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“Authentic, but Overrated” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Desert Rose

Desert Rose
305 W. State St., Media, PA
484-442-8012
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Ranked #3 of 107 Restaurants in Media
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Israeli
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Authentic, but Overrated”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

We tried this restaurant because of all of the great ratings that it received on TripAdvisor, and I suppose we got our hopes up a little too high. While the food seemed fairly authentic, it was very lacking in taste, and overpriced for what you get. Moreover, the setting is a bit too casual and not very comfortable. The front door doesn't close on its own, so if someone leaves and forgets to close it, all of the heat in the place is out the door in a flash (I almost wore my coat the entire time). Also, you have to walk through the kitchen in order to get to the bathroom, which is a first. I think this place would be fine for a fast casual lunch, but isn't appropriate for dinner. I'm not sure what other reviewers are seeing in this place, but we probably wouldn't return unless there was a new menu and better accommodations.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Great Mediterranean cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I've eaten here three times for lunch and love it. While the restaurant doesn't have much ambiance, it's like a comfortable and spotlessly clean diner. Our server, friendly and enthusiastic, was the wife of the couple who run "Desert Rose", an Israeli with firsthand knowledge of Mediterranean cuisine. She enthusiastically explained the different dishes, the level of spice, etc. I've had the Desert Rose Shawarma as the pita sandwich, and also as the platter with hummus. I loved both. I know I need to try other things, but it's so good! The desserts ... baklava, and other delicacies ... were homemade and wonderful. Reasonably priced and highly recommended!

  • 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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West Chester, PA
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Not very familiar with Mediterranean Middle Eastern Food. I asked the server to recommend and explain what to order so we could sample things. She was not very helpful we over ordered by not know quantities served. THe pita is great and so was the humus. I was not familiar with Shawarma at all and thought I'd try it. They offer one as a sandwich and another as a platter. Opted for sandwich but should have done the platter. The chicken shawarma was tasty and the cabbage slaw a very good accompany to it.
The Labaneh sandwich that my husband ordered was fair he said.

Visited June 2013
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“Best Food in Media”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I been there three times in three days. The food is superb. The chicken is to tender and juicy that you cannot stop eating. In addition, the hummus is fresh and tasty. My wife and I are real foodies and this place exceeds our expectations. I don't remember the last time I said that for a restaurant.
Remember, its a small place operated by a husband and wife. Thus, if you are expecting 5 star service and atmosphere, go to Azzie. However, if you want to eat like in the old country, go to Dessert Rose.
Owners stay the course and keep doing what you doing. I will be there for lunch tomorrow again. Thank you for bringing real authentic Mediterranean cuisine in our town.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Stay Away!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We ate there last night, food was not very good, went b/c of reviews and was very disappointed. Has an open kitchen so you can see all that's going on, Watched the Chef come in the front door, shake a couple of peoples hands, mess around with some nasty extension cords then go right behind the counter and started making people's food without washing his hands first, GROSS!!!! AND it took 35 minutes from the time we ordered to get our food, (we only ordered sandwiches) there were only two other people in the restaurant. The kabobs were super over cooked, dry and flavorless. The Chicken was just ok. Much better places to eat in our town. I would not recommend Desert Rose.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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