About Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

For a unique dining experience, the Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant is a venue worth visiting. This is authentic Moroccan and Lebanese food the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the Denver area. The hummus and couscous taste just like one would find in North Africa and Middle East, while the freshly basked naan complements both perfectly.



Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant is decked out in traditional carpets and furnishings direct from Lebanon, recreating an authentic dining experience. The range of menu items personally created by chefs at Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant keep guests coming back for more.


9636 E Arapahoe Rd
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Moroccan, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm. Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Cross Street:
Clinton Ct

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 790-4707

Website:
http://www.sahararestaurant.net/

Entertainment:
We have an authentic Belly Dancing show on Saturday Nights with shows at 7:00 and 7:30.

Catering:
Sahara offers from the extravagant to the casual for all types of catering needs. We have experience to work with any budget and any size of event. Call for details.

Parking Details:
We have plenty of well-lit parking available.

Public Transit:
1/4 mile from the Arapahoe road light rail station.

Executive Chef:
Loubna Zouiten

Additional:
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Creative Cuisine (2)
Romantic (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

The meals are always delicious at Sahara. The service is great and i have never had a bad dinner.

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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, one of the best spots we’ve found for middle eastern cuisine. We will definitely go back!

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

One of my favorites. I can always count on great food!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day

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·Dined 4 days ago

The appetizers were tasty, but a little on the small side. The lamb was very tender, but could have used more apricots, almonds, and rice. The baklava was excellent. Some of the tables are interesting geometric bas-relief. Chairs are a little rickety. Lighting could have been less bright for better evening mood.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

I've been here several times for business and pleasure. The food is very good, prices is reasonable, decor is nice, the staff is very pleasant and adequately attentive. We had a reservation and arrived early; getting a table on a Wednesday night was no trouble at all.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food

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·Dined on February 7, 2018

The best middle eastern food I’ve had in the state of Colorado.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Made a reservation via OpenTable with a note that it was our first wedding anniversary - noticed after the dinner that none of the staff mentioned anything about it, which is not the biggest deal but why bother putting in a 'special occasion' then.

The service was good, however restaurant seems to have a confusing system: Waitress greeted us, waiter took our drink order and brought the drinks and waitress took food order but then waiter took over again. Therefore, we were not sure who was responsible for our table for a while. We let the waitress know in the beginning that we had an OpenTable Gift Card, she said she would take care of it towards the end of the meal. When the waiter brought the check I reminded him of the gift card which he didn't seem to know about, showing a lack of communication between staff.

The vegetarian platter (all vegetarian appetizers combined) was decent, however the couscous dish could have used some more spice to it - a little bland for my taste. Took the key lime pie to go which turned out to taste like a pre-packaged pie from the grocery store - definitely not worth $6.50 for a tiny piece.

The belly-dancer was great and generally the restaurant has a nice ambiance. The dishes containing meat are probably better spiced than the vegetarian options. Overall, Sahara will not become one of our favorite restaurants.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have coming here for years. Family run mideastern food. The tandooris are a little sweet due to the fruit base but the kabobs and lamb dishes are excellent as is the spicy chicken dish. We come once a month and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food. The owners I assumed are right there making sure everything is good.
I will go again and I will recommended to my friends and family.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The service was really slow this visit. The food took a very long time to come out and no one came over to say anything about the hold up. When the food did come out everyone’s dinner was cold. They didn’t seem very busy so I have no ideas what happened. The other times I have been have been fine. Food still tasted good even if it took forever and was cold. We had to go so couldn’t be bothered to send it back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Our lamb shank was fab. The others commented that it’s always a little better when the owner is there.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Delicious, authentic Moroccan good. The Tangine is a must!! Everything is fresh and so delicious!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

a long term favorite. Excellent middle eastern food every day and wonderful Moroccan tagines on Friday and Saturday dinner. Prices are reasonable for a very nice dining experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious food. Good service. Good variety for vegetarians.
Tables and chairs wobbly/beat up. We were first in the restaurant that night and they stated that already some items were unavailable.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was our second time dining at this location and experiencing Mediterranean food. Even though I had no idea of what it was that I was eating the flavors and smell of each item leaves you wanting more. Prices are reasonable and Saturday night Belly Dancing is an real treat and enhances the experience. We will be back again.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Best lamb dishes around! super nice people that work there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was outstanding, server was polite,efficient and helpful with dinner selections. We will definitely dine at Sahara again and recommend it to friends.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

My favorie restaurant and the Tagine on friday and saturday are a must!

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This was the perfect spot to enjoy middle Eastern cuisine; even had entertainment thrown in, which we did not expect!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I have been having both business and personal meals here for years and would recommend it to anyone. I have never had a bad meal - the service is always great and I love supporting this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We had a great Middle Eastern meal here. Party of 8 had plenty of space and yet we could all hear each other. The lamb with pine nuts was the most tender and flavorful I have ever tasted. Reasonable prices too. I will make an effort to return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We had the lamb (Colorado Lamb), and it was melt in your mouth, fall off the bone delicious. The service was good. Ambiance could have been better. We could hear Middle Eastern music playing in one room, but we didn't get to hear it in the room we were placed in.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice change from Italian and Mexican. Food was very plentiful

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Great little place to eat food from a different culture! We happened upon this place looking for a dinner from the non traditional sense!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is a fabulous place for authentic great food..I love this place..

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 2, 2017

My fiance and I had a wonderful evening; the food was delicious, the service was great and the restaurant was beautifully decorated. Try the baklava!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The only thing that disappointed me about this experience was the ambiance. It was described as being "decked out in traditional carpets and furnishings direct from Lebanon, recreating an authentic dining experience", so I expected it to be similar to other Mediterranean restaurants where I've been seated on pillows and that the ceiling and walls would be covered in beautiful linens, etc., but it was pretty much a traditional restaurant with some nice art on the walls.

So, if you go in knowing that, nothing else will disappoint you. Everything from the appetizers to dessert was really delicious and the service was very good. It's a long drive for us, but I would definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food- stuck in a corner so couldn't see the dancing very well. Music was good but way too loud at one point. Overall good- we'll be back again.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 23, 2017

The experience and food was exactly what we were wanting.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Always Fantastic!
This place never disappoints.
The Moroccan dishes are highly recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 14, 2017

This was my first time here for a business meeting. I will certainly be returning and ave told several friends about this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 12, 2017

The Sahara was great! Took the brother-in-law to his first ever middle-eastern meal. He's willing to try things, but was very unsure of this cuisine. They had him at the falafel! It was amazing; so crisp and light on the outside and perfect inside. Best I've ever had (and we have eaten at many Indian restaurants). When the meal was over, he thought he wanted to move to Denver (from central Washington state) just so he could eat here again. We will come back again and again (we are from Colorado Springs) ; this is an amazing find! I had the spicy chicken -- too much to eat in one sitting but the leftovers for lunch had my coworkers drooling!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Service was attentive. Food was excellent!

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Great atmosphere and authentic decor. Very attentive service and food was delicious. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Great lunch date to grab a quick bite. Reservation was for 1145, food was out by 1155, check was completed by 12:20 to get back in time for that hour window at lunch. Great food and quiet enough to make conversation easy.

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Food was excellent!! The prices for both the food and wine are very reasonable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on February 17, 2017

overall great service and great number of choices from the menu. There were 7 of us and it was a terrific experience. We will be going back mnay times

Tags: Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Food was good. Short pour on the wine....my perception maybe.

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