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“Love this stuff!!” 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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Drexel Hill, Pa
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103 reviews 103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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“Love this stuff!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We found this place on Trip Advisor for a light dinner while staying at a hotel overnight near BWI airport. We are looking for an excuse to go back there even though it is 2 hours from home. It is primarily a lunch place that is also open at dinnertime in a mini mall near Walmart, 5 Guys and another big store and can easily accommodate vegetarians. In this cafeteria style setting one can build a wrap or pita pocket with the many ingredients available, similar to a Subway sandwich shop but with Mediterranean ingredients including shawarma and falafel. I have plenty of experience with this type of food so I know what to order. The falafel is excellent, crispy, flavorful and NOT greasy. This place was good for a quick healthful dinner which was filling without a huge number of calories.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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“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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