71 New Shackle Island Rd
Hendersonville, TN 37075-2321

Cafe Rakka Mediterranean Grill

Cuisine: Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

Cafe Rakka Mediterranean Grill is a Mediterranean, Vegetarian, and Middle Eastern restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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"Hummus was delicious"
  • 8/30/2014

    A dining patron from Atlanta, GA tried it and liked it.

  • 2/09/2014

    A Mediterranean food lover from Atlanta, GA tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Hummus was delicious
  • 5/01/2013

    A dining patron from Nashville, TN tried it and liked it.

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 Nashville, TN

Delicious Healthy Eating

If you are looking for a healthy place to eat out, Cafe Rakka fits the bill. There are great organic salads and tasty soups. The Rakka salad is huge and has unique toppings like dried cherries, an ancient family dressing and homemade cheese. Their house water has the refreshing flavor of lemon and cucumber and the best part – it’s free. The place is charming down to the fresh flowers on the table. It’s a great place for a carryout also – the presentation is just as carefully prepared.

Rakka Mediterranean Salad

An extra-large salad of romaine lettuce, baby spinach, tomatoes, red onion, dried cherries, walnuts, homemade cheese and special family recipe dressing. Served with hot pita bread.

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 Hendersonville, TN

Cafe Rakka - Hendersonville's Best Restaurant

If you haven’t tried Cafe Rakka off New Shackle Island Road, you are missing an incredible dining experience. Don’t let the small restaurant and location fool you. It’s located where September’s used to be. Lunch and dinner service are truly extraordinary. Inside the place is very cute and cozy, but the food is the main attraction. They don’t pull it out of the freezer and stick in the microwave like the many chain restaurants around here do. They make their food fresh every day. I recommend getting one of their entrees or sandwiches and having a sampler portion of their unbelievable $2.99 appetizers. Their specials are great for dinner including lamb, salmon and seared tuna. For lunch I enjoy their Tandoori chicken pita or falafel sandwich. Save room for dessert – rice pudding, baklava or stuffed dates. Expand your palate you meat-and-three loving Southerners and do your waistline a favor with delicious and healthy Mediterranean cuisine like none other only at Café Rakka.

Tandoori Chicken Pita Sandwich

Their signature marinated chicken stuffed in a fresh baked pita with homemade cheese, grilled onions and spices grilled to perfection.

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 Gallatin, TN

Cafe Rakka Rocks!!!!!!

This little restaurant is the hidden jewel of Nashville and Sumner County. They have the freshest, most delicious food in town. Their appetizers are wonderful – hummus, falafel and tabbouleh – the best anywhere. The grilled Eggplant and Cheese pita is my favorite along with their Rakka Mediterranean Salad. Don’t leave without trying their Rice Pudding with chopped pistachios and their delicious Red Tea – so healing. The chef is a fifth generation cheese and yogurt maker. Everything is made fresh daily including their pita bread. Many of their secret recipes are generations old. His wife Linda is a Hendersonville local. They make a great team. Everything is clean, fresh, and the food presentation is beautiful. It’s great for both vegetarians and meat eaters. You have to check out this Hendersonville hot spot – Cafe Rakka most definitely rocks!!

Eggplant & Cheese Pita

This wonderful grilled pita filled with roasted eggplant, homemade melted cheese, grilled onions and served with an incredible yogurt dipping sauce is the best sandwhich on their menu! I recommend medium spice level.


The best falafel I’ve ever had. It comes with 6 round croquettes of ground chickpeas mixed with their special spices and served on a bed of green with tahini sauce and fresh baked pita bread. Can also be purchased as a sample portion for 2.99.

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 Hendersonville, TN

Excellent Fresh Food!

Wonderful food, prepared fresh and made to order. We discovered this place several months ago and try to eat there once a week. I love the Kabob Halabi anad the Chicken Shish Tawook, but my husband and I have had about everything on the menu and everything is delicious. The owners are very helpful, and even offer some dishes that are not on the menu from time to time – ask!

Chicken Shish Tawook

Nicely spiced chicken with rice, a wonderful salad and pita bread. Lunch prices lower.


Terrible service

Waited more than 1 hour and 20 minutes for our food. When we told them we were leaving then they brought the food. We had only five minutes to eat as we had movie tickets. They gave us two cookies to make for our wait. Thirty minutes into waiting they told us what we ordered might take a few extra minutes. The couple next to us got there kids orders and completely fed them and was still waiting for their food. When they threaten to leave they finally brought out their food……1 hour and 45 minutes after placing their order. They also got two free cookies. Can’t say how the food was as I only able to eat a few bites before we had to go.

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 Portland, TN

If it were any fresher you'd have to eat it in the garden!

Want your taste buds to tango? Just about anything on the menu will fill the bill!
You MUST try the hummus bar. The thick creamy hummus is topped with a vast array of offerings. I opted for the roasted garlic and spicey cilantro drizzled liberally with olive oil, served with your choice of white or whole wheat pita.
The romain must be grown in the kitchen to be that fresh and crisp! The Mediterrahian Salad platter was filled to the brim with fresh greens, tomatos, red onion, dried cherries, walnuts, fresh chef made cheese, tossed in a house dressing that leaves the tongue screaming MOREMORE… .
To finish off this splendiferous meal the server brings out the crowning jewel of the evening…. rice pudding. Don’t be fooled by it’s common name! It is anything but! A creamy, smooth, sweet concoction with a hint of chai spices, covered in ground pistashios. A perfect combo served with the Turkish coffee I’m sure.
This was a five star meal and a great value to boot.
Rakka is to be my new favorite for a long time to come I’m sure.

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 Nashville, TN

Great mediterranean!

This is a baby diamond in the rough! Very authentic, right down to the beverages. (no liquor served here)
Build your own hummus plate, combos and much more. Here’s a good tip. Order one app and one entree for 2 people. The portions are HUGE!

baba ghanoush

Wonderfully smoky and way more than 1 person can eat

Mediterranean Vegetarian Hendersonville
Mon-Sat 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Mon-Sat 11:00AM - 09:00PM (Friday Open for Dinner Only & Closed Sunday)
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CafeRakka, the Owner, says:

Café Rakka opened in March 2008 in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and features a variety of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes based on centuries-old family recipes, each prepared fresh to order. This cozy, comfortable restaurant is fast becoming a Middle Tennessee favorite, serving signature dishes with flair! During the summer, an outdoor patio awaits those patrons looking for an alfresco dining experience. Come try old favorites like Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Falafel and Tabbouleh, and sample new dishes such as Shish Tawook, Lahm-Ajeen and more. A full range of appetizers, entrees, specialty salads and sandwiches, desserts and beverages awaits!

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