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Sahara Mediterranean Restuarant

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118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-4522
11:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with a large group and the food was excellent! The servers were fun and the restaurant itself was a nice space. They serve excellent Mediterranean dishes that are fresh, healthy and really tasty. Try the Fool.

Thank Gian M
Binghamton, New York
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156 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We had planned on going somewhere else when my friend said she'd wanted to try this place for a while. We were both glad we did. Surprisingly, despite the numbers of people sitting outside at other close by restaurants on this gorgeous day, this restaurant had very few people. I don't understand it, and hope it changes, because the food... More 

Thank 1upstateNYer
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

First time at Sahara last weekend and we were really impressed by this restaurant. The food was authentic and well prepared (the Labneh was amazing). The service was terrific and my wife and I loved the atmosphere (very interesting and warm décor). I feel that it may be one of the best restaurants on the commons in terms of value... More 

Thank Windwood32
Ithaca, New York
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505 reviews
336 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We did not really think of Sahara while planning to get a nice dinner before our film show -- but there it was, within easy walking distance and not crowded, no lines. I have eaten here twice before but somehow it did not stick in my memory. This evening was perfect -- a lovely salad accompanied each dinner choice. The... More 

Thank rh24
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Had lunch with friends and ordered from the mezza menu. 4 choices for the three of us. Plenty of food, fresh, well prepared. Hummus was great, as was the grilled chicken and tabbouli salad. Good wine choices and the Chardonnay was well chilled, (warm white wine is a pet peeve of mine). Highly recommend.

Thank Mary O
New York City, New York
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

On the first weekend of Cornell and Ithaca College students arriving in Ithaca, getting into a restaurant was difficult at best. We spotted Sahara and, liking Middle Eastern food, we went in and were warmly greeted and seated quickly. Nice menu, great quality, authentic in flavor and presentation. Recommended if you are a fan of this kind of food.

Thank pengwn
Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The interior is a nice middle east setup.But this is all.We had a waitress who look like she did not enjoy what she was doing.Very rude.Asking about an advise about the local beer i did get an evasive one so i choose randomly.Usually i am tasting the local beer, but i did not like it at all.The food was poor... More 

Thank resitzeanul
Ithaca, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Wonderful, wonderful middle eastern cuisine. The sample plates are a great value! The appetizers are also quite good. They serve the freshest, creamiest hummus ever! And their falafel is the best!

Thank Deborah D
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Went there this evening with family when it looked very busy. We were pleasantly surprised at how great the service was even though so busy. Food amongst the best Mediterranean/greek/Middle eastern I have had any where. Loads of veggy options. Fantastic !!!

Thank ClementFraud428
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We stared with falafel with sauce. Tastebuds wanted more. Followed with hummus, baba ganoush, nice and smoky and a bean dip. Bring on the pita. Then tabouleh with plenty of mint. Happiness.

Thank Linda M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-4522

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?