Khalil痴 II Restaurant
been Pittsburgh's leading Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant since
1972. Ranked in the top 20 of all city restaurants in an independent study,
II is a "must" stop for anyone visiting Pittsburgh who wants to experience
the finer things the city has to offer. For local residents,
II presents a unique opportunity to "travel" to the Middle East: a
full immersion into the sights, sounds, and tastes of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon,
Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States. And, for those who want
to put a touch of romance into their evening, let's just say that stepping
into Khalil's II is like walking into the pages of A Thousand
and One Nights.
The architecture and decor of our restaurant reproduce authentic scenes and the feel of a fine Middle Eastern mansion: ceramic tile, ornate chandeliers, tapestries, authentic arabic artifacts, and photographs and artwork depicting historic and legendary places and events.
It is not unusual to hear Syrian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Libyan dialects spoken in our restaurant. Many of our employees and wait staff have Middle Eastern backgrounds, and we enjoy Arabic and Greek music. And it's not unusual for family members or members of our staff to break into song or dance, especially if it helps make your celebration more fun and festive.
Our menu items are made right on our premises, in our kitchen. They are not trucked in from some other state, or purchased 'ready-made'. We shop in the strip district and carefully select the best produce. Mr. Khalil was raised as a farmer, and began working in this restaurant in the 1960s (when it was Omar Kayam's) as its butcher. He demands that we do things his way, and so we do. The only way to get fresher meats and vegetables than the ones we serve is to go directly to a farm.
The methods we use in food preparation are, with few exceptions, the same methods used in traditional kitchens for thousands of years. We do not dump our ingredients into a machine and out pops a salad. Our chefs and cooks not only supervise but actually engage in every step of the preparation process. Our salad dressing is our own unique blend.
Mediterranean people are known for their hospitality and generosity. When we put a plate of food in front of you, there is going to be enough there to satisfy your hunger, and it is going to taste so good, you are going to wish you had room for more. If you leave without taking part of you meal with you for tomorrow's lunch, we feel like we haven't done our job.
To be sure, it is expensive to do things our way, but our prices are very reasonable. The menu posted on this site does not have prices listed because the cost of everything these days seems to be so volatile. Yet as of this writing (June 2010) it is still possible to have a full dinner for two (salad, entree, sides and dessert), a bottle of wine, and a cup of turkish coffee for well under $50. In other words, you do not have to be an oil sheik in order to come to Khalil's II and be treated like one.
We'd like to see you sometime soon. We serve dinner from 4-10 (we stay open a bit later on the weekends). We are closed Mondays. Call ahead on major holidays (sometimes we feel like taking a break, sometimes we don't). We suggest you make reservations on the weekends and anytime you plan on bringing in a party of 6 or more. Our banquet hall on the second floor can comfortably hold over 100 people, and provides an elegant setting for any gathering or celebration. Stop by tonight. We'll be glad to see you!