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Cathy Chaplin

21 Incredible Places for Kebabs in Los Angeles

Let these experts take care of the grilling

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Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
| Cathy Chaplin

It’s high-time for grilling across the Southland and LA’s kebab experts are here to lend a hand. From Persian, Lebanese, and Armenian traditions to those of Afghan, Greek, and Turkish descent, kebabs served with fluffy rice, grilled vegetables, flatbreads, and an array of dips and spreads is just what late-summer calls for. Here now are 21 incredible places for kebabs in Los Angeles.

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1. Skewers Halal

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9820 Topanga Canyon Blvd O
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 885-1250
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Head north to Chatsworth for outstanding iterations of Afghan specialties, most notably the chapli kebab. Halal meat is ground in-house to make patties spiced with cumin and cilantro before getting a nice char on the grill. Be sure to request a side of green chutney. Open for takeout and delivery.

2. Melad Bakery & Afghan Restaurant

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18601 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 757-7101
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Open since 2015, Melad Bakery and Afghan Restaurant takes pride in making sure kebabs are charred but juicy. Traditional dishes are plentiful, including Afghani bread which is made on the premises. Open for takeout and delivery.

3. JeJe Chicken

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16970 San Fernando Mission Blvd Suit C-1
Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 832-5252
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There’s no dearth of great Middle Eastern fare in the Valley and Granada Hills kebab specialist Jeje Chicken is some of the best of the bunch. The bountiful plates of juicy shish and chicken kebabs are sure to please all. Open for takeout and delivery.

4. Habayit

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11921 West Pico Boulevard, (opposite to Chan Dara Restaurant)
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-7173
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The menu at Habayit — a combination of kosher Jewish, mediterranean, and American-Israeli — is huge, so don’t skip over the memorable kebabs. Open for takeout and delivery.

5. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

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1776 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 475-3358
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Sunnin Lebanese Cafe is best known for its generous portions of shawarma and kebabs, plus beer and wine. Open for takeout and delivery.

6. Taste of Tehran Restaurant

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1915 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 470-0022
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One of the more famous stops in Tehrangeles, Taste of Tehran offers a variety of rice and kebab dishes prepared to perfection. Get the shish soltani plate, which offers both koobideh and shish. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

Taste of Tehran
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7. Farsi Cafe

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1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 475-4500
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Westwood’s Farsi Cafe is known for its rack of lamb shishlik, but the chicken here is mighty fine as well. Open for takeout and delivery.

8. Muma Kitchen

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1942 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 446-0055
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Muma Kitchen is a Turkish, halal, and family-owned spot in Westwood. Everything including kebabs are accented with Turkish aromatics and organic vegetables. Finish with a glass of Turkish tea and house made baklava. Open for takeout and delivery.

9. Carnival Restaurant

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4356 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 784-3469
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Sherman Oaks’s must-eat Carnival Restaurant is a decadent home for Lebanese favorites. Most folks opt for the Carnival combo, which offers three different meats, a run of sides, and pita bread. Open for takeout and delivery.

10. Hayat's Kitchen

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11009 Burbank Blvd Unit #117
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 761-4656
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Hayat’s Kitchen is a North Hollywood gem, where kebabs come as a full entree or a la carte. Open for takeout and delivery.

11. Mizlala West Adams

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5400 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 433-7137
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The popular San Fernando Valley Middle Eastern restaurant now has a second outlet in West Adams. The restaurant boasts a gorgeous patio and kebabs for all, including a juicy kefta kebab. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

12. Adana Restaurant

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6918 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 843-6237
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A Glendale staple named for a southern Turkish city, Adana grills up awesomely plump and juicy chicken koobideh. Open for takeout and delivery.

13. Marouch

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4905 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 662-9325
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East Hollywood’s Marouch is a critical darling and for good reason — the homespun menu and glorious decor are worth returning to over and over again. Open for takeout and delivery.

14. Sidewalk Grill

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1727 N Vermont Ave #102
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 669-3354
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Not only does Sidewalk Grill hawk some of Los Feliz’s most beloved kebabs, but the lovely outdoor patio made the dining experience all the more pleasant in the Before Times. Try the chicken for a light lunch. Open for takeout and delivery.

15. Bowery Bungalow

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4156 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 663-1500
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Set inside an unassuming house off Sunset Junction, Bowery Bungalow is George Abou-Daoud’s ode to the Mediterranean, from North African dishes to a variety of must-eat shish. Open for takeout and delivery.

16. Carousel Restaurant

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304 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 246-7775
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Carousel Restaurant in Glendale and East Hollywood serves up fantastic Armenian cooking. The most famous item on the menu is the filet shish kebab. Open for limited dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

17. Raffi's Place

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211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 240-7411
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An upscale option for the discerning Glendale kebab crowd, Raffi’s is known for its prodigious kebab offerings and banquet hall decor. Open for dine-in and takeout.

18. Sevan Garden Kebab House

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621 S Broadway G
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 489-5626
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Sevan Garden’s Downtown space is sparse, but cranks out Middle Eastern fare with ease. Plates of kefta, doner, and lule kebabs are massive and include a side salad and hummus with pita. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

19. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

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1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 241-5730
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One of Glendale’s most delightful kebab stops sits right in the thick of things on Glendale Avenue. Everyone knows to stop in for a bite when passing through — or better yet, bring the whole family. Open for takeout and delivery.

A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
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20. Pita Pitaki

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3401 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807
(562) 424-0446

For a Greek spin on kebabs, look no further than the chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, and shrimp kalamaki plates at Pita Pitaki. The pitaki ap’ola serves up a trio of meat skewers with lamb, chicken, and pork. Open for takeout and delivery.

21. Sahara Restaurant

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2226 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 795-6900
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Pasadena’s Sahara has been serving the neighborhood dependably good Middle Eastern fare since 1992. From beef to chicken and lamb, all the kebabs are served with pita bread, grilled vegetables, and a choice of soup or salad. Open for takeout and delivery.

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1. Skewers Halal

9820 Topanga Canyon Blvd O, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Head north to Chatsworth for outstanding iterations of Afghan specialties, most notably the chapli kebab. Halal meat is ground in-house to make patties spiced with cumin and cilantro before getting a nice char on the grill. Be sure to request a side of green chutney. Open for takeout and delivery.

9820 Topanga Canyon Blvd O
Chatsworth, CA 91311

2. Melad Bakery & Afghan Restaurant

18601 Sherman Way, Reseda, CA 91335

Open since 2015, Melad Bakery and Afghan Restaurant takes pride in making sure kebabs are charred but juicy. Traditional dishes are plentiful, including Afghani bread which is made on the premises. Open for takeout and delivery.

18601 Sherman Way
Reseda, CA 91335

3. JeJe Chicken

16970 San Fernando Mission Blvd Suit C-1, Granada Hills, CA 91344

There’s no dearth of great Middle Eastern fare in the Valley and Granada Hills kebab specialist Jeje Chicken is some of the best of the bunch. The bountiful plates of juicy shish and chicken kebabs are sure to please all. Open for takeout and delivery.

16970 San Fernando Mission Blvd Suit C-1
Granada Hills, CA 91344

4. Habayit

11921 West Pico Boulevard, (opposite to Chan Dara Restaurant), Los Angeles, CA 90064

The menu at Habayit — a combination of kosher Jewish, mediterranean, and American-Israeli — is huge, so don’t skip over the memorable kebabs. Open for takeout and delivery.

11921 West Pico Boulevard, (opposite to Chan Dara Restaurant)
Los Angeles, CA 90064

5. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

1776 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sunnin Lebanese Cafe is best known for its generous portions of shawarma and kebabs, plus beer and wine. Open for takeout and delivery.

1776 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

6. Taste of Tehran Restaurant

1915 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Taste of Tehran
Taste of Tehran Restaurant
Matthew Kang

One of the more famous stops in Tehrangeles, Taste of Tehran offers a variety of rice and kebab dishes prepared to perfection. Get the shish soltani plate, which offers both koobideh and shish. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

1915 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

7. Farsi Cafe

1916 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Westwood’s Farsi Cafe is known for its rack of lamb shishlik, but the chicken here is mighty fine as well. Open for takeout and delivery.

1916 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

8. Muma Kitchen

1942 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Muma Kitchen is a Turkish, halal, and family-owned spot in Westwood. Everything including kebabs are accented with Turkish aromatics and organic vegetables. Finish with a glass of Turkish tea and house made baklava. Open for takeout and delivery.

1942 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

9. Carnival Restaurant

4356 Woodman Ave, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Sherman Oaks’s must-eat Carnival Restaurant is a decadent home for Lebanese favorites. Most folks opt for the Carnival combo, which offers three different meats, a run of sides, and pita bread. Open for takeout and delivery.

4356 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

10. Hayat's Kitchen

11009 Burbank Blvd Unit #117, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Hayat’s Kitchen is a North Hollywood gem, where kebabs come as a full entree or a la carte. Open for takeout and delivery.

11009 Burbank Blvd Unit #117
North Hollywood, CA 91601

11. Mizlala West Adams

5400 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

The popular San Fernando Valley Middle Eastern restaurant now has a second outlet in West Adams. The restaurant boasts a gorgeous patio and kebabs for all, including a juicy kefta kebab. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

5400 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

12. Adana Restaurant

6918 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA 91201

A Glendale staple named for a southern Turkish city, Adana grills up awesomely plump and juicy chicken koobideh. Open for takeout and delivery.

6918 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91201

13. Marouch

4905 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

East Hollywood’s Marouch is a critical darling and for good reason — the homespun menu and glorious decor are worth returning to over and over again. Open for takeout and delivery.

4905 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

14. Sidewalk Grill

1727 N Vermont Ave #102, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Not only does Sidewalk Grill hawk some of Los Feliz’s most beloved kebabs, but the lovely outdoor patio made the dining experience all the more pleasant in the Before Times. Try the chicken for a light lunch. Open for takeout and delivery.

1727 N Vermont Ave #102
Los Angeles, CA 90027

15. Bowery Bungalow

4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Set inside an unassuming house off Sunset Junction, Bowery Bungalow is George Abou-Daoud’s ode to the Mediterranean, from North African dishes to a variety of must-eat shish. Open for takeout and delivery.

4156 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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16. Carousel Restaurant

304 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

Carousel Restaurant in Glendale and East Hollywood serves up fantastic Armenian cooking. The most famous item on the menu is the filet shish kebab. Open for limited dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

304 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

17. Raffi's Place

211 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

An upscale option for the discerning Glendale kebab crowd, Raffi’s is known for its prodigious kebab offerings and banquet hall decor. Open for dine-in and takeout.

211 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205

18. Sevan Garden Kebab House

621 S Broadway G, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sevan Garden’s Downtown space is sparse, but cranks out Middle Eastern fare with ease. Plates of kefta, doner, and lule kebabs are massive and include a side salad and hummus with pita. Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

621 S Broadway G
Los Angeles, CA 90014

19. Elena's Greek Armenian Cuisine

1000 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205
A plate of grilled kebabs and yellow rice at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine.
Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine
Cathy Chaplin

One of Glendale’s most delightful kebab stops sits right in the thick of things on Glendale Avenue. Everyone knows to stop in for a bite when passing through — or better yet, bring the whole family. Open for takeout and delivery.

1000 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

20. Pita Pitaki

3401 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807

For a Greek spin on kebabs, look no further than the chicken, lamb, pork, salmon, and shrimp kalamaki plates at Pita Pitaki. The pitaki ap’ola serves up a trio of meat skewers with lamb, chicken, and pork. Open for takeout and delivery.

3401 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90807

21. Sahara Restaurant

2226 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Pasadena’s Sahara has been serving the neighborhood dependably good Middle Eastern fare since 1992. From beef to chicken and lamb, all the kebabs are served with pita bread, grilled vegetables, and a choice of soup or salad. Open for takeout and delivery.

2226 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

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