Grill Cafe

24781 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


  • Sun 11am-7:30pm, Mon-Thu 11am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
  • $$
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
Grill Cafe is a Persian restaurant in Laguna Hills. The restaurant is tiny, with just one woman working the register; you’ll have to pick up your order from her, then grab your own utensils, napkins and water next to the fridge stacked with bottles of doogh. Don’t mind this fast-casual environment: Grill Cafe serves righteous Persian grub, from engorged lengths of koobideh to sumptuous stews to hefty sandwiches to tahdig so crispy the shards of crispy rice that fly out of your mouth with every bite will leave welts on your beloved’s face. Daily specials bring sumptuous polos; the soda fridge also has stacks of mast-o-musir and other dips and salads to take home or dump over your food right there. Stand in front of the counter for a couple of seconds, and you’ll feel the heat emanating from the three spits in front of you.

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