Paprika Cafe Chris Hamade Paprika Cafe

Paprika Cafe

309 Lighthouse Ave., Ste. A (Dickman Ave.)
Monterey, CA 93940
This wallet-friendly hidden Lebanese gem serves up a spicy trip abroad for the palate.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat.


Paprika Cafe Restaurant Review:

Paprika Café puts its money where your mouth is. Ambience isn't its strong suit, but the food more than compensates. For starters, order the dolmas, vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato and onion. Sprightly and tender to the bite, they are even better when dipped into owner Chris Hamade’s creamy tzatziki. Falafel are tasty, especially when coated with the accompanying tahini. Main course combination plates, perhaps four-hour braised lamb shanks or grilled chicken enrobed in Hamade’s legendary garlic sauce, come piled high with sides: golden shards of saffron-tinged basmati rice, hummus, tabbouleh, and a lemony olive oil dressing. Linger over potent Turkish coffee and complimentary baklava scented with orange blossom water.

Chef Gabriel Kreuther

Congratulations to chef Gabriel Kreuther! He just earned GAYOT's highest rating. Read GAYOT's article.