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Kabul Afghanistan Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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540 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1011
(608) 256-6322
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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West Buxton, Maine
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Cheese curds are good. I like them. But not every night. Kabul is a cool little place on the second floor. Nice loved the lamb couscous and my sambosa appetizer. Hung out at the bar after watching Kluber make the cubs look foolish in game one.

Thank Crprinty
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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553 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As a frequent visitor to Madison, I have been to Kabul Afghanistan Restaurant many times. This is the first time I visited since they moved to the new location. The place is nice on the second floor with lots of windows to look at State Street activities. The new place now has full bar with plenty of seats at the... More 

Thank Prawet J
Monroe, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Anniversary date and we wanted something unique on State Street in Madison. Kabul is an excellent choice; a Madison institution. I brought dates to Kabul when I was a student here 25 years ago when the venue was on street level across the way. Now the 2nd floor restaurant features a full bar, and very good drinks (perfect mojito), and... More 

1 Thank ruukasu0808
Dubuque, Iowa
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195 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I had this place on my list for quite some time, and after finally making it i walked away very impressed. The food is very good, with a variety of meats, vegetables and spices. The soup was superb. Although you will not get the interior confused with a fine dining restaurant, the small seating sections provide plenty of charm, and... More 

1 Thank Austin W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

We got to go on a date night and this is where I chose because we wanted something different. It was busy. Always a good sign. We got seated right away. Our waitress was very attentive and very nice. We ordered Ashaka with beef. It was a little bland but good. I had a salad and my husband had the... More 

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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

We have been coming to Kabuls for years and look forward to meals that are fresh, well seasoned, and always satisfying. Staff are friendly and helpful and we have never been disappointed!

1 Thank Glenna A
Madison, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Most restaurants at this end of State Street tend to be a little bland and cater to the campus crowd. Kabul is the exception. It has become our little go-to place for dates and dinner with friends. The service is excellent and our food is always delicious. It is also generally more affordable than many restaurants around the capitol area... More 

1 Thank teewinot13
Redlands, California
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562 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

I ordered the lamb sabsi chalow which has creamed spinach, lamb, onions and garlic with white rice. The lamb was beautifully cooked, soft and tender, but the dish was very, very bland. I asked for something sweet to add to it and they brought me some salad dressing with some apple in it. That extra sweetness really added to the... More 

1 Thank Robert C
New York, New York
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65 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

I'm not sure why this restaurant has a Certificate of Excellence since the food is mediocre at best, the prices are high and the service is not good. I went with a friend the other day for dinner. We were there at around 8:30 pm and felt constantly as if we were not welcome and they wanted to close up... More 

Thank Chris_Marrewa
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped here while waiting for my son to finish a class at UWM. We both ordered the stuffed chicken breast with the house soup, and everything was excellent. We brought some of the chicken home as leftovers, and my son ate it cold and asked me to try to make the dish at home. I will... More 

1 Thank Jodi P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Afghani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 State St, Madison, WI 53703-1011
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: (608) 256-6322

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?