Delicious food and a great place for a big group!. I had to throw together a birthday dinner for a group of 12 at the last minute, and Fattoush came to the rescue! They were extremely accomodating (allowing me to change the number a couple of times) and welcomed us with friendly and warm smiles when we arrived. Everyone in the group found something (or several things!) that appealed to his/her palate and left with their bellies full and happy. The server made some great recommendations! The atmosphere is more relaxed and service is a bit on the slow side, but food and group-friendly environment areworth the wait.
Wonderful, unique food. We live in the area & eat there about once a week. The food is amazing - something for every taste. Each dish is unique and perfectly prepared and seasoned. If you like middle eastern food but want something a little out of the ordinary, you'll love it. The owner is very particular about ingredient quality & it shows. I especially recommend the mansaf (lamb, rice & yoghurt dish- everyone I've introduced to it has raved!) and the fresh seafood dishes. The wine list is small but very good and has some unusual selections. The owner is nice and helpful and he is the main server many nights. About complaints on the service - it can be disorganized when the place gets very crowded quickly, because they usually don't have a lot of staff on. We have occasionally had some delays in being seated or getting our food and drinks, though nothing bad enough to ruin the experience. They always try very hard to give good service, but it feels more casual and neighborhood than fancy restaurant-like. If you are not a stickler about that, and don't mind it being a little hectic on a crowded night, I think the food more than makes up for it! Go relaxed and ready to enjoy the delicious food and nice atmosphere. Also, check out the patio - very nice.
Good food good restaurant good neighborhood. The food is definitely good, though you can get a better breakfast less than a block away at the restaurant on the corner. However, you'll have to wait an hour to get in there, and Fattoush will do. The dinners are very good here though, and all around it's worth a visit.
Bailed us out on graduation. High school graduation, and friends and family were in town. Couldn't find a place in Noe Valley that would take reservations for brunch. Fattoush was very accomodating and was patient with our moving target-time arrival. We sat on the patio and had a GREAT brunch with items for everyones' taste. Delicious and fresh, including the fresh mint tea in a glass. It was beautiful yet casual which suited my daughters style.
We'll be back!!. We ate at Fattoush on a Tuesday night so we didn't have any problems waiting in line or being seated promptly. The waitstaff were a bit on the slow side to deliver the warm pita bread with unusual but good dipping sauce; they were also very hands-off our entire meal. The menu was exotic yet approachable -- there were many appealing choices to choose from. The food was incredibly good; Fattoush uses spices creatively and wonderfully. We ordered one vegetarian dish with eggplants, mushrooms and tomato sauce and a lamb dish with yogurt and almonds -- I highly recommend both dishes. We'll be back again soon!
Fabulous and unique dining experience. We have had three opportunities to experience Fattoush since we moved into the neighborhood 2 months ago. The food was absolutely delicious- and for true San Franciscan "foodies" that is the highest praise we can offer! The atmoshere was relaxed and it was easy to carry on conversation. It was a romantic place and the prices are reasonable. The owner was extremely helpful at selecting dishes when we didn't know exactly what some of them were. He has made different recommendations to us each time and each and every dish was a sensory delight. It's also fun to share dishes here as each one is so unique. We were recommended to this restaurant from a neighborhood local and now we know why. It is the best kept secret in Noe Valley!
Good food, Horrible Horrible Service. I went for the first time with a friend and we waited in line for about 20 minutes with no acknowledgement from any staff. there wer empty tables but no one helped. When we finally got someone to seat us i requested patio seating and was handed my menu and told to take myself to the patio. we sat down and were given water but had to wait another 20 minutes or longer just to make our order and then to get our food. we each got the french toast which was really good. the service was absolutely horrible!!!! there was no service. the food was over priced considering all we got.
Middle Eastern Magic.... I recently dined for the second time at Fattoush, a delightful little restaurant in the heart of noe valley....and i wanted to recommend to all you gourmets out there a dish called Mansaf (a nomadic dish) comprised of lamb,rice and yogurt and topped with roasted almonds, which i found out of this world... i have eaten at numerous middle eastern restaurants over the years,but have never tasted anything quite like it!
Noe Valley cafe dishes out Middle Eastern eats and a popular weekend brunch..
With one of the most diverse menus to be found in the neighborhood, this festive restaurant serves everything from shish kebabs, tabouli and hummus to French toast, omelets and pancakes. Come for weekend brunch on the open-air patio (heat lamps available), or during the week for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner in the twinkle-light adorned dining room.
Delicious and Charming!. Great food, lovely unpretentious but elegant atmosphere. Warm service, nice place to talk since the music isn't too loud. The food goes beyond typical Middle Eastern fare - creative while not being over-the-top showy. Generous portions. Yum!
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