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Kabana Restaurant

Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
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1106 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702-1687
510-845-3355
Today
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

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
My favorite Pakistani/Indian restaurant in Berkeley

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Andreas G
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Berkeley, California
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Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Houston, TX
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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69 reviews 69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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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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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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Sacramento, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

The only thing preventing me from giving this place an excellent rating, is its cleanliness. That's a pity since the place is quite small that it should be an easy task to accomplish! The food itself was delicious and served in ample amounts. Next time will probably order take out!

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Hollywood, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

It certainly isn't trying for a Michelin star. As a matter of fact, the restaurant is quite cramped, and they do not allow any alcohol. The best thing to do is to take out, and try their shammi kababs and paratha with a bottle of Bruichladdich. There, smokiness meets smokiness! When you order on the phone, tell them not to... More 

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Bozeman MT
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is the first thing we do when we fly in from MT, where there is NO ethnic food. OMG- this place is the best. The tandoori fish is a must. Gotta have the palak paneer, as well as the dal and the naan. If they have the goat curry, do it. If you get freaked out about things needing... More 

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Vientiane, Laos
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140 reviews 140 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

We were staying in Berkeley and went here based on the reviews on trip advisor - we were not disappointed. The restaurant was almost full, we were seated quickly and before long we had decided on tandoori chicken (after we saw an amazing one come out), panak peneer and curry lamb. It was all delicious. The servings were big so... 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?