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Jannah / Yaya Cuisine

4.4
4.4
154 Reviews
$30 and under
Iraqi
Come experience what Herb Caen called "Baghdad By The Bay" with legendary San Francisco Chef Yahya Salih. He blends traditional Mesopotamian dishes with California/Mediterranean influences. Combining his life-changing experience with California cooking pioneer Jeremiah Tower and the traditional dishes of his native Iraq, Salih has carved a niche for himself as one of the premiere chefs in the San Francisco Bay Area, with the only restaurant in the city that replicates Mesopotamian cuisine. Formerly Yaya Cuisine, Jannah provides a modern and fresh atmosphere in which to experience a 3000 year old culture and enjoy wine from California, Argentina, Lebanon, Turkey and more. Jannah is the perfect place for memorable events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, graduation, family gatherings and corporate events!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Iraqi, Mediterranean, Global, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Mon 5:00 am–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 567-4400

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Yahya Salih

  • Catering

    We do off site catering for events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, graduation, family gatherings and corporate events. We can cater seated dinners for 20 to 150 people or buffet style for 50-500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Legendary San Francisco Chef Yahya Salih combines traditional Mesopotamian dishes with California/Mediterranean influences for the most unique party you've ever had!

  • Private party contact

    Yahya Salih: (855) 855-0558

  • Neighborhood

    North Panhandle / USF

  • Cross street

    Masonic

  • Parking details

    Plenty of street parking, and across the street you can park in Lucky store lot for free for 2 hours with a purchase at Lucky.

  • Public transit

    5 Fulton Street line: Masonic stop<br />43 Masonic line: Masonic/Fulton stop

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. y

    yumhound

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this family-run place. Excellent food right in my neighborhood. I hope and pray it survives the Covid-opacalypse.
  2. DB

    DavidB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Frequent diners here, where the food is always great. Always flavorful and good portions for the price. Service is friendly and helpful. The salmon and lamb are great.
  3. G

    Gr8bites

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience visited on Valentine’s Day with family from Hawaii and neighbors who haven’t discovered this gem in SF. We had BOTH a vegetarian and gluten free members of our party but there was so many options that everyone was happy! recommend for Vegetarians the vegetarian options, eggplant, hummus, dolmas, pizza and for gluten free the meat dishes with plain rice For the meat lovers the lamb, beef, chicken dishes all scrumptious.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Jannah salad is truly a must order. It is divine.
  5. S

    Sflady

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was beautifully prepared, it tasted as good as it looked. The waiter and host were friendly and helpful. Very accommodating. The wine list offered many fine wines reasonably priced. I highly recommend it. I will go back with my friends.
  6. JP

    JPC3

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A true, authentic presentation of an underexposed ethnic cuisine. Husband is a fantastic cook; wife runs the dining room with old country flair.
  7. F

    Frenchie

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Jannah is authentic. From the background music to the amazing spices used in their cuisine. Our server was attentive without being invasive. Every bite was melt in your mouth delicious. We are from San Jose but have already decided we will be back!
  8. HP

    cHiP

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very friendly owners and service staff!
  9. C

    Clifford

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service here is absolutely fabulous, It's Iraqi cuisine and it's absolutely authentic. It's a family run place, and everyone involved is great. I love coming here, and and the food is always delicious. They have a great beer and wine list, and the prices are very moderate, and the portions are large. Come eat here and you won't be disappointed.
  10. JO

    JimsOpinion

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I need to go back and order different things. The lamb shank was tender, but it needed some additional seasoning. I will try the more clearly traditional Iraqi dishes.
  11. SF

    SFBob61

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    On Thursday I caught a year-old Check Please Bay Area featuring this restaurant. My friend and I had made plans to have dinner on Friday but hadn't decided on a place yet so I forwarded him the clip and DONE! We tried most of the dishes discussed on the show and enjoyed everything. Like the reviewers on the program pointed out, if you like sauces this is a great place. All SO tasty! We will definitely go again.
  12. L

    Lori

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very delicious food, lots of different flavors. We really enjoyed our dinner and will be back.
  13. NK

    NancyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! I highly recommend the Meza platter of 3 different ganoushes plus tabouleh-a meal in itself. Every dish is full of flavor and beautifully prepared. Save room for dessert-baklava is the best around. Great wine menu and attentive and personable service.
  14. B

    Brian

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. More tasty sounding dishes than I could eat, so I'll definitely be going back to try some more of them. Very nice ambiance as well. We sat at the booth on the back wall, and it was very comfortable.
  15. LS

    LisaS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant seems to be a big secret and it really shouldn’t be! It’s spacious so you don’t feel cramped and it’s easy to have a conversation with your dining companions. The food is DELICIOUS! If you enjoy middle eastern food, Jannah has a fantastic and interesting menu. The dipping sauces (mama ghanoush, baba ghanoush, papa ghanoush, hummus etc...)are all interesting and tasty. All 4 at my table had kabobs (lamb, salmon, chicken) and we all enjoyed our dishes. The restaurant is family owned and run and the service is terrific! I highly recommend checking it out. I believe they also do parties..
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great change of pace from traditional mediterranean food, but also had some classics on the menu as well. Great food, the staff was very attentive and helpful, and I honestly I thought the prices were low in comparison to the rest of the city. Not to mention there’s also free parking across the street, which seals the deal for coming back again. Great overall experience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely service. Interesting food, especially the Mamaganoush.
  18. US

    USFLATINX

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The closest place to the University of San Francisco, where I work, where we can be treated and fed just like a dear family member would. It is not just delicious food, it is personal customer care too what keeps bringing us back tao Jannah.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deliciosa la comida! El carnero suave y la berenjena la mejor!!!!! The food delicious!!! The lady was very nice and kind. The babaganoush was the best!
  20. G

    Gospodinolson

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    And really nice place for dinner and quiet conversation with friends. The food is very well prepared and a tasty intersection of Middle eastern and and South Asian flavors IMHO...we will be back.
  21. NY

    NogaYogev16

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food was good with excellent service. I introduced another one of my friends to Jannah and she said will bring her friends there as well.
  22. m

    melissac

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food as always! Service was excellent. Truly a hidden gem in SF!
  23. J

    Jess

    San Francisco

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Family-run neighbored spot serving authentic and very tasty Iraqi cuisine. Nicely presented and a good value.
  24. y

    yumhound

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We are regulars. I continue to love this place. The food is creative and outstanding. My go-to is the kebab on fatoosh salad. The lamb dolmas are wonderful (as are the vegetarian ones). I'm always tempted by the biriani and phyllo dishes. Plentiful portions of tasty and satisfying food and friendly service!
  25. NY

    NogaYogev16

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wafa and her husband YaYa who own Jannah serve authentic dishes. They are tasty and plentiful. It's a great place to have dinner parties as well as just have lunch or dinner with a friend. I recommend Jannah. You will be pleased.
  26. s

    sfoodlover

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We've eaten here several other times, but this night seemed a bit off -- pita was stale for instance.
  27. M

    Marzia

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great friendly service in a cozy casual atmosphere with flavorful generous portions. Location: with easy parking in the garage near by, right north of the Panhandle. Atmosphere: casual, with bar seating options, a small alcove with traditional Bedouin seatings as tables for 2-6 people. Lounge music isn’t too long. Service: although usually quite packed and seemingly short on staff this place runs smoothly without much wait. Food: “simple” deceiving menu leads to great find, great flavours. I am a great fan if their version of the babaganoush, i.e. mamagaboush. Vegetarian options even though much less are really great.
  28. R

    Rick

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Jannah/Yaya was a new experience for us. Food and service were excellent. Our party of four tried a wide variety of starters and main courses, and everyone was enjoyed by all. We were first in just before 6pm, but it quickly filled up by 6:20pm so it is well-known and popular.
  29. SI

    SachaI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great time! The food was delicious, the night was relaxed, and our group of 6 had enough room that we didn't feel squished. The place had a low noise level, and we had great conversations without having to yell or stain to hear each other. Wonderful! We really enjoyed ordering a lot of different things and sharing them family style. Totally recommend this. Start with the combo of 3 dips platter, add a salad, another appetizer or two, and a main or two. Yum!
  30. SF

    SFer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2018

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent, inventive food at a great price. Large portions; six of us all brought food home.
  31. J

    Judy

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We always go there when we attend a concert up the hill at St. Ignatius Church. The Iraqi food is really outstanding, with recipes that are clearly "family" recipes, and not just "the usual" middle Eastern ones. Prices are very reasonable, and the service is friendly and efficient. A real gem !
  32. SP

    SandyP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot to celebrate special occasions. The food is delicious, and the plates are packed with color. The portions are generous; great staff!
  33. NY

    NogaYogev16

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food was scrumptious, the atmosphere cozy, Wafa the owner a delight, YaYa her husband and owner an excellent Chef. A must restaurant to go to.
  34. FL

    FoodLover94028

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    An excellent family-run ethnic (Iraqi!) restaurant with tasty original food (especially the homemade Iraqi desserts), friendly homey reception, a comfortable environment and plenty of birthday enthusiasm. We were helped through the unfamiliar portions of the menu and felt like genuine guests with welcoming hosts. We will be back!
  35. NL

    NoLaw

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We absolutely loved it! There were 5 groups celebrating a birthday! Great spot for celebration!
  36. s

    slip

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I didn't like the sweet sauce that went with the lamb. My wife liked her dish.
  37. NK

    NancyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, this is my absolutely favorite restaurant in the city. Food is delicious, generous portions, gorgeous spices and the staff is attentive, friendly and welcoming. A great model for any one wanting to open a restaurant!
  38. S

    Sharon

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Jannah many times. This time my friends joined me for their first dinner at Jannah. Everyone thought it was exceptional. We had Mama Ganoush, Fatoosh Salata, Grilled Eggplant, Kuzi, and Lamb Shank. Everything was delicious!
  39. RA

    RADa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great middle eastern - specifically Yemini - food. Many dishes we only see there - including various phyllo dough specialties. Great dips - so it's a good place for groups like us who had some vegetarians and some meat eaters.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Falafel pizza is a must! Generous portion sizes. Lamb bamia is fantastic

FAQs

Jannah / Yaya Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 567-4400.

Jannah / Yaya Cuisine is rated 4.4 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Masonic

  • Neighborhood

    North Panhandle / USF

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Mon 5:00 am–9:15 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Iraqi, Mediterranean, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of street parking, and across the street you can park in Lucky store lot for free for 2 hours with a purchase at Lucky.

  • Public transit

    5 Fulton Street line: Masonic stop43 Masonic line: Masonic/Fulton stop

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Yahya Salih

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 567-4400

  • Catering

    We do off site catering for events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, graduation, family gatherings and corporate events. We can cater seated dinners for 20 to 150 people or buffet style for 50-500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Legendary San Francisco Chef Yahya Salih combines traditional Mesopotamian dishes with California/Mediterranean influences for the most unique party you've ever had!

  • Private party contact

    Yahya Salih: (855) 855-0558

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