A Middle Eastern take on the bar-restaurant hybrid perks up the Mission dining scene..
With hanging glass lamps and vibrant orange-and-gold walls, this vast open-air room brings a touch of Middle Eastern exoticism to the happening Mission strip. The bar area is strewn with clutches of low-slung chairs and couches, which are perfect for happy hour nibbles. In addition to a traditional dining area further back, an upstairs lounge offers even more seating.
The small-plates menu takes inspiration from all over the Mediterranean. The appetizer sampler has a special emphasis on the Middle Eastern tradition, with textbook renditions of baba ghanoush, tabbouleh and hummus. A distinct Northern African element is apparent in the harissa-crusted hangar steak and the chicken with almond-pomegranate sauce. But the best dishes have a California influence, such as the Moroccan b'stilla, layered with phyllo, goat cheese and grilled vegetables.
AWESOME!!!!! I'LL BE BACK.. CAME IN HERE YESTERDAY TO CHECK OUT THE SKY TERRACE. AMAZING VIEW!!!! (AND IN THE MISSION, I MIGHT ADD) DECENT COCKTAILS. A BIT OVERPRICED, BUT GOOD. IT GOT A BIT COLD SO WE WERE GOING TO HEAD DOWN TO EL FARALITO FOR SOME BURROS, THEN WE DECIDED TO EAT AT THE RESTAURANT DOWNSTAIRS. HOSTESS WAS REALLY SWEET. WE DIDN'T HAVE A RESERVATION, BUT SEEING THAT IT WAS COMPLETELY EMPTY, WE WERE PROMPTLY SEATED. THEIR MENU IS PRETTY EXTENSIVE. OUR WAITRESS WAS ADORABLE. VERY SWEET. SHE RECOMMENDED SOME GREAT DISHES. WE GOT THE LAMB TAJIN, BRUSHETTA, HALIBUT, AND SOME GOAT CHEESE THING THAT WAS DELISIOSO!! PLATES WERE REALLY small,( ASIDE FROM THE LAMB,THAT IS. ) BUT I GUESS THAT'S WHAT TAPAS ARE RIGHT? WE ORDERED JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT FOR TWO, WITHOUT BEING PUSHED TO BUY MORE, LIKE SOME OTHER TAPAS PLACES.(THAT'S ANOTHER REVIEW ALTOGETHER). FOR DESSERT...CHEESECAKE...ONE WORD...DIVINE. I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK. MAYBE ON A FRIDAY OR SATURDAY, WHEN THERE'S MORE ACTION.(side note: this place is MASSIVE. it's like five floors, with a little hotel in the middle. really cool.)
Whatever you do...no matter how hungry you are- DO NOT order any food! Whatever it is will be cold (unless it's supposed to be, in which case it will be warm), tiny in proportion to what is described,
I'm not saying a chic small portion, I'm talking about an ounce of poor grade Ahi cut into a $12 appetizer and dry as sandpaper, poorly seasoned, and poorly presented.
You might want to eat before you come here to play. Well I agree with Eryn L. that the view from the Medjool rooftop is amazing, the quality of the food has gone way down, while the prices have been going way up. Medjool use to be one of favorite haunts a few years back, but since then the management catered more to the twenty-somethings trying to keep their food from coming up vs. people who just want a good meal. But hey, don't take my word for it, just breeze through the other reviews and you will see more comments on people watching and the roof top deck, than the pomegranate chicken. If you want a quality Mediterranean meal, my suggestion would be to visit Maykadeh in North Beach. If you want a nice view, pick one ... we have plenty in the city. As for people watching ... summer is coming soon'nough.
GORGEOUS VIEWS!!!!!!!!!. This place is so unique to the diverse range of restaurants here in San Francisco, that i am surprised it was not thought of a long time ago. We went on a busy Saturday night and we were well taken care of. We had no reservations, the hostes was very friendly and got us seated very quickly. Our drinks were really good and the appetizers were good, a little on the small portion side. We ended up on the rofftop bar, and it we enjoyed an amazing view of the city. The music they were playing was loungey. Loved this place, definitely going back!
Don't waste your time or money eating here. Overpriced and mediocre food. Fish (bacalao) cakes could be mistaken for not having fish (mostly potato). Also, service was slow. After spending over $40 per person, some people went down to the street to get a burrito. Don't waste your time or money eating here.
Good food in small portions and really bad service! (downstairs). Yes it is too bad another restaurant we will not be going to again due to bad service. My family (all adults) party of nine went there for dinner sunday night early at six o'clock only a couple of other people where there with us. The waitress started out friendly in the beginning giving us her spiel about how they give one person portions but usually people share to try new food out etc. blah blah blah so that was fine. She then proceeded to take our drink and when she delivered are food she took are food orders from then it was down hill. When we decided to order more food she advised us again you can order and share or "to what ever you want" rolled her eyes and turned around and left. When she came back to take our order I asked for another glass of wine well the food came I ate and never saw my glass of wine. She then brought the desert menu and I told her I order I wanted to cancel by wine order and good she please bring me coffe instead so I could have with my desert. She said umm umm umm OK yeah it didn't pour the wine yet as if it was the bartenders fault and did not apologize for not bring me the wine. Later when she picked up the tab she opend it up and counted the money $364.00 right in front of us which I have never seen someone do that before I mean this is supposedly a 4 star restaurant or not! When we gave her the money even though the gratuity was already calculated we gave $15.00 over the total and since she made us made and we felt she did not deserve the tip we asked that the Chef be given the tip.
I love this place. I had a blast on Medjools roof top patio with a group of friends. If you like small plates of exotic food, good drinks and a great place to hang out on a Sunday. Check out this Mission hide out. The servers are nice and courteous. I will try the downstairs dinning room next.
Good grub...slow service. We went to Medjool during the week so it was not crowded and the only people there were for the food. I really liked the Grilled Hanger Steak, Seared Sea Scallops and the Grilled Lamb Sirloin. The baba ganoush and tabuoli with pita was good too. The place looked pretty impressive...large eating area, open kitchen, really high ceilings. Crazy roof deck. Too bad it was crappy outside. The service was slow. Especially considering there was not a lot of people there and they were fully staffed. Stick to beer or wine...they recommended some cocktails that were weak. All in all, it was a good dining experience.
The Hostess with the Mostest. I must say, this restaurant has always been one of those "hit-or-miss places"- that is, hitting or missing a night that this incredible hostess is working. She's totally on top of her game (got us a table without a reservation in about 20 minutes on a completely full night ) and running (literally at times) the show. While having our drink at the bar, my buddy and I were commenting on her genuine enthusiasm and delivery of the best service we've experienced in San Francisco. A job well done, Medjool.
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