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“Excellent Middle Eastern Cuisine in a Casual Setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jaffa Cafe

Jaffa Cafe
Ranked #39 of 301 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Morro Bay, California
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent Middle Eastern Cuisine in a Casual Setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

Dining at Jaffa Café is a unique experience. It actually re-defines "casual dining." First, you help yourself to your desired beverages (unusual beer selections and soft drinks). If you want a glass, you go to the counter and ask for it. No charges are made or recorded. At the end of your meal you just tell the cashier what you had. Sometimes a small dessert treat is offered as a gesture of appreciation for your business.

The food is typical middle-eastern: Falafel, Gyros, Kebabs, Schwarma, Various Wraps, Salad plates; all done very well and reasonably priced. All entrée plates, I think, are under $10. The setting is open to Monterey St. with inside and outside tables.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank CoastalResident
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Morro Bay, California
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Delicious gyros and other Middle Eastern food. Very friendly and pleasant. You order food at the counter, but pay after eating your meal. Very sincere, friendly and trusting owner!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary W
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ARROYO GRANDE
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Jaffa Cafe San Luis Obispo, and Arroyo Grande”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Great food at a reasonable price. We go there often. Each cafe is owned by brothers from the city of Jaffa. They are very friendly, and you will feel like They're old friends quickly.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank MATTHEW D
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very casual, very friendly, delish coffee”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

This cafe recently opened a smaller cafe in Arroyo Grande, which sorely needs decent eateries. While the ambiance is nothing to go back for, the incredible and spicey Turkish coffee is a reason to drop in for lunch or a snack. So is the very friendly owner, who is almost always behind the counter and always courteous. The Middle Eastern cuisine is very well spiced, with a salsa bar in case you want more, and the portions are ample amd faithful to the flavors of the Orient. It is faster, easier, and less pretentious than the crowded and mediocre sports bar next door, tho without the nice outdoor patio (altho there are small tables facing the sidewalk. Jaffa Cafe in AG is pleasant, tasty, filling, with decent variety, but far from fancy. I don't recommend it for dinner or for takeout unless you are not driving far.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
Thank lesliiek
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San Luis Obispo, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Love this place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Great food. Best falafels. Friendly people and great prices. Very casual atmosphere where you order and pick up at counter.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank BJeanne75
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