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About Tannourine

Authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine prepared for you by our famous and friendly Chef Paul. Tannourine features the elegance of fine dining in a comfortable relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy Chef Paul's Lebanese home-style cooking while enjoying live entertainment (1st & 3rd Fridays)

120 W 25th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Lebanese, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30pm -2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 5:00pm-8:30pm
Closed Mondays

Cross Street:
Flores St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 638-1960

Website:
http://www.tannourinecuisine.com/

Entertainment:
SUNDAY,JANUARY 17,2010
Andrea performs along with a special line-up of invited guest dancers
Malia de Felice, Christina Amar, more!
Come support Andrea's Raq Stars at their debut performance
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Catering:
We can cater and deliver to groups of 10 or more . Please call for details.

Public Transit:
El Camino Real is 1 block away, just a couple of blocks away from Bay Meadows.

Executive Chef:
Paul Sarkis

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
RAQ THE HOUSE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
Andrea performs along with a special line-up of invited guest dancers
Adriana, Malia de Felice, Christina Amar, more!
Come support Andrea's Raq Stars at their debut performance
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Specials

Complimentary Baklava with the purchase of an Entree
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Specials

Complimentary Baklava with the purchase of an Entree
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Nothing will complete your meal better than our delicious Baklava on the house!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 People

Starts: October 19, 2017

Ends: April 19, 2018

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM
Tue-Sat 5:00PM-9:00PM

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Details
Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

Tannourine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.0

ambience

3.7

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (5)
Casual (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
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Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Delicious and authentic Middle Eastern food with white tablecloths and friendly, efficient service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our appetizers came in a timely manner and were good, however, the waiter brought the WRONG dinner for My husband. So I had to eat my dinner (while it was hot) while he waited for the dinner he ordered to be made. I was done by the time his meal arrived. Then the restaurant had the audacity to charge us for that dinner and also mischarged us for a bottle of beer NOT ORDERED. I complained and their resolution was , of course, to take off the beer we never ordered but to charge us HALF PRICE for late dinner. Never experienced a restaurant doing this. It was totally their fault and an unpleasant and long meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food great people interesting menu optional small plates for people without large appetites good servings for people with large appetites interesting and eclectic

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Wish there was a separation between tables instead of a line
Less noisy for all

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great Lebanese restaurant with tasty authentic middle eastern food. Be sure to order the Chef's assortment dish and the red snapper will spicy tahini sauce.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Pleasant service and atmosphere. Lamb kebabs were well prepared. Accompanying vegetables so so. Nice salads and good variety of appetizers.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

My second time, and each was very enjoyable. Unfortunately on my last trip there was a very large birthday party going on that affected both the noise and service - but this was unusual

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food was amazing and all at a great price. My family loved the pita bread, hummus, kibbeh, samboussek, kebabs, and rice! The service was excellent as well. I will definitely be coming back the next time I'm in San Mateo. I highly recommend this place!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great service this time. Very Happy. I just love their food. Love this place.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

I really love this place. If only the wait staff cared. There is absolutely no urgency to any of their service. The food is great though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We bought the $108 worth of food and was disappointed cuz it wasn't $108 worth. After looking at the menu, it was more like 60-70$ worth. So basically the value u pay on Groupon($65.00)is more of the regular price u would pay if u were to just walk into the restaurant. On top of the value we already paid from Groupon, we had 3 soda(2.50x3=7.50) and one beer at $5.00. That comes out to 12.50 plus tax which should be around $14.00 but the bill was $16 something plus tax and the total was $20 even on the bill. I don't know why, I didn't bother to ask cuz I didn't want to make a scene or anything.Now, the service was good and the food was good as well. For me, I wouldn't go back again cuz if u don't know how to add or use a calculator, u don't deserve my business. For anyone that goes there, check your bill and make sure it's correct unless u don't care.

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Lovely food and good service. Not much on offer in the way of wines- no full bar. Very friendly service. Fantastic flavors! The atmosphere however really would benefit from an upgrade; lightning, art etc. But this is definitely a new local favorite. Cheap and cheerful!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food is excellent. Restaurant felt a little tired and menus were rather grubby. Bit of a turn-off but food and wine were fabulous. Tried the appetizer assortment, salmon, chicken and mixed grill. Sizable portions.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The friend we had invited for dinner had seen this new restaurant among the many on 25th Ave in San Mateo, and wanted to try it. At 5:30 on a Thursday afternoon, we were the only diners. Tasteful low-key décor; service grave but attentive. A dish of sautéed (?) zucchini, tomatoes and onions was light on flavor. A stew of fish with vegetables was a mush with no distinguishing character. The recommended appetizer sampler was satisfactory but not outstanding. We are all fans of Middle Eastern food, but Tannourine was a disappointment.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Can't wait to go back . Excellent service and delicious food

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

We really enjoyed the Lebanese food - the kebbeh balls were a tasty appetizer. The lamb shank, kafta meshwi and shish kabab were so tender and flavorful. We also liked the atmosphere because it was not loud - we could actually converse with our friends. We will be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Place is nice, food is tasty, service was extremely slow. We were there with a group of coworkers and the waiter didn't come back for a while for us to order our food (after he offered us a group option that was way more money than what we were going to spend - we would have spent 50% more). A couple that came in after us got their food BEFORE we even ordered?. There were only 6 of us, so not a large group. Then we waited so long to pay that one of our team members had to go look for our waiter. We all had to get back to work! It was annoying.

We were also never offered any drinks. We got water. At one time I asked the table if they wanted something else, and they said "At this point, we just want to order our food." They said maybe there aren't any drinks, but there is a large display of wine on the back wall. I know at least one team member wanted to order a soda, but she never got the opportunity.

Will never go back there for lunch. I'd been there for dinner and it was nice. But for a work day lunch, it took way too long and there seemed to be no respect for our time.

Also, gratuity was included for a table of 6. Perhaps that is their rule, but we should have had a choice here.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 20, 2017

The wait staff were superb - genuinely caring .

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

My 5th time in the restaurant.
Good food :-).
Will return soon

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The food came quickly and was nice and hot. We ordered a lamb shank dish, the stuffed eggplant , and the combination appetizer... all were very good. We ordered 2 different white wines by the glasses and both were good. The waiter was knowledgeable about the main dishes and was very helpful in deciding our selections. We were pretty stuffed and did not order dessert.. they only have one which was Baklova. Definitely will go back to try other dishes.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

The Lamb shank is great; on a tomato based vegetable sauce. (thick like stew). The waiters were accommodating and flexible. It is quiet on the weekends at lunch, and prices are even more reasonable. Everyone in the 4 person party wants to return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

This is a great place for delicious Mediterranean food. The falafels are some of the best I've had. Great veggie combo. They also do catering.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

really nice atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon for long lunch!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 15, 2017

A good local spot.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I have passed by Tannourine several times when shopping in the area so I made reservations for a dinner out with friends for a Saturday night. It has a nice dining room and the service was good on first arrival, after we received our appetizer plate and drinks the wait staff all but disappeared. We needed to flag down the waiter for every additional request. The menus were taken from us before we ordered our main dish so we had to wave a server down to get the menus and order our entree. We requested refill of water which never came. . Unfortunately, the food was just average and there was absolutely no follow up by any servers. The place began to fill up and it seemed that several customers knew the staff and owner because of the hugs and kisses that were given. The music began to play while we were finishing our tea. We did enjoy the music but our group noticed that we were getting many customers eyeballing our table and wait staff pointing us out in anticipation of us departing. We had to flag down the wait staff to get to-go boxes, but the bill was there before we had finished our tea. Do not come here if you want attentive service! Want to be ignored, this is the place to come.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Terrible, terrible waiter.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The food (beef and lamb shawame and the first item from the house specialty) is good. The wait staff is polite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We had a great experience here. The service was timely, the food excellent with generous servings, and the atmosphere was conducive to conversation. The vegetarian options were much better than we had anticipated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The food here was excellent and more than enough. It was a set menu for Valentine's Day, which we did not know about when we made the reservation. It would have been good to get a heads up when making the reservation through open table. We were also not told what was on the menu, nor was it posted on the door. HOWEVER, the food was great anyway (my husband thought the chicken selection was a bit dry) and plentiful. It was also varied and served family style for this occasion, so everyone got what they preferred at the table. The owner and server were pleasant. We were a party of three. My teenage daughter and I were presented with a Rose upon our departure for the holiday, which was a nice touch.

The decor was a little beaten up in places, but overall, it looked clean and worthy of a "tablecloth" restaurant decor.

Parking can be a bit difficult if you come before 7, as after this, some of the businesses close for the evening.

We have tried to get reservations on the weekends and they have been fully booked. However, they were strangely empty at 6:30, even though another restaurant down the street was overflowing. I don't know why, everything was pleasant and adequate for a Tuesday night Valentine's Day dinner!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I made reservations for an early lunch 2/14/17. We had kebber to start. Great. My wife had the chicken shawarma and I had the mixed grill shish kabab. Both were perfectly cooked and very tasty. The hummus and olive oil that was served with my shis kabab was rhe best I have tasted. Not to be missed is the baklava. If you like Mediterranean food, this is the place.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Good food, good service!
Everything on the menu was good!

Tags: Tapas, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great food! Delicious! The service was on point. Very kind staff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2016

The Lebanese food was fantastic and plentiful. We were impressed with the great service as well. The restaurant is quiet and elegant. I love the woodwork.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

As always the entire experience was fantastic

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2016

great family/chef owned local business.

every one treated like a guest in their home.

Paul's (chef) cooking is always well prepared and intersting.

we have been fans of this restaurant afor almost 10 years and are never disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Live Music, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2016

Wanted something different and never had Lebanese food before. Went here midweek for dinner celebrating our anniversary and my birthday. The preset dinner was a great sampler to enjoying Lebanese food. Service was great but wondered how it would be on a busy night. The owner was very pleasant and informative. Definitely would come back again with friends. Meal was not heavy at all. Very healthy. Thank you for making our evening memorable.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Basically a ripoff!!!
They say you get 3 hot appetizers, 2 cold appetizer, and one entree, but you don't get to choose anything. They give you what they want. The only thing good were the 2 cold appetizers. The hot ones were dried up, and very obviously reheated. The mixed grill entree was pathetic, dried up chicken, dried beef, half a cup of tasteless basmati rice, and some dyed pickles.

They want the Groupon coupon upfront so they can feed you reheated leftovers.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Delicious, authentic Mediterranean. Fresh and perfectly grilled shish kabob, perfectly smoky baba ganoush, light-tasting hummus, and the most flaky and perfect baklava. Friendly, efficient, delightful service. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2016

We showed up right on time for our reservation, 730, and were told that there was a party at 830 and we would only have an hour to eat. Long story short the party started showing up after less than 30 minutes and we got some of the worst inattentive service I've ever gotten at a restaurant. This place does not properly honor their reservations through open table and the whole experience was effected by this. It's really unfortunate because the food was pretty high quality and I would have been interested in returning if I hadn't felt so pushed away.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Tasty food. Great service. Street parking only, so it's hit or miss.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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