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“Always delicious” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Naji's

Naji's
405 Stockbridge Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230
(413) 528-5540
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
Weston, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Always delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We have been to Najis weekly this summer and have enjoyed every meal from the hummus,eggplant, chicken kebabs and shrimp.. Even the pita bread is delicious. Naji is an extremely charming and gracious host. My husband took home a box of the homemade halavah-out if this world. It's a very informal place-try it you'll love it!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Okay food but odd pattern of reviews and owner replies”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I recently had a "passing through" lunch with friends here: service was fine, nice atmosphere, and okay cuisine. Took time to read the reviews in our hotel that evening and noticed an odd pattern of sorts. Most of the "excellent"/"very good" entries were from one-time-only reviewers (some with two or three posted reviews); many - from their profiles - don't use their passports very much.
And, of course, there were from "locals" from the geographic region. The overall impression was one of "boosters" for Great Barrington tweaking the ballot box.

The owner's replies to negative reviews were also interesting. There were at least eight negative reviews posted between June 2012 and Aug 2013 : the owner replied to all of these on July 15th and 16th of 2013. A complaint that the "food was mediocre...we were disappointed" elicited a reply of "We would greatly appreciate it if you could specify what you think that we could do to serve our customers better" 11 months after their visit.

Isn't possible Great Barrington is so grateful for some Middle Eastern food - of any quality - that Naji's doesn't have to care any more? As a recent Huffington Post article pointed out, there are many things to consider in evaluating reviews of a restaurant. Naji's might be a case study.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“a terrific addition to Berkshire restaurants”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I was so happy that Naji's was recommended by a friend. We came on a Sat. night as they were closing and the owner and his staff insisted that we come in for dinner. What a treat. They couldn't have been more gracious and the food was outstanding. We eat in many middle eastern restaurants and Naji's will be one that we are planning on frequenting as often as possible.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A very pleasant lunch on the patio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We were looking for a Sunday afternoon lunch in Great Barrington before jumping on the Mass Pike to return home from a weekend trip. We consulted Yelp and found Naji's as being recommended by several reviewers for good Mediterranean food. We weren't disappointed. Dining al fresco on the their nicely shaded deck on a sunny afternoon was a bonus. For starters, we ordered the gazpacho and veggie chili, both excellent. Our entrees of Naji's vegetable panini and a warm chicken salad special were equally good. We finished things off by sharing a dessert of grilled bananas with rum cream. We will definitely be back.

Visited August 2013
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Albuquerque
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Pre-theater dinner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

The show at the Berkshire Theater Project started at 7PM, last evening. So we needed reservations for our group of nine at 5:15. There aren’t many restaurants in Stockbridge itself. So after trying and failing to get a table at one right in town, we opted for Naji’s in Great Barrington on Stockbridge Road, a 10 minute drive south on US 7. Service at the restaurant was cheerful and efficient. The appetizers we ordered – fried calamari, and falafel – were a big hit with the crowd, which ranged in age from 11 to 72. The house salad was so-so. The main courses were also a mixed bag. Those who ordered chicken were happy, those who ordered meat less so. The main problem was that the kitchen does not seem to like to prepare rare, or even medium rare red meat. I’ve experienced this before in Mediterranean meals, but unfortunately, I forgot that when I ordered. The waitress had not asked how I wanted my beef prepared. So I felt no compunction about sending the well-done (tough) shish kebab back, and asking for more lightly cooked meat. That was only a partial success. Some of the 2nd try meat was pink. The rest was once again overdone. Worth noting: the portions at Naji’s are large. Sharing would be a good idea. We did get out in time to enjoy our show, thanks to the attentive service.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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