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4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2509
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Ranked #44 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Afghan
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Jun 11, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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30 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

My husband and I have been dinning at Faryab for years. We usually get their chicken/lamb kebab. I am from Middle-East; I should tell you, I have never had kebab this good. The prices are very reasonable and the staff are friendly. The owner has an unusual sense of humor, so for those who are not familiar with Middle-Eastern culture,... More

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Invited to meet an old friend at an Afghan Restaurant, I was appreheensive out of ignorance. This pleasant storefront restaurant in the middle of a "restaurant row" on Cordell Ave in Bethesda, was nearly empty when we arrived at 8, but filled quickly. Waiting for our friend, we ordered a couple of appetizers "just to try" and were utterly delighted... More

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Berlin, Germany
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75 reviews 75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Been going here for years and I always leave happy. Not a bargain but the food is never disappointing. Friendly staff--good ma and pa feel to the place. Always busy so be ready if you don't have a reservation. Sunday night was even nearly full upon our 730 arrival. Parking not bad--use the public lot down the street.

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Potomac, Md
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

My wife and I have been coming here for years and are never disappointed. My wife is addicted to the pumpkin (she is not a vegetarian). I really like the sabsi gushti (lamb and spinach). While Afghan food may sound as if it is going to be really exotic in actuality it is very accessible.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Faryab is an interesting Afgan restaurant. The food is very good, the atmosphere is okay, and the owner was rude. We were what I believe are regulars and showed up at a particularly busy time without a reservation. We had been there many other times without a reservation. There were a few empty tables, and the owner showed us to... More

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Kensington, Maryland
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133 reviews 133 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Friends love this restaurant and wanted to share it with us. When we arrived, we also met friends who were eating at a near by table. They also frequent this restaurant often. We were very unimpressed. The decor is very plain and unwelcoming. The food was dry and un appealing. The eggplant was decent enough, but not worthy of a... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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154 reviews 154 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Went here with a large group for business dinner. Most was "OK". Rice dishes with raisins and carrots were the best. Spinach and pumpkin sides are a must. Careful on the spicy turnips- they are spicy. Though prices were a bit high for the size of the portions ($6.95 for a few tablespoons of spinach), Lamb dishes wee a bit... More

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Chicago, Il
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

A group on 12 dined here recently. It is a short walk from Hilton Double Tree where we were at a conference. We split of several veg style apptetizers all good, my favorite was fried eggplant with yogurt. Menu looks big but is mostly succuluent lamb kebabs or a lamd stew with varioys toppings, sound odd but practcila an ddelicious.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

It was the first time eating afghan food, so I can't really say if it was authentic or not. What I can say is that it was delicious. I had a taste of a lot of the things that were on the menu, as we ordered dishes to share. Note that starters and side dishes are almost the same as... More

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is one our regular restaurants -- about 6 times a year for the last 5 years. The food -- all of it (except the bread) -- is absolutely terrific. Always. Our favorites are the chicken and lamb kabob and the spinach. The service is just perfect: warm, professional, not intrusive. Not super-luxury atmosphere, but authentic, attractive, comfortable. Very reasonable... More

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