Saha

4.3
520 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
Special Prix Fixe Deal Tuesday through Thursday- $35 for three courses with entire menu to chose from! 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Californian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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(510) 900-2457
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mohamed Aboghanem
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Haste Street
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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520 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
30%
Good
9%
Fair
4%
Poor
3%
4.4
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent innovative food, the 3 courses for $45 are interesting, varied, and a good deal. From the moment we walked in Muhammed, the chef-owner, greeted us warmly, later walked around the restaurant talking with people. Although this was our first time going to Saha, it has become our favorite place in Berkeley to which we will definitely return--and recommend to university colleagues and friends. HIGHLY recommended.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This will definitely be a part of our regular pre-theater restaurant rotation! Great menu with lots of choices for fish, vegetarian, and meat eaters. Everything was prepared with extremely fresh and flavorful ingredients. Our wait-person was very flexible and made the hour we had before dashing off to the theater very unhurried and easy. She was a gem!

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M
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a nice time at Saha. The atmosphere, food, service, were very good and I will return.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Innovative and delicious. Beautifully presented. Amazing experience.

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M
San Francisco
153 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The $45 prix-fixe is a bargain only if you are really hungry. The small plate salads and starters were delicious. The duck breast main course was so tough it was nearly impossible to cut even with a steak knife. If not for the duck, this would be a 5-star experience.

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K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The fish was not fresh
The sauce on the lobster was not complimentary
Odd combinations of flavors was hoping for an “Ottolenghi” taste

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NL
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. However, I had an appetizer and one glass of white wine. My, friend had a main dish with vegetables and grains -- no meat. She drank water. The bill came up to $65 with tip. I think it's very expensive for what we had. I'll come here again, but only on special occasions.

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k
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food made by a lovely chef. Small bites which are packed with flavor and creativity. Enjoyed every dish. Cannot wait to come back!

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AR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saha never fails to disappoint! Wonderful, delicious and creative meals.
I have never had the avocado nor the wild mushroom knaffe before - both were great.
Lamb curry was very good.
Can't wait to return.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

I'm sorry but I ate here once and the the food was much better. This time the lobster was rubbery and overcooked and the other food had no flavor at all, almost as if no spices had been used and no seasoning either. It was a disappointment.

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Saha serves unique Middle Eastern food; the chef is very imaginative. You are not always sure what you are eating, but you are sure it is delicious! And you know it is unlike anything you have at home. Everyone in our party of 6 was happy.

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AG
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and will go back again to try other dishes. Service and ambiance. Also good.

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TI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fresh, creative flavors. Hearty portions. Excellent service.

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

EVERYTHING we have had to eat at Saha is absolutely AMAZING. I can not rave enough about the TASTE and plate presentation of the food. We have now been three times, and 2 of the 3 times the service was not as good as it should be - each time the waitress just didn't quite seem to know what to do and how to do it. Our second visit the courses came too quickly, the third visit they came strangely spaced (some of the appetizers came at one time, while another came WITH the entrees) and there was a LONG wait between courses and before dessert. That said, if my budget allowed, I would still eat here every week. Furthermore, my son's girlfriend is vegan, and my mother has celiac disease, and it is great that BOTH of them have so many options, and TASTY ones at that.

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RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is an unusual menu, as it is upscale Yemeni and North African food. Not everything was excellent - I did not like their take on Basbusa, for example, and the tea was not as hot as it should have been, but the great majority of what we had was excellent! The food was served well, lovingly prepared, and mostly delicious. You can tell the chef enjoys serving great food. The chicken liver salad, bastillas and lamb dishes were all excellent.

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N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went to Saha when it was in the city and had such a great experience that we thought we would try it again in Berkeley. I am not sure if someone else bought it, but was extremely disappointed with the food, service, and lack of care all around. Sigh...Another one bites the dust!

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Hostess didn't have reservation and didn't seat party in booth as requested. The restaurant wasn't busy but the booths were "reserved" but I reserved so why I didn't get the seat I requested is a mystery. She then sat us in a section where the exposed kitchen area burned my neck. Awful. But since I was meeting a dear friend I tried to swallow the inhospitality and enjoy.

Food was ok. Our party of four all got the prix fix dinner. Vegan selections were not delicious but interesting. Our server was wonderful but kept getting attitude from unaccommodating hostess which put a negative vibe on dinner. No one in my party wanted to return.

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B
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

All in all a lovely place. The stuffed avocado and mushroom knaffe are really tasty. Service was a bit slow to take out order and messed up part of it so we got a comped drink. We were a big group at an oversized table so conversation was hard, especially with how loud it was. Good for date night but not for a big family dinner.

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambience. Selection of dishes is unique and so very well executed.
A bit pricey...but had to come back! Wish I could afford to come more often.

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OD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Day & Night: Food was excellent but service was horrible.

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AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. An unexpected gem.

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H
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were joined by 3 friends at Saha before theater at Berkeley Rep. The meal was delicious and we were in and out within an hour. We all liked the wide variety of unusual Middle Eastern dishes on the menu. I shared a salad and two appetizers, a salmon dish in phyllo dough and a chicken dish. Everyone at the table had at least a bite of the dishes and loved everything we tasted! We also got different wines and enjoyed the wines.

Saha is a special place. More theater goers should eat there and the East Bay community should discover this unique cuisine. We loved the San Francisco restaurant and were very disappointed when the restaurant moved to Berkeley. Our friends enjoyed the restaurant so much that they insisted on returning next weekend when we see the next installment of "Angels in America"!

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EB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

They never disappoint! Whether you are vegan or a carnivore, there is always more then one excellent option.

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CB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The menu was creative and interesting combinations I haven’t had before. The salmon in phyllo was amazing. It was busy, cramped, and loud, but we expected that out of campus location on a Saturday night. The service was spotty, but our waitress did her best. I would go back again

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, fantastic authentic food. I'll definetly come back :-)

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J
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding and unique food. Server was very pleasant, just a tad uninformed because she was new. A few questions necessitated trips back to ask somebody else. A little pricey but delicious.

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

What a wonderful restaurant! Great for post theater

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Cute place, wanted to try it for a while. Appetizers were wonderful, we had the chicken liver and scallops. Service was unfriendly, uncaring, and slow. We had both appetizers before our cocktails. Lamb was very dry, and salmon was over cooked. We were never asked how our food was. Casually mention how our entrees were over cooked to our server and she just shrugged her shoulders. Will not come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. Only problem was that we could not eat it all.

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s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative middle eastern cuisine - many very tasty dishes. Friendly service, good ambience and not too loud. Definitely recommended.

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RL
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent! The chef and owner is friendly and exuberant about providing a good meal!

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v
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful fresh food with great vegetarian options. Restaurant is very appealing with high ceilings, nice lighting and good acoustics for a big group. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal with a large party for graduation.

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f
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Saha had not disappointed us on many visits. The food is great and the service is good. We like sharing the small plates; there is also a prix fix option with smaller portions and more sharing in all of the three categories. The menu changes with the seasons. The food is excellent and we are so happy it's within walking distance of our house! We will be back...

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TW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love the food. The service this time wasn’t the best - our appetizers and entrees were served at the same time due to some mix up.

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f
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was good: service acceptable.
Nothing exceptional
The labne was sparse and was seasoned lightly with zaatar
The foul was good, but could have been more lemony and contained garlic.
The fish was good, but had no sauces to bring out the flavor.
Don’t believe I’ll be returning.

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O
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined about six times at Saha when it was in San Francisco; then kind of "forgot" about it when it moved away to Berkeley. So glad we remembered and rediscovered it!!! Even better than before and before was Excellent. Fascinating and tasty mix of flavors with interesting combinations of warm and cool (a slightly warm avocado with slightly chilled Middle Eastern salsa), banana baklava (a fun twist on the old honey version), salmon in puffed pastry, etc., etc., etc. I don't think the owner/chief chef gets enough credit, we think of him as the next Alice Waters of the East Bay.

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AL
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saha is a hidden gem...”hidden” only in the sense that it is not in the heart of Berkeley! It is only a few blocks away and is WELL worth it!! Muhammad’s cooking is on another level!! I love his food and I’m sure you will too!!!!

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was bland, uninspired. Seems played out.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 1

Way too LOUD

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, well prepared, and interesting. The salad was fresh and light, the duck bastilla was crisp and perfectly balanced, the chicken liver salad was a divine mix of earthy and bright flavors and the baklava was off the hook . We will def be returning.

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