Saha

4.4
642 reviews
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Middle Eastern
Saha means “to good health” in Arabic. At Saha, we believe in the farm-to-table philosophy. We work with local purveyors in sourcing ingredients which come from sustainable and organic practices. Chef Mohamed Aboghanem discovered his passion for cooking more than 30 years ago and is very proud of the move to Berkeley in 2016. In addition to traditional dishes from the Middle East and North Africa, Chef Mohamed throws an Arabic flare on California fare. We have signature cocktails created by our lovely bartending team which change seasonally, and our wine list is focused on fine wines from organic and Biodynamic producers from around the world. We are the perfect place to celebrate life over a good meal.
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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, service started out very scattered and frantic. Things got a little better toward the end but never felt under control.

Food again was great, pacing of the courses was a little slow, but better than everything getting to the table at one time.

The Heart beet salad and Lobster appetizer were great as was the spicy seafood entree.

My wife liked her maashi and red curry as well.

Saha is on the list for a return visit at some point.

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TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I really wanted to like Saha, but thought the food was hit or miss, depending on the dish (salmon baklava was really interesting and tasty, lamb curry was tough and had only a slight hint of curry flavor), and the service was VERY slow: 45 minutes from ordering before our appetizers arrived, and then lengthy delays for each subsequent course.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool 👍🏽. The waitstaff were great, a very welcoming environment.

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b
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were there for Valentine’s Day. I specifically checked their website to make sure they had their regular menu. Their website stated very clearly they had their regular menu and a special prefix’ed. When we got there we were told they only had the prefix’ed. While I enjoyed the prefix it really wasn’t what I was looking for. Four courses for $55 was a good value. I started with a small green salad with shaved cheese, then had delicious scallops, then had a steak that was excellent cooked perfectly for my main. We finished with a wonderful coconut cake. The portion sizes were moderate. We ordered a bottle of red wine that I have had several times in the past in other restaurants. It was a good value at $40. After ordering it I was told that they were all out for the evening even though it was only 7 o’clock. We were asked to choose something else the next bottle was $48 and everything else was over 50. While our server was very nice and efficient I felt like I had been let down twice. We were just about to order a couple glasses of wine when she showed up with the original bottle he wanted to order. She stated that they found one bottle under the bar they did not know they had. Needless to say we were very happy about that. I have a net Saha on several occasions and I’ve always enjoyed it. I would not let this stop me from coming back again. However, I do wish that restaurants in general would check with they write in the description especially on holidays around the menu. This is the second time this is happened to me in a very short period of time and the first one was from a general menu to a fixed of over $125 per person. Needless to say we were very unhappy with that experience.

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JE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saha never fails to amaze me. The chef has a wonderful way with food and spices. Everything is so delicious and you won't find these flavors anywhere else. My friend and I now have a tradition to celebrate our birthdays each year at Saha our mutually favorite restaurant. We started in San Francisco and now cross the bay to Berkeley. The menu changed slightly this year from last year so I tried some new things, all yummy. I am pescatarian (vegetarian plus fish) so I can't vouch for the lamb dishes but the vegetarian (wild mushroom knaffe, musadara, stuffed artichoke) and fish (salmon baklava, octupus salad, scallops and quinoa cake) dishes were all so delicious!

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ED
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

While the food and service were excellent, our visit almost ended before it began. When my boyfriend and I walked in the door - at 9pm, the time of our reservation - there was no one at the front of the house to greet us. It was a rainy, cold night, and there were only two other tables with customers and one patron at the bar; the neglect was obviously not due to an overabundance of business. We awkwardly stood at the front door for about a minute, and eventually a woman - not sure if she was a host or a server - walked toward us with a scowl on her face, and very blatantly looked at her watch before speaking to us as if to indicate that the restaurant was closing soon (for the record, the kitchen closes at 10pm, a full hour after our reservation). I told her we had a reservation, hoping that she would see that I very intentionally indicated in the notes of my reservation that we were visiting for my boyfriend's birthday. She poked around on a tablet, took us to our table, put the menus down in front of us and walked away. Her behavior was so off-putting my boyfriend and I considered leaving immediately. The only reason we did not: our server, who made her way to our table right away. She was a delight. I know that everyone has their bad days, but that surly woman almost lost Saha a $100 tab on a very slow night.

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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

it has gotten worse and worse. last time we'll go.

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CK
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food.
Service very helpful & friendly.
Stuffed Avacado great starter.
Any lamb dish great.
Good wine list.
Encouraged to take your time.
Good evening

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DE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I ate dinner here for the first time last weekend. The food is amazing-high quality ingredients, incredible flavors and beautiful presentation. The service was great even when they became packed at around 7pm. This is my new favorite restaurant in Berkeley for a special night out.

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BB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few restaurants where the price of the food matches the quality of it.

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

It was our son’s 22nd birthday. We all loved the food!

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A
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food, some of it interesting or unusual. The lamb meatballs in yogurt sauce and the grilled octopus salad are both superb. Most important, it is a very nice, upscale-feeling but not pretentious place, where you can enjoy relaxed conversation.

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SD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food, in particular the first and second courses. My friends and me come here regularly, really like it.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service marred the entire evening for us (7 people). The waitress--who was unsmiling throughout-- took the order from one person, we had to flag down another staffer, who got our waitress back to our table 15 mins after she'd left...Servers set down dishes in front of the wrong person, didn't announce what they were, & quickly walked off--we had to decipher which belonged to whom, which was crucial as 1 friend is gluten- and lactose-free.
Our 7th person's main course, lobster knaffe, came out more than 40 mins after the other 6 main courses--i.e., after 6 of us had long finished eating, & we'd asked 3 times about the missing lobster (the 1st time, the answer was, "I'll check." The 2nd time: "it's coming." Then 25 mins later, upon our 3rd inquiry, we were told, "There are lots of orders tonight, the kitchen is busy. Don't worry, we'll comp it").
The bill contained a charge for a salad that hadn't come by the time of the entrees and that we'd told the waitress to thereby cancel. And when we disagreed with the automatic 20% service charge, the waitress said, "That's our policy" for large parties and "the only thing [wrong] was the lobster, and that's not my responsibility."

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Saha has wonderful food and flavors. The chef is the real deal.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious dinner in a warm atmosphere with attentive service.

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LP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Party of 4, pre theater on a Saturday night. Second time here in 4 weeks. The food was great (as usual). Pick just about any dish and it is tasty, creative and really unusual..hence the 5 stars. Service is fair. Slow to respond and a major error in doing a 50/50 split between two credit cards. Attitude is definitely an issue. Ambience is blimp hangar modern.
Wine list is limited and unimaginative, so I was happy to pay the $20 corkage and bring my own. They also need to tell customers that when you order the Prix Fixe 3-course, THE PORTIONS FOR EACH COURSE ARE SMALLER COMPARED WITH WHAT ONE GETS ORDERING A LA CARTE. There needs to be a little more "truth in advertising" here!

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RD
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the food! I and my wife have eaten at Saha at least six times now and never had a disappointing dish. The octopus is so good that I sometimes need to violate my conscience and order it. The small plate dishes, some vegetarian some not, are all excellent. The two or three lamb-centered mains are superb. The price is such excellence, of course, is the price. Saha is not cheap, certainly not by Berkeley student ghetto standards, but we go back for one reason: it's the best food in the 'hood.
Service is usually decent, unless the place is very crowded. Last time the waitress even persuaded the chef to turn off the thumpa-thumpa music and let us converse. The wines-by-the-glass are well chosen and generously poured. Would I recommend it to a friend? Well ... only a very good friend, lest the place get too popular and too crowded!

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RK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors. Middle-eastern (Yemeni) cuisine, expertly prepared. Wonderful lamb dishes, and a plethora of vegetarian and seafood options. Prix fixe, 3-course options every night are a great value.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy food, slightly above my price range, but we luckily caught the tail end of restaurant week, and thus had a price friendly prix fixe meal. gorgeous place. Easy to hear your tablemates talk.

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K
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Saha for restaurant week. We had a party of 4 new parents and 2 newborns and noted so on the reservation. The hostess graciously sat us at an 8 person table near the back so we’d have plenty of room for our car seats. The waitress was kind and attentive throughout the meal, the food was flavorful and delicious, and the ambiance was great for a date night or a family meal. They already have a prix fixe menu so they offered a $10 discount for restaurant week. Great experience and a great meal. We saw so many tempting items on the menu, we’ll have to come back to try them all!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant week

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great time!

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S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Everything was good. The food, while not large portions, is quite tasty. Our party of 6 ( w a reservation) was seated quickly, water appeared, menus arrived promptly etc. servers were very rushed but polite.

Our reservation was at 7. So suffice to say, we didn’t Really begin eating until 7:30. At 8:30, after we didn’t order dessert we were asked to leave because others were waiting for our table. We still had wine in our glasses! The staff brought the bill, then proceeded to remove all the remaining silver & glasses ( still full of water) and when our bill was picked up, for a third time said, could we vacate because there was another party waiting. We were not overly lingering or being rude, just finishing our meal & paying the bill.

Sorry to say this really put me off this otherwise great restaurant.

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L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We came here for Berkeley Restaurant Week, and we'll definitely be back! Tasty food, interesting flavors, and great service. We really enjoyed it.

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D
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy their creative vegetarian cuisine. Service is always attentive.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Service: Had a reservation, but got first open seat near the door... Didn't get an introduction upon being seated. Had to ask for water after 10 minutes of trying to get the attention of a waiter. Waiters seemed flustered and stressed.

Food: Tasty, but portions are very, very small and quality is average... $35 per person (discount because of restaurant week)... Fish seemed raw (possible supposed to be seared, but tasted raw)...

Ambiance: Loud... not a lot of room. Seated very close to strangers. Music too loud. Could use candles and less lighting.

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e
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went as a larger group an was setup at a big table in the back earlier then
our reservation. Good thing because we were asked to leave because of another reservation. I get
that there are reservations but we felt rush out and not in the nicest way. The food was good and
we enjoyed trying different things under the price fix restaurant week option. The servings were small so I am hoping that they would be different if we go back again and order off the menu normally. If
we are allowed to stay and visit after eating I think it would be a nice evening.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Kanaffe for dessert is not to be missed. Food is great, plates are small so keep that in mind!

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e
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of creative, mediterranean themed foods, lots of gluten free and vegan/vegeterian options. Service was prompt and friendly and accommodated our short time frame to get to a theatre performance at Berkeley Rep

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S
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food that's out of the ordinary. We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu and selected from each of the sections of the menu. All incredibly delicious and different. Can't wait to go back!

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c
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food thats not overcomplicated with service to match....went during Berkeley Restaurant Week which was a great introduction to what Saha had to offer.....people raved about the stuffed avocado and chicken bastilla which seemed basic but great flavor (salty, sweet, tart) and texture....

The sage duck was delicious and perfectly cooked but needed something added to go with the sweet potato puree....still enjoyed it!

The only issue was the the kitchen ventilation system didn't seem to work well as place got a little smokey and warm....i even saw people who were seated near the kitchen move to another table....

Highly recommend to try this place....as a friend who is used to "anything with a drive thru" clean off this plate! :)

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SE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This absolutely my favorite restaurant ! On this particular evening during Restaurant Week, every single seat was taken, the place was really buzzing; but service was still fantastic, and the food, as always, superb. "Foodie" Friends visiting from Los Angeles LOVED each of their dishes, and throughout our meal, kept exclaiming that the food was really exquisite. Each of us selected a 3 course meal, although there was little overlap in the choices we each made. It was fun and tasty to try things that we had never had before. We LOVE this restaurant, and were really happy that our good friends loved it too.

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DE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. I wanted everything on the menu! I will definitely go back again.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went to Saha last year at a non restaurant week time and really loved it. But this time we didn't find it upto our expectation. While the first 2 courses were really good, the vegetarian third course was okay. They had already run out of the ravioli which was our favorite dish from the last visit at 7 PM.

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DD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good. Very noisy, and tables pretty close together, not unusual for Berkeley. Small portions, expect to need two to three courses. They have a pre-fix menu option, and we were there during Berkeley Restaurant Week, so there was a discount on this option. That made it a little more affordable.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal! Every course had such unique and beautiful flavors and was cooked to perfection. It's a lovely, lively place. And the prefix meal is an incredible deal with so many options.

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DM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fabulous at Saha. We went on the opening night of restaurant week and we were blown away by the food. it was all very tasty, fresh, and lots of options. The only thing that left a sour taste in my mouth was the fact that the server didn’t say hello or acknowledge us for at least 12 minutes after we sat down. I understand it was very busy but when I worked in the industry I was taught that even if you’re completely slammed, you at least walk by and say hi and let them know you’ll be with them as soon as you can (usually within 2 min of seating). Further, when she did come by she simply asked if we were ready to order- not even a hi or An introduction to the menu. We will give it another try because of the food.

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ET
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Saha has a great looking menu with lots of incredible choices. It just didn't feel like any of the food actually tasted very good or flavorful. It has a nice ambiance and a lot of promise, but everything tasted just OK and was not up to the reviews prior. I'm not sure if they are going through changes, or what. Would not suggest eating there.

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J
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was NOT "run of the mill" mediterranean food - very interesting menu and great tasting! It was very busy and full the night we went with 5 folks but it worked out - you will need to make a reservation to ensure you have a table. Will go back again!

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