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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 - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating
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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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
Wonderful home cooked food

I love the flavor of all the dishes I have had at this place, The Owner and the Waiters are great. We eat there about once a week,we take friends and family and it soon becomes their favoriate too.When they have the beef specials they are wonderful. My wife gets the Chicken Kabobs everytime with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I love the flavor of all the dishes I have had at this place, The Owner and the Waiters are great. We eat there about once a week,we take friends and family and it soon becomes their favoriate too.When they have the beef specials they are wonderful. My wife gets the Chicken Kabobs everytime with the rice.The soups are great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Delicious authentic Mediterranean dishes served in generous sized portions await you in this small yet charming restaurant. We never expected to find such an inviting and high quality eatery in this small strip mall in Dunwoody. Since our first visit about a year ago, we have become regulars and look forward to our favorite meals at Sababa. The restaurant is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

usually it's too hard to find Mediterranean places close to where you are located. I am lucky to have one close to where I live and guess what, it's an amazing place which serves delicious mouth watering food. It's a small establishment which is located in a small complex and most of the times it goes unnoticed. But now you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Got a suggestion to eat hear and it could not have been better. Was GREAT!!!!! Chicken wrap was the best. Folks who work there are also very personable.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Where else can you get a massive falafel sandwich with a side of cucumber - tomato salad for under $8? Delicious! The food here is always terrific and I have never had a bad meal here. Good service and just a great place to eat.

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Duluth, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Dined here tonight with my son. There's nothing to write home about as far as the location or ambiance goes, but the food is quite good! This is a small restaurant of about 15 or so tables in a quaint little strip mall. The server was courteous, helpful, and there when you needed him. Try the appetizer combo....you get quite... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Have eaten here a few times and each time it is very enjoyable. Staff is very friendly. Food is great. The hummus with lamb is amazing. Great gryo salad.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Recently stopped in for a falafal after craving one for a week. It did not disappoint. Hidden little gem in a strip mall on shallowford in Dunwoody. I saw some other dishes being served, a lamb special and a good looking salad, all looked delicious. Small place with limited seating. Will return next week!

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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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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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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

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 - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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