Such a great restaurant. Came here for a private event and was very impressed with the quality of food and service. It's a smaller venue and I loved the idea of renting out the entire restaurant and lounge area for the party of about 70 people. It was buffet style with large trays set up in the lounge area. The appetizer course was so plentiful, we thought this was the actual meal! I loved how fresh and authentic everything was prepared. I'm picky about stuffed grape leaves and the ones prepared by Sabur were perfection. The platters included vegetarian, vegan and GF options which was great for many members of our group. Looking forward to trying this restaurant during normal hours and when they re-open after renovations. More...
I've been to Sabur twice now, once for brunch and another time for dinner, and definitely plan to return. They have a great Mediterranean selection, as well as plenty of vegetarian options. I've had the tagine and seafood stew, both had great flavor and the broths were savory. The staff is always very attentive and I've had great service both times I've been here. More...
Mediterranean food and the scene here is super good. Service is prompt even when they are busy. The service was friendly and sociable. It has a great atmosphere.
Mediterranean food and service at this place is super good. Cool place to meet and catch up with coworkers. Definitely worth a return visit. It has a good interior. Reminds me of a place in New York I liked to visit. More...
Mediterranean food and service here is quality. everyone at our table was quite pleased. the service here is great. it has a good feel to it. feels similar to a restaurant in philadelphia that i enjoyed visiting. More...
Good place for mediterranean food. the prices are good for what you get. reminds me of a cafe in chicago i loved to visit.
mediterranean food, quality stuff. everyone at our table was quite pleased. the service was very sociable and kind. prices that are reasonable.
My top spot for tasty Mediterranean food. It has a cool feel to it.
Amazing meal with wonderfully informative team.
Abbe Cohen Dvornik
Always a great meal! Their brunch menu has just enough sweet and just enough real lunch items, and we all love ćevapčići and great desserts too.
Fantastic Mediterranean cuisine. Love the Smokva Martini and the Croation Seafood Stew. The lounge area by the bar is quite cozy and feels like home. The staff remember you and feel like family. More...
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Beautiful people! Nice, simple but tasty foods. Bar has a very nice selection of beverages. An excellent dining experience!
Been to this place a dozen times over the last seven years and it's always yummy and cozy. They have live Balkan music on some nights of the week.
Ernesto Elias Martinez IV
Great food.I have good time, to bad they close 1 am.
Sara Amr Amin
The lamb shank is my favorite, it's so tender that it melts in your mouth. A must try!
My wife and I wanted to have some Balkan food and we found this restaurant. The food was great! We ordered Cevapcici, Cheese pita and Hummus&bread pita. Everything was delicious!
Delicious brunch menu, lovely interior, not too crowded. Great time.
Awesome food!! Great service!! Staff was great!!
Great Turkish food
I had the oven roasted lamb and it was fantastic - very tender, with a sauce that was delicious and some great root vegetables. I'd give it a five star rating if that was all I had, but the hummus in the mezze platter was bland and the olives were just OK. The rice with yogurt was another high point. More...
A local favorite for excellent ambiance and food
Very nice and cozy restaurant. We could not enjoy it as much. They were hosting a big party. Hope to go back soon
Portions are good, warm service. Burak was fuego.
Best middeteranian food in the area. Serbian, Croatian, etc. Garlic scallops with risotto are so delicious
Beautiful interior decor here adds to the very nice atmosphere. They have some slightly different Middle Eastern dishes and know how to use spices skillfully. a nice place for a romantic evening, and it is one of the few places in that part of town quiet enough to have a quiet conversation with your sweetie. More...
Excellent service, great food
The food at Sabur is delicious. We had a groupon for 2. We ordered two lamb appetizers- Balkan sausages & Koftae. Lamb was flavorful and perfectly cooked. We also ordered the Lamb shank which was the highlight of our meal. Husband had Rakia in plum flavor, a Middle Easterner alcoholic drink. There were some Mediterranean wine options as well. The ambience was nice. It was a Sunday night and wasn't too crowded, so the service was fast. More...
Great food drinks and friendly service. Very accommodating.
Food was excellent and "old school European" service, very professional and attentive. Pacing was perfect, we weren't rushed through but didn't need to wait. We ordered a side of hummus, which isn't explicitly listed on the menu, and they accommodated our request smoothly. More...
Sabur covers all the terrain that can be called Mediterranean without having an overwhelming menu. Entrees are priced at somewhat of a premium but are worth it. The atmosphere inside has a flare of dark and exotic with seating choices including couches and an outdoor patio. More...
Wide variety of different Old World cuisines. Food was nicely prepared.
Good service. I love the brunch and it’s great for groups
Great Night at Sabur. Loved the Food, Staff was Great and the pre Halloween party was a Blast
Delicious food, good atmosphere. My girlfriend and I both really enjoyed it!
Excellent food, friendly service, easy spaces
Excellent food, very authentic. Lots of options and great specials. Good for couples as well as families. Would definitely go back.
Delicious food and great drinks, friendly staff and great atmosphere.
Wow, how did I not got to this place for years, the did was amazing, the ambiance was quite, and there is even a parking lot! Will be going back
We've been coming here for years and it's one of our favorite brunch spots, especially for a crowd. We always enjoy the food, especially the egg dishes and French toast. The staff is very friendly and willing to explain unfamiliar dishes. More...
Food was amazing ladt night. Mussels dish and beet salad. Love it.
Amazing drinks and really great food. Ambiance is really cool.
A must-try. Unique tastes.
Pranava Shashank Pindi
Great Mediterranean food. Great service
Delicious Balkan menu - the best reuse of an old bank ever
I got the lamb shank and loved it.
Staff is attentive, food is amazing, ambiance is on point!
Ambience is very good. Food is excellent, both the appetizers and entrees. My favorite was lamb shank, it was perfectly cooked. Only negative point about the place is the service, very very slow. But you should definitely visit this place for it's food. More...
Good Ambience. Appetizers were excellent especially lamb sausage. Delicious Lamb shank.Only Negative : Service was too slow
Mark David Johansen
Excellent service, great food. It was overall an excellent and memorable dinner.
Very delicious food! We tried tuna, lamb, salmon, chicken, mussels dishes and everything was great!
Delicious food, kind and attentive people. They go the extra mile to provide exceptional service and a level of caring that is so rare you might think you're dining with your family. My highest recommendation.
My 2nd time and as great as the 1st. Food is fantastic and so is atmophere and staff. Definitely going back, and recommending to all
Went to dinner here with coworkers and everything was so delicious! We split 3 apps- spinach pita, warm goat cheese, and zucchini fritters. The fritters were cooked to absolute perfection & pita was fantastic. I loved the sesame toast which accompanied the goat cheese so much that we ordered more to go with the Moroccan Tagine entree. That was a spicy stew that had the best couscous I've ever eaten. And we also had eggplant parmigiana which was the best ever! My office mate wanted to order an additional serving to take home. We finished with the divine baklava! Superb! More...
Perfect al fresco dining experience! I had the tagine which was really tasty. My husband had the charred sirloin and loved it. Started with a hummus/pita/olive/dolma platter that was delicious. The hummus and pita was really good. Very friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere. They even have their own little parking lot. We will definitely be back. More...
Cynthia Conrod Finney
Wonderful food and nice staff! Had the special - lamb shank - and it was delightfully seasoned and tender. Special stuffed pita appetizer was delicious. Kataifi dessert- shredded filo dough with honey and nuts, similar to baklava (which they also have), was a fabulous ending to the meal. More...
Excellent menu, setting and servers.
A bonus is off street parking! GO!
One of our top favorites in the Boston metro area! Always fantastic!
Pasquale G. Tatò
Great food. Great drinks. Great ambiance. Great everything. :-)
Beautiful place amazing food , can't wait to go back
Great service and amazing food that changes with season...
Demka Dzajic Mizell
Had a great time with my friends. Food was awesome!
Ivonne Rivera Ziani
I was there with colleagues and we had a great time. Thank you food was excellent.
II went to Sabur Friday night. Fantastic experience! Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Some unique flavors and cocktails.
Ana Beatriz Bersano
Great honest middle eastern food, some stuff might be different than one's used to but it's tasty...
Everyone go here all the time!
They opened while I lived in Somerville. My husband and I frequented it until we moved out of town in 2004. I still miss it. Seriously.
Kim Asselin Gee
Beet/Walnut salad was awesome, salmon was under cooked for my guest and also requested no dairy of any kind cause of dairy allergies and still got cheeses. Scallops entree was good but had a strange favoring on outer side. Almond cake was very good. More...
Love the food and the staff! We always get burek, lamb and ajvar and goat cheese! Yum!
Came here on a whim ...and sad I've not been here all the years I've lived in arlington. Recommend the muscles and open hearth lamb, both are very good! I enjoyed the warm goat cheese and lamb appetizer as well... strong and fine cooked flavors. Timely and courteous service, unique food offerings and outdoor seating. What's not to love! More...
The food was awesome and very good portion sizes. My husband had the steak and I had the lamb. We both loved it
I love eating here. Have done so twice and enjoyed my meal both times. Great value too. Got lamb bolognese this past time and it was delicious!! Give it a try
It's a very nice place, attractive decor, comfortable, awesome food... There always seems to be a family with a screaming baby there. Always.
We took the Groupon for this restaurant (22 dollars for a 40 dollar value meal). We had the lamb shank which was good. The polenta fries were disappointing. We had the chocolate cake with raspberry sauce which was the highlight of our dinner. The ambience is nice and the staff are friendly. More...
My boyfriend and I came here last week using a Groupon I had purchased. After our dinner, we will definitely come back! It is a low key, family run restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable and the food was outstanding. We split a few apps: we had the sopska salad, shrimp grape leaf skewers, spinach koefta and the Mussels. There were SO many mussels, and they brought us extra bread to sop up the broth. Never has bread been more worth it! That was my boyfriends favorite, and I loved them too but the shrimp skewers were my favorite! The salad adds great freshness to the meal. The only problem was its impossible to eat on the cute patio because the second the food came out, flies swarmed- a lot of them- so we moved inside. The other couple outside did the same when their food arrived. But the transition was easy and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back. More...
This is a great place for a group of friends. The lounge is comfortable for dinner or drinks and never feel rushed. Great patio for outdoor seating. Interesting cocktails and Mediterranean food. Scallops are always excellent as well as anything with lamb. Warm rolls with olive oil. The chocolate flourless cake is fantastic. Very friendly service. More...
We were a party of 8 and had made our reservation for an outside table last night. We were welcomed and shown our way to our table. The owner came to our table to talk to us and when we told him it was our first time to his restaurant he left no page unturned to make our experience excellent. He assured us that the food was halal and we wouldn't be served something we don't want. The ambiance was excellent and our guests visiting from out of state loved the feeling of Massachusetts while we sat outside and had our food. We sat until late at night and the owner never made us feel rushed or unwelcomed even for a second. When we left he came to say goodbye to us on the door. Very hospitable and welcoming.Our order -Cevapcici: this was the first time we had ever tried and it was beyond amazing. The consistency was very creamy and smooth and the spices were just perfect. The yoghurt dip was great too.We ordered homemade Koefta and thought it can't be as good as homemade food - but it was!Lamb Shank was absolutely amazing. It was melt in the mouth type, the gravy was beautiful, mashed potatoes were creamy and with the right amount of salt, and the vegetables on the side were very delicious as well.We also ordered Lamb Bolognese, Ravioli, beef sirloin and Salmon. Everything was excellent!Turkish coffee was good and the presentation was very cool.We will definitely be visiting again with more friends/family or alone. More...
As good as cevape are gonna get outside of Bosnia.
Love the decor. Hospitality and great food.
Loved the atmosphere! And the "Boreks" are awesome. Friendly staff.
Decent Middle Eastern, Mediterranean fare with a pleasant atmosphere. The meze platter and the glazed apricots could be a good first sampler here. They have a pretty nice drink selection as well. More...
Delicious food we had amazing time and left super satisfied. You need to try this hidden spot choose the cevapcici the lamb and the baklava loved itttt
Had dinner with a dear friend here the other night, and was pleasantly surprised with the meal. We arrived took advantage of the comfortable outdoor seating. The restaurant's ambiance is its greatest selling point, making it feel authentically Middle Eastern (even Moroccan, evidenced by the presence of tajine on the menu!). As for the menu, it's a little all over the place. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, there were grape leaves, gnocchi, french fries, lamb shank, traditional Balkan cuisine,and several other traditional dishes from corners of the globe. Interesting, but it lacked a unique voice. We ordered shopske salad, grape leaves, and french fries to start. The shopske was basic, and exactly the combination of cheeses and veggies that it described. Simple, yet satisfying. The same can be said for the grape leaves and french fries. Each were on-par versions of dishes I'd had several times before. My lamb shank however, was very good. Tenderly cooked -- the meat fell off the bone, and deliciously paired with mashed potatoes. Felt like a meal straight from an Eastern European farm. Highly recommended. More...
Went back here the other day, and had an absolutely delightful meal. Just wanted to reiterate that this is a great place, very reasonable prices, unique dishes, great staff.
My husband and I had a pretty good experience at Sabur. We went in a Tuesday evening without reservation; only a few tables were occupied. We sat at the corner of the inside room, where there was also a bar (though we didn't order drink). The setting gave the impression of a Middle Eastern ambience as we knew it, but this in fact was a Serbian restaurant. We just didn't know better about Serbia, a meeting ground of Roman and Turkish cultures, and now an independent nation from former Yugoslavia in Southeastern/Balkan Europe. From the wide choices of the restaurant menu, we had the appetizer of cevapcici (Balkan sausages with grilled pita bread), main entries of Croatian Sea Food Stew (mostly mussels) and Seared Nantucket Scallops. On top of that, we shared a plate of 2 baklavas as dessert. Both of us agreed that the cevapcici, an authentic Serbian food, was the tastiest among all. My scallops-with-beet-risotto dish was also excellent. My husband thought the base of his Croatian Sea Food Stew was a little too salty and the baklava was ordinary. Maybe we will try something else next time. The food all came in decent quantities, more than we could take in. We're senior citizens who have tried a variety of mid-price-ranged restaurants in the Boston area in the past 40 years. This restaurant can be easily put on top of our list. We had a groupon which gave us about 30% discount of our overall spending. With or without the groupon, we will definitely come back for the quality as well as the novelty of its food. By the way, we're Chinese. We didn't sense any racist attitude from the waiter or waitress, as one customer commented on Yelp. However, we do hope the waiter/bar attender will be more inclining toward engaging in a conversation with us, as we are very interested in Balkan culture and will have a vacation there in 3 weeks. More...
Food is good, has its own parking lot so it is easy to access. Server was knowledgeable and they were able to easily accommodate dietary restrictions. Good selection of vegan foods as well as lamb and flavorful fish dishes. Check groupon for discounts. More...
Unique lively place!
Nice people and delicious food.
Has a Parking and excellent deals for groups
We visited with friends for dinner as they had a Groupon deal. We ordered the duck prosciutto ravioli and the gnocchi and also had the warm goat cheese appetizer. The ravioli was delicious, especially the sauce it was in but the gnocchi was a bit too soft and almost disintegrated in my mouth. I just wasn't expecting so much Italian to be on the menu as it was advertised as a Mediterranean restaurant. Overall, the food was good and comforting, but not fully memorable to return. More...
Love Sabur! Husband and I have been here a few times and plan on coming back! Parking lot fills up quickly but it's worth hunting around for a spot. Our favorite dish is the scallops with beer risotto and squash pure- it is out of this world! Seafood stew is also good and mussels for apps! Definitely check this place out. More...
We love Sabur! This is our favorite date night spot. Love the food! We always start with the chef's selection mezze for two. My go to plate is their tagine,while my husband loves their charred sirloin. The owner is personable and friendly. Features outdoor seating in the summer. The beautiful copper tables and hanging lamps provide cozy indoor seating when it's chilly. They have their own little parking lot for added convenience. More...
We love Sabur! This is our favorite date night spot. Love the food! We always start with the chef's selection mezze for two. My go to plate is their tagine,while my husband loves their charred sirloin. The owner is personable and friendly. Outdoor seating in the summer, while beautiful copper tables and hanging lamps provide cozy indoor seating when it's chilly. They have their own little parking lot for added convenience. More...
the duck prosciutto ravioli was soooo amazing!! highly recommend. great service and cute atmosphere .. strong drinks too!
The best halal steak that you can find in Boston :-) this place serves an assortment of Mediterranean dishes with a Bosnian touch to them. The Balkan sausages are great. Tried the Lamb Shank the other day, lamb was juicy and came off the bone super easy. Their charred sirloin is really charred, in a yummy way, and the walnut sauce on it is amazing. Fresh breads are great too. Service is awesome. I would definitely recommend as a nice night out for dinner. More...
Delicious food, caring wait staff and a cozy ambience. Would definitely come back again
Great Middle Eastern / Turkish restaurant. Good selection of traditional food dishes. Big portions. Definitely worth trying.
Evelyn Fan Lozano
Delicious food, cozy and inviting atmosphere. Quiet enough to have a conversation too, which is rare in restaurants these days. Very friendly staff! So glad I found this neighborhood gem! More...
Delicious food, great atmosphere (indoor and outdoor seating) and friendly staff.
Fantastic food and atmosphere. Haven't seen another place with this kind of selection of good Mediterranean, specifically Balkan, food staples. Very nice staff.
I enjoyed the food here, especially the appetizers. For dinner I had the salmon, which was prepared nicely and served with a tasty sauce. The deserts are also good.
Food is phenomenal!!!! The warm goat cheese appetizer is to die for. I also highly recommend the delicious freshly brew Chai Tea. Staff is very friendly and professional. Cozy and quiet place too. :-) More...
Good food, good drinks, nice atmosphere
Excellent Atmosphere and Food
Great Mediterranean food! Parking and very good service.
The tagine and Smokva martini are two must-haves!
The food here is amazing. Mediterranean and upscale dishes. I love the zucchini fritters appetizer and apricot&ricotta desert. Cocktails are great too. Nice venue with a beautiful and quite patio in Summer. It has a parking lot as well. I highly recommend it. More...
A wonderful local business with great food and friendly staff. The patio is great on nice days for outdoor eating. Everything is tasty, whether it is the burek, the lamb Bolognese pasta, the eggs moussaka at brunch, the cocktails (including a great margarita), the slow roasted lamb, the salads, or the various appetizers. They are also great for hosting events such as wedding rehearsal dinners and adult birthday cocktail parties. More...
Bosanski restoran u Bostonu(Somervilu) vrh...
Sat out on deck, beautiful, great food!
The best restaurant in area! Such a hidden gem. Every time I go there I am even more impressed. Best breakfast and an even more amazing dinner.
Good wine selection and reasonably priced, and all the dishes we tried were tasty. Best of all, the garlic potatoes: perfectly crispy and soft on the inside. Our server was friendly and efficient. Try this place in the summer to sit outside on the deck! More...
Went here because we had a Groupon. Place has always looked rather empty when we walked by, and we were one of 4 groups of diners in the whole restaurant. We sat outside which was quite tranquil. Our server was amazing- she was perfectly attentive and kept our water glasses full. We had the beef pie (?) special appetizer upon her suggestion, which was very good. For my main course I got the tagine, quite good light spicy flavor though it was little more liquid-y than I expected. My partner got the smoked mozarella ravioli which was beyond excellent. Definitely the stand out dish of the night. Beer selection wasn't great, but they had an excellent selection of wines and sparkling including Kir Royale, which I haven't had since I was in Dijon and was thrilled to have the opportunity to drink again. All in all we will definitely come here again and would recommend the place to friends! More...
I've been walking by here for quite some time, and just tonight went in with my girlfriend as she had a Groupon. First off, the inside of the restaurant was absolutely empty - not a single customer in sight. We were seated on the patio outside, which, while sparsely attended, had a nice ambiance and was a great place to sit on such a temperate night. Our server was friendly and attentive, and offered recommendations and specials.They were out of one of the cocktail ingredients so I had a beer and my girlfriend had one of the champagne cocktails, which she loved. Beer selection was pretty slim, but this isn't really a place you go for beer. The cocktails didn't seem like my taste for the most part, but there were some interesting ones in there.For food, we split the special appetizer, which was a sort of meat pie. It was good, and the filo dough was nice and flaky. My girlfriend had the tagine and I had the smoked ravioli with duck pancetta. Both were excellent, and while the portions weren't massive, I felt the price was right. It's a shame this place is always so empty, as the food, service, and ambiance are all pretty solid. If I wasn't moving so soon, I'd definitely come here again. More...
Great place, great food, and great service. Went there on Saturday and there was 80s and 90s night. We went earlier to get dinner and then enjoy the music. Our server was great and went above and beyond to make sure we got everything and that we are happy. I love the Goat Cheese appetizer and the Slivovitza drink. Slivovitza drink goes great with Sopska Salad. More...
Very nice dinner here this week, went with a Groupon-type deal. Our top pics: the burek (meat in phyllo- heavenly!!!) - a menu special (they do have cheese and spinach versions on the regular menu), the scallops with beet risotto and a puree of sweet potato with balsamic -- also heavenly (but could have used many more scallops). The drinks were great too. We had mediterranean-inspired ones with fig and pomegranate. Bread was crusty and warm. This restaurant did not get 5 stars from me because we got a slow start waiting for a waitstaff and drinks and there is nothing for kids here. They have pasta on the menu but would not serve it with butter, i.e. outside the specified menu dish. Seafood chowder was so heavy on mussels and little else. Sirloin was decent and fries were good - peppery. More...
Very good Mediterranean Restaurant with imaginative food! There are couple ethnic Bosnian dishes and a lot of Mediterranean inspired dishes. Their Bosnian dish called "čevapći" was my favorite! I had a lamb shank as well, it was tasty but little bit over cooked.... Pitas were pretty good, too! All in all, very nice atmosphere, music, and waiting staff, and furthermore great place to sit and have decent meal! I strongly recommend it!!! More...
FANTASTIC SERVICE!Our server Alex was great, very friendly and accommodating, his service was amazing and very quick.I will definitely be back and recommend that you go there as well.The final touch would be the perfectly crafted latte. More...
This was our first visit, and based on reviews describing difficulty getting reservations, we went in the middle of the afternoon. It was early enough, however, that we were unable to enjoy the full dinner menu. Nevertheless, the food was everything we had hoped for, and the owner took very good care of us.The goat cheese bruchetta appetizer was good, but the toast rounds were somewhat overdone. On the other hand, the potato and celery root cakes were amazing. Regardless of what time you go, you must try the sausage. The flavor of the meat and the complementary flavor of the sauce were everything anyone could want. However, the moussaka eggs we're not quite as good. They were good, and would have been a great late morning or brunch entree, but as a lunch item, it was not what one might expect. We will definitely go back. If for no other reason than to have more sausage. More...
The brunch was outstanding, liked the macedonian breakfast and omelette with lamb, so yummy
The restaurant has a great ambience, perfect for a date. Lamb koefta appetizer with cucumber sauce and feta cheese was amazing. The gnocchi was a tad rich (read oily) for my liking though had a fantastic nutty flavor from the parmesan. But the highlight of the evening was the open hearth lamb roast was out of the world. The lamb was juicy, the vegetables were cooked to perfection with a jus. The portions were hearty and the server was well informed and made great recommendations. We will definitely be back. More...
Amazing restaurant. Everything on the menu is delicious! Great, relaxed Mediterranean vibe.
This place is a gem. My mother and I loved it. We shared the mezze platter and it was great! But then came the mussels in the most exquisite sauce. We asked for extra bread because we couldn't resist. We also ordered the Nantucket scallops, which came with a risotto mixed with beats and a butternut squash puree, as well as the Croatian Seafood Stew. By the end of the evening, my mother and I sat at our table finishing our wine and going over the gastronomical experience we had just indulged. And how on earth we had never stopped to try it before although we live near by. Highly recommended! More...
This is one of the best restaurants for your money in the greater Boston area. Farro the owner is a real character, and the food was authentic and high-quality. I've been to the Balkans and these people don't mess around with meat! We started with a salad that was lovingly prepared with extremely fresh greens and dressed just right. Most restaurants in the Boston area fail the salad test. If you cannot make a good salad the odds are the meal goes downhill from there. This one was an apt indicator of what was to come. We had the gnocchi that was served in a cream sauce and was super tasty. We then had the grilled sausages and koefte and both were so delicate, fresh and well prepared. Calling it 'sausage' is almost not fair. This was served with the zucchini fritters which were yummy. Paired these courses with some rakia (yummy) and a very decent glass of red Cabernet from California. We ended up ordering the apricot dessert which was nice with a glass of frenet. I was only disappointed that they did not have more wines from 'over there' -- otherwise I say, 'perfect score'. I'll be back next time I'm in the area. More...
Great service, cozy atmosphere, and a perfect meal. We had the kofta and some daily special appetizer (meat in flaky crust) to start, and I had the scallops for dinner and my partner had the tagine. Everything was delicious, but we especially enjoyed the beet risotto that accompanied the scallops -- so creamy and delicious! More...
My boyfriend and I went here late on a Friday and were seated immediately. He had the lamb bolognese and I had the crispy duck prosciutto raviolo. Both were great! The ravioli was a bit too rich for me though. I think getting a bunch of small plates or a few small and one big may be the better way to go. Would try again! More...
My wife and I went there last night for the first time. A cold and rainy Thursday night and the restaurant was not very busy. The food was delicious, service was very good and the atmosphere was good. We would go back. More...
I love this place! We had a delicious meal, beautifully presented. The wine list was not huge, but has something for everyone. Before dinner I ordered my go-to cocktail, a Manhattan. It was delicious and generous. My partner tried a wonderful dry Georgian red, also a generous pour. I had the lamb rack special, accompanied by buttery sauted vegetables and mashed potatoes. The lamb was tender and grilled to perfection. My partner had the vegetarian roasted garlic polenta. Try it if you're looking for some Mediterranean comfort food. Besides the food, we love the atmosphere. This is the perfect place for a romantic date night dinner. The decor and lighting are gorgeous.I cannot say enough about the service. It was perfect. Our server clearly cared that we would have a great dining experience. He was attentive but never intrusive. So glad to have found this neighborhood gem. More...
We set out for Renee's on a rainy Saturday morning and spent 10 minutes in line before deciding to come to Sabur. Very glad we made the short walk and had some of the best authentic Bosnian food -- the owner was a great host. We'll definitely be coming back.
Christina 'Krisi' D.
The best Resturant in Massachusetts!! Brings me back to my roots.. Delicious Serbian food and hearing the language spoken is amazingly comforting! Service is wonderful, food is even better.. only complaint I could have is the portions are small but they are appropriate. Also, I usually order appetizers for my meal! I love cevapi & shopska salata and they happen to be in the appetizer menu. Only place I know in MA that serves Balkan/Serbian food. More...
Always great meal quiet intimate Faro makes you feel at home like....
Amazing service, Faroh was our waiter; he was servicial. The food was perfect. The drinks are strong and tasty. I am from Mexico and I will recommend this place to my friends.
Great Mediterranean food and songs once every month!
Great atmosphere, super friendly staff, delicious food! Everyone was so attentive and inviting. Our waitress was adorable! We devoured the mezze platter and a handful of other appetizers; the hummus was so flavorful and the pita bread so fluffy!Didn't get to eat all of our entrees because we were pretty stuffed, but the flavor profiles of each dish were interesting and delightful. I know I sound like an ad but honestly I'm just so happy to have found a great place like this! Even the picky eaters left sated. More...
Love the staff, the food and the atmosphere. A cozy and exotic restaurant.I highly recommend.
Nice mediterranean cuisine in a friendly environment.
Nice place, good atmosphere. I ate burek and cevapi and they are very delicious. They also have rakija
Best Strawberry and Blueberry Rakia, really
Comfortable place to meet friends. Good food and not too loud to talk. We usually end up sharing small plates. Try the shrimp skewers with grape leaves and the mixed appetizers.
I really like this place a lot. I must admit that it is not 100% authentic Balkan cuisine, but pretty close. The best and probably the only place you can go whenever you crave for some cevapcici. The homemade ajvar is also pretty good. I have tried different specialties so far and I would recommend the chicken breast. Also, the staff is super friendly and if you have the slightest connection to the Balkan geography, they will spoil you! More...
Had brunch there. Service was fast and good, food was excellent. Girlfriend got the gnocci which was amazing. Not sure why the place was deserted. The hipsters are missing out by waiting in line at Soundbites and Renee's Cafe down the street. More...
This restaurant is a hidden gem. The wait staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and unexpectedly magical. I really feel like I have traveled farther than a walk from the Davis Square T-stop once opening their front door. And then the food was amazing! Last night I enjoyed a thoughtfully spiced entry, fresh fruit on a bed of well-chosen greens, a glass of red wine and then a very special chocolate mouse desert with pomegranate sauce! Yum! Treat yourself! More...
Very good portions of very tasty food served by attentive staff in a very cozy and comfortably decorated place...I am a fan and will go back..
OMG! Visiting Boston and was looking for food similar to what I have eaten in Nashville. I can't believe it but the owner actually knows the owners of the restaurant in Nashville. He cooked a custom plate for us on request. It was absolutely amazing! More...
This has been a go-to for us since it opened. One of the few places where it is easy to have a long, leisurely meal without a lot of noise or pressure to order more food.Not a typical fare. There is nothing like it in the area. I have vegetarian friends who find plenty to eat and also friends who'll go for the lamb stew. Desserts are like no others in the area, too, so leave room. Personal favorite are the apricots. I was sorry to see the field greens salad go. I used to eat on the patio in the summer and split a salad and two appetizers and have plenty for two.I wonder if those complaining about the service prefer to eat quickly and get going. If you have 45 minutes for dinner, this is not your place! More...
This place is very nice, couches on the inside & they also have a patio as well. It has some really damn tasty food. But what I don't understand is why bread doesn't automatically come when you order your food. I had to wait until afterwards to ask for it since I saw other tables w/ the bread basket. There should not be such a wait for our food, but we didn't order any appetizers which almost all the tables around us had done. The service was ok since they were attentive when we got there but once it filled up we had to flag him down to get our check & stuff. What I don't like is the portions you get for what your paying. More...
Great food, nice atmosphere. My girlfriend and I asked the waiter/bartender what he recommended and chose two apps and two entrees from his recommendations. The waiter/bartender and one other girl were the only two working the front on a Wednesday night. The place got busy and they were on top of things required of a great wait staff. More...
Absolutely delicious, great service, large portions. If I lived in the Boston area, I'd come here every day.
Just had brunch there and my wife and I really enjoyed it. The eggs with roasted lamb was superb!
My wife and I had an awesome experience at Sabur. The food is delicious and the the service is top notch. I love Mediterranean food and this is the best Mediterranean place in the Greater Boston area. We went there for the first time a week ago and we came back again tonight! We are definitely going to make this our regular spot to hang out and eat some awesome food! More...
There are few places I would rather go than here for a special night as well as for just a casual dinner with friends. Great atmosphere, delicious food (especially the gnocchi, the cevapcici, and the lamb bolognese) and great service. The cocktails are usually pretty interesting too. But what really wraps it all together is the intimate atmosphere and familial staff. If you are the type of person who likes ignoring the staff and staying in your bubble, you could still have a great meal, but you'd be missing out. If you like going to a warm place where the staff makes you feel like family, then Sabur is probably for you (liking Med/Balkan fare is probably a good start too)! I recommend the lounge side--the lower tables are intimate and great for dates :)This place is definitely worth the short trek up from Davis Square, and they have parking on-site too which is definitely a rarity in Somerville! Highly recommend--great food, great people, great dining all around!!! Thanks guys! More...
My mouth is watering just writing this review. My husband and I have loved Sabur so much that we asked them to cater and host our wedding reception. All of our guests commented on the extraordinary food and warm feeling of the space!As someone raised on Mediterranean food, this is the kind of place that I keep returning to for faithfully recreated nostalgic food. The ambience in the lounge is fantastic, the drinks are delicious (try the Turkish coffee too!) and the spanakopita and cevapi are to die for. I highly recommend the gnocchi too! The fact that this space is owned by a lovely, warm team of people is the icing on the cake. I plan to keep returning here for years, and it's one of my favorite Somerville/Boston area restaurants. More...
Best brunch in West Somerville, no question. It is way better than the places where you have to wait in long lines, isn't really any more expensive. Better food, no wait = no brainerFrench Toast is amazing with the fig butter. Macedonian breakfast I highly recommend - biscuits are so good. Grilled sandwich is great if you are more in mood for lunch. Get the Turkish coffee if you are feeling adventurous though they have "regular" coffee, cappuccino etc too. Also have beer and champagne drinksWe found this place when we didn't want to wait for a table at Rene's and our brunch rankings were never the same! More...
I've had two great birthday experiences here! The first was a surprise birthday for a friend--just cocktails. I was the first to show up, and immediately the owner was extremely hospitable! I told him that more people were coming, and he cleared out a cute seating area near the bar. As more people came in, he pushed more tables our way. Customer service here is top notch.The second time I came here was for my own birthday. The reservation was for 7, but of course by the time everyone drifted in, it was 8pm. Again the service was amazing from both our server and bartender. I never felt like I was an inconvenience, which I love, because I tend to be sensitive about that.The drinks are very flavorful. I had a sweet fig cocktail and a blue cheese martini! The zucchini fritters have a nice light crisp and the red pepper sauce is a little sweet and tastes great! For my main course I had a vegetarian tagine--very spicy and delicious with figs! It was hearty and thick, but I found the overall texture a little too soft.My friends and I had a great time here both times. Never felt hurried, always felt welcome, service is very attentive and welcoming. I look forward to coming back to try more cocktails and bold flavored entrees! More...
Great lounge, low light, northern African feel. Ask for the skewered shrimp wrapped with grape leaves. Delicious dipping sauces.
Outstanding we loved it! I dined here last night with 3 other couples, we had a delightful time. I have not dined on Bosnian food before and this was a unique treat. The drinks we all delicious - my wife tried the fig martini and loved it, and the food was a true delight. We ordered the zucchini fritters, cevapcici, grilled shrimp skewers - the spicy aioli sauce was to die for, burek, and hummus. All the starters were really yummy, they also paced the meal really well. The dinners ranged from the slow roasted lamb, chicken breast, and special lamb pasta. I felt the it was flavored richly but not overly so. If you want to try something new this would be a lovely place to try. They also have live music, as we were leaving many where there to dine and listen to the live ethnic acoustic music. The end of the night the place was packed. More...
Not sure what cuisine these guys are or but it's definitely a little bit more Russo-Mediterranean though it does have a hint of dare I say American honestly though it's delicious so it doesn't effing matter.DRINKS:I got a specialty martini with fig vodka and a little pomegranate and it was said to be the house martini it was somewhat sweet but not overpowering league girly fruit umbrella drink type sweet. it was just as good as fruit nectar honey-ish sweet and very very savory oddly enough and it was very delicious and very unique loved it.Biff got a tequila drink what she seem to enjoy and was very or very lemony online meeting which I also liked.MAINS: I also got the stuffed cheese gnocchi. It was really out of this world delicious the Biff got the polenta chicken dish which was also delicious but my gnocchi wiped the floor with his polenta dish so suck on that Biff. ATMOSPHERE: We were stuffed with absolutely fabulous food, had received great service and truly felt relaxed in the amazing lounge atmosphere. It's a bit off the beaten path in Teele Sq. This is a touch of a tragedy, because this place should be teeming with people if it were cetrally located. The lounge has perfect service, is really comfortable and seems like a great to bring your friends More...
Four of us for dinner Friday night. At 6:30 the dining room was getting full. Service was top notch from start to finish, attentive but not intrusive. The server found two reds for us that we really liked. Dinner rolls were served with a salty oil-- great idea but a little too salty for me. My dinner unfortunately was the worst of the four. Vegetable tangine garnished with one date looked like cinnamon was an afterthought. Sauce was gummy and flavorless although veggies has good texture. Mine was the exception. Lamb shank, and scallops with asparagus were delish, as was lamb pasta. Would have been five stars if I had liked my food. More...
We love this place for interesting appetizers, shrimp skewers wrapped in grape leaves with spicy sauce, and Mediterranean specialties, and a great cocktail or for a full dinner. It is a cozy place for a date or to escape from rain or snow. Love the rustic pounded brass table tops and attentive service. As for the dishes: the lamb sausage appetizer with yogurt dressing is irresistible. They make their own pasta and their sauces are sublime. Love the rissotto, particularly the beet one that is served as a side dish to the scallops. Vegetarians don't have to suffer even as their companions dive into a hefty succulent steak. The home made gnocchi is delicious. This place is a find. And you don't have to ask your dinnermates to shout above the din like so many Davis Square places. More...
Well executed food using flavors from the Mediterranean region. Outdoor seating is huge plus and the service was extremely friendly and responsive.
Excellent food, and always a free table.
Amazing food and prompt service! I've been eating dinner and weekend brunch here for the past five years and this restaurant is one of Somerville's hidden treasures.
By far the best dinner we've had in the Davis/teele square area. I had the spinach and feta stuffed gnocchi which was buttery and delicious. My girlfriend had the salmon and raved about both the presentation and taste. The waiter recognized it was out first time at Sabur and comped our wine. We will definitely be back here! More...
My family and I are so happy we've found Sabur. The ambiance is warm and inviting. But the food, the food!!! Everything is so fresh and delicious! The shrimp wrapped in grape leaves, the tagine, the sausages, the apricots for dessert..all so delicious! We have already returned for dinner with friends, and we'll be having a baby shower there in May. Faro, the new owner, is wonderfully engaging and friendly. He is passionate about this restaurant, and it shows. Ample parking and proximity to Cambridge just add to the appeal of this wonderful place. More...
I'm absolutely in love with Sabur. A few years ago we choose this place for a graduation party for our daughter. Owner of the restaurant was very friendly, helpful and accommodated all our requests. At the night of graduation party everything was exactly the way we wanted, even the flowers on each table as I wanted. Food was extraordinary tasty. Service excellent. The owner was approaching us every often to make sure that everything was ok. Whole staff was extremely nice , helpful and they did everything in their power to make this special night memorable and special as it should be. This year my daughter ordered food for my birthday surprise party from Sabur and everyone was impressed with quality and taste of the food ordered. Everything was perfect, food was very tasty and the owner even sent me a bottle of a great vine as a gift. Very thoughtful. I am going back to that place very often as I have only good memories connected to Sabur Highly recommended. More...
This place is my favorite place! Why wait in line for brunch when you can get amazing food here! Try the French toast! Love that my favorite breakfast place has a full bar! They are never very busy and the atmosphere is beautiful. More...
Great spot! Friendly service and delicious food. One of the better places I've been for Mediterranean
We had an extraordinary evening at Sabur. Service was spot-on: welcoming, warm, helpful, and surprisingly intimate. We felt like guests at the home of a close friend. Not knowing the regional cuisine well, we asked our waiter (the owner, incidentally) to guide us. His choices were just right: a fresh-made grilled sausage appetizer that reminded us of a deconstructed gyro (but at a far higher level of quality than what that phrase might imply), and a stuffed bread that was filled with a piping hot and creamy, slightly pungent cheese. We shared scallops and a Croatian seafood stew. Both were rich and complex. The wine, another excellent recommendation, was a crisp Cotes-du-Rhone. The ambiance was lovely, just as described by other reviewers. We're returning soon! More...
We had a very pleasant experience eating on the patio. The food and service were great.
A small, unconventional menu, but the food is delicious. And they have outdoor seating.
Really good food. Always fresh and delicious. I've been here a few times and nothing I've had was frozen. Really high quality restaurant. You should eat here!The drinks are great too! More...
I had such a great time at the very misunderstood restaurant. It is a Bosnian- Croatian restaurant that exhibits the Middle Eastern and Italian influences to create this fusion of deliciousness. The Balkan sausages with Taziki sauce was so full of flavor and worked so well together. My friend had the Gnocchi with chicken. Yummy. The pasta was so fresh and full of flavor. I had the special which was mushroom risotto with duck in a pomegranate sauce. The pomegranate sauce was a nice surprise and went well with the duck. It was all so delicious and a different take on Middle Eastern food. Even our waitress was so welcoming and gracious. Over all I felt it was a fun time. If you like Mediterranean food and don't mind a different perspective once in a while, this place will be fun to try. More...
My favorite restaurant in Boston. Sabur combines fantastic exotic Mediterranean food, Bosnian specialties, wonderful unique decor and some of the best hospitality I've received anywhere. Great place for brunch (and a bit of soccer watching), cocktails and unbeatable dinner spot either for a date or bigger group. More...
Went here with my wife for the first time. Very timely and nice service. I thought the food was excellent - very tasty. My steak was perfectly cooked. Interesting and varied menu....and something for the veggies as well. I will come back soon. More...
Let's put it this way. If it were the 90s, I would brave the political instability in the region to eat Balkan food if it's is really as good as the pan-Balkan cuisine is at this place. While I love Turkish food, calling this place Turkish is an oversimplification. The dishes were creative, well-executed, delicious. The service was pleasant. The ambience was nice and intimate and the coppertop tables (not batteries) gave the place some extra panache. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all phenomenal. Oh and their meat is Halal. I particularly loved the beef sirloin with gorgonzola walnut cream and garlic potato, the herb-grilled chicken breast, and the slow roasted lamb and vegetables. I literally have nothing bad to say, except that I wish so many of their dishes didn't contain wine. Seriously, if the world knew how amazing this food was, there might be another Balkan conflict. Or world peace. More...
BEYOND delicious: Sabur serves, by far, the best Mediterranean food in the Boston area. I'm no foodie and therefore will be able to adequately describe how amazing the dishes taste. The varieties of flavors; the depths of flavors; the high quality presentation. I order something different every time I go, and I am never disappointed. More...
We just went for dessert and tried a couple that looked interesting and different.One was the apricots filled with marcarpone. They were amazing. Not too sweet but sweet enough to satisfy the sugar you need after dinner. Good texture and loved the combination of fruit, cheese and a honey-lemon sauce.The other dessert we ordered was the chocolate tarte. Loved that the portion was relatively small. The cake was excellent and the sauces on the side were good too: pomegranate and caramel. The pomegranate especially was good.Would go back and try more desserts or the savory stuff. The ambience, service and decor were nice and not difficult to find parking. More...
As good as it gets is right!Took my wife there on Friday night and was blown away! Attentive staff, food amazing and a diverse range of cocktails that don't follow the standard fare.Recommendations are Chocolate and Cherry cocktail and basically anything with Lamb! Dessert was crazy good (apricots stuffed with mascarpone and sitting in syrup with almonds)Oh my God - can't wait to go back. More...
Atmosphere is different from the average restaurant. My wife and I sat in the room where the bar is located, on couches with pillows. Comfortable and relaxing. A nice different experience. -Waitress was friendly-the Smokva(fig) martini was deliciousI had the lamb with veggies while my wife tried the grilled chicken with mushrooms and spinach. Both were excellent. The salmon app was a nice tasty decorative start to a wonderful meal.Overall I thought Sabur was unique and different. I read the owners were from Bosnia and brought a Balkin/Eastern Mediterranean style of food to their restaurant. My wife, who is Bosnian, loved it and we will be back hopefully sooner than later. More...
One of the most comfortable restaurants. Just good comfort in the room, the servers, the food: not what I expected from the 'Mediterranean on the sign, but both familiar and inventive. My friend and I still talk about the apricots stuffed with mascarpone, and I'd go again just for the desserts! More...
I need to update my review with a shout out to Sabur for providing a pain-free experience for my going-away party this past weekend.We actually got booted from the restaurant where I originally planned to have the party, because the group grew too large for that restaurant to accommodate. Sabur saved my butt -- very few places even returned my phone call, and the few that did weren't willing to bend their "no reservations" policies or simply said they couldn't take a group this big on a weekend night. Not sure if I talked to the owner or the manager at Sabur but he was very accommodating. There was another large group that night, on the earlier side, and he was a bit concerned about getting that group on their way before my group arrived, but he said "We'll make it work," and he did. They had the whole lounge space cleared out before the first of us arrived, which was totally not necessary... I wouldn't have minded a few lingering guests from the previous group.The staff was very nice all night, allowing us to have separate checks to avoid the usual outcome of the party host being stuck with a big bill at the end of the night because everyone paid just $1 or $2 less than they should have. The servers somehow held onto their patience as people flitted between tables.The lounge area is gorgeous - a dark-red theme with comfy couches and pillows, chairs and bench seats. Small and large tables. It was perfect for our group of 30, and would easily have fit 10 more. It was wonderful to have the flexibility to go a few over or a few under the number we initially told them.They open the doors in nice weather, so a pleasant breeze comes in from the patio, and there's always some upbeat music playing from Turkey or some other part of the very diverse group of countries bordering the Mediterranean.They have updated their menu recently. My friends were thrilled with the food. The new menu isn't on the website yet but there were a couple of fish dishes (salmon and tilapia); the old standby, the Moroccan tagine; a couple of pasta dishes (ravioli and gnocchi?); the lamb au jus (also an old standby); and several other meat selections. People loved everything they got, including the appetizers (the burek pastry filled with beef; lamb shawarma strips served with polenta fries; a really fabulous salad served with spiced french fries mixed in; the pear and gorgonzola salad; the shrimp skewers wrapped in grape leaves).Sabur seems to have changed its beer and wine menu a bit. It used to have lots of selections from the same countries the food is from, but now has gone a bit more of the standard route. They had Harpoon Dark on tap, and red wines from France, Spain, Italy, California, Australia. But still thoughtfully chosen, and a great cocktail list. More...
Good food, lots of appealing choices, nice servers, and a friendly mellow vibe.
I absolutely love Sabur! The food is heaven. It's really one of those places where you can lose yourself and mistakenly think you took a trip to Morocco or Greece. The atmosphere is very cozy and intimate restaurant. It's definitely a gem. More...
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The food, atmosphere, and service are all terrific. The hummus is a great appetizer. For dinner, try the tagine - it's amazing - or the scallops - they are delicious. The owner is wonderful and will make you feel right at home. More...
SABUR! This place is as close to 'home' as it gets. I love, love, love the beef sausage things on the Menu, forget the name. Forgive me. The Owner is such a nice guy-- also, if you need recommendations ask the Staff they are more than happy to help your taste-buds!! I also enjoy the cozy atmosphere. It's very relaxing and it attracts a good crowd too. Check it out, especially if you're into something 'new' :)ALSO- The 1- 2 Star Reviewers...get your head out your ass, you got to be kidding me if you're going to complain about every little thing. Get a life or a diary! Thanks! More...
I went with some friends and sat at a table. It wasn't very busy for a Friday night, but the service was fine, and everything was adequate. Where it shines most, I'd say, is the food. I had the steak with creamer potatoes and spinach, and it was all unbelievably flavorful' especially the rich demi-glace that went well with everything on the plate. I'll be going again soon. More...
I have been a fan of Sabur's since it opened. When I was living with my mates in Davis Sq., we use to go there pretty much three times a week
I've been here numerous times- it's a hidden gem. It looks unassuming about a half mile away from Davis tucked in among the triple deckers. The food is superb. Potato and Celery Root Cakes, Salmon in Phyllo, Scallops, and Gnocchi are the highlights of the menu. But the hands down best vegetarian dish I've ever had is the Polenta. It's incredibly creamy with roasted tomatoes and spinach to provide some texture and further flavor. This menu provides excellent options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The brunch is also excellent. It's never crowded. It's always pretty low key with friendly staff that are efficient but not overly eager. My only complaint is that it's a little pricey. More...
Excellent food with interesting options.
Service = 3.5 starsFood = 4.25 starsAmbiance = 2.5 starsValue = 4 starsI had the salmon and it was full of great flavor and topped with some fresh greens. The service was friendly, and while the wait times for the drinks and appetizer were slightly longer than necessary, the entrees were reasonably prompt thereafter...thankfully the place was empty. Sabur is a great neighborhood restaurant with some of the best food in Davis & Teele Squares. More...
Good place with good food. We were a party of 4 and shared the goat cheese as an appetizer which was excellent.For the main course, everyone was satisfied. I had the gnocchi which was amazing and the others had the lamb, short ribs and scallops. All were cooked perfectly and very good.Wine I thought was a bit pricey, however the only major disappointment was the baklava. We expected this to be top notch since a friend told us this was middle east place, however the baklava was soggy and the taste was off. Looking back at the menu, the dishes were more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern so baklava is probably not their specialty.Nice place that we plan to go back to again. More...
This place has the best gnocchi!! ...best that I've had in the Boston area so far. It just melted in your mouth, yummy! The service is a bit slow, but if you aren't in a hurry or starving it's not that bad. My friend had the short ribs and they were wonderful as well. More...
Sabur is one of my favorite restaurants to sit and relax. Great atmosphere, outdoor deck, lounge and dining area. Sabur has a great menu of drinks --- our favorites are saburskas [in 8 or 9 different fruit flavors!]; and a great 'tapas' like appetizer menu to go along with its fine dinner menu. It is open late at night, and is a great place - an oasis between Davis Square and Arlington. It is also a great option for weekend brunch. More...
Food tasted good, liked the ambience and comfortable lounge area, with the sofas, but I was still a bit hungry after having the spinach burek for brunch.
Imagine my surprise, when, after saying goodbye to my favorite restaurant in New York City (a small, friendly, purposefully retro Serbian place on the Lower East Side named Kafana), my first meal out in Boston was at Sabur. Two old friends chose it, and once we'd ordered a cocktail and sat down, I opened the menu to find all of my favorite South Slavic foods: burek, cevapi, sopksa salata, kajmak, ajvar. We ordered them all, ate every last bite, and we had a wonderful, boisterous meal that night. The space is cozy and the staff are incredibly friendly and welcoming (they even catered our annual Eurovision party for us!) And they have parking.This place is totally wonderful and a real find in the Boston area. You should all go, and go often. More...
I've always had a great meals here and last night was no exception! I'm vegetarian and there are always many choices on the menu. Fresh food, great flavors, the soup is always hot and delicious. Can't wait until it warms up a bit and we can eat out on the deck again. More...
File this one under "How have I never even noticed this place before?"When we first walked through the doors it was pretty empty in here, which made me a bit nervous. But as we ate and enjoyed tasty cocktails the place swelled and ebbed with other patrons, and I realized that it was now past 9:00pm on a 'school nite' and therefore a crowd of a dozen or so is probably not too bad.There's a front dining room which we breezed right through as my date expertly beelined for the back room, which has a cool lounge vibe with copper topped bistro tables, couches and oversized chairs -- all well appointed with velvet and silk pillows. Our waitress was attentive and she never appeared to be annoyed by a perpetual need for a few more minutes to decide. Ultimately we settled on a variety of appetizers. I found the Chicken Skewers with Yogurt and Honey Sauce to be a bit overcooked and on the dry side, but the sauce was delicious. The Mezze plate for two came with the chef's selection of pita and roasted red pepper hummus, filled grape leaves, cous-cous and cucumber salad. There could have been a few more pieces of pita - in relation to the hummus, which was just so delicious I didn't want to leave one drop on the plate. My date bartered me out of one of my grape leaves, but I think I won because I got the extra from our appetizer plate of Salmon and Goat Cheese in Filo pastry. So delicious, and the stand out dish of the evening. I expected the Baklava we ordered for dessert to be better than it was, which was just allright. Out of the several cocktails I sampled, the Cranberry Bog was my favorite.I probably would have never walked through the doors of this Teele Square gem if a gentleman caller hadn't brought me here. And while the jury's still out on a second date with sir, Sabur will definitely be seeing me again. More...
Really good place. Wonderful atmosphere with beautiful decor. I went here for brunch one time and drinks at another and it was very, very good. A bit on the pricey side for brunch, but still very good. The cocktails were delicious. More...
Excellent food and the service was extremely friendly and helpful. The aviance was fantastic and the owner a pleasure and a true gentleman
Exotic, fresh and interesting menu served in a beautiful setting with great decor and warm and friendly service.
My summer consisted of 1) going to the beach 2) working on my resume and 3) going to Sabur. That's it. I've been dragging board members, friends, and random people I meet on the street here, because it's so delicious. If anyone was at the Taste of Somerville, you remember this place - fall off the bone short ribs, salmon wrapped in phyllo dough stuffed with goat cheese, garlic chicken drizzled in a yogurt sauce, the list goes on.Oh man, I need to focus! Ok, so it's hard to bring me to tears but this place has on numerous occasions. Since I've had pretty much everything on the menu let me just go down the list:[Appetizers]1. The grilled chicken skewers with yogurt thyme honey sauce is excellent - good flavor, tender chicken, and a lighter option if you want to order something more rich2. The goat cheese and eggplant/pepper dip has excellent consistency, and is a good savory vegetarian option3. The Balkan sausages with yogurt sauce and pita is my favorite - they are very well seasoned. This dish is very filling and could double as an entree4. The marinated olives are amazing - high quality olive oil is drizzled on top 5. The salmon in filo pastry with goat cheese and truffle oil is another favorite of mine - it also comes with some sort of a plum balsamic sauce that is drizzled over it as well as a bed of fresh greens. A good light entree option. The salmon is always very tender6. The grilled shrimp wrapped in vine leaves with saffron sauce is another favorite - but be careful while eating these! I've almost knocked people out trying to get the shrimp off of the skewer it is served on[Entrees]1. The beef sirloin with gorgonzola walnut cream is probably the richest thing I've ever eaten. The sirloin is served medium rare and the flavor is good but not overbearing, giving the rich cream sauce a chance to shine through. I'm not a huge fan of nuts so next time I'm going to ditch the walnuts. Good luck trying to finish this entree in one sitting, unless you have some help.2. The scallops with crab polenta cakes is too rich for me. Of course I love the scallops but I'm not a huge crab cake fan to begin with? If you love crab cakes I would go for it though! 3. The stuffed gnocchi with spinach and ricotta was a surprise. I'm usually not a fan of gnocchi, but after hearing a friend rave about it I had to try it. It's a very creative dish and has some powerful flavors to it, and the consistency of the gnocchi was nice and fluffy. Again, very filling! 4. The beet risotto dish I fell in love with. I didn't think that I would be a fan of this but I would highly recommend it, especially for vegetarians. Full of flavor, and a unique take on risotto. Again, extremely filling [Desserts]1. The glazed apricots filled with mascarpone and almonds are not as rich as I thought they would be, which was a nice sweet surprise. They are little bites so it's a good option if you just want a little sugar after dinner. 2. The chocolate torte with raspberry sauce and caramel is as rich as I expected (lol). One bite and I was on the floor! Again, you can tell that high quality chocolate is used in the torte. [Drinks]I'm a Riesling girl and they serve at least two that I enjoy. I am not as familiar with their cocktail menu, but the cocktails that I have had have been a bit on the pricey side, but good. I tell the bartender/wait staff what kind of drinks you like, and see if they have any suggestions. They all have their own favorite drinks, and might even be able to make something customized to your preferences. [Service/Ambiance]The wait staff has always been very friendly and attentive. I would suggest sitting in the back room with all of the pillows and lounge chairs. It's romantic without being in your face about it, and there's a gorgeous patio during the warmer months. What I am most pleased about is that this restaurant is consistent. You are going to get the same high quality if you go on a Wednesday night at 6 PM just like if you go on a busy Saturday night. There is a new tapas menu that they also have. I haven't tried anything from this menu yet because I keep getting my favorites, but friends of mine have spoken very highly of their tapas selections. Yes, this place is a bit on the expensive side, but for the quality of ingredients, the creativity of the dishes, and the service and portion sizes I think it is most definitely worth it! More...
Categories: Turkish, MediterraneanNeighbourhood: Teele Square5 star rating Sabur is one of the best restaurants in the Davis/Somerville area. It was a constant favourite during my days at Tufts, and I know I'm not the only alum who has fond memories of this place (not to mention ventures back to eat here when we can!)The menu is really unique, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The staff is always friendly and knows a lot about the items on their menu and drinks list, and whether the live band is around or not (occasionally on weekends), the music is always great. Although admittedly, we sat right next to the band on one very crowded Saturday night and had to shout to each other. (One can imagine that would happen when you are practically sitting on the band though). Still, it was fun! I took my friends from out of town to Sabur and they loved it.There are so many delicious things on the menu here - the hommous is chunkier than my usual tastes but has such a great flavour, the pita bread is soft and buttery as Eli G. says. You simply must try the grilled shrimp wrapped in vine leaves with spicy saffron rouille, and their slow hearth roasted lamb is divine. The desserts are mouthwatering too. I've tried practically everything on the menu and have never been disappointed with the quality of my food.We've reserved their lounge for private parties a few times as well, and the staff has been wonderful about it. And I will always love the fact that, to this day, there remains on their wall a picture of a favourite Yelper (who used to work there during her days at Tufts) from one of Sabur's cultural fashion shows that she modeled in (they used to have this wonderful annual culture fashion show, not sure if it still happens anymore though).Update: I recently discovered that Sabur's entire menu is now organic. If it's possible, I love this place even more now. The genius chef Leo, who's also incredibly nice, has added even more fantastic creations to the menu, and the super lovely owner has created some delicious, unique new drinks. What can I say, I heart Sabur. The pic of the Yelper is gone though. Ahh well! More...
great establishment that never has a wait. The Bartenders know how to pour a good drink (and only charge like 7-9 for top shelf martinis). The hummus plate could come with a little more pita--but hey can't win them all.for a different flavor, check our their weekend brunch. One of the few places that offers a full brunch menu on Saturdays a well. It's never very busy, they have their own parking lot and have good quality food. The bar as a euro-lounge feel to it. All and all, I suggest giving this place a try!In the nice weather they have a pretty solid deck, but kind of a tame night life. More...
Sabur is a great place for a date, a special dinner, or evening with friends or family. The food is fantastic - far better than most north end restaurants on quality alone, much less the price (most entrees are less than $20, and the appetizers are filling and well-priced). For food, definitely try their spinach and ricotta-stuff gnocchi - best gnocchi I have had (though some may not consider it "traditional" gnocchi since it does have a stuffing. It literally melts in your mouth. Their appetizers are very good, we tried the roasted red pepper dip with warm goat cheese, perfect for a cold winter night. They make their own hummus and it has a great taste and texture. The interior has a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern decor that is warm and inviting. There is ample parking on the streets. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the dishes and wine pairings. More...
whoooooowa ! Finally we found a spot to frequent in Boston. Beautiful atmosphere, very friendly hosts, and delicious food. The menu is exotic, and the plates are unpretentious; just plain goodness to excite the palate, and comfort the tummy. Sabur has a dining room for lunch and dinner and a cosy back-room lounge where guests can relax for an evening or chill for an afternoon. I recommend the Open Hearth Roast (Lamb) for an entree. If you are not too hungary, have appetizers (Tapas style) with lovely drinks, teas or Turkish coffee. A side note to the hosts (the turkish coffee seemed stale! and the music in the lounge was a bit dull) otherwise, the place is a true gem. More...
My wonderful husband & great group of friends had a surprise b-day party for me this past weekend.The food was so delicious! They set up such a great buffet with exquisite lean meats, dips, salads, roasted eggplants, grape leaves! Everything was oustanding. My mouth is watering as I am writting this! I need to go again!The chef was super friendly and kind came out to make sure everything was going smooth. The service was oustanding. Loved the ambience, bright colors, large windows...overall impressed with Sabur! Can't wait to have many celebrations and dinner at this establishment. More...
5-stars for the food and atmosphere of the restaurant. I am biased because of my love of Turkish/Mediterranean food, but this was amazing.I ordered the chicken skewers with yogurt thyme honey sauce for an appetizer... amazing. I hope that I will be able to make this myself! For the entree, I got the hearth-roasted lamb... worth every penny. Everything was cooked perfectly. Ah! I am drooling just thinking about it. Seriously.When we went the next time to the bar for a private party after restaurant hours, the bartender refused to serve someone who was over 21 with a valid ID. We thought that was a little strange...Regardless, the food is amazing and the restaurant is really interesting and cozy. More...
I love Sabur!! I've been to Sabur at least seven times over the last year, sometimes for appetizers, sometimes for dinner with friends. Each time the food has been delicious, fresh and filling. We always eat in the lounge which has comfortable couches with throw cushions. The staff are accommodating, friendly and experienced in customer service. This is a great place for dinner with friends, going out on a date or coming for a quick bite to eat on a night you don't feel like cooking. More...
I've walked by this place a million times not even sure what it was. The combination of the cheap sign outside and the word "exotic" in the title had me conjuring up some kind of sleazy lounge. My friend Ann says I'm crazy--it was clear to her that it was a promising looking restaurant/bar. Anyway we came in for cocktails intending to go to another restaurant later, ended up getting appetizers and the appetizers were so appetizing we stayed for dinner and dessert. We shared the Tilapia on a bed of polenta and sauce and the spinach gnocchi. Both dishes were incredible, the service was perfect, the cocktails were really good (and to please my friend Ann they have to be stellar) and dessert was to die for. After coming here I have a whole new perspective on my neighborhood. More...
Yet another 5-star review--but my meal here was nearly perfect, so I feel cruel rating Sabur any lower. I had previously come here for brunch, which was also delicious, but I came here on Mother's Day with my family, and it was even better. The appetizers were fabulous--the hummus was yummy, and unlike any I've ever had (I think it's because there was no tahini in it). I got gnocchi for my entree, and it melted in my mouth, swimming in a delicate, truffle-based sauce. Everyone else in my family enjoyed their entrees as well, and the service was flawless. I hope to return soon! More...
Love this place! Feel: The inside is cute and cozy, with booths that have cute throw pillows for a very bohemian feel. Outside is a great sunny patio area where I ate.Service: Very non-intrusive, but took good care of us.Food: Loved the pear and feta salad, my bf still wont shut up about the maple polenta, great steak fries, chicken skewers with yogurt were awesome, and the homemade hummus was delicious. We had a great sunny lunch here one Saturday and I have a feeling this will be our go-to for good weather brunches. More...
About two months ago I meant to write this review as the notes I wrote after the meal have been sitting in my yelp "unfinished review box", but now, two months later, I forget what the food tasted like.Anyway, here are my notes....the pasta of the spinach gnocchi was delicious, just great pasta, and nice full spinach tasteravioli also delicious and flavorful saucesame sauce as ravioli; the chicken was good but needed a little more flavor added and to be slightly juicier, but I'm being pretty picky. great ambiance More...
I'd actually give this place 4.5 stars, but since that is not possible, five is closer. I used to come here with my parents years ago, and I have this distinct memory of a lopsided amount of meat per everything-else. So for years I refused to return, until finally I acquiesced to trying it again.And I loved it! First of all, the wait staff was super friendly. Maybe it's isolated to that one waiter, but seriously, way to bring out the sunshine! It makes you feel good, you know?Also, my meal was delicious! I got the gnocchi stuffed with spinach (recommended by the waiter) and it was really a great mixture of flavors. The serving was not enormous, but it was priced pretty decently, for something that nice and that delicious.I think it would be pretty awesome if they put a little more into their cocktail list. It looked like they had a pretty full bar, but the list did not entice me too much. Luckily, I predict many opportunities to try it again! More...
I went here with my husband for a special date night, and we had such a nice time. We called the restaurant ahead of time to make a reservation because it can get busy here sometimes. The ambiance is very romantic, and I thought the Mediterranean decor had a lot of charm. For my entree I had the herb grilled chicken breast with smoked mozzarella ravioli. All I can say is....Oh....my.....god. It was incredibly delicious, and I especially liked the ravioli. My only complaint was that there wasn't more ravioli (it came with 2 large ones), but there was plenty of food on the plate to make me feel satisfied. If it wasn't on the pricier side, I'd be dining here much more often than I do! More...
I've been to Sabur a few times now and can't get enough of it! I first went on a first date, and it was the perfect place to go! Cozy setting, dim lighting, great wine list (most important on a date), and yummy food!For appetizers, I highly recommend the goat cheese with eggplant and red pepper dip, hummus, or the mezze (those are the things I've tried so far and loved them all!) Last night I went to Sabur with a few of my girlfriends and we shared the mezze for 2 to start our meal. Seriously, it could have been the whole meal, but we obviously didn't stop there. It was soooo good though! It had veggie hummus, cucumbers with mint and yogurt, stuffed grape leaves, and polenta cakes, with lots of pitas to scoop up the dip. The veggie hummus was some of the best hummus I've ever had, and I eat a lotttt of hummus!My favorite thing to order is the Slow Roasted Beet Risotto. It's a pretty pink color, and is full of beets, acorn squash, mushrooms, and spinach (some of my fav things!) This is seriously a crave-able dish and I am often WAY tempted to order it on Foodler to have delivered after a long day of work.After a bottle of wine, appetizers, and half a meal (because I always want to save half for the next day!), I haven't been able to order dessert yet, but when I do, you can bet I'm going to try the Macedonian Wild Fig Sundae with Vanilla Gelato, Almond Frangipane& Pomegranate Caramel. How amazing does that sound?! I just finished my leftover beet risotto from last night and I already can't wait to get back to Sabur. More...
I went to Sabur over the weekend for an alumni dinner with a group of nearly 30 people (-all from Turkey). Was the food Turkish? No. Was the food great? Yes!!!My friend was organizing the dinner, so I also got to meet the owner. He is an incredibly laid back person, very easy going. He addressed all our problems, he was always with us. For a group up to 30-40 people, the place is great. When we arrived at the place, all the tables were ready. When we wanted to start the dinner, it took them two minutes to bring in the appetizers and get all the orders. The place has two rooms, one with more dining tables, and the other with the bar. We started the night at the bar room. They don't have any import beers. Well, they really don't have many different beers anyways. There are way too many pillows on the sofas. We had to remove some to sit down.Then we went to the other room for dinner. They prepared a special appetizer platter for us - everything was so delicious. You should definitely try the meze selection. I had Mousaka. As you might know, mousaka's origin is quite disputed. According to what I was told, this version was Bosnian. I can say that it is much better than the Greek and Turkish versions (-sorry mom!). We also got a dessert platter. I have had better baklavas in Boston. But the rest was great (especially the almond cake and gelato).Plus, they have a great Balkan (folkish popish) song collection. If you are from the region and feeling homesick or if you want to taste a foreign cuisine in its authentic form; Sabur is not the best place for you. But if you want to enjoy a different and delicious dinner with friends in a warm and cozy environment, Sabur is definitely the bestI will definitely go there again! More...
Certain restaurants stand out and make a lifetime impression of awesomeness. Sabur is one of those restaurants. Beat risottos, amazing gnocchis and raviolis, delicious Mediterranean apps. and garlciness when there should be, this place has an innovative, gourmet menu with the product to back it up. flavor everywhere. some of the best food in the whole city, without a doubt. do not pass up this place for any reason. It is that good. More...
Went with a Serbian friend who was instantly recognized by the friendly staff 2 full years after her last visit. The menu was exciting, delicious and substantial. The restaurant is spacious and beautifully decorated with (my friend confirmed) authentic works. Plenty of room to sit inside, outside or in between. Well worth the short walk beyond the main part of Davis Sq. More...
We went there for a date last night. The food has nothing to do with Turkish, Mediterranean, or North African flavors, but was tasty nonetheless. It is definitely on the expensive side, which doesn't fit too well with the surrounding restaurants and neighborhood. For an appetizer we had Warm Goat Cheese, served with some tomato sauce and bagel chips. Very good. My GF had something good (can't remember) and I had a really tasty Sea Scallops dish. It wasn't all that filling, but the flavors and high quality seafood were impressive. I'll be back, and more prepared to spend next time.Service was great with a really comfortable ambiance. We were seated immediately at 9pm on a friday night. More...
Somewhat slow service. Good food. Well priced.
Great appetizers and the drink specials are scrumptious. I agree with Whitney that the appetizers are the best bet.
My second visit to Sabur was much better. Perhaps I just made some smarter menu choices. Also, sitting in the bar is highly recommended--the furniture there is much more comfortable, and the service a little more relaxed.
The first time I went I got the veggie tagine and it was SO good. It was the summer, so I was out on the patio. They brought us bread to start with: I'm a sucker for free appetizers. I went back again in the winter and ordered some fish. It was good but not as good as the first time, especially because the menu is a bit pricey. My partner's dad is a bit picky and he liked it, so that's a definite plus. More...
The food here is amazing. It's one of those places where the menu isn't huge, but everything is delicious. For some reason they just can't seem to draw a crowd, so it was weird when we went on my birthday and my party was the only one there. Oh, and the brunch is also phenomenal! More...
This place is so great! I only went there for a private party but they have Munich Dark! And whatever food they had for the buffet, was amazing. This place is def. a vegetarian's dream place. I loved the ambiance, the food menu and the somewhat semi-retarded waitstaff... hehe.. but service is better than some other places. I am definitely going back there!!! More...
This place is great! My husband lived in Davis when we first started dating and we tried this place, because we thought it was intriguing. The food was excellent and the staff very sweet! The bar scene late night is kind of interesting - lots of Eastern Europeans - but great for people watching! More...
Eric C. H.
This review is for brunch since I've never been here for dinner.This place has really interesting brunch. There's a lot of things on the menu here that you won't find anywhere else for sure. They're well prepared and very tasty. Our waiter's English was not especially good but he was friendly at least. I definitely recommend this place. More...
Really delicious! The warm goat cheese appetizer is absolutely perfect. All the meats were cooked perfectly, and the flavor combinations are excellent. I had some sort of pomegranate cocktail that was sooo delicious. I'm not usually a cocktail person, but this was so worth it! More...
We went for an early dinner for a party of 6, and we now love this place. service was wonderful. i have now been here 2 times and both were excellent!we sampled so many appetizer and entree options (and were stuffed so we did not see or taste dessert). we loved the veggie hummus so much... xoxox hummus!!!lots of veggie/vegetarian optionsmy entree was scallops with mushroom sauce, mushrooms and asparagus (forget the menu name for this...) it was perfection...i ordered 2 reislings (the only one on the menu and it was so good!!)it is a little pricey but i think its worth it. for the most part...(except for the dry, virtually tastelss apricot cous cous...)after reading other posts, i am really interested in trying their brunch and very strong (probably turkish) coffee!they have a small-ish parking lot, otherwise there is street parking.i hope you have the same positive experience. enjoy!! More...
I'm going to kick off my Yelp reviewing career with this review of Sabur's BRUNCH. I had brunch at Sabur long before I had dinner there and I have to say, it rocks the breakfast foods. Though the dinners at Sabur may be more expensive, the brunch clocks in at a pretty standard price: around 8-12 dollars a person. The best part about Sabur's weekends brunch, in my opinion, is the fact that it is made for us late risers. The doors don't open until 11 am on Saturdays and Sundays, but they don't switch to dinner fare until 4:00 pm both days. And for those who love brunch but hate the long lines, this is a great option. Not only is the food fantastic and slightly-but-not-too out of the norm for brunch fare, but there are never more than 5 or six tables occupied during the day. The food is fantastic. My standby favorite is the Macedonian Breakfast--scrambled eggs made with spices and cheese and served with their light and tasty biscuits. The spices used in this dish are great. I'm pretty--ok ridiculously--sensitive to spicy-hot foods, but these spices give the dish a lot of flavor and punch without setting my mouth on fire.Another great dish is their French Toast made with french bread and is served with fig jam and apricot butter. Mmm mm. As far as appetizers go, their Traditional Biscuits with Fig Jam & Apricot Butter are a good standby, even though many meals come with the biscuits sans figs and butter as a side dish. The Zucchini and Feta Fritters with Ajvar are spicy, warm, and crunchy. The music is always fun to listen to and the decor is great. I have been tempted many a time to swipe the sugar holders, syrup dispenser, lamp, or just an entire table top, but have resisted. Coffee is good, although I would recommend it only for strong coffee likers--the lattes are almost entirely espresso. I've had a friend recommend the Turkish Coffee, but I haven't given that one a shot yet. So, head to Sabur on the weekends if you want to avoid the crowds of the other breakfast joints, while getting a quality and atypical meal. More...
So... after a year since my last visit to Sabur, I made the outing here for the Yelp Elite Event. Please know that my up-ing the star rating 1 star has nothing to do with the elite event. That will be reviewed on its own accord at a later date. A few of us ended up getting some food while waiting for our psychic reading. I got the Beef Sirloin with Gorgonzola Walnut Cream and Garlic Potato ($23.75). Talk about tender, melt in your mouth meat. The combination of beef sirloin to the spinach, the garlic, the Gorgonzola and walnuts was just pure bliss. My only complaint was that while eating it I felt very very thirsty, so I'm thinking there's a lot of salt in this dish. But you can't taste it which is good because it was delish. Just keep the water coming. While I can't comment on the service here because of the elite event going on and the servers having their hands full of Yelpers. I can comment on how much I really like the decor of the place. This time I was able to actually take it all in for more than a mere few seconds. The table tops appear to have been made out of either a bronze or copper giving you that real authentic Mediterranean feel to it. While in the bar/lounge, they have couches and chairs with some pillows I believe. The dark colors made for a nice touch. So while I may not be a regular at Sabur, I'm willing to make a return if asked to come with others. More...
This is a really fun place to go for brunch! I was sold when I saw the review by Darius, and knew we'd be in for a treat. We showed up a little after 11 for brunch, thinking we'd be waiting with other brunchers, but alas, there was no wait, and we were one of the two parties brunching while we were there.The atmosphere is really fun with the bright colors, copper tables, and patio! We didn't dine alfresco, as it was muggy, but if it had been more sunny, our butts would have been out there. We ordered two appetizers, as they sounded really fun. The first one on the menu we came to were the traditional biscuits with fig jam and apricot butter. The figs were mainly whole and preserved, much less like a jam than anticipated, but they were delicious on the savory triangular biscuits. We also tried a dish (I can't remember the name) which contained a sour kraut and cheese mixture served with toast rounds which was delicious. I honestly would consider just ordering that next time I go there. It was an really delicious dish, but granted, I am a fan of things that are vinegary and all things kraut. Also good to know for future reference: the portions of the appetizers are really large.For our entrees, I went for the Macedonian breakfast of eggs, lutenica, cheese, and biscuits. I am not sure what lutenica is, but the eggs were really delicious and slightly spicy. The flavor was great. Dorain went with the omelet, which contained feta, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and eggplant, which was really good. None of the flavors were overpowering, and it was really cooked to perfection. The entree size was really perfect, versus being gigantic like most breakfast spots.We will be back again when we are wanting some variety to our typical girl brunches. More...
Arthur F. C.
This place would be a great set for the sequel to Eastern Promises....I think I saw Vigo get into a knife fight and roll around on the tile in the bathroom and stuff....Sabur is a tough restaurant to review. It is an Eastern European (Bosnian) restaurant, with an excellent bar and very comfortable rustic dining room. They pour a good drink generally. The food that is more or less germane to that geography is very good, for example, the lamb and any Arab or Eastern foods. Very nice olives, hummus, etc. The food that is more American to the palate can be weak at times. The owner is very generous and the wait staff do a decent job. I do like coming here for many reasons, although I have had disappointing entrees on a few occasions. Either way, give it a go, you'll have fun. More...
I went here and had some good, solid, Macedonian-influenced brunch. Fig and apricot flavors abound here, and their French toast is not really French toast but rather a fried cinnamon-sugar bread reminiscent of really great carnival food. That is a very good thing.Also, this place is practically empty on a weekend morning, which makes it a prime brunch spot for people like me who wake up at noon, crave brunch, and then don't want to wait in line for it. More...
Teele Square is a new neighborhood for me, but there really are a lot of hidden treasures as far as eating goes. Sabur is easily the number one place to dine. The food here is so delicious, lots of yummy Mediterranean choices. I highly recommend the sea scallops and puff pastry or the roasted tilapia with artichokes, if you are a fish-lover. My friend tried the moussaka and they said it was mouth-watering. If you like wine, they have a major selection of choices and I have never been disappointed with what I've had to drink.Even better than the food is the decor; beautiful copper tables, low amber lighting and the bar section is plush and cozy with lots of throw-pillow's and couches. There's nothing like going to Sabur on a cold or crappy day, sit down on one of those couches, have a cocktail and share a chocolate hazelnut crepe with your companions. Mmm. More...
This is one of my favorite breakfast places in the city. Definitely sit in the second room where you can lounge on some comfy chairs. I've never had to wait for a table for breakfast which is highly unusual - I just don't know why more people haven't discovered this gem.The french toast with figs and apricot butter is divine and is my top pick for this restaurant. A close second is the potato pancakes.The only downside to this place is sometimes the service is a bit slow. More...
I went here with my friend who has a wheat allergy, for some cocktails and a few appies. The thing that struck me the most was that the entire place smelled like (I just realized this may be a bit strange...) the kitchen of your Mediterranean chef/lover's vacation house. I loved it.We were seated in the lounge area because we didn't want to wait for a proper table. The cocktails were WONDERFUL.The atmosphere is was warm, sexy, relaxed, and after a bit of a struggle to find a few flour free dishes, the food was amazing. I've been keeping this place up my sleeve for a special occasion and may reserve a table for 2 for my gf's graduation. More...
Margaret Ann B.
I adore this place. I don't understand why Helmand is always packed, yet Sabur is pretty much always sparse. Of course, Afghani and Croatian cuisine are not the same, but similar enough, and the atmosphere and price close enough, that if you love Helmand, I think you'll love this place. (For the life of me I can't imagine why one reviewer would have dinged it for making a bad caipirinha. I mean -- come on, dude! A caipirinha?!?!?)The food is imaginative and carefully prepared. I did, once, have the same experience that another gnocchi-orderer did: the gnocchi was pasty and bland, and didn't live up to the menu description. But the portions are generous; the service has always been attentive; and as someone else mentioned, there is a feature that I've yet to encounter anywhere else, the seemingly ever-present young Bosnian toughs in leather jackets who pass through the restaurant from the bar to smoke outside. But God bless them if they're helping keep this place afloat; I think this place should be jammed. Tonight I had mushroom guvach and my husband had to restrain me from licking the plate. The wine list is extensive, broad based and well chosen. More...
I sat in the bar, which has a very romantic yet cozy atmosphere. When I was there, it was quiet and I was able to hear my date talking (which is a major point for me). There are couches and pillows, cool lamps, and dark wood, which really was an enjoyable atmosphere. I drank wine, which was good - but no malbec. The service was outstanding. Even the owner came over to say hello and chat, which is always a bonus to any visit. I definitely plan on returning and am looking forward to the spring and summer when I can sit out on the deck! More...
I can only comment on the lamb dishe they have, because any time lamb is on the menu, that's what I get!The open-hearth lamb is just tender, and flavorful, and wonderful, and amazing. Pair that with a good bartender who knows how to recommend wines, and I'm sold on the place. More...
You may need some help with translating the menu, but that's a good thing. I'm a pretty adventurous eater, but there was plenty of stuff on the menu that I'd never heard of before. I've mostly done brunch here and highly recommend it. You definitely have to order the biscuits with fig jam and apricot butter, though I wish there were more of them in the order. I give the Burek and Macedonian breakfast high marks as well. The brunch portions may be a bit small compared to the other Davis Square-area competition, but the food is top notch. There was also live European soccer on the TVs in the bar, that scores extra points with me.As for dinner, we shared the hummus, which went over really well. I think I ordered one of the specials, something to do with gnocchi, chicken, walnuts, and spinach, delicious. Everyone in my party was pleased with what they ordered and I'd definitely go back again, though dinner is pricier than brunch. More...
I originally started coming here in 2003 after returning from Kuwait. Although the cuisine is not Arabic or Middle Eastern, many of the dishes brought me back to some of my favorite restaraunts on Gulf Drive - and the music and decor in the lounge kept me there for hours after I'd eaten, just sipping Turkish Coffee or wine, depending on my mood and the time of day.It was, in short, my place to return to a place I loved and shed the square around me.I'm really not sure what is confusing about the food, menu or offerings to some. I've found it very straight forward and the waitstaff is always kind and generous - especially with advice about a particular dish.These days, it's our favorite Sunday brunch spot. The potato pancakes are fantastic but I have to say that their french toast is the best I've ever had - and I'm a huge (not to mention picky) fan of french toast. Their apricot butter and figs are divine and the Turkish Coffee is the perfect start and end to any meal there.Overall, this place has the best ambience in the Davis Square area - and some of the finest service and food. More...
This place was opened by a couple of coworkers from another restaurant, so be warned I have a bias, especially since Harris has shown me such hospitality when I visit. Although it's billed as a Mediterranean restaurant (and it does offer a pan-Mediterranean, specifically Adriatic menu), this is really a Bosnian joint. Now I won't say that Balkan food is top on my list of regional cuisines, but the execution here is excellent, and if Chris is still the chef there, don't think a regional emphasis is going to restrain his creativity.What really sets the place apart in my opinion is its ambiance, especially in the bar area, and excellent service. If you want to impress a date, take 'em here-- you get classy points and obscure ethnic points :)A bit pricey, but when you go to a place like this, you aren't expecting to save a buck. And if you're taking the T, expect a little hike from the station. Those are the only two (minor) downsides of the place. Check it out. More...
Sabur, what's up with your sign? I gotta tell ya Im not a fan of the font. The "s' looks like a saxophone with little flames shooting out the top, and the 'x' in the word exotic looks so extreme that you might expect a selection of snowboards inside. However you will not find either of those things. Just good food and pleasant atmosphere. The lighting is subtle and tables have copper surfaces adding to the warm feeling of the place. There is a bar and a lounge in the second room with low tables and comforable looking chairs and couches. There is also an outdoor seating area as well, oh and they have a parking lot too! Now to the food. The menu is small but there is enough things to satisfy everyones taste. I don't eat meat ,so I have to go by what the others in my party said about their meat dishes. Apparently the musaka was "an affront to musakas everywhere but if it were called something else it's great." The steak - excellent, my tilapia was cooked well but under seasoned. Turkish coffee finished off the meal. More...
I really enjoy Sabur's brunch- their offerings are unique, delicious and surprisingly affordable, plus the atmosphere is wonderful- inside is interesting and chill and the outside is lovely. Plus- full bar!I also went to dinner there the other night (second time) and I thought it was good, but not super. I think their menu with many words you can't pronounce is fun, and it's wonderful to see the Eastern Mediterranean represented. I just wish the dinner entrees were a teeeeny bit more put together.Also- service = totally attentive but not in your face. All in all, a great place. More...
We had a Yelp event at Nami Spa this week and Sabur provided the catering. I had not heard of the restaurant and I didn't have time to check it out. I went on blind faith that it would be good but I was still a bit nervous. Fortunately, Chef Leo brought his A Game to the event and impressed everyone. I was trying not to eat anything because my clothes have been getting too tight lately but the food looked and smelled sooo good. I tried one stuffed grape leaf and cursed them for being so good. My willpower now completely obliterated I had to sample every dish I could get close to. Sometimes caterers don't bring enough food to an event so I was worrying that I should just stand back and let our guests enjoy all the tasty appetizers. Fortunately, Sabur brought treats aplenty and I got to sample a little bit of everything. I would have to say that the stuffed grape leaves are the best I have ever had anywhere - fresh, delicious and perfectly lemony. I couldn't locate the spanikopita (another one of my favorites) but I heard it was to die for. I will definitely go to Sabur to get a taste of their full menu but based on the quality, the presentation and the freshness of what I sampled and on how hard working and friendly Leo was I have to give them 5 stars. Any time a restaurant makes me daydream and crave their food during quiet moments I have to give them a lot of credit. More...
Sabur is a great place if you're looking for some catering - super tasty and interesting apps and desserts. Leo, whom i met at a yelp event, is both an excellent cook and interesting person to talk to. Count this review as a, "I've been enticed they their food, so once I go...I'll give you the real deal." More later..... More...
Pretty good Mediterranean cuisine. The ultimate fusion of all sides of the Mediterranean, from Spain to North Africa to the Balkans and back to Greece, Italy and France. Very fine food, service is OK (not outstanding by any means), but the place is not as nicely set up as I expected. It seems like they really put an effort to decorate it, but the result is not entirely convincing. So overall, it would deserve its 5 stars if it was 30% cheaper. As it is, I find it slightly overpriced for what you get.For an amazing North African experience (couscous, tagine, etc.), try "Jewel of Newbury" in Boston. Same price range but definitely worth it! More...
There are so many things that I adore about Sabur. I even think that once, after many drinks, I made up a song about it. Fortunately for everyone, it has slipped from my memory, as I have a horrible voice.First off, Sabur is one of the most aesthetically pleasing restaurants in all of Boston. The main dining room has homemade pounded copper table tops, and the lounge is full of comfy chairs and pillows, all done in bright colors. Plus they have a patio that overlooks the beauty of Holland St....um, ok, but it is a nice patio. Now on to the food. I'm pretty sure that I've tried everything on the menu at least once (we lived next door for a while....ok, still not an excuse). For brunch, the traditional biscuits with figs and the potato pancakes with spiced pears....damn. Plus, who can say no to scrambled eggs with roasted lamb and potato hash? And dinner. Oh sweet lovely dinner. It takes a few times to get by the appetizer menu (I'm looking at you duck confit...), but then you dive into the mousaka, and the lamb, and the risotto, and the gnocchi...Wait, is this Bosnian? Whatever, the confusion just adds to atmosphere. To top it all off, they have a great drink menu. Try one of the saburskas if you like sweet drinks...it tastes kind of like melted sherbet. Plus, who would have known that Croatian wine was so good? I'd recommend sitting in the lounge....mainly because the service tends to be "relaxed" (ok, realllllly slow). It's a lot easier to tolerate a slow server when you're lounging on a pillow, sipping a fig martini, and noshing on some fried gorgonzola olives.....Maybe Sabur will hire me to do PR for them. They can pay me in food. More...
I was torn between giving Sabur four stars or five, because I don't want to hand out too many five star ratings, but I think Sabur has earned it. My family was thrilled with everything we ate, from with the goat cheese and eggplant appetizer through the glazed apricots with mascarpone for dessert. In retrospect, we mostly went for the more familiar Mediterranean dishes, but we loved all of them and will definitely be back. More...
I went here on a summer weekend for a first date brunch. I am a big fan of breakfast foods, and Sabur's french toast was incredible!!! Quite possibly the best breakfast meal I've ever had (as long as you don't mind straying slightly from traditional American flavors). WOW!!I believe for brunch they normally seat in the dining room, but my date asked if we could sit in the very cool, brightly-colored, pillowed lounge area and the staff obliged. That was fun. For midday brunch, the place was not crowded at all. I think there's a small parking lot, but I found street parking. If nothing else, I would go back to treat everyone to that awesome french toast! More...
I am definitely a big fan of this place. Dimly lit inside, the first time we went we had a party of 6 and all tried a few different things. Between us we had the sausages, some salads, olives and a few other dishes that were all spectacular.The next time we went to Sabur we were turned on to the Mezza plate. It can serve 2 or four, and its filled with an array of Mediterranean appetizers, from grape leaves to hummus to polenta with olive tapanade. Just superb! Another time we came to Sabur it was just me and my boyfriend, so we sat in the bar area. We shared a Mezza Plate and an entree, medallions of filet over spinach in a delicious sauce. It was more than enough for two. The bar area is very authentic looking. The bartenders were testing out new drinks for the cocktail menu and we got to be their guinea pigs!I want to go back in the summertime. They have a great patio out front! More...
What a great find! Not the best location... a bit hidden, but plenty of parking :)There are two rooms to chose from, both offer super warm, chill, and romantic atmospheres. The lounge is a bit more laid back with couches and smallish tables... great for a date or catching up with friends.I had a wonderful night here dining in the lounge... mixed olive plate with lemon and herbs, perfectly cooked Tilapia... some red wine from Croatia (nice wine list with plenty of interesting choices... and the cocktail menu boasts some pretty delicious sounding drinks.. which I definitely plan on trying soon ;) )... dinner ended with seriously, one of the most incredible desserts I've had in recent memory...This is the description taken right from the menu... Macedonian wild fig sundae with vanilla gelato, almond frangipane, and pomegranate caramel.... holy crap wow.Luckily we were in no rush and planned on having a long night there because the service with REALLY slow on a not so busy night... great server but it seemed like he was taking care of the whole lounge AND puring wine/making drinks... but really this place is delightful. More...
This is a great restaurant. I highly recommend it.The service is attentive and friendly, and the bartender is very cool and laid-back. Great flavorful food, and not packed like some restaurants. The last time I was there the doggie bags of each of my friends was dropped off at our table with clever caricatures of the distinguishing features of each person so the leftovers wouldn't be mixed up. Nice personalized touches like this set this restaurant apart. More...
This cool Mediterranean restaurant has one charming feature too infrequently found in many other Boston eating establishments: a parking lot!Inside, you'll find a large, comfortable room and lots of vegetarian food options. The appetizer bread is warm, and drizzled in the garlic oil they serve, addictive. We also enjoyed the bean soup of the day, the garlic, artichoke, and tomato polenta, and the vegetable tagine over couscous with dates and almonds (a mixture of sweet and spicy). The food is fresh and carefully prepared, but somewhat bland for my taste.Service was quite professional but a touch brusque, but that may just have been my imagination... Prices are slightly high but not too bad (~$17-$24/entree). More...
Excellent dinner, drinks, and desserts. I'd never seen choices like that on a Mediterranean menu before so I was excited to try everything. They also have a healthy selection of cocktails, and I had a Croatian red wine that was amazingly smooth. I went with a main course of chicken with pumpkin gnocchi and spinach. The chicken was slightly too salty for me, but I tend to like low salt foods. The dessert more than made up for that slight minus. I don't remember what it was called, but it had figs and ice cream and I want more of it now! My friends and I were lucky enough to get an outdoor table on a pleasant night, which only added to the great experience. More...
The food at Sabur was awesome. I give it 4 stars only because our service was so awful (taking 15+ minutes to deliver a single glass of wine, waitresses who disappeared when we needed change, general slowness). We may have gone on a bad night; I've only been there once.That being said, I loved every other aspect of the place. The atmosphere is cozy and a bit exotic. The lamb stew is cooked slowly in a big pot visible at the back of the restaurant, from which they scoop up your portion when you order it. Check out the menu on their website to get the full range of options that await you, including plenty of vegetarian choices, and some awesome desserts. The wine selection is quite good; even the house red that I ordered was fruity and interesting (and comparatively cheap). Highly recommended, but not if you're in a hurry to go someplace afterward. More...
The food, service and atmosphere have always been top notch when I've been, but it never seems to be crowded. Hopefully they have a healthy following and will be in business for some time to come!
Sabur is well worth the 8 minute walk from davis square in Somerville. Owned by 2 charming Bosnian men, Sabur boasts a menu that touches on all corners or the Mediterranean. The food is downright delicious and the vast wine and drink list ain't bad either. Be sure to ask the friendly waitstaff for recommendations.. not only are they very friendly (and might I add good looking) but they know their stuff as well! You really can't go wrong with any of the choices on the menu, but be sure to try the roasted lamb, balkan sausages, and stuffed apricots for a real "Balkan" experience. Check it out! More...
Sabur is definitely worth the trip to the fringes of Somerville. The menu is a cross section of Bosnian/Balkan delicacies that are all delicious. I used to goto Sabur very often when I went to school up the street and my GF worked here so I tried pretty much everything on the menu. That was 2 years ago and they have done a great job of constantly updating and changing the selection, although they still have some of my favs available. For appetizers I love the Burek and the Balkan Sausages (served with buttery and soft pita bread) and for entrees the open hearth roast really warms you up in the winter time. Sabur also has a great vegetarian menu for you veg heads. More...
A very nice and romantic restaurant (I know from the outside it doesn't look like it). Though described as a Balkan restaurant a lot of the food has an influence in North African cuisine (Tunisia, Algeria) and Mediterranean cuisine as a whole. Service was professional and friendly. Not a cheap meal without being overly pricy either. More...
How often does one come across Bosniak restaurants? Just went here for dessert, but the atmosphere was great, the service friendly and the baklava good. Shame it's so far out of the way.
Very yummy Middle Eastern food. Good prices, great menu. Be sure to sit in the back room and enjoy the decor and all the cushions!
Word-of-mouth has it that the food is excellent, with light appetizers to share and rich main courses that are far from run of the mill. While I haven't dined, I have frequented the lounge, where a list of cocktails (including a nice selection of champagne drinks) can keep you hydrated throughout a busy night of lounging on luxe cushions and listening to chill tunes. If you're like me and get overwhlemed by so many great choices, an excellent option is the Perspehone, or on Wednesday nights, ask my buddy Max the bartender to whip you up something special; he'll be happy to oblige. More...
sabur, meaning "set your worries aside" lives up to its name, it is charming, warm and intimate. co-owner, haris, is one of the most amiable people i have ever met. the staff is excellent and knowledable about the restaurant's unique bosnian menu. big up to the ol' crew! try the sach, a deliciously tender roasted lamb and the apricots filled with mascarpone cheese, drizzled with a lemon vanilla sauce. you will have yourself a truly authentic balkan meal! dizzy with food, wander to the lounge area and relax on the hand-crafted furniture made by azem, one of the owners. good wine selections and cocktails. also, live music on some weekends. More...