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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Mediterranean Restaurant, Middle Eastern Restaurant, and Greek Restaurant$$$$
Belmont Shore, Long Beach
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    Ranked #2 for Mediterranean restaurants in Long Beach
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    Gerk S.
    "The fried potatoes and the open sesame combo plate are awesome!"(20 Tips)
    Carolyn H.
    "Try the Chicken Tawook, Open sesame salad, and Magic Potatoes!"(4 Tips)
    Jennifer C.
    "Open Sesame Combo a great sampler."(3 Tips)
    Bayan Q.
    "The chicken shawarma is the best."(5 Tips)
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  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul S.September 11, 2017
    If you're hungry, go with the combo plate. Otherwise, chicken tawook is the best choice. Throw in a couple of sides and that awesome garlic sauce and you're set. Great Mediterranean fare.
  • Tom S.
    Tom SchickJune 29, 2015
    Best Mediterranean in the states! The owner imports spices and ingredients from all around the world. The service is top notch. This place is a landmark in Belmont Shore, and for a good reason.
  • Justin O.heart icon on user image
    Justin OrdovezaOctober 21, 2016
    The lamb pita lunch is excellent. Juicy chunks of lamb wrapped in pita. There is comfy outdoor seating. Nice vegetarian options. It can get a little noisy inside.
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RebeccaJanuary 5, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The service here was decent, though not super attentive, but they were busy. I had the Seabass plate, the Seabass was tender and really tasty and the rice and salad were really flavorful and well-made
  • Jen P.
    Jen PuligDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You must start off with the fried potatoes. The chicken schawarma, chicken tawook, baba ghanoush and open sesame salad are all amazing. Oh, and don't forget to ask for extra garlic sauce.
  • Jade T.heart icon on user image
    Jade ThomasMarch 2, 2017
    This is by far my favorite place to eat. Never have had a bad meal. Party platter is great for sharing with a group of people. Garlic potatoes are to die for.
  • Dean F.heart icon on user image
    Dean FarrarFebruary 22, 2023
    The food was delicious and the service very friendly. At mid day the place was busy but not overcrowded. They had both indoor seating and streetside outside tables.
  • Ghaida Z.heart icon on user image
    Ghaida ZahranDecember 28, 2013
    This place is great. Chicken Tawook is delicious, and don't forget to take home some garlic sauce! Only negative is they need to work on their presentation.
  • Roxxan R.
    Roxxan RendonSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have PERFECT chicken! (coming from the pickiest chicken eater) Everything here is top-notch! I get: Fried Potatoes / Moroccan Iced Tea / Chicken Tawook Plate with Fattoush Salad and Spicy Hummus
  • Michael K.heart icon on user image
    Michael KalecOctober 23, 2018
    Authentic and delicious. Great atmosphere and great food. I'd highly suggest it if you want an authentic Mediterranean meal.
  • Bayan Q.heart icon on user image
    Bayan QadriFebruary 5, 2017
    Try their fried potato and Kibbi. The chicken shawarma is the best. Falafel pita is good.
  • Pau B.heart icon on user image
    Pau BarrosAugust 5, 2015
    Great place to eat! Everything is good quality and delicious + they have really well done expresso
  • Kiki J.heart icon on user image
    Kiki JonesJanuary 21, 2016
    Open sesame has been one of my favorite restaurant for nearly 15 years. Zaataar!!
  • Tee M.
    Tee MoneyJuly 7, 2012
    The fried potatoes are outstanding! The garlic dip is out of control! Get there early though... the place is very small so it fills up quickly.
  • Todd S.heart icon on user image
    Todd SpoonMarch 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried potatoes as appetizers are the bomb. Order a side of garlic paste makes them that much better
  • Jean J.heart icon on user image
    Jean JuaniSeptember 8, 2012
    Best lebanese food i've had in a while! The lamb kebob is incredibly juicy and the sides are healthy and tasty. 5 stars!
  • ally m.
    ally morozJune 9, 2012
    Trendy cafe with an awesome mediterrenean food! hey, I just had a chance to practice writing the hardest word in English - "mediterrenean" - hope I got it right! :)
  • Jaclyn O.
    Jaclyn OrtizFebruary 21, 2014
    Come here for lunch! Little wait, great specials. We had leftovers for days, and they were delicious.
  • Emu the Foo
    Emu the FooJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    As already stated, the fried potatoes are a must have and so is a extra side of large garlic sauce. Or 2 or 3
  • James T.heart icon on user image
    James TuMay 29, 2015
    The chicken is awesome. The babaganoush is awesome. The garlic purée is awesome!
  • Thara A.
    Thara AllaboonAugust 4, 2015
    Fried potatoes and chicken tawook were awesome, although the chicken shawarma was so disappointing!!
  • Harris O.
    Harris OrangesNovember 18, 2010
    For just .99c each, order a trio of falafel a la carte and be sure to spread with plenty of creamy Kefir cheese. Maybe some chilis too if you're feeling spicy.
  • Marisa M.heart icon on user image
    Marisa MoranMay 24, 2017
    Try it all you won't be disappointed
  • David E.heart icon on user image
    David EsquireAugust 22, 2013
    It's all about the chicken shawarma & garlic sauce! Just make sure you bring an appetite. :-)
  • SunShyne C.
    SunShyne ChenFebruary 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I love this place! Friend Potatoes, Open Sesame Salad and the Combo is the most!
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanDecember 10, 2014
    Make sure to get the garlic sauce. The beef kabob entree is awesome.
  • Mandy C.
    Mandy ChristiansenJanuary 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good. I always have to get the fried potatoes and chicken tawook! They also have wheat pita but you have to ask!
  • Sadeem
    SadeemAugust 14, 2014
    Thier chicken shawrma is a must , Hummas is yummy. 100/100
  • Priscilla M.
    Priscilla MartinezJanuary 8, 2012
    Have the Fried Potatoes for your appetizer. You won't regret it. Oh, and they have amazing service!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KnappJanuary 1, 2012
    Can't recommend the Vegetarian Combo enough - loved it! Opted for lettuce and tomatoes instead of the pita bread.
  • Chelsea C.
    Chelsea ChamnessNovember 22, 2011
    Try the deep fried potatoes... You wont be sorry! Very lemony, tangy, and delish. Also tge baklava! Yum-o
  • Metro Bear
    Metro BearJuly 20, 2013
    Awesome... Get the petite noir Lebanese wine with the open sesame platter!
  • Moni Love R.
    Moni Love RobbinsMarch 19, 2015
    Chicken tawook, hummus and open sesame salad.
  • Ayesha H.
    Ayesha HashmiOctober 31, 2023
    Open sedame Gatlic potatoes tahini red sauce
  • Phil F.heart icon on user image
    Phil FoteMarch 4, 2016
    The roasted potatoes and grape leaves are yummy.
  • Valeria
    ValeriaJanuary 27, 2012
    The hummus at open sesame is the best ever! U can't leave this place without trying it!
  • X X.
    X XJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food! I'm a loyal customer though I live in Irvine. Hope they open somewhere in OC soon. U can not go wrong with anything u order.
  • K.K. E.heart icon on user image
    K.K. E.September 15, 2017
    Good Mediterranean food. Can eat by sidewalk.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RomansMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried cauliflower. Doesn't sound like it would be good but you will be surprised! Crazy good.
  • Nej K.
    Nej KutcharianOctober 28, 2012
    The tips say try the fried potatoes but I think the fried cauliflower tasted better. You be the judge.
  • ᴡ A.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ AskenaziMarch 23, 2016
    Everything's good here, what a stupid question Foursquare!
  • Ali A.heart icon on user image
    Ali AlShehriOctober 5, 2014
    Try their garlic potato... Absolutely delicious
  • S A R A Hheart icon on user image
    S A R A HMay 30, 2017
    Vegetarian heaven ♥︎
  • Amy G.
    Amy GFebruary 24, 2012
    Generous portions, tasty hummus, great Fattoush and falafel
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CheungNovember 14, 2010
    Long wait? Offer to eat @ the counter; more attentive service when it's busy since you're staring at them right there. Open Sesame Combo a great sampler.
  • Lacey H.
    Lacey HuszczaAugust 14, 2010
    Get the spicy vegetable soup & a side of rice. Combine them for a yummy lunch! Also the Morraccan iced tea is GREAT!
  • Aimee W.heart icon on user image
    Aimee WatkinsonFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Adding EXTRA garlic sauce to the beef shwarma pita is a must....so YUMMY!!
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BockholdFebruary 22, 2013
    Fried Potatoes and Fried Cauliflower...to die for!!!♥
  • Nicole B.heart icon on user image
    Nicole BossungJune 12, 2015
    Fattoush salad is great!
  • Latinflyboyheart icon on user image
    LatinflyboyApril 6, 2013
    Delicious. I always get the combo
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