4755 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5542145.055054 -93.247390
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 9am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 9am - 11pm
Disgustingly pathetic for a Middle Eastern restaurant! Nasty place with the worst tasting food that is preheated from days before.
All I can say is AWE SUM !! – I read Maiero's review with some trepidation, but decided since that was the only negative review, I would give them a try.
I am so glad I ignored that one bad review. The food was outstanding. At a little over $11 for a buffet, including drink, the price was right. And noone gave me the "evil white man" eye. Granted there were not any other diners that were not speaking some middle eastern dialect, but that didn't matter because we were all there to enjoy some wonderful falafel, gyro and hummus and several dishes I have never seen before but that were out of this world!!
Give it a try, it is worth the experience.
I love the place – Lots of different salads. Tabouli, hummous, baba ganouj, cole slaw, etc. Shawirma, kofta kabob, lamb shank, falafal, etc. They even have onion rings, mashed potatoes, and corn. They have plenty of pita. They have plenty of beef ribs. Theys just have a lot of great tasting food. And desserts. I can't say enough good about this buffet. I love going there.
All the gangsta of Holy Land, minus the English language – If you like the Holy Land, you probably have never had good lamb in your life. And if you go to Marina expecting anything even remotely edible, you can expect a third term for George W. in the near future.
If you are white, you should steer far, far away from this place. Your car will most likely be scratched in the parking lot and you will be stared at by the staff and will find yourself having to deal with racism.
Don't even try to redeem a coupon for this place either, you will be treated as though you are in a bazaar. You will have to haggle.
Best Mediterainian/Mideast Buffet – The food & service is great! Many items to choose from. Always fresh and tasty. . . Very authentic menu. A very good value. Lamb shanks, stuffed grape leaves, gyros, curries, taboli, fallaful, many salads and deserts.
Best Middle Eastern Food in the Twin Cities! – This is an amazing restaurant with the best buffet! If you like Holy Land, you HAVE to try Marina. It is a million times better. Their hamburger, gyros, spinach pies, tea, hummus, falafel, everything is excellent! I highly recommend the buffet. For only $9.99 (dinner) you get appetizers, entrees, dessert, drink, and tea.
Very good buffet – I've been to the "Big Marina" (as opposed to the little marina in NE Minneapolis) twice now, both times on Sunday for lunch. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet or you can order from a menu. Both visits I opted for the buffet. Typical items are: a few soups--on this visit was a yellow split pea and a meat and potato stew of some kind--I tried the split pea and it was delicious, but a tad on the salty side; Several salads including tabouleh, baba ganoush and hummus, fresh fruit, lettuce, and many others I didn't try; Breads including pita, biscuits (in the American sense of the word) and rolls; Appetizer type things: chicken wings, spinich and cheese in phyllo, fried eggplant slices topped with a chopped vegetable mixture that included hot peppers; Several main dish options like rice and gyro meat, barbecue style ribs and lamb shanks; and a few Desserts options that were delicious (custard in phyllo and a shredded phyllo dessert). They finish the meal by offering mint tea. The wait staff was as attentive as they needed to be (refilling drinks and removing dirty plates). The ambiance is OK (big fountain in the middle of the room and fake grapes hanging from the ceiling left over from the previous restaurant, El Bustan), but it is clean and well cared for. They have several larger tables that could accommodate a bit bigger group. Over all, I recommend Marina, and I'll be back...
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