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794 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
831-642-0231
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
No too bad!

I took my american, columbian and arab friends, hoping to give then a taste of north-pakistani food. This place can be thought of as a monopoly since no other outlet sells pakistani and afghani food in monterey. The tastes are certainly not authentic, but still fairly tasty; you won't regret the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
NadeemKureshi
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Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I took my american, columbian and arab friends, hoping to give then a taste of north-pakistani food. This place can be thought of as a monopoly since no other outlet sells pakistani and afghani food in monterey. The tastes are certainly not authentic, but still fairly tasty; you won't regret the trip. Parking can be a problem on weekends since... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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79 reviews 79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Found this place through doing a search of places to eat near our hotel in Monterey (Best Western Inn). Glad we found it. It's a family owned restaurant serving middle-eastern food. The food was very tasty, the portions reasonable and the service friendly. The chicken kabab with rice was delicious. Definitely a place worth checking out.

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Bendigo, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

it was a quiet night in, had a fantastically tasty eggplant starter, and a nice lamb kebab. service was pleasant and quick, stocked a great non alc ginger ale. pricing was good.

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Monterey, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Amir's is a great local establishment with customer oriented service. My food was great, the service was on point, but the prices were way to high for my wallet. With-that-said, anywhere in Monterey you can expect to pay inflated prices for just about everything. Centrally located on Lighthouse, and VERY close to Cannery Row, this quaint establishment appeared very clean,... More 

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San Francisco
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I had the prawns on skewers - very good. Nice selection of beer on tap. A bit noisy, but easy to get a table even on Saturday night.

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Pacific Grove, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

Why are there so many rave reviews about this place online? My only guess is, most of Monterey, has never had really good traditional Afghan/middle-eastern fare and so they think this place is amazing. My fiancee and I really wanted to love this place. It had great reviews and from what we could tell from the pictures, great looking food.... More 

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Carmel, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Amir's is one of my favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, an area known for it's many excellent restaurants. Unique, authentic Afghan food - warm spices, chicken, beef, lamb and seafood and a number of excellent vegetable entrees. Everything prepared onsite in the kitchen. Bulani, an potato turnover, is a great choice for an appetizer. Banjan, the baked eggplant with... More 

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monterey
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is the real thing for Middle Eastern food, served up with some of the best coffee you will find this side of Istanbul (or is it Cairo/Kabul?). Hard to know but it is delicious, with nice service and reasonable prices. Go on the belly dancing nights if you aren't adverse to close contact, as it is a small place.... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had never had Afgan food and thought so can't comment on authenticity but what I can say is that it was very good. Had the Chopan ("lamb chops") with Cauliflower side and thought they were very good

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Redwood City, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013 via mobile

I had the lamb kabob with the cauliflower and potato and chickpea salad. Everything was delicious. The salad was spicy! Good but made my forehead sweat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 794 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-642-0231
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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