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Sahaara Mediterranean Tapas

25 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Sahaara Mediterranean Tapas serves traditional Middle Eastern & Mediterranean dishes that are known for their freshness, authentic flavors, & abundant portions. Our dishes are prepared with locally grown ingredients & the love that only a family owned & operated restaurant can offer. Our personal & attentive service keeps customers coming back regularly. Our menu includes traditional kebabs of beef, chicken, lamb & prawn. Vegetarians love our hummus, baba ghannooj, greek salad, falafel salad, eggplant salad, & lentil/carrot soup. We offer many selections for gluten free dining too. We are proud to offer Californian & Italian wines to complement our cuisine, as well as domestic & imported Russian & Lebanese beers. Traditional desserts baklava, warbat, mohallabiye, & knafe are the perfect sweet ending. Our location in the heart of Burlingame with easy parking accommodates intimate dinners for two, families or groups or large private parties. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mediterranean, Greek, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am.
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Phone number
(650) 513-1094
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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We are glad to cater parties of up to 500 people. Please call us for details.
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Cross street
California Drive
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Public transit
We are 1 block from the Burlingame Bart station.
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On Friday & Saturday nights, we feature live Middle Eastern music from 10pm-1am. Dinner reservations are required.
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 25 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Meat was very dry and over cooked

5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Tried this place for the first time and it was great. Loved the music, food, and service. Will definitely be back to try the hookah!

4.0Dined on August 14, 2017

Very accommodating. Excellent bread. Flavorful skewers and rice. Overall good choice.

2.0Dined on August 4, 2017

The lamb kabobs were tough and dry; the Greek salad was over dressed to the point bitterness, and the chicken taco entree just didn't work. The rice, served as a pyramid, was very good, and the presentation was good. We just were sad that the meals were not well-prepared. Overall, a disappointing dining experience.

3.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Bad sign when we were the first customers at 6.30 on a Saturday. Food was bland and only so so. The falafel were fried to a crisp on the outside and were so hard I was worried I would break a tooth.
Limited vegetarian options.

3.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Good food, but NO tapas!!!!!!! Kebobs were great and appitizer sampler was awesome. Just a little noises inside lots of concrete. Nice folks

2.0Dined on April 13, 2017

Entirely too noisy because of music system. We were only ones there upon arrival but as more tables were filled, the noise level was worse. Overall the food was actually good, but the service was pedestrian.

4.0Dined on November 4, 2016

I am so glad we discovered this neighborhood spot. Food is absolutely delicious and authentic; service was attentive. We only had dinner but will definitely try the hookah next time.

4.0Dined on June 28, 2016

Unless I missed it, there was no mention that this restaurant also had a hookah lounge. My friends and I aren't smokers, but went for it anyway. Lamb shish kabobs we very good.

5.0Dined on June 14, 2016

My colleague and I really enjoyed our meal! The bread was incredible! We had an absolute wonderful experience and the staff were both funny and inviting.

3.0Dined on February 14, 2016

The staff was not familiar with open table, though we had made our reservation through open table we were told if we decided to stay we needed to be done with our table in one hour as they had another large group booked. We stayed, felt like we were the step family. Ordered, fed and paid within 40 minutes . Rushed, and made to feel uncomfortable. The food was fresh and tasty, would have liked to enjoy it more.

5.0Dined on July 27, 2015

We really enjoyed our dinner. The staff was courteous and fast. The prices were excellent and we will go back.

4.0Dined on April 8, 2015

We wanted a restaurant near SFO so we could grab a bite to eat on our way home. The food was very tasty and the service was gracious as well. The mezze sampler had a bit of everything. The Kefta kebab was well spiced without being overpowering. The Gamba plate: prawns sautéed with tomato, feta and pepperoncini, served with rice was a nice change from the kebab we usually order. We ate early on a Wednesday evening so the place was fairly quiet. They also have an outdoor eating section in the back of the restaurant. Looking at other reviews, you must realize this is not a really fancy place but it is great for what it is. I feel the menu prices are fair. We're sure to eat here again!

2.0Dined on March 4, 2015

I'm sure my review would be more positive if my expectations hadn't been raised by the Open Table description of this basic kebab hut (not tapas, as the name might suggest). The food is fine, and the service friendly, but there is no cozy ambience one might want for a Mediterranean dinner. Had I gone for lunch, with more reasonable expectations, I might be gushing about the food. Sorry.

4.0Dined on December 28, 2014

The atmosphere was charming, the service excellent, and the food delicious. Wonderful experience. One drawback: the outside is reserved for smokers so the restaurant smelled of smoke when we first entered. After complaining to the waiter, he closed the back door and that helped as there was only one smoker. I am concerned about the effect multiple smokers would have on a future dining experience.

5.0Dined on September 23, 2014

I went with a group of co-worker. Ambiance is casual and food was amazing. Owner of restaurant offered us sample of desserts and a pitcher of Turkish coffee. Great food, great service, great ambiance and great price!

4.0Dined on August 20, 2014

Great place and would recommend for sure. The owners should hire someone to create a better feel inside and they would have an amazing restaurant. So go for the food and tell them the same. They are sitting on a gold mine.

4.0Dined on May 20, 2014

We met for a quick bite before heading to the airport. It was a perfect ethnic find. The servers were wonderful and friendly and treated us like family. We will be back!

5.0Dined on March 18, 2014

I recommended this restaurant for a lunch with a client. My boss and my client had never been there, and they both loved it! The three of us had the combination kababs (chicken, lamb, beef), and it was superb. My boss told me I made a good score - yay! I had been here before with friends, and I had good experiences then too. Thanks!

4.0Dined on December 8, 2013

Okay, we are Lebanese, and I guess we are part of the "family", so we loved the vibe we got from Sahaara. The food was great and we happened to be there on the same night a baptismal reception was going on. That being said, and as a restaurant guy, I saw a couple beside us that they asked us to consolidate our table to accomodate who were never approached and left, never being acknowledged.

Let me clear...the food is great and would rival my mohter's kitchen. Go and relax. They'll get to you soon.

2.0Dined on December 7, 2013

Great food, once a server gets to you. The manager was busy meeting and greeting a larger group, where every other small table suffered from poor service. Needless to say, there was minimal tip.

5.0Dined on November 9, 2013

There's nothing particularly fancy, but it's absolutely delicious. It's a better experience than most restaurants twice the price. The hookahs in the back room are great too, if you like that sort of thing.

3.0Dined on August 2, 2013

Service was not good. I asked for lemon wedges 3 times from 2 different servers and still didn't get any. I also asked for more bread but never got it. We seated ourselves and waited atleast 15mins before anyone approached us. Also the music was too loud for dinner. We were there at 6pm and there was only a few groups, no need for very loud music early in the evening.

4.0Dined on July 15, 2013

Good service food was good and had a great time

2.0Dined on December 23, 2012

The lamb and chicken kebabs are great and tacos are tasty. The service was VERY bad even when considering there was a large party in the outdoor space out back. Incorrect orders; difficulty getting attention when we needed things; long wait for food; even when order was corrected the restaurant billed us for the food we didn't we didn't order ; requests for bread and water during the long wait that were acknowledged but never fulfilled; order not as described on menu (corn tortilla's were substituted by wheat flour pita). The most postive thing I can say about the service is they were not rude. Tasty, but a long and tiring evening.


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