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Ariana Restaurant

$$ - $$$
City Center East
Middle Eastern, Afghani
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134 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3009
+1 215-922-1535
16:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of my best friends and I have frequented this place for years and have never had a bad meal. It's not a place you go if you're looking for a trendy see-and-be-seen kind of vibe. It's not a place to go if you're looking for a creative menu or fancy drinks. It's just a low-key place with delicious food... More 

Thank Katie_Traveler_2015
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is a good afghan food restuarant. They play Iranian music and students get together and dance while you are eating. The owners are kind and respectful. if you go with a group make sure you ask the waiter for separate checks FROM THE BEGINNING! they try not to separate to make it easier and just add the gratuity to... More 

Thank Phenom M
West Berlin, New Jersey
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I'm sorry, the food is not very exciting, but wait! There are still reasons to consider this place. It's a small, friendly, family run place with very inexpensive food with a good location in Old City. It's byob and the liquor store, with a cold case, is half a block away. Generally, the lightness of the food, even the meat... More 

Thank whelfand
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Our group had a lamb kabob, Kabuli Palow and Badenjan Chalow. The food was delicious! The meat was great! rice with pistachio, raisins and carrot strips was amazing! The place is clean and nicely decorated. Make sure to stop by!

Thank gerb0044
Ardmore, Pennsylvania
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

We were in town the other night and wanted to try something different. We gave Ariana's a try. We were very pleased. I had a lamb dish and my wife had a chicken dish. Delicious. The staff was friendly and helpful and were able to accommodate by gluten allergy. Unfortunately for me, they have no gluten-free desserts, but what we... More 

Thank Family_In_Ardmore
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

We love trying new tunic foods and we had another chance to do so when we recently visited Ariana, in Philly. First know that this is a small, intimate restaurant and if it's hot outside be prepared for it to be hot inside too. Service was friendly and attentive especially when Ariana herself shared her story with us. We shared... More 

Thank StewartH1953
Newcastle Upon Tyne
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

My wife and I are well travelled and have been to numerous types of restaurants all over the world but this is the first time we have tried an Afghan restaurant. We had some reservations about how much we would enjoy the food. All I can say is that we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the whole experience. The food... More 

Thank Graeme14
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We took a few new graduates to this restaurant to celebrate their graduation. Most of them had no idea about Afghani cuisine. They were very skeptical, but at the end of their meal, they promised to return to this non- pretentious restaurant for good lamb kabobs and simple home-feel good food joint.

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Rhode Island
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54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This place was recommended by a local and I am so happy that we went. Amazing food and the restaurant was very charming. Good options for vegetarians.

Thank Loves_October
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119 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

The food was good. The service was a bit slow even though we were the only ones in the restaurant for a large part of the meal. A family asked to sit at the table by the window. That table is set up so you have to go up a few steps to the area, and then you sit on... More 

Thank Jessica G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Middle Eastern, Afghani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 134 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3009
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-922-1535

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?