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Denver's Essential Guide to Middle Eastern Cuisine

Hummus, falafel, kabob, and more

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Denver has mastered farm to table; Italian cuisine is prevalent; Mexican menus are more than available and Asian fusion can be found in every nook and cranny of the Mile High City. But for those moments when all you crave is some kebab, falafel, lamb gyros and creamy garlic hummus, this list was meant to guide you.

In Denver, the phrase you can't judge a book by its cover comes to mind when choosing where to munch on Mediterranean fare. Some places may lack the elaborate signage, lavishly decorated interiors and expansive patios that we've come to expect. Instead, more often than not, the more subtle, hidden gems tend to be the most authentic and crave-worthy.

The list, which includes ten metro-area restaurants, is organized in alphabetical order. If we happened to miss a gem of an eatery that you believe should be included here, send us a note through the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Mediterranean

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1002 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-5335
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This locally owned Boulder spot offers dishes ranging from tapas to full-size plates of paella. The menu boasts traditional fare as well as, Italian, Greek, French, Moroccan and Lebanese inspiration.
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2. Amira Grill

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(303) 756-7700
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This casual counter-serve eatery focused on fast and healthy cuisine is located off Colorado Blvd and East Evans, Serving Lebanese fare, Amira is known for its Middle Eastern pizza, as well as shawarma, falafel and various other treats.
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3. Damascus Grill

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2276 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 757-3515
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With a 20 year track record, this Syrian restaurant is located off Colorado Blvd and Iliff Ave, along with two other locations in Castle Rock and Littleton.The menu boasts classics like lamb kabobs, grape leaves, Mana-ish and cheese pie.
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4. Phoenician Kabob

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5709 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 355-7213
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This East Colfax spot is known for the Friday and Saturday night belly dancers, and also for their traditional, mouthwatering Mediterranean fare. Don't miss the baba ghanouj, tabbouleh salad, and any of the many kabobs and gyros.
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5. Ali Baba Grill

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Known for their specialities such as the lamb curry, soltani and bamya, this Mediterranean and Lebanese restaurant resides in the Highlands area, with three more outposts in the University of Denver, Golden and Boulder areas.

6. Jerusalem Restaurant

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1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 777-8828
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This Middle Eastern restaurant has been known to serve up one of the best gyros in Denver and is open from 8 a.m .to 4 a.m. Family-owned, Jerusalem's has been serving authentic Mediterranean for years, specializing in the sampler platter which includes hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, baba ganouj, gyros, chicken kabob and shish kabob.
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7. Shish Kabob Grill

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1503 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 837-8800
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Located in the Capital Hill neighborhood, this Middle Eastern spot is more than just their namesake. Crowds flock to this "quick" restaurant for their falafel sandwich, garlicky hummus and several other items on their long menu.
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8. Vesper Lounge

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233 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
Part of Bonanno Concepts, this Mediterranean-style pub takes the best of the Middle Eastern fare and reinvents it in an approachable way. Menu items vary from hummus with warm pita, pork slovaki and even a cheeseburger.
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9. Saffron Grill

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898 Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80215
(303) 202-1600
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This family-owned restaurant has three locations – Lakewood, downtown and Auraria – and their menu boasts fresh pitas and gyros – using fresh ingredients.
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10. Shondiz Doner Kebab Food Cart

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16th Street Mall
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 351-4492
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With a permanent location on the 16th Street Mall, this cart is proud to serve quick, but no less delicious food. The menu boasts mainly Mediterranean classics like the kabob sandwich and falafel salad, but during breakfast hours they sometimes switch up their global inspirations.
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1. The Mediterranean

1002 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
The Med facbeook
This locally owned Boulder spot offers dishes ranging from tapas to full-size plates of paella. The menu boasts traditional fare as well as, Italian, Greek, French, Moroccan and Lebanese inspiration.
1002 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302

2. Amira Grill

Denver, CO
Amira Grill
This casual counter-serve eatery focused on fast and healthy cuisine is located off Colorado Blvd and East Evans, Serving Lebanese fare, Amira is known for its Middle Eastern pizza, as well as shawarma, falafel and various other treats.

3. Damascus Grill

2276 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222
Courtesy of Damascus Grill Facebook
With a 20 year track record, this Syrian restaurant is located off Colorado Blvd and Iliff Ave, along with two other locations in Castle Rock and Littleton.The menu boasts classics like lamb kabobs, grape leaves, Mana-ish and cheese pie.
2276 S Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222

4. Phoenician Kabob

5709 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80220
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This East Colfax spot is known for the Friday and Saturday night belly dancers, and also for their traditional, mouthwatering Mediterranean fare. Don't miss the baba ghanouj, tabbouleh salad, and any of the many kabobs and gyros.
5709 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80220

5. Ali Baba Grill

Denver, CO 80211
Known for their specialities such as the lamb curry, soltani and bamya, this Mediterranean and Lebanese restaurant resides in the Highlands area, with three more outposts in the University of Denver, Golden and Boulder areas.

6. Jerusalem Restaurant

1890 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
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This Middle Eastern restaurant has been known to serve up one of the best gyros in Denver and is open from 8 a.m .to 4 a.m. Family-owned, Jerusalem's has been serving authentic Mediterranean for years, specializing in the sampler platter which includes hummus, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, baba ganouj, gyros, chicken kabob and shish kabob.
1890 E Evans Ave
Denver, CO 80210

7. Shish Kabob Grill

1503 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
Courtesy of Shish Kabob Facebook
Located in the Capital Hill neighborhood, this Middle Eastern spot is more than just their namesake. Crowds flock to this "quick" restaurant for their falafel sandwich, garlicky hummus and several other items on their long menu.
1503 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203

8. Vesper Lounge

233 E 7th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Courtesy of Vesper Lounge Facebook
Part of Bonanno Concepts, this Mediterranean-style pub takes the best of the Middle Eastern fare and reinvents it in an approachable way. Menu items vary from hummus with warm pita, pork slovaki and even a cheeseburger.
233 E 7th Ave
Denver, CO 80203

9. Saffron Grill

898 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO 80215
Courtesy of Saffron Grill Facebook
This family-owned restaurant has three locations – Lakewood, downtown and Auraria – and their menu boasts fresh pitas and gyros – using fresh ingredients.
898 Kipling St
Lakewood, CO 80215

10. Shondiz Doner Kebab Food Cart

16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202
Courtesy of Shondiz Facebook
With a permanent location on the 16th Street Mall, this cart is proud to serve quick, but no less delicious food. The menu boasts mainly Mediterranean classics like the kabob sandwich and falafel salad, but during breakfast hours they sometimes switch up their global inspirations.
16th Street Mall
Denver, CO 80202

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