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“Persian Surprise - but in a good way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Persian Grill

Persian Grill
675 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1007
831-372-3720
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Ranked #127 of 261 Restaurants in Monterey
Price range: $11 - $25
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Santa Barbara, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Persian Surprise - but in a good way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We were in town for some racing and were looking for a good dinner on a Saturday night. After bouncing around some Italian ideas in Carmel, we were driving down Lighthouse and saw the Persian Grill. "Hey, we read something good about this place." It took us longer to find a parking place than to get a table for five at 6:30 on a Saturday. (It was the last table available.) We ordered all three Khoresht (stews) -- walnut, eggplant and beef. Each had its individual taste and texture and all were delicious. Walnut was the nearly consensus favorite -- one holdout for the eggplant. We also had a dish with grilled chicken and basmati rice with barberry, which was also delicious. Hamid, the proprietor, took care of us and showed us a 17 spice mix made from his mother's recipe. Very friendly and efficient service. Highly recommend! Beautiful etched art on three large mirrors in the place gave the small storefront space a larger and elegant feel.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Excellent Persian food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Food was great, we were waited on by a gentleman that seemed like the owner. He was great. Even though we are very familiar with Middle Eastern food he advised us on a couple of items that we were not familiar with and he was right on the mark. Will go back again the next time that we are in Monterey.

Visited February 2013
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St Petersburg
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Good food, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We've been there at Christmas night. Meat was very tasty. Service was excellent, quick and easy to communicate. At the end we have served ice cream as courtesy.
Food is well worth the price.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Seedy place but good food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

The food was amazing and a welcome change after days of seafood and the like. It was close to our hotel so seemed like a good idea.
We didn't notice the belly dancing sign on the door and went in. The place was dead except for a few tables. Suddenly dancing music started and out came a woman dancing, to the delight of the table she had just got up from. They were so delighted that they started putting dollar notes I to her clothes....yes that's right. It was awkward, we ate our food ASAP and left, another couple just over for us did the same.

I would return for takeout but never again to sit in

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
“Excelent Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Excelent food. Fabulous service. Great Persian experience. The restaurant was clean and friendly. I can't wait to return.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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