Ayhan's Shish Kebab Mediterranean Restaurant

4.5
58 reviews
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Ayhan’s Shish Kebab Mediterranean Restaurant in Baldwin is one of Long Island's favorite restaurants, and is acclaimed for its authentic Mediterranean cuisine, warm hospitality and lively ambiance. Ayhan's Shish Kebab Restaurant is unique because it serves a fusion cuisine that includes the best authentic dishes and beverages from Turkey, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and many other eastern Mediterranean regions.

Ayhan hails from Cyprus and introduced Mediterranean cuisine to Long Island over 30 years ago. The restaurant features an open kitchen so guests can see the delicious dishes being prepared.

Ayhan's Shish Kebab Restaurant has been highly acclaimed on Zagat, AOL, Newsday, and by various food writers. The restaurant is famous for its flame grilled kebabs, whole grilled fish, freshly made appetizers, superb salads and handmade desserts. The wine list features popular wines from Turkey, Greece and the US. Turkish coffee and cappuccino are a specialty.
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M
New York Area
177 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good Greek food and service. Even though this is a chain the quality of the food is excellent especially the gyros and greek salads. We shared humus and grilled octopus as well!

EE
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. There is quite a variety of delicious items. The ambiance is pleasing and soothing. For the quality of food offered, the Sunday brunch is priced reasonably. Yes, I have told friends about Ayhan's and will return soon.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I’ve eaten there before many times. I feel the quality of the food was of lesser quality at brunch, which this meal was, than when I have gone there for dinner.

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the nicest waiter ever, the food was amazing, and the restaurant has the cutest Mediterranean aesthetic. My family is already planning the next visit!

p
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food was delicious.

EB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming and accommodating of our party of 18. A great place for a party. Wonderful food. Very easy for people with special dietary requirements eg GF or DF

AB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to meet for a healthy lunch. Ample parking.

I
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lunch specials are an exceptional value. They are generous and tasty

F
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good buffet. I was filled up the entire day

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We hadn’t been to this restaurant in years as we no longer live in the area, but it wasn’t just as good as we remembered! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

A
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely amazing, as always! The service is always great. And the staff was SO nice, helpful, and well-mannered. I look forward to dining here again soon!

NN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and our waiter was awesome with his recommendations and attentiveness

O
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Greek food on Long Island!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! I used to visit the plainview location, but I was sad to see that rent got way to high there. This location is a bit out of the way for me, but I definitely will be back as there is just no better food in Long Island.
Without a doubt, the food is great, the service is top notch, the decor is spot on and I couldn't ask for a more authentic Mediterranean place.

JD
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ist time here the Food and service was excellent!!! Will definitely return

I
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not busy so we were allowed to sit and chat

D
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never been here , but first time , If I was in the area I would go back . I loved the Garlic sauce with the bread. Oh My was that good !!!!!!!!

a
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our meal was perfect, so was the drink, and of course our waitress.

D
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great restaurant is adorable portions are huge quality of food is great definitely going back

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baby lamb chops with rice and veggies were delicious. The skirt steak is also excellent. Very good service.

L
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, but it could have been cleaner (dead flies on the window sill by the booths.

O
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here all the time. Food is always delicious!

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Thank you Juan Carlos (server) for making Ayhan's a complete and welcome surprise to my wife and me. We did not expect to find such quality and quantity in what initially appeared to be kind of an "oddball" joint. This is a place that we knew about for years passing its locations on Sunrise Highway in RVC. We never stopped to try it out. After they took over the much beloved Raay-Nor's location on Sunrise, I thought it was just another run of the mill middle east-style restaurant. But fine dining it's not. Regardless, while the restaurant is missing Raay-Nor's pine straw covered roof (1949 - 2005), I think that Ayhan's will have as good a run there as did the old fried chicken and hamsteak eatery.

F
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Went here with some friends. Waitress was extremely nice and helpful with the menu. Good food. Portions were big

l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The staff was knowledge and very friendly. Always a fun atmosphere.

VW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, my husband had the grilled octopus and I had the lamb gyro platter...SO MUCH FOOD! The waiter, Juan, was exceptional! His happiness and good spirit was contagious and made the meal even more enjoyable.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We've been going to this restaurant since it opened. We are never disappointed. There aren't too many places to get authentic Mediterranean food, which is different than Greek. My favorite entree is the skirt steak, always tender and tasty.

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, tasty food! The steak kababs taste like filet mignon. Wonderful meal!!!

WO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been coming here for years. Always a good time, great food and friendly service

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Kebabs were cooked well and arrived hot. Lots of options for sides and entrees come with soup or salad. Overall excellent value and tasty food!

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Mediterranean selections and service
Everything fresh and tasty

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

First time visitor to restaurant. Very friendly staff food abundant and delicious. Would highly recommend this restaurant

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

Food was good, service a little slow, wine not so good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Nice enough place, waitress good but overworked. We were not the only frustrated patrons waiting to long. Lamb was overcooked, rice not very flavorful. Skimpy on the veggies. The highlight was the excellent yogurt sauce served with the pita. Loved it!

SL
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The choices seem endless on a menu filled wit authentic cuisine. Grape Leaves and Hummus are a great choice for appetizer. The Spinach Pie and Baklava was the best I have ever had. Our servers were fantastic and we recommend highly this is a place to go if you love Mediterranean food!

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

This was my second time dining at this restaurant. The first time it was great but the second time not so much. The staff seemed to be overwhelmed that which led to forgetfulness, mixing up an order and slow service. Also my son's chicken dish was on the "grisly side". The waitress did make up for it by offering him another dish. On the plus side the rest of the food orders went from good to excellent. I my guess is that it was a Saturday night and the place was packed. The first time we were there it was a weeknight. I would give the place another chance however.

B
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

They ran out of Tziki sauce and the restaurant didn’t except so many patrons for restsurant week . More servers were needed in dining area

C
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Dirty dishes remained on the next table through most of our meal despite servers walking by. Manager is out to lunch.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

So what happened to the once mighty Ayhan's? Most of them have closed down, but thankfully the Baldwin restaurant still has the same delicious food as the closed ones did. You really can't go wrong with any of their dinners, the chicken, steak, lamb, etc. are all delicious and their sauces are superb. The only thing wrong is that the place itself is not nice looking at all. It's a bit on the dull side and the tables are cramped. The service is very good, but I wish it all looked nicer.

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