Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

★★★★☆
Soul-satisfying Lebanese faves fuel this bustling local hangout.
  • 1776 Westwood Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Cross street: S Santa Monica Boulevard

    Map & Directions
  • 310-475-3358

About Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

Hours
Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm Sun 11:30am-9pm

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This place was really awful....the staff was incredibly rude - they left me waiting for over 10 minutes before I was seated, and then proceeded to not bring my drink until I had asked at least 4 times. The food took over 45 minutes (and they were not terribly busy) and was not very good.

EVERY other Mediterranean place in LA is better than this place- save your money and get some take out from Gaby's instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was really awful....the staff was incredibly rude - they left me waiting for over 10 minutes before I was seated, and then proceeded to not bring my drink until I had asked at least 4 times. The food took over 45 minutes (and they were not terribly busy) and was not very good.

EVERY other Mediterranean place in LA is better than this place- save your money and get some take out from Gaby's instead.

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we went there for a dinner and ordered the spenich fatayer( pie) and it was clearly heated in the microwave and didn't taste good, then the beef and chicken shaworma were worse the bread was also and meet very dry and no taste....will not recommend to go there....

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★☆☆☆☆

we went there for a dinner and ordered the spenich fatayer( pie) and it was clearly heated in the microwave and didn't taste good, then the beef and chicken shaworma were worse the bread was also and meet very dry and no taste....will not recommend to go there....

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My husband and I have been going to Sunnin on westwood blvd for a couple of years. We've tried other Lebanese restaurants in LA and this is by far our favorite one.\r
The food is amazing, highly flavored and always perfectly seasoned. Our favorite dishes that I would recommend: hommos, babaganouj, falafel, foul, spicy potatoes (so yummy!), tabouleh salad, fatouch, beef or chicken kebabs and shawarma.\r
We also had Sunnin do the catering for my son's birthday party a couple of months ago and we were very pleased with their service: everything was perfectly cooked, well packaged and the portions were huge. \r
Very nice restaurant with comfortable ambiance and great mediterranean food!

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★★★★★

My husband and I have been going to Sunnin on westwood blvd for a couple of years. We've tried other Lebanese restaurants in LA and this is by far our favorite one.\r
The food is amazing, highly flavored and always perfectly seasoned. Our favorite dishes that I would recommend: hommos, babaganouj, falafel, foul, spicy potatoes (so yummy!), tabouleh salad, fatouch, beef or chicken kebabs and shawarma.\r
We also had Sunnin do the catering for my son's birthday party a couple of months ago and we were very pleased with their service: everything was perfectly cooked, well packaged and the portions were huge. \r
Very nice restaurant with comfortable ambiance and great mediterranean food!

Pros: Great food, large menu to choose from

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I have searched far and wide for a good middle-eastern restaurant in the city, then my friend introduced me to Sunnin. From that day forward, my life got a little bit better. The food is Amazing, the staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. The only con I ever had was how crowded the restaurant was - BUT since they just moved into their new beautiful space (across from the old place), their only con is now gone! My only suggestion is to try EVERYTHING! The chicken kabob is a must. Their lentil soup is exceptional. If you're going to get hummus, go for the hummus with ground beef! Spicy Kefta... And the best Baklava- hands down.\r
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Check it out on an empty stomach, and prepare yourself for an outstanding experience. And by all means, ask the staff what they like, they have never steered me wrong.

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★★★★★

I have searched far and wide for a good middle-eastern restaurant in the city, then my friend introduced me to Sunnin. From that day forward, my life got a little bit better. The food is Amazing, the staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. The only con I ever had was how crowded the restaurant was - BUT since they just moved into their new beautiful space (across from the old place), their only con is now gone! My only suggestion is to try EVERYTHING! The chicken kabob is a must. Their lentil soup is exceptional. If you're going to get hummus, go for the hummus with ground beef! Spicy Kefta... And the best Baklava- hands down.\r
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Check it out on an empty stomach, and prepare yourself for an outstanding experience. And by all means, ask the staff what they like, they have never steered me wrong.

Pros: The Family Owners (from Mama on down) - The Kebobs - Baklava

Cons: That's there's only one in the city of Los Angeles

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If you like to eat rich flavorful food, then you must try this place. If you like middle eastern food then I think you will be equally impressed at how good their food is. Everything i've had i've really enjoyed and at reasonable prices. There is no parking and a very small dining room. But then again, that's got nothing to do with the food.

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★★★★☆

If you like to eat rich flavorful food, then you must try this place. If you like middle eastern food then I think you will be equally impressed at how good their food is. Everything i've had i've really enjoyed and at reasonable prices. There is no parking and a very small dining room. But then again, that's got nothing to do with the food.

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i love it! the food is great no matter what you try. i go at least once a month. not too expensive and the owners are friendly.

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★★★★★

i love it! the food is great no matter what you try. i go at least once a month. not too expensive and the owners are friendly.

Pros: the food

Cons: parking's kinda difficult but inot too bad

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I have been coming to Sunnin for the last 6 years. I have tried every Lebanese restaurant in the city and this is the best one, hands down. It is home cooking at it's best.\r
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It is a small little whole in the wall but do not let that fool you! \r
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My mother is father is Lebanese and I grew eating this food so when I discovere Sunnin years ago, I was a very happy girl!\r
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I still love to cook my own Lebanese food but it is very time consuming to make so this place always hits the spot when I am not in the mood to cook.\r
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The tabouleh, mujadara, babaganoush and kibbeh are always delicious but \r
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the daily menu is always my favorite! I always calls ahead for the choices of the day....\r
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My all time favorites: the Yabra and Cousa combo (stuffed grape leaves and stuffed zucchini)\r
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For desert, the bakleweh (often confused with it's greek counterpart ~ Baklava) is good but mine is better:)\r
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One of my favourite neighbourhood places...

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★★★★★

I have been coming to Sunnin for the last 6 years. I have tried every Lebanese restaurant in the city and this is the best one, hands down. It is home cooking at it's best.\r
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It is a small little whole in the wall but do not let that fool you! \r
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My mother is father is Lebanese and I grew eating this food so when I discovere Sunnin years ago, I was a very happy girl!\r
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I still love to cook my own Lebanese food but it is very time consuming to make so this place always hits the spot when I am not in the mood to cook.\r
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The tabouleh, mujadara, babaganoush and kibbeh are always delicious but \r
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the daily menu is always my favorite! I always calls ahead for the choices of the day....\r
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My all time favorites: the Yabra and Cousa combo (stuffed grape leaves and stuffed zucchini)\r
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For desert, the bakleweh (often confused with it's greek counterpart ~ Baklava) is good but mine is better:)\r
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One of my favourite neighbourhood places...

Pros: AUTHENTIC Lebanese food, quality food, generous portions, inexpensive

Cons: Always full, a little cramped

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I've been going here for years and still love everything on the menu. It's a bit crowded and the parking is not easy, but it's worth it. It's family-run and definitely feels like your sitting in a family's/friend's kitchen. Everyone is super nice and once they know you and you know them, you can start ordering off the menu! I think the appetizers are the best and often just a few of those instead of an entree. I've brought some Lebanese friends there and they all think it's the best they've tasted outside of Lebanon.

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★★★★★

I've been going here for years and still love everything on the menu. It's a bit crowded and the parking is not easy, but it's worth it. It's family-run and definitely feels like your sitting in a family's/friend's kitchen. Everyone is super nice and once they know you and you know them, you can start ordering off the menu! I think the appetizers are the best and often just a few of those instead of an entree. I've brought some Lebanese friends there and they all think it's the best they've tasted outside of Lebanon.

Pros: appetizers, friendly service

Cons: parking

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Used to go all the time and always had the same server... a very friendly chubby man. \r
Last trip there, I saw a Lebanese man order the spicy kefta kebab. I read the menu description and it sounded good. Catch was although the menu specifically states the kebab is grilled, it is actually sauteed. The man who ordered the plate asked that the kebab be grilled. He seemed like he knew what he was doing and I wanted to try it.\r
A younger tall male who looked fit waited on me tonight. He took my order for the spicy kefta kebab and I asked him to make sure it was grilled. He said SURE!\r
I saw a a spicy kefta kebab dish being prepared but, didn't think t was for me bc it wasn't grilled. After awhile, I realized that the it was for me since there weren't any other ones cooking. To prevent further delay, I alerted my waiter and told him that the kebabs were not grilled. He proceeds to argue with me that, ""they usually make it like that,"" and ""it tastes the same."" Grilled obviosuly doesn't taste the same as sauteed. Instead of fixing it OR apologizing he then tells me that they're ""too busy"" to grill the kebab. Too busy? There SEVERAL OTHER kefta kebabs on the grill! \r
If they couldn't do it then don't bring me the food prepared incorrectly and proceed to tell me that they couldn't after the fact. \r
Another thing I saw the last time (from the same guy that was waiting on me tonight) was thathe was about to charge this homeless guy *extra* money for his order of fries. I was right there next to the cash register when he ordered the fries. Total for the fries came out to be about $2.7-something. In fact, the words he uttered to him were, ""I'll just take $3 for that"" AS IF he were cutting him a deal! I would not have found out that the fries were less than $3 had I not offered to add his order to my tab. I really thought that the guy was giving the homeless guy a break!\r
I can't believe I went back tonight after witnessing that. I guess it served me right!

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★★☆☆☆

Used to go all the time and always had the same server... a very friendly chubby man. \r
Last trip there, I saw a Lebanese man order the spicy kefta kebab. I read the menu description and it sounded good. Catch was although the menu specifically states the kebab is grilled, it is actually sauteed. The man who ordered the plate asked that the kebab be grilled. He seemed like he knew what he was doing and I wanted to try it.\r
A younger tall male who looked fit waited on me tonight. He took my order for the spicy kefta kebab and I asked him to make sure it was grilled. He said SURE!\r
I saw a a spicy kefta kebab dish being prepared but, didn't think t was for me bc it wasn't grilled. After awhile, I realized that the it was for me since there weren't any other ones cooking. To prevent further delay, I alerted my waiter and told him that the kebabs were not grilled. He proceeds to argue with me that, ""they usually make it like that,"" and ""it tastes the same."" Grilled obviosuly doesn't taste the same as sauteed. Instead of fixing it OR apologizing he then tells me that they're ""too busy"" to grill the kebab. Too busy? There SEVERAL OTHER kefta kebabs on the grill! \r
If they couldn't do it then don't bring me the food prepared incorrectly and proceed to tell me that they couldn't after the fact. \r
Another thing I saw the last time (from the same guy that was waiting on me tonight) was thathe was about to charge this homeless guy *extra* money for his order of fries. I was right there next to the cash register when he ordered the fries. Total for the fries came out to be about $2.7-something. In fact, the words he uttered to him were, ""I'll just take $3 for that"" AS IF he were cutting him a deal! I would not have found out that the fries were less than $3 had I not offered to add his order to my tab. I really thought that the guy was giving the homeless guy a break!\r
I can't believe I went back tonight after witnessing that. I guess it served me right!

Pros: good quick food

Cons: parking

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This westside hole-in-the-wall should not be missed. Everything at Sunnin is wonderful, and the owner will personally (if not immodestly) tell you so. You'll have UCLA students feasting to your left and a westside 40-something couple out before a movie to your right. If you're smart you'll order the fried cauliflower as an appetizer. What doesn't sound like much (reccommended by the owner) turns out to be a golden brown hot, freshly fried florets that you'll gobble up ferociously and that go divinely in their perfectly tangy dipping tahini sauce. Great entrees include falafel and mixed grill.

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★★★★☆

This westside hole-in-the-wall should not be missed. Everything at Sunnin is wonderful, and the owner will personally (if not immodestly) tell you so. You'll have UCLA students feasting to your left and a westside 40-something couple out before a movie to your right. If you're smart you'll order the fried cauliflower as an appetizer. What doesn't sound like much (reccommended by the owner) turns out to be a golden brown hot, freshly fried florets that you'll gobble up ferociously and that go divinely in their perfectly tangy dipping tahini sauce. Great entrees include falafel and mixed grill.

Pros: Great food, great prices.

Cons: Small, so not a lot of seating.

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We noticed sunnin while eating at ambala dhaba next door, and after seeing how crowded it was, we vowed to try it. There is no ambiance here, just a fluorescent-lit white room packed with people chowing down on their tasty lebanese food. I wouldn't call the food transcendental, but it is better than most middle eastern places in west LA. The hummus, with a little pool of olive oil and spices on top, was excellent. My wife's falafel and my shawarma plate were very tasty and fresh. The staff were extremely busy, and had a kind of gruff exterior, but were friendly when we talked with them a bit... overall, a really nice experience for very little money.

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★★★★★

We noticed sunnin while eating at ambala dhaba next door, and after seeing how crowded it was, we vowed to try it. There is no ambiance here, just a fluorescent-lit white room packed with people chowing down on their tasty lebanese food. I wouldn't call the food transcendental, but it is better than most middle eastern places in west LA. The hummus, with a little pool of olive oil and spices on top, was excellent. My wife's falafel and my shawarma plate were very tasty and fresh. The staff were extremely busy, and had a kind of gruff exterior, but were friendly when we talked with them a bit... overall, a really nice experience for very little money.

Pros: great food, fast, bustling

Cons: no ambiance at all

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After reading the profile, I rather expected to food to take me on a magic carpet ride of deliciousness. And while it was good, it didn't qualify as amazing. Seasoned and flavorful without being overly greasy, I've had comparable schwerma and hummus from plenty of Middle Eastern restaurants across LA and the valley. The place gains praise then from the fact that it doesn't look or act like it's anything too special, so the decent food becomes an unexpected surprise. The location is very small and easily crowded with fluorescent lights and the kind aged dingy-ness that no amount of bleach will really wash away. The locals return faithfully because of Sunnins smaller charmsa menu with quadruple the variety of a Zankous dishes (numbered to avoid pronunciation faux pas) and a lone waitress who will berate the cook for forgetting your tea in several languages.

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★★★★☆

After reading the profile, I rather expected to food to take me on a magic carpet ride of deliciousness. And while it was good, it didn't qualify as amazing. Seasoned and flavorful without being overly greasy, I've had comparable schwerma and hummus from plenty of Middle Eastern restaurants across LA and the valley. The place gains praise then from the fact that it doesn't look or act like it's anything too special, so the decent food becomes an unexpected surprise. The location is very small and easily crowded with fluorescent lights and the kind aged dingy-ness that no amount of bleach will really wash away. The locals return faithfully because of Sunnins smaller charmsa menu with quadruple the variety of a Zankous dishes (numbered to avoid pronunciation faux pas) and a lone waitress who will berate the cook for forgetting your tea in several languages.

Pros: Cheap, Quick, Decent food

Cons: Little seating, Current reviews would set expectation too high

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great food, great service. Our favorite place in LA, we go as often as we can. Great value for money. Go with lots of people so you can order family style as many dishes as possible. Only con is that the place is too small and they don't deliver.

2
★★★★★

great food, great service. Our favorite place in LA, we go as often as we can. Great value for money. Go with lots of people so you can order family style as many dishes as possible. Only con is that the place is too small and they don't deliver.

Pros: value, service, food

Cons: too small, difficult to park

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Always a pleasure to eat here - and not often enough now I have moved to Hollywood!\r
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There's just too many good things to have - so always go with a group so you can get a good selection - sounds unlikely, but it's true - the fried cauliflower with tahini is what i am dreaming of now (who would have thought such pleasure possible from what is possibly the world's most boring vegetable!)\r
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Soujouk sausage is great - never to be missed; as is the hummous kawarma and the labneh, fatayer, etc, etc\r
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Chicken skewers just as you would imagine your perfect chicken skewer to be! Great 'spicy kefta' for a cool westside evening - invented here according to hostess's great family stories.\r
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Specials board needs to be watched - they have some corkers - and don't miss out on dessert (even if you can't fit it in!) they change frequently and they are all gorgeous!

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★★★★★

Always a pleasure to eat here - and not often enough now I have moved to Hollywood!\r
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There's just too many good things to have - so always go with a group so you can get a good selection - sounds unlikely, but it's true - the fried cauliflower with tahini is what i am dreaming of now (who would have thought such pleasure possible from what is possibly the world's most boring vegetable!)\r
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Soujouk sausage is great - never to be missed; as is the hummous kawarma and the labneh, fatayer, etc, etc\r
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Chicken skewers just as you would imagine your perfect chicken skewer to be! Great 'spicy kefta' for a cool westside evening - invented here according to hostess's great family stories.\r
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Specials board needs to be watched - they have some corkers - and don't miss out on dessert (even if you can't fit it in!) they change frequently and they are all gorgeous!

Pros: Food and staff

Cons: sometimes a wait and they close orders at 9 sharp!

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It's a tiny place and it's a hole in the wall. There is always room to sit but it's a very small place which makes it kinda nice. Prices are low, I mean $5-7 and you have a really nice meal. The quality of the meat and vegetables is amazing. The smells and aromas are really great. Park under ross for free, you won't get towed, trust me cause I've been doing it for years.

PROS: Great food, great staff, cheap
CONS: Small, sometimes stuffy

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★★★★★

It's a tiny place and it's a hole in the wall. There is always room to sit but it's a very small place which makes it kinda nice. Prices are low, I mean $5-7 and you have a really nice meal. The quality of the meat and vegetables is amazing. The smells and aromas are really great. Park under ross for free, you won't get towed, trust me cause I've been doing it for years.

PROS: Great food, great staff, cheap
CONS: Small, sometimes stuffy

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first of all the sandwiches are a little saucy. the shawarma especially has way too much sauce on it. so much sauce it ruins the sandwich. apparently they don't like it when you ask for little on the sauce either because everytime i do, its still too saucy. the menu has a review that recomends the pastry appetizers. the only 2 i liked were SANBOUSEK, and SFIHA, which weren't anything special like the review wanted me to believe. The other 2 weren't very good. i also tried the Labneh because of said review and it was basically sour cream with the texture of yougurt. not sure what you are suppose to do with it? however i do like the beef kabob there, the only thing i've tried that i recommend. i find it hard to believe its the best Lebanese food in La, and if so than that's quite sad.

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★★★☆☆

first of all the sandwiches are a little saucy. the shawarma especially has way too much sauce on it. so much sauce it ruins the sandwich. apparently they don't like it when you ask for little on the sauce either because everytime i do, its still too saucy. the menu has a review that recomends the pastry appetizers. the only 2 i liked were SANBOUSEK, and SFIHA, which weren't anything special like the review wanted me to believe. The other 2 weren't very good. i also tried the Labneh because of said review and it was basically sour cream with the texture of yougurt. not sure what you are suppose to do with it? however i do like the beef kabob there, the only thing i've tried that i recommend. i find it hard to believe its the best Lebanese food in La, and if so than that's quite sad.

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for the area where Sunnin is located , I would say it is a nice small lebanese cafe. the whole family works together and bring a great tasty food. I would think though myself being a lebanese and tried many lebanese good their food taste is not as great as other places in glendale.

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★★★★☆

for the area where Sunnin is located , I would say it is a nice small lebanese cafe. the whole family works together and bring a great tasty food. I would think though myself being a lebanese and tried many lebanese good their food taste is not as great as other places in glendale.

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I ate at Sunnin everyday for a week and didn't get tired of it. Sunnin has a large menu with plentyof variety. The best hummis I ever taster. Good-sized portions and good value. The owners have a good vibe and provide a family style atmosphere. The crowd in the evening is usually young students from UCLA and professionals in their 20s-30s. Small space, but I have seen smaller. To go orders are good too. What I love most is that I can eat a big meal at Sunnin and not feel sleepy afterwards. I recommend the chicken kabob dinner with salad, garlic and add on the hummis!

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★★★★★

I ate at Sunnin everyday for a week and didn't get tired of it. Sunnin has a large menu with plentyof variety. The best hummis I ever taster. Good-sized portions and good value. The owners have a good vibe and provide a family style atmosphere. The crowd in the evening is usually young students from UCLA and professionals in their 20s-30s. Small space, but I have seen smaller. To go orders are good too. What I love most is that I can eat a big meal at Sunnin and not feel sleepy afterwards. I recommend the chicken kabob dinner with salad, garlic and add on the hummis!

Pros: Good Value, Fresh Food

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Best Lebanese restaurant in LA! Great food in a Middle-Eastern lunchbar atmosphere. You must try the hummus and tabouleh! One of my favorite restaurants in LA -- and it's cheap!

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★★★★★

Best Lebanese restaurant in LA! Great food in a Middle-Eastern lunchbar atmosphere. You must try the hummus and tabouleh! One of my favorite restaurants in LA -- and it's cheap!

Pros: cheap, authentic, healthy

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Their food is delicious and every person that I bring here loves it too. My favorites are the chicken shawerma (yum!), chicken kabob sandwich, and the hummus and other appetizers. Their food is authentic and high quality. The people there are very friendly. It's low on decor, but it's one of those tiny places with great homemade type food. LOVE IT.

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CONS: a tiny bit pricey when you add up the appetizers and entrees.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Their food is delicious and every person that I bring here loves it too. My favorites are the chicken shawerma (yum!), chicken kabob sandwich, and the hummus and other appetizers. Their food is authentic and high quality. The people there are very friendly. It's low on decor, but it's one of those tiny places with great homemade type food. LOVE IT.

PROS:
CONS: a tiny bit pricey when you add up the appetizers and entrees.

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I didn't get the greatest first impression, since when we walked in all the staff seemed too busy to even acknowledge we were there. We ended up just getting the food to go since there was nowhere to sit. The food itself was really good, but I didn't think it was worth the price.

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★★★★☆

I didn't get the greatest first impression, since when we walked in all the staff seemed too busy to even acknowledge we were there. We ended up just getting the food to go since there was nowhere to sit. The food itself was really good, but I didn't think it was worth the price.

Pros: great food

Cons: crowded, hard to find parking

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Best hummus and swish tawook in LA! Usually croweded, so arrive early.

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★★★★★

Best hummus and swish tawook in LA! Usually croweded, so arrive early.

Pros: Authentic, Inexpensive

 

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