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A selection of bright, fresh mezze at Sachet
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.

Is your favorite Mediterranean restaurant missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zaytinya

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6655 Winning Dr, Suite 600
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 324-3060
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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.

A platter of lamb and chicken skewers Melissa Hennings/EDFW

2. Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill

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2103 N Central Expy
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 437-1222
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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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3. Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries

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318 E Main St
Richardson, TX 75081
(972) 234-9898
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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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4. Aderet Grill and Salads

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13410 Preston Rd J
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 726-9800
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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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5. Food From Galilee

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6710 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 750-0330
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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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6. Sachet

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4270 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 613-6425
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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.

7. Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

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3001 Knox St #110
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 528-1800
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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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8. Sevan G & G Cafe

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2221 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 821-0601
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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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9. Baboush

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3636 McKinney Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 599-0707
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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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10. Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

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2615 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219
(469) 726-2825
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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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11. Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

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2825 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226
(972) 863-7100
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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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12. Cafe Izmir

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211 N Ervay St
Dallas, TX 75201
(469) 998-0123
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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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13. Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar

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3011 Gulden Ln Suite 114
Dallas, TX 75212
(469) 458-2233
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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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1. Zaytinya

6655 Winning Dr, Suite 600, Frisco, TX 75034
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.

6655 Winning Dr, Suite 600
Frisco, TX 75034

2. Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill

2103 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080
Ali Baba/Facebook

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.

2103 N Central Expy
Richardson, TX 75080

3. Afrah Mediterranean Restaurant and Pastries

318 E Main St, Richardson, TX 75081
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.

318 E Main St
Richardson, TX 75081

4. Aderet Grill and Salads

13410 Preston Rd J, Dallas, TX 75240
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.

13410 Preston Rd J
Dallas, TX 75240

5. Food From Galilee

6710 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205
Food From Galilee/Yelp

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.

6710 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205

6. Sachet

4270 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

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.

4270 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

7. Fadi's Mediterranean Grill

3001 Knox St #110, Dallas, TX 75205
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.

3001 Knox St #110
Dallas, TX 75205

8. Sevan G & G Cafe

2221 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
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.

2221 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Baboush

3636 McKinney Ave #160, Dallas, TX 75204
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.

3636 McKinney Ave #160
Dallas, TX 75204

10. Open Sesame Lebanese Grill

2615 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219
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.

2615 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

11. Zatar Lebanese Tapas & Bar

2825 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
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.

2825 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75226

12. Cafe Izmir

211 N Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75201
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.

211 N Ervay St
Dallas, TX 75201

13. Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar

3011 Gulden Ln Suite 114, Dallas, TX 75212
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.

3011 Gulden Ln Suite 114
Dallas, TX 75212

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