Sahara - Manville

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40 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Sahara Restaurant offers a unique dining experience located in the heart of New Brunswick, New Jersey. We offer a creative mixture of dishes from the Mediterranean rim as well as traditional favorites and low fat and vegetarian dishes. All recipes at Sahara are delicious and well-prepared, and diners from near and far enjoy the lively ambiance and efficient service. Come and enjoy our menu of freshly prepared dishes.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Very poor service. Major attitude.

MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. The only reason why I didn't give the food five stars was because some of the dishes were very spicy and I generally do not like my food too spicy. So just understand that if it says spicy on the menu ... believe it!

H
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. From the hummus through salad and entrees. Loved the short ribs and flounder. Service staff are excessively eager to serve; we asked them to slow down the pace of bringing our food. They were very rushed and attentive. Once we let them know, they slowed down the pace.

C
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious - good portion sizes and very tasty. And great value, especially being a BYOB. Service was lacking - we didn’t have any service for 20 minutes and almost left. When’s a server finally came over, the service for the remainder of the meal was great. Would definitely go back.

r
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Father’s Day meal

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Yes, as long as that person has no food allergies. The food was delicious. However after telling our server multiple times about a severe food allergy to gluten and requesting plain rice with no butter, the rice had orzo pasta in it and the person didn't notice until he had a few bites. Benedryl stopped the itch, but it put a damper on the evening. We didn't stay for coffee or dessert and no one came to apologize or offer any kind of compensation. The wait staff needs to be more mindful of food allergies and knowledgeable of all ingredients in the food (the server said it must be something new to add orzo. She offered to substitute a vegetable as if that would somehow undo the gluten.)

T
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had heard great things and our friends also said great things so we tried it. Was not disappointed the food was wonderful and was very reasonably priced. We will go back.

MH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

SUPER DUPER very off.

Having dined on previous occasions and enjoyed the experience...this time there was something very wrong. The moment we arrived we had to wait 2-3 minutes for someone at the Host/Hostess area..... then the server was either overwhelmed or not engaged in the restaurant business.

Use caution as something in Sahara appears to be broken.. at least it was on this night.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Authentic hummus. Must try their Turkish coffee.

U
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and varied cuisine showcasing the great flavors of the Mediterranean. It is a good value for the quality of the food, and being BYOB helps, too.

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spacious. Delicious. Fun. BYOB.

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T
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonight's meal was just right. Appetizer and mail meals were excellent as well as the service. It's BYOB so you can bring in what you like. So full after a great meal, next time I look forward to enjoying dessert too - just need to save a little more room in the belly for that! Plus with any entree you get a choice of soup or salad. That explains why we were so full afterwards! The huge hot out of the oven pita bread? Amazing!

RS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been many times to both of Sahara’s locations, Manville and New Brunswick, and prefer the Manville location. The ambiance, value and quality of the food is very good at both locations. However, the Manville location is larger, affording diners more “elbow room”, and the dining room is not as noisy.

MM
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere, awesome staff. I would highly recommend it.

JN
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great environment, very good food, service was a little slow.. but the experience was nice and tranquil.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love food & ambiance!

VD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time at Sahara in Manville - we’ll definitely be back. Food was incredible as was the service.

SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and ambience!

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service!

DD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great casual restaurant with awesome food. The presentation is colorful and well thought out. Will definitely be back

NR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The decor and ambience of Sahara is very good. The lighting enhances the effect of being in a North African/ middle eastern setting. The appetizers were excellent. However among the entrees one could tell the couscous was a day old and the kababs were cooked in reused oil. We really like the multiple vegetarian options and will come back here for a second visit.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent Middle Eastern food in a former Italian restaurant. A pizza oven makes pita bread to-die-for!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was not busy, yet staff said they had no
Menus???? Restaurant was FREEZING, like being in refrigerator. Staff was nice, but not trained well. Food was tasty, but came out pretty cold. Too bad, we go to movies across the street a lot, would have been so convenient to eat there, but very disappointed. Will not go back

M
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FRESH FOOD! YOU CAN'T GO WRONG. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE IN A TENT IN THE SAHARA, BUT WITH CLIMATE CONTROL AND COMFORT!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We have been to Sahara many times both in Manville and New Brunswick. This last meal in Manville was completely uninspired. While the food was good, the service and the enthusiasm of the staff were severely lagging. We walked into an empty restaurant with a reservation, greeted the 4 people standing around the hostess desk, none of whom moved, and then waited while they set up a table. The waitress knew nothing about the menu, appetizer plates went uncleared, despite our requests, through dessert. No one asked if we had everything that we neede or how our meal was. Just generally a dry, unprofessional experience from a place that we normally enjoy.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our 4th visit - still feel it’s a good choice for having a no-frill reasonably priced quality food.

JK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to this location in Manville. I had previously gone to the New Brunswick location a few times. Very pleasantly surprised. The restaurant was spacious and beautifully decorated. The wait staff were all very friendly. Food was very fresh, healthy and delicious with very large portions. Will come again.

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Exceptionally good food, but it's noisy there. Just two tables of families dining at the same time made it impossible to hold a conversation.

ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a good meal. Interesting menu. Always very fresh ingredients.

JG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I had dinner at Sahara on 12/22/2018. The food was fabulous. The bread/pita was delicious. The service fantastic. My only issue with the restaurant itself is the noise level. Because it is so open with wood floors, it's pretty loud and having conversations wasn't all that easy. My only other issue is the parking situation. It's not easy to find street parking, although I saw some people parking in the lot across the street. I would definitely recommend Sahara, as long as you're not looking for an intimate quiet dinner.

KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. Everyone loved the food! The lamb chops and Mediterranean shrimp was exceptional.

BJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best hummus
All 3 entries were fresh and wonderfully seasoned
Service was appropriately attentive

j
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, the waiter was charming, but the temperature was cold. Hoping the temperature was a temporary glitch.

HB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food quality , price and atmosphere were great. Only regret is we waited so long to come here.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wow - I was totally amazed at how great the food was here. So different and so delicious! Many meat options with great vegetarian dishes as well. Falafel was delicious - not dry, nor oily. Service was a little bit slow at first, but then very attentive. I highly recommend Sahara!

D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great price. Our party of 4 had the house special hummus and the kebabs for 4! Great option for a nice tasting option. Great value!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there on 11/14/18 for a birthday celebration. Very nice atmosphere. Staff was friendly and attentive. They start you with olives, cheese and olive oil. We ordered Hummus as an appetizer and I would highly recommend it. The pita and pizza bread they brought with it was very warm and fresh. Salads were included with the entrees and were delicious. The portions were generous. Sahara Shrimp was excellent, as was the Chicken Special which was a boneless chicken breast with rock shrimp. Desserts were large enough to share and reasonably priced. Planning to go back soon.

M
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Staff and ambience. Love their Baba ganoush.

CN
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to Sahara number of times. The food is great and if you enjoy Mediterranean food, you will love this place. Adana Chicken Kabab and Nile Chicken are great. Baklava desert is fresh and very tasty. since BYOB, you can bring your own wine or some other drink. For the quality of food, the pricing is good. The serving size is good. Strongly recommend to visit this place.

J
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sahara has a varied menu. All things look great. I recommend the hummus. I can never eat store bought hummus again after having the hummus from here. The pita bread is yummy. Can’t stop eating it. Very addictive. I recommend the Nile Chicken. So good! Hubby had the Braised Short Ribs. They were fork tender. Been here several times and plan on going back again soon.