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$30 - $30
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
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Reviewed March 17, 2020

An unappealing restaurant with less than mediocre food. The presentations are not good. The mezzas were just gobs of food. The main courses looked equally uninteresting. Not worth a second try, even though other reviews are positive.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

The lamb kabob salad was excellent. Also enjoyed the starter dips and pita bread. Service was helpful not not rushed. Reasonable prices and BYO also a big plus. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

Very clean casual restaurant just around the corner from the Italian Market in South Philly. Good service and authentic Greek, Moroccan, and Tunisian cuisine. Save enough room for the Baklava, it is delicious.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018 via mobile

Found this quiet place on a Sunday eve in the Italian Market area in Philadelphia. Food came quickly and was fresh and delicious.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We came in here to escape the chaos of festival and this place was an oasis. The food was extremely delicious and very fresh. It was like being transported to a far away place. Would highly recommend!

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2018

Finding a place for seven people on a Saturday night in Philly is no small feat, but Al Zaytouna had room for us and I’m glad they did. We started with appetizers and they were wonderful. Some of the best grape leaves I’ve had and...their foul dip was excellent. It’s BYO so we brought good wine to have with dinner, the entrees were very nice, though ai like my chicken shawarma spicier. No problem— a dish of harissa appeared immediately. We finished with really good mint tea and enjoyed ourselves tremendously,More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed May 14, 2017

This was my first time having lunch at Al Zaytouna. We were visiting my daughter for Mother's Day and decided to have lunch. The chef was very friendly and greeted us when we came in and the waitress was very nice. We ordered fresh hummus...(very delicious) as an appetizer. We also ordered lamb kabobs and falafels and shared them. Everything was very good and tasted fresh. The restaurant was full, but it did seem like a bit of a wait to get our meals. However, once they arrived they food was amazing! I will definitely stop here again.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed September 4, 2016

The waitress was nice, but we waited for 30 minutes to get Mediterranean omelettes --- and we were the only two people in the restaurant. Music was loud and not middle eastern --- more like " Western elevator." The omelettes were marginal; I liked mine...because of the nice quantity of black olives, but my wife did not eat all of hers --- something in it made her ears itch. We like Mediterranean and middle Eastern food, but we won't be back.More

Date of visit: September 2016
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Reviewed August 18, 2015

As a vegetarian I didn't know where to eat. I came across this restaurant by accident. I ordered take away and it was freshly prepared. I ordered the falafel and the stuffed grape leave. It was all delicious. The bread that came with it was...great and there was plenty to go around.More

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed February 19, 2015

My vegan friend came to dinner - never having thought about vegan restaurants I was challenged to find one to accommodate everyone - then I thought middle-eastern; that should do it. It did. Everyone was happy. Al Zaytouna is a family type place with very...little ambiance. What they lack in ambiance they make up for in food. Their hummus, baba ghannouj, and falafel are some of the best I have ever had; the grilled veggie Platter and the Shrimp Platter are filling and flavorful; the Chicken Shwarma Platter is great; and the Al Zaytouna Salad is enough for the next days lunch. The restaurant will accommodate custom making almost anything. Bring wine, sit back and nosh to your hearts content. Delicious.More

Date of visit: February 2015
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Reviewed November 3, 2014

Not really noteworthy in a plus or minus direction. The mixed appetizer plate was plenty for 2 people at 11.95. The entree was good. The place is very casual.

Date of visit: November 2014
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

I was a little apprehensive when I arrived, since I was the only diner, though there were lots of take-out bags waiting to go out. But the food was quite good--and I've had my share of Middle Eastern food thanks to a relative by marriage....Stuffed grape leaves were just a little soggier than I like, but still tasty. Mixed kabobs were yummy, but I was disappointed the restaurant had run out of couscous, which I'd been looking forward to. But the rice was very nice, too. Very nice hummus.More

Date of visit: January 2014
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We have been there several times now, the service is good, the food is very good, we orders several items we had mixed grill, mixed grilled veggies, shawerma, appetizer sampler. And they were all very good. The best is shawerma, it is served with rice,...hummus, and salad. The rice is and hummus are good, the salad is not exceptional. My husband had the mixed grill which is chicken kabab ( perfectly cooked and juicy), lamp kabab ( little bit undercooked in the centerbut still good) and the ground beef that my husband didn't really like because it had too much mint taste. He took different side : meshwiya salad which is grilled pepper and tomatoes ground and mixed together, and fava bean salad. It's overall a good place, kids friendly but no kids menu so we ordered a side chicken and French fries ($6.5 total) that my 2 kids can share. The portions are big so you don't need an appetizer with your order unless you are very very hungry. The bathroom is very clean and has a changing table. I recommend this placeMore

Date of visit: August 2013
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Great service at Al Zaytouna. If you blink, you might miss this spot in the Italian Market. We wanted a place to grab a bite on our way home from airport and googled "South Philly Restaurants" and selected this one. Glad we did. We had...the appetizer sampler and liked it so much we ordered more hommus and falafel. I also had the Zaytouna Salad which came dressed and was still light and enjoyable for a summer night. My husband had the large Greek salad which was LARGE. We left full! We sat outside, but the inside is spacious and bathroom is clean!More

Date of visit: August 2013
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Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Great place for takeout - the restaurant is small and there is not much to the ambulance. Staff is helpful - salmon salad is unbelievable!!! Huge piece of fish and tasty. The platters are a great value. Good food and won't disappoint !

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Al Zaytouna is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5