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Junipero and 5th ave, North West corner, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-9232
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“hummus” (53 reviews)
“lamb ravioli” (24 reviews)
“kebab” (46 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Junipero and 5th ave, North West corner, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We've been eating here for years and felt very welcome each time, often the owner himself would greet us and play the dumek (drum). This time the food was good as always but the warmth and hospitality was just not there. Also the computer tablet...More

Thank ladinks
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place. Very nicely decorated. Excellent food. The food is delicious and special. Very pleasant atmosphere. Personal attention. I only have good things to say about the place. I'll gladly go there again

Thank מאיר א
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We stopped here on a lark--our hotel was just across the street. We had a leisurely dinner with appetizers and entrees. The dining room is small, but our seats felt very cosy and the service was very good. Everything we had was really delicious, although...More

Thank sharonlB4417NS
Reviewed October 2, 2018

This small restaurant was packed to the gills when we went: a good sign, I guess. The service was good, though. And the food was nice. Not exceptional, perhaps, but we enjoyed the tasty lentil soup, watermelon starter and seafood pasta to follow.

Thank Mark H
Reviewed October 1, 2018

The restaurant was busy, always a good sign, so we thought we'd try it. I'm vegan and my husband isn't but there were choices for both of us in the menu. We shared the pitta and hummus-quote big enough fo two-and were offered extra pitta...More

Thank lmhighland
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

While the menu seems adequate the food itself is disappointing. The food lacks authenticity and flavor. It’s also a it expensive for the size of the portions.My meal was over cooked and another guests was almost raw. The food could have benefitted from the use...More

Thank 3,522
Reviewed September 25, 2018

Dined at Yafa's with a party of 7 and Sergio could not have been more hospitable to our group. The salads were luscious while the fish and vegetarian plates were delicious. We'll be back when visiting Carmel! --- Nancy & the Ladies!

Thank jmjrc
Reviewed September 16, 2018

We were staying right across the street from Yafa for a few days so we decided to try it for dinner one night. Two of us ordered 3 different items and shared them all. Our favorite was the kebab. Friendly staff and nice ambiance. Highly...More

Thank misopiso88
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

Maybe we were just unlucky but we were really disappointed with this restaurant. Our waiter wasn’t very friendly, the pale ale they had on the menu wasn’t refrigerated so they put it in after we ordered it, we then ordered a different drink as it...More

Thank Tobes35
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I walked the short distance from her house to this restaurant this evening. We debated about “going out” or “bringing in” dinner. So glad that we opted to venture out! The food at this restaurant is outstanding. We shared the special hummus...More

Thank Roldew
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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 johnfN6982YJ | 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
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
4:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Junipero and 5th ave, North West corner, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-9232
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Authentic Mediterranean cuisine served with love and joy in the beautiful city of Carmel by the sea .
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