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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic Lebanese/Armenian food prepared and served by a delightful and friendly staff. The babaghanouj was a dish of creamy perfection, and the lamb and lula skewers were amazing. Ended with a cup of rich, robust Armenian coffee. Feel free to ask me about it, as...I will be awake for the next several days.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed August 18, 2019

My wife and I have been there twice in the last eight days. The staff greeted us like old friends on our second visit. The menu is exactly what one would expect at a Middle Eastern restaurant, the portions are generous, the prices are extremely...reasonable, and the service is excellent. I would add a few Armenian wines to the short list, but otherwise I wouldn't change a thing.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Stopped in at this place on a recommendation while visiting the area, and we were not disappointed. Although not fancy, it was the perfect stop for a quick lunch. You order at the counter, then they deliver your meal to the table. The Beef Kabob...was very tender and flavorful, and although not normally a Hummus eater, their version was extremely tasteful and I would definitely dive in again. Great value, nice menu.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Literally one of the best meals I have ever had. The beef and lamb was amazing, as was all of the sides we tried. Highly recommend trying this place.

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

This place is a family favorite! It has amazing kebab platters that never disappoint! One of my favorite restaurants in Pasandena

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed February 14, 2018

We came here to celebrate Valentine's Day during the lunch hour because we didn't want to go out for dinner and wait for hours and get bad service at a fancy place. This is not a romantic place but they sure do serve some good...fresh and delicious food at a reasonable price. I'm glad to see that they offer lunch specials at reasonable price and have it quickly brought to your table.More

Date of visit: February 2018
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Stopped by craving some Middle Eastern food. On my own, I stood at the counter under the "order here" sign while the older man there thoroughly ignored me as he added up the registers and fiddled with money. Eventually someone approached me from the side...and took my order. Odd. My beef kabob 'lite lunch' had nicely done and tender beef, rice pilaf, tomato, onions, and a good supply of pita bread. Quite tasty. Next time I will go for hummus, and hope for a bit more attentive service.More

Date of visit: April 2017
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

My family stopped in at lunch and loved the food. The lunch menu is very reasonable in price. I had the falafel plate and it was delicious!

Date of visit: December 2016
Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

This may well be the best Mediterranean restaurant in Pasadena but it mediocre at best. While the lentil soup and kabobs were well cooked the lack of that mid-eastern flavor and spice made me think longingly of my favorite mid-eastern restaurant at home. The kabobs...could really have used a garlic dipping sauce and the pita bread should have been served with some olive oil at least. Portions were generous the flavor was lacking. You have already read about the service so I won't say anything more.More

Date of visit: October 2016
Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

Went to this place with a coworker to try a place we had never been we both are picky about our middle eastern food and this place made us happy. Flavor and portions for lunch were generous. I had lamb kabobs and she had Lula-lamb/beef...mix. The hummas was perfect, bread was fresh, rice and cabbage salad were excellent. They were accommodating to swap rice for cabbage salad, grilled veggies or other options. We recommend and plan to return. Only slight complaint was the lamb was a little over cooked. Ambiance is nice. Plenty of space and parking in rear. Order at the counter and they serve the food.More

Date of visit: March 2016
Reviewed March 25, 2016

Pasadena is not a great town for Middle Eastern food but it has at least one good place. Their beef kabob is very tasty. You have to go to Westwood to get a meal that tops Sahara's. A very unassuming place.

Date of visit: March 2016
Reviewed January 16, 2016

I ate here tonight for the first time. I have to say the service was pretty bad. I asked for help a few times and was told just a minute only to not have the person come back. But the worst part was when the...manager came by I mentioned to him that the service was a problem. His response was frankly nasty and unprofessional. He barked at me that this was not a fast food place, as if I were the type of person who frequented fast food places and just didn't know how to act in a regular restaurant. When I tried to explain to him what I meant he said, "well, 25 years apparently we're doing a good job," and then just walked away. I was appalled. I have never been talked to by a manager like that before. And I have to say, the food was good, but not great. We had lula and I have definitely had more tasty lula, for example at Carousel. In addition, we got there before 7, and were told that they were out of three of their specialty dishes. Amazing. Well, I might have gone back, but I will never go there again after the way I was talked to. this place is just not good enough to take that kind of treatment.More

Date of visit: January 2016
Reviewed January 13, 2016

There are many middle eastern food places in Pasadena, but this is now the best with several others falling to the wayside. Check their schedule for they have limited times open. Just plan ahead for fine sharma and kebobs, etc

Date of visit: December 2015
Reviewed September 25, 2015

We have come here for over ten years. Vege combo and beef kabobs are good choices for us. In ten years have never had gristle in kabobs. Usually good crowd, effectively handled.

Date of visit: September 2015
Reviewed June 13, 2015

Great little Lebanses restaurant! Food was delicious, ambiance needs some improvement, but what impressed me was the number of return customers, how the servers knew their names and orders, and friendliness displayed! I had the chicken kabob and husband ordered shawarma. Both were very good....I do wish to see chicken luleh or chicken shawarma on the menu next time. The cabbage salad was different, but also flavorful. Can't go without baklava! Took that home and was still pleased with the freshness and flavor!More

Date of visit: June 2015
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Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3