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Where to Find Atlanta’s Essential Middle Eastern Food

Persian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Israeli food, Atlanta’s got it all

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Often coded as “Mediterranean,” Middle Eastern cuisine usually involves plates of meat, squishy eggplant or chickpea sides, and rice that is good but will never top the rice one’s grandmother makes. Atlanta offers plenty of these variations, and is particularly blessed with multiple Persian, Turkish, Lebanese, and Israeli establishments around the metro area.

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1. Café Raik

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1160 Old Peachtree Rd NW i
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 476-7595
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Located in Duluth, Cafe Raik labels itself “Mediterranean,” but this family-owned restaurant, run by chef Faiq Usman, focuses on the dishes of the Middle East, using old family recipes. Expect to find homey renditions of labneh, falafel, and baba ganoush on the menu here, as well as platters of shawarma, kabobs, and tawook.

2. Aladdin's Mediterranean Grill & Deli

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8725 Roswell Rd #1
Sandy Springs, GA 30350
(770) 518-9288
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Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill & Deli has locations in Sandy Springs and Emory Point. It serves variations on Middle Eastern sandwiches, protein platters, and salads in generous portions. The price point at Aladdin’s is affordable, too. Free parking at both locations.

3. Taaj Kabob & Grill

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6385 Spalding Dr B
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
(770) 559-8799
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Located in Peachtree Corners, this modest market-restaurant combo is where to head to for kebabs that won’t break the bank. The meal kicks off with complimentary sangak (leavened wheat flatbread with herbs, feta, and butter). Order spreads like hummus and kashk badenjoon or baba ghanoush to accompany it before moving on to all the kebabs. Other dishes to try here include ghormeh sabzi (herby kidney bean stew with lamb or veal), the fatoosh salad, and the lamb shank.

4. Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill

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4639 N Shallowford Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(678) 705-8268
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Named after the Hebrew and Arabic slang for “awesome,” Cafe Sababa offers solid takes on Middle Eastern standards ranging from shawarma to souvlaki (Greek street food skewers). Come here for kababs, baba ganoush, falafels, and even a lamb burger topped with feta cheese on ciabatta bread.

5. Jerusalem Bakery & Grill

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1175 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 419-1666
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With locations in Alpharetta and Marietta, Jerusalem Bakery & Grill is rich with platters and pies (and for picky eaters, pizzas). The family-owned and -operated business is more than 40 years old now and is one of the Southeast’s top distributors of Middle Eastern breads, pastries, and sweets.

6. Mandolin Kitchen

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6152 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 705-8880

Mandolin Kitchen in Sandy Springs opened in late-2017 and has already become a popular spot for home-style Turkish fare. It even made Eater Atlanta’s restaurant heatmap a few months in a row. Standouts on the menu here include the chicken avgolemono soup (Greek egg-lemon soup), ezme (appetizer featuring chopped tomatoes, red onions, red peppers, chili peppers, garlic, walnut, and olive oil) and lahmacun or or lahmajoun—the Turkish equivalent of pizza.  

7. Rumi's Kitchen

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6112 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 477-2100
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Persian food is notoriously time-consuming, so restaurants default to kebabs and rice to serve guests quickly. Both Rumi’s Kitchen locations in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta do this very well, in addition to providing slower cooked dishes such as kashk badenjoon, the ultimate form of eggplant. Rumi’s is on Eater Atlanta’s Essential 38 restaurants list for a reason. Chef Ali Mesghali and his team offer diners an elegant experience paired with tight service, good wine, and Persian flavors which simply transport. A third location opens at Colony Square in Midtown next year.

8. Mediterranean Bakery & Sandwich

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3362 Chamblee Tucker Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 220-0706
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Mediterranean Bakery & Sandwich sits on the northeast edge of the Perimeter (I-285 N) on Chamblee-Tucker Road and focuses on traditional Lebanese cuisine. The cafe also features a store carrying imported staples like pickles, hummus, spices, and tobacco for the argileh (hookah) as well as freshly baked breads.

9. Ameer's Mediterranean Grill

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2168 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 982-0666
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With locations in Briarcliff and Roswell, Ameer’s Mediterranean Grill offers an entirely halal selection of Middle Eastern dishes as well as a few Western options. All sandwiches are under $8, with entree plates served with salad, basmati rice, and pita bread for around $12 or $13 a piece.

10. Nicola's Restaurant

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1602 Lavista Rd
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 325-2524
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Nicola’s Restaurant has been serving Lebanese fare on Lavista Road since the 1980s. But, it’s not just the good food that makes a trip to Nicola’s worth it. The restaurant includes a little in-house dancing entertainment where the owner himself encourages guests to join the spectacle.

11. Sufi's Kitchen

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1814 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 888-9699
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Located on the edge of the Brookwood Hills neighborhood and next door to R. Thomas’ Grill, Sufi’s Kitchen serves traditional Persian cuisine with a bit of a gourmet twist. The Sufi’s special takes a spicy approach to its sautéed eggplant. The salmon kebab may sound odd, but totally triumphs.

12. Lawrence's Cafe

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910 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-4000
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Those in search of good Lebanese cuisine should head to Lawrence’s Cafe in Decatur. Run by Tony Chebib, who grew up in Falougha Mount-Liban, Lebanon, this congenial restaurant offers fresh, simple dishes on its menu, including emjaddara (lentils and rice), hummus and foul (cooked fava beans), a roast leg of lamb, and platters filled with meat kabobs, shrimp, and rice. The sultan’s feast is a hearty portion containing beef kebobs, kafta rolls, and falafel, served with tahini and brown rice. Lawrence’s also offers wraps and a kids menu. Don’t forget to ask about the specials.

13. Aviva by Kameel

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225 West Peachtree Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 698-3600
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This downtown Atlanta gem is deceptively hidden in the Mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to Aviva by Kameel for fantastic Lebanese, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern lunches as well as a friendly environment all cultivated by Kameel himself. The only downside to Aviva—they aren’t open on weekends.

14. Truva

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1716, 60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 577-8788
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Downtown Atlanta’s Truva restaurant across from Peachtree Center offers Turkish cuisine against a swanky backdrop. They’re stocked with meze, kebabs, sandwich platters, and even Turkish-style pizza. A second location is now open in Virginia-Highland.

15. Ali Baba Mediterranean Delites

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60 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 681-3997
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For a fast-and-very-casual meal in downtown Atlanta, head to Ali Baba Mediterranean for a quick gyro or falafel wrap. Ali Baba might not be the fanciest place to dine, but the staff here and their hospitality more than make up for the no-frills atmosphere.

16. The Beirut

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1025 N Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(678) 364-0707
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Owned by Hadi Rabai and Fatima Hojaij, the Beirut has served classic Lebanese dishes with fine dining touches for nearly a decade in Peachtree City. Try the foul mudammas (fava and garbanzo bean salad), Kefraya (Lebanese wine)-marinated steak tips, or lamb and beef shish kaftas. Order a grand feast for dinner that includes three mezzas, three kebobs, and dessert or coffee.

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1. Café Raik

1160 Old Peachtree Rd NW i, Duluth, GA 30097

Located in Duluth, Cafe Raik labels itself “Mediterranean,” but this family-owned restaurant, run by chef Faiq Usman, focuses on the dishes of the Middle East, using old family recipes. Expect to find homey renditions of labneh, falafel, and baba ganoush on the menu here, as well as platters of shawarma, kabobs, and tawook.

1160 Old Peachtree Rd NW i
Duluth, GA 30097

2. Aladdin's Mediterranean Grill & Deli

8725 Roswell Rd #1, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill & Deli has locations in Sandy Springs and Emory Point. It serves variations on Middle Eastern sandwiches, protein platters, and salads in generous portions. The price point at Aladdin’s is affordable, too. Free parking at both locations.

8725 Roswell Rd #1
Sandy Springs, GA 30350

3. Taaj Kabob & Grill

6385 Spalding Dr B, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Located in Peachtree Corners, this modest market-restaurant combo is where to head to for kebabs that won’t break the bank. The meal kicks off with complimentary sangak (leavened wheat flatbread with herbs, feta, and butter). Order spreads like hummus and kashk badenjoon or baba ghanoush to accompany it before moving on to all the kebabs. Other dishes to try here include ghormeh sabzi (herby kidney bean stew with lamb or veal), the fatoosh salad, and the lamb shank.

6385 Spalding Dr B
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

4. Cafe Sababa - Mediterranean Grill

4639 N Shallowford Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

Named after the Hebrew and Arabic slang for “awesome,” Cafe Sababa offers solid takes on Middle Eastern standards ranging from shawarma to souvlaki (Greek street food skewers). Come here for kababs, baba ganoush, falafels, and even a lamb burger topped with feta cheese on ciabatta bread.

4639 N Shallowford Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

5. Jerusalem Bakery & Grill

1175 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, GA 30067

With locations in Alpharetta and Marietta, Jerusalem Bakery & Grill is rich with platters and pies (and for picky eaters, pizzas). The family-owned and -operated business is more than 40 years old now and is one of the Southeast’s top distributors of Middle Eastern breads, pastries, and sweets.

1175 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067

6. Mandolin Kitchen

6152 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328

Mandolin Kitchen in Sandy Springs opened in late-2017 and has already become a popular spot for home-style Turkish fare. It even made Eater Atlanta’s restaurant heatmap a few months in a row. Standouts on the menu here include the chicken avgolemono soup (Greek egg-lemon soup), ezme (appetizer featuring chopped tomatoes, red onions, red peppers, chili peppers, garlic, walnut, and olive oil) and lahmacun or or lahmajoun—the Turkish equivalent of pizza.  

6152 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

7. Rumi's Kitchen

6112 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328

Persian food is notoriously time-consuming, so restaurants default to kebabs and rice to serve guests quickly. Both Rumi’s Kitchen locations in Sandy Springs and Alpharetta do this very well, in addition to providing slower cooked dishes such as kashk badenjoon, the ultimate form of eggplant. Rumi’s is on Eater Atlanta’s Essential 38 restaurants list for a reason. Chef Ali Mesghali and his team offer diners an elegant experience paired with tight service, good wine, and Persian flavors which simply transport. A third location opens at Colony Square in Midtown next year.

6112 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30328

8. Mediterranean Bakery & Sandwich

3362 Chamblee Tucker Rd, Atlanta, GA 30341

Mediterranean Bakery & Sandwich sits on the northeast edge of the Perimeter (I-285 N) on Chamblee-Tucker Road and focuses on traditional Lebanese cuisine. The cafe also features a store carrying imported staples like pickles, hummus, spices, and tobacco for the argileh (hookah) as well as freshly baked breads.

3362 Chamblee Tucker Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

9. Ameer's Mediterranean Grill

2168 Briarcliff Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

With locations in Briarcliff and Roswell, Ameer’s Mediterranean Grill offers an entirely halal selection of Middle Eastern dishes as well as a few Western options. All sandwiches are under $8, with entree plates served with salad, basmati rice, and pita bread for around $12 or $13 a piece.

2168 Briarcliff Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30329

10. Nicola's Restaurant

1602 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Nicola’s Restaurant has been serving Lebanese fare on Lavista Road since the 1980s. But, it’s not just the good food that makes a trip to Nicola’s worth it. The restaurant includes a little in-house dancing entertainment where the owner himself encourages guests to join the spectacle.

1602 Lavista Rd
Atlanta, GA 30329

11. Sufi's Kitchen

1814 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

Located on the edge of the Brookwood Hills neighborhood and next door to R. Thomas’ Grill, Sufi’s Kitchen serves traditional Persian cuisine with a bit of a gourmet twist. The Sufi’s special takes a spicy approach to its sautéed eggplant. The salmon kebab may sound odd, but totally triumphs.

1814 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

12. Lawrence's Cafe

910 W College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Those in search of good Lebanese cuisine should head to Lawrence’s Cafe in Decatur. Run by Tony Chebib, who grew up in Falougha Mount-Liban, Lebanon, this congenial restaurant offers fresh, simple dishes on its menu, including emjaddara (lentils and rice), hummus and foul (cooked fava beans), a roast leg of lamb, and platters filled with meat kabobs, shrimp, and rice. The sultan’s feast is a hearty portion containing beef kebobs, kafta rolls, and falafel, served with tahini and brown rice. Lawrence’s also offers wraps and a kids menu. Don’t forget to ask about the specials.

910 W College Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

13. Aviva by Kameel

225 West Peachtree Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

This downtown Atlanta gem is deceptively hidden in the Mall at Peachtree Center. While more of a food court than a mall, make a beeline to Aviva by Kameel for fantastic Lebanese, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern lunches as well as a friendly environment all cultivated by Kameel himself. The only downside to Aviva—they aren’t open on weekends.

225 West Peachtree Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

14. Truva

1716, 60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Downtown Atlanta’s Truva restaurant across from Peachtree Center offers Turkish cuisine against a swanky backdrop. They’re stocked with meze, kebabs, sandwich platters, and even Turkish-style pizza. A second location is now open in Virginia-Highland.

1716, 60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

15. Ali Baba Mediterranean Delites

60 Broad St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303

For a fast-and-very-casual meal in downtown Atlanta, head to Ali Baba Mediterranean for a quick gyro or falafel wrap. Ali Baba might not be the fanciest place to dine, but the staff here and their hospitality more than make up for the no-frills atmosphere.

60 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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16. The Beirut

1025 N Peachtree Pkwy, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Owned by Hadi Rabai and Fatima Hojaij, the Beirut has served classic Lebanese dishes with fine dining touches for nearly a decade in Peachtree City. Try the foul mudammas (fava and garbanzo bean salad), Kefraya (Lebanese wine)-marinated steak tips, or lamb and beef shish kaftas. Order a grand feast for dinner that includes three mezzas, three kebobs, and dessert or coffee.

1025 N Peachtree Pkwy
Peachtree City, GA 30269

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