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Venues with Middle Eastern Dancing, Music, and/or Cuisine
last updated Jan. 4, 2009

Please Note: information is not checked regularly; call venue to confirm all details.



Venues with Regular ME Dancing


South Bay

Cafe Artemis
Pruneyard Shopping Center  
1875 South Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA
408-626-8100
Bellydancing on Wednesday nights (Maria).
Excellent Mediterranean food, with strong Turkish influences, amid charming Mediterranean decor and the quiet of the Pruneyard Center.

Menara Moroccan Restaurant
41 E. Gish Road, San Jose, CA
408-453-1983
Dancing nightly. Dancers change nightly and include Sabiba, Alcina, ....

Taverna Gyros
133 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
408-735-9971
Bellydancing on Saturday nights.

Chatanoga Restaurant
2725 El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA
408-241-1200
Persian cuisine.

Josline's Cafe
404 Town and Country Village, Sunnyvale, CA
An "intimate, yet casual setting" with Caribbean specialties. Paloma performs Saturday nights, 7:45 and 9pm

Arya Global Cuisine
19930 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014   (between Wolfe and DeAnza)
408-996-9606
Excellent menu, with strong Persian and Italian influences.
"Live music Fridays and Saturdays with Bellydancers"


Peninsula

Kan Zeman Restaurant
274 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA
650-328-5245 / Reservations recommended
Belly dancing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and 9pm. Dancers include Shanna, Yolanda, and Setareh.

Illusions - Authentic Mediterranean Restaurant & Night Club
260 S. California Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306
Reservations & Information: 650.321.6464

Restaurant Casablanca
2421 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
650-299-1300
Moroccan cuisine. Live music and Bellydancers on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tarboosh
837 Jefferson Avenue, Redwood City, CA
650-474-2667
Lebanese cuisine. Live music and Bellydancers on Fridays and Saturdays.

Luxor
San Bruno, CA


San Francisco

Al Masri Restaurant
?? Balboa, San Francisco, CA

El Mansour Moroccan Restaurant
3123 Clement (at 32nd Avenue), San Francisco, CA
415-751-2312
Dancing nightly. Dancers include the amazing Stasha (Fri/Sat).


Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant
418 O'Farrell, San Francisco, CA (at Taylor, next to Hilton Hotel)
415-776-6717
Opens for dinner at 5:30pm

Layaly Restaurant
2435 Clement St (at 25th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121
415-668-1676
Middle Eastern cuisine.
Joe Kandalaft, musician, & Belly Dancer, every Thursday at 8pm. No cover.
(4/07)


East Bay

El Morocco Restaurant

2203 Morello Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA (at Taylor Blvd)
(925) 671-0132

Tanjia
4905 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
510-653-8691
open T-Sun 5pm-10:30pm
Belly dancing nightly; excellent Moroccan cuisine

Bijan Persian Restaurant
39935 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA
510-440-1755
Two belly dancing shows every Friday and Saturday (7:30 and 8:30pm). 


North Bay

Papa's Taverna

5688 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA
707-769-8545
live
Greek music, Greek folk dancing, and belly dancing Saturday and Sunday


Venues with Occasional ME Dancing

Giza Hookah Lounge
18 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
408-998-4622

Hookah Nites Cafe
371 S. First Street, San Jose, CA
408-286-0800


Bean Scene Coffee House
186 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
Hosts occasional dance evenings sponsored by Paloma of Lunatic Fringe.

Ashkenaz
1317 San Pablo Avenue (at Gilman), Berkeley, CA
Dancing or music nightly except Mondays. Occasional Middle Eastern dance or music.
Luna hosts Cafe Bellie here every four months.

La Peņa Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Ave. (near Prince St.), Berkeley, CA
(510) 849-2568

Atlas Persian Cuisine
34787 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA 94555
510-792-8000

Los Olivos Restaurant
4500 Peralta Blvd. Fremont, CA  94536
(510) 791-6154

Masala Imports

911 41st Avenue, Santa Cruz/Pleasure Point
831-462-1187
Owners Naomi and Ray offer occasional haflas. last update 6/14/05

Parwana Afghan Restaurant
1209 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz
831-458-1988

Don Quixote's International Music Hall
6275 Highway 9, Felton, CA
831-603-2294


Venues with ME Music (Regular or Occasional)


Al Sultan Mediterranean Restaurant
460 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo, CA 94401
6650-579-5660
M-Th 11am-11pm, Fri-Sun 11am-1am
offers hookahs; may include ME music, but not confirmed

Saffron Restaurant
1392 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose (same plaza as the now-defunct Zorba's Greek Restaurant)
408-998-0122
has had weekly live music in the past, but not confirmed


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http://www.mavinights.com





Restaurants with Mediterranean, Persian, or Afghani cuisine (no dancing or music)

South Bay

Yiassoo
2180 S. Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA
408-559-0312
and
1660 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA
408-253-5594
Greek fast food.

Negeen Restaurant
??? Hamilton Avenue, Campbell, CA (at Darrell)
Persian cuisine

Saffron Restaurant
1392 S. Bascom Avenue, San Jose, CA (next to Beverly's Fabrics)
408-998-0122
Persian cuisine

Thea Mediterranean Restaurant
3090 Olsen Drive, San Jose, CA (Santana Row)
408-260-1444

Faz Restaurant
1108 N Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale, CA
408-752-8000
http://www.fazrestaurants.com/sun.htm

Dishdash

190 S. Murphy Street, Sunnyvale, CA
408-774-1889
Excellent Mediterranean cuisine: Lunch/Dinner/Catering last update 6/5/05

Off the Hookah
196 S. Murphy Street, Sunnyvale, CA
408-530-0325

Zezenia Restaurant
3132 Williams Road, San Jose, CA
408-243-6095


Peninsula


Cafe Baklava
341 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
650-969-3855
M-Sat 11am-10:30pm, Sun 12-10pm
Mediterranean grill

Evvia
420 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA
650-326-0983
Contemporary Hellenic cuisine.

Mediterranean Wraps
425 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA (at El Camino Real)
650-321-8189

New Kapadokia Restaurant
2399 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA
650-368-5500
Mediterranean/Turkish cuisine


San Francisco


A La Turca
869 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA (at Larkin)
415-345-1011
Turkish cuisine

Aziza
5800 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA (at 22nd Ave)
415-752-2222
North African cuisine

Fattoush

1361 Church Street, San Francisco, CA
415-641-0678
Middle Eastern cuisine.

Pera Cafe
??? Geary, San Francisco, CA
delicious Turkish cuisine in a relaxed cafe atmosphere


North Bay


Bamyan Afghan Cuisine
227 Third Street (Montecito Plaza), San Rafael, CA
415-453-8809
Excellent cuisine, relaxed atmosphere, wonderful host!



Other California

Danny's Restaurant
1915 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA
818-954-9833, 818-954-9844
Mediterranean cuisine.