Lebanese Kitchen

★★★☆☆

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I have been going to this restaurant, on and off, for years. I mainly ordered takeout because of unpleasant servers in the past and the hideous decor.
Well, the one time I actually stayed I remembered why I always do the takeout. As we entered, the waitress looked very sullen and was not friendly as we seated ourselves. We ordered, a little miffed (it was a Friday night and there were no customers, yet still no attention from Sniffy Waitress). Got our order in, and then the yelling started. The chef was having some sort of problem with the waitress, and they began arguing back and forth. When we finally got our food, the arguing intensified, with Sniffy Waitress actually yelllng at the cook from our table!
The food was the usual so-so Armenian-tinged middle eastern food--the family is Armenian, well at least they fight in Armenian--but with the unpleasantness it all tasted bad.
We escaped with most of our food uneaten and in doggy bags, and will never be back, not even for takeout. Someone get some real Lebanese in there, please! We need a good middle eastern restaurant in Pasadena.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to this restaurant, on and off, for years. I mainly ordered takeout because of unpleasant servers in the past and the hideous decor.
Well, the one time I actually stayed I remembered why I always do the takeout. As we entered, the waitress looked very sullen and was not friendly as we seated ourselves. We ordered, a little miffed (it was a Friday night and there were no customers, yet still no attention from Sniffy Waitress). Got our order in, and then the yelling started. The chef was having some sort of problem with the waitress, and they began arguing back and forth. When we finally got our food, the arguing intensified, with Sniffy Waitress actually yelllng at the cook from our table!
The food was the usual so-so Armenian-tinged middle eastern food--the family is Armenian, well at least they fight in Armenian--but with the unpleasantness it all tasted bad.
We escaped with most of our food uneaten and in doggy bags, and will never be back, not even for takeout. Someone get some real Lebanese in there, please! We need a good middle eastern restaurant in Pasadena.

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The Lebanese Kitchen serves some of the best tasting Lebanese food in the greater Los Angeles area. It's even better than some of my favorites in the Westwood area (like Sunnin Lebanese Cafe).
The service is a bit rude to say the least. Food is cheaply priced, and the lamb kebab sandwich is extraordinary. Usually the lamb is grizzly and tough at most places. This one had succulent lamb that makes me want to drive back there right now! Parking is free. The bathroom is in the kitchen which is a bit weird, but then again, I always enjoy walking through the kitchens so i can see for myself how clean it is.

The biggest drawback is that it took 3 trips to pasadena to eat at this place! Even when we had reservations for a group of 8, they closed at 8pm on a Saturday night even thoguh they are supposed to close at 9pm. Another time, they were closed at 7:30pm on Friday night for a private party of 4. This was very aggrevating. The restaurant does not value its customers at all. So if you actually stumble across this sanctuary of ambrosia when the kitchen is open, it's excellent. Don't drive far to come here because it will possibly be closed.

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★★★★☆

The Lebanese Kitchen serves some of the best tasting Lebanese food in the greater Los Angeles area. It's even better than some of my favorites in the Westwood area (like Sunnin Lebanese Cafe).
The service is a bit rude to say the least. Food is cheaply priced, and the lamb kebab sandwich is extraordinary. Usually the lamb is grizzly and tough at most places. This one had succulent lamb that makes me want to drive back there right now! Parking is free. The bathroom is in the kitchen which is a bit weird, but then again, I always enjoy walking through the kitchens so i can see for myself how clean it is.

The biggest drawback is that it took 3 trips to pasadena to eat at this place! Even when we had reservations for a group of 8, they closed at 8pm on a Saturday night even thoguh they are supposed to close at 9pm. Another time, they were closed at 7:30pm on Friday night for a private party of 4. This was very aggrevating. The restaurant does not value its customers at all. So if you actually stumble across this sanctuary of ambrosia when the kitchen is open, it's excellent. Don't drive far to come here because it will possibly be closed.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: rude service and they close early at night

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The Ambiance:

White, sterile, and loud. There were a couple of posters of Beirut on the walls... i guess that's classy.


The service:


We started out waiting no less than 10 minutes for the waitress to visit our table. She then showed up and literally threw silverware down on the table, and acted like she was doing us a favor by taking our orders. Did you get the memo? It's your job to be friendly and serve us... Service was extremely slow, we didn't get all of the food that was supposed to come with our meals, and then we were overcharged by 30% on the bill. After asking for an itemized bill, we were still overcharged and had to total the bill ourselves. Furthermore the waitress was extremely rude, exclaiming "Jesus Christ!!" when we asked her to re-figure the bill. She was somewhat apologetic when she realized she messed up. Oh, and we never got napkins and nobody at the table got drink refills during the 1.5 hours we were there. I am a former waiter and leave a standard 25% tip, but seriously considered stiffing this waitress.


The food:


Well, the food was decent. Far from the best lebanese food I've had, but decent nonetheless. The falafel plate is tasty but doesn't come with anything... just falafel patties on a plate with some tahini and tomatoes. The Kababs were so-so; decently spiced and a bit chewy. The hummus is better than standard, but the tabbouleh lacked bulgur wheat and had unripe tomatoes. It seemed to be made in-house though.


Overall:


If you're desperate for some Lebanese food, get takeout here. It's not worth the pain of sitting in that sterile, hostile environment for 1.5 hours. And to be honest, the food is overpriced for what you get. I'd only go back for dinner if everything was $2 cheaper.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Ambiance:

White, sterile, and loud. There were a couple of posters of Beirut on the walls... i guess that's classy.


The service:


We started out waiting no less than 10 minutes for the waitress to visit our table. She then showed up and literally threw silverware down on the table, and acted like she was doing us a favor by taking our orders. Did you get the memo? It's your job to be friendly and serve us... Service was extremely slow, we didn't get all of the food that was supposed to come with our meals, and then we were overcharged by 30% on the bill. After asking for an itemized bill, we were still overcharged and had to total the bill ourselves. Furthermore the waitress was extremely rude, exclaiming "Jesus Christ!!" when we asked her to re-figure the bill. She was somewhat apologetic when she realized she messed up. Oh, and we never got napkins and nobody at the table got drink refills during the 1.5 hours we were there. I am a former waiter and leave a standard 25% tip, but seriously considered stiffing this waitress.


The food:


Well, the food was decent. Far from the best lebanese food I've had, but decent nonetheless. The falafel plate is tasty but doesn't come with anything... just falafel patties on a plate with some tahini and tomatoes. The Kababs were so-so; decently spiced and a bit chewy. The hummus is better than standard, but the tabbouleh lacked bulgur wheat and had unripe tomatoes. It seemed to be made in-house though.


Overall:


If you're desperate for some Lebanese food, get takeout here. It's not worth the pain of sitting in that sterile, hostile environment for 1.5 hours. And to be honest, the food is overpriced for what you get. I'd only go back for dinner if everything was $2 cheaper.

Pros: pretty good falafel and hummus (but don't eat it there...)

Cons: service, atmosphere, value

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We had take out from this restaurant and it was fantastic. We did not get the lamb, but the steak and chicken were flavorful and very tender. Everyone in our large group raved about the quality of the meat and how well it was prepared. The side dishes were also good and very fresh tasting. The meal was satisfying and not heavy. My husband and I have decided that we'll start getting their food often now.

2
★★★★☆

We had take out from this restaurant and it was fantastic. We did not get the lamb, but the steak and chicken were flavorful and very tender. Everyone in our large group raved about the quality of the meat and how well it was prepared. The side dishes were also good and very fresh tasting. The meal was satisfying and not heavy. My husband and I have decided that we'll start getting their food often now.

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This is a bit of a hole in the wall place though they are doing major renovations right now and it should be both bigger and nicer when they are done. When you go for lunch, don't just get the regular plates, they have even cheaper lunch specials, a bit smaller, but plenty. Their taboule and homous are great and the the shwarma is amazing.

5
★★★★★

This is a bit of a hole in the wall place though they are doing major renovations right now and it should be both bigger and nicer when they are done. When you go for lunch, don't just get the regular plates, they have even cheaper lunch specials, a bit smaller, but plenty. Their taboule and homous are great and the the shwarma is amazing.

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Very Rude owners; very bad lamb. Please do not go to this place. I'm sorry I ever tried eating there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very Rude owners; very bad lamb. Please do not go to this place. I'm sorry I ever tried eating there.

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Although the strong smell of Smart & Final disinfectant greets you at the door;
Don't let that stop you...the food is WONDERFUL!

This small hole in the wall restaurant, run by a Lebanese family; has no decor or ambiance (other than Lebanese music resounding off the badly sponge-painted walls.)
The service was not even the friendliest. (Don't even THINK of asking for substitutions.)
But the FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFFIC!

I had the Lule Kabab dinner ($9.00...as were all of the kabobs on the menu.)
While the Lule was cooking ; two small saucers were brought to the table, one of Tabouli (a delicious salad of Parsley & cracked bulgar wheat, with garlic-lemon dressing), & the other, one of the most DELICIOUS Humous I've ever eaten. It was fresh, very garlicky, drizzled with a splash of good olive oil, & accompanied by a basket of fresh pita bread for dipping.
Although at first glance, the saucers looked small, it actually ended up to be a substantial amount of dip.
The Lule kabob (ground beef seasoned with red pepper, middle eastern spices, and lots of garlic... then char-broiled) was exceptional!
The platter came with THREE portions of Lule Kabab, along with a huge portion of rice pilaf. (I was so full with the Humous & Tabouli, that I ended up taking TWO of the kebabs home...lunch will be happy tomorrow!) The Lule was covered with sliced raw onions and a sprinkling of ground purple sumac (a Middle Eastern tart-tasting herb) which imparted a nice tang.
If you go with one other person...I would share an appetizer platter (an assortment of all kinds of Lebanese specialties for $8.00.) and just ONE order of kabab.
I guarantee: it will not only be enough food to feed two people heartily....but you will probably have leftovers to take home as well!
The Lebanese Kitchen by the way is on Washington Blvd ,just West of Hill St. in Pasadena (next door to the Archives book store). It is so tiny, it's easy to drive right past it & miss it.

PROS: Fabulous Food, good portions, reasonable prices
CONS:

4
★★★★☆

Although the strong smell of Smart & Final disinfectant greets you at the door;
Don't let that stop you...the food is WONDERFUL!

This small hole in the wall restaurant, run by a Lebanese family; has no decor or ambiance (other than Lebanese music resounding off the badly sponge-painted walls.)
The service was not even the friendliest. (Don't even THINK of asking for substitutions.)
But the FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY TERRIFFIC!

I had the Lule Kabab dinner ($9.00...as were all of the kabobs on the menu.)
While the Lule was cooking ; two small saucers were brought to the table, one of Tabouli (a delicious salad of Parsley & cracked bulgar wheat, with garlic-lemon dressing), & the other, one of the most DELICIOUS Humous I've ever eaten. It was fresh, very garlicky, drizzled with a splash of good olive oil, & accompanied by a basket of fresh pita bread for dipping.
Although at first glance, the saucers looked small, it actually ended up to be a substantial amount of dip.
The Lule kabob (ground beef seasoned with red pepper, middle eastern spices, and lots of garlic... then char-broiled) was exceptional!
The platter came with THREE portions of Lule Kabab, along with a huge portion of rice pilaf. (I was so full with the Humous & Tabouli, that I ended up taking TWO of the kebabs home...lunch will be happy tomorrow!) The Lule was covered with sliced raw onions and a sprinkling of ground purple sumac (a Middle Eastern tart-tasting herb) which imparted a nice tang.
If you go with one other person...I would share an appetizer platter (an assortment of all kinds of Lebanese specialties for $8.00.) and just ONE order of kabab.
I guarantee: it will not only be enough food to feed two people heartily....but you will probably have leftovers to take home as well!
The Lebanese Kitchen by the way is on Washington Blvd ,just West of Hill St. in Pasadena (next door to the Archives book store). It is so tiny, it's easy to drive right past it & miss it.

PROS: Fabulous Food, good portions, reasonable prices
CONS:

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