Kalamata's

★★★★☆
  • 3764 Hillsboro Pike

    Nashville, TN 37215

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  • 615-383-8700

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We had lunch at Kalamata's on May 1. The plastic ware is off-putting, and the fare is not cheap. The food was disappointing; my tuna in a pitas tasted like an old sponge and my wife's chicken was dry as Brentwood in August. We won't be returning to Kalamata's.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had lunch at Kalamata's on May 1. The plastic ware is off-putting, and the fare is not cheap. The food was disappointing; my tuna in a pitas tasted like an old sponge and my wife's chicken was dry as Brentwood in August. We won't be returning to Kalamata's.

Pros: None

Cons: Poor food; cheap plastic ware; indifferent service

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I was mistreated at this place, I don't know if the person was the owner or an employee. He was deliberately rude and did not apologised. The food is nothing special, in fact it was my dish was too hot, and the salad I had was of poor quality. Don't go to this place!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I was mistreated at this place, I don't know if the person was the owner or an employee. He was deliberately rude and did not apologised. The food is nothing special, in fact it was my dish was too hot, and the salad I had was of poor quality. Don't go to this place!!!

Pros: nothing

Cons: Poor service and the food is nothing special.

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they think they always gonna have same amount of costumer so they dont really care about ethics as long as they sell their food!!!

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★★☆☆☆

they think they always gonna have same amount of costumer so they dont really care about ethics as long as they sell their food!!!

Cons: not fresh food time to time

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Personalized service, excellent food, friendly atmosphere

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★★★★★

Personalized service, excellent food, friendly atmosphere

Pros: very fresh food

Cons: none

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I'm giving it two stars because of the wonderful baklava and good brownies... the salad ingredients were fresh and crisp... the pita bread was good... BUT... the gyro meat was very off-putting, like a Greek Spam that came out of a can. I've never encountered anything that unfortunate even in the cheapest of Mediterranean hole in the walls-also they were very stingy with the quantity of "meat", even though in this case it was appreciated. Next up, everything from the stuffed grape leaves(very gummy rice too), the salad dressing, the baba ganoush all had an overwhelming, unpleasant sour flavor- not sure what the ingredient was, but it also turned off the three other people I treated to the meal. Lastly, I had to drink water for several hours, evidently due to a salt lick hidden in the food. I had dined at this place a few weeks after they'd opened, and I remember the food at that time was more authentic and homecooked, not the almost unpalatable ingredients I encountered this time around.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm giving it two stars because of the wonderful baklava and good brownies... the salad ingredients were fresh and crisp... the pita bread was good... BUT... the gyro meat was very off-putting, like a Greek Spam that came out of a can. I've never encountered anything that unfortunate even in the cheapest of Mediterranean hole in the walls-also they were very stingy with the quantity of "meat", even though in this case it was appreciated. Next up, everything from the stuffed grape leaves(very gummy rice too), the salad dressing, the baba ganoush all had an overwhelming, unpleasant sour flavor- not sure what the ingredient was, but it also turned off the three other people I treated to the meal. Lastly, I had to drink water for several hours, evidently due to a salt lick hidden in the food. I had dined at this place a few weeks after they'd opened, and I remember the food at that time was more authentic and homecooked, not the almost unpalatable ingredients I encountered this time around.

Pros: great desserts

Cons: tastes like fast food Greek, rather than homecooked

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Kalamata?s has pretty good food, but I don?t like the way they do things. If you?re not a regular, you don?t have a clue what to do when you walk in the door. You don?t know where to order, where to pick your food up, where to pay, when to pay?nothing. They make you feel like an idiot. I?ve been there twice and I still don?t know how to do it. One day, I?m paying with my plate in my hand and another day, I?m supposed to wait and pay when I?m finished?all without a bill so I have to remember what exotic delicacy I asked for and tell whoever decides to bop over to the cash register.

They?re re-modeling the place now and I hope they decide to use servers because the cafeteria-style ?what now? with people milling around looking for their order or somebody to give their money to doesn?t work.

But anyway, this is supposed to be about food, and I like Kalamata?s food. I don?t like the fact that they put their pita bread in a microwave instead of a real oven because it gets gummy instead of crispy, but they?re supposed to be the experts in Greek food, so if they want it gummy, who am I to correct them?

One other thing: they have a great selection of sodas.

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★★★☆☆

Kalamata?s has pretty good food, but I don?t like the way they do things. If you?re not a regular, you don?t have a clue what to do when you walk in the door. You don?t know where to order, where to pick your food up, where to pay, when to pay?nothing. They make you feel like an idiot. I?ve been there twice and I still don?t know how to do it. One day, I?m paying with my plate in my hand and another day, I?m supposed to wait and pay when I?m finished?all without a bill so I have to remember what exotic delicacy I asked for and tell whoever decides to bop over to the cash register.

They?re re-modeling the place now and I hope they decide to use servers because the cafeteria-style ?what now? with people milling around looking for their order or somebody to give their money to doesn?t work.

But anyway, this is supposed to be about food, and I like Kalamata?s food. I don?t like the fact that they put their pita bread in a microwave instead of a real oven because it gets gummy instead of crispy, but they?re supposed to be the experts in Greek food, so if they want it gummy, who am I to correct them?

One other thing: they have a great selection of sodas.

Pros: Good food

Cons: Not even the employees know what's going on in there.

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I see that some people have "fussed" about the 'lack of service' or 'bland food' that Kalamata's offers. Yet others comment on the wait because the line flows through the doors and onto the sidewalk. First of all, the atmosphere is as if the customer were family. I am of Greek heritage and much of my family's lifestyle focuses on food and togetherness. Imagine Mehar as an uncle, cooking at the family barbeque...you tell him what you want, he prepares it, you eat, and then you clean up your mess. It is meant to be informal, you are paying for the food not the service. Additionally, Mehar is still quite the conversationalist, even at the peak lunch hour. As for the food...It's not all Greek, it's Mediterranean, and is comprised of a myriad of recipes from different areas. As for taste...some foods, by nature, don't have a lot of flavor. By adding flavor to them, it takes away from the authenticity of "real" Mediterranean meals.

I very much enjoy everything about Kalamata's, from the flash of a smile as I walk in the door all the way down to the baklava at the register.

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★★★★☆

I see that some people have "fussed" about the 'lack of service' or 'bland food' that Kalamata's offers. Yet others comment on the wait because the line flows through the doors and onto the sidewalk. First of all, the atmosphere is as if the customer were family. I am of Greek heritage and much of my family's lifestyle focuses on food and togetherness. Imagine Mehar as an uncle, cooking at the family barbeque...you tell him what you want, he prepares it, you eat, and then you clean up your mess. It is meant to be informal, you are paying for the food not the service. Additionally, Mehar is still quite the conversationalist, even at the peak lunch hour. As for the food...It's not all Greek, it's Mediterranean, and is comprised of a myriad of recipes from different areas. As for taste...some foods, by nature, don't have a lot of flavor. By adding flavor to them, it takes away from the authenticity of "real" Mediterranean meals.

I very much enjoy everything about Kalamata's, from the flash of a smile as I walk in the door all the way down to the baklava at the register.

Pros: Great food, great atmosphere, great experience.

Cons: Parking is limited to a shared lot within a strip mall.

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Everybody I take here loves it. The filet kabob is more tender than most places' filet mignon, the falafel is the best in town. Good hummus, and pistachio baklava! If they have gazpacho on special, get it. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are.
I love it when the owner is front and center interacting with you instead of some bored teenager.
The disposable dinnerware is a bit incongruous with the rest of the cafe.

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★★★★★

Everybody I take here loves it. The filet kabob is more tender than most places' filet mignon, the falafel is the best in town. Good hummus, and pistachio baklava! If they have gazpacho on special, get it. You can taste how fresh the ingredients are.
I love it when the owner is front and center interacting with you instead of some bored teenager.
The disposable dinnerware is a bit incongruous with the rest of the cafe.

Pros: Great fresh-tasting food

Cons: Disposable plates, silverware

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Maybe I am spoiled, maybe I have a higher standard I hold food to. I was not impressed with the food or the service. Is it a deli or a restaurant?

They have live music which was fun but no table service, just counter service. The space had a feel of after thought, sort of like they had the counter area and then the landlord offered them the space next door so they knocked a doorway in the wall and put a few tables out.

The food was sort of bland and the lamb tasted gamey. I was disappointed that it fell flat on so many points since they had been highly recommended to me by a friend who has always had good food recs in the past.

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★★☆☆☆

Maybe I am spoiled, maybe I have a higher standard I hold food to. I was not impressed with the food or the service. Is it a deli or a restaurant?

They have live music which was fun but no table service, just counter service. The space had a feel of after thought, sort of like they had the counter area and then the landlord offered them the space next door so they knocked a doorway in the wall and put a few tables out.

The food was sort of bland and the lamb tasted gamey. I was disappointed that it fell flat on so many points since they had been highly recommended to me by a friend who has always had good food recs in the past.

Pros: Location with easy parking

Cons: boring food and not consistent quality

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i've been to both kalamata's and tabbouli's and i think they are both great. tabbouli's is definitely more of a sit down restaurant kind of place, where kalamata's is very casual in and out kind of place. but when you are in the mood it's fun to order and watch them make your food in front of you! (at kalamata's). tabbouli's also has more on the menu but, i was very disappointed when my mom asked for something that was a traditional greek dish so she could try the flavors new to her, and she was brought some greek flavored chicken on a BED of french fries. i have never seen so many fries. i would much prefer and recommended a sampler plate from either restaurant, especially the appetizer plate from kalamata's. their pita bread and hummus are wonderful!! as is their house dressing. YUM!

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★★★★★

i've been to both kalamata's and tabbouli's and i think they are both great. tabbouli's is definitely more of a sit down restaurant kind of place, where kalamata's is very casual in and out kind of place. but when you are in the mood it's fun to order and watch them make your food in front of you! (at kalamata's). tabbouli's also has more on the menu but, i was very disappointed when my mom asked for something that was a traditional greek dish so she could try the flavors new to her, and she was brought some greek flavored chicken on a BED of french fries. i have never seen so many fries. i would much prefer and recommended a sampler plate from either restaurant, especially the appetizer plate from kalamata's. their pita bread and hummus are wonderful!! as is their house dressing. YUM!

Pros: fast, parking, safe location

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Great local Greek restaurant located near Green Hills Mall. They have some great lunch specials that include gyros and platters. There service is quick and the food is affordable. Highly recommend!

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★★★★★

Great local Greek restaurant located near Green Hills Mall. They have some great lunch specials that include gyros and platters. There service is quick and the food is affordable. Highly recommend!

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Go there and you'll see why. I don't know why people even compare one to the other. The food isn't as authentic as Tabouli's BY FAR, and it's more cramped and fast-food-like. Try Tabouli's.

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★★☆☆☆

Go there and you'll see why. I don't know why people even compare one to the other. The food isn't as authentic as Tabouli's BY FAR, and it's more cramped and fast-food-like. Try Tabouli's.

Pros: None

Cons: Inauthentic food, fast-food-like service (seat/serve yourself), dirty tables

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I JUST discovered this place. DELICIOUS food and nice staff. Great spot for lunch. I am hooked on the grilled chicken pita. YUMMY

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★★★★★

I JUST discovered this place. DELICIOUS food and nice staff. Great spot for lunch. I am hooked on the grilled chicken pita. YUMMY

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Tried Kalamata's for the first time...will be going back often. Despite a line out the door, service was fast and friendly. Menu offered standard Mediterranean dishes as well as several unique ones. Had the special of the night, which involved grilled tuna cooked expertly. Enjoyed the live music, which was unobtrusive to the dining experience.

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★★★★★

Tried Kalamata's for the first time...will be going back often. Despite a line out the door, service was fast and friendly. Menu offered standard Mediterranean dishes as well as several unique ones. Had the special of the night, which involved grilled tuna cooked expertly. Enjoyed the live music, which was unobtrusive to the dining experience.

Pros: friendly, fresh, affordable

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Excellent friendly service even though you have to order at the counter and help yourself to a table. There is no wait-staff. Food is rich in flavor. Deserts are authentic Mediterranean. Live music on Saturday night is also great. Worth going to if you want a great Mediterranean meal with little frills and low cost.

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★★★★★

Excellent friendly service even though you have to order at the counter and help yourself to a table. There is no wait-staff. Food is rich in flavor. Deserts are authentic Mediterranean. Live music on Saturday night is also great. Worth going to if you want a great Mediterranean meal with little frills and low cost.

Pros: Excellent, authentic Mediterranean food.

Cons: Limited Menu

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I have liked everything that i've ever ordered! just don't try to order while you are talking on a cell phone! he wont take your order until you hang up!

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★★★★★

I have liked everything that i've ever ordered! just don't try to order while you are talking on a cell phone! he wont take your order until you hang up!

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First time experience last weekend and it was great. Reasonably priced and friendly staff. Good portion sizes. One of the few places you can bring your own wine - great for saving money!

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★★★★★

First time experience last weekend and it was great. Reasonably priced and friendly staff. Good portion sizes. One of the few places you can bring your own wine - great for saving money!

Pros: inexpenisve, good, lots of veggie options

Cons: location

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Great food all around, consistent quality each time you visit. Friendly staff and great service. If you go on monday get the special, grilled shrimp with greek salad. Gyros are good size and packed with meat.

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★★★★★

Great food all around, consistent quality each time you visit. Friendly staff and great service. If you go on monday get the special, grilled shrimp with greek salad. Gyros are good size and packed with meat.

Pros: consistent quality no matter when you go, Really great food, Fresher ingredients as opposed to other Greek/Gyro joints

Cons: cafe style seating area.

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We love Kalamata's so much, our family makes a weekly pilgrimage from our home in congested Cool Springs to equally-congested Green Hills to eat Mehar's wonderful food. After moving from Chicago, we were grateful to find this Mediterranean jewel. We tend to favor the daily specials, but also love, love, love the Grilled Chicken Pita's, Hummus, Falafel, standard Gyro's, and outstanding Baklava. Their salads are quite generous, and (like all of their food) fresh and healthy. Mehar and his family of employees make the place cheerful and fun.

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★★★★★

We love Kalamata's so much, our family makes a weekly pilgrimage from our home in congested Cool Springs to equally-congested Green Hills to eat Mehar's wonderful food. After moving from Chicago, we were grateful to find this Mediterranean jewel. We tend to favor the daily specials, but also love, love, love the Grilled Chicken Pita's, Hummus, Falafel, standard Gyro's, and outstanding Baklava. Their salads are quite generous, and (like all of their food) fresh and healthy. Mehar and his family of employees make the place cheerful and fun.

Pros: Quality of Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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This is a tough call. There are real highlights - the hummus and falafel were excellent, the stuffed grape leaves were also tasty. But the kafta was dull and the set-up frustrating. No signage, no help forthcoming and cattle car seating. "I've got a secret." is not a well respected strategy for seating diners or presenting service. A friend recommend I come here, but I didn't try the specific things he recommended. The up and down quality of the meal (vegetarian good, meat uninspired) makes it perfectly possible that he had a great meal. The atmosphere inside is boxy and unpleasant.

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★★★☆☆

This is a tough call. There are real highlights - the hummus and falafel were excellent, the stuffed grape leaves were also tasty. But the kafta was dull and the set-up frustrating. No signage, no help forthcoming and cattle car seating. "I've got a secret." is not a well respected strategy for seating diners or presenting service. A friend recommend I come here, but I didn't try the specific things he recommended. The up and down quality of the meal (vegetarian good, meat uninspired) makes it perfectly possible that he had a great meal. The atmosphere inside is boxy and unpleasant.

Pros: Good vegetarian food

Cons: Poorly designed, boring meat dishes

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Everyone I've introduced to Kalamata's is now hooked! My toddler can't get enough of the hummus, lentil soup, chicken salad sandwiches (no mayo), rice, and fresh salmon (on Fridays). It's a great stop before a show since you get your own drinks and pay when you're ready...not when your waiter returns. Kalamata's is perfect for a healthy, inexpensive family meal when you don't feel like cooking. We try to get there at least once a week. Check it out for lunch or dinner. You'll love the owner!

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★★★★★

Everyone I've introduced to Kalamata's is now hooked! My toddler can't get enough of the hummus, lentil soup, chicken salad sandwiches (no mayo), rice, and fresh salmon (on Fridays). It's a great stop before a show since you get your own drinks and pay when you're ready...not when your waiter returns. Kalamata's is perfect for a healthy, inexpensive family meal when you don't feel like cooking. We try to get there at least once a week. Check it out for lunch or dinner. You'll love the owner!

Pros: Excellent Service, Inexpensive, HEALTHY!

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Food was tasty. Tabouli was disappointing--too much vinegar/lemon. Best Greek food is at Kabobs in Brentwood.

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★★★★☆

Food was tasty. Tabouli was disappointing--too much vinegar/lemon. Best Greek food is at Kabobs in Brentwood.

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The food is great! After moving to Nashville, I was very happy to find this great find in such a cute part of town (Green Hills)! If you go there for lunch during the week, expect to wait a little. Other than that, don't miss out on this place. I have eaten there over 20 times and everything I have tried has been YUMMY!!

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★★★★★

The food is great! After moving to Nashville, I was very happy to find this great find in such a cute part of town (Green Hills)! If you go there for lunch during the week, expect to wait a little. Other than that, don't miss out on this place. I have eaten there over 20 times and everything I have tried has been YUMMY!!

Pros: Great Food, Usually Quick, Friendly Staff

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Coming from Detroit, I'm spoiled rotten when it comes to fantastic Middle Eastern food. Normal people may love Kalamata's, but I was completely disappointed. After reading many glowing reviews, I was expecting so much more. The portions were small and expensive, you had to order your food at a counter (no atmosphere), and everything was served on plastic plates. The staff was friendly and the food quality was fine, but I consider this a "scraping the bottom of the barrel" experience if you're looking for good Middle Eastern food. Plus, it's in one of the most congested parts of town! Ugh!

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★★★☆☆

Coming from Detroit, I'm spoiled rotten when it comes to fantastic Middle Eastern food. Normal people may love Kalamata's, but I was completely disappointed. After reading many glowing reviews, I was expecting so much more. The portions were small and expensive, you had to order your food at a counter (no atmosphere), and everything was served on plastic plates. The staff was friendly and the food quality was fine, but I consider this a "scraping the bottom of the barrel" experience if you're looking for good Middle Eastern food. Plus, it's in one of the most congested parts of town! Ugh!

Pros: Passable food

Cons: Part of town, Serve yourself, Portion sizes

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I love this place! I venture there at least once a week from across town. The kabob plates are delicious along with the wonderful greek salads with fresh produce. The chef is always very welcoming and entertaining. If you've not been to Kalamata's, you're missing out.

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★★★★★

I love this place! I venture there at least once a week from across town. The kabob plates are delicious along with the wonderful greek salads with fresh produce. The chef is always very welcoming and entertaining. If you've not been to Kalamata's, you're missing out.

Pros: great food, great service, great price

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I just moved back to Nashville after 15 years and was pleased to find the city with a substantially broadened culinary palette. Kalamata's has become one of my haunts. The food is promptly prepared and economically priced, but definitely not fast food; and everything is overseen by Middle Eastern native Mehir, so you know it's the genuine article. The value added is the excellent oud music they always have playing overhead (I always hate it when I go to an ethnic restaurant and they have Michael Bolton playing. It tends to kill the aura).

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★★★★★

I just moved back to Nashville after 15 years and was pleased to find the city with a substantially broadened culinary palette. Kalamata's has become one of my haunts. The food is promptly prepared and economically priced, but definitely not fast food; and everything is overseen by Middle Eastern native Mehir, so you know it's the genuine article. The value added is the excellent oud music they always have playing overhead (I always hate it when I go to an ethnic restaurant and they have Michael Bolton playing. It tends to kill the aura).

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Clearly the best Mediterranean food in Nashville to date. I would like to see this restaurant expanded onto a grander scale, a bigger facility with more resources. Quarters are somewhat cramped and output from the small kitchen strains to keep up with a busy weekend night. The food quality is excellent but portions are somewhat small for the price, a Green Hills location premium undoubtedly. Overall, thank God for making a good falafel available in Nashville.

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★★★★☆

Clearly the best Mediterranean food in Nashville to date. I would like to see this restaurant expanded onto a grander scale, a bigger facility with more resources. Quarters are somewhat cramped and output from the small kitchen strains to keep up with a busy weekend night. The food quality is excellent but portions are somewhat small for the price, a Green Hills location premium undoubtedly. Overall, thank God for making a good falafel available in Nashville.

Pros: see above

Cons: see above

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I just tried Kalamata's for lunch and it was great! I went for the Tuna Salad sald. It had roasted potatoes, green beans, olives, tomatoes, feta and an awesome light dressing.

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★★★★★

I just tried Kalamata's for lunch and it was great! I went for the Tuna Salad sald. It had roasted potatoes, green beans, olives, tomatoes, feta and an awesome light dressing.

Pros: creativity, food

Cons: size of facility

 

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