This addition to our city’s booming culinary landscape brings Mission dwellers a roster of well-executed Middle Eastern fare, served in a gorgeous, palatial backdrop.This addition to our city’s booming culinary landscape brings Mission dwellers a roster of well-executed Middle Eastern fare, served in a gorgeous, palatial backdrop. The menu skews Lebanese but takes fanciful detours into Greek, Turkish and other regional Mediterranean cuisines. There’s plenty of vegetarian options, like the fresh, house-made hummus, baba ghannouj and taboulleh, but carnivores rejoice: Arabian Nights has a delectable selection of meats, many of them skewered and grilled over charcoal. In addition to the variety of Kabobs and shawarma, make sure to try the house specialty Kafta B’tahini, a spectacular spiced minced beef and lamb dish that requires an extra 20 minutes of preparation (worth the wait). Arabian Nights also boasts some surprises, like an extensive selection of international wines to pair with your meal, and hours that span from 11 in the morning to 11 at night (midnight on weekends)—a bonus in the SF’s early-to-bed restaurant scene.
Seniehet Kafta B’Tahini: $16
Meshawi Plate (meat skewer sampler for two): $28
Mezza Sampler: $24
Firri Quail (for 2): $12
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight