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“Unique Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Faryab
4917 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2509
301-951-3484
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Ranked #41 of 296 restaurants in Bethesda
Cuisines: Afghan
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Orange, Connecticut
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Unique Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is one of the many fine ethnic restaurants on Cordell Street. The cuisine is unusual and the food is well prepared. We had lamb with raisins, carrots and basmati rice as well as some great appetizers. The service was good. The prices were a bit high relative to the serving size.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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30 reviews from our community

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English first
DC
1 review
“Wonderful food at a "tucked-away" little restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I love Faryab. I live in Bethesda and will often bring my out-of-town guests here. If you want to go to a high-end chain restaurant and rub elbows with folks dressed-to-impress, go to Bethesda Row. However, if you're interested in a different experience, go to Faryab -- a tucked-away family-run gem that is authentic, comfortable, and makes you feel at home. There are white tablecloths and napkins, but no pretentions at this place. And the food is wonderful.

My favorite is the Quabili Pallow -- the lamb dish with carrots and raisins. Simply amazing. The Kofta, Aushak, Mantu, and Chalow kadu are also terrific. (Who knew pumpkin could be so good!) I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant, and my guests have always loved the food and the ambiance. (The noise level is very low so you can actually talk with your guests!)

While Faryab tends to attract adults, I have taken my kids (now teenagers) to this restaurant since they were five. Whether it be the special treatment that the waitstaff provided or the realization that they were in a "different" restaurant (i.e. white tablecloths), they love this place as well. When they were little, my kids would order the basic kabobs (not spicy). Now they are comfortable ordering the more "daring" dishes.

Incidentally, the one negative review in TripAdvisor has been "cut and paste" in any number of DC reviews (for example, Washington, DC menu pages). This sounds like someone who is on a little vendetta as opposed to writing a true review.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rochester, Minnesota
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94 reviews 94 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Amazing Afghan food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

This restaurant is a true gem and one I would love to come back to. There were several Afghani families in the restaurant during our time which was a good sign to me that they liked the food too? We ordered several platters and enjoyed every morsel. Everything was cooked to perfection and was incredible. I will definitely return on future trips to Bethesda.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Charleston, Maine
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Service, food good but not outstanding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Some of the dishes we ordered were outstanding, but others, like the lamb stew with spinach, just didn't seem to work. Service was attentive and, although we were in and out in less than an hour, didn't feel rushed

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Absolutely Terrific Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

If you want to try something different, but don't want very spicy food, Afghan food is for you, and this place is one of the best in the D.C. area. The owner is really friendly, and tries hard to accommodate you, even if you don't have a reservation. It's not cheap, admittedly, but that doesn't mean that it's not worth the cost.

Visited August 2011
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