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Yafa, Carmel, CA
Award-winning

Yafa

4.3
4.3
488 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

11:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 624-9232
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 488 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Healthy

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Healthy

488 Reviews
  1. KishenDas

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s our first time at Yafa and we had a blast. We tried butternut squash ravioli, eggplant delight, vegan Mediterranean Cauliflower steak. All the dishes were out of this world. Our kids finished their food in record time. Highly recommend this place, even for vegetarians like us.

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  2. ManuelF

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Mediterranean food. Best octopus I’ve had in a long time; best Moroccan mint tea; loved the extra minty flavor in the tabbouleh. Best meal I’ve had in Carmel.

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  3. CarmB

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had dinner on Saturday night. We were greeted and seated right away. The waiters were attentive and kept refilling our waters. We ordered the octopus which was very tender and had a great flavor. We also ordered the pear salad and hummus with pita. Both were tasty. My husband ordered the mishmish chicken which is absolutely delicious. Everything we ordered was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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  4. LongBeachResident

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I ate at Yafa with a group last night. The traditional Moroccan dish was very good. The wine we had was really fantastic. I would most likely come back here again. 

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  5. ema65

    Chicago

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a neighborhood gem. Putstanding food and service. Highly recommend

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  6. Anthony

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A cozy setting. The hummus was spectacular. It was unfortunate that they had run out of the lamb kebabs. Good ambience, not too loud.

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  7. GoodEating

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    To start, menu prices were $10. higher than those displayed through Open Table. Staff was friendly and attentive. Ordered the grilled pear salad (house salad). It arrived dry and without the described vinaigrette. Sautéed Petrale Sole looked and tasted like it had been in the freezer and quickly reheated with some toasted almond garnish tossed on top. Skipped coffee and dessert. Overall, pretty disappointing.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must visit restaurant! Best Mediterranean food we've had at a restaurant in the states!

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  9. Jimneclickit

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As my third return to the Yafa Restaurant my wife and I were again very pleased with all aspects. The Mediterranean food served by this establishment is especially delicious. I definitely recommend this place and will patronize it again and again.

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  10. ClaireG

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy the whole experience at Yafa. The service is friendly and helpful. We almost always order the same delicious things: hummus with pita, the artichoke which has a balsamic glaze, watermelon salad with feta and kebabs and/or the mish mish chicken. I’ve tried the baklava in the past and it was perfect, too. Some of the other mediterranean restaurants in the area seem to cater more to tourists and have music and singing….we prefer to sip our wine and be able to hear our own conversations.

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FAQs

Yafa is rated 4.3 stars by 488 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Google Map for Yafa

Junipero at 5th Avenue Street, Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
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