2424 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410937.797985 -122.423675
Neighborhoods: North, Cow Hollow
YaYa is Yum Yum! – Ya Ya has to be the best kept gourmet secret in town! In a city with good food at every corner at every price range, Ya Ya is my new favorite restaurant, hands down! The food, best categorized as somewhere between Middle Eastern and Mediterranean with many dishes similar to Moroccan, is amazingly flavorful! Ya Ya is the only place that I've ever had hummus I like! Their phyllos, a savory pastry filled with meat or veggie, is the best I've had in the city?so much better than that other pretentious place - whose name begins with "A" - that claims it as their specialty! The staff and owner, Ya Ya, are so much nicer and attentive too! The best surprise is the bill - you'll be shocked at how reasonable it is! Worried about parking? No problem, you can park in front of the restaurant in their loading zone, or if it's taken, they have free validated parking a few blocks away! Atmosphere? This is no ?hole in the wall!? It?s tastefully decorated in warm hues with paintings of Mesopotamian. With it?s great food, romantic atmosphere, and friendly staff, Ya Ya is the perfect place to impress your date without going into debt!
Inventive, Tasty Cuisine: Great for a Group – I celebrated my birthday with 14 friends a few weeks ago. We were scrambling to find a restaurant near Harry Denton's Rouge, where we all attended a tea dance. None of us knew the area, but I came across the listing for YaYa and decided to give them a try.
I'm very glad we did! We arrived on the day, and instead of working our way through the menu one at a time, we asked the chef to pick out what he thought we'd like. The phyllo dough dishes were light - the dough didn't overwhelm the other tastes. The fish was tart and delicious. The dolmas were exceptional. The cuisine was familiar, but with new twists (at least one that were new to me). The Bedouin-style dishes were nice to share family-style (especially so we could all try out the various dishes).
It was especially nice because it wasn't as loud as most places you might go for a group dinner. The atmosphere was quiet and elegant, and the owner very hospitable and welcoming.
good food, ok wines – the food is definitely good value and different. It's modified middle eastern. The service was attentive. The wine list was short but effective!
Unique and Excellent – This place is great and unfortunately for the location (Van Ness) and lack of advertising probably goes less noticed. A friend recommended this place to me and it was fantastic. For a city with so much good food, it takes more to stand out and yet this place is certainly unique in it's dishes and flavors. Never thought about eating Iraquie food. It is marvelous. The people who work there are so friendly and knowledgeable. The ambience is exotic and serene. I can't wait to go back!
Something Different! – This place is located at a quiet corner. It is a small place with a romantic feel and dim lights. The ambience felt great. However the best of it all was the food. The value was worth every bite. We ordered the 'trout dish' and 'kebabs'. I was relishing every bite of the fish dish. The server was extremely helpful and 'Yaya'- the owner actually comes and meets every guest. Excellent service and food. All thumbs up for this great place.
BORING....... – Dont like this place at all.....
The food is weird and the atmosphere isnt great either.
My daughter took me and we didnt enjoy ourselves at all.
BAD wine list & NO BAR. This combination is nothing
but a disaster. Lots of scary looking people eating in there
felt like I was out of place.
Never had Iraqi food before and dont want to either - pass
on this one.
*The owner must write his own reviews!!!!!!
great restaurant ... hidden jewel – The ambiance was lovely ... soft and pretty and welcoming. The food was beautifully presented and the tastes remarkable ... intense, flavorful, unusual and special. This is definitely a restaurant to visit whenever you have a special occasion or want to be treated to a special meal. The chef/owner, YaYa, came out to make sure everything was good and we were happy with it. Overall, a wonderful experience.
Incredible cuisine, excellent service – Outstanding savors (that were new to me). Very professional and friendly service. The inside is more on the "standard" side in terms of decor, but it is definitely nice, warm and clean.
Unique Cuisine, Great Ambience – I came here for dinner last week with a group of friends and had an amazing time. The food was excellent and we enjoyed a great variety of dishes with various flavors. The service was also great, our waiter answered all of our questions and was very attentive. For anyone who enjoys trying unique food, I highly recommend YaYa.
An excellent and unique dining experience – I love Mediterreanean and Middle Eastern food, and YaYa's is some of the best I've had. Our waiter was super friendly and made excellent recommendations. The decor is inviting. But the food is what really impressed me with this restaurant. The owner/chef takes Mesopotamian classics and adds a little California twist. The combination of flavors was wonderful, and it was one of the better - and most unique - meals I've had in a while. Highly recommended.
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