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A perennial favorite for Persian flavors, Shalizaar is friendly, charming and authentic. Lunchtime draws a large business crowd, while dinners cater to...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Middle Eastern, Persian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here thrice; at first outstanding service and food, then an average Persian fine dining restaurant and last a non-acceptable service and food was so-so.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Waited 15 minutes. Good authentic Persian food. Good wine selections. Service is OK. They were rushing to accommodate more people. Visit on a weekday to enjoy the food.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 8, 2019

Food is OK. Service is slow. Cashier/manager is super rude and offensive if you complain about service.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 7, 2019

Average persian food, overpriced. Some servers need better training. Unprofessional manager lacking basic customer service skills.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019 via mobile

This is as authentic as it gets... in the USA. Food was good and the waiter was confident in the best Persian tradition. While that can be off-putting I took it as a cultural experience. Parking lot was full of expensive cars owned by talented...and successful Persian-background people who have lived the American dream. Good for them.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

My favorite place to go, even though it’s a bit far from where I live. I go on weekends and if it happens I’m close to the area. The place is classy and the owners are always welcoming and as with most of the Persian...restaurants I’d been to, the owners used to have close friends around. The warm lavash they make, the white cheese and green selection of basil and whole nuts is always nice to start with. I like the Shiraz salad and rice , and I like the Kobedeh with Barg kebob. I also like the lamb selection and chicken thighs :) I bet I mentioned almost everything :) Maybe I just don’t like the sabzi rice, but I have the rest of the menu to like :)More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 30, 2019

This place was utterly, utterly awful. They had one waiter and two busboys for a whole dining room. We were there while the waiter was trying to serve a 10-top and an 8-top. After taking our order the waiter couldn't be bothered to return once...to see how we were doing--which is good for him since the food was horrible. They used cheap rice which they soaked for a long time to make it fuller--it tasted like water. Speaking of water we had to ask several times to get some. The tahdig appetizer (crispy rice with a meat stew on top) was soggy and tough--clearly very old. Bizarrely, the zereshk polo was overfull with zereshk which can be quite costly and usually restaurants chintz on them, so it was odd that they were so generous. The beef filet kebab was actually skirt steak and pretty tough. You CAN get better food and treatment if you grease the wait staff's palms. The next table got a fresh hot, Persian bread right out of the tandoor--which is not on the menu--and I saw the customer slip the waiter a tip: Quality treatment explained. We had to get up and get our own takeaway containers although, honestly, we aren't even sure why we took the leftovers but the neighbor has dogs who might like them. I am a person of Persian descent visiting the Bay Area. I was SO excited to try this place and SO SO disappointed and embarrassed that I dragged my friends there for an awful meal, horrible service, and apathetic staff. Save your self and bypass Shalizaar. Persian hospitality is legendary but you won't find it here.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 3, 2019

One of my favorite restaurants in the bay area together with Kabul. The setup is nice and the Kabobs are very tasty, specially the lamb and fillet. Service is OK, but not great... fast but not that friendly. Portions are much smaller than Kabul. I...was still hungry when I left ! Good choice with wine and bear Good location and easy parkingMore

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 13, 2019 via mobile

Great place to celebrate Mother’s Day. My wife and I love Persian food and you can find any better in the SF Bay Area. All the dishes were fantastically prepared. Despite the high traffic time of the occasion the service was good and the host...was welcoming. He even topped off the meal with a rose for each mom at the table. Regardless of whether you are there for a special event it is a place that will turn any visit into a great memory!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

I am changing my 5 star review to a 1 star due to an unfortunate negative interaction with management. The hostess/co-owner decided to overcharge my husband and I for 2 orders of kebabs we placed on Doordash (we order from them frequently). When we called...to enquire, the owner raised her voice while claiming they were side orders and prices had changed (I later confirmed that they were not side orders, and the prices were the same).... very disappointing. They lost a loyal customer that has been frequently ordering from you for 4 years.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Response from Christine P | Reviewed this property |
go to the shallizaar website (you can google for it) --- view themenu, you'll see the pictures and the name of the dishes, the restaurant did a nice job with this. enjoy..
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Response from tinaNtravel | Reviewed this property |
Trip Advisor doesn't allow website links, so I will describe what you need to do. In Google search for Shalizaar Restaurant Menu Click on shalizaar's own site. Once there, click on Menu
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