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“Good mediterranean food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Oasis Restaurant

The Oasis Restaurant
Ranked #146 of 850 Restaurants in Lexington
Price range: $5 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Lexington, Kentucky
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158 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Good mediterranean food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

The place is small but nice and the waiter is friendly.
The food is good, the hummus is very good. The prices are a bit more expensive than expected, but the ammount of food was huge!
Not the best in Lexington, but a very good one.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank EnriqueGomezLima
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  • English first
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English first
Lexington
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Local Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I've lived in Lexington for many years and want to point out a few restaurants that have become my favorites because of their combination of good food at reasonable prices. One of those at the top of my list is Oasis. If you like Mediterranean food such as shawarma, falafel, fattoush salads, kabob, hummus, etc. it's as good as it gets. The owner is from Lebanon, so the food is authentic, and he's generally there making sure that things are done properly. Generally, I stay away from lunch buffets; this is my one exception. They put out a range of very delicious salads, pita, rice, spreads and warm dishes that maintain their flavor in the warming dishes, and it's very reasonably priced. Their evening meals from the menu are again wonderful and include very large portions. My wife and I usually order a dinner each, but knowing that we'll be bringing half of it home for another full meal of leftovers the next day. If you order the fattoush salad, the chicken shawarma platter and baklava, you can't go wrong. If you're a couple, and don't have any way of taking leftovers with you, order a single platter and split it; you'll get plenty of food.

This is a local hang out, near the University of Kentucky, so you'll find it packed with UK faculty and staff during lunch time, and locals from the surrounding neighborhoods at night. It's not a fancy place, simple tables and booths. I'd call it mid range in regard to price, but tremendous value, given the portions, since the buffet is all you can eat, and the dinner portions are so large. The staff is a mix of family members and college students, who are always very pleasant and helpful. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Michael_B39588
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great Food Well-Prepared”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We had the Oasis platter and couldn't eat it all in 2 days. The waiter was friendly and very helpful. The kabobs, the falafel, the little footballs of meat, and the garlic sauce is very garlicky. All was delicious.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Barbara M
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Chicago
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I had an early lunch here before leaving Lexington after a long weekend vacation. The lunch buffet was available, but I chose to order the falafel pita sandwich as I was not that hungry. It was delicious and great value for the price. Just what I needed before I hit the road. The restaurant was filling up by the time I left - it appeared to be a popular place with the locals.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Stephanie P
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Scotland
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Yum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Lunch buffet!
this small restaurant had a nice friendly atmosphere, the staff were helpful and obliging. Although not much to choose from what there was was fresh, tasty and very satisfying. The baklava was exceptional, so much so we ordered six pieces to go.
If I was wanting Mediterranean food I would definitely go here. The parking is tight so Id try and go early before the lunch rush.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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