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“Best Mediterranean Food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill
6455 Dobbin Rd. #45, Columbia, MD 21045
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Ranked #16 of 224 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Mediterranean Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have tried Mediterranean food in almost all cities that I visited but Garbanzo is by far the best food that I ever ate in a Mediterranean restaurant. What makes it unique is the warm pita that they make and serve when you order your food. The portion size is good and I could not finish my food. The Falafel was crispy and fluffy. Loved the sauces, Chicken kebabs were well done and the salad was perfect. There is an options to order either a wrap, a pita or a platter with different combinations. The service is quick and staff was very friendly. Perfect to grab a quick lunch during a weekday, The place is well kept. Garbanzo will be on my priority list every-time I visit Columbia.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland
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148 restaurant reviews
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“Mediterranean "fast food"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

As others have said, this place offers good, healthy alternative lunch and dinner option in sea of chain restaurants. The staff are friendly and they need to be to explain the complicated ordering system. The options are endless and there's something for everyone here.

Visited October 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Healthy Alternative”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

This place is a fresh healthy alternative to the countless other places out there for lunch. The food is really good and delicious. The staff are always friendly and smile. That is important when these days customer service is dying out. They always offer free samples even if you have been there several time. I recommend this place for lunch.

Visited November 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Fresh and healthy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

If you like foods such as falafel, hummus, and eggplant dip, this is the place for you. The format is similar to Chipotle Mexican, except with Mediterranean food instead. You go to the counter and they will fill your plate or pita with whatever you like. They cheerfully offer free samples of anything available, too. The prices and value are very good. The restaurant is clean and attractive. Be sure to try the homemade chips! They offer some delicious teas I have not seen anywhere else.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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“Not just an alternative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is not just a place for an occasional alternative meal, I could see going here regularly. They have a good selection of food for all tastes and moods, including beef, chicken and vegetarian. You can get it in different forms like wraps, sandwich, pita, or salad. They have a nice selection of soup as well. And try the lemon grass ginger iced tea, its quite excellent.

Also surprising is the fact that the dolma are really pretty good. The felafel is ok...I like it well enough but its not my favorite. It was a little crunchier, coarser and maybe a little overcooked for my preference. The chicken shawarma is excellent.

What really gets me is the portion size. I stuffed myself silly for about $11. While the meal deal seems like a good value, you might want to take some home, or opt out of the deal if you're not hungry enough to eat the side dish.

The place is clean and friendly. Plenty of seating. Free internet, including a few tables next to plugs. I haven't tried ordering online yet but that seems like a great feature if you're in a hurry. They do have a frequent diner program, which starts with a free felafel side when you sign up.

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