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Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-9232
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lamb ravioli” (22 reviews)
“kebabs” (23 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed yesterday

The owner of Yafa should write a book on hospitality, because the level of hospitality he showed me and my family was incredible! We had just arrived in town, and therefore had not made any dinner reservations. We tried 2 other restaurants before going to...More

Thank MisterMikeToronto
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were in Carmel for a wedding. Called and spoke to Ben on Thursday night at 6:45 needing a reservation for 14 at 7:30. His response was no problem! When some of us showed up at 7:25 he already had the table set. The number...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You will hardly find a place with better food in Carmel. The tables are served by the actual owner of the place, so you can imagine how clients are treated. Service 11/10 Food 11/10 Overall 11/10

Thank Agustin R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Delightful menu of choices from lamb kabobs to seafood! Live music adds to the experience. Limited seating so reservations are a must!

Thank Lpatch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious salmon skewers and butternut squash ravioli! One dish - lamb ravioli - was less successful. Very friendly staff. The live piano music with signing added to a good summer vibe.

Thank austene2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptionally friendly owner who wanted to make sure his guests had a great time. Food was very good, main courses were good but nothing extremely special. Food held a high quality (we both had the filet mignon). The appetizers were awesome. Very nice restaurant.

Thank Tinde T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever I go to Carmel, I always make sure I go to Yafa for dinner. The food is wonderful! I have not had anything on the menu that I did not love. My favorite is the lamb shish-ka-bob. They have wonderful appetizers and deserts also....More

Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful cozy place. Service is amazing. We ordered many items on the menu and everyone was very happy with their food. I had the kefta kabob which I really liked. Their special was braised lamb shank which was also really tasty. Strongly recommended. They...More

Thank Ehsan A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Busy restaurant which is not surprising given the tastiness of the food. Middle eastern food with plenty of flavour. Expensive wine which made the meal expensive but was worth the money

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Thank Lyndsay F
Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

Had a most enjoyable dinner at Yafa during our fleeting visit to Carmel. Cosy decor and ambience with touches of Moroccan flair. Food was authentic and most appetising. My husband had the grilled octopus and chicken kebab; I had the Mish Mish apricot and almond...More

Thank RobynCL11
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Deborah D
May 17, 2016|
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Response from Deborah D |
Too much later to be helpful. A reservation is necessary-it is a small place. Well worth it. Excellent if you like authentic middle east-Arabic food. Everything we ordered was great.
December 23, 2015|
Response from Coasttravelor | Reviewed this property |
I do not know.
Lauren M
August 20, 2015|
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Response from John F | Reviewed this property |
I think it was one of the owners who played a song on a Middle Eastern drum. Quite lively and to my ear he was very good.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Junipero and 5th ave, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-9232
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