Samdan

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58 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
After 20 years of learning every facet of the restaurant industry, Nejdet Apcin opened his restaurant, The Samdan, in September of 1995. Located off 178 Piermont road with an emphasis on Middle Eastern dishes utilizing the freshest offering of the Cresskill region.
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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent - if you like Turkish food, this is your place .

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Our favorite lamb shush kabobs were over cooked and had to be sent back. We asked for rare and got medium. This never happened before. Also, the lamb cubes were half the usual size. The Shepard salad was perfect as was the Bakhlava.

ED
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful decor, and great staff! Thank you!

DN
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A bit expensive for the portions you receive. But what you receive is excellent.

a
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Mediterranean food in a location with ample parking.
Very attentive service.

G
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We've been to Samdam many times, but not recently until last weekend. The appetizers were great, but the swordfish kabobs were bland and without much seasoning. They also seemed to skimp on the side dishes. Between the 4 of us we had 3 appetizers and 4 main meals. No alcohol and no dessert. The bill
was $200 with tip. We thought that $100 per couple was very overpriced for what we got in the way of food. Needless to say, we were disappointed.

The only plus was the service which is always good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Nothing sets this place apart from any other MiddleEastern/ Turkish restaurant when it comes to food quality. A good place to eat, but maybe not in the weekend when the server forgets to accommodate your requests. Also, while most of us were done eating, one person in our party was still waiting for their food to arrive. Complete turn off in that aspect. Value wise, a little pricey , but I guess that comes with the location. You would get definitely better everything if you would be willing to travel a little bit to the west. Location wise, great and the place looks clean. Did not use the restroom facilities so I cannot fully comment on cleaning ness.

NL
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and prices are a hard to beat combination. This restaurant is a cut above all the others.
Thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing dining experience.

RU
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual.

r
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent middle-eastern restaurant in Cresskill. Our go-to place for a great dinner. Very reasonable prices. Highly recommend the Shephard Salad and fried liver. The kababs are great. Nice atmosphere. You can get a reasonable bottle of wine for $25.

LE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food served nicely with attentive and accommodating staff , the value at lunch is extraordinary and the food is consistently excellent

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy eating here and the quality of the food is consistently good.

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant.

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U
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Too expensive for the food level. The food was stoo basic.

J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

AR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Middle Eastern restaurant in the area. I've picked up food from here at least 20 times, but this was my first time dining in the restaurant and it did not disappoint. Their chicken kebab and hummus is to die for. Check it out!

N
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific! We have been here many times and it has been excellent every time.

C
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

6 of us met for lunch, which was very good. We all had sis-kebab which we enjoyed. The price of lunch is very reasonable.

E
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very generous portions. Great service. Food was good, but sadly fish was not fresh.

NF
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff! Never disappointed, usually don't like going out for holiday meals, however, even though they were busy for Easter the food was fantastic, we weren't rushed and I wouldn't hesitate to come back next Easter. We don't live that close to this restaurant but it is worth the drive.

T
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Samdan. The shepherd salad and hummus are a wonderful starter. I always get the lamb shish but any kebab is good. The food there is constantly good.

Toni Lashvili

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh and authentic to the cuisine. Some things had sugar in the like a sausage dish which I didn't care for. A lot of the foods we're carbs and rice which I also didn't care for so I can't comment on those. The branzine was perfect, salad to die for. A bit too quiet for my taste and they serve a lot of lamb which I don't eat. Service was impeccable. Overall it's nice to go there at least once.

LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We made a 5:00pm reservation and I was excited to take my friend to Samdan for her birthday. The lentil and chicken soup was excellent. We enjoyed the Humus. We ordered the Bronzino special and the fish was delicious.

TY
Atlantic City
43 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only negative thing was they didn’t ask about Birthday celebration. I think more restaurants need to look at what occasion is being celebrated when people book on open table.

G
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Tyler, was the best! He was attentive and so nice, but all of the folks at this restaurant are great. It’s like being in Nick, the owner’s, oversized dining room. You are welcomed like family the moment you walk in. No better Turkish restaurant around - like being in Istanbul!

Dishes are plentiful so lend themselves to easy sharing but NO guilt if you do so. I don’t know how they keep the chicken kabobs so moist.

See you again soon!

HX
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always reliable... Consistent, tasty and good value. Servers pleasant and competent. Wine available with BYOB option with small "corkage" fee. Comfortable and generally conversation friendly.

c
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you appreciate authentic Middle-Eastern cuisine, you'll really enjoy Samdan. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely, the service is attentive, and the meals are always wonderful, consisting of wholesome food. Samdan never disappoints.

TY
Atlantic City
43 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food as usual! We were lucky to get a table for 2 last minute!

LA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant. Great menu, the food is delicious and it’s casual and classy place! One odd thing was having our cocktails served in beautiful glasses and then the waiter brings a can of soda to the table, doesn’t open it or pour the soda into the glass! That was definitely a moment that stopped us in our tracks and caused us to shake our heads. Please change that!

t
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is bland and boring.

DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With all the Mediterranean restaurants around Samdan's consistently flavorful food and generous portions make it a spot we return to year after year. Looks like the interior was redone since our last visit giving it an even nicer ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been to Samdam numerous times. We order similar dishes each time. This time, our food was not prepared properly. We left portions uneaten and told the waitress to alert the kitchen that part was not cooked. She did not appear to care. The next day, I called and informed the restaurant and they did not seem to care.

RJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samdams is one of our favorite Mediterranean restaurants. Their food is authentic and plentiful! Two people can share an entree. They now have a wine list, but if you bring your own, there is a $5 corkage fee.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always fantastic! Love the hummus and the Chicken kababs

k
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always on the money. The combonation platter is outstanding.

H
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gracious service; excellent Turkish food. Always reliable. Very accomodating to special requests.

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I took my father-in-law to this restaurant for Father's Day. The app

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food, spot on service, owner/manager personable. Perfectly authentic cuisine spectacularly prepared, seemingly refined family customer base. Go there ;you won't be sorry!!

LT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Salad good, lamb dry, waitress was either having bad day or a bad attitude.

m
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Although lacking white table cloth polish, the service was friendly. Drinks were available, but no actual bar area. The food was truly decent & unique in its ethnicity.
We'll go back eventually.

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