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Sahara Palace Restaurant

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5890 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108-2428
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Woodridge, IL
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in here one afternoon before grocery shopping. The owner was there and super friendly. He reviewed the menu with us and gave us free soda when he found that it was our first time dining there. The falafel was fresh (not frozen) and there were tons of options on the menu.

Thank philotiff17
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Visiting from Southeast Missouri and found this place online. My sister and I were very impressed by the friendly owner/server giving us recommendations. The food did not disappoint!! We has the Veggie appetizer plate and the chicken and the lamb. My sister had never tried lamb and we were both impressed! Had enough leftover for the next day's lunch. Would... More 

Thank Gina B
Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

The Sahara Palace Mediterranean Restaurant has recently moved next to the Valli supermarket. Make sure you are going to the East State Street address. The restaurant decor is not fancy, more of a diner style but the food is really yummy. There were 8 of us for lunch and everyone was happy with their choices. The owner was very friendly... More 

Thank Llamma2
Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

Every time I am in the Rockford area, I come here. I typically eat lunch here and never have a problem getting my food in a decent amount of time. Excellent customer service and family owned and operated... The Staff really tends to your needs and the Food quality is EXCELLENT!

Thank TBABY10
Rockford, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

The Sahara is fabulous and I often go for lunch. I've tried several different dishes they are all fantastic but My favorite is the falafel sand which. The owner is extremely friendly and very accommodating.

Thank pcamg2
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

After a long day on the road, we ate dinner here. We tried the vegetable platter and the chicken schwarma. Everything was delicious and fresh. We loved the dinner and would highly recommend it.

Thank Suzanne L
Milton, Wisconsin
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481 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2015

We used a groupon for lunch yesterday. The owner was very outgoing and helpful in recommending dishes for us to try, some of which were gluten free. I really enjoyed the eggplant dish and the hummus with chicken! I would highly recommend visiting this establishment!

Thank Karen B
Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food at Sahara is nothing short of outstanding. I stop in here everytime I travel to Rockford. The hummos is smooth, creamy and filling. The pita, soft and warm. The shawarma is incredible, and there is too much for one person to comfortably eat. The staff is attentive and friendly. Overall a great choice for a filling wholesome meal.

Thank fatdog5
Rochester, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

The food items suggested for us by the staff were great. The entire family loved the food. We will definitely go back the next time we are in rockford.

Thank TiffanyJoy86
Rockford, Illinois
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33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We have had take out from here several times and have no complaints. Very friendly people! The best falafel and baba ghanoush. They give you plenty of good pita bread with your take out order. Rockford needed something like this

Thank beachlovin4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5890 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108-2428
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: 8152270270

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?