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149 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 421-5472
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Ranked #180 of 257 Restaurants in Traverse City
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Most recent review
- Aug 19, 2014
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English first
Cold, nasty Michigan
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

No visit to see my son in Traverse City is complete unless we eat at Zakey's. I absolutely love this place; from the atmosphere to the delicious food. I particulary love the roast leg of lamb - it is fantastic! Last time I was in town, I brought my entire family and in-laws!

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

So from the start: the waitress is rude, terribly rude and insulting. Food is mediocre. But the best is the chef. The man is mad. Having my camera (shutter closed) next to me on the table, facing a wall, which is quite normal when visiting a place as a tourist, the chef started an argument as he thought I was... More

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Montverde, Florida, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After fighting the TC traffic and parking a few blocks away from downtown we strolled the Cherry Town streets. After a while we decided it was lunch time. Having had all kinds of "dine out" food over the last week, we wanted something a little light and different. We found Zakey's and decided that Middle Eastern would be the fare... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I were in Traverse City for 1.5 weeks and ate dinner at Zakey's twice. Both meals were outstanding - particularly the stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and schwarma. We'll definitely return to Zakey's next summer.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Service was horrible, the waitress was so unprofessional and rude, I went with my wife and my father in law, the waitress came to take our order orally without writing our order, and of course we got the wrong order, and when I asked her she responded while she was walking its not my fault it's the chief's fault go... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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88 reviews 88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The place was cute and inviting. Our waitress Rebecca was very nice. We both got the daily special, lamb, cumbers salad and fries. We ordered a special hot tea, it was lemony and we drank out of little cups. It was great experience and would go back again. Our lunch was around $7.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

My son and I stopped by Zakey's hoping for a great middle east lunchtime experience. Unfortunately that didn't happen. We experienced very small portions vs. what we usually get at Mideast restaurants in the Detroit area. The lemon/lentil soup was very watery, and was made with potatoes (?) w/ no lentils to be found. The lamb shawarma wraps had little... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

A friend referred us to this place. We were excited to try it. So, my husband, who is Lebanese, asks the waitress if they have a certain dish that he enjoyed as a child. She says she's never heard if it because they only serve Middle Eastern food. He says the dish is Lebanese. She continues to school him on... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great Food, Good people, awesome variety. We had one server who was not up to par with the rest but have not seen her since our first visit. We go once a week and split 2 combination platters. I would recommend to every and any one looking for a good night out with out breaking the bank.

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Carlsbad, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Stopped into this spot for lunch on a visit to my brother's in Traverse City. The food was good and is incredibly well-priced. I am a huge fan of baba ghanouj and lamb and ordered both. The baba ghanouh was good but the lamb was a little tough. While both weren't great, they were definitely better than I expected for... More

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