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“Unbelievably Cheap Good Food” 4 of 5 stars
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The House of Kabab
298 N. Main Street, Centerville, OH
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Ranked #10 of 52 Restaurants in Centerville
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Dayton
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31 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Unbelievably Cheap Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Come on people! Show up here! If you need a lunch spot in Centerville, this is great food. There is limited seating inside and outside. The food is great and fresh. I don't know why people are not filling this place up. Is it just because you don't know about it? Please try it! I love their homemade ginger ale. It is fresh ginger with mint and lemon and it is carbonated. I work very hard to replicate it at home, but theirs is best. I call it summer in a cup. The lamp schwarma is delicious, as is the lentil soup, etc. Just try it!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, OH
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Lovely...finally found a great local Mediterranean place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Great service and excellent food. Accommodated a slightly special order. Food was great! The salad was fresh and the shwarma and falafel were excellent.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

It's easy to forget that Centerville has it's own little treasure when you're craving baba ganoush or other middle-eastern foods. It's definably worth a visit!

Visited October 2013
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Centerville, Ohio
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“The House of Kabob has the feel as if you have been invited to dine in a Lebanese home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

It is ten degrees, and my wife and I visit Ester Price on South Main Street, and find the store empty. I am not very creative, and my wife hates the valentine shaped candy boxes. However, we both know she is a huge fan of Ester Price’s Dark Chocolate “Turtles.” No surprise, and she will not open the treats until Valentines’ Day.

It is the perfect day to visit The House of Kabob. Driving Main Street in Centerville requires attention, and the House of Kabob is just north of Bill’s Donuts. Ok, let’s use Incarnation Catholic Church as the landmark. Incarnation is on the west side of Main Street and The House of Kabob is on the east side of Main Street. The parking lot is small, but adequate.

We like “mom and pop businesses.” The House of Kabob occupies a small green property that has been home to multiple diners during the past 50 years. The House of Kabob has the feel as if one has been invited to dine in a Lebanese home!

The House of Kabob offers a great Middle East menu. We make it a point to talk to the owner/manager/cook. The owner is Lebanese, and in real life is an engineer at WPAFB. Perhaps, his primary job will ensure that a Middle East restaurant will continue in Centerville.

The House of Kabob offers a variety of Middle East foods, and the service is speedy and at the counter. There is a small dining bar parallel to South Main, and a small dining room on the south side of The House of Kabob. The dining room offers a wall of windows, and even in ten degrees, this area is very cozy.

The House of Kabob is a perfect family restaurant. I do notice a wine selection, but forgot to inquire about pricing and service. My suggestion is that one visit The House of Kabob’s website and review the online menu (HTML and NOT .pdf.)

The House of Kabob provides the expected appetizers, soups, salads, pita, and “daily platters.” If one does not know the difference between “#17 Lamb Shwarma” and “#18 Lamb Kafka,” the menu explains. We did not know the difference, and ordered “#17 Lamb Shwarma.” This pita is very similar to a Greek Gyro, and we are advised to ask for a yogurt sauce to spoon on to the pita. In our view “#17 Lamb Shwarma” is a great choice; however, we have our eye on several platters. Our next experience shall be “#31 Taste of The Mediterranean.” This is dining for two at $22.00.

The House of Kabob seems to be priced like any hamburger joint, i.e., very reasonable. Children might be happy at $4.50 - $6.00. Two adults might spend $12.00 to $20.00.

While baklava is not on the menu, it is often available.

Perhaps, The House of Kabob may not be the best date night restaurant for Valentine’s Day. We find the menu to be highly interesting, an OK ambience, a hard working and dedicated owner and staff, and an opportunity to educate one’s palette to Middle East cuisine.

The House of Kabob has been a Centerville business for three years, and we hope this restaurant thrives. The tariff is well below the wonderful fare. We strongly recommend the The House of Kabob to south suburban diners, and to the greater Dayton community.

  • Visited January 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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Centerville, Ohio
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“"Different" flavor - not my favorite”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

House of Kabab is hailed as having "authentic"-tasting food, but it was not my favorite at all. The hummus had way too much tahini and lemon, and my falafels had a weird seasoning. The only reason I'm giving this place a 3 is because my husband and son really enjoyed their meal.

The only thing that I enjoyed was the ginger ale. That was tastey.

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