Put down the medical marijuana Westword!!! This place is a fake for Middle Eastern food. There are so many other worthy restuarants in Denver and you should actually give them a try. Sahara's on S. Arapahoe Rd. has this place beat by 10,000 miles. Check it out sometime.
Best Middle Eastern Restaurant - 2009
Ya Hala Grill
This has to be a joke. Or they must pay to get "Best Of" every year. I live about 4 blocks away from this disaster of a restaurant. I won't even talk about their service because it would be a shame to waste words on it. The food is minimally better than the service. My Gyro meat was red and the hummus tasted like i took a bite out of a lemon. Does Westword not know about the 3 places 2 blocks south called House of Kabob, Damascus, and Marrakesch(SP?)????? Each one of these places are infinately better than Ya Hala. I can barely look at the building as I drive by it. As far as i'm concerned House of Kabob should win best Hummus every year.
Is this the only restaurant they look at? I can think of only one restaurant that taste's worse than here. Every other Middle Eastern restaurant in Denver is 10 times better. I really don't trust this place, after a friend told me about the conditions in the kitchen when she worked there.
We had the worst experience on a holiday week-end (Sunday) here. The food is very good. The service sucked, primarily due to lack of the English language and communication. They forgot the appetizer, prior to entrees being served! - so we canceled it. However, the straw that broke the camel's back was the argument to not accept the Entertainment Book coupon.This was the only reason that we came here. We found them in the Entertainment book. They argued that Sunday was a holiday and would not accept a $10.00 coupon for a bill that was well over $50.00. I will never return.
One note - regarding Westword's Best of Denver.When I managed a retail store in the late 90's, Westword offered me "Westword's Best of Denver" if I advertised with them. I have never trusted this designation since!
My husband and I just ate here last night. Food was ok. The pita bread was dry - not very warm. Hummus was delicious though. Food didn't come out at once either. Would have preferred all at once. Our preference is Damascus Grill on Littleton Blvd.
You cannot be serious. So Denver diners should visit a restaurant with terrible service? What up? Is Westword that hard up for advertising dollars that THIS place is "featured" as a "Best Of"? Where is your credibility??? Any place with poor service simply isn't worth visiting, period. No amount of "good food" is worth bad attitudes, and/ or poor attention to customers, whatever. It's like being introduced to someone you idolize, say, a stellar performer who turns out to be a jerk. NO thank you.
Ya Hala, can have poor service indeed. However, the food more than makes up for it any day of the week. Fantastic stuff, and well worth it.
WE think that the service at Ya Hala is the best damn service we've ever had. The servers are aloof and sarcastic, and fantastically so. It only adds to the ambiance of the hole-in-the-wall diner. So shove it, douche-y.