Panini Café


Chicken kabob

[left to right] Dolmadas, chicken kabob, Mediterannian-Greek salad
Dolmadas, chicken kabob, and Mediterranean-Greek salad
From their paninis to their delicious kabobs, Panini Café provides a wide menu choice that is ideal for everyone. This restaurant serves delicious lunches and dinners as well as amazing desserts. Because of its laid back and comfortable environment, this restaurant is great for birthdays and anniversaries.
In the Irvine location, they include a nice outside seating area. Compared to their other locations, the Irvine location is by far the best because it is much more spacious than Panini Café’s other locations.  The outside seating is my favorite place to enjoy my meal because it has nice lighting and the temperature can be controlled differently for each table.
Most Persian, Italian and Mediterranean restaurants are on the expensive side, but this restaurant serves the most popular dishes from each culture at inexpensive prices. For Persian food, they serve different kinds of kabobs, taftoon wraps (kabob wrapped in taftoon bread) and many other delicious dishes. For Italian food, they mostly serve paninis and famous pastas. For Mediterranean food, their most popular dishes are mousakah (a dish that contains ground sirloin with basmati rice or organic wheat pilaf and roasted eggplant on top) and dolmadas (stuffed bell peppers).
I first went to Panini Café after hearing many great reviews about it from my friends and family. The first time I tried Panini Café’s Mediterranean food, I ate the mousakah. This dish comes with Mediterranean salsa, pita bread and a choice of either Caesar, Mediterranean, Greek or Romaine avocado salad.
The healthiness of the foods at Panini Café is also another great aspect. Overall, Panini Café is a great restaurant that strives to create delicious but healthy dishes for their customers.
Panini Café has eight locations in California including: Beverly Hills, W. Hollywood, Downtown L.A., Westwood Village, Woodland Hills, New Port Beach, Irvine and Aliso Viejo.
Irvine location:
3041 Michelson Drive
(949) 260-9800
8 AM to 10 PM
Prices: $5.95 – $15.95 for lunch and dinner
Staff writer