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Shish Cafe Incorporated

5510 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-1235
608-236-9006
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Ranked #303 of 806 restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 31, 2012
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

This was one of my favorite p,aces to go. It was a small restaurant, with good food,. We last went in April. When we tried to go two weeks ago it was closed. It had been there for many years. :-(

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Paris, France
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111 reviews 111 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food however this location has closed and their new one is Palmyra on century ave in Middleton.

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Madison, WI
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Went here for lunch expecting all kinds of good things based on these reviews and some positive word of mouth. It pretty much was awful. We got there about 20 minutes before they stopped lunch service, and were made to feel like we were really inconveniencing them, even though there was only one other couple in the whole place. Did... More

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Waukegan, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We has a number of great dished here. The food is fresh and flavorful. It's all good. The one iffy aspect of the place is their wine. The good news is they serve wine. The bad news is that they only have a house wine selection and it's a very cheap rough stuff.

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Savannah, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

I tried the Shish based on reviews and generally, enjoyed it. But my wine had floating cork, the initial service was slow due to only 1 server and a full house and the lamb with hummus was a little bit greasy, but flavorful. I'll return again. I think on a less busy nite with more servers, it will be better.

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Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Shish Cafe is on the top of my list ever since my friend introduced me to this restaurant. I have been there countless times and have never been disappointed with food there. Their spice on the talbe was amazingly tasty! However, I experienced health problems after I had a fish dish two days ago - escolar (a type of fish... More

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Iowa City
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

This little place is great. The food was excellent, including never-ending pita bread. We loved the middle eastern dancer and the authentic live music. Hummus was one of the best I've had. Very popular place. Don't be intimidated by the construction on University.

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Monona, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Try this appetizer: Muhammara. SO SO SO delicious! Have had a variety of great meal here and I always have leftovers because I can't resist ordering the Muhammara. This is a tiny restaurant. I like to go for late lunch so I don't have to wait. If you go at dinner time expect to wait awhile to get seated. I... More

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madison, wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Normally we enjoy a meal at The Shish very much, because of the delicious Middle Eastern food and friendly staff. But a lunch there with friends went badly, with excruciatingly slow service. There was only one server for a fairly busy rush. And food supplies were spotty. They ran out of dessert! (Pretty serious, at a birthday lunch.) We were... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Shish Cafe serves excellent, tasty mideastern food. The restauarant is clean, but far from fancy. It doesn't matter. It's cozy, and feels like a real restaurant in the middle east. They have superb chicken shwarma, wonderful kebabs, and excellent baba ghanouj and hummus. Great prices!

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