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Kabul Afghanistan Restaurant

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540 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
(608) 256-6322
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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When I noted some of the recent reviews, I felt they were referencing a different restaurant in a different city. We have frequented Kabul for years and have found the fooand d to be of high quality well prepared. Our recent visit was for lunch. I had Lamb Curry prepared with mushrooms, spinach... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
GiseppeGord
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Osceola, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We would dine here years ago when I was in grad school at UW, and even ate here to celebrate my graduation. So I was excited to see Kabul was still around, and we decided to bring our UW student here when we brought him back to school. The ambiance is rather romantic with candles providing most of the light.... More 

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USA
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224 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 2 years in Afghanistan so....just saying. I think this is pretty average, it was kind of missing some punch. We had the hummis and egg plant, I don't like egg plant but this was good and the bread not oily like some I've had, and most important, it was fresh. We had a lamb couscous dish and the lamb... More 

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Thank bulldogtwo
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

First of all, I should say that I have been coming here for years. Though, I don't come back out of any sense of loyalty, nostalgia, or familiarity... rather, I keep coming back because they are just the best Afghan food I've found yet. Having eaten at Afghan restaurants in several major American cities, Kabul in Madison wins every time.... More 

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Thank madcitypaul
Louisiana
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Let me preface this review by saying that, perhaps, the restaurant was over-hyped. This was THE recommended restaurant to my family and me when we came up for UW spring commencement. When we arrived for lunch the staff was very friendly and accommodating for our size party, however, once we were seated it took forever for our server to come... More 

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396 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Such delicious food. I had a chicken stuffed with spinach and a cranberry sauce. It was amazing. Highly recommended.

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Thank Sarah P
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298 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

When I noted some of the recent reviews, I felt they were referencing a different restaurant in a different city. We have frequented Kabul for years and have found the fooand d to be of high quality well prepared. Our recent visit was for lunch. I had Lamb Curry prepared with mushrooms, spinach, potatoes in a tomato curry sauce. The... More 

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Thank GiseppeGord
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Went in late August 2015 with 6 other friends at 6:30pm. We were greeted, and it took about 5 minutes for them to clean up a table for us to sit down. The service was decent with frequent water refills. The food came in a little over one hour which was fine, there was three other tables with two diners... More 

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Thank cv414
Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had the most frustrating experience at Kabul. The waitress came after 10 minutes to take our order and told us that they had run out of the couscous, ashak, falusiya and the beef korma (we were a group of 4, three of whom were vegetarians). Why didn't she tell this earlier the moment we entered? We requested more time... More 

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Thank Sumeet K
Fayetteville, AR
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The serving staff was attentive and friendly, but the food just wasn't that good. Dishes that were not described as spicy were quite hot. The beef in the beef korma was very tough. The moroccan chicken was somewhat better, but overall it was just so-so.

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Thank veatros
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Traditional Afghan dinners in younger, trendier atmosphere. Relaxing candle-lit ambience during dinner hours. Looks like they could handle groups up to 40 or 50 with advanced notice. Nice for family, couples or singles. Nice selection of local beers and specialty cocktails. Nearly a full bar, too. There is a street-level sidewalk serving area with modern outdoor furniture but we chose... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 540 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 256-6322

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Afghani
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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