The service and ambiance were excellent. The food itself was wildly uneven - a couple of items were great, most were meh, and a couple downright inedible.
Foods were excellent. We enjoyed the small restaurant. There was only one waiter and he was really busy. Although he did everything right, there was no communication in between. Another waiter may have called off?
Their cork fee was $20.
Good food.Good location.Maybe because it was late the service was soso.
Tiny place. Service mediocre. Food options very limited.
Amazing food at reasonable prices....hard to find that combination in Carmel! We have gone three times this year and love the eggplant dish. Highly recommend if you love Mediterranean food.
Friendly and efficient service. Delicious food in a comfortable environment.
Comfortable Mediterranean restaurant with very good food and excellent service. Good value for Carmel.
overrated from reviews for their food
lots of other choices for eating nearby
We met friends before going out to Sunset Center. Felt a little cramped in the corner and people kept leaving the door open and it was freezing out. The waiter seemed more interested in doing the music serenade than serving us. Left an empty bottle on our tiny table after multiple visits. Finally just set it on the floor.. We had a few bottles of inexpensive wine and Prosecco that were marked up pretty high from Trader Joe’s prices of about $8-12 per bottle up to $40. Food was good. Overall it was fine but not exceptional.
Fantastic meal. The food was tasty and impeccably fresh. Service was attentive and pleasant.
One negative...the gratuity amounts calculated on the device that was brought to the table are based on the after-tax total. While clearly not much money, it’s a bit tacky. Tips are generally calculated using the pre tax subtotal.
My husband and I loved, loved, loved the lentil soup. Superb!
I think this is the best Mediterranean restaurant in town. Ingredients were fresh and delicious. Food was cooked to perfection.
Second time we have been here and every single time it’s amazing. Highly recommend!
Great find! The food was delicious and all the employees were so friendly and nice.
Will definitely be going back.
The food was so good! My family went there and ordered a bunch of items so we could try different things. We loved it alll! The chicken kebabs, seafood pasta, grilled octopus we great. The servers we so nice too.
Good food, and better service.
Dinner at Yafa is a "must" whenever we visit Carmel. We generally start with the combination appetizer -- a very tasty assortment of cheeses, meats, olives, and more. And the entrees never fail to please.
Excellent food and service at this restaurant, my favorite place in Carmel. Very friendly atmosphere, not pretentious though the food is excellent.
I had read good reviews about a fun evening with singing and dancing. We went on a Sunday night and none of that happened. The food was good, but not great, so maybe better to go on a Friday or Saturday night.
The artichoke appetizer is excellent. We always enjoy dining at Yafa.
We have been to Yafa a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food and wine are delicious and the prices are very reasonable.
Excellent Mediterranean restaurant. Great food at very reasonable prices. And totally comfortable ambience.
We celebrated 2 family birthdays; had early reservations, as Sunday is a school night. Several family groups with young children (our Goddaughter is in high school); nice family ambiance. Delicious Mediterranean food; we have a gluten-free family member come to Carmel ~ 9 times a year & always try to eat at Yafa. Highly recommended for those who have lived in the Levant & miss the food.
Superb food friendly staff great experience worth returning to
Food is amazing here and service is very friendly. Would highly recommend it.
I recommend YAFA. The food and the service are very good.
Menu has a great variety of delicious dishes. Had the artichoke appetizer and sole for dinner with a great bottle of wine. Our server was welcoming and friendly. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Service = Awesome
Food = Awesome (must try the Rack of Lamb!)
Price = Awesome
Wonderful in every way except use of space. Too many tables causes crowded feeling and no conversational privacy.
Would not go for any special occasion.
I've been several times since discovering it...Everyone loved the food. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. We were greeted by Ben who made us feel quite welcome.
Quaint Mediterranean spot with authentic dishes, friendly and attentive staff, and live music for ambiance Sunday night. We felt welcomed and appreciated. Definitely will go back.
I was visiting Carmel and headed to Yafa as a solo diner. I have never felt so welcomed as a party of 1. My waiter (Sergio, I believe) was so warm and welcoming and called me by my name every time he visited my table. There was live music and at one point everyone was invited to participate in dancing but not forced, which I appreciated. My only regret was that I was not hungrier so that I could have tried one of the vegetarian pastas which looked excellent. I really enjoyed my large mezze platter and would definitely go back if I am back in town.
We visit Carmel often, but it was our first time at Yafa. The servers were warm and friendly and all three of us liked our dishes. We liked the spices and flavorings in the dishes; it was a twist to the usual pasta or chicken. One of us had the lamb kebab, the other mishmish chicken and the third entree was the Yafa pasta. We all tasted each other's dishes and would order them again. It's a more casual restaurant and it was a good value.
Nothing special, yet fair food . We had a quick dinner and ordered two dishes that were fine bit far from inspiring..
Place opens at 5pm but open table allowed 4:30pm reservations.
We arrived at 5:50 and were not served our dinner until 6:45! The restaurant was not crowded and we were not offered an explanation or regrets about the slow service. We will not be back.
I ordered the lamb ravioli. It came in a sun dried tomato sauce that was delicious. Very tasty meal. The service was fast and courteous. I will definitely go back...
Great experience! The food and service was excellent. Sergio the waiter is fantastic. Thanks again, we’ll definitely be back!