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Open Sesame

Open Sesame

Mediterranean Restaurant, Middle Eastern Restaurant, and Greek Restaurant$$$$
Belmont Shore, Long Beach
  • Gerk S.
    "The fried potatoes and the open sesame combo plate are awesome!"(22 Tips)
    Carolyn H.
    "Try the Chicken Tawook, Open sesame salad, and Magic Potatoes!"(4 Tips)
    David E.
    "It's all about the chicken shawarma & garlic sauce!"(6 Tips)
    Jennifer C.
    "Open Sesame Combo a great sampler."(3 Tips)
115 Tips and reviews
  • fried potatoes
  • hummus
  • lively
  • vegetarian food
  • authentic
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  • S A R A H
    S A R A HMay 30
    Vegetarian heaven ♥︎
  • Marisa M.
    Try it all you won't be disappointed
  • Jade T.
    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.
  • Bayan Q.
    Bayan QadriFebruary 5
    Try their fried potato and Kibbi. The chicken shawarma is the best. Falafel pita is good.
  • Rachel R.
    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
  • Justin O.
    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.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BustamanteJune 21, 2016
    Delicious fried potatoes and hummus
  • Marcelo L.
    Marcelo LozanoJune 10, 2016
    Good flavors
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed ALQarawiApril 12, 2016
    Ribs & chicken shawarma
  • Salomon A.
    Salomon AskenaziMarch 23, 2016
    Everything's good here, what a stupid question Foursquare!
  • Phil F.
    Phil FoteMarch 4, 2016
    The roasted potatoes and grape leaves are yummy.
  • Sushila L.
    Sushila LoveFebruary 13, 2016
    The fried potatoes are lovely
  • Kiki J.
    Kiki JonesJanuary 21, 2016
    Open sesame has been one of my favorite restaurant for nearly 15 years. Zaataar!!
  • Marsha N.
    Marsha NaifyAugust 31, 2015
    Yes. Great Middle Eastern/Lebanese food.
  • abed A.
    abed AlmutairiAugust 15, 2015
    Best lebanese food
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaAugust 14, 2015
    Great food and prices
  • Pau B.
    Pau BarrosAugust 5, 2015
    Great place to eat! Everything is good quality and delicious + they have really well done expresso
  • Thara A.
    Thara AllaboonAugust 4, 2015
    Fried potatoes and chicken tawook were awesome, although the chicken shawarma was so disappointing!!
  • 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.
  • Mechell E.
    Mechell ElleJune 15, 2015
    My FAVE place for lamb chops.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BossungJune 12, 2015
    Fattoush salad is great!
  • James T.
    James TuMay 29, 2015
    The chicken is awesome. The babaganoush is awesome. The garlic purée is awesome!
  • Moni Love R.
    Moni Love RobbinsMarch 19, 2015
    Chicken tawook, hummus and open sesame salad.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackmerFebruary 20, 2015
    Potatoes are delicious.
  • Leah G.
    Leah GJanuary 30, 2015
    The mint tea
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanDecember 10, 2014
    Make sure to get the garlic sauce. The beef kabob entree is awesome.
  • Ali A.
    Ali AlShehriOctober 5, 2014
    Try their garlic potato... Absolutely delicious
  • Roman S.
    Roman SalazarSeptember 7, 2014
    Um everything. If you cannot find anything good you are so lame.
  • Sadeem
    SadeemAugust 14, 2014
    Thier chicken shawrma is a must , Hummas is yummy. 100/100
  • Alan V.
    Alan VillaAugust 7, 2014
    The chicken is sooooo juicy
  • Wajdan A.
    Wajdan AlsaeedMay 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing SHAWRMA 👌❤
  • Anna W.
    Anna WootenMarch 28, 2014
    I went here on my birthday a few times, I liked their lentil soup. I felt the rest was so so.
  • Jaclyn O.
    Jaclyn OrtizFebruary 21, 2014
    Come here for lunch! Little wait, great specials. We had leftovers for days, and they were delicious.
  • Yu K.
    Yu KailinJanuary 14, 2014
    Still need to try the new one in LA.
  • Alice L.
    Alice LippsDecember 29, 2013
    Small and overpriced portions. Disappointing.
  • Colin W.
    Colin WilliamsDecember 29, 2013
    Unless you want to spend $20 for an appropriately sized meal. Go somewhere else. Taste was nothing special and there lean beef / lamb blend just taste like a sausage.
  • Ghaida Z.
    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.
  • Sagar J.
    Sagar JhobaliaNovember 22, 2013
    Jalab is so much better than the Moroccan iced tea
  • Brandyn
    BrandynOctober 3, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Chicken Tawook plate :)
  • Abdullah A.
    Abdullah AlmajedAugust 25, 2013
    Expensive , but nice and delicious.
  • Fahad
    FahadAugust 24, 2013
    It was a good dinner
  • David E.
    David EsquireAugust 22, 2013
    It's all about the chicken shawarma & garlic sauce! Just make sure you bring an appetite. :-)
  • Allyzon T.
    Allyzon TJuly 26, 2013
    Chicken Shawarma!
  • Steve R.
    Steve RobertsonJuly 25, 2013
    If you're going downtown, this is THE choice for food
  • Metro Bear
    Metro BearJuly 20, 2013
    Awesome... Get the petite noir Lebanese wine with the open sesame platter!
  • Kt S.
    Excellent (;
  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed AlharbyJuly 4, 2013
    After the battle, order Turkish coffee with keshta kenafe. You will travel to heaven for a couple of minutes.
  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed AlharbyJuly 4, 2013
    Be advised, the Lentile in the soup is dark brown Not red.
  • 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
  • John R.
    John RamirezMay 27, 2013
    Good food, dog friendly!!!
  • 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.
  • Latinflyboy
    LatinflyboyApril 6, 2013
    Delicious. I always get the combo
  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed AlharbyMarch 22, 2013
    KabSSa is a must. Very delicious.
  • Todd S.
    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
  • Kohl I.
    Kohl IversonMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Shawarma. Thank me later.
  • Brooke B.
    Brooke BockholdFebruary 22, 2013
    Fried Potatoes and Fried die for!!!♥
  • Daliyce C.
    Daliyce CreightonFebruary 17, 2013
    Delicious but pricey.
  • Todd S.
    Todd SpoonFebruary 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Open Sesame combo is awesome mmmm
  • Marla
    MarlaJanuary 28, 2013
    garlic sauce is addicting!
  • Brandie L.
    Brandie LivingstonJanuary 15, 2013
    The food was amazing!
  • 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.
  • Anderson L.
    Anderson LopesNovember 25, 2012
    Order fries potatoes!
  • 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.
  • Jean J.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • Sidra T.
    Sidra TrajcevskaMay 27, 2012
    Definitely try the fried potatoes! Divine.
  • Kiera F.
    Kiera FayeMay 18, 2012
    I could eat the fried potatoes all. day. long.
  • Patrick
    PatrickMarch 17, 2012
    Get a big group and order party platter
  • Amy G.
    Amy GFebruary 24, 2012
    Generous portions, tasty hummus, great Fattoush and falafel
  • Aimee W.
    Aimee WatkinsonFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Adding EXTRA garlic sauce to the beef shwarma pita is a YUMMY!!
  • Meghan D.
    Meghan DeCoteauFebruary 8, 2012
    I love the chicken tawook!
  • Valeria
    ValeriaJanuary 27, 2012
    The hummus at open sesame is the best ever! U can't leave this place without trying it!
  • Carolyn H.
    Carolyn HimesJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Magic Potatoes w/garlic sauce on side...delish!
  • 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.
  • Mohamed K.
    Mohamed KeilaniDecember 26, 2011
    Very good fried potatoes
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BendimezDecember 12, 2011
    Try the fried potatoes. You will love them.
  • Victoria T.
    Victoria TodaDecember 11, 2011
    The chicken tawook is excellent!!!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jisu H.
    Jisu HahnSeptember 19, 2011
    Fried cauliflower & potatoes!
  • Ever G.
    Ever GomezSeptember 16, 2011
    Ali's Favorite, and pellegrino.
  • Tonio B.
    Tonio BaquiranAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Garlic sauce & pistachio Baklava...and not together..
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel O'LearyAugust 3, 2011
    They use iPads to keep in touch with both locations, smart!
  • Philip S.
    Philip SamartanMarch 19, 2011
    Everything is good here!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BatesNovember 20, 2010
    I love the vegetarian combo, and I'm not even a vegetarian! I could eat it everyday.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Olga Y.
    Olga YekahNovember 12, 2010
    Best beef kabobs I've ever tasted! Got to love the salad as well!
  • Kali H.
    Kali HeitholtNovember 7, 2010
    A bit of a wait, but the spicy hummus is worth it.
  • Serj I.
    Serj InsuranceNovember 2, 2010
    Excellent middle eastern food! I had the fried cauliflower and it was delicious!
  • Joel M.
    Joel MarkSeptember 19, 2010
    Ask for the hot sauce! So hot!
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HigginsSeptember 15, 2010
    Their iced tea is the best!
  • 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!
  • Nooruddin G.
    Nooruddin GheewalaAugust 9, 2010
    Amazing food, Chicken Tawook is all i have to say...
  • Jackie K.
    Jackie KimmellAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy food! Especially the sultan's feast!
  • 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.
  • G C.
    G CaliforniaSeptember 19, 2014
    love it👌👍❤️
  • Rwء
    RwءAugust 14, 2014
    Chicken shawarma was so good 👍❤️
  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed AlharbyMarch 22, 2013
    الحمدلله الذي أطعمنا من غير حول منا ولا قوة.
  • Ahmed A.
    Ahmed AlharbyMarch 22, 2013
    الاكل ممتاز جدا لكن العمال مفهين جدا.
  • Bashayer
    BashayerJuly 30, 2012
    الخدمة سريعة والاسعار جدا مناسبة،،البطاط بالكزبرة لذيذ والشيش طاووق بعد.. الجرسونة اللي خدمتنا اسمها تيارا رااااااائعة
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