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309 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1474
+1 831-375-7452
11:30 - 21:00
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Burbank, California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We went there while in in town on a road trip. My wife, sister-in-law and two younger children (4 and 7). It was an earlier dinner, between 5:30 and 6. We paid $55 to $60 for the 5 of us, but we ordered a ton. Food: The usual array of swharma, gyros and kabobs, but all done really, really well.... More 

Thank NormalOrlandoGuy
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111 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I will get my meal to go next time. A screaming child in a small area is not enjoyable but the food was authentic. Service was a bit slow.

Thank Marilyn S
Glendale, Arizona
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

The hole in the wall kind of place you'll love and tell your friends about. The slower service makes the food taste better and makes the it even more of an experience. This is real food and is worth waiting for. Relax and enjoy a meal for a change. Check this place out!

Thank MarcusandKimmy
Chicago, Illinois
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This place is tiny but well worth a visit if you like mediterranean food. The owner was the only one working so he took our order and possibly cooked the food while we waited. If you have a stroller you must leave it outside, there is no room for anything extra. There were several people picking up orders to go... More 

Thank Smithova
San Francisco
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

My wife and I went here for dinner. She's vegetarian, and they had a lot of options available for her. This is a very small place - only 6 tables. The food was excellent. I had a lamb kebob and they gave us some cashew baklava which was just right, as some of them are a sugar bomb. This was... More 

Thank QADude
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

me and my wife had dinner there, the lady were so rude, she but as in waiting list outside and we wait for an hour and when we ask her about our turn she said you were waiting outside so we cancelled you're name and you have to wait for another hour

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Chicago, Illinois
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103 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Really good Lebanese food. I liked the pita wraps -the meat is juicy, the sauce is tasty and the pita is freshly made (perhaps on site?). The people are friendly and it's a cute little place to hang out and have lunch/dinner.....I'd recommend it and would definitely go back if I was ever in the area...

Thank Esprit_2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

A tiny place right next to the perfect crumb bakery. Go there and be in for a special secret surprise. Tastes you don't always get from similar places. I hadn't tasted it like that since I was a kid. It may be hard to explore more places here

Thank danstpeter
Washington State
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54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

We had a quick dinner at Paprika -- Kafta kebab combo and Schwarma combo. Both were ok, neither were great. The folks running it, however, were very kind. And, as other have shared, free baklava was brought to us with the bill.

Thank mcksh
Framingham MA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This tiny hole-in-the-wall restaurant is fantastic. The entire restaurant is operated by the owner who opened this restaurant over 20 years ago. If you like this type of food, you MUST give it a try.

Thank carolynl84

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 309 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1474
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: +1 831-375-7452

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