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“A good choice in pricy Carmel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yafa

Yafa
Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
(831)624-9232
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Ranked #3 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Monterey, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“A good choice in pricy Carmel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This place is small and good, with a touch of personal service not always seen in Carmel. We visited on a weekday and got in on a prompt basis, despite it still being tourist season. The fact that is is a couple of blocks off Ocean helps I think since you need to look for it. Excellent Mediterranean selections and some really interesting sauces, including an apricot sauce that was a perfect pairing with the chicken. The portions are very large so you could beat the Carmel pricing with sharing a couple of dishes with your friend, which we did and it worked out perfectly. We also had a lamb kebab which was nicely prepared and not over peppered which you can get with a Med restaurant that dosen't know what it is doing. These folks definitely do know what they are doing.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cypress, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good Mediterrean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Hubby and I stumbled onto this relatively new restaurant as it was close to our hotel (Clarion Oaks) The host was warm and charming, the service was polite and efficient. . My husband ordered the lamb kabob, which was cooked perfectly to order and the sides were tasty. I had the butternut squash ravioli which was OK - the dough was a little less tender than I prefer and the butter sauce would have been better had it been browned. Nice wine selection available. We will definitely return.

Visited October 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Food was amazing. Owner and Staff very friendly and made the evening more special, service had a slight lag when busy, thus a four star. This was our favorite dinner of the trip. The dates for dessert were delightful. Mishmish chicken, butternut squash ravioli, salads, pistachio pudding- all recommended. Try this place.

  • Visited October 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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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
“Excellent food. Warm and inviting atmosphere.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

I loved it, I had the eggplant, my friend had the lamb. We also had a watermelon basil appetizer. Everything was amazing, from the warm welcome to the owners coming over to say hello. We're going back this weekend for more.

  • Visited October 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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Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Most enthusiastic staff ever!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Never had Jordanian food before and really enjoyed it but the staff is what sets it apart. In a resort town where the wait staff can be a little still this restaurant welcomed everyone as old friends.

Reasonably priced great location

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