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Ali BABA Persian Restaurant

110 Centre At Riverchase, Birmingham, AL 35216-4910
(205) 823-2222
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Ranked #468 of 907 restaurants in Birmingham
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Most recent review
- Oct 9, 2013
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English first
Birmingham
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

If you're in the mood for Persian food and you find yourself in Bham Alabama, then look no further..actually...this is the only place you'll find in the area. The atmosphere is nice, food is good, but a bit overpriced. I guess that's what happens when you're a monopoly in town. I've been a few times, and we were usually the... More

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Hoover
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94 reviews 94 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I like it partially because the wait staff is well schooled in their product--winners and losers on the menu-and its different. There are not the choices of of a big city so competition is lacking. I just find it expensive for what you get.

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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

The unique food selections and preparation were excellent. The service was excellent, and the appetizer served, which was ethnic, was delicious! I am planning to return for dinner this month.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

I'm Persian, from Atlanta, and recently moved to Birmingham. Missing Persian food, I decided to try out Ali Baba. The restaurant was decorated nicely, and the server was friendly. The starter of the bread, cheese, butter and herbs was great. Again, the bread was FANTASTIC. For dinner we ordered, the koobideh and the chicken kabob. It's really hard to mess... More

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Hoover, Alabama, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Went to Ali Baba last night and will never go again! Haven't wanted to write it off the list, but it has been going down hill with every change of management cutting corners. I had so supported this place, even going right after 9-11 when there was so much backlash against middle eastern places of business. The food was subpar... More

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Hoover, Alabama
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Went to Ali Baba tonight to eat with friends. We've been going there for years and have endured several changes in management. Sadly, with each change the quality diminished. For example, when we first started going, the tilapia would be served pan sauted in a caper and tomato sauce. It would come to table beautifully crisp, and the portion would... More

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Alabama
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181 reviews 181 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

The restaurant seems to be in the death spiral, food quality goes down, people stop coming, tips go down, lose your help, service goes down, more people stop coming, owners try to save money and cut food quality or quantity. At there on a Sunday (better get there early they close at 7 on Sunday). They have cut out their... More

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Birmingham, AL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

The cornish hen kabob is excellent. Basmati rice is the best rice in the city. The bread with walnuts, cilantro, radishes, and feta cheese to make a "sandwich" is great.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

This is a "must visit" restaurant every time I visit Birmingham! And I always get the mixed grill. Fantastic food! Attentive service. And live belly-dancing some nights! What's not to love? I sure wish I could figure out how they make their grilled shrimp. It's amazing!!

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Illinois
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524 reviews 524 reviews
414 restaurant reviews
357 helpful votes 357 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

It's in a strip mall located in Hoover, AL, but don't let that stop you from trying it. Three of us tried a variety of items and everything was fresh and tasty. Would definitely go back.

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