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Samira's Restaurant

100 West 6th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
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Ranked #3 of 294 restaurants in Bloomington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Afghan
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N. Walnut St.
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97 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Excellent lamb, Cornish hen, shrimp kabobs. Lovely salads with salmon, etc. Good selection of wines and beers. Most highly recommended for a delightful experience !

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We were driving around looking for a restaurant, and we fortunately found a parking spot near Samira's. The atmosphere in the restaurant was already so soothing and comfortable, and the gentle and professional service was the cherry on top. The food was exotic and delicious. The experience would have been perfect if the person sitting in the table next to... More

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Bedford, Indiana
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I wanted to visit since the high reviews, but it didn't quiet meet the expectations. We went for late lunch, like 1:30 pm. Quite frankly, it was dirty, but I took into consideration that maybe the lunch crowd had just left. The buffet items are served from the silver platters with lids with maybe 8 items consisting of rice, some... More

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Athens, Ohio
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

We went never having tried Afghan food, and the lunch buffet provided a nice array of choices. The hummus was a nice accompaniment and the baklava was a tasty dessert. A nice find in Bloomington.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My husband and I had never eaten Afghan food, and I suspect we had the best possible introduction to the cuisine. My mouth waters just to think of the meal we ate, and I desperately wish there was a way to get that meal in southwest Ohio!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

"We closed 12 minutes ago" said the waiter. I was hungry after looking for the restaurant with the food my mother used to eat: Afghan. The good hearted waiter allowed me to enter and have a lunch buffet. It's delicious. Remember the food critique who shed tears after tasting what his mother used to cook for him as a boy?... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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164 reviews 164 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We love introducing new people to this wonderful restaurant on the square in Bloomington. Pretty dining room, friendly/competent service, amazing food= great restaurant! Something for everyone on this menu. Wonderful kebabs. Delicious rice dishes. Plenty of vegetarian choices. The owner/chef is an amazing cook and a warm and friendly person in general. A great choice for a special meal in... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We celebrated my son's birthday at Samira this weekend with 20 guests. The restaurant has white tablecloths and an elegant feel while maintaining a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The manager set up a long table for our group, and devised a set menu with choices for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Every dish was interesting and delicious -- grilled eggplant,... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This Afghan restaurant has been a hit since they moved here from Indianapolis 10-15 years ago. The white table cloths and attentive service offer a classy ambience. The wine list is not long but reasonably priced and the food is unusual with Indian-like spicing -- though not curries. Very popular with IU faculty, especially during hiring season. (In March-April, the... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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104 reviews 104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Buffets make me nervous, especially the ones where the dishes aren't covered . Bacteria farms is all I can think. We chose this eatery based on the reviews and the fact that in a phone call, they told me that I could order off the Dinner menu at lunch if I did not want the buffet. After thoroughly inspecting both... More

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