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“Petra still provides very, very good food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petra Cafe

Petra Cafe
1101 East Jackson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655
(662) 234-1110
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Ranked #42 of 141 Restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Lunch
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Dining options: Lunch
Oxford, Mississippi
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195 reviews 195 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Petra still provides very, very good food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Some restaurants start off great but then dwindle in their food quality or service. Not so with Petra Cafe, on Oxford Square. Now open till 2 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to sober up the students from Ole Miss [a community service?]. Having an occasional belly dancers and special food evening, like Turkish, provides cultural experiences for the Oxford community. This visit we both had their excellent Petra salad [pictured] followed by chicken shawarma plate and fried tilapia plate. We usually order a couple of appetizers, followed by a shared entree, because the main dish is large enough for two.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 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
Vicksburg MS
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216 reviews 216 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“excellent choice on the square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Would give 4 1/2 stars if possible. Very attractive space and quite comfortable. The owner is gracious, knowledgeable, helpful, and endearing. The food quite honestly was better than the lunch we had at City Grocery earlier in the day: nothing fancy, but good quality, well-seasoned and prepared, and attractively presented. We split a sautéed shrimp appetizer, which was perfectly spiced, light and delicious, then we both had shish kabob, which we asked to be cooked rare, but were convinced to get medium so that the spices could be properly cooked. This was good advice and the kabobs were tender and tasty, as were the grilled veggies and basmati rice. BYOB, no corkage fee. Quite reasonable and a really good alternative when you don't feel up to all the other places with their hustle bustle and rowdiness.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, Mississippi
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35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Best Middle Eastern food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Friendly family-run small restaurant on the Square. The Petra wrap (chicken shwarma and gyro meat) is wonderful and popular. A quiet place to eat anytime since it doesn't have a bar--a rarity in Oxford!

Visited February 2014
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Oxford, Mississippi
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130 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Petra is consistent: great food and service in a sleek space.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Petra consistently serves fresh, delicious food which is out of the ordinary. During this meal started with kibbeh, a ground beef wrapped in crushed grains and deep fried. Also, shared a salad and fallafel. The main dish was chicken shawarma, which we shared, since all portions are large. The shawarma is served with roasted vegetables. Petra is on our list of favorite and best restaurants in Oxford, a town being recognized as a prime weekend destination - and a great place to live.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, Mississippi
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“Excellent Mediterranean restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Petra is an excellent Mediterranean restaurant off the downtown square in Oxford. I went for the first time tonight and was greeted warmly by the proprietor, who was interesting and nice to talk to. Normally, I like to keep to myself, but I really liked this gentleman. Even better, the food was excellent. It was fresh and tasty. I had an appetizer which gave a little of everything, and it was great. Then, I had a gyro platter which also was superb. As the other reviewer said, the portions are very generous. I highly recommend Petra.

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