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“Wonderful food at a "tucked-away" little restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Faryab
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghani
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
DC
Level Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful food at a "tucked-away" little restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AlwaysLateDC
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English first
Rochester, Minnesota
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179 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Amazing Afghan food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank epi007
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Charleston, Maine
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59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great Service, food good but not outstanding”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank neiljg
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Washington, DC
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Absolutely Terrific Food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank aporco
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Bethesda, MD
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68 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“We love this restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

Maybe I'm an ignorant American, but over several visits I've always enjooyed the food and the experience

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank orangerook
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