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“Pita Bread and Hummus.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wahib's Middle East Restaurant & Bakery

Wahib's Middle East Restaurant & Bakery
910 E Main St, Alhambra, CA 91801-4134
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Ranked #7 of 169 Restaurants in Alhambra
Price range: $0 - $18
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Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
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“Pita Bread and Hummus.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place has a lunch buffet that is full during lunchtime. I love the dressing on their salads. They have a surprisingly good parsley salad. Never knew I even liked parsley. The Lima bean and lamb is also great. Our group always starts out with our favorite, the lentil stew. The music changes from day to day sometimes middle eastern, which I like, or easy listening in English. Maybe the biggest con would be the bathrooms are not fancy at all. But I have recommended Wahib's to friends and I still keep going back.

Visited September 2013
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English first
San Gabriel, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“An Oasis of goodies in Alhambra!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Looking for middle Eastern cuisine in SoCal? Make your way to the Chinese stronghold of Alhambra for some great eats! While nearby Glendale boasts a Middle Eastern restaurant on every corner ( or so it seems), Wahib's loses nothing to them. They feature a lunch & dinner buffet, serving the usual hummus, pita bread, babaganouj, grilled chicken, lula, stuffed grape leaves, as you'd expect. All are great, but what really is a surprise are the very well prepared lamb shanks! Full of savory & juicy meat, even a confirmed lamb novice like my son was pleasantly surprised. The weekday cost for dinner buffet was only $11.99, well under the price of individual menu entrees. So why not do the buffet? Terrific food, nice decor & attentive staff.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Good buffet”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

this restaurant has a good middle eastern foot. he price of the buffet is very affordable and the food is good. The service is efficient. I had a good coffee there.

Visited August 2013
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Temecula, California
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“Don't read into the hype~LESS than AVERAGE!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Not sure WTH all the hype is about, IF you prefer quantity over taste then this cafeteria mediocre buffet is right up your alley. This place is at the bottom of the totem pole for middle eastern food.

Their cafeteria setup is hardly warm and inviting, it lacks ambiance not to mention the buffet is in a sad state of affairs. Very weak selection of meats...MAYBE 2 items from the ENTIRE buffet that are okay NOT great.

The hummus was not good.
The Baba Ganoush was HORRIBLE, the consistency was off, no flavor, no color it was such a bummer :(
The chicken kabobs were DRY!
The pitas were on the hard side and they were tasteless :(

Stewed chicken dish & the Baklava...




  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe Springs, California
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
“Middle Eastern Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Right off the bat you should know what a great cultural and culinary treasure this restaurant is. Dinner crowding can create hurdles for the service staff but patience and graciousness is the key to navigating your visit. Our party of two couples parked in the back and passed through the hookah lounge as patrons puffed fragrant blends and eyed our party with appreciative nods and grins. The brightly lit restaurant was bustling and unexpectedly packed. A throng spilled out the front door as a police officer tensely kept tabs on the crowded dining room. Not sure what that was all about but it added some atmosphere to an already eclectic gathering of casually dressed families and spiffy couples. One of the staff had to ask the standing patrons awaiting tables to step back three feet because they were pushing in on those already seated. A substantial gratuity to the hostess bumped us up to the next available table thus enabling our party to avoid the crush at the door. Upon being seated our waiter attempted to steer us to the buffet with a warning that the kitchen was struggling to keep pace with selections off of the menu but we blew that suggestion off, ordered some beers and settled in for some serious grubbing. We opened with hummus, babaghanouj, pita bread and doulma (stuffed grape leaves) which were all richly delicious. Dish presentations here are visually appealing and serve to really whet the appetite. The perfect amount of lemon juice in the hummus and babaghanouj gave them a bright satisfying tang. That was followed by a truly great cup of earthy lentil soup. Heaping platters of Spicy Chicken, Eggplant Vegetarian Supreme and Shawarma Chicken Sauté soon followed despite the previous warning about kitchen lag times. The rice and beans accompanying the entrees were fragrant, tender and generously portioned. The Spicy Chicken was perfect for anyone averse to overly spiced dishes while those seeking an extra kick can pop one of the peppers that are strewn about this dish. The Eggplant Supreme is one of those rare vegetarian dishes that meat lovers order because it just so savory and well prepared. The satisfying Shawarma Chicken was the reason our party dodged the buffet as it is a menu selection only. Patrons not selecting the buffet reportedly sneak over to snark some of the flaky baklava but we were spared having to resort to subterfuge when our waiter brought us six tasty pieces gratis. Though we stuck with beer and water, coffee and tea were offered which, when paired with the sweet baklava, would've been a great ending as well. Woke up the following morning actually craving some of the the previous evenings dishes and will definitely be returning.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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