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Truly Mediterranean

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3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3327
415-252-7482
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
BEST SHAWARMA!

My boyfriend is from the Mediterranean and we have eaten shawarma all over the Bay Area. This is still our most favorite by far! Always delicious lamb shawarma for the last 20 years!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
LaurianaL
via mobile
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  • Families with children
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend is from the Mediterranean and we have eaten shawarma all over the Bay Area. This is still our most favorite by far! Always delicious lamb shawarma for the last 20 years!

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This place is extremely small, and unless the weather permits and you can snag one of the two or three tables outside, take-out only. That said, the food is delicious and authentic, quick and reasonable. We had a lamb kabob sandwich and a Mediteranean combo plate with a hummus, babaganoush, a couple of falafel and stuffed grape leaves, feta, tabouli,... More 

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San Francisco
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This is a completely no thrill food outlet. It's more of a sandwich stand, however. This is the absolute best Shawerma that I have had all over the world including Shawerma that I have had in countries like Jordan, Kuwait, and Palestine. The lamb Shawerma is so tender, jucie, and yet well done. The souce that they use is not... More 

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Mountain View, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

good felafel plate and kebab horrible lebanese beer too bad music was anglo and not Israeli or something more middle eastern

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California
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239 reviews 239 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This hole in the wall has been handing out my A-rab chicken fix for years. Great flavors, funny and efficient service, good quality ingredients; all at a very reasonable price. Big portions too!

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San Francisco, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Counter seating for five, this little hole in the wall makes the best shawerma in town. Chicken on Tuesdays and Fridays, lamb the rest of the time. Falafel sandwich rollups, house plate with hummus and baba ghanoush, falafel dolma, tabouleh, pita, mmmmmm. Don't feel awful, eat a falafel!

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California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We have been going to this little eatery for over 20 years. You can see the cooks frying up the flafels right in the window as you pass by. Many customers take the food out as there are a few chairs inside and a two tables on the sidewalk. We almost always get the Flafel Deluxe or the Chicken Shawarma... More 

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Chicago
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This tiny little place has the best falafel anywhere. Get the falafel deluxe and add feta. It is amazing!!

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Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

I found this restaurant while doing a search for restaurants and the rating on this restaurant encouraged us to go try it. We rode the bus to come here and I must say that it was a long ride followed by a long walk. However, the food was very yummy, fresh and "truly" delicious. We ordered the combo plate which... More 

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

The combo plate was perfect. With cucumber, tabbouleh salad , eggplant humus , etc. it was perfect. Place is very small and not fancy but perfect for a lunch time meal.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3327
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighborhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: 415-252-7482

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Mission District

Neighborhood Profile
Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighborhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
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