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Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill

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4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
+1 678-705-8268
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for...
In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome," "fun," or "cool." But it originates from Arabic poetry and literally means "ardent love," or "fervent longing." At Cafe Sababa, we strive to offer you an awesome, fun and cool culinary experience with our fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes including grilled chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and we hope you will develop an ardent love for our food and a fervent longing to visit us again and again.

Chef/Owner Doni Tamli has over 25 years of restaurant and catering experience. A native of the seaside city of Acco, Israel, Chef Tamli brings his knowledge of the spices and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and Middle East and offers his unique versions of traditional favorites.

Chef Tamli owns Cafe Sababa with his wife, Ann, a third-generation native Atlantan. Their two sons, Ariel and Gil, work in the restaurant as well.

We offer dine-in, take-out and catering services.

Cafe Sababa's lamb burger was noted as a "Dish Worth The Drive" on Atlanta Eats TV in November 2013. The restaurant was voted as one of Atlanta's top Middle Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean Restaurants in a poll by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in 2012, and was honored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as the runner up for the 2011 Best of Dunwoody "Good Eats" Business Award.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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You can't miss with Cafe Sababa. I eat here at least twice a month and the food is always first rate! My friend and I each enjoyed a chicken schwarma platter. It comes with the meat, a chopped Israeli salad of cucumbers and tomatoes, hummus, babaganoush, and pita bread. The service is always... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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465 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You can't miss with Cafe Sababa. I eat here at least twice a month and the food is always first rate! My friend and I each enjoyed a chicken schwarma platter. It comes with the meat, a chopped Israeli salad of cucumbers and tomatoes, hummus, babaganoush, and pita bread. The service is always good, too!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do yourself a favor and order the lamb and hummus appetizer. Your tastebuds will not regret it. Hot pita, fresh salads, a definite great spot in Dunwoody!

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Thank nursefoster
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The hummus and pita plate is to die for! Best falafel in Atlanta. Great Israeli salad. Staff is always nice and professional.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We have been to Sabana for many years and are never disappointed. Casual, family run business with attentive staff. Good menu selection but some items are a little expensive. Food is always fresh. The brisket dinner is my favorite, but have also had the chicken or lamb kabobs. Love the grilled zuchini side. Also don't miss the lentil/kale soup. Restaurant... More 

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New York City, New York
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

In from NYC and I have had some incredible Mediterranean food in my time....this was simply amazing. Its the most unassuming place as its located in a strip mall and doesn't have the greatest decor but WOW!! I had the Shwarma platter which had a little of everything (humus, chicken, baba, sababa salad, etc.). SIMPLY AMAZING!

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Dunwoody
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This local haunt is worth a stop if you are in the northern perimeter area. Friendly service in a very simple dining room, with absolutely fresh and delicious food. Decent beer selection + wines by the glass. Don't miss the lentil soup, and any wrap will be delicious.

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Chamblee, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

My wife, Bettye, and I seek out and support mom-and-pop businesses wherever we go. This one has been right under our noses for years, and we've passed it dozens times into and out of Dunwoody, but we never noticed it until today. It's a small family-run café in a nondescript strip shopping center that doesn't stand out from the other... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Went with a co-worker for lunch. The location is not great, but everything else was wonderful. Clean, friendly staff, great food, etc. I highly recommend making a stop here and I will be coming back soon.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I love the flavor of all the dishes I have had at this place, The Owner and the Waiters are great. We eat there about once a week,we take friends and family and it soon becomes their favoriate too.When they have the beef specials they are wonderful. My wife gets the Chicken Kabobs everytime with the rice.The soups are great... More 

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2 Thank David L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Delicious authentic Mediterranean dishes served in generous sized portions await you in this small yet charming restaurant. We never expected to find such an inviting and high quality eatery in this small strip mall in Dunwoody. Since our first visit about a year ago, we have become regulars and look forward to our favorite meals at Sababa. The restaurant is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Dunwoody
  • Phone Number: +1 678-705-8268

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 18
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Israeli

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

In both Hebrew and Arabic, the word "sababa" is slang for "awesome," "fun," or "cool." But it originates from Arabic poetry and literally means "ardent love," or "fervent longing." At Cafe Sababa, we strive to offer you an awesome, fun and cool culinary experience with our fresh, authentic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes including grilled chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and we hope you will develop an ardent love for our food and a fervent longing to visit us again and again.

Chef/Owner Doni Tamli has over 25 years of restaurant and catering experience. A native of the seaside city of Acco, Israel, Chef Tamli brings his knowledge of the spices and cooking styles of the Mediterranean and Middle East and offers his unique versions of traditional favorites.

Chef Tamli owns Cafe Sababa with his wife, Ann, a third-generation native Atlantan. Their two sons, Ariel and Gil, work in the restaurant as well.

We offer dine-in, take-out and catering services.

Cafe Sababa's lamb burger was noted as a "Dish Worth The Drive" on Atlanta Eats TV in November 2013. The restaurant was voted as one of Atlanta's top Middle Eastern/Eastern Mediterranean Restaurants in a poll by the Atlanta Journal/Constitution in 2012, and was honored by the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce as the runner up for the 2011 Best of Dunwoody "Good Eats" Business Award.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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