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Afghan Kitchen, Salt Lake City, UT

Afghan Kitchen

4.7
4.7
38 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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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What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Sdsr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am originally from Pakistan and my wife has spent several months in Afghanistan We have eaten in a lot of Afghan places and this compares with some of the best we have had
  2. KM

    KevinM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Good food, convenient location, easy reservations, limited parking due to popularity. We'll be back!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful choice. I had lamb, my partner is vegan and we both were very happy. Greats prices and yummy food you don’t make at home. Can’t wait to go back!
  4. C

    Cate

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    I have had better Afghan food. Service was good, but we were the only ones in the restaurant, which says a lot.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    The food is so good! We go often enough to have had most of the menu.
  6. CR

    CREEDENCEM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was available. The lamb was tender and delicious.
  7. D

    Delicious

    Salt Lake City

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time eating Afghan food was a great experience. We had the mantu, lamb shank and the kabobs. All were delicious. No regrets and I will probably be back.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot recommend Afghan kitchen enough! The flavors are so bright and fresh. Totally worth your time!
  9. p

    postmomsyndrome

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.
  10. R

    Randy

    Salt Lake City

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 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.
  11. LB

    LizaB

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great flavors
  17. CF

    CamFung

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.”
  20. M

    Mtndiner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Afghan House provided very good food and service.
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. G

    Globalbyr

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 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.
  25. g

    gordonm

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 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.
  26. J

    John

    Tucson

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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!
  31. 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
  32. C

    Chloelulu

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 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.
  33. JM

    JohnM

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    All the dishes were excellent! We will certainly go back to sample some other dishes.
  34. HP

    HeidiP

    Raleigh

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 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.
  35. 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.
  36. PS

    PattyS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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:)
  37. 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.
  38. TR

    ThomasR

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 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 4.7 stars by 38 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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