About Us

Our Story

Manakish Oven and Grill celebrate the history and the flavors of the Middle Eastern Mediterranean with a robust variety of spices, hand-marinated blends of meat and authentic hand-stretched cheese that is unique to the Eastern Mediterranean that represent the cultural roots of owners Adam Taleb and Feras Gaban.   


Owners Adam and Feras call themselves “serial entrepreneurs” and enjoy the challenge and energy business start-ups demand.  They have successfully built several consulting businesses, and are excited to finally bring their shared passion for Eastern Mediterranean comfort food to their newest business venture, Manakish Oven and Grill.  Manakish is the ultimate comfort food throughout the Middle East and is the best way Gaben and Taleb can bring their love for their roots to their home in the U.S.A.


Adam and Feras share the same story of immigration and humble beginnings.  Their families fled their homelands to the United Arab Emirates where the young boys were raised. It was there they were introduced to a life of hard work, survival, and entrepreneurship. Although the UAE is known for oil and oil money, their families each built a life from entrepreneurship.  It was not until Adam and Feras moved to the United States to attend college did their paths cross. 


With many parallels in their lives, Gaban and Taleb began to explore entrepreneurship as partners in the US after college.  Their passion for the food of their homeland is what ultimately brought Manakish Oven and Grill to life. They realized many of the Mediterranean options in the Bay Area were not reflective of the authentic aromas, textures, and flavors they grew up with.  Wanting to expand the horizon of Middle Eastern cuisine in the Bay area and bring the heart of their home to the East Bay – Manakish Oven and Grill was born. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide fresh and healthy Eastern Mediterranean foods with authentic flavors in a simple grab-and-go style.

Our Philosophy

We believe food is at the heart of people, families, and communities. We believe that by using the freshest ingredients, authentic spices, and respect time-honored traditional methods of cooking, we will bring the genuine flavors of our home to yours while expanding your experience of Mediterranean cuisine.

Message from our chef

Everything you taste from Manakish Oven and Grill is a labor of love. We do not use pre-packaged foods or frozen foods.  We take the time, using the best ingredients, to create something we know you will enjoy. The processes we use to prepare your meals are the same intricate, often tedious, processes that are used in the Middle East.  When you bite into one of our manakish, side-dishes, or desserts, you are biting into the genuine flavors of our home, prepared in the same way our grandmothers prepared them! All of our dishes are made by hand and heart.

Fresh Ingredients

Fresh ingredients are the cornerstone of every dish we prepare. We source from the highest quality partners that showcase the flavors of the middle east.

Delicious Food

Our menu highlights exceptional flavors, healthy food and a memorable culinary experience with hand-made dough, homemade marinades, and hand-stretched cheeses.

Grab & Go

Choose healthy and fun for your meals on the run. We offer a full variety of freshly made items that make eating healthy, on the run, easy and delicious.


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