Yafa

4.5
85 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Yafa Restaurant is a casual corner cafe serving delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes in a warm and homey environment.
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AM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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DK
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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JI
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food.Good location.Maybe because it was late the service was soso.

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RP
Jacksonville
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Tiny place. Service mediocre. Food options very limited.

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JO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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PB
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and efficient service. Delicious food in a comfortable environment.

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JB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable Mediterranean restaurant with very good food and excellent service. Good value for Carmel.

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l
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

overrated from reviews for their food

lots of other choices for eating nearby

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BT
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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RM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I loved, loved, loved the lentil soup. Superb!

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HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I think this is the best Mediterranean restaurant in town. Ingredients were fresh and delicious. Food was cooked to perfection.

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we have been here and every single time it’s amazing. Highly recommend!

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DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find! The food was delicious and all the employees were so friendly and nice.
Will definitely be going back.

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R
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, and better service.

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r
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service at this restaurant, my favorite place in Carmel. Very friendly atmosphere, not pretentious though the food is excellent.

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The artichoke appetizer is excellent. We always enjoy dining at Yafa.

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TG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Mediterranean restaurant. Great food at very reasonable prices. And totally comfortable ambience.

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T
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food friendly staff great experience worth returning to

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MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is amazing here and service is very friendly. Would highly recommend it.

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GM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I recommend YAFA. The food and the service are very good.

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PG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JB
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service = Awesome
Food = Awesome (must try the Rack of Lamb!)
Ambience= Awesome
Price = Awesome

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Early dinner

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BM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.
R. Miller

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P
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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TV
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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A
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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CG
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special, yet fair food . We had a quick dinner and ordered two dishes that were fine bit far from inspiring..

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Place opens at 5pm but open table allowed 4:30pm reservations.

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l
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great serv

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D
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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...

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RK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food and service was excellent. Sergio the waiter is fantastic. Thanks again, we’ll definitely be back!

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