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Sahara Mediterranean Restuarant

118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
+1 607-319-4522
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good39%
  • Average18%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible4%
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“falafel” (17 reviews)
“dolmas” (5 reviews)
“greek salad” (6 reviews)
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Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had no idea that a Friday night in early August would find the Ithaca Commons so crowded. We luckily were able to get a table for 3 at Sahara without a reservation. Jordan our server was friendly, helpful and efficient. I had the special...More

Thank Cazzie49
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice atmosphere. Good service. My daughter ordered falafel salad and labneh, both of which she liked very much. I ordered kibbe and dolmas. The dolmas were very good. The kibbe was a bit dry, but flavorful. Sahara is located in Ithaca Commons where there are...More

Thank Marianne S
Reviewed 25 June 2017

We had dinner here after finding a 45-minute wait to get in across the street. There were a few parties on the patio so we requested a table inside. It was empty... not a good sign. Strengths: our server was friendly, the beer selection was...More

Thank Dave M
Reviewed 22 June 2017

While the staff was very friendly, our food was really average. My husband ordered a Greek salad, and the only Greek part of it was one Kalamata olive. He was not impressed with the kibbe, and my chicken gyro was not bad, just seemed lame.

Thank MadameCoco
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We had a great lunch here a few weeks ago and especially enjoyed the delicious hummus; it was the best I've ever tasted! Along with that, the Greek salad was also tasty as well as the spanakopita although the latter was different than others I...More

Thank BKandCB
Reviewed 22 May 2017

I found this spot when in Ithaca 4 a conference & had a delicious solo dinner of Greek salad & kibbeh. Back in Ithaca a month later 4 overnight getaway & ended up back at Sahara. I agree w. Mike Brookshire - this spot is...More

Thank kaelap
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I've eaten here a few times and gotten take out twice. NONE of these experiences have been 'quick'. Food has been consistently good, but it often takes way too long to get it. I've stopped coming for lunch because I don't have the time. Take...More

Thank 20JMJ17
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We were seated today outside by the busboy. Sat for 10 minutes when the heavy waitress with curly dark hair started yelling at us. She was Too Busy to serve outside (while there were other diners outside). I can assure you she was happy we...More

Thank 555b2017
hollyalzitoon, Owner at Sahara Mediterranean Restuarant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Wow. I am so sorry for this. I wish there were something more we could do or say. We really pride ourselves on authentic food and good service and I am sorry you didn't get to enjoy either.

Reviewed 16 April 2017

We were able to get seated without a reservation on a lovely evening. We enjoyed the open air feel of the place. We thought the food was rather bland. I get better gyros in DC.

Thank Sonsonatta
Reviewed 13 April 2017

My fiance and I love Mediterranean food, and I was excited to introduce my mom to it. Unfortunately, this was not the place to do that. The restaurant was dead when we were there. We were the only ones in the restaurant for the first...More

Thank Steph W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Ithaca
  • Phone Number: +1 607-319-4522
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