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“If my mother was Lebanese, I would still go to Zeinas.”

Zeina's Cafe & Catering
Ranked #3 of 184 Restaurants in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $12
Cuisines: Lebanese
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Utica, New York
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“If my mother was Lebanese, I would still go to Zeinas.”
Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

Mrs. Zeina is an awesome cook. The food is always amazing. I go at least once a week, even if I just get takeout. I love the chicken gyro, the grapeleaves, the hummus, tabbouli, babaganoush, mjedra,kibbi, yogurt, and salad. She gets the freshest lettuce ever. The prices are very reasonable and they are very nice. It's at the bottom of Varick st and only open for dinner Thurs through Saturday. Lunch is more frequent.

  • Visited June 2014
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Utica, New York
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Real Utica! Ethnic, tasty, and great service. A gem of a place.”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We were looking for something different from Italian fare in Utica and found Zeina's written up in the local newspaper. Located in the popular Varick Street neighborhood. Do not let the unassuming, less than attractive façade mislead you. We were welcomed by the owners and their son and nephew. Eclectic décor with a few tables in the back. Yes, it's like dining in a wonderful Lebanese family's kitchen, you are treated like family, and the food is tasty, plentiful, and inexpensive. We will return again and again.

  • Visited April 2014
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Central New York State
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Like eating in their home.”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

Its just like every meal is made just for you. Generous portions and very tasty. You are family the moment you walk in.

  • Visited April 2014
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful food from wonderful people”
Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants in an area known for great ethnic foods. The owners of Zeinas make you feel incredibly welcome and the food makes you feel incredibly satisfied. Their hummus and chicken and rice are awesome. The place is very unassuming, but the good is terrific. You won't be disappointed.

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Utica, New York
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best Hidden Gem”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

What a local gem of a place for Lebanese food. Can’t believe it took me this long to discover it. Very casual atmosphere. The food is simple, very well prepared, cheap and delicious! The proportions are ridiculously large. I usually order a platter meal with salad. Any of the pita sandwiches are enough for two meals. The salad with house dressing is amazing. Very friendly husband and wife run the place. Have to get the rice pudding!

  • Visited February 2014
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