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Zatar

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Organic, Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
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1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 841-1981
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Hidden Gem

The biggest complaint in the past was that they did not take credit cards. Problem solved since they are now accepting them. Fresh ingredients, mostly organic, some of which are grown by the owners. They owners are wonderful and are the cooks. Try the Bborekas ( fillo pastry stuffed with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 20, 2015
Sandy S
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Sebastopol, Ca
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Bristol, UK
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It's not often that you find authentic Middle Eastern food in America so this little find definitely exceeded our expectations. The restaurant itself is really cute, I especially loved the window seats and the leather bound menus. Our waitress, the owner, was lovely and clearly took pride in the food she was serving. The citrus sangria was refreshing, the hummus... More 

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Sebastopol, Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The biggest complaint in the past was that they did not take credit cards. Problem solved since they are now accepting them. Fresh ingredients, mostly organic, some of which are grown by the owners. They owners are wonderful and are the cooks. Try the Bborekas ( fillo pastry stuffed with leeks, greens, sheep’s milk feta & fresh herbs), Lebna bil... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

I went here with my girlfriend because we like Mediterranean food and heard about the place on TV. When we went we are highly disappointed, the food is overpriced, with mediocre flavor, and the portions they serve will make sure you're hungry by the time you get home. We order the appetizer sampler for $16, that's essentially for sauces, hummus,... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My wife and I visited for lunch recently, as she had been interested to try Zatar. Right off the bat, things didn't go so well - we walked in to a nearly empty restaurant at noon, to be left standing unattended for quite a few minutes. When someone (evidently the owner) did emerge from the back, dealing with another transaction,... More 

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Benicia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Had lunch here by chance, we enjoyed everything we had. The dolmas were fresh and meat filled with a yummy yogurt sauce. I had been wanting to have kefta kebab all summer ever since I read a great recipe for them These were moist, favorable and light I only wish there were more than 3. Had plenty to eat though... More 

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SF Bay area
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a unique, neighborhood restaurant. They specialize in Mediterranean dishes that you'll enjoy more than anywhere else. Their drinks are fantastic and the owners and staff couldn't be more friendly. Go soon. Go often. Marty

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Took some visiting friends to Zatar for dinner and they were very pleased. Although menu is small, food was very good and flavors authentic. We loved the hummus and calamari. I had the vegetarian tagine and really liked. The kefta kebab was also a big hit. The ambience is quaint and cozy. We were too full for dessert but will... More 

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Long Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a lunch with a cup of lentil do up and a small plate of grilled lamb with hummus and rice. The lamb was very tasty but the portion was very small -3 pc. The place took cash only and lunch for 1 came to $25.00 with a tip . I felt it was very overpriced for the size and... More 

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My sweetheart and I reserved a table for Zatar's three course Valentine's Day dinner. We had ample choices of each course: he went for the fish options, starting with a crab, grapefruit and avocado salad and continuing with a tagine of butterfish. I ordered lamb dolmas and "the leg sampler," which included pieces of roast leg of lamb and lamb... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

This atmospheric restaurant has excellent, knowledgeable service, and the food is beyond excellent, with beautiful, exotic and subtle flavours. If I ever get to Berkeley again I won't hesitate to return; it's worth a ride on the BART if you're in San Francisco. I suggest starting with the mezza smapler, with a variety of flavours. But next time I'll move... More 

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Additional Information about Zatar

Address: 1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone Number: (510) 841-1981
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
Open Hours:
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Organic, Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: (510) 841-1981

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Organic, Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?