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111 E. N Loop, Austin, TX | Directions 7875130.317517 -97.721999
Neighborhoods: North Loop
Hookahs, belly dancers, BYOB wine policy -- Phara's is an exotic, weird, and totally delightful Middle Eastern joint on North Loop. Go where all the fun is (outside), and don't get too bashful when a sexy, jangly-skirted lady sashays up to your table.
We felt robbed – This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in 50 years. We were given take-out menus as they were out of proper menus for some reason.
Our meal took over an hour to arrive after our order. Sauces were not brought with our meals. We were avoided by our waiter who gave one appology during that one hour wait. I finally walked up to a woman who seemed to be in charge and asked if it was usual for people to wait one hour for 3 meals and was told that it was due to a large party in the back.
We waited another 5 min. I asked if our food was being prepared and if not we wished to leave as it was now nearing 10 pm and we were hungry( we had our teenage daughter with us.)
We got our meals in about 4 min. after that. My husband ordered the chicken La Zeez and it was literally Four 1 by 2 inch pieces of chicken. Four.
My daughter's Aegean salad had miniscule amounts of feta on it. She barely picked at it, saying it wasn't very good. I decided to eat it as I had paid too much for it. I couldn't. It was so tart it was impossible to eat.
I ordered the tabbouleh salad. It was tasty, but $5 for a hard formed scoop that reminded me of grade school cafeteria lunch presentation. And the scoop was $5.00.
The bread was tasteless and tough.
We came to enjoy the belly dancing. We saw the dancer for maybe 10 minutes and then she spent the rest of the 2 hours we were there, outside with the 'large party.'
We were comped our deserts, what was left available for desert options.
Our family eats out only once a month and a bill of over $70 for 3 meals and such horrible service, portions, and quality left us feeling robbed. My daughter felt sick from her meal.
I love Phara's! – This is one of my favorite places! The staff is incredibly accommodating. The food is WONDERFUL - especially Tenzin's Famous Aloo Channa & the Beef La Zeez; I get it every time. There are a few other bellydancers, but Phara herself will sometimes bellydance for you ~ She is wonderful & so is her beautiful story about her late son Christopher who is the name-sake for the Casbah. The entire place from inside out is like a mini cultural vacation. So, bring your own wine or beer (which saves youy $), and simply enjoy!!
So good – Lamb! order it here. Yummy and they have belly dancers. Can be kinda awkward at times but they are great at shaking it.
Happy! – Nice place, had a wonderful dinner last night!
Amazing food & prices! – Phara's had excellent food and service and we even met Phara herself. A very gracious, kind-hearted business woman.
The huge outdoor area was beautiful
True Austin – Phara's is trip, real time travel back to orginal weridness that was Austin before we were so impressed with our ourselves.
My wife and I own a bed and breakfast nearby and when we have guests who want to know Austin's true weirdness, we send them to Phara's
I love the menu especially the Chicken La Zees (sp ?) Phara could make so much more money if she had sold alcohol but having to bring your own is part of the charm
Just OK – Food was good and our server really nice. However I thought it was a little overpriced for what we got. My Aloo Chana was basically a cup of soup with cheakpeas and 2/3 tablespoons of white rice on the side. It set me back 15 dollars and I left hungry...
Great atmosphere, good food – I went there on a Saturday night and they had a belly dancer who performed throughout the night. I had the lamb shank which was delicious, followed by dessert and a hookah. The service was great, the entertainment was fun and their byob policy makes this restaurant a great deal and a fantastic experience.
New Austin Favorite – I've been wanting to try Phara's Mediterranean Cuisine for some time and had the pleasure of doing just that Friday night. Six of my friends and family had a lovely dinner and a great time. We got there around 8pm and were seated right away. The dining room is small but intimate - great place for a date or small dinner party. We got an appetizer that was sort of a sampler which was a great choice if you have never had Mediterranean food. Phara's is BYOB (with a small corking fee) so we brought a few bottles of wine. They had live entertainment with a belly dancer and supposedly they have a beautiful outdoor patio area. It was 35 degrees outside so we passed on that but I can't wait to come back and sit out there this spring/summer. The food was taking a little long to come out but our server was so nice and offered us a complimentary salad and informed us as to what was going on. She and the owner made such an effort to make sure we were taken care of that we really didn't mind the wait and boy was it worth the wait. I got the lamb kabobs which were served with basmati rice and vegetables and some sort of a yogurt sauce. It was delicious and ended up scraping the plate. All in all a lovely meal and I can't wait to bring more friends there. I would highly recommend Phara's for those looking for delicous food in a fun, inviting setting.
Arrarat's but better..... – I've had so many gatherings here! Love the Hooka's and the food!! Even better I can invite 10-20 friends and bring enough wine for everyone. Sit outside watching the Belly Dancers and carry on as loud as we want! Amazing time every gathering we have!!
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