Ariana - Phila

3.8
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67 reviews
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Experience the unique flavors of authentic Afghan cuisine. Traditional specialties, skillfully prepared and attentively served in a cozy environment.

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3.7
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3.7
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DinerDan
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always so good.

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vipPhillyGuy
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

It took over an hour to get our main course. We had to rush through it to not miss the concert we had tickets for.

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KimberlyW
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This review is based on the fact that we arrived and the restaurant was dark and closed. There was no sign saying this was an emergency, anyone was on vacation, or that the restaurant had new operating hours.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I haven't come here in years and was sorry i waited so long to return. We loved all the dishes and cleaned our plates

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ChristinaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had an open table reservation on a Tuesday night but when we arrived at Ariana, it was very dark and closed. So the rating is just based on that.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely good authentic Afghan food. Super good for vegetarians and meat lovers. Really sweet and pleasant waiters. Will definitely be dining there again. 10/10 would recommend :))

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vipdocreview
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is not a fancy restaurant. In other words, not the place to take someone you want to impress. However, the service was lovely, the foods delicious and varied. It is a byo and very affordable. I would definitely go again for a casual meal. By the way, the eggplant was amazing

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vipLive2eat
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!! For vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

the food was not what as good as i rememmber very poor.would not go back.

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vipnancyB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was A loyal Kabul patron and since they close, I decided to give Ariana a try. I was very disappointed. Considering it’s basically a lot of the same food and the people that own it used to work with the people that had Kabul, I thought the food would be as good. We went last Saturday night and the restaurant was extremely hot and uncomfortable. Instead of opening the bottle of wine at the table it disappeared for about 10 minutes before it resurfaced opened up without the cork. Make sure you make them open the wine at the table. My chicken kebab and brown rice was just so-so. Again, I am comparing it to Kabul. Even the Ashak was somewhat tasteless. I will not be returning And feel very badly since Afghani food is probably my favorite cuisine.

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ShellyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a friendly greeting right as we walked in the door. As soon as we were seated, our drink orders were taken. When asked if we were ready to order, and weren't, our questions were answered warmly and with great knowledge and enthusiasm for the food. Once our order was taken, it was not long before the appetizer, aashak, arrived, looking delicious and elegant. The dumplings were delightfully light and flavorful, with a variety of pleasing textures and tastes. Salad came with the meal, with fresh, attractive vegetables and a tasty dressing. Soon, the entrees and bread were brought out and, again, we had another very pleasant interaction with the server, who is also one of the chefs. He was happy that we had questions and graciously answered them, providing some cultural background for the meal and explaining how the entrees were made. My friend had the norange palow, delicious and attractive, with tender pieces of lamb and orange zest strips soaked in rose water that made us swoon. I had the badenjan chalow, again with tender lamb and eggplant, also amazing. The meal was satisfying and filling, so much so that we didn't have room for dessert, although I was enchanted with the Turkish coffee, something I've longed to try. The aromas, appearance, and taste of the dishes carried us away to another land, and the impeccable service and calming ambiance, down to the low ethnic music, were conducive to conversation and relaxation. I was surprised that a meal and experience of this high quality was so reasonably priced. I can't wait to go back. Five stars!

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Barbarac
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The waiter was friendly, the food good to very good. This is a good restaurant for vegetarians.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really good food

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vipAnendress
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Ariana has AMAZING food. The ambiance is very authentic Afghan & the server’s are kind. My only complaint is how slow the service is. I think this might be a variance in culture but otherwise the food is amazing!

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usmd0002
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great food, appropriate portions. Presentation could be improved. Ambience was not great and needs upgrading.
There was smoke coming from somewhere but could not see any smokers.

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DoctorJ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We stopped in for an early dinner (6:15PM) before a movie. My entree's description in the menu predicted eggplant, almonds, cashews, and raisins on a bed of rice. I received a large amount of rice with some eggplant buried underneath, a few slivers of almonds, no cashews, and raisins on top. My companion's entree consisted of a plate of rice with a bowl of cooked spinach that featured salt as the dominant spice. We were ignored after entrees were served. I had to knock on the kitchen door to get a worker's attention so we could receive and pay the bill. The food, service, and ambiance were mediocre.

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DohaI
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best restaurant in Phialdelphia. Service was amazing and food was worth what I payed for.

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Grace
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, awesome service. Really low key restaurant that’s quiet and conducive to a nice dinner.

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LaraineW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delightful. Service was friendly. Everyone in my group loved it.

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bagels
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ironically, we planned to eat at Kabul, but they suddenly closed for business. Ariana has the same menu, same delicious food, and same prices. if you are a former kabul fan, just walk down the block to Ariana!

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Jennifer
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, wonderful service, good space and affordable for friends get togethers. BYOB is a plus

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Chris
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall our experience at Ariana was good not great. Service was pleasant, food was good, but not memorable.

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PittMom3
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed a quiet evening with friends, sharing the apps and the other dishes. Food is flavorful but not overly spiced; I’m imagining this is Afghani comfort food, as many of the main dishes are stews. Loved the bread served alongside. Restaurant becomes more lively after 8 pm. Saw one of the chefs making authentic saffron ice cream, which we’ll enjoy at another visit, as the dishes were filling.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!

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tinseltine
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I was on a first date and I picked the restaurant. He said he'd be up for trying something new, but then I got worried about the menu, however, he loved everything we ordered. Especially the lamb dish with lentils. He wants to go back soon, with me! Date went especially well because we got the Moroccan decorated window seat with the cushions. Very cozy and romantic. Don't forget it's a BYOB (no cork fee).

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vipcharlie
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite and comfy ambience with smiling waiters and amazing food!! Always going back.

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JuleneC
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall3food5service3ambience3

If your looking for a "chill" atmosphere, Ariana is perfect! The vibe is nice, food is excellent but don't expect good music while doing hookah...its a very layed back place but the food and hookah are exceptional. Prices are perfect! Very small place so def make reservations.

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vipcharlie
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

authentic and good food! place is not big but can usually accomodate on short notice.

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JasminR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! We frequently go to Ariana!

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Artlunch
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A nice meal was had. A family run restaurant that clearly cares about the food and service. Different cuisine that seemed a mix between Middle Eastern and east Indian. I enjoyed our meal. I would come back again.

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vipdrcuddles
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Perfectly priced!

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ChristianP
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated a birthday and the staff was very kind to make sure we got good seats and prepared a cake too. Staff even accommodated music requests during the evening. Food was really good and great value for money. Staff friendly and responsive.

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vipRegina
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good spot before or after the Arden theater. Not spicy.

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vipgemgirl
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have dined here several times before and I have always enjoyed it. Last night I brought two newcomers, including someone who has not experienced Afghan cuisine before. She absolutely loved everything we ordered! My lentil soup was seasoned perfectly as were the other two appetizers and our entrees. We each ordered a lamb main dish and the lamb was tender and flavorful. I requested that my choice be made spicy and it did not disappoint.
Make a point of dining here as you will have a wonderful experience.

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frazer
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed an interesting and unusual meal here. Would like to return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Easy walk from waterfront area. Friendly warm atmosphere. Excellent ethnic cuisine. Reasonably priced and BYOB.

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vipJohn
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was pretty good. Table spacing is a bit tight.

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vipcarolngeorge
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The meal is so real!! We got salad, bread, main course.
The staff is friendly, informal, helpful.
The price is fair, choices numerous, etc.

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Mugsy
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Delicious food in a very pleasing setting. We would definitely go back. Service is leisurely but not lax. Looking forward to trying some other things on the menu on return.

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vipLouisianian
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delightful Afghan restaurant walking distance to the Liberty Bell and other attractions. Authentic Afghan dishes, great service, and a warm and friendly environment.

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Ariana - Phila does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Ariana - Phila also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 922-1535.

Ariana - Phila is rated 3.8 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

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