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Desert Inn

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204 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44703-1805
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Canton, Ohio
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Go family style with kebabs on the first visit and you should find something you like. I find the true Middle Eastern selections (like felafel and cooked kibbee) slightly disappointing. Thursday lunch special is like a sampler platter: kibbee, greek salad, pita, and a middle eastern egg roll for under $10. Place is very dark, service can be slow but... More 

Thank MyOpEd
Bend, Oregon
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368 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The Desert Inn is a small family run restaurant which has a intimate dining room which suggests being somewhere near the Middle East. It also has a unique sunken bar where the bartender is placed at eye-level with the customers. Food is served family style. Which means that whatever entree you order will served on a single large platter alongside... More 

Thank DoctorM
Saint Louis, Missouri
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83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The food was served family style. We had lamb shank with rice and potatoes. It was very good. The belly dancing was an interesting part of the experience. If you want something delicious and fun in Canton this is the place to go.

Thank MetroEastTraveler
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

We discovered the Desert Inn nearly 10 years ago even though I grew up in Canton it was not until I moved away that I discovered this absolute gem of a dining experience. We went there 3-4 times before the Desert Inn moved into their new building in the plot next door, we even took part in the naming of... More 

Thank Kentmudhen7
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is what we get every time we go to Desert Inn. It's very tasty. The meat is marinated and seasoned well. The only complaint I have is sometimes the meat isn't as tender as I would like.

Thank Linda F
Canton, Ohio
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I decided to try the Desert Inn for dinner. We have both lived in Canton our whole lives and never tried this landmark restaurant. We were both a little disappointed. He chose the prime rib, queen cut and I had the beef kabob. Meals come out with a tray of sides served family style. It included 4... More 

Thank Vickie_D3235
New Philadelphia, Ohio
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45 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

We went here with a group of friends and had a great experience. The atmosphere really lends itself well to a group experience. The food was outstanding as was the wait staff.

Thank Kelli M
Massillon, Ohio
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016 via mobile

This was our first time here. We have heard many people talk about how great it was so we gave it a try. Made a reservation for 7:45, walked in at 7:40 and there were a few other people ahead of us but once the host stopped helping bus tables, we sat right down (about 7:50 I would say) not... More 

Thank bmilliken0730
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with my family and ordered the beef kabob. The food was very good and served family style. The rice and salad flavors compliment each other nicely, and the garlic bread is amazing. He walnut delight dessert is incredible and a must try. It is made with real whipped cream and fresh walnuts.

Thank Dale R
Canton, Ohio, United States
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275 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

We had a party of 13 for lunch. We had excellent service. The majority ordered beef kabobs and everyone who did was happy. Many people ordered prime rib that was available from the night before and several people who ordered beef kabobs said they would try that next time if available. I had the broiled cod and it was excellent.... More 

Thank Kevin P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$17 - $40
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 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 - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 204 12th St NW, Canton, OH 44703-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Canton
  • Phone Number: 330-456-1766
The Desert Inn has an Arabic flare. For appetizers try our humus, baba ganoush, grapeleaves, tabooli, kibbee, or our Arabic egg roll. "Family Style" is our signature meal. Kabobs are our specialty. We have: beef, lamb, mix(beef and lamb),filet mignon,chicken,and shrimp
kabobs. We also have a small and large strip steaks, rack of lamb, steak diane, king and queen filets, lobster tail, and prime rib every Friday and Saturday night.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?