Black Sea Restaurant

Twin Cities, Minnesota

3.9 / 15 votes

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The Black Sea offers inexpensive Turkish cuisine in an informal environment in the Hamline University area

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

Black Sea Restaurant is a small deli but does have a sit-down portion with table service.

Vegetarian soups, appetizers, and dinners are clearly marked in separate sections on the menu. Vegan dishes are not, so it is best to ask if unsure.

Also offers Turkish coffee and tea.

Added by Armed with a Banana on Mar 4 05 (last updated May 21 16)

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This is a tiny, cash-only hole-in-the-wall that almost makes you feel like you're somewhere in Turkey with the elaborate, and perhaps excessive, decorations and bead-curtains all over the place.

I came here around 1:30 p.m. on a Thursday and it was packed, though people steadily started clearing out. Be warned about this if you're looking to get a lunch table (there are only a few) at peak time.

I had a falafel sandwich ($4.65 without tax) combo which comes with fries. It was okay at best. Basically it was a white flour pita pocket stuffed with four or five falafel pieces, a few shreds of lettuce, and exactly one small slice of tomato. I felt kind of jipped on the ingredients. The lettuce and tomato were really low-grade, too, and completely flavorless.

The falafel pieces themselves were passable. My main gripes are that they were too soft and that the filling was not flavorful enough.

I don't like white flour pita so I wish they offered a whole wheat option. This particular pita wasn't very good either---too paper-y and chewy.

I give this place three stars instead of two because I liked the service and the low prices. The owner was a super-friendly guy who promptly greeted me upon entrance even though the place was bustling. I also like the Turkish coffee and tea which they serve in tiny glass cups.

On a whole, if you're looking for good falafel, my three top spots remain: Mim's (St. Paul); Abu Nader (St. Paul); and Loon Deli (Minneapolis).

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The owners are amazingly nice. I am a vegan and love this place. Everything tastes so good, you're full and it's super cheap.

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Near intersection of Snelling and Minnehaha Avenues, 6-8 streets north of University Avenue. Metro Transit route 84.


No Reservations


$ - inexpensive


  • Turkish


  • Quiet


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11am - 9pm

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