Welcome to Kareem's Restaurant, Catering, and Classes.

I am Chef Ahmad Yasin, and I am most delighted to be your host! My dishes blend fresh, healthy ingredients and a palette of exotic Arabic spices with an original twist for the Western palate. I think of it as "Middle East meets West" cuisine, found nowhere else in the world.

Ahmad Yasin, chef and owner of Kareem's Restaurant

Gourmet Arabic Cuisine

My first restaurant, also called Kareem’s, won Best of Boston for Middle Eastern cuisine and Zagat’s Certificate of Distinction. I have built upon that original Kareem’s and am proud to present an even finer dining experience. I invite you to savor a glorious assortment of the best Syria has to offer.

"... a small 3-table place with an open kitchen, and it feels like you are home. I like that idea."
(Yelp review, March 2016)

All ingredients are fresh and prepared with the most treasured exotic spices. Many of my recipes are said to be handed down for a thousand years. Translated from the Arabic, Kareem means generous. Generous in spirit, in quality and in hospitality. That is my philosophy of life and in my kitchen. I look forward to meeting you!

"Unbelievable fine dining experience. If you want to taste the best meal of your life, then I would recommend Kareem's in a heart beat. Everything on the menu is absolutely divine. The chef is a genius. We will be back!" (Yelp review, April 2016)


I offer catering services for parties and special occasions, both in my restaurant or at your home. Catering is available for all occasions. For more information, visit the catering services page or contact me at 617-393-1880.

Cooking Classes

I am happy to work with your schedule and budget to create a class customized just for you! Read my Classes page for more information, and then contact me at 617-393-1880 to set up your class!

"I took my friends to Kareem's cooking class, and it was a great experience for everyone. We learned how to make ... delicious and healthy Middle Eastern food. It was a unique experience for all of my foodie friends to cook with spices we hadn't tried before. The food was unbelievable... I highly recommend it." (Yelp review, April 2016)


Learn about Arabic recipes and ingredients, and discover delicious combinations of healthful and colorful foods.


From small parties to large corporate events, delight your guests with selections from Kareem's catering menu, customized just for you!


Kareem's Restaurant is available for rentals for parties and private dinners, with menus tailored for your event.

-- gift certificates available --
99 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 393-1880