Description and review of Kasbah Lounge, serving contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine and drinks in Midtown Sacramento – and yes there is belly-dancing.
Prior to attending a performance at B Street Theatre, five of us met for dinner at the Kasbah Lounge on J Street in Midtown Sacramento. The Kasbah Lounge is next door to another popular Sacramento restaurant – Tapa the World.
See related blog post: Tapa the World – Sacramento Restaurants
The décor of the Kasbah Lounge is exotic and fun. We had reservations for 6:00 p.m. and we were seated in a large comfy booth. It was a Saturday, and we were all happy to discover that Happy Hour is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on both weekdays and weekends!
Most of us took advantage of the Happy Hour pricing. The Kasbah Lounge has a full bar, and one person in our party had a Vodka Martini ($10), while the rest of us enjoyed a glass of the Happy Hour red wine ($5) and the Happy Hour Sangria ($4).
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As a group we ordered multiple orders of the Happy Hour Crispy Chick Peas (served with Moroccan preserved lemon) ($3), the Happy Hour Tabbouleh Salad, and the Happy Hour Harissa Chicken Wings & Drums ($5). Other Happy Hour dishes ordered were the Happy Hour Kefta Meatballs ($6.50) and the Happy Hour Falafel (served with citrus tahini and Lebanese Yogurt )($5). One very hungry friend ordered the Chicken Kabob ($16) from the regular menu, and one member of our party opted to enjoy a vegan dessert ($6.50).
The Kasbah Lounge is very vegetarian and vegan friendly with a number of dishes that are vegetarian/vegan, or can be adapted to be – for example substituting hummus for yogurt to accompany the Falafel.
Everyone was pleased with the dishes they ordered. I enjoyed the Crispy Chick Peas, the Harissa Chicken Wings & Drums, and the Tabbouleh Salad. I also had the opportunity to sample the hummus and the Chicken Kabob – both were very tasty.
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While the Kasbah Lounge has been around since 2004, it is noteworthy that two long-time employees purchased the Kasbah Lounge in 2016 and have turned it into a full-scale restaurant with a menu sure to please all tastes.
At 6:30 p.m. we were treated to live entertainment – music and an accomplished belly-dancer. I had noted on the on-line calendar of events that entertainment was regularly scheduled Thursday through Saturday starting at 9:30 p.m., so I was a bit surprised. While I did not inquire, I thought afterwards that perhaps it had something to do with the fact it was Second Saturday.
Our server, Eryka, was attentive and took very good care of us. She thoughtfully checked in with us prior to the end of Happy Hour to ask if we wanted to order any additional drinks or menu items, and promptly brought us our check once we signaled we were done ordering.
If you have never patronized the Kasbah Lounge, or if it has been years since you were last there, you may want to check it out if you enjoy Middle Eastern food and drink.
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Kasbah Lounge Snapshot:
- 2115 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 442-4388
- Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday-Thursday (5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.); Friday & Saturday (5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.); Sunday (5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.)
- Happy Hour: Tuesday-Sunday (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.)
- Outdoor patio (hookah)
- Street Parking
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