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Sansom Kabob House, Philadelphia, PA

Sansom Kabob House

4.7
4.7
99 Reviews
$30 and under
Afghan
Hello, we are Sansom Kabob House. A local Afghan restaurant bringing authentic Afghan cuisine from the core of Afghanistan. We originally opened on October 2nd, 2002. We were on 1526 Sansom St. for 14 years and then moved to 1300 South St. We create gourmet Afghan food that you can find in Afghanistan or here at our Philadelphia location. We have mouthwatering flavors starting from our bread to our kabobs. Our bread's recipe and technique have been passed down from the founder's great-great-grandfather, who owned an array of bakeries and managed many restaurants in Kabul. Passed through generations to our chef, who brought delicious meals to 15th and Sansom of Philadelphia. Then from 15th and Sansom to 1300 South St.

We have delectable food that you fall in love with and will bring comfort to you, from our meat lovers to our vegans. We do reservations, groups, take-out, delivery, catering, waiter service, and maintain a great family environment.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Vegan, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 751-9110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Catering available call 215-751-9110 for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events available call 215-751-9110 for further information.

  • Neighborhood

    South Philly

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View

What 99 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 recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. WG

    WayneG

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a beautiful place, and the food was excellent!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance..great service..good was outstanding..seasoned lightly on request yet flavorful
  3. BS

    BrendaS

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a quiet dinner as the dining room was not full. The food was amazing. Our waitress was attentive and very helpful. The dining room is very nicely appointed. We would definitely go back.
  4. E

    Eater

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, as always. Great BYOB and fabulous food.
  5. J

    Jeff

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I’m annoyed about getting no points and don’t understand the reason. Prices are slightly higher than two nearby restaurants. Yet, the food was excellent.
  6. ZW

    ZachW

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were so friendly and the food was scrumptious! They even promptly fulfilled a last-minute request for an extra dish!
  7. EB

    ElayneB

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    There were four of us and every single dish was delicious
  8. PM

    PMinPhilly

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good service, lots of options to choose from, many great vegetarian dishes. The portions are a bit small for the price and should include more rice.
  9. D

    David

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been going to this restaurant since it was at a different location many years, and I’m glad to say nothing has changed. It’s consistently good, and the family that runs this place are wonderful people. I highly recommend this place!
  10. GH

    GwynH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Wait staff friendly, informative, helpful explaining dishes! Their suggestions were perfect, we enjoyed everything we tried. Sansom kabobs, tender and cooked perfect. Loved the AShak, soup, chalaw Banjan and the afgahan ice cream, all yummy!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The food was good but not exceptional. There are more flavorful kabob houses around. Great ambiance.
  12. CH

    CarmenH

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious - everyone ordered a different entree and all were happy. Lovely staff!
  13. I

    Ironwolf

    Philadelphia

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Airy yet cozy environment. Friendly staff. Food and service outstanding.
  14. NM

    NancyM

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food
  15. VP

    VivekP

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the food. Tasty and great value. Great service as well.
  16. LG

    LucyGoose

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent, quality food and why we return! Lots for us to still try. Service is hit and miss, but the food is too good to let service be the deal breaker.
  17. OR

    OrlandoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quiet place with amazing authentic food and friendly service.
  18. LG

    LucyGoose

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect preparation + superb ingredients = Exceptional! We cannot wait to return and eat our way through the rest of the menu. Am salivating at the very thought of getting to try more delicious plates.
  19. KG

    KellyG

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the most unique and delicious restaurants in the city. A hidden gem. The chablee kabob is perfectly spiced.
  20. MN

    MickeyN

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific meal with delicious cuisine that is very hard to come by! The ambiance is charming, the servers are friendly, there's never a long wait for food, and it's all delicious!
  21. PJ

    PJdS

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Expensive for what it is. Basically tasty truck fare in a nice ambience.
  22. DR

    DeniseR

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    I have been at this restaurant many times and this past time I went for dinner and I felt the portions of the meals have been cut back! Also, when asked for the hummus and bread - there were 5 of us and that's all we got, was 5 small slices of the bread - prior visits we were given a full basket of bread. Not sure if the staff didn't feel like making any! The service was sluggish which was a surprise because there were 2 employees working and there were only 2 sets of tables of people - one of which was us. The food was excellent and we will return, but hoping the next time the portions will be better in size!
  23. SG

    SallieG

    Atlantic City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had been anxious to try this restaurant for awhile and were not disappointed. The ambiance was very nice and felt truly ethnic, including the music, unlike some other ethnic restaurants. We had no idea what to expect foodwise, but everything was delicious. We will be back!
  24. n

    noor

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  25. R

    Rubes

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The food did not arrive hot and was not as flavorfull as I remember it. Our main courses arrived and there was no bread accompaniment. I would view the restaurant as overpriced and the service as amateurish.
  26. RP

    RonPhiladelphia

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I used to love this place when they were actually on Sansom Street, where they were a below-street-level local "joint" and was so sad when they closed. But happy again when they opened back up a year later on South Street. Its current incarnation if a very nice, comfortable, quiet, and delicious restaurant appropriate for midweek or casual dining, including a medium-sized group. The food is really tasty and delicious. I particularly love the Qablee Palaw - lamb chunks under rice with carrots & raisins - really great! The scallion dumplings with yogurt-meat sauce is great (Ashak). And the baklava is a bit different from the usual Greek baklava, with a cardamon flavor that works really well. It is quiet, comfortable, and very nice service. Very affordable and BYOB. I highly recommend it.
  27. HG

    HankG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible, good portion sizes so you'll be full and feel you got value but still have room for cardamom ice cream! Staff was attentive but not intrusive.
  28. CH

    ColleenH

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first dinner at Sansom Kabob House did not disappoint! We enjoyed several appetizers, including the hummus and sambosa, as well as kabob entrees and meatballs in sauce. Everything was cooked perfectly. Service was warm and capable, and the space is beautiful. We will be back!
  29. A

    Addicted

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and Excellent Service! Great attention to detail, can't wait to go back.
  30. LG

    LindaG

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, great service and BYOB is huge plus. 3 of us had ashak, bulani and kadu appetizers. All delicious. I had the Qablee Pilaw which is my go to at Afghan restaurants. It was as yummy as I'd hoped. My husband had the Sansom Chicken Kabob which was also tastey. The baklava was probably the best I've had - not too sticky sweet and crispy.
  31. p

    phildine

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice, quiet place mid-week and the food is good. close to Kimmel, Wilma, etc.
  32. R

    Rick

    Denver

    256 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fantastic. Sansom Kabob continues to be a favorite!
  33. a

    arch1

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food in a nice new setting - so glad that this restaurant is still around.
  34. RF

    RFH6

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for an early dinner New Year’s Eve. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Not too crowded. Couldn’t ask for a nicer evening.
  35. D

    David

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    A tad pricey, but delicious and the restaurant is run by a fantastic family.
  36. R

    Rick

    Denver

    256 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    256 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always. I eat at SKH a lot and am always enjoy my meal. There were 5 of us, and we all loved our food and the friendly attentive service. And being a BYO makes it easy on the pocket book. I’ll be back.
  37. R

    Rubes

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    I was told that the dining room was wheel chair accessible. While it is, nobody from the restaurant helped with the door or the loose outdoor carpet at the entrance until we encountered a frightening situation with our wheel chair.
  38. RB

    ReneeB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Sansom Kabob House a handful of times and I totally love it! Everything on the menu is delicious and has that warm-hug comfort quality. I often forgo kabobs (although they are fabulous) because I especially love the ashak (scallion filled dumplings, something like ravioli, with meaty tomato sauce and yogurt) and the meatballs (spiced, in a tomato sauce, served with rice) but I love everything I've had there! The entrees all come with bread, spicy chutney and green salad with yogurt dressing--the perfect starter for sure. There's a good sized vegetarian entree section which is awesome. And the desserts (baklava, ice cream, and milk pudding) are all outstanding: floral, satisfying, and refreshing. I love the vibe (more relaxed than rowdy) and the decor (gorgeous art objects everywhere and a beautiful mural).
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place and food are fantastic. Always have a great experience.
  40. DR

    DavidR

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely delicious dinner in a beautiful new restaurant (I enjoyed the food in the old digs on Samson street often). But the service was inattentive and the evening was spoiled somewhat by struggling to get a server's attention for water or naan, and then not getting the request honoured. But still, the food was unsurpassed and overall, I would return again for a fine meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sansom Kabob House using the Order Online button. Sansom Kabob House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 751-9110.

Sansom Kabob House is rated 4.7 stars by 99 OpenTable diners.

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


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Sansom Kabob House

1300 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    South Philly

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Vegan, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, View

  • Phone number

    (215) 751-9110

  • Catering

    Catering available call 215-751-9110 for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events available call 215-751-9110 for further information.

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