Sanaa's 8th St. Gourmet

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    ( 9 reviews )

401 E 8th St Ste 100 (at downtown), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, 57103

Serves meat, vegan options available. Focuses on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foods. Buffet on weekdays and on Saturdays. Elaborate decorations and paintings on the walls. Open Mon-Thu 10:30am-3:00pm, Fri 10:30am-8:00pm, Sat 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Categories: Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Middle Eastern, Non-veg

9 Reviews

First Review by sunshineonmyshoulder

Detailed Review: AMAZING food! - Edit

One of my FAVORITE places to eat in Sioux Falls. I highly recommend going during the buffet time as Sanaa ALWAYS has a lot of vegan options available and the food is incredible! There are a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes with the option of meat ones as well. Food is always delicious and items can vary depending on produce availability. Sanaa is very conscious of the environment and often sources products locally as much as she can and from her own garden. On occasion she will have a vegan dessert! Lovely woman who runs this place and she takes great pride in her work. The place has a lot of character with great decorations. I have never been disappointed with the food and enjoy every chance I get to go there. Prices are very reasonable. Everything is well marked during buffet and on the menu itself. Staff are happy to help and really nice.

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Lovely light lunch - Edit

We had the Mezza and the Falafel Fatayer and a couple coffees. The Mezza includes five large, warm pita halves, fresh, delicious hummus with olive oil, a red lentil side and a walnut and olive tapenade, and the Fatayer is a warm pita wrapped around delicious fillings. The falafel with pickles was delicious, and we asked for the tahini (sesame based) sauce rather than the yogurt based sauce. The specials today included a red lentil soup and a Spinach Fatayer. Service was good, and the space was nice. It's counter service with a bit of a cafeteria style. They advertise a gluten-free menu, Friday Dinner, and Saturday buffet. The desserts looked lovely, but I'm not sure whether any were vegan.

Pros: Authentic Mediterranean flavors, nice staff

Cons: Limited hours

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A must stop for anyone - incredible flavors! - Edit

What a find! We stopped by for lunch on a Saturday, when they do their Buffett. Only 2 items were not Vegan, and the flavors that Sanaa blends in her dishes are incredible.

We had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with Sanna, who is originally from Damascus but learned cooking in France and the US. She is also a certified dietician. She cooks alot of vegan and vegetarian options as both her daughter and husband are vegetarian.

This is such a gem in what is otherwise a real vegan food desert.

Pros: Wonderful Vegan Options, primarily Vegan/Vegetarian

Cons: my stomach isn't bigger so I couldn't eat more

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An Oasis - Edit

I had a good experience at Sanaa's. First of all it was the only restaurant in town I could find that would accommodate my diet, which is essentially whole foods plant based. I ordered the Mujadara, which consisted of bulgur wheat and lentils, the red lentil soup, and a side. I told them I was vegan, and Sanaa herself (I think) very quickly and confidently made sure my dish would be made vegan. She even threw in an extra side at no cost, because she thought it would go well with my dish. Everything tasted really good. I maybe could have used just a TAD larger portion, but I left fairly satisfied. Overall I like the place a lot. Only reason for four stars is I reserve five star rating for truly great veg and vegan restaurants.

Pros: tasty, vegan friendly, whole foods

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closed unfortunately - Edit

Restaurant wasn't open, however the website told us it should be open. Pity!

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Fantastic food, unbeatable prices. - Edit

We were on a road trip through the Dakotas, and despaired of finding good vegetarian food. Google and Happy Cow directed us to this restaurant, and we were so happy we drove a little out of the way to find Sanaa's. The food was great, the staff was very friendly and a happy time was had by all! They had a wide selection of eggless desserts too, and this was the icing on the cake! I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the owner, Sanaa, and hearing her story.

Pros: Great food, reasonably priced. , Very friendly staff, Very nice ambiance.

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awe inspiring vegan spread - Edit

Being my first time eating Middle Eastern, I'll tell you its like Indian food without the heat. I'm not sure if I did it right with the breads and condiments but everything in the buffet was so incredibly good I had to pile up a second plate.
Updated from previous review on Saturday May 16, 2015

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly atmosphere , Many vegan dishes

Cons: They need to be open more.

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We love Sanaa's Gourmet Cafe! - Edit

On our way out west, we ate lunch at Sanaa’s Gourmet Mediterranean Restaurant in Sioux Falls SD, a popular veg and gf friendly eatery, which I highly recommend. It’s a big place, comfortable, warmly decorated in Mediterranean motif, reasonably priced, has WiFi. All the tasty tasty food is made from scratch, under the loving and watchful eye of owner/chef Sanaa Abourezk. Sanaa is always adding more vegan options - when we were there, she was experimenting with Vegan Tiramisu. The GF Fatayer (Mediterranean calzone) with a walnut spinach olive filling was outstanding, as was the lentil soup, the quinoa salad, the baklava, the basmati rice pilaf … we could happily have eaten for hours.

Pros: Delicious homemade food, Efficient and friendly service , Lots of vegan and gf options

Cons: It's in Sioux Falls, not where I live!

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Friendly, Fabulous & Filling - Edit

Sanaas Restaurant, located several blocks east of downtown Sioux Falls, is a very clean, color filled restaurant that serves tasty Syrian vegetarian and vegan food, including gluten free. Her hummus, green olive spread, falafel & eggplant sandwich style wraps, soups specials & a huge dessert case including baklava & date bars - all are tasty & freshly made. She is open for Lunches: Mon - Sat., and serves a wonderful complete buffet on Friday evenings. There are beautifully illustrated books for sale with recipes she serves, with a new vegan book coming out this fall. As often as I am in Sioux Falls, I try to eat here. Try it and you will have a new home away from home for great tasting healthful food and a very pleasant eating experience. There is a ramp for handicapped entry. The bathrooms are very clean & neat. Be sure to ask if you need gluten free or vegan food. She will show you which items are available for the day.

Pros: Tasty Healthy Food, Friendly, Beautiful interior

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