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4755 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN
7635710222
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Minneapolis, MN

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  • 14
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
An Ambassador for the taste and diversity of Middle Eastern Food

I literally take every out of town guest to Big Marina. Their choices in soups, fish and meat, sides, and desert is just amazing. I still have to find one person who didn't find something that s/he liked here. 3-4 choices of very tasty soup and as many appetizers will already fill you up if you are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
kemalusa
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had the enjoyment of eating at this buffet many many times and it's always a pleasure. 3 large stations that have the hot food including American and Middle eastern food. very nice salad bar and a dessert station with numerous goodies to choose from. Food is always fresh and hot, and very flavorful. Lunch buffet is $10.95 including... More 

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Thank Judi-Bill
Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I reviewed this restaurant because it has good food. It is located in Columbia Heights Central Ave NE, Minneapolis. I have been to this restaurant twice. I went there with my friends to eat and to enjoy having Mediterranean food and Middle Eastern food, and they offered an open buffet which has a variety of food. Eating in Big Marina... More 

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Thank Suhaib A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I literally take every out of town guest to Big Marina. Their choices in soups, fish and meat, sides, and desert is just amazing. I still have to find one person who didn't find something that s/he liked here. 3-4 choices of very tasty soup and as many appetizers will already fill you up if you are not careful :-)... More 

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1 Thank kemalusa
Charleston, South Carolina
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

As others noted, good buffet food selection, friendly staff, and clearly loved by locals in the know. I suspect the person who said the baklava did not have honey or nuts probably was eating the crema rather than the baklava. They look similar.

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Thank Ilvnazoo
Minnesota
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Extremely polite and helpful staff made this restaurant a hit with my 94 year mom and me. Delicious gyros loaded with many ingredients. Buffet has numerous choices. Excellent tea as well as desserts. Try them all.

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Thank MNlake
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I was getting coupons for this place for about a year and I finally convinced my husband to try it. I had read that it was comparable to Holy Land and they have great gyros so I was very excited. I haven't really tried a lot of Mediterranean/Middle eastern food so I wasn't sure if I would like it but... More 

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Thank April J
Minnnetonka, MN
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has excellent food with a huge buffet. The buffet includes drinks and desserts. There is a large selection. There is also a menu to order from if you want to, but with the variety on the buffet, that's what my family goes for. On the weekends, they add more seafood selections. They have the best chicken wings. They... More 

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Thank ljjh
Inverness, Florida
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131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming here for years but failed to post a review of this marvelous restaurant. When you get seated, you know your about to eat real middle eastern food. Just look around at the women wearing head scarfs, the TV playing Arabic stations and the taxis in the parking lot, driven by Somali men. During Ramadan, there is... More 

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Thank BMessersmith
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We thought this might be more Greek like but the food was more middle eastern. Some of it was canned or frozen but there was some actual cooking going on for some dishes. This place is loud but good for kids and family.

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Thank Nancy M
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Great experience every time we go there. Its our favorite middle eastern buffet . highly recommend if you don't know what to order or not familiar with middle Eastern foods.

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Thank Maher S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4755 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Columbia Heights
  • Phone Number: 7635710222

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Minneapolis, MN

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?