From Our Chef and Staff
Welcome to Carnival Restaurant
Established since 1984 this family owned and operated restaurant continues to nourish the Southern California families with the Lebanese cultural tradition of a healthy natural diet in a very intimate atmosphere.Located in the heart of the San Fernando Valley on Woodman Ave. in Sherman Oaks, California, our chefs are constantly cooking either for daily consumption or catering for a celebration.
On a daily basis attending to the preparation for home cooked meals, the freshest produce from farmers market (Hisba) and the freshest lamb, beef and chicken are purchased. Most of the other assortments are purchased except the pickled turnips are home made.
The assortment and combinations of food are distinct and most of the time include garlic, olive oil, herbs, spices (ground cloves, ground kuzbara, coriander, black pepper, ground cinnamon, paprika, ground allspice, cumoon, and curkadom) and the freshest of ingredients.
Whether it's, lunch or dinner a feast would not be an exaggeration when describing the spread of any Carnival Restaurant hearty meals. Hummus (mashed chick peas in sesame oil), Fool (beans), Lebena (yogurt), Stuffed Grape Leaves, Eggplant, Lentil Soup, Shawarma beef/chicken,Â Â Falafel sandwiches and Arabic/Taboule salads are the Lebanese rendition of fast food.
Â Kafta (ground beef) with potatoes, and our daily specials, Mulkia, Bamia, Sheik Almehshi, Stuffed Chicken, Lamb Shanks, Shish-kebab (beef and/or chicken), skewered Lamb Cubes grilled with onions and tomatoes are just a few of the delicious Lebanese dishes that are worth mentioning.
Desserts and sweets especially the Baklava, Kunafa, Namura, Mamul and Muhlabia traditionally are served with a good strong cup of Arabic coffee.
Lebanese cuisine contains a great quantity of vegetables, meat and fresh seafood. But Mazza (hors d'oeuvres) has always had a starring role in the Lebanese food presentation especially Taboule, Kibbee, Hummus, Baba-Gannouj, Stuffed Grape Leaves, and Falafel, complete the scrumptious rich cuisine of Lebanese food varieties menu.
The end results of these dishes take on a meaning of pride in a rich heritage and an artful cooking skill that traditionally every family must master only at home. You can certainly be assured that the chefs and servers at Carnival Restaurant continue this tradition of home cooking excellence to delight your appetite and make you feel at home.
Please accept our appreciation and sincere thanks for letting us serve you. Sometimes in the rush of business we fail to say thanks loud enough. But you can be sure your patronage is never taken for granted. Our aim is to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst.
To serve you is a real privilege.
Special Events and Catering
Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.
Seasonal and Local
We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That's why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers' markets.