Desert Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 1605 Sulgrave Ave

    Baltimore, MD 21209

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  • 410-367-5808

About Desert Cafe

Hours
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:00 AM To 09:00 PM Friday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 11:00 PM Saturday From 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM

Food

Food
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I love, love, love this place. The food is awesome well worth checking out. There is no liquor license, just an FYI. The atmosphere is wonderful. The establishment is a bit on the small side, so I'd suggest making a reservation or just going early.

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★★★★★

I love, love, love this place. The food is awesome well worth checking out. There is no liquor license, just an FYI. The atmosphere is wonderful. The establishment is a bit on the small side, so I'd suggest making a reservation or just going early.

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Wow...seriously? 4 1/2 stars? This was NOT a very good restaurant experience. Atmosphere: cramped. you're really wedged between the other patrons. If it were a 'cozy' place this would be fine, but this feels more like 'college coffee bar' decor.
Food was OK with tiny portions of acceptable (if not commercial) hummus and grape leaves and a paper-like pita bread. Main course arrived within 4 minutes of ordering which sends up the 'Not freshly prepared!!' flag.
Service was sketchy even on a not-so-crowded Wednesday.
Looking for more authentic middle eastern food? Head for Highlandtown/Greektown in Baltimore....lots of great choices!

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Wow...seriously? 4 1/2 stars? This was NOT a very good restaurant experience. Atmosphere: cramped. you're really wedged between the other patrons. If it were a 'cozy' place this would be fine, but this feels more like 'college coffee bar' decor.
Food was OK with tiny portions of acceptable (if not commercial) hummus and grape leaves and a paper-like pita bread. Main course arrived within 4 minutes of ordering which sends up the 'Not freshly prepared!!' flag.
Service was sketchy even on a not-so-crowded Wednesday.
Looking for more authentic middle eastern food? Head for Highlandtown/Greektown in Baltimore....lots of great choices!

Pros: You can bring your own wine...that's the only assurance you have of quality

Cons: Atmosphere, portions, service, MANAGEMENT

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The hummus platter is always good with different varieties every night. You can sit outside when the weather is not and on Saturday nights, they have a belly dancer! Great food, fun and reasonable prices. They take reservations for parties larger than 4. Remember to BYOB.

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★★★★☆

The hummus platter is always good with different varieties every night. You can sit outside when the weather is not and on Saturday nights, they have a belly dancer! Great food, fun and reasonable prices. They take reservations for parties larger than 4. Remember to BYOB.

Pros: Great food and belly dancer on Saturday night

Cons: Limited parking and limited seating.

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I am what some would call a FOODIE, meaning that I love to eat and my days and nights revolve around what meal I am going to have next. So, when I go to eat at a restaurant and I am let down, its really a heartbreak because I have wasted a meal that could have been more than it was. One place I can always count on to produce a success is The Desert Cafe. I have been frequenting this restaurant for quite some time but only recently discovered this website and decided to post my review. And trust me, being that I eat out almost every night, my review is worth your time.
If I were to pick just one dish to recommend, I would be doing a disservice to the restaurant and to you and your friends. There are far too many to choose from. I can, on the other hand, recommend the MUST HAVES! I usually go on the weekends and almost always select from the special menu. From that, I can suggest the hummous sampler (three flavored hummous', usually flavors I have yet to see anywhere else), the seafood specials (there is almost always a filo wrapped salmon that is outstanding and frequently a second fish, most often tuna), and turkey or vegetarian chili. From the regular menu, I can honestly say that I have always been happy with the following selections- greek salad (with tuna salad or grilled chicken on top), chicken kebab, and the mango curry chicken salad.
Lastly, and I always make sure to leave room for, is the dessert. You can't go wrong here so I won't even bother to list my favorites (because I will end up listing the entire spread). Truthfully, everyone I have brought has been amazed by the variety and the uniqueness of some of the desserts, so go ahead, try any of them. I promise you'll be happy.

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★★★★★

I am what some would call a FOODIE, meaning that I love to eat and my days and nights revolve around what meal I am going to have next. So, when I go to eat at a restaurant and I am let down, its really a heartbreak because I have wasted a meal that could have been more than it was. One place I can always count on to produce a success is The Desert Cafe. I have been frequenting this restaurant for quite some time but only recently discovered this website and decided to post my review. And trust me, being that I eat out almost every night, my review is worth your time.
If I were to pick just one dish to recommend, I would be doing a disservice to the restaurant and to you and your friends. There are far too many to choose from. I can, on the other hand, recommend the MUST HAVES! I usually go on the weekends and almost always select from the special menu. From that, I can suggest the hummous sampler (three flavored hummous', usually flavors I have yet to see anywhere else), the seafood specials (there is almost always a filo wrapped salmon that is outstanding and frequently a second fish, most often tuna), and turkey or vegetarian chili. From the regular menu, I can honestly say that I have always been happy with the following selections- greek salad (with tuna salad or grilled chicken on top), chicken kebab, and the mango curry chicken salad.
Lastly, and I always make sure to leave room for, is the dessert. You can't go wrong here so I won't even bother to list my favorites (because I will end up listing the entire spread). Truthfully, everyone I have brought has been amazed by the variety and the uniqueness of some of the desserts, so go ahead, try any of them. I promise you'll be happy.

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great hummus and pita, greek salad was fresh, homeade dressing was delicious. chicken salad with chutney was excellent. homeade desserts are a MUST--- we took home the banana cream pie and a caramel/chocolate nut tart that was to die for... incredibly fresh. BYOB!

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★★★★☆

great hummus and pita, greek salad was fresh, homeade dressing was delicious. chicken salad with chutney was excellent. homeade desserts are a MUST--- we took home the banana cream pie and a caramel/chocolate nut tart that was to die for... incredibly fresh. BYOB!

 

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