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“wonderful food and terrific service”

Afghan Kabob Palace
Ranked #72 of 545 Restaurants in Charlottesville
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Lovingston, Virginia
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73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“wonderful food and terrific service”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The Kabob Palace is in the old Carmello's space on Emmet Street, and when our old favorite Italian restaurant left we figured that whatever came along would be a dissapointment. We were so wrong.

The Kabob Palace serves wonderful Afghan food, and so freshly prepared.

A very delicate dill dressing accompanies the salad served with entrees; such a delicious way to start the meal.

The exceptionally friendly staff makes eating there such a pleasure. Alcohol is not served but very conveniently a corkscrew and glasses are provided if you bring a bottle of wine.

Entree choices are so varied that to name only one or two would be unfair. Suffice it to say that the only dilemma is whether to order the wonderful-strange-sounding thing you loved last time or to try another. If you're a family that shares bites there'll be a real competition as to who ordered the most amazing thing.

  • Visited July 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Wonderful restaurant off the beaten path”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Charlottesville. We bring out of town friends here to dine. The location is non-descript, next to a hotel near UVA so they don't get much foot traffic but it is a destination well worth seeking.

The décor is lovely with paintings of traditional Afghan food preparation, villagers. There are beautiful hand-loomed tribal rugs and decorations.

The food is beautifully executed. The eggplant dishes and the leek dumplings are a wonderful way to start as well as the samosas. They have a variety of kebabs, rice dishes, even a large vegetarian menu. Most meals are accompanied by side dishes like chickpeas, pumpkin curry, afghan spinach to name a few. Also, they bring a suitable amount of Naan or house baked flatbreads.

With many dietary demands including young children with picky palates and a vegan teenager, everyone always leaves here happy.

The only drawback for some is there is no wine menu as their culture/religion does not permit alcohol. They do not, however, mind people bringing in their own wine.

We have been there many times and hope they thrive and are part of the Charlottesville Restaurant scene for a long time to come.

  • Visited June 2013
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Minneapolis, MN
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful food--a surprising gem”
Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I just went to the Afghan Kabob Palace for the first time. We ordered the complete meal for 2, and it was fantastic! They served it in five courses--samosas, eggplant, salad, mains, and dessert. Despite the multitude of courses, they were able to get us out in about an hour (we were in a hurry). The food was absolutely fantastic. It was flavorful and nuanced; I was shocked at how much I enjoyed my meal. Everything was delicious, and and tasted very fresh and homemade. The service was extremely gracious, and the atmosphere is old school fancy and not trendy (glass tops on the table, fake flowers on the table). Overall, a very pleasant, Old World style meal. At only $38 for the complete meal for two, it was a bargain. We will be definitely be back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
1 review
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

My friends and I adored Afghan Kabon Palace! The service was friendly and informative, the ambience was intimate and exotic, and the food was excellent! I highly recommend the bimia (an okra dish). Also, a great value for your money.

If you haven't tried Afghan food, it's like a halfway-point between Indian and Persian cuisines, with a couple of general Middle East flavors like kebab, falafel and baklava - but it had its own unique flavors. Highly recommended for a unique and enjoyable experience!

  • Visited July 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Afghan Kabob is housed in what was a rather drab Italian restaurant. It is now beautifully decorated with Afghan artifacts. The staff is gracious and helpful. We were a group of six and everyone enjoyed his meal. The food was new to me but quite delicious. I'll be back to try more of the menu.

  • Visited June 2013
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