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Truly Mediterranean

Mission District
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3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103-3327
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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Reliable, fresh and tasty

Truly Med has been around for ages and has always been a reliable option for quick Mission District shwarmas. Food is freshly prepared and substantial. The place is a bit of a hole in the wall and seating is very limited, so most patrons are ordering to go. Recommended for anyone craving middle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
San Francisco,CA
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San Francisco,CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Truly Med has been around for ages and has always been a reliable option for quick Mission District shwarmas. Food is freshly prepared and substantial. The place is a bit of a hole in the wall and seating is very limited, so most patrons are ordering to go. Recommended for anyone craving middle eastern food and in the Mission area.

Thank craig_traveler
Elgin, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We were in town from Chicago over the weekend and were told by some locals to stop in. It was some of the best I have ever had. We had lamb shawarma, sat at one of the outdoor tables. Loved it so much we went back the next day for lunch. Had the Falafel. And it was without a doubt... More 

Thank karinab
San Francisco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The falafel is super. They have a high turnover, so the falafel is always fresh and crispy. The swarm and baba gnash is also really good.

Thank SanFranDan99
San Francisco
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152 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Tiny place, like 5 stools. Had the beef/lamb shawarma with tahinni and onions. High quality ingredients and preparation. Nice onion filling as opposed to ridiculous cucumber filling at Taboun's. More expensive than other places at $10 but bigger so proportionate. Something was missing in the overall taste though. It needed something more like, I dunno, salt?, balsamic vinegar or something... More 

Thank Cubecritter
Salt Lake City, Utah
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It was late, my wife was irritated, we were hungry and tired, yet I refused to settle for "we just need to fill our stomachs." So I dropped her off at the hotel, told (sorry, "asked") her to take a slow shower, and I'd be back. I checked TA for reviews of Near-Eastern food within a short drive, landed on... More 

Thank Sparafu
Barcelona, Spain
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104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Reading the reviews I expected a little bit more, but definitely you need to order their falafel sandwich or the shawerma. The place is small so most probably you will need to take it away. It is a bit pricy.

Thank Nabilios
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I visited this café earlier this week for lunch. My friends and I really recommend the falafel wraps - they are homemade and gorgeous! Although my friends and I all had the regular size, we were all stuffed at the halfway point!!!

Thank Thefunkybunny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 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!

Thank LaurianaL
Arlington, Virginia, United States
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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 

Thank Betty B
San Francisco
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 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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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 20
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 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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