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Kabul Kabob House

Landmarks / Van Dorn
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
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514 S van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304-4612
+1 703-751-1833
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

More than just a meal, it's a showcase for a beautiful selection of Persian rugs and carpets. The carpets are changed out every few months, however the food is authentic and consistently good. Love the fresh made flat bread.

Thank Leanne S
Bucharest, Romania
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We've only had take-out here, not the buffet - but this has become our favorite kebab place. We have tried the lamb, chicken, and beef; all have been excellent. My husband and I will usually order one "combo" meal with chicken and lamb, this comes with a side dish and one very large piece of flat bread, and it is... More 

Thank MrsV_11
Alexandria, Virginia
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139 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

I have been to this locations probably three or four times and usually it is like once a year and it really seems like it is different every time. This most recent visit my friend and I ordered the buffet which had a few meat and vegetable items. I am no expert wit this type of food but I do... More 

Thank Naoji W
Alexandria, Virginia
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73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016

Having diner in many Afghan restaurants and also having been to Afghanistan, I can say with some certainty that this place does not come across as Afghani. Don't get me wrong. The food is good, but it is not Afghan except for a very few items. It is Hindu-Pak which in itself is a good cuisine to explore and here... More 

Thank LAPR1
Alexandria, VA
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77 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

As others have noted, this place is under new management and is now known as Kabob Express II (Kabob Express I is in Centerville, VA), although at this writing the old Kabul Kabob outside sign remains. The new management improved the previously tatty decor, raised prices slightly, and scaled back the menu items considerably (no more chalaus, pumpkin, etc.) and... More 

Thank Taurusean
Alexandria, Virginia
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221 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2015

So this is my third review of this place. It's gone from excellent to terrible back to excellent again. New ownership obviously has put effort into getting things up and running again, with attentive counter staff, new decor, and amazing food. In addition to regular menu offerings, there is a buffet that, although it doesn't change much from visit to... More 

Thank cjsalexva
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

We were in Alexandria and looking for something quick, not too expensive. We settled on this restaurant, based on Google reviews (See my review there for pictures) We had a delicious dinner here. We tried the chicken and lamb kabob platter, it was a lot of food: lamb, chicken, bread, salad, curry chickpeas, dipping sauces. My husband and I shared... More 

Thank Mala W
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

The Chapli Kabob was okay, I've had better. The rice was good, the spinach saag was adequate, and the accompanying daal was mediocre.

Thank rckymtndaddy
Alexandria, Virginia
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221 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2014

I reviewed this place several years ago, and made it one of my favorite in the area. Unfortunately, the situation has totally changed. When I started going there, it seemed to be a family business with people who took real pride in serving excellent food with very attentive service. Now the only people I have seen in recent visits spoke... More 

1 Thank cjsalexva
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 2013

First of all, when I came in, the staff talked to me in Spanish, making assumption that I was from some kind of Hispanic countries, which is not the case. I found it rude since we are in the US and people should speak English. Second of all, one of the staff members who could barely speak English, handed me... More 

1 Thank Anais30226

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Buffet
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 S van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304-4612
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Landmarks / Van Dorn
  • Neighbourhood: Landmarks / Van Dorn
  • Phone Number: +1 703-751-1833

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