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“Change over past year, has gone down hill”

Aladdins Natural Eatery
Ranked #73 of 261 Restaurants in Ithaca
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Ithaca, New York
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Change over past year, has gone down hill”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

I reluctantly gave a rating of 3, almost gave 2, used to be a 5. I have been eating here regularly for over 15 years. It used to be one of my favorite restaurants. Something has happened over the past year which has caused the quality and consistency of the restaurant to go down hill. There was a distinct change at one point when much of the long time staff were gone, new "temporary" menus were printed and our favorite menu items began to fluctuate between being poorly made and o.k. Some times I get a particular pasta dish. I've ordered itseveral times since last summer. It used to be fantastic, now it often comes with the pasta overcooked and it a bowl sitting in a pool of water & olive oil, with very little of the toppings its suppose to have, and about half the amount of chicken as before. I've had to ask them to fix it. I kept hoping, but not ordering this again. Other problems now: the pita bread is often hard & dry, the moussaka & chicken veggie soup have become pretty inconsistent, the falafel are sometimes burned. The chicken souvlaki and souvlaki plate are still pretty good. Even when it's not at all busy, the service has become fairly unattentive, & slow. The kitchen staff are often not taking time when plating the food. Overall there just doesn't seem to be good management and pride in providing a good dining experience like they did for the previous 20+ years. What a shame. We don't go very often any more.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Ithaca, New York
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34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“Great place”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Nice place to eat for lunch or dinner. The food is healthy and the service is pretty good. Not to forget the waitresses...

Visited December 2012
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MORAVIA
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The outdoor courtyard seating and excellent salads and pastas have made this a warm weather favorite.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Janice R
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Gorgeous aesthetics, delicious food, perfect collegetown location”
Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Aladdin's is a hidden gem. From the outside, it seems like the average eatery. Upon stepping inside, however, this theory is quickly refuted. The asthetics of Aladdin's are beautiful and the food is great. I would gladly return to Aladdin's.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“Fast, inexpensive, and fresh”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Great for an inexpensive dinner with consistently good food. They have delivered for my sorority dinners as well and it has always been yummy and fresh.

  • Visited February 2012
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