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Yafa

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Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
(831)624-9232
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 192
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A great find in Carmel

A fairly new restaurant with an interesting menu, very good food and excellent service. We think we were lucky to find this place and it is now a favorite in Carmel. You wont go wrong here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
mtncar
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Clovis, California
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Clovis, California
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54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A fairly new restaurant with an interesting menu, very good food and excellent service. We think we were lucky to find this place and it is now a favorite in Carmel. You wont go wrong here.

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San Diego, California
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to have dinner at Yafa because it had a high TripAdvisor rating, and it was 2 blocks from our hotel. Neither my wife nor I are big fans of Middle-Eastern food, but we thought we would try it anyway. My wife had a watermelon salad and I had a grilled pear salad for starters. Both were exceptionally good... More 

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Thank David E
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place but simple. Very good service and a delicious food for a very fair price! We were two, both had appetizers, main course and a very good wine.... Everything U$130 at Carmel! Absolutely recommend it!

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Thank Carol F
Davidson, North Carolina
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mediterranean food is delicious but this place makes it extraordinarily so. The food here is fantastic. The service makes you feel special. The owner comes around to make sure customers are happy. The complimentary bread and sun dried tomato dip really sets a high bar and gets your taste buds geared up for something special. My salmon (which they gladly... More 

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Thank Frank S
sunland, ca
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Top notch food & service! What a delightful restaurant. Food fresh & tasty, service friendly & attentive.

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Thank dutchpetra
Monterey, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

To start: Two of us ordering to share the Mezza: Tabouli with pita bread, three hummus selection, artichoke, tomatoes, olives with flatbread. Good mix and fresh . Because wine selection was so limited, we felt our best choice was a bottle of Pinot (name escapes me; Santa Lucia Highlands AVA; not in any way a classic light pinot usually found... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The food was decent, but the service a little spotty. They didn't seem to enjoy having children in the restaurant (and ours are older, not toddlers). They didn't bring us bread and butter like the patrons around us and when we asked, we were brought pita bread and charged for it. They played music and a waitress handed out beaded... More 

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1 Thank Geofamilytravel
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited this place while on a road trip for our honeymoon. We loved the food and the people working! We had the octopus appetizer...yum! And both of our entrees were great as well. I think anything ordered here would be fantastic.

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Thank Danielle O
usa
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117 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

We were met at the door where we were greeted with a handshake and shown to our table. The food is from Middle East and Mediterranean cuisine. Our questions were met with helpful explanations and suggestions which helped us select a variety of dishes which were all excellent. As a starter there is a plate which provides a bit of... More 

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Thank chimneysweep19
Martinsville, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The owner met us at the door and shook our hand. He explained the menu and made wonderful suggestion. The food was excellent and the service superior. Add in the music and it made a wonderful evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: (831)624-9232

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?