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Welcome to Cafe Rakka!



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!


Chef Rakka and his wife Linda welcome you to their restaurant!  Feel free to ask them about the specials of the day, or about any menu items. 



Chef Rakka appeared on Talk of the Town

on Channel 5 on Thursday, August 5, 2010!



Click here to get Chef's recipe for Grilled Vegetable Salad, perfect for these summer months with the abundance of fresh produce!   (There's even a step-by-step video!)





Thanks to all who voted for us! 


Cafe Rakka took Second Place this year in the
Toast of Music City
category for Best Mediterranean Restaurant!








Coming Soon!  Cafe Rakka on Food Networks' Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!


Guy Fieri and the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives crew were at Cafe Rakka for several days in April filming a segment for an upcoming show!  (Thanks to the Oak Ridge Boys, among many others, for joining us!) Stay tuned - we'll be sure to let you know the air date! 





Another Successful Appearance at the Nashville Farmer's Market in November!


Chef Rakka was the featured chef for the first Sunday Chef's Demo at the Nashville Farmer's Market on November 22, 2009.  To help people get ready for their holiday parties, Chef Rakka demonstrated how to put together a delicious hummus bar with all the fixings, including olives, roasted pine nuts, garlic, and many more toppings.   Of course everyone loved the samples, which were served with Chef's wonderful freshly baked pita bread!








 Chef Rakka Featured on Fox 17's TN Mornings Monday, September 14, 2009!



Chef Rakka was delighted to appear on Fox 17's Tennessee Mornings Show a few weeks ago!   Charlie Chase and Kelly Sutton were "in the kitchen" with Chef as he prepared his delicious version of Eggplant Moussaka (download the recipe here if you'd like to try it at home!). 


The hosts also really enjoyed Chef's very special and unique Mediterranean red tea, made from the flowers of a plant that only grows in certain areas of the desert in the Upper Euphrates valley, and reputed to have good health benefits!  Our most recent newsletter featured a $1 off coupon; subscribe to our newsletter to get more special deals for the future! 



Chef Rakka Featured on Talk of the Town Friday, July 10, 2009!





Chef Rakka appeared on News Channel 5's Talk of the Town on Friday, July 10, 2009 at 11 am CDT.  Talk of the Town is Nashville's top rated weekday talk show with Meryll Rose and Lelan Statom.   For more info, visit Talk of the Town's website


Chef Rakka prepared his very special Ancient Lamb Shawermah dish! (Click here to watch the segment).  The lamb or steak is marinated in a mixture of olive oil, herbs and spices, and can be grilled on a Himalayan salt block (salt blocks can be purchased at Cafe Rakka).  Other menu items featured on the show were the Chicken Korma and Chef Rakka's delicious and delectable rice pudding.   Click here to access the recipe!



Chef Rakka Supported The Big Swim


The Big Swim for a Little Fighter was held in Hendersonville, Tennessee on May 29th to raise funds for Trace Kimler, a seventh-grade at Ellis Middle School who has been diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, and the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. 


Cafe Rakka donated their proceeds from Saturday, May 30th to The Big Swim for a Little Fighter.    More than $15,000 was raised for this wonderful cause!




House Specialties

Cafe Rakka offers a Hummus Bar with your choice of toppings.  This delicious mixture of ground chickpeas, lemon juice, spices and special tahini sauce can be topped with garlic, eggplant, pine nuts and other tasty items!   Don't forget our homemade tahini sauce!
Beef, chicken and lamb are the stars of Cafe Rakka's menu, all seasoned and/or marinated with fresh spices and herbs, and grilled on the Sajj (a unique Mediterranean wok).  Saffron rice, homemade yogurt sauce and pita bread (baked fresh daily!) round out the entrees. 

Hours of Operation
 (Subject to change)


Tuesday-Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, 5 pm - 9 pm


Call 615-824-6264 for takeout. We do not take reservations - tables are first come, first served.
 Cafe Rakka
Tel: 615-824-6264
Fax: 615-824-6094
71A New Shackle Island Road
Hendersonville, TN  37075


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