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Amir's Kabob House

794 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-1010
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Ranked #143 of 258 Restaurants in Monterey
Dining options: Reservations
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- Jun 12, 2014
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English first
Monterey, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 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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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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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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Salinas, California
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

We started with the flat bread,almost like the Indian Nann bread and the roasted egg plant.Very good. We ordered the combination tikka kabba and fried rice. My boyfriend and I shared all the dishes and there was still so much left over. We stuffed ourselves and still enjoyed a shared dessert,Baklava. There was another couple sitting next to our table... More

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Top Contributor
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35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Though I am well versed in Middle Eastern cuisine, I have only dined at one other Afghan restaurant. The food at Amir's was excellent and the service very personable. The banjan, dal (lentil) soup, shornakhod, and tikka beef kabob were all exquisite as was the belly dancing. Great fun!

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111 reviews 111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

I've dined here many times, both for lunch and dinner, with friends, family, and people visting from out-of-town, never with a disappointed meal. A casual restaurant with belly dancing show on the weekend. I love middle eastern food. My friends from San Jose and their young children always want to come here when they visit. If you want a wonderful... More

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