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Gorgeous George’s Mediterranean Kitchen

October 4th, 2008 · Comments


Gorgeous George’s (Middle Eastern, Greek and Mediterranean)
7719 Greenwood Ave. N. (map)
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 783-0116

Seattle PI: “It’s rare indeed to find dishes that linger in your mind hours later…”
Seattle Times: “If the appreciation of its neighbors is any way to judge a restaurant, then Gorgeous George’s has that part down…” 

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (67 votes, average: 3.99 out of 5)
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Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    This is the review I wrote for Yelp. The food at Gorgeous George’s is easily my favorite Middle Eastern food in Seattle. The falafel is THE BEST I’ve ever had in any city. The fried cauliflower is wonderful. The eggplant or lentil soups are perfect on a rainy night. The chicken kabob is another favorite and comes with grilled tomato, grilled onions, and rice. Portions are generous to say the least. George brings his spices from The Holy Land and it shows—the flavors are just right. He also has some wonderful Lebanese wines that pair very nicely with the food. The baklava is very close to being as good as mine. This is not that gloppy stuff you get in Greek restaurants—it’s light and flaky with fresh nuts and plenty of chopped pistachios.

    This is a small place, but rarely ever feels crowded and I don’t like crowded. George himself is very kind—he clearly loves serving people good food. He’s friendly without being overbearing. Everyone we’ve taken here has loved it and out-of-town visitors request ahead of time that we eat here. To top it all off, George is a conscientious citizen of the Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood. He’s a good neighbor to the neighboring businesses, he participates in neighborhood fundraisers, and he’s already adopted non-styrofoam takeout containers.

  2. PAS915 says:

    The best falafel I’ve ever had! The owner makes you feel very welcome.

  3. Squirrel Girl says:

    Really, really yummy. And George himself is a hilarious and warm-hearted fellow. The only reason I do not give it 5 stars is because my heart belongs to the Falafel King.

  4. etta says:

    We were really disappointed with George’s.

    I ordered lamb shwarma. The lamb was tough and the seasoning uninteresting. My husband ordered lamb chops. Again, tough as shoe leather. The table setting only had a butter knife, and it took 10 minutes to get a sharp knife. (George was busy chatting with friends, which undoubtably scores points with those who have achieved friend status but results in negative points from those who are trying the restaurant for the first time.)

    Squirrel Girl is absolutely right, King Falafel Grill is the go-to place for those in the know. If you want really delicious lamb shwarma and the best falafel in town, go a few blocks north to KFG 8102 Greenwood Ave. N. 783-1445. Delicious sauces, tender meat, crispy falafel made to order. Alex of KFG isn’t the “showman” that George apparently is, but he is a friendly guy and a very talented cook who deserves your business. And, I should add, the food is much more affordable.

    And we’re not the only ones lovin’ KFG:

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/king-falafel-grill-seattle

  5. Lauri in Phinney says:

    We love George’s and are regulars there. We actually were some of his first customers. The food is really good and George is quite the neighborhood personality. Yes, the falafel is wonderful and the hummus is the best! Try the red wine from Lebanon…it is excellent!

  6. Lisa on 79th says:

    I want to give this place one more go. After my friends raved about the place, I went one night, to find myself the only customer. I don’t think George was there. I had the lamb and salad, but it was awful and took forever to arrive. Maybe a substitute cooked it. My friends couldn’t be THAT wrong, could they?

  7. Jillian says:

    Love love love this place. Every time I go, I am delighted at how flavorful and delicious the food is. And George has always come out to welcome me and whatever guest I have brought to this little find. Mmm…..

  8. Aka says:

    had dinner here last Friday. The service, not so good. Perhaps an inexperienced relative? Had to ask to order drinks, ask to order dessert and actually had to get up and chase down the server to get the check. That said the hummous and baba were delicious. The house salad – yum. Green beans on the entree plate were sorely undercooked, not even al dente. But…. I have not stopped thinking about the roasted spring hen with george’s grandma’s special spices. So good.
    I’ll give it one more shot- for what we spent I’d like some service and cooked green beans.

  9. Phinneyman says:

    I love this place. It’s authentic and fresh. The Nazareth salad is especially tasty.

  10. StuS says:

    From my Yelp review:

    A lovely little place, brightly decorated, next to the very popular Pete’s Egg Nest. Haven’t been there for dinner yet (looks like an interesting selection) but the lunch menu is great and reasonably priced. The service by George and staff is very solicitous (and George recognized my sweetie from when he was at Mr. Gyro up Greenwood Ave.) and the food everything to be wished. The babaganoush was some of the best we’ve ever had and our sandwiches were superb – I can’t resist a good lamb sandwich!

    6/2/2008 – we went for dinner again on Saturday — they were packed and we had to wait for a while because we didn’t have a reservation and we were a group of three. George is great, however, and always makes a big fuss over my sweetie. But when we got seated everything was wonderful. Salad and hummus appeared, his wonderful babaganoush which is a great favorite of Andi’s. Our friend Alan got the lamb chops which were lovely, while Andi had the felafel dinner and I got George’s special chicken, a lovely Cornish game hen prepared with his grandmother’s recipe. Fantastic! And George is so enthusiastic and entertaining. He really loves people and people who love his food. For a change, we didn’t have room for his baklava!

  11. Catherine Gronlund says:

    This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. Each dish is very well crafted and George is a great host.

    George catered a party for me last fall and my friends are still raving about the food.

  12. SunsetSu says:

    I’ve never had a bad experience at this restaurant. It has a pleasant atmosphere, good service and delicious food.

  13. Rob says:

    My only complaint about this restaurant is that “George” spends a great deal of time socializing with folks and it appears relatives who drop by, and leave new comers to the restaurant waiting, and waiting and waiting for service. One evening there were only two other tables occupied when a large group of “George’s” family came in to visit. We tried to wait it out but finally got up and left. It’s nice he likes people, it’s even nicer if you can get service.

  14. Leighla says:

    As a frequent customer of Goregous Georges, I know that he was out of the country during the holidays and just returned last Friday. I’m not sure if you have his resturant confused with another one, but I can assure you George was not here when you posted this. Also, he doesn’t have any family in the states, so you must have him
    confused with someone else. Thanks for your comment.

  15. Rob says:

    Leighla

    Our visit was several months back – not at the time of my above posting.

    And maybe it was good friends of his but he greeted them like family and spent a very long, long time talking to them.