1776 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002434.050571 -118.437260
Neighborhoods: Westwood, West LA
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe offers the most authentic Lebanese cuisine in Los Angeles, owned and operated by the famous chef Em-Toni where she was the chef at Al Amir. The atmosphere at Sunnin Lebanese Cafe is such that you feel like you are sitting in their home kitchen at a family gathering. Their menu offers a variety of Lebanese dishes such as kebbeth bil sayniyeh (two layers finely ground beef and burguk stuffed with minced beef, onions, and pine nuts), chicken kefta (finely ground chicken with chopped onions and parsley, seasoned with a blend of spices), bastilla (fillet of chicken seasoned with ginger and baked in filo dough) and spicy kefta (grilled kefta kebab baked in a tomato sauce with herbs).
Terrible service - mediocre food - avoid!!! – This place was really awful....the staff was incredibly rude - they left me waiting for over 10 minutes before I was seated, and then proceeded to not bring my drink until I had asked at least 4 times. The food took over 45 minutes (and they were not terribly busy) and was not very good.
EVERY other Mediterranean place in LA is better than this place- save your money and get some take out from Gaby's instead.
very bad – we went there for a dinner and ordered the spenich fatayer( pie) and it was clearly heated in the microwave and didn't taste good, then the beef and chicken shaworma were worse the bread was also and meet very dry and no taste....will not recommend to go there....
Best Lebanese Restaurant! – My husband and I have been going to Sunnin on westwood blvd for a couple of years. We've tried other Lebanese restaurants in LA and this is by far our favorite one.
The food is amazing, highly flavored and always perfectly seasoned. Our favorite dishes that I would recommend: hommos, babaganouj, falafel, foul, spicy potatoes (so yummy!), tabouleh salad, fatouch, beef or chicken kebabs and shawarma.
We also had Sunnin do the catering for my son's birthday party a couple of months ago and we were very pleased with their service: everything was perfectly cooked, well packaged and the portions were huge.
Very nice restaurant with comfortable ambiance and great mediterranean food!
Best Middle-Eastern Food in the City! – I have searched far and wide for a good middle-eastern restaurant in the city, then my friend introduced me to Sunnin. From that day forward, my life got a little bit better. The food is Amazing, the staff is friendly, and the prices are reasonable. The only con I ever had was how crowded the restaurant was - BUT since they just moved into their new beautiful space (across from the old place), their only con is now gone! My only suggestion is to try EVERYTHING! The chicken kabob is a must. Their lentil soup is exceptional. If you're going to get hummus, go for the hummus with ground beef! Spicy Kefta... And the best Baklava- hands down.
Check it out on an empty stomach, and prepare yourself for an outstanding experience. And by all means, ask the staff what they like, they have never steered me wrong.
delicious!! – i love it! the food is great no matter what you try. i go at least once a month. not too expensive and the owners are friendly.
Lebanese Food that tastes just like home!!! Authentic and Delicious! – I have been coming to Sunnin for the last 6 years. I have tried every Lebanese restaurant in the city and this is the best one, hands down. It is home cooking at it's best.
It is a small little whole in the wall but do not let that fool you!
My mother is father is Lebanese and I grew eating this food so when I discovere Sunnin years ago, I was a very happy girl!
I still love to cook my own Lebanese food but it is very time consuming to make so this place always hits the spot when I am not in the mood to cook.
The tabouleh, mujadara, babaganoush and kibbeh are always delicious but
the daily menu is always my favorite! I always calls ahead for the choices of the day....
My all time favorites: the Yabra and Cousa combo (stuffed grape leaves and stuffed zucchini)
For desert, the bakleweh (often confused with it's greek counterpart ~ Baklava) is good but mine is better:)
One of my favourite neighbourhood places...
My mouth is watering just thinking about this place – I've been going here for years and still love everything on the menu. It's a bit crowded and the parking is not easy, but it's worth it. It's family-run and definitely feels like your sitting in a family's/friend's kitchen. Everyone is super nice and once they know you and you know them, you can start ordering off the menu! I think the appetizers are the best and often just a few of those instead of an entree. I've brought some Lebanese friends there and they all think it's the best they've tasted outside of Lebanon.
Sunnin Lebanese *terrible service AND ripping off homeless people! – Used to go all the time and always had the same server... a very friendly chubby man.
Last trip there, I saw a Lebanese man order the spicy kefta kebab. I read the menu description and it sounded good. Catch was although the menu specifically states the kebab is grilled, it is actually sauteed. The man who ordered the plate asked that the kebab be grilled. He seemed like he knew what he was doing and I wanted to try it.
A younger tall male who looked fit waited on me tonight. He took my order for the spicy kefta kebab and I asked him to make sure it was grilled. He said SURE!
I saw a a spicy kefta kebab dish being prepared but, didn't think t was for me bc it wasn't grilled. After awhile, I realized that the it was for me since there weren't any other ones cooking. To prevent further delay, I alerted my waiter and told him that the kebabs were not grilled. He proceeds to argue with me that, "they usually make it like that," and "it tastes the same." Grilled obviosuly doesn't taste the same as sauteed. Instead of fixing it OR apologizing he then tells me that they're "too busy" to grill the kebab. Too busy? There SEVERAL OTHER kefta kebabs on the grill!
If they couldn't do it then don't bring me the food prepared incorrectly and proceed to tell me that they couldn't after the fact.
Another thing I saw the last time (from the same guy that was waiting on me tonight) was that he was about to charge this homeless guy *extra* money for his order of fries. I was right there next to the cash register when he ordered the fries. Total for the fries came out to be about $2.7-something. In fact, the words he uttered to him were, "I'll just take $3 for that" AS IF he were cutting him a deal! I would not have found out that the fries were less than $3 had I not offered to add his order to my tab. I really thought that the guy was giving the homeless guy a break!
I can't believe I went back tonight after witnessing that. I guess it served me right!
Wonderful, affordable Lebanese fare. – This westside hole-in-the-wall should not be missed. Everything at Sunnin is wonderful, and the owner will personally (if not immodestly) tell you so. You'll have UCLA students feasting to your left and a westside 40-something couple out before a movie to your right. If you're smart you'll order the fried cauliflower as an appetizer. What doesn't sound like much (reccommended by the owner) turns out to be a golden brown hot, freshly fried florets that you'll gobble up ferociously and that go divinely in their perfectly tangy dipping tahini sauce. Great entrees include falafel and mixed grill.
very good middle eastern fare – We noticed sunnin while eating at ambala dhaba next door, and after seeing how crowded it was, we vowed to try it. There is no ambiance here, just a fluorescent-lit white room packed with people chowing down on their tasty lebanese food. I wouldn't call the food transcendental, but it is better than most middle eastern places in west LA. The hummus, with a little pool of olive oil and spices on top, was excellent. My wife's falafel and my shawarma plate were very tasty and fresh. The staff were extremely busy, and had a kind of gruff exterior, but were friendly when we talked with them a bit... overall, a really nice experience for very little money.
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