Reem Assil

Chef, Owner
Reem Assil


About Reem Assil

Reem Assil founded Reem’s with a passion for the flavors of Arab street-corner bakeries and the vibrant communities where they’re located. Growing up in a Palestinian-Syrian household, Reem was surrounded by the aromas and tastes of food from the homeland and the connections they evoked of her heritage, family, and community. Before dedicating herself to a culinary career, Reem worked for a decade as a community and labor organizer, and brings the warmth of community to all her events. She has worked with the Bay Area’s esteemed cooperative bakery Arizmendi Bakery & Pizzeria, Grace Street Catering, Local Flavors, and several local chefs. In 2014 she was accepted to the competitive food business incubator program, La Cocina.


  • Best Chef: West Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Kibbeh nayeh
$$, Reservations, Middle Eastern, Downtown Oakland
"Kibbeh nayeh.. lamb and bulgar tartare- shallot, lemon, baharat, pickled freshness, mint, burnt cinnamon.. whole lot of luscious goodness.. one of my favs on the menu at @dyafaoakland debuting tomorrow for first official dinner service. #arabeats #lebanesedelicacy #kibbehnayeh #restaurantopening #oaklandrestaurants #mezze #lambtartare #dyafaoakland"
At my venues
Za'atar Flatbread
$$, Restaurant, Fruitvale Station
"I had to check out what all the fuss was about, and it was so worthwhile. Go to Reem's. It's not just the cool spot, it's f****ing delicious. . . . #foodislife #foodphotography #foodie #food #foodpic #foodsofinstagram #chefslife #nomnom #instafood #chefsofig #foodgawker #foodporn #theindustry #chef #ouichef #foodpic @reemscalifornia"