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“Great food and relaxing setting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petra Cafe - CLOSED

Petra Cafe
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch
Oxford, Mississippi
Level Contributor
99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great food and relaxing setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is the place to escape the students because Petra doesn't serve alcohol (but they do have a brown bag license). The Petra wrap and the Petra platter (small tastings of several Middle Eastern favorites) are especially good. Michael, the owner, or a member of his lovely family, are likely to serve you.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 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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  • English first
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English first
Oxford, Mississippi
Level Contributor
318 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Petra still provides very, very good food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Some restaurants start off great but then dwindle in their food quality or service. Not so with Petra Cafe, on Oxford Square. Now open till 2 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday to sober up the students from Ole Miss [a community service?]. Having an occasional belly dancers and special food evening, like Turkish, provides cultural experiences for the Oxford community. This visit we both had their excellent Petra salad [pictured] followed by chicken shawarma plate and fried tilapia plate. We usually order a couple of appetizers, followed by a shared entree, because the main dish is large enough for two.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Walt A
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Vicksburg MS
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255 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“excellent choice on the square”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Would give 4 1/2 stars if possible. Very attractive space and quite comfortable. The owner is gracious, knowledgeable, helpful, and endearing. The food quite honestly was better than the lunch we had at City Grocery earlier in the day: nothing fancy, but good quality, well-seasoned and prepared, and attractively presented. We split a sautéed shrimp appetizer, which was perfectly spiced, light and delicious, then we both had shish kabob, which we asked to be cooked rare, but were convinced to get medium so that the spices could be properly cooked. This was good advice and the kabobs were tender and tasty, as were the grilled veggies and basmati rice. BYOB, no corkage fee. Quite reasonable and a really good alternative when you don't feel up to all the other places with their hustle bustle and rowdiness.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank smileyreb
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Oxford, Mississippi
Level Contributor
99 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Best Middle Eastern food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Friendly family-run small restaurant on the Square. The Petra wrap (chicken shwarma and gyro meat) is wonderful and popular. A quiet place to eat anytime since it doesn't have a bar--a rarity in Oxford!

Visited February 2014
Helpful?
Thank manfrommaine
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Oxford, Mississippi
Level Contributor
318 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Petra is consistent: great food and service in a sleek space.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Petra consistently serves fresh, delicious food which is out of the ordinary. During this meal started with kibbeh, a ground beef wrapped in crushed grains and deep fried. Also, shared a salad and fallafel. The main dish was chicken shawarma, which we shared, since all portions are large. The shawarma is served with roasted vegetables. Petra is on our list of favorite and best restaurants in Oxford, a town being recognized as a prime weekend destination - and a great place to live.

  • 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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Helpful?
Thank Walt A
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