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Yafa

Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
(831)624-9232
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Ranked #3 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Yafa Mediterranean restaurant was very close to our hotel so we decided to make reservations for Saturday evening based on other reviews. The owner greets you & everyone else as if you are family. You are brought a sun dried tomato spread with bread as a starter which is delicious. We then both had the lentil soup & split the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Excellent food!! The sundried tomato and feta hummus was to die for. I had the rack of lamb which was a delight. The honey date and nut dessert was the perfect end to a great meal. The place is family owned and run. The staff was friendly. There was even live entertainment. My wife and I was very pleased with... More

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Playa blanca
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Four of us visited just because the restaurant was across the street from where we were staying. We were encouraged in and didn't regret it for a second. With live entertainment via keyboard and an impromptu sing and dance by the waiters we found ourselves in the middle of a great dining experience. The food and service was second to... More

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Carmel, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed our dinner at the restaurant. There are several things here that set it apart from other restaurants in the area If you have my other reviews you know that service is paramount in my dining experience. I could get the best meal in the world, but if the service is not good, I will not go back, period. 1.... More

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san francisco
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We had a really good meal here. Service was attentive. The restaurant is cozy and colorful. I would definitely return.

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Indianapolis
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner at Yafa. It's a tiny restaurant! I think it can only seat 45 people. Our table was less-than-desirable: right next to the door, but it was okay. I had chicken kabobs which were delicious! My husband had mishmash chicken which he said was just okay...lacked flavor. Definitely make reservations or you won't get in!

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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Love this restaurant! We happened to be walking by and discovered this gem! Family owned, you are warmly greeted the moment you walk in. Service was perfect, ambiance was great, and we loved the food! I had the eggplant dish and my husband ordered the sole which was local. Both dishes were superb and we would definitely dine here again!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We didn't enjoy out dinner here. The ravioli and mishmish chicken were nothing special. I would go some place else...consider 1833 in Monterey if you want to step out.

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Connecticut, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal at Yafo in Carmel. Middle East home cooking. Started with the mezza appetizer which was enough for 4 people. I had the rack of lamb which was a great choice. The others in our party had fish which looked delicious. Skipped dessert but everything looked yummy. Chatted with the owner Yacoub about his family and how... More

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milpitasca
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221 reviews 221 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I LOVE foods from Jordan and surrounding countries. So the reviews of this restaurant begged us to come. We made reservations well in advance. It is a tiny place, but tables were spaced apart allowing conversation on a normal level. The owner and his son worked the room with great flair and conversation. We started out with the grilled octopus... More

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