Lokal Mediterranean Kitchen

4.5
295 reviews
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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 295 People Are Saying
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LN
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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ET
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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s
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOnderful food drink and service. Highly recommended.

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G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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v
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. There breads and dips are particularly amazing. The lamb chops I had were very good too. Overall, great food and superb service.

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B
Denver
88 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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...

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OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, lots of appetizers

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P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DD
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was tasty but the lamb chops
were the best ever!
We'll definitely come back.

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cozy restaurant with good food options, delicious bread and nice ambience!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Noise level was high and the restaurant was not full.

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CC
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my birthday here and had an amazing time. Great drinks, great food, great service. I will be back!

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KT
Austin
3 reviews
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
185 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
3 reviews
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
14 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
182 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
25 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
88 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
32 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fresh and delicious.

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UW
New York Area
14 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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