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Fri, 2/23
9:00 PM

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
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.0  based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Meat was very dry and over cooked

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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!

Karen (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

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

NRGLawyer (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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.

ElaineM (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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

vipj1527 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 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.

vipKiwi (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

kmroesler (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.

Chrisgump71 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Naples)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on July 27, 2015

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

Johneastbay (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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!

Powerless (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined 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.

JoAS (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 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.