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Zatar

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

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  • 10
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Very disappointing

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... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
Mark D
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Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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CO
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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Sacramento, California
Top Contributor
291 reviews 291 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Wonderful family run restaurant with great service. Had a wonderful meal, starting with tasty sangria; had delicious fresh veggies from their garden and meals to die for. Also a ridiculously rich and scrumptious poached pear and wine dessert with homemade gelato. Overall, a fabulous meal from start to finish.

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California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This Berkeley hideaway is small but the food is great and service is also. Friendly staff prepare middle eastern food with panache. Since it's small, it can at times be busy, but you can call ahead to find out whether they are able to seat you soon. It's worth a trip.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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151 reviews 151 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Four of us had dinner at this small restaurant on a Thurs. night several weeks ago. The place was just about empty at 7:00 p.m., which bothered us a bit going in. However, we'd been told it was good. And it turned out to be. The middle eastern food was very tasty. My wife had just returned from several weeks... More 

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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: Greek, Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Organic
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?