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The 12 Best Arab Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: August 7, 2022

Craving some amazing Arab dishes? These are the best San Diego restaurants for this Middle Eastern cuisine. To find these Arab spots we analyzed the best review and ranking sites, incorporating millions of reviews. So when we need kofta, manakish and sweet kunefe these are the San Diego restaurants we turn to.

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Mister Falafel

Mediterranean, $, North ClairemontMediterranean, $San Diego, North Clairemont
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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    Hoodline, 2019

Fairouz Cafe & Gallery

Middle Eastern, $$, Midway DistrictMiddle Eastern, $$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Alforon

Middle Eastern, $$, El CerritoMiddle Eastern, $$San Diego, El Cerrito
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Grill House Cafe

Persian, $$, MiramarPersian, $$San Diego, Miramar
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Aladdin Cafe

Middle Eastern, $$, North ClairemontMiddle Eastern, $$San Diego, North Clairemont
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

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    Eater, 2019

International Market & Grill

Persian, $$, La JollaPersian, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Amardeen Cafe

Mediterranean, $$, University CityMediterranean, $$San Diego, University City
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

La Miche Kabobgee

Lebanese, $$, Kearny MesaLebanese, $$San Diego, Kearny Mesa
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Mama's Bakery & Deli

Middle Eastern, $, University HeightsMiddle Eastern, $San Diego, University Heights
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    5 top options for inexpensive Middle Eastern eats in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Sadaf

Persian, $$, Gaslamp QuarterPersian, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Kolbeh

Persian, $$, MiramarPersian, $$San Diego, Miramar
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Darband Fifth Avenue Grill

Persian, $$, Cortez HillPersian, $$San Diego, Cortez Hill
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2019

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    Eater, 2019

How was this list created?

We know how time consuming it can be to find the best Arab restaurants in San Diego. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater, 10162 San Diego restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. These top contenders have appeared in Eater - Where to Eat Middle Eastern Food in San Diego. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Mister Falafel, Fairouz Cafe & Gallery, and Alforon are the highest-rated Arab restaurants for take-out in San Diego.

Fairouz Cafe & Gallery, Alforon, and Fattoush Mediterranean Fine Cuisine are the highest-rated Arab restaurants that are good for groups in San Diego.

Alforon, Amardeen Cafe, and Bandar Restaurant are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Arab restaurants in San Diego.

Mister Falafel, Fairouz Cafe & Gallery, and Alforon are vegetarian-friendly Arab restaurants in San Diego.

Mister Falafel, Fairouz Cafe & Gallery, and Alforon are the highest-rated Arab restaurants that serve breakfast in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips

  • Rosé with your falafel

    When considering what goes best with falafel, we recommend a glass of Rosé, it truly complements the dish as it counterbalances the dense texture of the falafel.


  • Chardonnay with your falafel

    falafel, goes very well with a glass of oaked Chardonnay, a white winethat enhances flavour.

  • The perfect complement to falafel


    When ordering falafel, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Interesting facts

  • History lesson

    The next time you bite into a deliciousbaklava remember to thank Turkey who are responsible for this tasty culinary invention.

  • September = Arab festival

    Torrance, The United States is the proud home of the annual South Bay Falafel Festival, held every September to celebrate everything that is good about Arab.


  • Think you can handle some kebab?

    kebab is pretty tasty, to say the least, and Mihriban Kadap agrees. If you want to break their record for most skewers eaten in 30, you’re gonna have to help yourself to more than 290!

Parking in the area

We’ve all struggled to find good parking near restaurants in San Diego. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Arab spot.

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