We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Kabul Kabob House

Landmarks / Van Dorn
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
514 S van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304-4612
+1 703-751-1833
Today
11:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

17 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 17: English reviews
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
123 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

I have been to this locations probably three or four times and usually it is like once a year and it really seems like it is different every time. This most recent visit my friend and I ordered the buffet which had a few meat and vegetable items. I am no expert wit this type of food but I do... More 

Helpful?
Thank Naoji W
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
73 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Having diner in many Afghan restaurants and also having been to Afghanistan, I can say with some certainty that this place does not come across as Afghani. Don't get me wrong. The food is good, but it is not Afghan except for a very few items. It is Hindu-Pak which in itself is a good cuisine to explore and here... More 

Helpful?
Thank LAPR1
Alexandria, VA
Level Contributor
68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

As others have noted, this place is under new management and is now known as Kabob Express II (Kabob Express I is in Centerville, VA), although at this writing the old Kabul Kabob outside sign remains. The new management improved the previously tatty decor, raised prices slightly, and scaled back the menu items considerably (no more chalaus, pumpkin, etc.) and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Taurusean
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
220 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

So this is my third review of this place. It's gone from excellent to terrible back to excellent again. New ownership obviously has put effort into getting things up and running again, with attentive counter staff, new decor, and amazing food. In addition to regular menu offerings, there is a buffet that, although it doesn't change much from visit to... More 

Helpful?
Thank cjsalexva
Virginia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

We were in Alexandria and looking for something quick, not too expensive. We settled on this restaurant, based on Google reviews (See my review there for pictures) We had a delicious dinner here. We tried the chicken and lamb kabob platter, it was a lot of food: lamb, chicken, bread, salad, curry chickpeas, dipping sauces. My husband and I shared... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mala W
colorado
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2015

The Chapli Kabob was okay, I've had better. The rice was good, the spinach saag was adequate, and the accompanying daal was mediocre.

Helpful?
Thank rckymtndaddy
Alexandria, Virginia
Level Contributor
220 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

I reviewed this place several years ago, and made it one of my favorite in the area. Unfortunately, the situation has totally changed. When I started going there, it seemed to be a family business with people who took real pride in serving excellent food with very attentive service. Now the only people I have seen in recent visits spoke... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank cjsalexva
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

First of all, when I came in, the staff talked to me in Spanish, making assumption that I was from some kind of Hispanic countries, which is not the case. I found it rude since we are in the US and people should speak English. Second of all, one of the staff members who could barely speak English, handed me... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Anais30226
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
130 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

We have a little secret -- there is a strip shipping center just off Van Dorn Street that has nothing but ethnic restaurants. We have eaten there for ages and have a hard time deciding between our beloved pho place, Japanese, Thai, Salvadorian, or Italian places. We had just never gotten to the kabob place. So last night, being pretty... More 

Helpful?
Thank SidelineObservant
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2012

Excellent food. Very delicately spiced. All freshly cooked only after your order is placed. Went back twiice in one week because we kept dreaming of the taste. Very basic ambiance. Order at the counter and food is generally picked up as ot is made. Most business seems to be regular carry-out. BYOB. Gracious owner. Do try the Eggplant Chalou and... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank autie11

Travellers who viewed Kabul Kabob House also viewed

 

Been to Kabul Kabob House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Buffet
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 S van Dorn St, Alexandria, VA 22304-4612
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Landmarks / Van Dorn
  • Neighbourhood: Landmarks / Van Dorn
  • Phone Number: +1 703-751-1833

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Kabul Kabob House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?