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Ali Baba's Cave

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Mission District
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799 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1734
+1 415-863-3054
11:00 - 23:00
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Sao Paulo, SP
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52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

When you just have to eat falafel, this is definitely a top choice. The super falafel adds eggplant, in addition to the standard toppings of hummus, tahini salad, onions and potatoes (and a hot sauce that has a nice flavorful kick). Though it is more of a wrap than the traditional pocket sandwich, sort of like the ones at the... More 

Thank wanderingourmand
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210 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

What a treat to taste a falafel from someone who brought the recipe from Egypt. The falafel is different from others we have had but was delicious. The additions of eggplant and tahini was delicious, but I am still on the fence with the addition of fried potatoes. Just not sure about that one. The sandwiches are made on delicious... More 

Thank Canada010
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67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015

Attended late one evening for a takeout. Between us had a falafel and chicken schwarma sandwich - a flatbread rolled with everything inside. Portions were generous, chicken and falafel well cooked. Flavours a little overwhelming. Helpings were generous, but overloaded the flatbread a little. Certainly a great, filling take-out for the end of a long day, perhaps don't expect haute... More 

Thank Annawaltzerpose
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2015

Great Value, Tasty Food, Super Staff .... this is the best felafel I have had in the bay area (maybe even including northern africa/middle east) ... crazy cheap (super crazy cheap for the Mission), fresh ingredients, made to order and the addition of fried eggplant/potatoes takes it to an entirely new level. I am veggie but I have probably taken... More 

Thank ramonathebus
Brisbane, Australia
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949 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2014

We were introduced to the Ali Baba's Cave on a recent food walking tour in Mission. We only sampled a section of a falafel sandwich which was was tasty, freshly made and served promptly, I could have enjoyed a little more. The cave as the name suggests is a small outdated space at the back of the restaurant styled to... More 

1 Thank kpiddy
San Francisco, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2014

I eat here at least twice month and order the Chicken Sharwma with vegetables. The food is always fresh and the owners a very friendly. I usually order takeout but there are seats for people who prefer to dine in. The price is very reasonable for the Valencia/Mission District especially since food can be overpriced in the area.

Thank cbreeze2011
Manteca, California
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211 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2013

The food was okay. It would have gotten at least 1 more star if the phyllo was cooked right on the item I had. It tasted doughy and not flaky at all. There is an area where you can sit pillows and eat at a low table but we ate at the regular tables. We posed for a picture on... More 

Thank Tina C
Winnipeg, Canada
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157 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We had one lamb and one chicken shawarma plate here. The guy allowed my wife to sub out a salad for stuffed grape leaves on her plate, which made her happy. She wasn't thrilled about there being flies inside the restaurant, but the door was open when we were there, so it was kind of like being outside. Flies don't... More 

Thank SammyNPaul
Minden, NV
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551 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2013

Ordered the Shawerma Plate and was giddy happy! Hot roasted lamb was perfectly tender and the yogurt cucumber salad was minty and cool. Rice was delicious and onions were sweet and sliced paper thin. The portion was way more than enough for one super hungry gal. The decor was a little worn, but colorful. Reminded me of local places that... More 

1 Thank Sharron G
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2013

The falafel sandwich with roasted eggplant in the tortilla was amazing. Falafel was home-made and the place was really clean.

Thank mooreczak

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Restaurant Details

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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Egyptian
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 799 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1734
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Mission District
  • Neighbourhood: Mission District
  • Phone Number: +1 415-863-3054

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Mission District
From burritos to bicyclists, the Mission is the foundation for all things hip in the city. Cultural attractions, an independent arts community, sumptuous street murals and a high density of bars and cafes make this neighbourhood a magnet for young people. While terrific inexpensive food is abundant, its top-of-the-line restaurants now compete with the city’s best for fashionable diners. Indulge as the locals do by heading to Mission Dolores Park, buy some ice cream, and savor one of the most diverse neighbourhoods in the country.
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