Dark and mysterious, caves afford an elegant, shadowy atmosphere that magically disguises wine stains, unfortunate blind dates, and spinach in the teeth. Gorge on grotto grub with today's Groupon: for $20, you'll get $45 worth of Mediterranean cuisine at Ali Baba's Cave. The cavernous restaurant also features an extensive drink menu and a full hookah bar.
Start with a creamy platter of hummus ($4.75), garlic fries ($3.50), or sweet red beets blended with yogurt ($2.95). Main courses at Ali Baba's run the gamut from a full falafel plate ($11.95), served with pita, hummus, and salad shirazi, to seasoned and grilled lamb chops ($14.95). Meat shunners will appreciate the veggie wrap ($7.95), packed heavy with grilled eggplant, zucchini, colorful peppers, tomato, pickle, onion, and hummus. For dessert, sample a frothy piece of tiramisu ($4.95) or Persian ice cream flavored with rosewater, saffron, and pistachio ($4.95).
After dinner, puff on a flavored hookah ($13 for a single flavor and $1 extra for combinations) and rev up with one of Ali Baba's energy drinks ($4.50) or an Armenian coffee ($2.95). Cerulean-clothed tables, plush banquets, and artfully designed walls lend a majestic feel to the stately surroundings. Gawk at spangled belly dancers on select nights, marvel at the wall murals, or experiment with foreign flavors. With fresh, organic ingredients and a distinctly cavernous charm, Ali Baba's serves up an ethnically opulent experience for both lunch and dinner.
- I went for lunch but ended up going back a few days later with some friends because we wanted to smoke the hookah. The food is great and surprisingly cheap. – Nickname unavailable, Google Maps
- I was really impressed with the decor, service and hospitality. – Shadi T., Yelp
- This is just one of those places that you have to be in the right frame of mind, and go to have a good time. We did, and we'll go back. – Eddie W., Yelp
10920 Roselle Street
San Diego, California 92121Get Directions