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Afghan Kitchen, Salt Lake City, UT

Afghan Kitchen

4.8
4.8
30 Reviews
$30 and under
Afghan

Authentic Afghan Cuisine
The two Afghan families who established Afghan Kitchen in 2016 are welcoming you to give you the most memorable experience through food, beverages and Afghani hospitality.

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Grill, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (801) 953-1398

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Wali Arshad

  • Catering

    Call this number 8019796923

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Menu

Appetizer

  • Mantu$7.29

    Steamed dumplings with tender seasoned ground beef filling, topped with a generous dollop of our garlicky yogurt sauce, steamed yellow split peas and a dash of dried mint

    • Bolani Kachalo$6.99

      Flat bread stuffed with a thin layer of mildly spiced potatoes and leeks. Goes well with a dribble of the chutney or cucumber yogurt sauce

      • Aushak$7.29

        Handmade dumplings with leek and spring onion filling, topped with our garlicky yogurt sauce and kidney beans. An Afghan Kitchen specialty

        • Borani Banjan$7.49

          Succulent fresh eggplant slow cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce bathed with our garlicky yogurt sauce

          • Pakawra$5.99

            Potato fritters made with garbanzo bean batter and Afghan Kitchen's secret spices

            • Afghan Style Fries$6.99

              Potato strips lightly coated with walnut flour and fried. Afghan Kitchen specialty

              Soup and Salad

              • Aush$7.29

                A hearty Afghan noodle soup with fresh vegetables, chicken broth and a generous sprinkle of dried mint and dill. Afghan Kitchen specialty

                • Shorwa e Murgh$7.99

                  Chicken soup thick with flavors of slow cooked garbanzo beans, sweet corn, turmeric and fresh cilantro. A delicious street food found on the streets of Kabul

                  • Salata e Murgh$11.99

                    Afghan salad with tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and a tender chicken kebab pieces with a zesty dressing

                    Afghan Cuisine Specialities

                    All main dishes are served with challaw, Afghan white basmati rice, and can be substituted with afghan qabili rice upon request for an additional charge of $2.99

                    • Lamb Shank Qabili Palau$18.29

                      Fall off the bone lamb shank, slow cooked to perfection and served with seasoned aromatic basmati rice topped with caramelized carrots and raisins. This dish is served with borani banjan and a refreshing house salad. Qabili palau, also known as Kabuli palau is Afghanistan's national dish

                      • Beef Shank Qabili Palau$17.99

                        Slow cooked beef shank until tender and served with seasoned aromatic basmati rice topped with caramelized carrots and raisins. This dish is served with borani banjan and a refreshing house salad

                        • Mantu Meal$14.99

                          Mantu, steamed dumplings with tender seasoned ground beef filling, topped with a generous dollop of our garlicky yogurt sauce, steamed yellow split peas and a dash of dried mint

                          • Kebab e Seekhi

                            Skewered meat made just like the traditional kebab houses in Kabul. Chunks of chicken, beef or lamb are marinated in our secret sauce and cooked to perfection on skewers over charcoal. It's served with a side of challaw, Afghan white basmati rice, and house salad. Afghan Kitchen specialty. You pick the meat, we'll do the rest

                            • Lamb Kebab$17.99
                            • Beef kebab$14.99
                            • Chicken Kebab$14.99
                          • Qorma e Murgh$14.99

                            Chicken thighs slow cooked in ginger, tomatoes, onions, and garlic. Served with challaw, Afghan white basmati rice. Please indicate your choice of boneless or bone-in chicken

                            • Lola Kebab$14.49

                              Ground beef seasoned and cooked until the kebabs are tender and juicy. This dish is served with Afghan fries and house salad

                              Plant Based Dishes

                              All main dishes are served with challaw, Afghan white basmati rice

                              • Kadoo$13.69

                                Braised butternut squash flavored with coriander and turmeric, and topped with a garlicky yogurt sauce. Afghan Kitchen specialty

                                • Dal$11.99

                                  Hearty red lentils, thick with flavors of garlic, tomato, cumin, and coriander

                                  • Bamiya$11.99

                                    Braised okra in a family secret sauce of tomatoes, garlic and Afghan Kitchen's mix of spices

                                    • Borani Banjan$14.29

                                      Succulent fresh eggplant slow cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce bathed with our garlicky yogurt sauce

                                      • Qorma e Lobya$11.99

                                        kidney beans slow cooked in a rich sauce of fresh tomatoes, onions, and turmeric

                                        Sips

                                        • Chai$2.99

                                          Afghan black or green tea with a dash of cardamom

                                          • Traditional Doogh$3.99

                                            A refreshing Afghan yogurt and cucumber drink flavored with mint

                                            • Joose e Am$4.99

                                              Yogurt blended with mango makes a lightly sweetened and refreshing drink

                                              Sauces

                                              We provide four complimentary sauces to add flavor and heat to our mildly spiced dishes

                                              • Mast wa Badrang (Mild)

                                                Homemade yogurt cucumber sauce spiced with oregano

                                                • Chutney (Mildly Spicy)

                                                  A rich and vibrant sauce with cilantro, tomatoes, and bell pepper

                                                  • Morch e Sorkh (Spicy)

                                                    A sauce with kick, made from a blend of red chilli and spices

                                                    • Morche e Sabz (Very Spicy)

                                                      Hold on to your hat, habanerosauce

                                                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                      What 30 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                      4.8
                                                      4.8 based on recent ratings
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                                                      • 4.7Service
                                                      • 4.1Ambience
                                                      • 4.7Value

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                                                        postmomsyndrome

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined 7 days ago

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                        The food was wonderful. The staff very helpful. A great experience. The only challenge was that there are two Afghan Kitchens and we went to the wrong one.

                                                      2. R

                                                        Randy

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        55 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        55 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                        overall4food5service3ambience2

                                                        They looked at me strangely when I said I had a reservation. They are on Open Table but don’t use it. Fortunately, we ate early and there was no problem getting a table. They did fill up towards the end of our meal. Service was okay. A little lagging. Food was excellent. Ambiance a little spartan. Overall, it was a good experience. I would go again.

                                                      3. LB

                                                        LizaB

                                                        New York Area

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Delicious food and caring service. I love Afghan cuisine and was very excited to find a restaurant on my travels to SLC. Definitely one of the best ones I’ve been to.

                                                      4. DB

                                                        DougB

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. It’s nice to have some great food options here in town

                                                      5. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great food! Good variety and truly spicy options.

                                                      6. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Austin

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        You cannot actually make reservations here. We went to the restaurant and thankfully they had a table open, but Open Table needs to take this reservation system off for Afghan Kitchen because they are only first come first serve. That being said, the food here is incredible. So flavorful and delicious. Highly recommend for a casual dinner

                                                      7. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                        Absolutely delicious! Located in a sketchy strip mall. Don’t let that fool you. It’s a lovely restaurant with excellent food.

                                                      8. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        Great flavors

                                                      9. CF

                                                        CamFung

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This is the second branch of the original restaurant on Main Street. It is bigger, brighter, and more spacious. Most importantly, the food is just as delicious as the original restaurant. There isn't an item on the menu that we don't love. I particularly love the lamb shank because the meat just falls off its bone. The owner is friendly and kind. You must give Afghan Kitchen a try. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

                                                      10. GS

                                                        GSmith

                                                        Birmingham

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        The food was absolutely delicious! I had the lamb shank and my husband had the kebobs. We will definitely be going back soon.

                                                      11. CA

                                                        CynthiaA

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        I read about this restaurant in Salt Lake Magazine. We made reservations thinking it would be packed on a Saturday night. When we got there, very few people were in the restaurant. The service and the food was outstanding. It’s in a strip mall so it may still be a “hidden gem.”

                                                      12. M

                                                        Mtndiner

                                                        Chicago

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                        Afghan House provided very good food and service.

                                                      13. ND

                                                        NichelleD

                                                        Hawaii

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        Food was great and the service was really good. We had Chai tea which was really good as well as both of their desserts. Made for a really fun and yummy valentines dinner.

                                                      14. LE

                                                        Love2Eat

                                                        Los Angeles

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        The food was amazing! Everything was perfectly spiced - NOT spicy but with an incredible amount of flavor. We were very glad we made a reservation through open table as they were quite busy and we’re having to turn away parties without a reservation. We will definitely be back the next time we are in SLC!

                                                      15. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        Excellent cuisine and menu options. Strongly recommend trying it if you haven’t had Afghan food before.

                                                      16. G

                                                        Globalbyr

                                                        London

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        21 reviews

                                                        Dined on December 30, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                        We just discovered this wonderful restaurant. The chicken kebobs and the chicken curry are so moist and tender and simply exceptional that we came back 3 days after our first visit. We will be back frequently. The service is terrific and the atmosphere is clearly casual and unpretentious, I just wish they had a liquor license.

                                                      17. g

                                                        gordonm

                                                        San Diego

                                                        31 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        31 reviews

                                                        Dined on December 19, 2021

                                                        overall4food5service4ambience2

                                                        Authentic food that dazzled the taste buds. Not fine dinning as not much was done to the restaurant space to decorate. No doubt I would go back.

                                                      18. J

                                                        John

                                                        Tucson

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        8 reviews

                                                        Dined on December 19, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                        Delicious food. Great service. Not much atmosphere but we went to try Afghan cuisine. Will return when in town.

                                                      19. DH

                                                        DonnaH

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience2

                                                        My husband and I were visiting Salt Lake City and were having difficulty finding a reservation for a Friday evening. The Afghan Kitchen was able to accommodate us. The food was succulent and delicious, the service was wonderful and the prices were extremely reasonable. The very best lamb shank I have ever eaten. I wish we had a restaurant like this at home.

                                                      20. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on December 11, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Great service. Food was delicious. Made great food recommendations

                                                      21. BW

                                                        BrandonW

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on November 20, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        The food is always delicious and consistently good. The server was friendly and very helpful

                                                      22. r

                                                        rhj1

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                        The food was excellent- we loved the lamb shank and Lola kebab, along with the appetizer (can’t recall the name, but I think it was the first one on the menu). The lamb shank with the rice with raisins was especially tasty. The place had a nice atmosphere and a pretty clean bathroom. My only complaint was the somewhat slow service. When we (a party of two) arrived, there was only one other party there, with only two people. A couple more parties arrived later during our time there. However, there was one server for everyone, and she seemed incredibly busy and took awhile to take our order (actually, someone else came out of the kitchen to finally take our order after we’d been there for ~15 min), then our server only checked on us once before we asked for the check. We had to get her attention to ask for the check, and that took awhile to come back to us too. I will say that the time between our order and the food coming out was pretty short, so not much of a wait there. If the server is going to be that busy, I think having another server would help. This is a pretty minor complaint overall. The food was great and we’d come back!

                                                      23. CG

                                                        CelesteGS

                                                        Vancouver

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        7 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 30, 2021

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                        This is a great place to enjoy delicious afghan food. The service was great. Budget friendly

                                                      24. C

                                                        Chloelulu

                                                        Philadelphia

                                                        22 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        22 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 30, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                        Our server recommended the lamb shank so two of us ordered it. We both devoured it - and one of us is an extremely picky eater. The flavor was rich and the meat was so tender you could cut it with your fork - but not mushy in the slightest. The chicken kebabs were tender, too, and moist. The eggplant side dish was perfectly tangy, rich, and satisfying. The manti - we ordered the leek and scallion version - were the perfect mix of delicate, chewy, and crispy. The fries were under-cooked, however, and the kidney beans and rice was nothing special. Spacious modern decor and outstanding service from a caring, competent server made our visit quite pleasant. Prices were very reasonable.

                                                      25. JM

                                                        JohnM

                                                        Washington DC

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                        All the dishes were excellent! We will certainly go back to sample some other dishes.

                                                      26. HP

                                                        HeidiP

                                                        Raleigh

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 21, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                        Food is always fabulous. Generous portions and everything is so flavors. Plenty to choose from for any palette! We always leave stuffed and with a to-go box. Always get the Sabzi Challow. We have never been disappointed and order something new each time.

                                                      27. AP

                                                        AlanP

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                        small hole in the wall place, but excellent food at a reasonable cost.

                                                      28. PS

                                                        PattyS

                                                        Charleston

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 26, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Great, authentic food. We all loved it. Great service. Don’t let the lack of ambience keep you away:)

                                                      29. p

                                                        promolad

                                                        New Mexico

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 20, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We had a wonderful lunch with friends. The food is wonderful and the service is great. We live about 30 miles away, but it was well worth the trip! It was our second time to experience the fantastic dishes at Afghan Kitchen.

                                                      30. TR

                                                        ThomasR

                                                        Seattle

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        23 reviews

                                                        Dined on June 24, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This restaurant is so delicious; all of the foods and condiments are packed with flavor! The quality of our dining experiences are always consistently excellent. The food is fresh & healthy, and easily accommodates vegan, vegetarian & gluten free diets. And they’re open on Sundays- always a plus in SLC. I highly recommend!

                                                      Safety precautions

                                                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                        • Contactless payment available
                                                      • Physical distancing

                                                        • Limited number of seated diners
                                                        • Extra space between tables
                                                      • Protective equipment

                                                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                        • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                      • Screening

                                                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                      FAQs

                                                      Afghan Kitchen does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Afghan Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 953-1398.

                                                      Afghan Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

                                                      Afghan Kitchen does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

                                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                      Booked 33 times today
                                                      Google Map for Afghan Kitchen

                                                      1465 S State St Salt Lake City, UT 84115-5423

                                                      Additional information

                                                      • Cross street

                                                        1465 S State Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                        Salt Lake City

                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                        Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                      • Cuisines

                                                        Afghan, Grill, Vegetarian

                                                      • Dining style

                                                        Casual Dining

                                                      • Dress code

                                                        Casual Dress

                                                      • Parking details

                                                        Street Parking

                                                      • Payment options

                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                      • Executive chef

                                                        Wali Arshad

                                                      • Additional

                                                        Delivery, Takeout

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