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“What a gem!!”
Review of Mandaloun

Mandaloun
Ranked #76 of 2,038 Restaurants in Jacksonville
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Columbus, Kentucky, United States
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“What a gem!!”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We love Middle Eastern food and found this place on Trip Advisor. It was about 15 miles from our hotel in Orange Park but well worth the trip. It's tucked back in a strip mall and worth the time to find. Owner came out and spoke with us several times, very nice and enjoyable to speak with. Food was fantastic. We ordered the Grand Mezze and if you are with a group and want to experience a Lebanese meal, this is a must. There were 3 adults in our party and we had more food than we needed. It would have easily feed another adult.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Jacksonville, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice find in a strip mall”
Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Went for lunch with coworkers. It was a nice little restaurant with a good atmosphere. We decided to choose items of the menu instead of trying the lunch buffet. The food was good,not great. The pita bread that was served as a starter was warm and fresh. Next time we'll try the buffet.

  • Visited June 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“Superb Dinner(s) in Jacksonville”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

We stayed in JAX 6 days in May 2013, and had 3 dinners there. This restaurant is in a strip mall in the Bay Meadows section of Jacksonville (SE of downtown). The owner is a delightful Lebonese gentleman, who cooks maintains personal charge of the kitchen. If you want something cooked differently or in a different sauce, he eagerly accomodates you. The food is classic Mediterranean fare, and reasonably priced with entres in the $14-$25 range. Nothing was oversalted, a very pleasant change from many restuarants. The wine listing was quite good, and also very resonably priced. We sampled salads,soups and appetizers. The house salad is wonderful and pallette cleansing, with a significant but not overpowering parsley flavor. The house dressing complimented it well. We now make this at home with a 2012 pressed Spanish Arbequina Olive Oil (BTW, this oil is pricey but great on salads with a flowery taste and a peppery aftertaste). The lentil soup is superb, in a chicken-stock base. The chicken soup was very good, but the lentil is the way to go. For appetizers, the Hummus with hot pepper, grape leaves, and Sambousek were all excellent. We also tries the calamari, which had a very light batter, and was perfectly done (tender, not rubbery). Among the entres, the grilled lamb chops were terrific, the salmon and grouper were very good, among the Mediterranean fare, we tried the kaftah (ground lamb kebob with spices), shawarma (beef with tahini). For dessert, we had the Baklava which was not overly sweet, and the date cake which was a favorite of my better-half. I also need to mention that on Sat. night there was a belly dancer present (also there on Friday nights). She was a sheer delight... very pretty and just a delightful personality. She gave us all belly-dancing lessons... and I definitely shook the floor (I'm a XXL). Definitely the best dinner/entertainment I've had in JAX. Check their website for the correct telephone number, as the number listed in the JAX yellow pages was for (what I believe) their front office. It's not downtown, but is worth the effort to find. Many, many thanks to the owner, staff and dancer.

  • Visited May 2013
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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Family-owned charmer”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This restaurant has never been a disappointment. The staff is warm and wonderful. The owner is so gracious and friendly. The food is so wonderful. We especially love the salad with the toasted pita chips, which is enough for 2 -3 to share. The shwarma is so great. And the skewers of various meats are tender and seasoned deliciously. Oh, did I mention the authentic belly-dancer that performs on Friday and Saturday nights?!

  • Visited October 2012
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Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

The food here is fantastic. We are from Michigan and have access to many Mediterranean /Arabic restaurants. So glad to have found this one in the Jacksonville area.

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