best lebanese in town!!!. im lebanese myself, my mom and grandma both cook this food and i have to say cedar garden comes pretty close. i went there last saturday nite with my boyfriend, i was welcomed at door with a smiley face. we sat down a hot basket of bread was brought to us , it was amazing so fresh and had a sweet taste. i ordered the shish combo , my dish came with rice a tabouli salad, i couldnt stop eating. i recommend it highly, keep up the good job guys. we love you.
Could be hazardous to your health!!.
I found the listing online, and even though almost every review said the waitstaff was rude, I was just ordering a carryout and I have worked in the restaurant industry for 15 years, so I am usually very tolerant of my fellow service industry professionals.
I ordered the combination platter for my family of four, and while I found it a bit more expensive than other places I have tried, I am usually satisfied with the portion size....not the case here...I paid a dollar extra to change the salad to a fattoush, which turned out to be six pieces of tomato on top of lettuce ( I have never had lettuce in my fattoush before????)...Also, I had to pay a dollar twenty-five for the picked radishes and pickles that have always come with the combo platter at every other Lebanese restaurant I have ever been to!!!
Moving on....While I was pleased that the person on the phone was rather pleasant, as well as reassuring when she promised there would be no nuts in the entire order ( my son has both a peanut and tree nut allergy), when I walked in to the empty restaurant, save the table of four employees, the employees turned to look, then proceeded to resume, and finish, their conversation (which lasted about what seemed to be two minutes). The food was ready at the time I had ordered it to be picked up, so that was nice.
Getting home, the food had good flavor, but there were only three pitas to go with the entire combo, and I probably should have asked for extra (at goodness knows what extra cost).
While the combo had a little bit of each item that was described on the menu, the container was mostly filled up with rice THAT HAD ALMONDS IN IT!!! We don't eat out much because of my son's allergy (wonder why i don't trust restaurants), and thankfully I thoroughly inspected the food before I let him eat it. I suppose it kind of worked out, because there was barely enough food (and not enough pitas) to go around without him being able to eat with us!!
My family and hopefully everyone I know will be steering clear of this place in the future!!
Great Food. All of my family and friends rave about Cedar Garden's food. It is always delicious. We go there often and have always been pleased. The wait staff is not the friendliest but I don't go there to make friends. The food is great and the prices are reasonable.
Restaurant dirty, service bad, food disgusting.
I was served disgusting, bad-tasting food in a restaurant with dirty dishes, by a waitstaff that couldn't have cared less. I wasn't offered a beverage, and sat at a table with an empty breadbasket in which the waitress, in passing, dropped a baggie containing a a pita. The food was virtually inedible.
I walked in at dinner time on a Saturday night. The restaurant was virtually empty, and the staff was sitting in a booth. They turned and looked as I walked in and waited by the hostess area. There was a woman adding up some receipts. I waited for a minute, and then asked, "Um, do I need to wait, or do I just sit anywhere?" She glanced at me, said, "Sit," and went back to whatever she was doing.
A man in a dirty shirt came by about five minutes later and filled a glass of water on my table. Five minutes after that, he handed me a menu. I wouldn't have stayed past this, but I was hungry and I'm polite. The waitress came by ten minutes after this and said, "what do you want?" I ordered the fuul, saying please and thank you, and she turned around and walked away before I could order a beverage.
15 minutes later I was served the worst plate of fuul I've ever tasted. Fuul is a pretty simple, classic Middle Eastern dish, but this was a pile of beans without seasoning, swimming in lemon juice that was so strong my sinuses burned, with what looked like a couple of chopped chives half-heartedly scattered on top. I reached for the water glass to kill the taste, and it was then that I noticed the lipstick on the glass from the last patron. Disgusted, I looked at the cutlery on the table that I hadn't used...yep, more food on the knife.
I didn't really get a chance to ask to have the situation rectified, because the man in the dirty shirt came by and plunked down the check. I got up, paid at the cash stand, and although the gentleman at the register didn't look up or say anything the whole time I stood there, I volunteered that the glass and cutlery was dirty, with food and lipstick. He said something over his shoulder loudly and shoved my change at me. I went back to my table, collected my things, and the man from the cash stand came by my table and put down a styrofoam cup of water.
I've eaten a lot of Lebanese food in a lot of restaurants in Metro Detroit, and I've always gotten good food for a reasonable price with great service tossed in, to boot. Cedar Garden needs to come to grips with the notion that it's not a privilege for the patrons to eat there; it's a privilege for Cedar Garden to have patrons to serve. Maybe business is non-existent on a Saturday night for a reason. After the fact, I mentioned how horrible my experience was to three of my friends; all three said that they'd had similar experiences, and would never go back there.
Zero stars. I won't be going back.
EEK! Hair in my food! So disappointed!!!!.
I have eaten there before and always enjoyed it. I went there after a long day with my son to enjoy their food. I ordered the chicken shwarma plate and after a few bites, I found hair. I sent it back and got a new plate. After a few bites, again, I found hair. I reported it and he LITERALLY yelled at me! YELLED AT ME!!!! He said that it was my hair. It was less than a half inch size piece of hair and I have really long hair. He started telling the other staff and laughing like I made it up. I was so upset I almost cried. I have never been so disrespected in all my life! I will NEVER NEVER NEVER go back there and I wouldn't suggest anyone else go their either.
I would give it zero stars but they made me enter something.
I haven't been to Lebanon, but I bet Cedar Garden's as good..
If Cedar Garden were a man (and my fella didn't mind), I'd marry it!
Whenever I come back to the Detroit area (my home), I skip Dearborn and head to this place--directly from the airport. No joke.
The food is always fresh and never disappoints. The staff will tell you what's especially good that day or evening. They haven't steered me wrong yet.
In the off chance you don't get it from one of Cedar Garden's efficient waitstaff as soon as you sit down, be sure to ask for the fresh bread to be "piping hot" to start your meal off right. The hint of sweetness will really get you salivating.
The only drawback for me regarding this place is the entire menu is healthy--that means no wine or booze with which to get sloppy drunk during or after my meal with friends... I mean, the place is comfortable and there's no pressure from the staff to hurry up and get out so...
Which leads to my second "con":
Because again of the comfort/unwind factor, I tend to need lots of tea to keep me warm during a leisurely meal...large pots would keep the staff from having to constantly refill.
I'm already planning my next trip back...
best Middle Eastern food in the northern metro detroit area. There food and service is excellent ! Very authentic ! The surrounding is serene and the food comes at a reasonable time. Make sure not to pass up the garlic dip for the bread, there homemade lentil soup, and there freshly juiced juices! I recommend the carrot and apple.
Traditional Middle Eastern food keeps the regulars returning, while converting new faithful to the ways of baba gannooj and ghallabas..
A semi-visible kitchen barks orders back and forth and the service can seem hectic, with arch-shaped mirrors giving the illusion of a whole other room of diners. The menu features traditional Lebanese dishes like baba gannooj, hommous, lamb in many manifestations, swordfish, shrimp and trout, several ghallabas and kibbies, and sojok, a spicy lamb and beef sausage. Wash it all down with a selection from the fresh juice bar.
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