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“What else could you want from a dining experience?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yafa

Yafa
Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
(831)624-9232
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Ranked #2 of 152 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Warren, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“What else could you want from a dining experience?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We happened to bring good company, but the rest was provided by everyone at Yafa! After having traveled all day, we came to Carmel late in the evening. We did not want to spend a lot, but were hoping to find a place that would serve good food and have a nice atmosphere. Our expectations were exceeded on all accounts. The food was delicious, the wine list offered a choice for everyone, and hospitality and warmth from everyone was amazing. If six stars was a choice - Yafa and its staff would have received it,

  • Visited July 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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Monterey County
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great new spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I went to Yafa as a reunion dinner for a boss of mine that moved away. We had a party of 9, a little late, and the folks at Yafa were more than accommodating. Everything was great. They ran out of the bottles of wine we liked, but offered up another equally good white wine by the bottle. I had the Shakshuka, which was so tasty and healthy! It was similar to ratatouille... see picture. The service was fabulous, as one would expect from the family of Carmel restaurant service legends from Demetra Cafe.
Thank you! Will be back!

  • Visited June 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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Seaside, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Loved the lamb ravioli and watermelon salad. Bread was served with an excellent sun dried tomato and feta dip. Good wine list. The service was extremely attentive and the music and dancing added to a fun evening.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Women of Wine invade YAFA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

40 fabulous WOW women were hosted at YAFA last night and we had the best time. The warm reception and gracious service helped make this a special evening. This restaurant has only been open for a few weeks but it feels like forever. Ben and his crew are warm and charming and so hospitable. They even brought Richard Oh from Otter cove Wines in, an added treat. Now for the food. It was delicious. I loved the Aleppo platter, classic Moroccan was very good and so was the YAFA chicken. The floating island is not to be missed. Yes we had the music and dancing as well. A wonderful evening.

  • Visited June 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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Sacramento, California, United States
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“"A feast of exotic flavors and warm atmosphere"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The staff at the Inn I stayed at, suggested Yafa. It was a delightful experience from the second I walked in. The owners and staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was exquisite, good portions, at a fair price. Do not miss their specialty dessert. It is a white cream, the most delicious I've ever had. Makes my mouth water... You might be pleasantly surprised when they are in such a happy mood they start playing music!!! You feel like you are somewhere in the Mediterrranean.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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