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A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
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13 Essential Dallas Mediterranean Restaurants

Where to find the city’s best hummus, pita, falafel, kebabs, and more

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A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
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An umbrella term frequently used to describe the cuisines of Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Istanbul, Armenia, Greece, and Spain, Mediterranean food is a staple in Dallas.

From platters of hummus and tabouli to grilled meats and salads for days, the city is sprinkled with plenty of spots to enjoy excellent Mediterranean cuisine, ranging from stalwarts like Ali Baba and Afrah and relative newcomers like Chef Jose Andres’s Zaytinya in Frisco and Zatar.

Go forth, and eat the metroplex’s finest pita and more at these 13 stellar Mediterranean eateries.

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Zaytinya

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The latest addition to the DFW Mediterranean scene is also the most beautiful. Zaytinya came to North Texas thanks to Chef Jose Andres, a James Beard and Eater award winner. The eatery, an offshoot of the D.C. original, serves shareable portions that match the size of the expansive Frisco location itself, proving that everything is bigger in Texas. Highlights include branzino crudo, lamb shoulder, and a beautiful tea service.

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Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill

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As far as this map goes, Ali Baba is the veteran; its original shop on Greenville Avenue opened in 1989 (although it’s relocated several times and grown to multiple locations since). Originally it was a simple sit-down restaurant featuring traditional Lebanese recipes from the mother of the brothers who owned the joint, Adam and Jalal Chanaa. Now, Ali Baba’s saffron chicken, fried cauliflower, and silky hummus are Dallas staples.

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Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries

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When it comes to Mediterranean food, sometimes a buffet is better. Afrah delivers on that theory with locations in Richardson, Dallas, and Irving, all of which offer a buffet that’s piled high with falafel, hummus, veggies, and more. Pro-tip: Afrah began as a bakery, so save room for house-made baklava.

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Aderet Grill and Salads

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Kosher-certified and family-owned Adaret — which means “crown” in Hebrew — has Israeli cuisine on lock with excellent hummus, shawarma, and Israeli salad. Also be sure to check out the addictively creamy curry chicken and the ubiquitous Israeli household-favorite: chicken schnitzel.

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Food From Galilee

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Perhaps the most reasonably-priced restaurant of this entire map, Food From Galilee in Snider Plaza is owned by a family from Palestine. Since 1991, they’ve been keeping Dallasites plied with hummus, gyro, shawarma, falafel, stuffed grape leaves — all the traditional favorites.

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Sachet has won over critics and diners alike, and for good reason. From beautiful interiors, to the pillowy pita, house-made tonic and gin, and exquisitely plated modern mezze dishes, this Highland Park eatery always stuns.

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

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Another Mediterranean heavy hitter, Fadi’s is known for its large buffet and even larger lunch-time crowds. It’s easy to see why — one takeout container of hummus and tabouli could last three meals. Folks swear by the vegetable plate, but don’t sleep on the shawarma or gyro at this popular spot.

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Sevan G & G Cafe

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Tucked into a corner of Greenville Avenue, Sevan offers homemade Armenian food served by Armenian owners. The dishes might sound similar to offerings at other Mediterranean restaurants, but there’s an Armenian twist that must be experienced at Sevan. Oh, and it’s BYOB.

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Baboush

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Baboush has been part of the West Village dining scene for over six years. Live music, belly dancing, and a lavish, candlelit interior make this a perfect locale for date night or a cozy get together with friends. Grab traditional Mediterranean dishes like kabobs, meatballs, and a mezze platter featuring all of Baboush’s dips and spreads.

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Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

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This small strip mall eatery on Oak Lawn Avenue has been operating for just over a year, and its quaintness belies the power behind its authentic Lebanese dishes. The price points are quite reasonable too, at around $10 per person, including pita and pickled vegetables.

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Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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Named for a savory Lebanese spice, this Deep Ellum spot is as chic as it is delicious. Lebanese food makes a modern statement here — think towering baskets of falafel, mac and cheese studded with tender chunks of lamb, and hot pink beet-spiked hummus. The space is divided into a hookah lounge on one side and elegant dining room on the other, promising a memorable stop no matter which side diners choose.

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Cafe Izmir

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This 20-year Lower Greenville veteran now has three locations in the Metroplex. Guests can expect live entertainment and cuisine from across the Mediterranean. Izmir has always been an excellent date night spot, and offers a 2-course, $50 prix fixe menu perfect for couples or even small groups.

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Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar

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Over at Trinity Groves, Souk offers a combination of Moroccan and Lebanese cuisines in a setting reminiscent of the bustling streets of Morocco. Owner Yaser Khalaf is always around to chat with diners, and his oversized plates stacked with vegetables and kebabs never disappoint.

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Zaytinya

A platter of lamb and chicken skewers Melissa Hennings/EDFW

The latest addition to the DFW Mediterranean scene is also the most beautiful. Zaytinya came to North Texas thanks to Chef Jose Andres, a James Beard and Eater award winner. The eatery, an offshoot of the D.C. original, serves shareable portions that match the size of the expansive Frisco location itself, proving that everything is bigger in Texas. Highlights include branzino crudo, lamb shoulder, and a beautiful tea service.

A platter of lamb and chicken skewers Melissa Hennings/EDFW

Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill

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As far as this map goes, Ali Baba is the veteran; its original shop on Greenville Avenue opened in 1989 (although it’s relocated several times and grown to multiple locations since). Originally it was a simple sit-down restaurant featuring traditional Lebanese recipes from the mother of the brothers who owned the joint, Adam and Jalal Chanaa. Now, Ali Baba’s saffron chicken, fried cauliflower, and silky hummus are Dallas staples.

Ali Baba/Facebook

Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries

Afrah/Yelp

When it comes to Mediterranean food, sometimes a buffet is better. Afrah delivers on that theory with locations in Richardson, Dallas, and Irving, all of which offer a buffet that’s piled high with falafel, hummus, veggies, and more. Pro-tip: Afrah began as a bakery, so save room for house-made baklava.

Afrah/Yelp

Aderet Grill and Salads

Aderet Grill and Salads/Google

Kosher-certified and family-owned Adaret — which means “crown” in Hebrew — has Israeli cuisine on lock with excellent hummus, shawarma, and Israeli salad. Also be sure to check out the addictively creamy curry chicken and the ubiquitous Israeli household-favorite: chicken schnitzel.

Aderet Grill and Salads/Google

Food From Galilee

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Perhaps the most reasonably-priced restaurant of this entire map, Food From Galilee in Snider Plaza is owned by a family from Palestine. Since 1991, they’ve been keeping Dallasites plied with hummus, gyro, shawarma, falafel, stuffed grape leaves — all the traditional favorites.

Food From Galilee/Yelp

Sachet

Sachet has won over critics and diners alike, and for good reason. From beautiful interiors, to the pillowy pita, house-made tonic and gin, and exquisitely plated modern mezze dishes, this Highland Park eatery always stuns.

Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

Fadi’s/Facebook

Another Mediterranean heavy hitter, Fadi’s is known for its large buffet and even larger lunch-time crowds. It’s easy to see why — one takeout container of hummus and tabouli could last three meals. Folks swear by the vegetable plate, but don’t sleep on the shawarma or gyro at this popular spot.

Fadi’s/Facebook

Sevan G & G Cafe

Sevan G & G Cafe/Facebook

Tucked into a corner of Greenville Avenue, Sevan offers homemade Armenian food served by Armenian owners. The dishes might sound similar to offerings at other Mediterranean restaurants, but there’s an Armenian twist that must be experienced at Sevan. Oh, and it’s BYOB.

Sevan G & G Cafe/Facebook

Baboush

Baboush/Facebook

Baboush has been part of the West Village dining scene for over six years. Live music, belly dancing, and a lavish, candlelit interior make this a perfect locale for date night or a cozy get together with friends. Grab traditional Mediterranean dishes like kabobs, meatballs, and a mezze platter featuring all of Baboush’s dips and spreads.

Baboush/Facebook

Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

Open Sesame/Facebook

This small strip mall eatery on Oak Lawn Avenue has been operating for just over a year, and its quaintness belies the power behind its authentic Lebanese dishes. The price points are quite reasonable too, at around $10 per person, including pita and pickled vegetables.

Open Sesame/Facebook

Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

Zatar/Facebook

Named for a savory Lebanese spice, this Deep Ellum spot is as chic as it is delicious. Lebanese food makes a modern statement here — think towering baskets of falafel, mac and cheese studded with tender chunks of lamb, and hot pink beet-spiked hummus. The space is divided into a hookah lounge on one side and elegant dining room on the other, promising a memorable stop no matter which side diners choose.

Zatar/Facebook

Cafe Izmir

Cafe Izmir/Facebook

This 20-year Lower Greenville veteran now has three locations in the Metroplex. Guests can expect live entertainment and cuisine from across the Mediterranean. Izmir has always been an excellent date night spot, and offers a 2-course, $50 prix fixe menu perfect for couples or even small groups.

Cafe Izmir/Facebook

Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar

Souk/Facebook

Over at Trinity Groves, Souk offers a combination of Moroccan and Lebanese cuisines in a setting reminiscent of the bustling streets of Morocco. Owner Yaser Khalaf is always around to chat with diners, and his oversized plates stacked with vegetables and kebabs never disappoint.

Souk/Facebook

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