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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Served with rice pilaf and Fattoush salad
Seasoned Salmon
Sauteed with fresh basil, green peppers, green onions, tomatoes, olives, brown onions, lemon and herbs.
Salmon with Basic Cream Sauce
Sauteed with onions, fresh basil, garlic, parsley, topped with a light cream sauce.
Served with rice pilaf and Fattoush salad
Lamb Kebab
Tender lamb cubes marinated in olive oil, garlic, fresh lemon juice and mild seasoning-charbroiled.
Lamb Shank
Sauteed in a tomato sauce, onions, basil and spices.
Lamb Shawarma
Strips of lamb marinated and slowly broiled on a vertical rotating grill.
Vegetarian Choice
Hummus, baba Ghannouj, falafel and grape leave served with Tabouli and Fattoush salad.
mashawi Combo
Charbroiled lamb, chicken and kafta kebab with tabouli, hummus and baba ghannouj.
Chicken Kebab
Chicken cubes‏ marinated in fresh lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and mild spices, charbroiled. Served with rice pilaf and Fattoush salad.
Chicken Shawarma
Strips of chicken breast marinated and slowly broiled on a vertical rotating grill. Served with rice pilaf and fattoush salad.
Chicken Kafta
Minced chicken breast with onions, parsley, cilantro, and rosemary charbroiled. Served with rice pilaf and cabbage salad.
Lemon Chicken
Skinless chicken breast topped with a rich and creamy lemon butter sauce. Served with rice pilaf and rattoush salad.
Beef Shawarma
strips of prime beef marinated and slowly broiled on a vertical grill. Served with rice pilaf and Fattoush salad.
Kebab Combo
A combination or charbroiled lamb, chicken and kafta kebab (ground beef, parsley and onions). Served with rice pilaf and Fattoush salad.
Syrian-pepper steak
Prime choice‏ flap steak seasoned and served with French fries and Fattoush salad.
Filet Kebab
Grilled filet mignon kebab served with French fries and Fattoush salad.
Pureed golden lentil beans with an assortment of fine spices.
Crisp mixed greens in a slightly spiced dressing, topped with fresh feta cheese and kalamata olives.
Fresh Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, radish, toasted pita bread pieces, all tossed with our homemade garlic sauce.
Leon's Chicken Kebab
Cubes of marinated chicken served over a generous portion of Fattoush salad.
Phoenician Lamb Salad
Boneless lamb shanks sauteed in olive oil, garlic, lemon and basil served over bulgur wheat and crisp mixed greens
Delicious Spreads Served with middle Eastern pita bread
Golden garbanzo beans pureed and blended with garlic. tahini sauce and fresh lemon juice.
Hummus With Shawarma
Our homemade hummus topped with delicious strips of marinated tr-tip and pine nuts.
Baba Ghanouj
Charbroiled eggplant, pureed with tahini sauce, garlic and spices. This spread brings out a delicious smoked flavor.
A traditional yogurt spread topped off with olive oil, dried mint and kalamata olives.
Cheese Sambosik
Puff fib pastry rolls filled with mozzarella and feta cheeses, parsley and onions. Fried to a golden and rich texture (4 pieces).
Ground garbanzo beans mixed with peppers and a variety or vegetables, spiced and fried in Canola oil. Served with a tahini dipping sauce (6 pieces).
Grape Leaves
Homemade grape leaves rolled with rice, tomatoes, onions, parsley and Middle Eastern spices (4 pieces).
Hand rolled bulgur wheat balls stuffed with marinated ground beer, onions and an assortment of nuts (4 pieces).
Mozzarella Pita Chips
Pita chips topped with melted mozzarella cheese, chicken shawarma, kalamata olives, onions, tomatoes and spices.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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All reviews hummus kebab lamb kabobs baklava kafta vegetarian plate spicy potatoes mixed platter pilaf fire pit lebanese food white lights great outdoor atmosphere chilly night outdoor seating beautiful patio
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Reviewed yesterday

Shame we only found it on our last day. WE had 3 days in SB and got a poor recommendation on our first 2 days otherwise we would have been back. I had lentil soup followed by a shared Mashawi combo. Everything was great; lamb...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank UKTurkeyTrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic Lebanese food in a romantic environment. The food is excellent overall with a nice selection of food. Most of the restaurant is in an outside garden so dress appropriately. They do have heaters and some blankets to use. If you have 8 people you...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank scotticus77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dinner here during our stay in Santa Barbara with our two kids, 3 and 6. We all enjoyed sitting outside by fire pits. The kids had s chicken kebab while we had a mixed kebab - all were very satisfied. We enjoyed the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Dag130177
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Wow! Seriously...Wow! The ambiance of this incredible restaurant is warm and inviting. It's like sitting in the middle of a friends garden having a wonderful meal. The service is polite, smart and prompt. The food is truly excellent. The plates were beautifully presented. I've been...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Todd A
Reviewed 28 October 2018

Food is flavourful and was delivered quickly (actually received appetizers before our drink came), very pretty with the patio lighting and the fire pits. Service was fine but not exemplary by any stretch. I am glad we went but unlikely to return.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Whiterock4
Reviewed 23 October 2018

We were recommended Zaytoon by our nearby Hotel and had a great evening. The food was typical Lebanese and was very tasty .The setting and atmosphere were great , enhanced by the outside lighting ,the evening was rounded off by a very enthusiastic and cheerful...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Brian W
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Great ambiance, amazing food and excellent service, not so great a wine list but we brought our own, rather expensive corkage fee though. But highly recommend and will certainly go back next time in SB.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 18DavidJ18
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Upon our third visit to this hidden treasure for great Mediterranean food, we ordered the usual mixed platter which comes with grilled chicken, lamb, beef kofta, rice and salad. About a quarter of the was through our meal (shared by my wife, 22 mo old...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank silvertiger2
Reviewed 14 September 2018

The vegetarian plate, hummus, lamb, beef, and chicken dishes are all excellent! The main entree plates are large and can be shared which makes the overall dinner cost reasonable. The mixed drinks are delicious. Parties of 6 or more can sit by the fire pits...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Extraordinary746155
Reviewed 10 September 2018

We spent our last evening here and it was a great finish to a fun trip. Highly recommend. Make a reservation! Was very busy on a Sunday night. Lovely setting and great food.

Date of visit: September 2018
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19 April 2016|
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Response from ValerieJo18 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest you call and ask them. Although I never saw any dogs there and I have been there several times.
27 November 2015|
Response from ConcernedCalifornia | Reviewed this property |
I received the question on Nov 27. I have no idea if they were open. The food & service were so bad last time, do not think we we try it again.
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