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“Best Middle-Eastern Food - Family Owned”

Ali Baba Restaurant
Ranked #251 of 2,195 Restaurants in Pittsburgh
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Neighborhood: North Oakland
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Neighborhood: North Oakland
Reviewed December 1, 2011

I went to grad school in Pittsburgh more than 20 years ago. I was pleased to find that Ali Baba was still in business, run by the same family, and had just about the same menu. Not a hint of the chain restaurant mentality. The best part: It is still a great place.

Everything is made from scratch. Delicious.

If your looking for great middle-eastern food this is the only place in the burgh. If you are looking for ambiance, look elsewhere.

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Reviewed August 18, 2011

hello, we have been going to the resturant for a few years now and we love it.
Ali Baba Restaurant is a small place with a lot of character.very nice staff, great middle eastern food.so if you want great food in a nice cozy resturant then this is for you..

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Reviewed July 19, 2011

Located in Oakland near Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, Ali Baba is a popular place for lunch. Price, selection, and quality have a lot to do with its appeal. My wife and I had lunch at the restaurant two days in a row and found the food consistently good (with one exception--see below), although the service was vastly different. On the first day, our waitress was inattentive--it took her at least 8 minutes to visit our table after we were seated. As we watched, we noticed that she was working hard without much back-up from an older gentleman who seemed to be the manager or owner. He could have assisted the waitstaff with minor tasks on a number of occasions, but didn't bother, preferring to wander aimlessly (it seemed) and wait for customers to arrive and seat them. On our second visit, the service was much better. Our only quibble with the food is that the baba ghannouj was terrible--too smoky. In fact, it tasted like it had liquid smoke added to it. This was the only thing we could conclude given the very strong (almost fake) smoky flavor. This is usually a favorite dish of ours, but we'd never order it here again. Other than this, the food was excellent. Ali Baba's not a fancy place and it feels crowded when all the tables are full, but it's worth a visit, especially for vegetarians.

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Reviewed September 26, 2010

Excellent menu, tasty food, plenty of vegetarian and carnivorian options, good value. We ordered 4 a la carte dishes for 2 of us and couldn't quite finish. Ordered 2 desserts to go and one was outstanding. Can't remember the name, but it was a soft pastry type thing with a soft cheese filling and lick-the-plate-delicious rose or orange water syrup. A gem among many good choices on the same street.

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Reviewed September 29, 2009

mobbed at lunch

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