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Khyber Pass Restaurant

#460 of 3,740 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Middle Eastern, Afghani
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523 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-3964
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Fallon, Nevada
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325 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was great. Only one of its kind in San Diego. Great ambience, good service, we had a simply marvelous meal. I love Afghani cuisine because it uses fruit and flowers in many of its recipes. Not especially inexpensive but absolutely worth the experience.

Thank MNataro
Palm Springs, California
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173 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Have had afghani food before and I find the flavor of the entree dishes sort of one note. So, best to dine with others and share. The appetizer sampler was just the right amount of tasty items to start. My friend had the Lamb with apricots and basmati rice. My kofta kabob was two long pieces of ground meat with... More 

Thank Jonagold4
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This is a lovely place in Hillcrest that's been in business in San Diego for 30+ years. The food --- the soups, the salads, the main dishes are tasty with a good variety of vegetarian dishes. The service is gracious, usually by the owners. I love this food, love this place! Prices are reasonable, portions good, presentation excellent. There aren't... More 

Thank FayeG812
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Visited with my family. The food came before our salad. Waitress in wrong industry. Had a chip on shoulder. Bill was wrong. Gave us a look when we pointed out. I would go only for the food.

Thank PlymouthMI
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

We live in Minnesota but eat at Khyber Pass every year when we come to visit my mom and my sister. It is our favorite San Diego restaurant and one of our favorites anywhere in the world. The food is consistently delicious. In twenty years of dining at Khyber Pass, we have never been disappointed. Some meals we like better... More 

Thank CatherineMinnesota
San Diego, CA
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244 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

We went there for valentine's day because I wanted to surprise my husband with something different. However, the lamb was average and we were not told it came with basmati rice, so we ordered another rice dish that tasted like basmati with some seasoning, so we had too much rice. We think the server should have mentioned that we were... More 

Thank jennifer s
San Diego, California
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016

I did not expect much but my wife picked this place but we were very please because the service is good and food is excellent specially the rice is very different and good.

Thank Ham N
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89 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

We found this place while out exploring and throughly enjoyed it. We had never tried Afghanistan food before and we were not disappointed. It is a blend of Indian and middle eastern. The service was superb as we're all the dishes. I would go back to this place on my next trip to San Diego. We tried an assortment of... More 

Thank irishi
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

We walked in and waited a bit until I walked to the bar and asked to be seated. Service a bit slow. We had no assistance on what we could order so we took a guess and ordered something that was average. When the food was served, I thought we were to eat with our fingers (so I thought). We... More 

Thank Frankf215
Chula Vista, California
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

For the last ten years, since I visited Afghanistan and became aquainted with that country's excellent cuisine and having discovered this excellent restaurant in San Diego CA, owned by a distinguished gentleman from Kabul, and his wife, my friends, family and guests have enjoyed their food, we specifically recommend their Mango Lasse for a tasty drink, their condiments, their appetizers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $14
Middle Eastern, Afghani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 294-3964

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?