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Sahara Grill - 14 Reviews - 1334 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (215) 985-4155

Sahara Grill

1334 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 985-4155
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besst restaurant in towwwwwn <3 Pros: atyab akel


I just experienced robbery by the crook owner. A friend and I wanted a light meal, nothing too big, so we decided to stop in and split an entree and an appetizer - something norm...

$8.00 ""Meal Sharing Fee"" 2/2/2012

I just experienced robbery by the crook owner. A friend and I wanted a light meal, nothing too big, so we decided to stop in and split an entree and an appetizer - something normal people do at restaurants all over the world. We aren't cheap, just didn't feel like downing 2,000 calories each. When presented the check, we see an additional $8.00. I ask if they accidentally added on a dessert or something, and the owner points to some fine print on the menu that says ""$8 sharing fee"" and says I should have read it. One, this isn't a credit card, I don't need to read the menu front to back to look for tricks like that. Two, the waitress didn't bother to tell us. I don't care about $8, I'm writing this because the owner could care less about customer service and who knows what other cheap tricks he has up his sleeve. Give your money to good people, not this street hustler. more

ya hek mat3am ya bala :D 11/19/2009

besst restaurant in towwwwwn <3 Pros: atyab akel more

For Authenticity, Keep Walking 7/10/2009

I don't know why this place had such great reviews. I had the lamb kabob platter, which is reasoably priced, and comes with a good deal of food. The salad was ordinary, with store-bought greek dressing, it was very fresh, but again ordinary. The pita was average at best, not home-made and probably of a brand you could buy at the grocery. The rice was rice-a-roni in texture and odd color, contained small noodles as well as rice, it was greasy and topped with a few sliced blanched almonds. It was terrible and added nothing to the kabob. The lamb was superb, properly flavored, 7 or so large pieces, slightly charred on the outside and a perfect slight pink in the middle. It was marinaded perfectly and tasted very Lebonese, with a hint of rosemary, which grows in such abundance on the dunes of the coast. The vegetables on the kabob (it was actually served kabob style without the kabob, a nice presentation) were overdone, bland and mushy. The side veggies, which were slices of grilled zuchinin and a grilled plum tomato were awful The spices did not blend at all with the spices on the meat or the lack of spices in the 'rice'. The baklava was average at best, and expensive considering its poor quality. the atmosphere is country kitchen with Lebonese artwork, kind of weird. The music is nice. My reccommendation is to keep walking and go to the Sansom Kabob House down the street, the food and atmosphere are 100x better and the prices are about the same. Pros: friendly, efficient staff, meat cooked perfectly Cons: terrible Middle Eastern Food-dulled for the American palate more

A mango drink by the summer sea 4/10/2009

I have never been to Lebanon, so I will have to settle for dining at Sahara Grill. I am a snobbish critic when it comes to pita bread and hummus. Both are fabulous at this place. As a vegetarian, I find that SG ranks among the best options in Philadelphia. The service is casual and the servers are authentic. It feels real. I like to eat there when I am in town. Pros: Fresh food, delicious cool drinks, strong coffee Cons: It's 15 miles from my house. more


I love the middle east food from Sahara Grill. Friendly atmosphere, nice service and very affordable. The menu has a variety of healty entries full of flavor. I visit the restaurant very often and they always have the same great service.... more

Hot food, chilly service 1/27/2008

Foodwise, Sahara Grill is spot on. The tabouli is minty-fresh and the entrees are always authentic and full of flavor. The service, however, leaves much to be desired. It is efficient and proper, but definitely not ""warm,"" as one person described it below. In fact, I feel like I get the cold shoulder every time I'm there and even when I call in on the phone! I brought my parents once and was embarrassed because of they felt uncomfortable because they got the silent treatment from the waiter. Ultimately I stopped going, but I would recommend giving it a shot because the food really is quite good. Pros: Food Cons: Service more

Most Authentic and Best Lebanese food in Philly 9/27/2007

I have been a fan of this place for a number of years and think that their food is the most authentic and best tasting Lebanese food in the city.\r Staff is very warm and I have had nothing but excellent service.\r I travel to the Middle East often and this is the ""real McCoy."" If you are looking for something healthy , delicious and a bit exotic this is your place.\r I recommend the Mixed Grill, Shwarma and Grilled Chicken Greek Salad, Hummus,and Baba Ganouj\r Ask for some of their homemade hot peper sauce! more

Best Lebanese food in Philly!!!!! 4/12/2007

Great food, great hummus, falafel and apetizers! fatouch? awesome! \r sandwiches are great, shawarma, taouk, all of them are perfect! and very affordable prices. a true lebanese experience\r don't like the kebbe... Pros: fast great food at affordable prices Cons: poor kebbe... some items are westernized more

delicious food. 1/19/2007

my friend & i went here one night, not knowing what to expect.... we are both of middle eastern descend and thus have many points of reference. i was very pleasantly suprirse and let me just tell you: we just kept on eating and ordering more!! \r \r the only thing i wish they had was a plain basmati white rice.... but everything else was delicious and well made. Pros: delicious variety of foods. well prepared and fast service. Cons: the waiters were not that friendly. there was no plain basmati rice. more

horrid place 11/10/2006

i am from abu dhabi, so i know what middle eastern food is really like, and this place is nothing like it, \r its utter rubbish and well honestly,its rather pricy. i dont know what the other reviewers found so great in this place ! Pros: ambience Cons: bad food, bad service, very expensive ! more

best middle eastern food 8/17/2006

This place is the best kept secret for middle eastern food. I've been a happy patron of this restaurant for almost 5 years and it's been consistently great. The prices are a steal for the amount of food you get and the staff are so sweet. Try the lemonade, it's homemade and so delish! more

Hottest Waiter in the City 1/6/2006

The food was amazing, but it could have been crappy and I'd still go back...Seriously, the hottest guy in the city hands down. Ladies should come in a group to check out the hotness. I was going to keep it a secret and keep it to myself, but know. I thought I'd share the eye candy. I went on a Thrusday if you want to catch the hottest waiter in Philly, go Thursday. Oh okay the food, the hummus is amazing. Our entrees were really good...Opt for the couscous instead of the rice. You won't be sorry. Pros: Hot Waiter, Inexpensive, Amazing Food Cons: Distracting hotwaiter more

Tasty 11/14/2003

I ate here for the first time tonight. I ahd a shawerma with a mango yogurt drink. the food was excellent and the prices were suprisingly reasonable for a walnut st. restaurant. also, they deliver for rders of $20+. Pros: food, prices more

Fantastic Hummus! 7/29/2002

This could be the best kept secret for Middle Eastern food in Philly. The food was fantastic- especially the hummus, the grilled chicken and their baklava. The atmosphere is quiet and restful. Would recommend to anyone! I am definitely going back for more. more
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  • Hours:

    Mon. - Sun. 11am - 10pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Washington Square West, Center City