2511 Durant Ave, Berkeley
Food was not flavorful. I got the lamb platter - lamb had no seasoning, salad was fine, hummus was bland and tasted mostly like tahini - no flavor at all. Pita was clearly not homemade - very basic. Falafel was good.
I honestly love their food and service, excellent area next to where I live. The workers are always very friendly. Will visit here again.
I cant believe I never wrote this place a review. This is my go to place for middle eastern food ! I have catered from here a few times. My friends loved their food every time I took them here. My guests at my parties really enjoyed the chicken shawarma platter I had for them. This place is in Berkeley and near college town but it's not a super loud area. Has seating inside and the workers there have always been friendly! Thanks you! I will be back soon.
The food here is decent. I've ordered the pita pocket and fries and the chicken sandwich and fries. However, it can be inconsistent in terms of what they have in stock. For instance, they've run out of pita pockets but have been able to serve me sandwiches with a similar texture. The sandwiches are also very oddly crafted. The shreddings of lettuce and tomatoes are all the way at the bottom but the meat is at the top. So the sandwiches are very imbalanced no matter what way you have them - no vegetables in most bites and no meat in other bites. I also don't like that many times I've ordered here they serve my food to me after others coming in behind me. It can get frustrating at the lack of consistency, order, and seating (since the place is a bit cramped), but the food is pretty good if you can be okay with the other pitfalls of this place.
I came here for a quick shawarma wrap, and it was pretty good, but I didn’t know that there would be a salad in the wrap as well, so I didn’t really enjoy it as much as I would have without the salad.
Nice and fresh Mediterranean food. I had falafels with hummus and a salad. The bread was bit hard and I didn't try much but my meal was very flavorful and fresh. The place is very cozy and food served very fast.
The food at this location doesn't reach the standards of the other one in north Berkeley, but it's still really great. The baba ganoush is usually outstanding, but this time was so garlicky it was almost inedible . But they make the best falafel I've ever had anywhere in the bay area! The hummus was magnificent this time. The fries are great, the gyro meat rocks, the rice is very tasty and not dry. Overall very good restaurant, but inconsistent on some of the sides. The overkill on garlic and onions can vary, so prepare yourself!
Nice people working in evening and best costumer service.
Prices have gone up a lot in the past few years.... it's not as affordable as it used to but there's some cheat codes. Chicken shawerma salad and ask for extra pita bread, thats $11 but it will last you 2 very filling meals. If you eat half at the restaurant you can probly ask for an extra 3rd serving of pita
I should have stuck to my rule. If it has a yelp review under 4, it's just not that good. I went in because I love Mediterranean food and I was hoping it would be better than expected. It was just not up to par. The workers in there were very nice and adjusted the menu slightly to our liking on the vegetarian plate. I ordered the combo plate and I saw when they prepared the meat, they didn't carve it off the meat on the stick in the heater, they took precut meat out of a container and threw it on the grill and poured some type of oil on top. The lamb slices were way over cooked. The chicken was cooked better and was more moist, but it had no flavor. They go crazy on the oil too. Pour it over the whole plate. The rice was my favorite thing for sure. The dolmas were very oily and there was some type of spice over the whole vegetarian plate that made my younger tingle every time I ate something. I hate to leave a bad review, but I definitely won't be back.
Good customer service and delicious food!
Underflavored and expensive - $10 kefta kebab wrap that had more lettuce and onion than meat
Great food and friendly staff. The Mediterranean plate is awesome. I’ll come back more times.
Good shawarma wraps and dinner plates. Gyro wrap shouldn't even be on the menu - cold and bland.
For a super tasty lunch for reasonable prices, check out D'Yar near downtown Berkeley. I found this place as I was working several blocks away on the UC campus and it was so good and satisfying I ended up having it every day for lunch. I would come in pretty late, around 2pm, and never had much of a wait for my food. The staff were always very friendly, I learned a bit of arabic to say thanks as I overheard them using the language. My go-to was a mini gyro type deal/special they have for lunch. The pita pocket was sizable and came with fries. I had it with falafel, and theirs was the best I've had in a long, long time. They don't use much anything spicy, but a ton of herbs make them so fresh and crispy I was addicted. They have lettuce, yogurt sauce, onion and some tomatoes and cucumber all inside as well. Fries were substantial and well cooked to crispy goodness. I think it was running $8 or less! Take a break and taste the mediterranean for a great price at D'Yar.
Chicken Kebab! With rice. Man they got some of the best chicken around the campus. The plate is so worth it.
If you're going to charge for a side, it should be a side, not shards of meat on top of the salad. $17 for a salad? Ludicrous, reminder now why u stopped frequenting and won't be going back.
Came here on a whim after finishing a hike near Inspiration Point and happy that we did lamb and beef gyro platter: can choose either fries or rice as a side. They're quite generous with the amount of meat served and can easily be shared if you're not too hungry. Meat was cooked well and on the crispier side. Also ordered the falafels (average) with a side of babaganoush (above average). Overall, would recommend if you are looking for a solid Mediterranean spot.
Came in got the chicken kebab salad. Service was very fast considering that it was during their rush hour. Chicken was tender and salad was super fresh. Highly recommend for anyone looking for fast Mediterranean food.
The food was good and very filling; you definitely get a good bang for your buck from D'Yar. In addition, the service was quick and the people were nice. One thing that I would improve though is the cleanliness of the restaurant itself.
Had a great falafel wrap here -- they fried the falafels right in front of me. Fresh, great tasting, reasonably priced, and quick. The only thing I would like to see is a whole wheat wrap option.
Great hidden place to find cheap north African food.
Delicious food good service nice people
I've been here a couple times. Everything has been very fresh and flavorful. Service has been fast and friendly. Really enjoy the veggie cuisine, love the falafel with sesame. Thanks!
Wonderful Mediterranean food! Everything was fresh and perfect! The best hummus I have ever had!!
Not too many seats but the food is great and the service is cheerful and fast. You should go!
this place makes great food for a great price! please take the time to visit, it will definitely be worth your time
If you're looking for an establishment with great food and music selection this is the place to go. With the restaurant's location right on Durant Avenue nearby UC Berkeley you get a great atmosphere full of young energetic college students who uplift this orginazation. For anyone who is a fan of rice bowl I recommend that you go to this establishment and purchase their selection. With it's nice doses of chicken and spices you're certainly enjoy this flavorful meal.
Good food, good price, good srrvice. almodt a 5/5
Honestly I was pretty disappointed with this place. The cashier was not friendly at all and very unhelpful. Our falafel was okay but the hummus was bad and they hardly put any veggies in the pita sandwich. Aside from the convince due to the fact that it was quick and we were in Berkeley I would not recommend/ return. There was 2 hour meter parking outside the restaurant which was nice.
Some of the staff don't know their own special, and will just read you their main menu. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Very rude unhelpful, and unappreciable service. Not welcoming customer service, very hostile for no reason. No wonder they ask for a tip, before they serve you. It's funny how there lowest percentage tip available is 15%. Lol, perceived forced tip, no customer service just a cook. No people skills. Whoever the food was ok.
Went on Monday, got the chicken kebab wrap, the chicken was RAW! I kindly went up to the woman and showed her. She apologized and asked if I wanted another, I said no because to be honest I was grossed out. Then she walked away. I went up to her again and asked if she could refund me, she insisted on making me another wrap and once again I said no thank you. She said okay and went on the ipad to process my refund(or so i thought) because i payed with card. Well i look today on my bank statements and she did not refund me. She really gave me raw chicken and didn't refund me. Absolutely not.
Delicious Mediterranean Plate, which is an excellent vegetarian option for south of the Berkeley campus.
Pretty good food
The lamb is amazing!!! Beat all other lamb/wrap/plate spots. It's the whole combo with the hot sauce, tzatziki, hummus, etc.. We always go here a few times a month SO good!
Delicious and inexpensive. What more could you ask for? Great selection of food, including vegetarian options if that is your thing. I recommend the rice bowl or chicken mushroom plate.
Love the lamb and beef wraps. Also the chicken is good to
Best falafel/Mediterranean food on Southside, hands down. I go here for wraps a lot, they're on the small side but usually enough for me. I'm usually a carnivore but their falafel is good enough to convince me to go meatless when I order.
Berkeley is pretty lacking in Middle Eastern food overall, but I think this is a pretty solid restaurant for kabobs/falafel/everything in between. The interior is pretty standard for Berkeley, and there's nothing wrong with it in terms of cleanliness. It does have a cozy feel to it, which I appreciate whenever I decide to eat there. They also usually have pretty good Arab music playing! The food is really good for the price. I always get the rice bowl with chicken, which comes with a bed of rice, chicken, and a salad on top. Paying only $7.99 for a pretty balanced meal is pretty hard to come by in Berkeley. The chicken is always really flavorful and not dry at all. Make sure to ask for some of their hot sauce on the side !! I recently discovered it and fell in love with it. This place also has some of the best dolma in Berkeley. It's like a dollar more expensive than other places ($4.99 for 6 pieces, IIRC), but I think the taste is worth it. They also give a yogurt-based dip to cut through the acidity, which I haven't noticed from other places. They make such a tasty + healthy snack and they're definitely one of my favorite parts of this restaurant! I've never had any issues with service. I'm under the impression that this is also a family-owned business, so I always feel good coming by here + giving them my business. They're also on Snackpass + have a discount for your first order, so def give them a try! Will definitely be back again!
2511 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704