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Sahara Restaurant - St Johns Wood, London,

Sahara Restaurant - St Johns Wood

3.9
3.9
277 Reviews
£25 and under
Lebanese
Permanently Closed - With a traditional Lebanese menu, a modern down-to-earth dining room and a glamorous north London clientele, Sahara restaurant on St John's Wood High Street is a hit with yummy mummies, low-key celebs and local ladies who lunch. The Lords cricket crowd has been known to pack Sahara out before and after matches, too. In summer, it’s a pleasure to sample Sahara’s authentic Lebanese offerings from the al fresco tables. Inside, Sahara’s Middle Eastern décor, with Persian rugs and whitewashed walls, will transport you from a posh part of London to a posh part of the Mediterranean. Sahara’s staff are friendly and helpful. Lebanese signature dishes include the kibbeh saynieh which is minced lamb mixed with spices and cracked wheat with pine nuts, onion and a yoghurt and cucumber salad; the deep-fried sea bass drizzled in tahine sauce; and the shish taouk, which is marinated cubes of chicken served with garlic sauce.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Sunday: 11am - 10:30pm
  • Phone number
    020 7722 8555
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

What 277 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

277 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent and great food

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  2. SimoneP

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent waitress. Food authentic. Only problem was they couldn't find our reservation so sat us on our own at back if restaurant.

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  3. Londoneater

    London

    146 reviews

    3.0

    146 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We were looking for somewhere in St John's Wood that would enable us to share some smaller dishes and Sahara fitted our requirements perfectly. We had their selection of hot & cold mezes and then supplemented with an extra couple of dishes. We felt very well fed by the end. A good spot for a relaxed lunch.

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  4. MattJ

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Abundance of lovely food in a relaxed setting.

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  5. Vigil

    London

    67 reviews

    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to Sahara several times, and always taken friends along. Unfortunately, it disappointed this time. The staff were very good and tried to make up for their lack of succulent and tasty lamb chunks, by replacing the dishes with chicken and kebabs. Do not go for the chunks of meat pieces in your dish, instead opt for the mince kebabs. However, the starters were excellent. The lamb in baby okra stew was good, if you're a gooey-okra fan. Dishes are generous so sharing is advised.

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  6. JimmyB

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant is bright and airy with seating outside. It is quite small but comfortable. The service was very attentive and friendly. We had a very good mix of cold and hot mezze all very fresh and well prepared. We had a mixed meats main course, which again was very well cooked and very tasty! The staff looked after us very well, nothing was any bother. It was very relaxing and we would go back again for sure.

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  7. SWilliams18

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived slightly early after an easy walk from Lords with my 2 blind friends. There was some confusion identifying our OpenTable reservation, but we were quickly made welcome and seated easily. They were quick to take our order for a set menu Meze and 3 Lebanese beers + water. Quick seemed to be the order of the day, everything arrived very fast, initially this was good, but the speed with which subsequent courses arrived was a little unnerving! There was a good selection of cold and warm (should have been hot) dishes which were pleasant, if not outstanding, but the quantity could not be faulted. For "out of towners" the prices seemed a little high, but are probably about par for the area. We were made very welcome, left feeling full after some interesting flavours , so will probably return another year.

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  8. Pete

    London

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2012

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    we were half way through starters when they brought main dish i was finishing my starter when thay took the plate away while i was still eating . and they kept stearing at us before when we have been there it was tip top .we will never go there again

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  9. DoctorJ

    London

    87 reviews

    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly and down to earth. Good selection on the menu, vegetarian, meat and fish options. Meze section excellent for friends wishing to try lots of different dishes in a sharing fashion.

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  10. Gourmetaholic

    London

    58 reviews

    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2012

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A pleasant place to eat. The food is fresh and delicious, standard Lebanese fair. the mixed grill was slightly disappointing, a little limited in its presentation and selection of meat skewers but very tasty nonetheless. the starters of halloumi, aubergine and chopped nuts were lovely. i'd go back.

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Google Map for Sahara Restaurant - St Johns Wood

7 St. John's Wood High Street, St. John's Wood, London, NW8 7NG

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Regent's Park
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Sunday: 11am - 10:30pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Lebanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    Tube Station: St. Johns Wood
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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