5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA | Directions 9080333.760309 -118.134670
Sun - Thur: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fri & Sat: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Neighborhoods: Belmont Shore
Horrible Service – The service was terrible!
It was a slow Saturday night because of the weather. My girls and I thought it would be a great opportunity to go to open sesame to avoid the long wait. This place dose not do reservations!
I got there early to put my name in for a table and was given attitude by the hostess when I asked how long of a wait to expect. She looked me up and down, flipped her hair and said, "As I am sure you are aware, we are fairly popular, so always expect 35 min wait. It may take YOU 45." I should have left at that statement. I waited next door at the silly shoe store next door they usher you into to shop while you wait. twenty min later my friends arrive and still no buzz. The buzzers have about a 2 block range so we walked over to the Irish pub at the corner. At the 45min point I walked back to the hostess, who surprise was too busy to talk to me. As I noticed people leaving from a meal who arrived after I concern struck my face. The other hostess noticed my obvious look of frustration and rushed over. Before she got to me I was able to look at the list. There had been six groups of two, a group of four and a group of six and a group of seven after my name who have already been seated. I pointed this out the the hostess, this one was polite and agreed there must have been an issue, ( she did say so quietly as she looked nervously at the other hostess across the restaurant.) I then asked her to test the buzzer. Of course it was working fine. She said to give her five min to clear a table and she would take care of us. After I gathered my group of four we waited ten min. I returned to the hostess stand where the first hostess had returned, who was admiring he tacky nose ring in a compact mirror... I asked If our table was ready. She said "sorry, there are still a few ahead of you." That was the last straw. I asked for my ID back and returned the buzzer. I pointed out the amount that had been let in after me and she responded, "those were clumps of tables for two." Apparently putting two small tables for two that are already next to each other is too much work. My friend then said, "What about that table for six you have crossed out half a page down from our name? The hostess responded, "That is the big table inside, it is for groups of six not four."
Great food – I love open sesame. the food is great everytime.little pricy and the original restaurant is small. but overall my favorite place on second street
Lebanese food is delicious. – Nice place delicious food and the people are really friendly. Prices are good, for the kind of food. If you have not been there you are missing big.
YUM – The only word that i can think of for this amazing. It will be the best food u have ever tasted in ur entire life. Service is great. My only complaint is that the place itself is somewhat limited on space. Other than that go eat there now."
OVER-RATED, OVER-HYPED – This place was recommended to me a few years ago by some friends that said it was a great place to eat on 2nd St. Since it's a 5 min walk from my home, I decided to see what the hype was all about. I left there disappointed. I gave it a try a few months later and the same. It is the most mediocre place in Belmont Shore. When it's busy there, everyone blocks the sidewalk and you have to almost shove people out of the way to get by. Plus the manager walks around like he's a big shot which shows that he's really an a--hole. And to top it off, they opened up another one down the street where the Steakorama used to be (R.I.P.). Great. Two restaurants that serve the same boring and over-rated garbage.
Great Lebanese Food!!! – Just look at all of the other ratings... this place is great. If you never had or just love middle eastern cuisine, this is the place to go. If you are new to middle eastern cuisine, then get the chicken tawook plate. If you know what you like, then go for it... you will not be disappointed. They are so popular, they had to open a take out location down the street to move the traffic away from their front door. THEY ARE THAT GOOD!!! Oh, make sure that you get extra "garlic sauce". It is heavenly!!!
not bad, not great – good food, meat could have been juicier, and portions could be larger esp. for an entree.
oh and also, the girl in the white pants is hot
Good food nice atmosphere – I went for the first time last weekend. Go a little early , put your name in a walk around the shops. Good service, food is YUMMY! Even though it was busy all the staff were in sync. I'll be back again!
Amazing Lebanese food for such a small place – The food was great. From the Spicy Hummas to the Shredded Zucchini to the Arayes. I loved it all. Although I thought it was more Greek than Lebanese, I would definitely go back. The restaurant is very small and cramped, and the wait long. But the servers are nice and knowledgable about the menu selections, and you can stroll around the shops until your buzzer goes off to alert you that you'll be seated momentarily.
Thumbs up for Fried Potatoes and Chicken Tawook Plate – I went to Open Sesame last night (on a Wednesday) and it was about a 20 minute wait...not too bad. We just occupied ourselves with the window shopping on 2nd Street. I had been here once before and my 2nd visit was just as enjoyable. I tried the fried potatoes for the 1st time and they were FANTASTIC! Mixed with garlic, cilantro and lemon....such a great flavor...I could have eaten a whole plate of just those. I got the CHICKEN SHAWARMA PLATE which I didn't enjoy as much to be honest. I would recommend going with the CHICKEN TAWOOK PLATE which was much more flavorful and appetizing.
I will continue coming back here again and again!!
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