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Ristorante Mediterranean
Ranked #25 of 119 Restaurants in Pleasant Hill
Price range: US$4 - US$26
Description: New and exciting Mediterranean restaurant at the intersection of Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord. Featuring beef, lamb, seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes. We serve Halal, vegetarian, gluten-free and kids menu also.
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Description: New and exciting Mediterranean restaurant at the intersection of Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and Concord. Featuring beef, lamb, seafood, poultry and vegetarian dishes. We serve Halal, vegetarian, gluten-free and kids menu also.
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Ristorante Mediterranean has been open just about half a year, and my wife and I finally tried it this weekend. We were very pleased, to put it mildly. We started with an appetizer order of Baba Ghanoush, which was delicious. It had a bit of a smoky taste, not really typical of Baba Ghanoush, but wonderful. Spanish paprika maybe? Or the eggplant were charred over a wood fired grill? For our entrees, my wife had the chicken kabobs, and I had a plate of 1 beef and 1 lamb kabob- not on the menu that way but they are happy to customize selections within reason. The friend we brought with us had Adana, which is the spit-grilled combination of ground beef and ground lamb with spices often found in Gyros, named after the region of Turkey the owner is from. All 3 entrees were tasty, and the Adana had some nice spicy zip t it. The kabobs were juicy with a nice sear on the outside and seemed to have been cooked on a flame grill. All were served with rice, an excellent hummus, a green salad in a light, lemony dressing and taziki. After dinner our waitress urged us to try the Baklava, stating that the Turkish style is different from the Greek style. It is. Lighter, moister, less sticky and chewy. Very good.
The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Our waitress stopped by several times to make sure we were enjoying our meal, and seemed to genuinely care that we enjoyed every bite. She said that virtually everything on the menu was made from scratch. The owner, who described himself as "cook, dishwasher, busboy and accountant", also stopped by a couple of times to make sure the meals were meeting with our approval.
They do not serve alcohol, but our waitress said you are welcome to bring your own. We didn't ask about corkage fees.

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Reviewed 27 April 2017

this is a relatively new restaurant in a spot that has held several other restaurants in the past. The food is excellent and is Turkish/ Greek. The kebobs are great and tender and my husband liked the soup and salad. The dessert is excellent.

Thank barbw329
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I finally tried this restaurant. We love Mediterranean food but had yet to find a place in the area that we liked. We finally found one. We both had the chicken kebab plates. They were cooked to order and were delicious. Fortunately, we arrived very hungry, because there was a lot of food. Charcoal broiled chicken perfectly cooked, wonderful rice, hummous, salad and yogurt. Yum. The chef, who is Turkish, really knows his stuff. Not to be missed is the baklava. The owner said that we had to try it, but we were skeptical. All too often they are sticky, overly sweet lumps. These baklavas are the best we've had.

Thank DavidM232
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