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Sahara Mediterranean Restuarant

118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-4522
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible4%
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“falafel” (17 reviews)
“greek salad” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wanted a place for a gyros and beer and this was great for that. Tapestries are a bit tacky, but it's mostly the well-appointed bar that dominates the interior. The waiter recommended the fries and he was right about them. Better than I've had...More

Thank Wesley S
Reviewed September 20, 2017

The food here is pretty good, fresh certainly. Nice staff and very good atmosphere. I am more partial to other restaurants in the area in terms of food taste, but the food here is quite tasty.

Thank TravelinRobT
Reviewed September 15, 2017

Nice place to get Mediterranean food. It's open for lunch too. One time, there was a woman belly dancing in the restaurant!

Thank Kaumudi P
Reviewed August 12, 2017

I had no idea that a Friday night in early August would find the Ithaca Commons so crowded. We luckily were able to get a table for 3 at Sahara without a reservation. Jordan our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. I had the special...More

Thank Cazzie49
Reviewed August 3, 2017

Nice atmosphere. Good service. My daughter ordered falafel salad and labneh, both of which she liked very much. I ordered kibbe and dolmas. The dolmas were very good. The kibbe was a bit dry, but flavorful. Sahara is located in Ithaca Commons where there are...More

Thank Marianne S
Reviewed June 25, 2017

We had dinner here after finding a 45-minute wait to get in across the street. There were a few parties on the patio so we requested a table inside. It was empty... not a good sign. Strengths: our server was friendly, the beer selection was...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed June 21, 2017

While the staff was very friendly, our food was really average. My husband ordered a Greek salad, and the only Greek part of it was one Kalamata olive. He was not impressed with the kibbe, and my chicken gyro was not bad, just seemed lame.

Thank MadameCoco
Reviewed May 28, 2017

We had a great lunch here a few weeks ago and especially enjoyed the delicious hummus; it was the best I've ever tasted! Along with that, the Greek salad was also tasty as well as the spanakopita although the latter was different than others I...More

Thank BKandCB
Reviewed May 21, 2017

I found this spot when in Ithaca 4 a conference & had a delicious solo dinner of Greek salad & kibbeh. Back in Ithaca a month later 4 overnight getaway & ended up back at Sahara. I agree w. Mike Brookshire - this spot is...More

Thank kaelap
Reviewed May 3, 2017

I've eaten here a few times and gotten take out twice. NONE of these experiences have been 'quick'. Food has been consistently good, but it often takes way too long to get it. I've stopped coming for lunch because I don't have the time. Take...More

Thank 20JMJ17
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-4522
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