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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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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 10
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  • 4
    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 nice surprise

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2014
SusanBenicia
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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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28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
9 helpful votes 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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CO
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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48 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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
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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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Sacramento, California
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209 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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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27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?