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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed June 23, 2019

Just a short walk from our hotel, this was a hidden gem. Food was very tasty and nicely presented. The service is counter service, but the food came quickly. The portions were large and good value for the money.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

Looked forward to meal. I guess I’m spoiled because the food was just ok. Here is my suggestions; warm the pita bread (it really makes a difference.) Make the Tubulei fresh. The yogurt needs to be “Labnyne” I think you spell it; thicker and creamy....The rice with lentils was dry, unexciting and tasted old. I don’t understand how rice with lentils is dry???. The staff need to “know the food” they are serving. Maybe better customer relations providing WiFi. I won’t be back. Sorry. homeMore

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

I enjoy the food here, have been going here even when they were on Linden Ave. Service is fast and friendly

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Been going there for over 15 years and have never been disappointed. Order when you enter and they bring the food to the table. Made a special trip to eat there, just the same great food and service.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed June 1, 2017 via mobile

Not that great ..The chicken tasted like day old Costco and Luckys Rotisserie chicken. The pita bread was cold and hard would of been nice if they would have heated it for about 15 seconds. The texture of the rice was fine but no flavor...whatsoever. The best part of the meal was the hummus and the 2 green olives. I will not be going back. I'm still on the hunt for some descent middle eastern food....More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

Was looking for another mediterranean option near SSF snd have never been at the Ali Baba. As I am eating mostly vegetarian/vegan the mediterranean kitchen usually provides a number of choices. The Ali Baba has less options on the menu than the Amoura (also in...SSF) but is also much less expensive. Food was very good especially for the price. Not enough for 5 stars but 4 stars are OK for the value. I would have given 3.5 if it was possible. Service was friendly and quick. You have the option to order via a pad at every table. I liked the option and navigation was easy. I ordered (A) a Murjana's Plate, an appetizer plate with a good value. Choice of 3 appetizers for $8,35. I chose Hummus, Tabbouleh and Falafel. (see picture) and a serving of pita bread. Very tasty Falafel and Hummus. Tabboulh good but I have eaten better versions; (B) an Ali Baba salad, consisting of cucumber, tomatoes, green bell peppers and crunchy pita pieces with some spices. The salad could have been more spicy or otherwise a bit more interesting. Still, I finished it; (C) the soup of the day. This was the only real disappointment, yet, it might have just not been my taste. Lentil soup with onions and carrots. OK, but quite bland. I ate half but could not eat more anyway as I was getting really full. Really healthy soup but would not order again. Overall I am happy with the visit, the healthy choices and the good price will make me come back.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

Needed to grab a quick lunch item to go while in South San Francisco, so stopped at Ali Baba. Counter service was fast and friendly, and I received my wrap within a few minutes. It was well-wrapped in foil, which kept it from being a...big mess while I ate it at my desk.More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

A 15 minute walk from the South San Francisco Convention Center. I didn't want to get the sandwich lunch that was offered at the conference and found this place on Yelp. I had their Falafel wrap combo which came with small side and drink. I...like Mediterranean food and this was pretty good for the price. This was a nice cheap place.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed April 30, 2016

I just flew into town and was looking for something to take back to my hotel for dinner. I found this place via Yelp and I am glad that I did. The chicken was excellent and so were the side salads. I also like the...garlic sauce.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed February 11, 2016

Okay food ,,, but no other choice in the area! Sides are good but they give very less quantity, even if you purchase one as a add on.

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed February 2, 2016 via mobile

In sfo for business without a car. Stuck with restaurant hotel? I got a bit adventurous and did the easy ten minute walk to Ali baba. Yum. Authentic affordable middle eastern cuisine. Not just for locals!

Date of visit: February 2016
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Reviewed January 18, 2016

My hunch is that this is primarily a lunch spot for employees near the airport, but we were staying near the airport before an early morning flight and wanted a little something different for dinner. The hummus was the star! The rest of the meal....not...so much...it all had potential, but seemed reheated and assembled rather than made to order. The wine selection was poor. The ordering is awkward as you use an electronic tablet or order at the counter. We were satisfied, but it could have been so much better with just a little more effort.More

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed August 17, 2015

Best Menu and best price.!! Server were very keen to please your need..................food samplers very best

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

I spent the week vacationing along the California coast and the last night near the SFO airport. My family and I were looking for a tasty meal we could eat in our hotel room, and found Ali Baba. The Ali Babba plate with shawarma chicken...on hummus was absolutely amazing food and was actually one of my favorite unexpected meals of the trip. The grape leaves were also delicious. The customer service was great. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed May 14, 2015

I stopped here after landing at San Francisco Airport because of the Yelp reviews. You order at the counter and take a number and they bring it to your table. I asked the girl at the counter what their most popular dish was. She said...the Alibaba plate. this came with hummus with shwaharma on top of it. She asked if I wanted lamb and beef or chicken or a combo of all. I took it all. It also came with a pita cut into four quarters. It was delicious. I did like the pickled onions on top of it and the lamb and beef best. I was able to park on the street.More

Date of visit: May 2015
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