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4755 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: Minneapolis, MN

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  • 9
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
love the lunch buffet

Bountiful, tasty $10 middle eastern lunch buffet makes it 4 stars for me. All of my favorite main dishes and salads, well prepared, and beverages included. About a mile off the highway, very easy to get to. Only disappointment is the case full of very mediocre desserts, not at all up to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 13, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food was great, the variety of food was great,, and the BOGO was great. I love buffets and will return there when I want to each out for lunch. Hope to bring friends there, too.

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St. Paul/ Minneapolis
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78 reviews 78 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I've been here twice now and the food is good but the selection of food on their buffet is less than other buffets for a slightly higher price. I love their baklava though.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Bountiful, tasty $10 middle eastern lunch buffet makes it 4 stars for me. All of my favorite main dishes and salads, well prepared, and beverages included. About a mile off the highway, very easy to get to. Only disappointment is the case full of very mediocre desserts, not at all up to the quality of the main dishes. 'Baklava' without... More 

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I'd been wanting to visit this place for a while now after having seen all the great reviews of this place and the photos to boot. So we went tonight. Apparently we went to the wrong location. The reviews are all for the Columbia Heights location and I'd suggest that you stick to it if that's where you go, don't... More 

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New Brighton, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I used to go to this place about once a month. Everybody loved it! However, the service has gotten really bad. When you ask 2 different people a question, they will give you a different answer. Also, they have no problem making up an answer. If you have a buffet, then you should really know something about the food on... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This restaurant, started by a hotel chef who came to Minnesota from Egypt, has consistently great food. The offerings are varied - from lamb and other Mid-Eastern staples to American comfort foods like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Drinks are free- don't miss the tea with mint leaves. The place is clean and staff are continually in the dining... More 

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Minneaopolis, MN
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We tried the Mpls one a few weeks back, at about 1:00. Food was not as fresh, hot or plentiful as Co. Heights, nor did they have the hot beverages & fresh mint leaves avail that I love at the original one. Hummus & baba had to be skimmed fr under the top congealing layer...

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Roseville, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Incredible options, clearly made with care. Great for the whole family- everything from authentic greek, to mac & cheese. Comes with drinks and dessert!

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Description

Minneapolis, MN

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