3109 16th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.764885 -122.422292
Open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday until midnight, and Sunday until 10 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Mission Dolores, Central, Mission Dolores (Hub, Mid-Market)
great food, even better people :) – I had the combo plate, which is very good (and vegetarian too). I got it "to go" because the few seats were already filled. The food is good in itself but the people there are truly a credit to San Francisco. I had never eaten there before, but I had dropped my wallet on the sidewalk in front of the place after having lunch next door. A passerby found it and brought it in. I returned later, retracing my steps, and the Truly Mediterranean people recognized me from my driver's license. Everything was still inside, including cash, which they wouldn't even take as a reward because they didn't know who the passerby was who had found it. Needless to say, I have a new favorite Mediterranean restaurant, and the experience makes me feel better about living in San Francisco. I am truly glad that this city has such good people, and after a fine dinner from there I can recommend the place with confidence.
Overrated in a city with (unusually) very little good Middle Eastern food – This is pretty average Middle Eastern food. Runny hummus, tahini like water, dry falafel, crappy salads - all the marks of mediocrity.
But it's a hole in the wall in the Mission, so that gives it extra cred. San Francisco has almost no Middle Eastern food that's really good, so people don't have much to compare it with.
Great falafel, nearly no seating. – Great falafel in the tradition of great falafel bars. Seating is at a minimum though, and they use flatbread, not pita for wraps, which is an interesting twist.
Good food but take out – Too small to eat in. Excellent swarma and falaffel. It always seems to be open pretty late too, great for after a show at the Roxie.
A hallway-sized takeout shop that serves falafel and shawarma. – In Short
Located right next to the Roxie Theater, this tiny place is all about functionality. A small counter with a few stools offers compact eating quarters, but most patrons enjoy this restaurant's offerings on the go. Middle Eastern fare includes falafel, shawarma, hummus and baba ghanoush.
Tiny, but Tops! – Don't let the size fool you. Don't be intimidated by the middle eastern music blasting from this place with plenty of vocal accompanyment from behind the counter. Walk right up and order a Shwarma. Or, if you're vegetarian, grab a fresh Falafel Deluxe. The regulars know to go on Tuesday and Friday for the Chicken Shwarma (too small to have two roasters!).
great falafels – I went to this restaurant with my friend from Paris and she loved it ! A shame that there is no place in Vancouver (let alone in Victoria !!) where they make Falafels as delicious as in Truly Mediterranean. I MEAN, I can't help myself from going there whenever I visit SF. Piece of advice : if you want great mediterranean food, go there, take my word for it !
Fantastic!!! – Fabulous, fabulous, absolutely fabulous. The shawermas, falafel and baklava are DIVINE!
yum-yum – truly delicious. Fabulous food and swanky decor makes this dining experience an affair to remember. Would come back for seconds and thirds anytime, anyday. Love this restaurant. A true find.
Singing, flirting, great food – If you want fresh, delicious ingredients, singing & dancing cooks, and want to see a beaming smile on your grandmother's face when the handsome man at the counter with a provocative accent winks and flirts with her, go to Truly Mediterranean. The service is fast and courteous, the Middle Eastern music on the stereo lively, and the food never fails. The falafel is made with fresh ingredients, scooped into balls, and fried crisp outside, tender inside right before your eyes. The tabouleh is the best I've had, made the way it should be with a vibrant lemon dressing, crisp cucumbers, and lots of parsley. The flatbread is grilled after the ingredents are rolled into it, so that you get that nice crunch, then the chewy texture, followed by steamy, fragrant filling. I drive 3 hours round trip to eat at this restaurant. You will love it.
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