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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Middle Eastern
Casual restaurant

Sun–Fri 11:00am–2:30pm
Sun–Fri 5:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 11:00am–10:00pm

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


2103 N. Central Expy.
Richardson, TX
(972) 437-1222

5910 N. McArthur Blvd.
Irving, TX
(972) 401-3900

1901 Abrams Rd.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 823-8235
Sun–Fri 11:00am–2:30pm
Sun–Fri 5:00pm–9:30pm
Sat 11:00am–10:00pm
Ali Baba
It’s not the coolest place in town, but the food is a Middle-Eastern cornucopia

Neither fancy nor flashy, Ali Baba has grown into a Dallas standard since its founding on Lower Greenville Avenue in the mid-1990’s. It expanded to various parts of the city over the next 15 years, growing to three locations. Ali Baba also has a staunch following. Crafting an eclectic Middle Eastern menu with Greek, Indian, and Turkish influences, Ali Baba has smooth, satisfying hummus; baba ganoush; supple dolmas; and spinach pie with flaky phyllo. Supplement such tapas-style starters with rich gyros, beef and lamb kebabs, chicken curry, and what is arguably the best Greek salad in Dallas, augmented by intensely flavorful herb chicken.

Visit Ali Baba for the food. The atmosphere is unimaginative—even insipid—while the service barely surpasses simple adequacy. Though the Greenville location is now closed, the larger space on Abrams is equipped with a full bar. The wine list is exquisitely relevant with selections from Lebanon and Israel, but a cocktail or a cold beer may be the best choice. Everything on the menu is available for take out, and the food actually holds up very well from restaurant to home table.

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