Natalie's Taste of Lebanon

4.5
45 reviews
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$30 and under
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Lebanese
Natalie grew up in Richmond, VA and spent many childhood summers in her mother's native Lebanon. Over the years, she developed a deep love for the country, its people and especially her grandmother Martha's cooking! Natalie's long-standing dream was to recreate a small part of Lebanon right here in Richmond, VA.

In December 2016, Natalie's Taste of Lebanon was launched with a mission to share Natalie's love of Lebanese food and traditions with the local community.

As well as providing an authentic Lebanese dining experience, Natalie's mission is to provide employment for those in our community who live with disabilities. Every day we strive to provide support to the community, give others independence and the ability to lead better lives, and share our love of fantastic food with Richmond, VA.
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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Both of us enjoyed our lunch at Natalie's. I have eaten here a half dozen or more times, and this was the first time for my high school friend. She enjoyed her bowl of chicken served over hummus. I know we will return here!

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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chicken shawarma sandwich with garlic sauce was very good and so were the meat grape leaves and the chicken kebab sandwich. We enjoy the food at Natalie’s

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K
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a favorite for our entire family. The food and wine selection are fabulous. The service is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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JM
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious good. Large portions at very reasonable prices. Our server recommended a very nice wine.
Only problem was that our main course came out before we were finished with or appetizers

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JL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Natalie's is a superb restaurant! Truly excellent food, wonderful people, very pleasant ambiance - and did I mention that the prices were reasonable? It's a true gem! I've been numerous times and have never been disappointed. And they've got an outdoor area in good weather. Could not be better.

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P
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious and I am quite familiar with Lebanese food, so this is indeed a compliment! Lovely restaurant ambiance and nice servers. I was correctly forewarned that the service is slow. I would love to see this improve as it would rate higher if not for this issue. I could see that others were also frustrated by the wait.

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EN
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always very good.Service is also very good.Enjoy every visit.

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely! My family always has a wonderful time at Natalie’s and the food is delicious.

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IE
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Looking forward to going again.

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with great food and service.

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LM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They had a huge performance of belly dancers from all around the area and some from out of town. It was so much fun. The food was great and even with all that was going on, our server was awesome n point. This is becoming one of my favorite area restaurants.

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CT
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was very excited to try this restaurant and then learned that the owner is celiac and there are many gluten-free options. Everything was good, The grape leaves were tasty although small hummus was very nice,not exceptional. I do plan to return to try more items on the menu.
Just one note for people eating gluten-free many of the menu items say they are gluten-free but contain rice mixed with vermicelli which is a pasta and not gluten-free. The substitution is rice with meat which doesn’t work if you’re also not eating meat. In any case it was tasty.

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d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so fresh and amazing. The staff was very nice and welcoming. I definitely felt the culture vibe. I loved it and will definitely be back!

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k
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was OK, didn't hear any complaints. Grape leaves had too much lemon but they were still good. The shrimp kebabs were fantastic - spicy, and I hear the stuffed cabbage was very good as well. Ample portions for sure. Ambiance leaves a lot to be desired! I felt like I was sitting in a warehouse - very wide open, tan/blah coloring, and cold feeling. And the TV running showing cooking over and over, was a PITA. Spot would not make for a romantic dinner that's for sure.

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K
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite, this restaurant keeps getting better and better. Beside the excellent food, service is always prompt, polite and accommodating. Great Lebanese wine selection as well.

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was excellent, but the service and noise were not. My wife and I waited for 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order. We waited 1 hour for our food to be brought out. A couple at the table next to us came in 30 minutes after us and they had finished their dinner before ours came out of the kitchen. The music over the speakers was loud and unappealing.

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PC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Always a delight. The hummus especially is delicious.

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Service was great. Thank you for a great dining experience!

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GS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food. Good service. Find it little pricey for the setup.

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Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were seated promptly upon our arrival. Our server was efficient. The decor is pleasant and beautiful. Love the color palette! The food was tasty. The pita bread and zaa'tar was good, even though the pita was a bit pale. However, the lentil soup was fantastic! Natalie's salad was okay. The chicken kabobs helped make it special; otherwise, the salad was just apple slices, feta cheese, dried blueberries & cranberries.

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LT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic food wonderfully spiced. Fun share appetizers and entrees. We certainly will go again and bring friends with us,

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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Catching up with a friend over lunch, and this was a perfect place to do so. My friend enjoyed her food and coffee. She was not disappointed and said she had driven by many times and wondered about Natalie's. Now she knows! We shall return.

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T
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Lebanese food with great service and atmosphere, would highly recommend and can’t wait to go back!

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CR
Richmond
82 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall good experience.
The Lentil soup was too vinegary and the entrees lacked any nuance.
But good food and would definitely go back.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were on a date night and wanted Lebanese food. I wanted Lamb kebobs, which they do not serve, so i ordered chicken kabobs that were excellent-very tender and moist. The Baklava was superb.

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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another great birthday luncheon for a friend who had never been to Natalie's Taste of Lebanon previously. She had the chicken shawarma plate and enjoyed it very much with fresh pita bread. We both enjoyed the dipping sauce with the fresh bread. And, she really enjoyed the wonderful baklava for birthday dessert. Thank you for another wonderful dining experience.

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S
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and the server Andrew was really good taking care of us. Such good Lebanese/MediT'n food . The chicken/rice is a must order so is the pita/hummur with the Zatar dip. simply awesome

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JP
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Natalie’s. Food is always delicious. Last night there was some sort of a mixup in the kitchen. They compensated us for the long wait and even sent us home with some baklava. It’s so nice to see a restaurant do the right thing. We would have gone back for the food anyway but the customer service is definitely worth writing about.

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BF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except the music. I wasn't expecting live music so early in the evening. It was very loud and made conversation with my dining companions impossible

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ST
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. This restaurant it bright and well designed.

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AM
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and romantic dining experience. The restaurant is extremely clean, beautifully decorated and the staff was very friendly. Food was fresh and delicious!

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TV
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Lebanese food and this is the best place we've been able to find it in RVA. Always get the Mezza Platter, which is a great sampler of all the faves (all veggie, a bonus!)

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f
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed Natalie's. Have been there a few times. Sometimes the service is a bit slow, but this time it wasn't at all, in fact it was very quick, perhaps because it wasn't busy. The food is delicious. We always get the chicken faruj mishwi, is great and honestly enough to serve two. The hummus is normally good, but this time was really excellent. Overall a great experience.

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AE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was pretty bland and the restaurant's dining room had zero character (felt like a chain restaurant)--though I should've expected that coming to Short Pump.

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c
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

wonderful appetizers; main meals seemed a bit variable in quality and overall value

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RI
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We have been close to 5 times this year and always enjoy our meal ...however, the service is inconsistent. That is, one time the waiter disappeared for a very long time and when he returned he didn’t have our drinks or the pita. He would come and go but didn’t always have the complete order or accompaniments to what he brought. eg bread but no oil, one drink not everyone’s at the table, etc. This past weekend we were a table of 4 and there were 3 other small parties in the restaurant...and it took so long to get drinks and the entrees we were disappointed. In summary the food is delicious...just wish service was equally as good.

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T
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Wonderful experience. True Lebanese food some of best we have ever had.
Restaurant is nice, quite, well appointed. Good variety menu.

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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good, and my guest enjoyed her birthday dinner. After we ate, we were so full we could not order dessert. Due to a large party that arrived, we had to wait quite a while for our check. The wait for the check was the only downside to our evening.

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L
Richmond
124 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really nice place for dinner. Fresh food and good service. Love the garlic sauce condiment! We both agree we will return soon and maybe try something different. Would like to try their coffee and baklava sometime, as well. The restaurant is bright and clean, too.

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