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Reviewed October 15, 2022 via mobile

We had lunch buffet at Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill on Saturday. The Lamb Gyro was delicious. The staff were friendly and helpful. It cost $25 per person. The parking was adequate.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2022

Overall good food. Started going to this place years ago when they had a location in the Lakewood area of Dallas. I have been making the trip all the way to Richardson since then periodically, one to four times a month. I am sad to...today may have been the last because this is the second time I have come and they have stopped providing the hot sauce that I, and many others, love so much as a compliment to the food. From the looks of it, and talking to employees, it is not coming back. I know that just a few of us will not make a difference to the owners, but not providing the hot sauce is one less reason to drive all the way to Richardson and pay $20.00 per person for the buffet.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 28, 2022

I had the chicken kabob. The chicken was wonderfully flavored, properly cooked, lean, and tender. How often do we rave about vegetables? Almost never, but that is not the case here. The vegetables were almost as exquisite as the chicken - cooked just right and...with a wonderful flavor. When in Dallas, forget about BBQ - most of the ones that I have tried rely on smoke and heat to make a less-than-satisfying flavor of fatty meat. Go to Ali Baba and you will NOT be disappointed.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022 via mobile

Very flavorful food with fast service! They warned us they were short staffed, however you wouldn’t have known as we didn’t have any delays. Would definitely return if in the area and looking for Mediterranean cuisine! The halloumi cheese was excellent!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 8, 2022 via mobile

Terrific food and friendly service. The hummus is creamy and delicious, especially with the warm pita bread. Loved the saffron rice! Enjoyed an amazing chicken kabob. Large moist pieces of chicken breast with great seasoning, grilled perfectly. This was accompanied by a large portion of...perfectly grilled zucchini, peppers and mushrooms. The food is great and to top it off the server was so friendly, attentive and hospitable. What a gem!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed September 7, 2021

Very good food. Lots of choices on the Buffet. Excellent Service. Jai and his family make us feel like we are family. Its the first place I go to when I come to Dallas.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 17, 2021

Everything we ordered was delicious. The service was excellent as well, very nice people who go the extra mile. We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed March 6, 2020 via mobile

Good food, decent price for buffet. Dessert options are limited. This place does get very busy for lunch.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

If you're a meat lover, you should visit this restaurant. The food is incredibly delicious. I personally like their lamb gyro. The kebabs, pitas bread, hummus, babganoush are so yum. It's irresistible. No matter loaded you're, you want to eat more. Try to get their...early to avoid long wait times, but they work very hard to keep wait time minimal. It's worth waiting. Can be bit pricey,but food let you forget the price. I absolutely love this place and I hope you get to visit it soon.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

This is a great mideastern restaurant , buffet style service for 15 USD , which includes quality dishes from salads and tabouleh and hummus to main entrees like Shish Kebab and grilled chicken . Drinks and sides included. The place is humming at lunch time....More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

Good food at a reasonable price. Good selection of meats and salads. I take customer's there all the time and they love it.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

Been here several times. Kind of the local fusion version of Mediterranean and Greek food. Lots of meat dishes, chicken, kofta, gyro type meat and full table of veggies, hummus, tsatsiki, desserts, grilled and roasted veggies along with fresh pitas. Crowded with many middle eastern...folks, so must be authentic, right?More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 4, 2019

The price is a bit high but they do have some good items. Some tables are quite uncomfortable (very small). Staff was nice and friendly.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 9, 2019

I have wanted to eat at Ali Baba for some time due to the great reviews online. My son and I tried to go here for lunch a few months ago and it was so jammed packed, with lines coming out the door, that we...gave up and went elsewhere. We decided to try again today. The parking lot was full and there were a few families waiting for large tables, but we were able to get seated quickly since we were a party of two. We were led to a table at the back near the hall to the restrooms and more or less dropped off there with no instructions. Well, it's a buffet - not that hard to figure out. LOL. The buffet area was, in my son's words, "like a war zone." We weren't dodging bullets but you DID have to dodge people swarming everywhere. I'd give the service a 3 out of 5 and the atmosphere a 2 -- but OMG, the food! On a scale of 1 to 5, it deserves a 10. Now I know the reason for the packed parking lot and five star reviews. Hands down best Mediterranean food I've had in DFW and maybe anywhere outside of, well, the Mediterranean region. Saffron rice AND saffron chicken to put on top of it? Be still, my beating heart. The spanakopita was great, too - very flakey phyllo and the spinach filling was the right consistency. The pita was baked just right, not overdone/burned as is often the case. And the "ziki ziki" sauce was delicious. Price was very decent - $17 and that includes soft drinks (although I don't drink them; I just had water). The only thing that would have made it all taste better would have been if you could get wine to drink with it, but since I was driving, I couldn't have done that today anyway. If you ever have a hankering for Mediterranean food and you're in the eastern part of the DFW metroplex and don't mind fighting the crowds, this is the place to go.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

We have been visiting this restaurant for past many years from the time it was located on Preston. We had a very rude experience with a waiter who perhaps does not like certain kind fo people. May be she got bad tips in the past,...but her his summery of what happened: Quality of meals is always good but I had a horrible experience on 21 October around 7:30 PM. we were "served" by a young woman with accent. She assured me that they were very busy. I ordered a glass of wine and food. I saw this young lady talking to customers on a near by table and lounging around in general. All our food, including appetizers showed up at one time but wine never arrived. Order seemed to be hurriedly prepared and only part of the order was served. I tried to draw this woman's attention but she couldn't bothered. Finally I did confront her about her apparent lack of care and she kept insisting that she was busy. I pointed out that She was talking to a near by table for about seven eight minutes. Finally she brought a glass of wine but it was white wine and I have ordered Kasra, red wine very clearly. I have ordered this about 20 times before. She stayed flippant and rude through out. When we checked out we paid at the counter and I was not going to pay a tip but I felt for the people who brought food to the table and the bus boys, so I tipped 15% which is the lowest tip that I give. They did not charge me for the wine that arrived as I was halfway through the meal. Quality fo food was good as usual but after having such a horrible experience I am not sure that I would go back. I hope the owner sees this review. Owner's other family members that have served me in the past have been very friendly and helpful. Stay away from the slim dark haired 20 something waiter. She is horrid. I probably won't go back for a while if ever. If she is there I am walking. I have rated this restaurant at a four or five on other sites in the past. It used to be my favorite. I may call the owner and tell him what happened. Sad indeed.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Lunch only, and well worth it!
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