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Shish Mediterranean Grill & Cafe

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1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105-1804
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night

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    4 of 5 stars
Great little place

Good representation of meditterarian food. Not great for a date.. A little too much like Chipotle in terms of service

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
Lutsen, Minnesota
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Lutsen, Minnesota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Good representation of meditterarian food. Not great for a date.. A little too much like Chipotle in terms of service

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Northeast U.S.
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75 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Had a take-out lunch here, and came back for breakfast a few days later. Everything was delicious: the eggs, the falafel, and the baklava (pistachio), which was the best I have ever had. The space is pretty small, and gets busy, but the food is worth the wait. Order at the counter, then grab a seat -- they will bring... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My culinary tastes tend towards milder flavors, so I was apprehensive about eating at Shish on the invitation of a friend. That left immediately upon entering the restaurant. One is met with a wonderful sensory experience--the odors, the colors, the decorations all contribute to a feeling of warmth and comfort [a good thing for a Minnesotan]. To order, one stands... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Having just arrived in St. Paul, we needed dinner. We chose well with Shish, located conveniently to Macalester College. The lamb burgers were juicy and flavorful. The fries were not, I have to say. But their menu of Mediterranean dishes is tantalizing, including desserts. Shish is a fine, bustling family place with good food at affordable prices. We four all... More 

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San Diego, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Our first visit to Shish on Grand Ave. proved to be a good choice for delicious breakfast selections which were both priced well and served in large portions. The Shish Breakfast was so large that I took home half of it. I only hoped for a little more Greek seasoning. My friend ordered the Greek omelet which came on a... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I offered to take my 11 year old grandson out to lunch while I was visiting his family in St. Paul. He said he wanted to go to the Shish Cafe on Grand Avenue. The restaurant is small and not fancy, though they have some interesting art objects as decor. A large choice of Mediterranean dishes is available, to be... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This was my first time to try a Mediterranean restaurant. They have excellent selection of food for all meals. Great and prompt service. I tried the Shish Maza Mix with a side of chicken shawarma. Both were very good and I was able to try many different things at once. Will definitely stop by again when we are in the... More 

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Marquette, Michigan
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54 reviews 54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We ordered 2 falafel pitas, a gyro & hummus. The. Best. Rver!!!!!!! Also, the coffee was locally roasted and organic. Absolutely everything was perfect!

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My (14-year old visiting) granddaughter and I were on a mission to try as many different ethnic foods as possible during her recent visit and made a wonderful decision in choosing Shish as one of our stops. We ordered the meze platter along with chicken shawarma and spinach pies in an attempt to try as many new dishes as possible.... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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100 reviews 100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Not what I expected for a Middle Eastern establishment- the salad I that accompanied my moussaka had (what tasted like) bottled salad dressing and the tomatoes were (already) the cardboard winter variety that would best be left out completely. The moussaka was lukewarm and obviously had been sitting in the pan for awhile. Husband's Mediterranean grilled chicken breast was flat-tasting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1668 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105-1804
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: 651-690-2212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 11
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
Open Hours
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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