Kabul

Budget

Budget
$
Everest Pizza
13 Str.Wazir Akbar Khan
+93 799-317979, +93 70-263636
9AM-9PM

Fast Food cuisine, English menu. Phone orders/ home delivery available.

Budget
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Cafe

In the basement of kabul city center, share-e naw. burger and banana drink for less than us$3.

Budget
$
Peshawar Kebab Shop
11AM-6PM
Shash Darak

A great local place for a tasty lunch. They only serve one type of food; Pakistani style flat chapli kebabs, but they do it well and it will only set you back Afs 100 or so.

Budget
$
Shar-e-now Burgers
Shar-e-now, opposite the Shar-e-now park
+93 799-300797, +93 70-255788
10AM-10PM

Fast Food cuisine, English menu. Phone orders available.

Budget
$
Afghan Fried Chicken

Clean western-style fast food restaurant.

Budget
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Street stalls

Abound, and good ones can be found around shahr-e naw park and near the pul-e khisti bridge in the old town. however, the hygiene is questionable particularly in the summer.

Midrange

Midrange
$$
Boccaccio Restaurant & Bar
Str 10 Wazir Ak khan (same street as Everest Pizza)
+93 799 160368
10AM–10PM

European and Italian cuisine, English menu. No phone orders/home delivery. Expensive, but the food is some of the best in Kabul.

Midrange
$$
Mai Thai Restaurant
Str15 Wazir Ak Khan House No.124
+93 70 297557, +93 70-278640
11AM–9PM

Thai cuisine, English menu and English speaking staff. The reincarnation of 'Lai Thai. Inside is very nice or you can sit outside. Park outside on the dirt road. Good prices.

Midrange
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Istanbul Restaurant
Macroian2, Matba block 104
+93 70 200116, +93 799 356282
8AM–9PM

Excellent Turkish cuisine, English menu. Clean, pleasant and frequented by middle class Afghans - a great place to sample good food and a slice of local Kabul life. Phone orders available.

Midrange
$$
La Cantina
Kabul
+93 798 271915
Mains Af 350-550
Tu-W 6-10PM, Th-Su 12-3PM & 6-10PM, M closed
East of Shar-e Nau park, about 1 block from Assa II Guesthouse

Closed. Should be removed as a dining option. Serves burritos, enchiladas, nachos and other Mexican standards.

Midrange
$$
Golden Key
No 284, Lane 4, Wazir Akbar Khan,
+93 799 002800, +93 799 343319
10AM–11PM
4th Turning on the left off St 13

Chinese seafood restaurant. Garden dining in the summer, Sheesha, Karaoke and English breakfast on Fridays. Phone orders for take away and home delivery. (http://www.goldenkeykabul.com)

Midrange
$$
Chief Burger
Shahre Naw
8PM-midnight
In front of Park Cinema

This restaurant provides fast food; burger and pizzas.

Midrange
$$
Taverna du Liban
Street 14, Lane 3, Wazir Akbar Khan
+93 799 828376

Excellent Lebanese restaurant.

Midrange
$$
Cafe du Pelican
Daraluman Road
closes at 5PM
on the west side of the road, look for an orange guard box and Landcruisers parked outside

Run by a French couple, good French cafe food with a bakery.

Midrange
$$
Anaar Restaurant & Bar
Crossing of St 14, Lane 3, Wazir Akbar Khan
+93 700 284 315
10AM-10PM
Between Wazir Akbar Khan circle and Heetal Plaza Hotel, towards end of St 14

UN security clearance. Great Indian and Asian cuisine. English menu, English speaking staff. Phone orders - take-away and delivery available.

Midrange
$$
B’s Place Restaurant
Str.2, Qala-e- fatullah House No.3
+93 70-276416, +93 70-276711
11AM–11PM

Italian and Mexican cuisine, English menu. Phone orders available.

Midrange
$$
Kulba Afghan
Shar-e-now, Esmat Moslim Str. 3rd floor
+93 799 452151, +93 70 034979
10AM–9PM

Afghan and Italian cuisine, English menu. No phone orders/home delivery.

Midrange
$$
The Grill Restaurant
Street 15, Wazir Akbar Khan
on junction near British embassy

Lebanese food in pleasant garden surroundings, mixed clientèle.

Midrange
$$
New World Korean Restuarant
Charyi Ansari
+93 799 199509
until 9pm
Shar-e Now

Now moved to a new location, but the food is still excellent quality. Good selection of Korean dishes, including excellent kimbab Korean sushi.

Midrange
$$
Pamir Restaurant
Bagh-e Bala road
+93 20 2201321
at the Intercontinental Hotel

Offers an excellent and cheap buffet.

Midrange
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Park Residence Hotel

Provides a good Afghan buffet.

Midrange
$$
Popolano Italian Restaurant
Charahi Ansari, Share-e Naw
+93 70 288116
9AM-10PM

English menu, good pizza and pastas. Phone orders available.

Midrange
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The Springfield Restaurant &amp Bar
Wazir Akbar Khan

Pizza and assorted Italian/Western fare, and has a weekly quiz night on Mondays.

Midrange
$$
Carlito's Restaurant & Bar
Str 15 Wazir Ak Khan
+93 799 159697, +93 799 167824
10AM-10PM

Mexican cuisine, English Menu. No phone orders/home delivery

Midrange
$$
Sufi Afghan Restaurant
near the Intercontinental Hotel
Midrange
$$
Escalades Restaurant
Macroian2, Matba block 104
+93 799 473763
10AM–10PM

European cuisine, English menu. No phone hours/home delivery.

Midrange
$$
Afghan International Pizza Express
Darulaman Road
+93 700 383 918
near Ministry of Commerce and Ariana TV

Good pizza. Destroyed during the May 2006 riots, but has since been rebuilt and has a new chef.

Midrange
$$
Le Divan Restaurant (frm L'Atmosphere)
Str.4, Qala-e- fatullah
+93 799-300264, +93 700 224982
10AM-10PM

French cuisine, French and English menu. Phone orders available. Garden dining and swimming pool. Closed on Sundays.

Midrange
$$
 

The vast numbers of foreigners in Kabul has lead to the city being perhaps the best place to eat in the region, and in the mid-range bracket there are dozens of good places to eat for US$15-25 per person for an evening meal.

Midrange
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Hong Kong Restaurant
Wazir Akbar Khan
near Pakistani embassy

Good Chinese food.

Top end

Top end
$$$
 
Shar-E-Naw
+93 779 057640
US$5-25
6:30PM-10:30PM
off ButRaven@RavenRaeResources.comcher St. (Koche Qasabi), take first left lane. Raven Restaurant (and Guest House) is the 6th building on the right.

Grilled meat, seafood, steak and pizza. Vietnamese spring rolls and coffee served in the rose garden around back on Fri-Sat 10AM-3PM. Restaurant is closed on Monday.

Top end
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Café Zarnegar
Froshgah Street
+93 79 9654 000
Mains $15-20
6:30AM-10PM daily, brunch 11AM-4PM
in the Kabul Serena Hotel

Tasty high-end international food and nice atmosphere, one of the nicest restaurants in the city. Their large buffet is probably the best in the country.

Top end
$$$
Silk Route Restaurant
Froshgah Street
+93 79 9654 000
US$15-20
6-10PM daily
in the Kabul Serena Hotel

Specializes in South-east Asian food, in a luxurious atmosphere.

Top end
$$$
Gandamack Lodge
Sherpur Square, next to the UNHCR

One of Kabul's classiest establishments serving a varied menu in a nice atmosphere. Alcohol is very expensive, even by Afghan standards, but that can be forgiven given the fairly reasonable food prices.

The thousands of foreigners in the city since the fall of the Taliban has gradually turned Kabul into something of a restaurant mecca. Restaurants can crudely be split into 'places for locals' and 'places for expats' - with the latter having higher security, higher prices but not necessarily higher quality. Restaurants that are UN approved are particularly expensive. If you are looking for a place with a good mix of Afghans and expat diners the dry Lebanese, Turkish and Iranian restaurants are the ones to head towards.

Restaurants open and close with surprising frequency, so it is a good idea to check whether a place is still operating before heading out.