Been there three times and had excellent food and service every time. Love the food and am sure you will, too. Way too long for Charleston to get a good Lebanese restaurant.
Too many "off nights" will eventually equate to a shut down. The average life of a new restaurant in this town is less than a year. About the national average. These guys better listen to their critics, as there are many good places in Chas. to spend your restaurant dollar.
We love to eat lunch at Sermets, and for some reason it has always been on a Sunday. We love their food but for some reason their bartenders are terrible. We always sit at the bar, perfect for people watching on King Street. The bartenders are very unfriendly. Never greet you, never give you a wine list without asking, and seem very slow on service of drinks. I fully understand that they are also servicing service bar, but if Sunday lunch is always busy, then maybe an extra bartender? Didn't even get a thank you this time. It's a shame as the food is fresh and great tasting, but service and surly bartenders can keep me away.
One of the worst experiences I've had at any restaurant downtown. Went on a Saturday while shopping on King St. with a party of 5, and 3 of us had problems with our entree's. The fish I had was burnt on the underside, while a friend of mine had chicken that tasted raw and flavorless. Just awful in every respect and the management did not seem to much care when he came to our table, thinking we were a bunch of tourists he'd never see again. Little does he know we are all local foodies with a wide network of friends. They do not have a good reputation with locals is evident after talking to people about this, its evident they are out to grab the tourist shoppers on King St., and could care less if they come back.
Had such a tremendous experience at Sermet's last night on Daniel Island. My sister and all twelve of her co-workers from Boone, NC joined me for a great evening of food and drinks! The food was absolutely incredible and Morat's service was impeccable. From the appetizers (mussels served in a ginger lemon curry broth and fresh ceviche with just the right amount of of lime and cilantro) to the dinner entrees was well worth the few extra miles to drive to Daniel Island. I had the special of the night, pan-seared grouper (fresh off the boat) breaded with panko, honey dijon and thyme along with sweet potato, gorgonzola cheese and maple walnut raviloli drizzled with aged balsamic and also local fresh vegetables cooked perfectly. I would recommend this restaurant to any and everyone in Charleston!
Awesome brunch with great shrimp and grits
Truly I have heard that Ali Baba Mediterranean Food is so interesting and tasty. Long time I have been waiting to get huge info about Ali Baba Mediterranean Food. It is that post which contains that I wanted to know. Thanks and keep it up...
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Always an enjoyable experience. Good food (had shish tawook and kofta so far) and a kind, attentive staff. Go donate at the Red Cross and reward yourself with a good meal next door.
Delicious, well priced, though a little crowded for lunch time. Definitely worth the walk!
i agree with charleston city paper i eaten in both ali babas the one on DANIEL ISLAND much better than the one on mount pleasant .the food is authantic and fresh.
We make it a point to visit Sermet's often and always have a great meal and a fun time. My picky, elderly parents even love the place!
Good luck Sam. Great design for the place. I really liked the enviroment inside. the menu looks good, and I am sure the cruise crowd will like it as well. Hookas are also a great idea. Nothing better than hooka and a cup of turkish coffee under the Charleston sky!
I feel kinda bad because I have written so many bad reviews of eateries recently, but this is actually what prompted me to review. I had a yucky meal at Sermet's the other night, however, they did make it right. The short of it is, is that I ordered the Calamari, and it was absolutely dis-gust-ing. My friends said it was good, but even she took a bite and said "wow - whoever cooked this is really off tonight" It was bland, chewy, and tasted old and frozen.
I then ordered a main course, which I did not like either. There was rocky sand in the vegetables, seriously. In the end, the waitress comped the food, which I didnt ask for, but which I thought was appropriate. I wound up tipping her what the food would have been anyhow, because I thought it was right to do that. And she was nice about it.
I would go back, yes...I somehow sense that this was an off night. Maybe a line cook who broke up with his GF, or who is just having a shitty day. It happens.
Nice hot, toasted bread, good olive oil. Nice cocktails. Cute hostess (tho she could smile)
Just keepin' it real.
Oh and I just read the review by Rokko...its interesting that this person also thought it might have been an "off day" as well. hmmm
This is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff are all terrific, the food is amazing, and, speaking as someone who has eaten falafel in Israel, I can tell you that this is the real thing. Lately I have been way more into the schwarma and kabob though, both of which are phenomenal. One of the best things about the place is that, if you become a regular there, they often will give you a free little dessert (the name of which I don't recall), but it's a little warm pastry covered with sugared rose water and with cheese inside. It is so good.
It is wonderful. The chef changed about four months ago, and since then the quality has gone way up. They have some of the best falafels we ever encountered (better than some well-known places in Manhattan, crunchy outside with a soft and delicious inside). The ingredients are very fresh. I particularly love their kibbi; the hummos is very creamy and stands out. For lunch, the falafel combo sandwiches with slightly browned cauliflower are a treat. For dinner, try any lamb dish with a glass of Lebanese red wine (I was surprised by how nice the wine is and how well it goes with the dishes). Desserts are scrumptious too and freshly made. The interior decor has also improved, with some interesting wall hangings, and shelves with olive oil and other middle eastern goods for sale (we tried the olive oil and it is quite nice). I disagree with one of the postings: the atmosphere and the people running the place are friendly and relaxed, I'd definitely recommend eating in to fully appreciate the food.
I had heard mixed reviews in about Lana in the past, but was impressed by both the food and service I received last night. The food is solid, unpretentious fare... you won't find amazing presentations or over the top ingredients, but my gnocchi and my girlfriend's risotto were both delicious and a great value considering the overall quality and ample volume of food included... An 'appetizer' portion of mussels (in a basic but delicious white wine sauce) could easily exceed entree portions at similar restaurants. Our server was friendly and prompt but not intrusive.
Overall, this isn't the sort of place you go to to be amazed or to impress, but it's a great spot for a filling, casual evening of great food...
Boring food. I ordered the roasted tomato soup, which had a decent flavor but was a bit one-note: creamy. I also ordered the grilled salmon salad; the "poached pears" were just pears out of can.
Just had lunch today. Recommended it to some friends and decided to join. Looks like I won them over. A little chilly in the dining area though. Food warm.
They have very good hot chocolate, but pricey.
I eat here multiple times a week, sometimes twice in a day. The Falafel and hummos is delicious as well as their many assortments of salads. Heart of palm, tabouleh and fatoosh are my favorites. Give them a shot, the owner Samir is very friendly and always has a smile on his face. *** Vegetarian Friendly ***
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