A wonderful experience, welcoming staff, and superb food. The owner is very involved, gracious, welcoming, and attentive to the quality of the food and the client's experience. This is a much needed addition to the Iowa City area. Thank you! K. Malek
Very good food and service, lots of sweets also.
Such a great place
The staff was wonderful, so nice and helpful! The food was exceptional! Not just delicious, but so fresh too! I will definitely be eating here again!
It is a great restaurant. All food were so delicious. We enjoyed being there.
This place is FANTASTIC! There is SUCH a great variety of Mediterranean foods available here – something for every taste! The falafel was exceptionally good – fresh and crunchy. A lot of detail and attention to the different foods, along with warm hospitality, make this place stand out on its own! Nothing else like it around. We also had a Turkish coffee, which was made perfectly! AAA++ We’ll be back again and again!
A wonderful addition, so happy to have a mediterranean option in the IC/Coralville area! Staff were nice and extremely helpful--when we were there, only about 2/3 of the dishes were labeled, but at least 3 different staff came by to say "if you have any questions about any of the dishes, just ask me." A really pretty extraordinary array of choices--one whole vegan table (with hummus and babaganoush), several salads (including a really good tzitziki), pickles, olives, etc. Multiple hot dishes, some expected (falafel) and others not (really crispy terrific fried calamari, a nice breaded fried chicken). Many things I'd never had or tried before (a lamb and potato dish that was really good) and then you can order things from the grill--I had the kofta which was excellent, husband had chicken which was very good. And a lovely array of desserts (including a table of jars of candy--gummy bears, cotton candy, huge colored marshmallows) that would have made my eyes the size of dinner plates when I was a kid. The food was all fresh, hot and carefully prepared, and again, the staff were lovely. We'll definitely be back.
So many varieties, all delicious, and the staff is super friendly and helpful. Hands down one of the best buffets I've been to.
I personally loved my experience there. The food reminded me of my homeland, Egypt, and the staff were very assisting. Overall, a great atmosphere and a wonderful experience. I would come back for sure!
Mediterranean food at its best! I only had one other 'favorite' place in all the diverse restaurants in Iowa City... Tabooleh has now replaced them. The food was so beautifully presented, such care in how the food looks is important to me. The tastes, the flavors were remarkable; fresh foods , nothing from a corporate food service. OH my, I don't eat a lot but I'd eat at this buffet just to sample, it's so good. We 'split' the desserts because we didn't want to overindulge. Next time, I'm starting with a dessert sample. ( I believe you can also purchase the desserts for take away). I'd go to Iowa City (from Niles MI) just to indulge in the wonderful flavors.
Great variety of Mediterranean options. Meats cooked to order, koofta and shawerma were excellent. Various pickles and olives, an entire island of vegan dishes. Staff is super friendly and helpful if you have any questions. Will definitely be back.
YUM! My husband and I just left,and we are full of deliciousnessThere were so many options, and everything was labeled well--pasta dishes, fresh salads, and freshly grilled meats and veggies. My husband enjoyed the Heyn's ice cream and baklava for dessertThe staff was super friendly--we will be back!!
First visit, but definitely not my last. It is a Mediterranean restaurant with recipes from Lebanon, Egypt, Greece and others. It is not an Italian restaurant.
It is a buffet, not usually my favorite format, but the food truly was glorious, well prepared, well prepared and varied. It seems to be all you care to eat for one price (drinks other than water, extra.) For those to whom this is important, they do not have and don't seem likely to get a license to serve alcohol. They will be open for lunch and supper.
Really tastey food and pleasant, low key atmosphere.
We went for dinner last night and we'll be back again! Variety of choices with meat and vegan dishes, a grill where the chef cooks up different meats with veggies on the spot, desserts and candies, and such delightful service and attention. We enjoyed multiple plates of good food and left very satisfied and looking forward to next time Would highly recommend!
Unique buffet, just opened a few weeks ago. I went for dinner with my family a few days ago. Food had an authentic Egyptian feel that I've never experienced before (well, never traveled to the Middle East...). There is nothing like it here in Iowa.
- The owner was right there the whole time, supervising and helping out.
- Don't miss the grill for freshly cooked meat.
- The only genuine tzatziki I know of in greater Iowa City (I've had to make it myself sometimes for cravings).
Two down sides:
- Price for dinner is a little high. But it's a unique concept for a buffet, selection was both diverse and well stocked and I shudder to think of their costs.
- My teenage son found the food a little "different." If you're looking for chicken wings, pizza, and egg rolls, you might be disappointed. If you have a craving for Pizza Ranch, don't go here, go to Pizza Ranch.
Shout out to the four Heyn's ice cream selections in their desert section - a nice local touch which shows premium quality.
So many varieties, all delicious, and the staff is super friendly and helpful. The food is authentic Egyptian food that reminds me of home. You can tell it's is all prepared fresh, none of that canned stuff. Hands down one of the best buffets I've been to.
I loved everything about this place. The wait staff and owners greet you as if you are family...very helpful and friendly while offering help if you want to know what is in a particular dish. The flavors are so rich and savory! I will be back and highly recommend it to all! The tea was also delicious!
Absolutely the BEST middle eastern cuisine, buffet style! Huge fresh selection of all the favorites. Only open 3 weeks, you must give it a try. Great prices and service. About 4 minutes from the I80 Coralville, Iowa exits. My grandson and I loved it!
This place has an amazing variety of salads, main dishes, and desserts - very authentic and delicious. Excellent service.
I heard about this place a while back But was too busy to visit... now I regret not coming sooner because this place great!!
As a Middle Eastern who grew up with home-made Arab food, I'm very skeptical to any place that wants to claim they are "authentic" Mediterranean. Sorry Mom, but this place gets 5/5 in my book. Great food (7 buffet lines) with lots of variety. There is also a grilled-to-eat chicken/beef where the chef makes you kabobs.
Will be back again!
This place is AWESOME!! Really delicious fresh food and great service. I came here on a Saturday at 7:30 with a group of 6. No problems getting sat right away. The cost per person was about $17 for dinner. Once we sat down we just went to the buffet. A server came over later and took our drink orders.
All the food was awesome. For vegan friends there is a whole buffet line labeled "vegan." And for the meat eaters there was a guy making fresh gyros and kofta. For desert many options but my favorite was the balaclava. I live in Chicago and have not found a buffet like this or of this caliber there. At the end we paid at the front.
Check out this delicious and yummy new local addition to Coralville.