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Posted by Tony on 02/27/2009
Average at best. I was very interested to check it out. I wish this overpriced place offered at least good food, but the reality was different. Let me just put it this way: buy the hommos or tabouleh or whatever you crave in one of many middle eastern grocery stores, and pick up the pita bread there too, and you will get the same thing that they will serve to you at Lebanese Taverna, only for MUCH less. And if you want to dine at the restaurant, spend your hard earned money some place else. Staff was extremly helpful, but that was the only memorable part of this visit.
Posted by Johnny Mack on 10/01/2008
The Lebanese Taverna was fine, several years ago, however things are getting a tad disappointing now. The service is attentive and friendly, but it's best to make the waiter understand what you've ordered before you get a surprise. Furthermore, there's not too much room in the dining area. Prices are alright, but the menu is limited and there's not too much imagination, outside of two choices: either oily or dry. I took a Greek girlfriend there once. She sampled the food and then lit into the waiter, the chef and the owner. For a low, low price it was great entertainment.
Posted by TH on 06/09/2007
I heard great things about this place. Maybe I have high expectations (or I think moderate), but this place is very overrated. The service is pretty good, and the place gets the food out fast if you request you're in a hurry (I wonder how much is premade though). However, the food needs a lot of work. I understand this cuisine uses a lot of oil, but all our dishes were swimming in it at a disgusting level. They have some really good mezzes, especially the eggplant ones, but their entrees are not worth it. The chicken and lamb schwarma is sorta dry and the chicken kabobs were only ok. The portions are small for the amount you pay. My main complaint, though, is the veggies are SO salty I could feel my blood pressure go up as I was eating. There are a lot better and cheaper Middle Eastern places out there. Check those out.