Lokal Mediterranean Kitchen

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326 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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After serving the Midtown community we are now ready to open our doors to our lovely neighbors in Upper West side of New York City.

Join us for our amazing lunch, brunch or dinner service with a full bar.

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What 326 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good small plates at a reasonable price

n
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Consistently good and especially so for families and large groups (6+) - they are very accommodating and have a layout that suits many configurations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Ac not on soooo hot

J
London
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not bad! But not as amazing as the composite Yelp score would suggest. The octopus and calamari dishes are mostly salad, and the same salad that accompanies other dishes. Not much flavor, though the ingredients are fresh and well prepared.

J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to discover Lokal! We've lived in the neighborhood for 35 years and have wanted a restaurant like this for years. The food was delicious, service attentive without being rushed, and the servings were large. We chose to share several mezze none of which disappointed. The entrees were large and could easily be split by two people (or take home the leftovers). I was delighted with the bottle of temperanillo wine. Lokal is now in our top 10 restaurant list for the UWS.

j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant and the food. A bit loud!!

W
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was our 3rd visit and we were disappointed with the food. The sea bass, $34 was ruined by a large portion of soggy salad laying on top of the fish. My crab cake and zucchini pancakes , which were perfect last visit, were over cooked and a bit burnt.
The service is good, but we won’t be returning.

r
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our food was delicious. I was disappointed that you were out of the caviar dip however...

JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service every time!

n
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, nice atmosphere.
I try to go every time I go to NYC.
Go!

OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant itself is very pretty. Nice wood, spacious tables, comfortable seats. The food is pretty good - shepherd salad is yummy but 2.50 extra for shredded feta cheese on top is completely ridiculous. The shishkebab is very good, as are the spicey vegetables. The bread is amazing! The wait staff is extremely friendly and the prices are reasonable. All in all, you won't be disappointed (just don't order feta with the shepherd salad!).

SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great dips and wine, Greek salad was just ok, didn’t care for grape leaves as they didn’t have a fresh, lemony, herb taste that I love. More of a sweet flavor.

r
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It is a nice space and the food was good. Not exceptional, but nothing wrong either. However, our service was outstanding. Especially considering how mediocre service has become these days even in more expensive, fancier restaurants. Unfortunately I do not know the servers name, but the entire crew that helped with our table was great. In the end, great service makes for a great meal, even if the food is not spectacular, but perfectly fine.

DK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love Lokal. Food is delicious, love that you can do the mezze (small plates). Service is always good, attentive, friendly even when they are busy. Nice ambience, Good wine and drink list. It can be a little expensive, but its worth the money. Hard to say what my favorite dish is, i have not had anything i didn't enjoy!

s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dining at this restaurant, and it was definitely just as good as the first! I was in NYC with a friend for museum touring and suggested we dine at Lokal Mediterranean Kitchen. It was only a couple blocks from our hotel, so the location was very convenient. We both ordered the marinated baby lamb chops, and they were positively delicious...tender, juicy and flavorful. They were accompanied with lovely vegetables--done to perfection--and we also were served a warm, round loaf of delightfully seasoned bread. We shared a bottle of tempranillo and had the flan for dessert. My friend loved the whole experience, and I know I'll be dining there again in the future. I highly recommend this restaurant as one of only a few truly exceptional ones near the American Museum of Natural History.

NB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time dinning at Lokal. Both experiences were very satisfying. Food, ambiance, service all very good.

SD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

super fresh - nice presentation.

babaganoush is a little too creamy

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the inside of the restaurant was too hot and stuffy. no air circulation.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food here. Hummus and octopus were both phenomenal

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and the food delicious. The only reason I left off a star was for the worst margarita ever. Perhaps my own fault - don’t order a drink like that at a Mediterranean place!

L
Birmingham
60 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pretty place. Not as loud as some places, but not a full house. Expect that when fully booked noise would increase.
Menu is great and it was difficult to choose. We shared excellent crab cakes as a starter. Sauce had just enough kick.
I selected grilled shrimp which were a bit over cooked for me. The grilled shishkabob veggies were okay. Salad on the plate okay.
My dining partner selected the lamb dish. She said the lamb was a bit tough but the dish flavorful.
We skipped desert.

k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I went with my husband right before the rush of dinner time. It was quiet and comfortable when we got there but by the time we left, we couldn't hear each other because of the noise level. Otherwise food was delicious and service was great! We'd come back!

T
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was really nice and explained what I can have as a vegan.

SL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lots of tasty options for individuals and to share. Restaurant is a bit noisy, and attracts all types of diners- families, young and old.

j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, excellent food and great service!

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was tasty and the service very attentive and courteous. The noise level was good for conversation and the tables not crowded together. A very pleasant experience altogether.

s
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Restaurant was fine. Not as good as the pictures, but fine.

u
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I like the food, ambience and wine list. Service needs to be more professional and friendlier.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Strange that menu says 3/$22 but the bill charged each individually. Until we said something about the bill.

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Way too loud, even with restaurant half empty. I won’t return.

LN
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Unimpressive food that looks much better than it tastes. The eggplant spread is spicy, as our server warned, but the problem was not that: it was just boring. Same with red-pepper spread. The Greek salad consisted of tired greens and a very small piece of tasteless feta. Even more disappointing was the shrimp al ajillo, over cooked and just oily. Only the bread failed to disappoint. It’s delicious, and we wished the spreads, small plates, and main dishes were as good as the bread. Service is very good, and the restaurant is a nice place to dine on a hot summer night, but something is wrong in the kitchen.

N
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice surprise on the UWS! Food fresh and well prepared. Service attentive and fun. We’ll be back.

ET
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I had the chicken shish and my husband had calamari and a side of asparagus. It was delicious! We enjoyed the quiet ambiance and our server was polite and prompt.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOnderful food drink and service. Highly recommended.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place- ambiance and food. We both had the choose 3 sides (hummus, falafel, tabouleh, baba ghanoush, cheese pastries). All were good. Service was pretty quick and everyone quite nice. Love this place!

v
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. There breads and dips are particularly amazing. The lamb chops I had were very good too. Overall, great food and superb service.

B
Denver
93 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place. Excellent service, nice room, very tasty food. Great selection on the menu-the appetizers are very tasty--calamari, octopus, zucchini pancakes--everything was great. Been here several times--will keep coming back...

RF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, lots of appetizers

P
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I would have loved to give this place 5 stars, but the music was too loud and I could barely hear my lunch partner. The food and the service were very good. I’d go back, but they gotta turn down the volume!

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was excellent. I asked for a quiet table and I even requested that the music be turned down a little and they happily accommodated me. I was with friends and we wanted to talk. We need more restaurants I like this one that are happy to provide a place to talk and eat!

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