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“Beautifully cooked Lamb and vegetable entrees”

Samira's Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 352 Restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 15 - US$ 20
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N. Walnut St.
Reviewed 22 July 2017

We enjoyed dinner on a Thursday night at Samira's and had an excellent meal. We both tried the special plates which included smaller amounts of several entrees. One included a lamb kebob, meat dumpling (extremely tender filled pasta), eggplant slices, a spinach puree, a samosa, and rice with seasonings. The lamb was tender and beautifully cooked, as was everything else. Another of us had a vegetarian special that included dahl, more slices of eggplant and spinach puree, and other vegetarian options with rice. Upon arriving we were served very thin slices of eggplant marinated in garlic and vinegar--they were delicious on the flat bread also provided. At the close of our meal small biscotti were also provided at no additional charge. Quantities were generous and the meal was very reasonable (under $40 for two people) and delicious. Our server was fun, attentive, and helpful. We were eating early but the restaurant was already filling. It is on a city block that seems uneven in its businesses' success, but this restaurant is doing well and should not to be missed.

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This is the place my department brings job candidates to impress them. The cuisine and service used to be reliably high quality, every visit, no surprises. However, this visit was not impressive. The wait staff are now much younger, and seem to be poorly trained and supervised. Our waiter mixed up our orders, never checked on us, never brought us clean cutlery or retrieved our kebab spears, and seemed asleep at the wheel. My med rare kebab was overcooked (barely pink, tough). Our bread was stale. We ordered tea (was with a bunch of Turkish friends; you have to have tea!) and the waiter said they were out of tea.

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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The service is not always that good, but the food is consistently solid, and there are lots of vegetarian options.

Thank S W
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The food is always excellent, very fresh, and they give you delicious extras, too. You always get a basket of bread, hummus, and baklava on top of the salad and entrees at the buffet. I love their meatballs, the chickpea dish, and spiced rice. It's all very reasonably priced (can't remember exactly but I know it's less than $10).

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Thank lbugher
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Reviewed 30 May 2017

I dined at Samira's and found the food excellent quality and at a very good price. I can recommend the kebab combo, it included two appetizers, lentil soup, the kebabs, two vegetables, and pilaf. You can't beat the value for $20.

Thank Georgia C
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