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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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92% Recommend
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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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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
138 helpful votes 138 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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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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67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

I went for the first time a few weeks ago with my daughter, who will soon be studying music at Indiana University. This is in a great location on the square and she will be living just down the street. The food was really quite good AND plentiful. I had the lamb kebab, my daughter had the chicken, and both... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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277 reviews 277 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Four friends met us here for dinner this evening. The venue has been uplifted with some changes in decor but all in good taste. Our hot pieces of pide with olive oil dip followed by spicy slices of eggplant and carrots followed. I chose the Cornish Hen kebab, my wife the salmon kebab and our friends other dishes. All were... More

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Bloomington, Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I've lived in Bloomington since the mid-nineties, yet somehow I'd never eaten at Samira before. After reading a rave review of this place last week, though, I went to the restaurant's website and was intrigued by their menu. My husband and I met up with another couple over the weekend and gave it a try. From start to finish, it... More

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