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Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill

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4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
+1 678-705-8268
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner
Description: In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome...
In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome," "fun," or "cool." But it originates from Arabic poetry and literally means "ardent love," or "fervent longing." At Cafe Sababa, we strive to offer you an awesome, fun and cool culinary experience with our fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes including grilled chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and we hope you will develop an ardent love for our food and a fervent longing to visit us again and again. Chef/Owner Doni Tamli has over 25 years of restaurant and catering experience. A native of the seaside city of Acco, Israel, Chef Tamli brings his knowledge of the spices and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and Middle East and offers his unique versions of traditional favorites. Chef Tamli owns Cafe Sababa with his wife, Ann, a third-generation native Atlantan. Their two sons, Ariel and Gil, work in the restaurant as well. We offer dine-in, take-out and catering services. Cafe Sababa's lamb burger was noted as a "Dish Worth The Drive" on Atlanta Eats TV in November 2013. The restaurant was voted as one of Atlanta's top Middle Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean Restaurants in a poll by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in 2012, and was honored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as the runner up for the 2011 Best of Dunwoody "Good Eats" Business Award.
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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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  • 31
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best baba ganoush I've had!

Like most restaurants in Atlanta's endless suburban strip malls, Sababa isn't much to look at on the outside and doesn't get much better on the inside. It feels like a take out joint. However, the music was good and the service was surprisingly warm, efficient, and knowledgeable. I realized I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
GeorgiaQuacker
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Dinner
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English first
Atlanta
Top Contributor
347 reviews 347 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

After hearing how popular this restaurant has become, I was expecting a pretty stellar experience, but didn't really have one. On the plus side, the food was very tasty, particularly the falafel. However, the prices seemed pretty high, the servings were fairly small, the ambiance is lacking, and the service was just OK.

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Like most restaurants in Atlanta's endless suburban strip malls, Sababa isn't much to look at on the outside and doesn't get much better on the inside. It feels like a take out joint. However, the music was good and the service was surprisingly warm, efficient, and knowledgeable. I realized I was in for something good when I saw the shaker... More 

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Good food and friendly staff. I usually pick up the order to go, but I have eaten inside. Because the restaurant has done so well, they changed up the seating area so there would be more tables. I like the appetizer sampler, kabobs, gyro, falafel, and the salads. I have tried their daily specials and those are always yummy too.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have never dealt with such a low grade of customer service. I hope they don't treat their food like their customers. I called and inquired about catering for my production crew that where scheduled to shoot in the area. It was a simple order for 15 people. I had the regular questions about pricing and quantity because the prices... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I have been searching for a good falafel and schwarma for a long time. I spent a few months in Israel and fell in love with the food, this is the closest I have found to recreating the joys of Mediterranean food. The staff is very friendly and seems like family to the regulars. I am sad to say I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Best Babaganoush and tabuli I ever had. Service anticipated each wish. We're vegan, so no meat no dairy. Very good food. You can feel and taste - they really care about the quality.

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atlanta,ga
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

The chef owner donni has created an incredible meal of Mediterranean chicken with polenta. It's the best meal I've had there in ,3 years.has many other authentic Mediterranean choices as well Excelnent spot for a great neighborhood meal for ,2 with wine was $33. Hes just off 285 at n Peachtree rd. Special is thru thurs

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Atlanta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The service that I experienced was okay I didn't liked the food (it was just okay) The atmosphere was bad

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

The food is fresh and service was great. Wish they were open on Sunday because I would like to have dinner their now!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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373 reviews 373 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Awesome Mediterranean food. Visited here many times and never disappointed. Usually eat here at lunch, but this visit was for dinner. Enjoyed something new, grilled chicken shish kebab. Came with a tasty yellow rice and grilled carrots. Ordered this with the super Sababa salad on the sise, which is a chopped tomato, cucumber and feta cheese salad. Everything was fresh... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Dunwoody
  • Phone Number: +1 678-705-8268

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Israeli

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome," "fun," or "cool." But it originates from Arabic poetry and literally means "ardent love," or "fervent longing." At Cafe Sababa, we strive to offer you an awesome, fun and cool culinary experience with our fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes including grilled chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and we hope you will develop an ardent love for our food and a fervent longing to visit us again and again. Chef/Owner Doni Tamli has over 25 years of restaurant and catering experience. A native of the seaside city of Acco, Israel, Chef Tamli brings his knowledge of the spices and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and Middle East and offers his unique versions of traditional favorites. Chef Tamli owns Cafe Sababa with his wife, Ann, a third-generation native Atlantan. Their two sons, Ariel and Gil, work in the restaurant as well. We offer dine-in, take-out and catering services. Cafe Sababa's lamb burger was noted as a "Dish Worth The Drive" on Atlanta Eats TV in November 2013. The restaurant was voted as one of Atlanta's top Middle Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean Restaurants in a poll by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in 2012, and was honored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as the runner up for the 2011 Best of Dunwoody "Good Eats" Business Award.
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
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?