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Zatar

1981 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 841-1981
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Ranked #75 of 598 restaurants in Berkeley
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
CO
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
92 reviews 92 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Alameda, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We so enjoyed our dinner: started with warm olives with herbs, grilled Monterey squid [smoky with a touch of lemon], and I had the butterfish tagine--sooo tender and fresh,with rich spices and vegetables homegrown from the owners' half acre plot. Hubby had duck in film pastry--he's pretty picky, but he loved it. Grilled peaches with honey and a pistachio baklava... 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
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271 reviews 271 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 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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San Francisco
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82 reviews 82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

They have many dishes I had not seen elsewhere with some very good fish and chicken choices. I recommend the pureed pepper and pomegranite appetizers. Don't forget to ask them about their special homemade alcool free cocktails the mint lemonade is just wonderful as is the pomegranite spritzer. Beware, the restaurant is tiny so you need to call ahead of... More

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Ann Arbor
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2011

This is not a fusion-california interpretation restaurant. It strives to be authentic and all about the food, and it is. I think this is the smallest restaurant I've ever been to - and on a cold Berkeley winter night, every time the door opened we all felt the rush of cold air - yet it had atmosphere nevertheless. The food... More

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