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Sahara Middle Eastern Restaurant

4.5
141 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
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  • Special Occasion

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.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Moroccan, Middle Eastern
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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
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Phone number
(303) 790-4707
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Loubna Zouiten
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Clinton Ct
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Parking details
We have plenty of well-lit parking available.
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Public transit
1/4 mile from the Arapahoe road light rail station.
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Entertainment
We have an authentic Belly Dancing show on Saturday Nights with shows at 7:00 and 7:30.
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Additional
Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 141 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
4.3
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4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I have been coming here for years. Consistently good food, the hummus is outstanding! Good healthy food - well seasoned and fresh. Beware the tangines - they tend to be on the sweet side.

Thisa last trip was plagued by an inexperienced waiter. The effort was there, he just wasn't very good.

We will be back as this is the best mid-eastern food in the metro area.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food, service, entertainment were all excellent. Music was too loud during the entertainment. Definitely will come back!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was good. I do not know much about this type of food, so it was a welcome adventure. Our server was very kind, but the timing of the meal was way off. We didn't receive our bread until our meal had been served to us for 10-15 minutes. We ordered a second round of drinks and that too was delayed beyond an excusable amount of time. For a $100 meal, I expect better service than what we received. Hopefully it was an off night and our next go around will be better.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our dinner on March 31st was outstanding in terms of food (this lamb couscous is amazing!)... but the waitress was not good (did not know how serve wine properly, removed wine glasses before we were done with our bottle...)

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We were seated right away. The staff was friendly and professional. The food came out quickly and it was absolutely delicious. A++

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Our dinner at Sahara was very good. The food was tasty - my lamb was cooked to perfection with good seasonings, flavor and texture. The presentation was also nice, with some vegetables and rice. Others at our table enjoyed their meals as well. The stuffed grape leaves were also delicious.

We enjoyed our dinners and would go back.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I was in town with my vegetarian daughter and we both loved it. Lots of options and tasted great! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We've been here many times, introducing to friends. The food is amazing and authentic and the owners and staff are wonderful. Great family-owner and local which we love to support. Highly recommended! Have never had a bad meal or dish here.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

They invested a bit in the ambiance. A belly dancer too, not bad; although a little off-putting on a date.

Water was not refilled.

The food was decent but there is better in Denver.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Nice change from Italian and Mexican. Food was very plentiful

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on April 23, 2017

The experience and food was exactly what we were wanting.

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