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Kabana Restaurant

Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
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1106 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1687
510-845-3355
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11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Seating, Takeout

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great food, service lacking

The food is great. .ordered the goat curry, okra, Naan, lamb kebab and all of it was tasty. I would say the service could use a make over. .with a more friendly staff.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This restaurant was literally a hole-in-the-wall kind of eatery across the street. There was always a line-up and for good reason. The tables were crammed together and the owner personally came to each table to take the order in an affable tone. In time, they relocated to a larger dining area across the street and the atmosphere hasn’t been the... More 

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Maumee, Ohio
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

I was staying down the street at the Marina Inn and looking for a nice meal before calling it a night. Stumbled into Kabana Restaurant and glad I did. I went with the owner's recommendation of the Karahi Chicken and the lamb curry. Little heat with the Chicken but not so much that you feel your mouth burning. Both dishes... More 

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Thank Ed C
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59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The food is great. .ordered the goat curry, okra, Naan, lamb kebab and all of it was tasty. I would say the service could use a make over. .with a more friendly staff.

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Thank SMPDX
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The food was not bad but the two elderly gentleman that worked there might as well be Nazi. It felt like they are constantly yelling at us. My friend and I ordered the same tandoori fish dish and without asking us they combined our dish together. When we tried to tell them we wanted it separately they told us to... More 

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Berkeley, California
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134 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Berkeley has many restaurants that serve Pakistani and Indian food. I have been to several that I like. Yet, the place that I like the best for its food is Kabana. I seem to recall that many years ago, Kabana made it onto the Top 100 Restaurants of the Bay Area list that is put out by the San Francisco... More 

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Thank Andreas G
Houston, TX
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This was an easy walk from my hotel & I am a big fan of South Asian cuisine, so it was a perfect fit for me. While not the best Pakistani food I've ever eaten, it was certainly more than good. The staff were friendly & appropriately attentive. I got more than I desired out of my time there &... More 

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Thank HstnTrvlr
Honolulu, Hawaii
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74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Karachi Lamb, Tikka Masala, Tandori Fish or Chicken, and the ground lamb kabob... don't forget the Nan. In fact ALL the lamb dishes rock... the chicken tikka masala is a bit too creamy/sweet for me, they have goat curry sometimes and while there's bones to deal with, worth the work! Order the Nan as you need it so it comes... More 

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Thank Kimo B
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I enjoyed great food here, but when using the bathroom it does give you a behind the scenes look at the place that raises a few questions about the hygiene of the place. It is unfortunate, because I really enjoyed the food. Hopefully they'll respond to this concern being raised here by Nicholas, sr6266 etc. I'd go back.

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Thank andrewrperry
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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65 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Let me preface by weakly claiming to know authentic Pakistani food. I spent a couple of summers in Pakistan and certainly got my fill of authentic food (mostly in a good way but some serious stomach related side effects too). Anyway I went to Kabana with a friend who had rave things to say about it. I got the chicken... More 

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Thank Nicholas L
London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Again a recommendation from someone who knows what good food looks and tastes like. Without the recommendation I probably would not have walked through the door as decor is clearly not a priority for the owner. However so glad I did. We shared tandoori lamb chops and tandoori fish, a super tasty channa dahl and a freshly cooked garlic naan... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1106 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1687
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: 510-845-3355

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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