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Hala's Cafe and Bakery

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4323 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32216-4909
+1 904-733-1855
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

Lived nearby for years and did not know about this place! Stopped by for lunch, great service and yummy food. Had the stuffed grape leaves and Gyros. Pita bread was baked fresh--everything tasted great. So glad to have found this place!

Thank Valerie F
Orange Park, Florida
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277 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

Food was really good and the service good as well. Food tasted very fresh and hot. A must try! The lace was packed and full of satisfied people (I think)!

Thank Ed M
Jacksonville, Florida
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193 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Hala Café has been putting out great food for years. My wife and I hadn't been in the area for a long time and decided to stop in for some Middle Eastern food. We hope to get back again soon.

Thank Lee386
Gainesville, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

I had the lamb shawarma wrap and had no desire to talk with my companion once I had my first mouthful. This is food to be savored. Had to take the leftovers home and was sad there wasn't more.

Thank patbartlet
Jacksonville, Florida
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91 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I was looking for a place to buy baklava and the manager at Public recommended Hala. It's not to far from where we live, so I called and confirmed they had several varieties to choose from. I was not disappointed in the restaurant/bakery/grocery store. A wide variety of baked goods, pitas and baklavas being the most popular. The store had... More 

Thank ge32225
Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

I always worry when there are several locations for a restaurant in town and 1 or 2 closes. How will the last one be 5 years later? Better! So pleased with the food and service. The restaurant isn't fancy, but I have been in some fancy restaurant where the food isn't half as good. After our meal, we purchased some... More 

Thank JaxTravelerIam
Orange Park, Florida
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277 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Great food atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone if looking for food from around the world (Mid East). Staff was friendly and accommodating!

Thank Ed M
Seoul, South Korea
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2015

I miss this place so much. Often I just stop by to pick up a pack of freshly baked pita, a pint of tabouli, and a pint of hummus to share with my mom. The buffet is lovely as well, if you have time to enjoy it, please sit and enjoy some fabulous dishes.

Thank imariahpapaya
Radford, Virginia
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339 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Tried the shawarma platter for lunch. Tried the chicken lamb mix which was tasty. The service was good. For dessert tried the baklava. Unfortunately it was made with sugar water and not honey. It was sweet but did not have the natural real flavour associated with the real baklava. If they sold the real baklava people would buy it! Good... More 

Thank MartinR4961
Concord, North Carolina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

This place has an attached retail store, with all the authentic Mid-East foods. BEST OLIVES I have ever had... sell in bulk with many types to choose from! Great HALA made-pita bread, and they have roasted nuts, and dates, and figs, and all the usual good stuff. Decor is a bit shabby, but once again, the food is king. I... More 

Thank Ralf M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4323 University Blvd S, Jacksonville, FL 32216-4909
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Jacksonville
  • Phone Number: +1 904-733-1855

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?