Lokal Mediterranean Kitchen
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Unimpressive food that looks much better than it tastes. The eggplant spread is spicy, as our server warned, but the problem was not that: it was just boring. Same with red-pepper spread. The Greek salad consisted of tired greens and a very small piece of tasteless feta. Even more disappointing was the shrimp al ajillo, over cooked and just oily. Only the bread failed to disappoint. It’s delicious, and we wished the spreads, small plates, and main dishes were as good as the bread. Service is very good, and the restaurant is a nice place to dine on a hot summer night, but something is wrong in the kitchen.
I had the chicken shish and my husband had calamari and a side of asparagus. It was delicious! We enjoyed the quiet ambiance and our server was polite and prompt.
WOnderful food drink and service. Highly recommended.
Really nice place- ambiance and food. We both had the choose 3 sides (hummus, falafel, tabouleh, baba ghanoush, cheese pastries). All were good. Service was pretty quick and everyone quite nice. Love this place!
Great food. There breads and dips are particularly amazing. The lamb chops I had were very good too. Overall, great food and superb service.
Great place. Excellent service, nice room, very tasty food. Great selection on the menu-the appetizers are very tasty--calamari, octopus, zucchini pancakes--everything was great. Been here several times--will keep coming back...
Great experience, lots of appetizers
I would have loved to give this place 5 stars, but the music was too loud and I could barely hear my lunch partner. The food and the service were very good. I’d go back, but they gotta turn down the volume!
The food was amazing. The service was excellent. I asked for a quiet table and I even requested that the music be turned down a little and they happily accommodated me. I was with friends and we wanted to talk. We need more restaurants I like this one that are happy to provide a place to talk and eat!
Everything was tasty but the lamb chops
were the best ever!
We'll definitely come back.
Cozy restaurant with good food options, delicious bread and nice ambience!
Great food and service. Noise level was high and the restaurant was not full.
We were looking for a place for a light lunch near the American Museum of Natural History and Lokal popped up a short walk away. Don't be put off by the unassuming exterior. The staff was friendly and attentive, the food was delicious, and the price was right. A good low key option for a light lunch if you have early dinner reservations before a Broadway show. Everything we had was good.
Celebrated my birthday here and had an amazing time. Great drinks, great food, great service. I will be back!
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.
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.
They had many options for appetizers and entrees. We enjoyed ourselves.
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.
The food is amazing! The service is impeccable.
Great food and great service. We really enjoyed our time and meal.
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.
Just love Lokal! Always fresh and delicious food.
We loved this casual and welcoming restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was very friendly.
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.
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.
Excellent Turkish cuisine at great value
It’s one my local favorites! The food is consistently good and fresh. Service is friendly and efficient.
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.
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 !
Good choices - good service - did not feel rushed.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fresh and delicious.
Really excellent place, great food, attentive service
Amazing vegetarian options and v nice drinks. Love the place!
I just wish you had actual pita bread (whole wheat of course) - - it would be so delicious with all your wonderful dips!
Excellent Middle Eastern food served in pleasant surrounding. Excellent service