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Best Middle Eastern Restaurant Denver 2009 - Ya Hala Grill - CLOSED

Ya Hala Grill

Ya Hala Grill

2100 S. Colorado Blvd.

Denver, CO 80222

303-758-9376

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Readers' Choice: Jerusalem
First things first: The service at Ya Hala Grill is terrible — sometimes laughably so, sometimes maddeningly so. The building itself is little more than a cement bunker on Colorado Boulevard with half a bakery in front and a few tables in back, and the kitchen often seems to be working in its own little world, releasing your dinner in dribs and drabs and often completely out of order. But you've just got to get past all that, because the food at Ya Hala is so good. It's Syrian food, done traditionally and exceptionally well. Gyros for lunch, ballila and fouel and roasted chicken for dinner, the greatest baklava we've ever had for dessert. It's worth putting up with any indignity to get your hands on a plate of that baklava. When a restaurant serves the best Middle Eastern food in the city, you just have to be ready to suck it up — and then eat it up.
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9 comments
Rhyrum
Rhyrum

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.

davyb
davyb

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.

maryam
maryam

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.

Debbie
Debbie

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!

Ann
Ann

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.

blake
blake

you are right the service was horrible. food was good. but they are idiots there.

funseeker
funseeker

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.

karrie
karrie

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.

Rhett and Kelcey
Rhett and Kelcey

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.

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