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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Monroe, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank ruukasu0808
Dubuque, Iowa
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195 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Austin W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank teewinot13
Redlands, California
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550 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Robert C
New York, New York
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64 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Jodi P
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Great lunch and good quality food. We had kabobs ( chicken and lamb) and my daughter had salmon. All was perfectly cooked and served fast, comes with soup or salad and warm bread. Had nice coffee and baklava for dessert.Would definitely stop again. Service also was very good.

Thank Lena R
Plainfield, IL
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Our family of 4 arrived around 2 pm on a Saturday. They seemed to be understaffed, with 2 wait staff running back and forth and doing their best to keep up. I ordered a mixed drink from the bar and it was a bit weak. We ordered 4 different menu items; the lamb curry was the best of the dishes.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Afghani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?