2401 E. 6th Street 78702
Ararat is continuing to take additional health and safety precautions in order to insure our community has access to Safe, Healthy, Thoughtfully prepared foods this new year.
We look forward to scrubbing in and serving you! ~ The Ararat Pack
Ararat first opened its doors in 1994, as Ararat Restaurant in a small neighborhood just north of Hyde Park. The previous owners were interested in offering Austin a unique dining experience with an eclectic family atmosphere.
In 2003 the ownership was passed down to longtime waitress, Kelly Abshire, who continued to enhance the Ararat experience with new entertainment and menu concepts. Word of mouth advertising made Ararat Austin’s best kept secret for many years. But with exquisite food and amazing entertainment the word was soon out and Ararat was on top of Austin’s best restaurants lists, winning several awards and featured specials.
In 2007, after losing the lease on North Loop Blvd., The Ararat Pack took Ararat on the road in true Gypsy fashion. Expanding the catering and event offerings by bringing the full Ararat Experience to the community. Catering Weddings, Office Parties, Birthdays, Romantic Dinners for 2, Holiday Parties, & Family Gatherings.
Ararat eventually found a permanent home in East Austin in 2010 inside Hot Mama’s Cafe. Hot Mama’s was a beloved coffee shop created specifically to empower working Mama’s to expand and work towards a wide variety of dreams while earning income in a fun way. Hot Mama’s created a loving community with other like minded mamas and papas of all walks of life serving a unique beverage menu and Ararat inspired; Sandwiches, Salads and Pastries. As East Austin continued to grow and change, the construction climate of the Eastside could no longer support the cafe and Hot Mama’s sadly closed its doors, after 12 years of service, in 2017. Ararat’s food however was still in high demand and has continued through catering and hosting both private and community events in the lovely outdoor courtyard on East 6th.
Ararat has also found new clientele within offices through catered lunches and holiday parties all over Austin.
Ararat Mid-East Fusion believes that sitting down to eat is not just about sustenance, it’s about celebration. A lovingly prepared meal is an invitation for family and friends to rejoice in each other, to share stories, laughter, music, dance, and of course, excellent food. In that spirit, Ararat serves a variety of authentic and fusion inspired, Turkish, Greek, Kurdish, Persian, Arabic, Indian and Southwest dishes. Prepared with the very freshest, locally sourced ingredients, the Ararat chefs strive to make these centuries old traditions and signature twists shine through in every bite.
The Ararat Experience begins with a first course selection of one of several Mezzes (appetizers), which are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palette. This is followed by the main course and an abundance of sides. A difficult decision- will it be the succulent Slow Roasted Lamb, the marinated Grilled Chicken, the vegan Coconut Chole, or one of the other many deliciously seasoned dishes? The meal is completed with one of our many delightful, sweet, homemade pastries for dessert. A traditional Walnut Pomegranate Baklava, Ararat’s Signature Choclava or Stuffed Apricots is sure to compliment and satisfy.
But the food is just part of your enjoyment, Ararat also offers unique Eastern Inspired Local Entertainment, including Belly Dancers, Hula Hoopers, Live Music, Intuitive Readings, Visual Arts, and Fire Dancing Performances.
So come and celebrate life and Austin with us! Invite your table full of friends and family to enjoy our extraordinary cuisine, unique entertainment, and authentic Austin Atmosphere.
At our location or yours, The Ararat experience is truly a Feast for the Senses.
We are so excited for the opportunity to be included in life’s celebrations, both big and small or even just part of your daily routine.
Everything that leaves our little window to the world is mama-made and is served with love.