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$8 - $12
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Free Wifi
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All reviews baklava gyros kibbeh mezze platter lamb fries eggplant lebanese food grape leaves feel right at home great family restaurant amazing food and service hard working family treated like family lived closer free dessert prices are reasonable
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My Mom and I stopped in for lunch after visiting my son at Hamilton. Lila, the owner, was a true gem - as was her son. The food was so yummy and we chatted with Lila about doing some catering platters for my son's graduation....Lila was so personable, friendly and loves her restaurant but the food spoke for itself. We sampled a lot of things and it was all delicious. Lila even gave me her cell phone to text her what I want to do for graduation.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

it was probably the best experience ive ever had in a restaurant.everything from start to finish was superb.if you love mediteranean and lebanese food,this place is a go to for sure.ive eaten at several of these types of restaurants,and this one is a hidden gem.the...food,was as fresh as you can get.the staff was excellent.made you feel right at home.the owner Lila,was sweet,kind,and kept us laughing.she sure can cook,her recioes are outstanding.the grape leaves were so so good.very flavorful.everything on the mezza platter was mouthwatering.im so glad i went there for my 66 birthday.i really cant wait to go back.oh,and the baklava,melted in your mouth.best ive ever had.thank you to Lila and her staff for the best birthday ever.we will be back very soon.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed March 26, 2022

Our son goes to Hamilton, so we decided to drive the night before we drop him off after the end of his Spring break. We chose to stay in Utica for the night. Searching for a place to eat, we came across the wonderful reviews...for Zeina’s. This place didn't disappoint. The food was delicious, and the owners were terrific hosts. The staff was cordial and attentive. Zeina gave my son some treats to take back to school, which he greatly appreciated. I wish Zeina’s were near where I live. I would become a regular for sure. Thank you everyone at Zeina’s for great evening.More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed March 18, 2022

Super friendly service and excellent food. We were surprised by a free dessert as we were leaving. Wish we lived closer so we could come back!

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed December 10, 2021

We seem always to go to Zeina's when we visit Utica, which is about once a month. The food is terrific and generously portioned, the service is the friendlies we have ever experienced, and the prices are really reasonable. Everything on the menu is tasty...and fresh especially the lamb. The baklava is divine.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed November 19, 2021

My wife and I had dinner at Zeina's. Upon entering, it looks like a takeout shop. There is seating in the back. It is not fancy restaurant but the food is fantastic and the owners are extremely friendly. We were greeted as if we were...long time friends and customers. My wife had the Mezza Platter. The Baba Ghanouj is fantastic. It has a great smokey taste from roasting the eggplant. The Falafel were light and tasty. I had the Fried Kibbeh Plate. The Kibbeh was great. To drink, I had the Mint Tea. It was very refreshing. My wife and I will definitely return her when we are in Utica again.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed September 13, 2021

Difficult to add to the other reviews! The food is really, really good and plentiful. The service is exemplary; they make you feel like one of the family without being in any way over bearing. We went twice on consecutive days and can recommend the...Chicken Shawarma, the Beef Kofta and the Lamb Gyro. I am sure the other options are equally good. The Baklava is delicious; well worth trying if you have any room left! Take your own alcohol, and there is no corkage charge. This will be our go to restaurant whenever we are in Utica.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 31, 2021 via mobile

Great food, great customer service. Met the owners, wonderful people! I ate outside, with my big Goldendoodle. I had the Grape leaves for dinner, baklava for desert! Everything was super fresh, delicious!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 24, 2021 via mobile

This was our first time at this restaurant and the food was amazing. The staff is excellent it really is like going to your favorite aunts house and she is an incredible cook.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 9, 2021

Quaint downtown experience with delicious food and atmosphere is going back in time or like being in another country.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 10, 2021 via mobile

Great road trip find. Traveling through the area and saw Zeina’s on TA. Decided to be adventurous and try it. I’m used to really good Lebanese food made by my friends who are second generation Lebanese-American. Zeina’s was awesome! Absolutely loved the food and the...service. Owners are so friendly. Do yourself a favor and stop by. Just wish this place was closer to home.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 5, 2021 via mobile

Owners and staff are very welcoming. Food is delicious and very fresh. Appetizer platter with 4 choices was amazing. Prices are reasonable.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed February 24, 2021

Zeina's is a great family-owned restaurant! My favorite things to get here are the beef gyros, grape leaves and the loaded garlic fries are especially delicious. They offer takeout which is super convienent as well.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 11, 2021 via mobile

Always very friendly and attempt to make you feel at home. Good homemade, cultural food. Good prices.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. Very accommodating and friendly. Fresh and authentic middle eastern cuisine. Great call-in

Date of visit: December 2020
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January 8, 2019|
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Response from djamesriccardi | Reviewed this property |
Yes if you go early outside the door ,if not anywhere in their lot or on Varick St
October 16, 2015|
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Response from K_Aeagle | Reviewed this property |
No but I believe you can bring your own. I would call to verify.
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April 30, 2015|
Response from JudyandHoppy | Reviewed this property |
No wine nor beer, but you can bring your own.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Zeina's Cafe & Catering

Yes, Zeina's Cafe & Catering offers takeout services.

Zeina's Cafe & Catering is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4