken, which was absolutely delicious! The only thing we weren’t fond of was the taste of the red sangria. The carafe size was perfect but unfortunately not to our liking. The ambiance was great and our waiter was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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B
Denver
84 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place--been here several times. Very fresh tasty food. A good variety on the menu. Had excellent appetizers-salad. Very tasty orata fish-highly recommended. Chicken shish was great too. Great baklava. Nice ambiance.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our appetizers (shrimp and falafel) were very nice. The grilled chicken entree was flavorful but overcooked and dry. The lamb saute was a flavorful stew, but the pieces of lamb themselves were tough and tasted like stew beef instead. If you want a hearty stew, it's fine. If you want lamb, get the chops. Tables are set close together, so the loud, shrill voice next to us impelled us to forego dessert and leave.

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g
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

As a neighborhood restaurant serving tasty Mediterranean dishes, The place more than serves its purpose. Casual and upbeat, it’s a pleasant place to stop by and where one can usually get a seat.

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i
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh and delicious.

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UW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really excellent place, great food, attentive service

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NJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing vegetarian options and v nice drinks. Love the place!

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u
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just wish you had actual pita bread (whole wheat of course) - - it would be so delicious with all your wonderful dips!

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NG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent Middle Eastern food served in pleasant surrounding. Excellent service

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FA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place, especially to bring out of towners. The food is always delicious, the service is impeccable - what a find!

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MM
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

the grilled octopus was tender and delicious! lovely wait staff. nice ambience.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is perfectly cooked and seasoned. I especially enjoy the small plate menu which includes caviar spreads and beet and yogurt. Truly a find.

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T
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice salads .... decent wine by the glass

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LR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual, comfortable place and the delicious appetizer platter of several dips with scrumptious hot bread for dipping was unforgettably great, ample for 6 (we were 4 and plenty was left over). We will go back just for that (especially the whipped red caviar dip). We ordered main courses too, all very fresh and delicious, though we barely had room for them after the appetizer! So glad we made this excellent discovery!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and will definitely be back.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lokal is an amazing restaurant, the food was outstanding. The environment was quite loud with chatter but not unbearable, will definitely be going back. OH and they have rose-sangria, so how can you not love this place?!

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W
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our lunch here. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood, will definitely return.

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DB
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, friendly service- excellent food. Loved their salads!

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JU
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly done liver and calamari!

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WB
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lokal Mediterranean is a very nice cozy place with good food and hospitality. They serve you a delicious loaf of warm bread with sesame seeds which was a tasty way to start my meal. I had the cabbage rolls which were comforting. The service was very good as well.

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JK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always go to this upper west side restaurant when we are in NYC. My husband loves the grilled lamb chops. The pear salad, fried calamari, and grilled octopus are also great starters to share. Nice ambiance here, though admittedly a bit loud. Still easy to have a conversation though. Have brought friends here. Always a good experience.

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P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Don't miss the fried calf liver!

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ES
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed it- great food !!

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