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Kabul Afghanistan Restaurant

541 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1010
(608) 256-6322
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Ranked #172 of 821 restaurants in Madison
Price range: $0 - $12
Cuisines: Afghan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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94 reviews 94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

We went here expecting something special. The bread was stale and the olive oil was rancid. Our food was bland and we didn't finish it. All in all a disappointment.

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103 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Kabul merits your visit. Savory flavors, well prepared. Our choices on this visit included Lamb Kabobs with peppers, onions, tomatoes accompanied by saffron rice and preceded with a delightful salad. Our other option was tilapia (fresh and tasty) with lemon butter, artichokes and mushrooms. Great value. Great ethnic cuisine.w

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Menasha, Wisconsin
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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We sat outside, people watching on State St., which was great. It was incredibly hot inside the restaurant. However, the table was quick rickety and unstable. We ordered hummus as an appetizer, which isn't on the menu. The waiter was glad to provide it as an appetizer. It was the best part of the meal. The flatbread was just ok,... More

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Victoria, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

from the salad to the bread to the kabab - great flavours for a very reasonable price. Lunch on the patio was a treat.

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Freeport, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Nice change of pace and very good mediterranean and Afghan food. Ethnic restaurant with few frills, but cost was reasonable. Madison's collection of ethnic restaurants make this a must. Afthan bread was hot and delicious. Wait staff was very attentive and food was served promptly

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Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stopped for lunch after visiting the farmers market. This cool little restaurant located on busy State Street serves up delicious foods. Afghan bread with outstanding cilantro and pepper chutney were brought to the table before ordering and drinks were served promptly. The lamb kabobs were cooked to perfection. Seasoned and charred on the outside and pink on the inside... More

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Baltimore
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584 reviews 584 reviews
393 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Okay. 3 out of 5 because I wasn't a fan of the food, but the service was great. I must also give credit to Kabul's attempt to offer genuine, authentic Afghan and Mediterranean food, thereby adding to Madison's collection of ethnic cuisines. Also, I must acknowledge that although I wasn't a fan of Kabul's food, the friends I went with... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

My husband and I thought we'd try something different for dinner, and decided on Kabul since it has been in business for so long. The staff was friendly, the atmosphere was simple, the soup and salad were very good. Everything was going well, until I saw something in my vegetarian dish (can't remember the name of it). What I thought... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This was the worst dining experience I ever had. A friend recommended the restaurant to us so we chose it with high expectations. We were horrified at what we found. Food was very average. Chicken was not breast by on the bone- always the sign of a bad establishment. The mains were bland and awfully forgettable. The service was shocking.... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

One of my favorite restaurants in Madison-everything tastes amazing! My favorite dishes are the Chicken Kabobs or Chicken Salad, the Koftachallow (Afghani style meatballs upon saffron rice), and the Bulani, fried pockets of potato and scallion served with an amazing mint yogurt sauce. The entrees come with soup or salad (the homemade dressing is the best I've had anywhere) and... More

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