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“Fun night but finished with asking for a bigger tip ”
Review of Kartabar Restaurant and Lounge - CLOSED

Kartabar Restaurant and Lounge
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Noosaville, Australia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fun night but finished with asking for a bigger tip ”
Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

We had a nice dinner. The Lebanese taco was awesome except they didn't have hummus and a few other items because they are changing their menu soon. Drinks were nice. Service was intense, in a good way. You did not have to wait for anything but if you looked around 2 people would ask you if you were alright within seconds. At the end of the night we settled our bill. It was $875 pesos, we left $1000. The waiter then looked at how much we gave him and informed us they need a 15% - 20% tip. My husband and I looked at each other since we did rough math in our head and felt we were pretty close to 15%. The waiter then stood there with his hand out waiting for more money. It was very awkward. My husband gave him more money to make him go away. We then saw a few friendly faces we met earlier in the day and stopped at their table for a drink. When they settled their bill a different waiter came back to them and requested more of a tip. We won't be going back there for that reason.

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26 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New Orleans
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Buyer beware- decent shisha ”
Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Located in a super hip area of Playa, expensive drinks are expected. However, being served a vodka martini made of water and olive juice (NO vodka) is never acceptable. The waiter was very polite and tried to explain that he watched our drinks "get made". But at the end of the day, trying to sell fake drinks is never cool. (This is probably on the bartender, but their management should probably check their bottles to be sure they haven't been refilled with water.) If you go, maybe only order beer. The shisha was just okay. Nothing special.

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good Middle Eastern Food”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Went for a meal whilst on holiday the service was good and food was very tasty not eaten much Middle Eastern food but was pleasantly surprised how nice it was.I would deffinatly go back when I next visit Mexico.

Visited September 2013
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boston
Level Contributor
53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“kartabar fair but outdated website”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

went Friday night after looking at the website and being a lover of middle eastern food. The menu was totally different than advertised as was the pricing. A Lebanese restaurant without beef or lamb kabobs is like an Italian restaurant without pasta. The wine list was non existent with only 2 selections of white wine by the glass offered by the waitress. The food prices were approximately 30% higher than shown on the website. Enough of the negatives. What we had was excellently prepared and presented. The mezza plate was fresh and flavorful with great hommous and tabouly as well as great grapeleaves. My wife had a fattoush salad that was as good as we have ever had and I had a solid salmon dish with a side of pistachio fettucine. I would have given higher grades but felt misled by an old and outdated website.

  • Visited February 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Chill out in the middle of the party”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Great drinks and great sishas to smoke "healthly".
A paradise in the middle of craziness!

Nice people, charming atmosphere. Ideal place to start your night or as a chill out moment during the day.

  • Visited October 2012
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