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247 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616-4524
+1 530-758-2855
11:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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Placerville, California
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They offer kabobs for which you choose (beef, lamb, combo of the two, or chicken), which are served in gyro form (wrapped in a warm pita bread with tzatziki (yogurt) sauce and fresh vegetables). They also offer cheeseburgers, shwarma, stuffed dolmas, and various middle eastern desserts such as baklava. The ingredients are fresh, and each serving is prepared upon ordering... More 

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Lee, Florida, United States
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

This is a very nondescript restaurant that would be easily missed if you're aren't looking for it. It's in an old house. The interior definitely has a Mediterranean vibe to it. The food is delicious and very affordable. It is crowded if you plan to eat indoors. Lots of college students frequent this place.This was our second time here and... More 

Thank Trish B
Hudsonville, Michigan
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268 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the mix sawarma, falafel, and a lamb kabob -- all with fresh sauce, lettuce, cucumber on a warm pita! Cash only restaurant. Delicious!

Thank rjrjj
Level Contributor
26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The chicken shawarma is the bomb. The tsatziki is very tasty as well. The service is friendly and fast. This is a special treat for the kids whenever we go. The kebabs are good too.

Thank Oscar B
Grass Valley, California
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98 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I don't think I can expound any more than anyone else here. The food was delicious, my husband had the mixed Shwarma and I had the chicken with a side of Dolmas. The Dolmas was warm and flavorful, the pita bread on the Shwarma was soft and chewy and the Shwarma itself was seasoned perfectly. The Tzatziki was the best... More 

Thank Aileen H
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

I have eaten at Sam's at least once a month for years and love the food. Sam and his wife make all the food, including the baklava, yogurt, and humus. It is all wonderful and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine-- out-of-this-world good. Sam's is a favorite for UC Davis folks. The atmosphere is clean, pleasant, basic, and comfortable. Most of the... More 

Thank EpicuriousX
Modesto, California
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

While babysitting our "granddog" for several days, my wife and I ate shwarmas at Sam's for lunch one afternoon and for dinner one evening. We went back for the second meal because of the high quality of the food. Both the chicken (most popular) and beef shwarmas were simply delicious: a huge amount of very good, juicy thinly-sliced meat, much... More 

Thank DanGalt
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Had the Mix Shwarma and my daughter had the veggie pita and both had sides of dolmas. This was so tasty and had the right amount of spice! Sam's is very affordable and only accepts cash. We were very happy that we chose this place to eat a late lunch!!!

Thank Mycophile1
Hudsonville, Michigan
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268 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Great little restaurant close to UCDavis campus. We enjoyed the lamb kabobs on pittas. Fresh and delicious. Cash only at this restaurant, so be prepared! Will return. Yummy!

Thank rjrjj
California, Maryland
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214 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Dropped by for a late lunch, not knowing exactly what to choose. The lovely hostess answered my questions patiently and recommended the beef shawarma. As it was "Shawarma Day", a free drink came with my shawarma. There was seating outside, so I selected a table around the corner under a shady tree. The aforementioned beautiful hostess did not give anyone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 247 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616-4524
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Davis
  • Phone Number: +1 530-758-2855

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?