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Ya Hala Grill - 13 Reviews - 2100 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO - Asian Restaurants Reviews - Phone (303) 758-9376

Ya Hala Grill

2100 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 758-9376
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don't go for a quick meal. Go for the incredible flavors! Best hummus and lamb appetizer in denver. Wow. All the meats are incredible. Service is laughably bad... but who c...


I've gone 3 differnt times. Twice for lunch and once for dinner. Painfully slow service each time. I should be able to get in and out of a restaurant within an hour, especially...

awesome food 9/20/2009

don't go for a quick meal. Go for the incredible flavors! Best hummus and lamb appetizer in denver. Wow. All the meats are incredible. Service is laughably bad... but who cares? They are nice and it has its hole in the wall charm. Pros: everything is good! Cons: service is slow, but friendly more

If you have all the time in the world to eat mediocre food 8/28/2009

I've gone 3 differnt times. Twice for lunch and once for dinner. Painfully slow service each time. I should be able to get in and out of a restaurant within an hour, especially when I am one of 3 to 5 people in the whole place. Dinner service was so terribly slow that I asked for the bill early. The server nodded and walked away, I assumed to get the tab. He was not to be seen again. I'm still not sure if you just get your bill at the front counter or they bring it to you...this place is a mess. The food might be okay, at best, but who cares. Service counts for too much of the experience. There are too many good restaurants in Denver to spend my hard earned money on. Cons: Staff more

Miserable service, In-your-face attitude, Slow Slow Slow 8/26/2009

Wow, I've never been almost punched by a waiter for trying to order a refill. Yikes this was a big surprise especially since I've been going to this place since I was a teenager and it's been somewhat satisfactory until now. We arrived, 4 of us and after practically having to clean the table ourselves, sat down and got to ordering. The drinks arrived with some aplomb, and all seemed well. However, the waiter kept giving us that ""I hate you for being here"" look (for no reason) and it didn't sit well, but still we persisted. 30 minutes later our salads (diced tomatoes and cucumbers) arrived and we were all very grateful in a way that started to make us upset. Next time the waiter crept out from behind the hookahs, my uncle Thom requested a refill of his drink to which the waiter replied ""we don't do free refills"" in a very harsh tone. My uncle replied ""oh don't worry about that, I pay for everything I order."" The waiter's chance to redeem himself was rebutted and he persisted in informing the whole table that there were no free refills on anything and then glared at us for what seemed like ages before disappearing again. My brother (who has worked in the restaurant industry for the past 20 years) had just been telling us that he doesn't let things like this get to him; got up and went to the register to let Ya Hala know we were walking out. It is worth noting that 3 other groups had walked out just ahead of us. After trying to charge us $36 for 4 mediocre salads and ice teas, our waiter offered $24 which we also rejected. Finally throwing $12 on the counter, we left and head for Garbanzos, a place where we didn't get scorned for ordering a refill. Ya Hala????? Never again Cons: Poor service, dirty tables, rude waiters, food takes forever more

Avoid at all costs... 7/9/2009

I ate here once and couldn't understand why the ratings were so good, and why it was listed as best Middle Eastern food in Denver. Was it the only place they ate at? I think the only place that tastes worse is Jerusalem. Pros: Business hours Cons: Everything else more

Great gyro and falaffel 3/10/2009

This place is delicious. The gyro and falaffel sandwiches are tremendous and if you call ahead they will have them ready and you will be on your way to heaven. The food is cheaper and better than the food at Jerusalem and I would never go there again after eating at this place. I have no idea if the service is good or not when you sit, but this is the best carry out joint in this part of town by far. more

Ya Better Not 2/28/2009

My boyfriend, daughter & myself were there last week. We had quite possibly the WORST service I have EVER had. The offending server was the OWNERS daughter. When we were there about a month earlier we had a wonderful young male server. He was friendly, charming & gave great service. No such luck this time. Mean waitress let us sit & ponder the menu for about 15 min before ""gracing"" us with her presence. She forgot our appitizer. My boyfriend found a hair in his food. When charming waiter checked on us (not his table,not his tip, but he checked nonetheless) I told him we were really pleased with the food, just not the app. It was sour tasting. He came back to the table & informed us that the manager said because we touched it, we had to pay for it. BAD policy, I told charming waiter. He was so apologetic. But there was nothing he could do. When I went to pay I mentioned the lone hair, not belonging to my boyfriend, in his food. I told charming waiter, maybe the cook should wear a hat. This is where it gets CRAZY: Mean waitress YELLED ( or Hala'd, rather) at me. Screaming that I was talking about her father. I suggested a ball cap for Father's Day. She ACTUALLY dropped the F bomb in front of my daughter. Who is 12. She was so out of line that charming waiter HELD her back with one arm & COVERED her mouth with the other. I have NEVER witnessed anything like this before. Pros: Food. Cons: Service. Service. Service. Service. Service. Service. Service. Service. Service. more

Dirty Food - Horrible Service! 2/26/2009

I'm speechless. I'm speechless. I'm speechless. I'm speechless. I'm speechless. I'm speechless. Pros: No Cons: Yes more

Good food, not so great service 7/25/2008

I've been to Ya Hala twice now...and I think the second time was my last time unless one of my friends REALLY wants to go and drags me there. The food is good...however I've had much better Greek salads and much better hummus. The first time I went I was in a bit of a hurry so I thought the 'slow service' was more my interpretation of the situation. However, the second time I went with my boyfriend neither of us got drink refills and we ordered the Hummus appetizer and it came with only ONE pita. ONE. We asked for more but the waiter just pretty much ignored us the rest of the time presumably to avoid giving us more bread. Getting the check took forever on both visits. It's too bad really because the place is quite cute and charming and a bit more intimate than some other options, but totally not worth it because of the service. Look, there's like four similar type restaurants a bit further south on Colorado. Try one of those. Pros: cute place Cons: horrible service more

Service so bad it was funny, I snarffled rice out my nose laughing 7/24/2007

On the table there are copies of the various reviews from westword, post, etc. It's funny, in those reviews it very plainly describes what everyone else does...really good food and really horrifying service. Pros: Great food Cons: Mind-numbingly, entirely perplexingly horrid service more

Worst Service Ever 7/11/2007

Now I see why there hasn't been peace in the Middle East for over 2000 years. If the service of Ya Hala is any indicator as to how slow a simple process can go then they will be fighting over there for a long time to come. Pros: A lot of nothing Cons: Service, Service, Service, Broken Clocks, Service more

Awesome food, non-awesome service... 4/13/2007

Went for lunch with a friend. Ya Hala is well-known -- or will be eventually -- for having some of the best baklava in town. Crushes that overcrowded, grungy-feel Jerusalem to pieces. We ordered the ground lamb with hummus as an appetizer (comes with fresh pita bread), I ordered the shawarma beef sandwich and my friend had the kafta kabob. Order took approximately 25 minutes to arrive; I was up at the front desk at minute 22 asking ""where is our appetizer?"" I guess Ya Hala has a unique way of serving people, because everything came *all at once*. The ground lab and hummus was *amazing* -- it was spicy, but *just* right, not fiery. Same with my shawarma beef. My friend thought the kafta kabob was so-so. Once again, have to echo some of the sentiments I've read both here (and under the clear placemat under the table, newspaper reviewers) -- GREAT FOOD, but why does their service have to be so half-assed? (Disclaimer: when I asked about the appetizer, I was told everything was slow-roasted -- would have been nice to get informed that by our server however!) Pros: Amazing food Cons: Below-average service, a few notches above sucktacular more

Dont be in a hurry 12/24/2006

I am so disappointed. The food at Ya Hala is awesome, some of the best middle eastern food in Denver. But the service is so laughable, I wont go back on principal alone. It's not like there were not any waitstaff around, they had at least two running the place, they didn't know how to wait on a table, or didn't care to learn. I wonder if they know that they would make more money if they did it right???? I feel sorry for the owners of Ya Hala because they could have a really good thing here. Pros: Food, Food, Food Cons: I could have gotten my water, yelled out my order and tallied my own bill faster. more

Terrible Service 8/17/2006

They double charged my credit card. I found out later that they've done this to other people when telling them about it. Are well known for having terrible service. The food's ok, but's it's better as a restaurant to avoid as there are other middle eastern restaurants in denver equally good or better without the terrible service. Cons: Double charged my credit card more
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  • Hours:

    Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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    Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    University Hills, Southeast Denver, Wellshire