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Cafe Byblos Mediterranean Grill

400 Corona St.
Denver, CO 80218

Category: Restaurant > Mediterranean

Region: Central Denver

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Cafe Byblos
Hummus $6
Fava beans $6
Kibbi aras $6
Eggplant $6
Greek salad with gyros $10
Falafel sandwich $7
Lamb kabob sandwich $8
Shish kabob $14
Kafta sandwich $7
Chicken shawarma $14
Vegetarian combo $14
400 Corona Street
303-777-7553
Hours: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily

Given the lovely surroundings, you might expect Cafe Byblos to deliver a fine-dining experience. It doesn't — not yet, at least. On one occasion, a server was berated for not properly rolling silverware in paper napkins; on another, a heated phone call to a vendor was handled at the hostess station for all to hear. Tea lights remain unlit after night falls, and plating has more in common with South Colorado Boulevard than Larimer Street. You long for more variety, a fresh touch. But unless you're in the market for one of the bold canvases for sale on the walls (painted, incidentally, by Khechen's father-in-law, owner of Kashi Kari Gallery in Denver), innovation isn't the draw here. Instead, it's the promise of food that speaks of warmer climes, served in a cheerful location.

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sjjml
sjjml

I think Cafe Byblos is the best mediteranean restaurant in Colorado. I'm from Michigan and you can find many mediteranean restaurants everywhere, Cafe Byblos rates with the best ones from back home. 

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Well, I agree with most of what Gretchen has to say here but overall I think the food is pretty darn good - certainly for this neighborhood which is sorely lacking in Mediterranean food (unless you like Pete's numerous incarnations).  Unlike Gretchen, I love the falafel here because it is not fried into a hockey puck like so many places.  The hummus is the best I've ever tasted in Denver and the kebobs aren't burned to a crisp - lamb still moist and delish.  But, and this is a big but for a Mediterranean restaurant - their pita is horrific.  Man up Sam and start baking your own or find a decent bakery to do it for you.  If you get take out they actually package the pita in the plastic commercial bags they come in from California.  Awful.

 
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