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“Best Mediterranean Restaurant in Town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill

Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill
4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
+1 678-705-8268
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Ranked #1 of 50 restaurants in Dunwoody
Price range: $8 - $18
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner
Description: In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome," "fun," or "cool." But it originates from Arabic poetry and literally means "ardent love," or "fervent longing." At Cafe Sababa, we strive to offer you an awesome, fun and cool culinary experience with our fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes including grilled chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and we hope you will develop an ardent love for our food and a fervent longing to visit us again and again. Chef/Owner Doni Tamli has over 25 years of restaurant and catering experience. A native of the seaside city of Acco, Israel, Chef Tamli brings his knowledge of the spices and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and Middle East and offers his unique versions of traditional favorites. Chef Tamli owns Cafe Sababa with his wife, Ann, a third-generation native Atlantan. Their two sons, Ariel and Gil, work in the restaurant as well. We offer dine-in, take-out and catering services. Cafe Sababa's lamb burger was noted as a "Dish Worth The Drive" on Atlanta Eats TV in November 2013. The restaurant was voted as one of Atlanta's top Middle Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean Restaurants in a poll by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in 2012, and was honored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as the runner up for the 2011 Best of Dunwoody "Good Eats" Business Award.
Atlanta
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“Best Mediterranean Restaurant in Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

My family and I eat at Cafe Sababa once or twice a month. The portions are generous and the food is always tasty. Chef Doni creates weekly specials and posts on his website and on the email list. My favorites are the Greek salad with tilapia, the brisket sandwich and the curry soup. We have also hired Doni and crew to cater an event at my house, which went very well. If you are in the area, don't miss Sababa.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Addictive!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

Great falafel, fresh salads, fantastic specials and my hubby says amazing lamb burgers! I'm there at least 3 times a month!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We've been here several times and are always happy with it. We usually get the appetizer combo (which has a nice sampling of spreads and salads), as well as falafel wraps, and the lamb burger. The tabbouli is excellent, as is the sababa salad (mostly cucumbers, feta, dressing).

The chef/owner is pretty much always present and makes sure all is well. The inside is nice, although small. This is in a very dull looking strip that gets no foot traffic whatsoever, but if it was downtown or in a more 'hip' part of town, you'd hear about this place constantly, because the food is that good, like really good quality home-made mediterranean food.

Not sure if the price is one or two dollar signs (or maybe in between). A wrap/burger+side are around 10 bucks or so, whereas other plated 'meals' (kabobs, stews) are more like 15-18 range.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

My wife are spending a week in the area to find a new place to live as we will be moving down here next month. We could not have picked a better place for our first meal. The owner was personable, friendly and helpful with menu suggestions. The lamb burger was tasty and juicy...better than anything I could have come up with, and I cook a lot. We can't wait to go back!

  • Visited October 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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“So great I now eat here 2 to 3 times a month!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

The food, service and ambience of Cafe Sababa is so good I find myself eating here 2 to 3 times a month.
Especially good hummus and falafel prepared by Israeli born chef. Also, love the big salads, such as their new curried chicken salad. The scoop of curried chicken salad is placed on a large green salad.
All of the homemade dressings and sauces are great. Plus the prices are very reasonable.

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