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This fast-casual restaurant is focused on creating Mediterranean dishes with bold Middle Eastern flavors. The concept is modeled after Middle Eastern street food and serves vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu options so there are options for all palates and preferences. Because of Yafo, Charlotteans now know how to correctly pronounce shawarma.

Cuisine Type: Mediterranean

Ambience: Casual Dining

Price: $$

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Plaza Midwood

South Park

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Dmitry Trishkin

11 months ago

Really great quality food with fast service and cool environment. Its slightly more expensive than usual chain style food (each portion come out to about 19-22$) but the ingredients they use seems like a high quality and tastes great. The portions are so big that we had to take to go tray and save some for later. Will definitely stop by again next time Im in the area


Lina Abdul

4 months ago

I found this gem a few months back when I first moved to Charlotte and have been a loyal customer since. My favorite menu item is the 'create your own bowl' option which usually ends up lasting me for two meals because of their large portions. They have a large selection of fresh toppings, sides, and proteins, and everything tastes so good and authentic all at a great price (~$15/bowl with chicken, falafel, and cauliflower give or take) - life hack: use the pita bread they give you to make a falafel and cauliflower sandwich with their garlic sauce. SO GOOD! The service is also great! The employees are super friendly and patient. They also offer a rewards program that they don't really advertise at all, so make sure to ask when you go in so you can start earning some points! The one thing I wish was they offered was nutritional information! Regardless, as long as this place is around, I'll be there. Go check it out for yourself!


Mario Enrique Ortiz Ruiz

9 months ago

Delicious food served professionally and the best service. Every one was super nice and willing to explain the menu. The food is outstanding, flavorful and great quality. The steak kabobs are a must! And my kids loved the mac&cheese and the Brussel sprouts, YAFO knows how to cook. The cucumber fresh water is also stellar.


Cel St.Pierre

6 months ago

Absolutely wonderful meal! All items were fresh and delicious. Enjoyed the bowel with pita bread. Lots of delicious rice, couscous, vegetables, and chicken proten options.Unique tea beverage choices. We had the cucumber and mint, very refreshing. Great staff, they are attentive and anticipate your needs. We had carryout bowels and staff brought carryout bags before we left. A mother was there with 2 small toddlers in high chairs. She apologized for food spills. Staff responded that they were there to meet her needs and cheerfully swept up the dropped food. Looking forward to returning


Jasmine J

2 months ago

Was craving mediterranean food and I stumbled upon a jackpot. I love Mediterranean food but I don't eat it that often and this is the first place that I found in Charlotte that tasted really amazing. I really love the idea of the create your own bowl. I ordered a bowl with half jasmine rice and romaine for a base , hummus , Tzatziki , Cucumber tomato salad and even more Cucumber , sumac onions, seasoned beets, mediterranean pickles, feta cheese, and the most amazing Shawarma chicken! I honestly could have just ordered the bowl itself because it's a-lot of food . I ordered brussels sprouts on the side , so good and greek yogurt mac and cheese which i was apprehensive about ordering but it's very creamy , cheesy and good . I was hoping the pita bread would be warm, but it was still soft and good . Definitely a 5 star meal for me I can't wait to eat more

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