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120 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2208 (Flores St.)
El Camino Real is 1 block away, just a couple of blocks away from Bay Meadows.
650-638-1960
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Fine Dining

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Better this time

We ate here a few months back and the food was good and flavorful but what we ordered (kabobs) was a bit dry. This time we tried the stewed lamb and the grilled half chicken and they were a better choice. Service was very good and portions are good size.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2014
DavenCarol
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San Mateo, CA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Reservations
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San Mateo, CA
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

We ate here a few months back and the food was good and flavorful but what we ordered (kabobs) was a bit dry. This time we tried the stewed lamb and the grilled half chicken and they were a better choice. Service was very good and portions are good size.

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Valencia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Another great restaurant in San Mateo. My wife was in San Francisco for a convention and my job was to research great restaurants. I read the reviews and since my wife loves Mediterranean, I thought this would be perfect. To my surprise it was the best I have ever eaten. The portions were double what you usually get on an... More 

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San Jose, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The best part of the restaurant was the food. Some of it was very good and some of it could be better. I'd rate the food as 3.5 overall. For example, I really enjoyed the flat bread and dip that was served when we were initially seated. I also enjoyed the eggplant appetizer. On the flip side, we had a... More 

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san mateo ca
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Love their food, but... I made a reservation today for 11:15 am to find a sign on the door saying closed for private party. They never even spoke to me they just waved us away. Came back at 11:30am to give them a piece of my mind. Why? They screwed us. The manager said "You don't have a reservation. This... More 

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San Francisco, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great food, service was very slow, staff was friendly and helpful. Lamb shanks were excellent. BUT carefully review your check. They automatically added 20% gratuity and provided a "TIP Assist" calculation on the check. If you unknowing added a 20% tip based on the "TIP Assist" your total tip would be 44% based on the compounding effect because you'll be... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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90 reviews 90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had an early dinner so it was quiet and not very busy. The food was tasty but my kebobs were a bit dry. Really liked the flat bread and dip to start. Service was good and we will try again but order something with sauce. We hear the lamb shanks are very good.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This restaurant has an open concept with a variety of table choices. The tables have tablecloths. It seems to be a family run business. We had heard about the mezza plate which is an appetizer sampler. There was a huge confusion with our order. We were under the impression that we could each order our choices of 3 cold and... More 

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San Mateo
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113 reviews 113 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

The place could use some boost in its ambience - like music. Food is average but the lamb shank I am told is really good. My veg stew was a let down. Desserts should be avoided. The baklava was frozen thawed. The rice pudding was also quite lacking in taste. Prices certainly on the higher side.

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Foster City, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Had a very good meal in pleasant surroundings at Tannourine. Service was good and the room, though nearly full on a Tuesday night, was conducive to conversation. You can't say that about many restaurants these days! The food was ample and very tasty. If you prefer your meat cooked medium or rare, just ask and they do oblige.

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Sidney, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

A good friend recommended this as a must stop, and wow it was amazing, is small and family run, the cook wanders out and chats with everyone. The food was prefect, my only wish is that I lived closer to this one... very worthy of a stop

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 120 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403-2208
    (Flores St.)
  • Public Transportation: El Camino Real is 1 block away, just a couple of blocks away from Bay Meadows.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Mateo
  • Phone Number: 650-638-1960

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 19
  • Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?