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Al Waha Restaurant & Hookah Lounge - Closed

3191 S. Grand Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63118 | St. Louis - South Grand | 314-664-3940

Location Description:

Al Waha isn't simply the first Bedouin restaurant in St. Louis, or even, as the restaurant itself claims, the first in the entire Midwest, but one of very, very few in the entire United States. Many dishes will be familiar to fans of other Middle Eastern cuisines: hummus, of course; shawarma; kebabs. More intriguing is the "Al Waha Plate": ground beef in a tomato-pomegranate sauce that is probably unlike anything you've ever eaten before. The space used to house an Afghan restaurant, and several Afghan dishes remain, including the lamb and basmati rice dish qabelli palau. During the week, the place also offers a relaxed atmosphere for hookah lovers who don't necessarily need a party rocking crowd with their water pipe; but on weekends burlesque dancers draw quite a crowd. Plus, this smokery offers late-night cuisine on the cheap; most delicious Bedouin dishes here are less than $5-you can't get drive-thru food for that these days.


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Details

  • Cuisine(s): Afghan, Middle Eastern
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-1:30am
  • Price: $, $$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Meters, Street
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards, cash, ATM/Debit
  • Attire: Casual
  • Features: Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Smoking, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible

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