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Zarak by Afghan Kitchen, Vancouver, BC

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

4.8
4.8
1270 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Afghan
Zarak by Afghan Kitchen is an elevated Afghan dining destination with an innovative bar program.
A narrative of hope and humility, passion for the tradition and history of Afghanistan, refined dishes, not straying away from the integrity of mum's recipes.

**Kindly note that we leave lots of tables open for walk-in for brunch service**

We accept online bookings for 1 -6 guests. To book a party larger than 6 guests, please call the restaurant at 604-318-3456 or email hello@zarakvancouver.com

Thank you, and we can't wait to meet you soon.

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2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 38 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afghan, Middle Eastern, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (604) 318-3456
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighbourhood
    Mount Pleasant
  • Cross Street
    Main & 5th
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

What 1,270 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Vancouver

    Best Service

  • Vancouver

    Innovative

  • Vancouver

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Vancouver

    Great for creative cocktails

1,270 Reviews
  1. MerikaYP

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and really liked that they had non alcoholic drinks that were decently priced and tasted great! Surprisingly hard to find sometimes.

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  2. DanielB

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food had big, bold flavors. We had fish and potato dumplings, lamb shank, lamb pilau (rice), and fish curry. Textures were odd: fish and potato interior to dumplings was mushy, but otherwise great flavor. Lamb shank on turnip puree also was a strange textural combination which resulted in slow-cooked, tender lamb on mushy vegetable puree. The pickled veg was a great addition, though, which lent the plate acid and crunch. Finally, the lamb shank and fish curry were a bad combination of flavors on the palate. Each dish alone was excellent, though.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a pleasant surprise in all aspects. The decor is well done with Afghan motifs. I love the vests the servers wear, so colourful and cultural. The Belgian beer made specially for them was delicious and very cold and the cocktails colourful and tasty. The food was so tasty and you can taste the exotic spices in them. The dumplings were cook well, not overcooked or tough and the fillings was tasty. Lastly, our server, Gina, was so attentive and informative. Our first time but not our last. Great food, service and ambiance.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was deliciouis. Ailbhe's service was even better. The only knock was we did find the environment a bit hard to carry on a conversation.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time visiting the restaurant and we were impressed by the service and food was delicious. Higher recommended and will be back.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was incredible and all of the staff members seemed very knowledgeable as to the flavour profiles and pairings for the menu items. I will absolutely be back soon!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the aghani rice and lamb shoulder. At the end, the waitress asked what was the occasion. I said it was for anniversary and she brought a dessert for us. It truly made our day because my date wasn't feeling well and she was really happy with the desert. Thank you Zarak!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service is top notch! Our server Sophia is amazing and she made the experience so much more enjoyable with her friendly and kind personality. She made great suggestions for food too. The cocktails - delicious and especially creative ! Also the sponge cake soaked in condensed milk TO DIE FOR! I wanted to order a second for takeout. Love Zarak. I come here first special occasions. Never disappoints

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing and they have a wide range of interesting drink menu. Food was great with decent portion sizes.

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  10. PhilL

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved that the servers explsined every dish a the best way to savor the flavors

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  11. KarinS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, interesting & delicious cocktails, nice wine list, & very helpful staff made for a fun evening for a family birthday. None of us had been here before but had heard great things & weren't disappointed.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service, amazing food. A culinary gem.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! our server was very attentive, pleasant and helped make our dinner experience so much batter! Shout out to Zak as I had to make a last minute change to my reservation and rather than being met with resistance he was more than open to accommodating the last minute change and was an absolute pleasure to deal with.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Being a first time visitor to Zarak our server immediately made us feel welcome and toured us around the menu to ensure we were comfortable. We ordered our shareable food & drinks which were incredible. The service was excellent and we felt cared for while dining. As this was a date night the volume of the other diners and compact space made it difficult to have a more intimate conversation but for a fun and lively night out with incredible (BBQ Chicken) this is the place. We look forward to going back and also dining at their brother restaurant.

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  15. SunnyV

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great attentive service. Our server was awesome and made the experience even better.

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  16. Nadipops13

    Vancouver

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful, meaningful experience. The server was so great regarding my celiac disease issues. Very accommodating staff, food was outstanding and the overall Mothers Day experience was just calming and fun. Thanks!

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  17. Michaela

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our experience at Zarak! The food, drinks and service were all exceptional. Will definitely be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food, excellent service, and a great dining experience. Wonderful place for groups to share and try multiple different dishes.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Cumin rice was very bland, and the rice undercooked. Eggs Benny with pulled lamb had very little lamb, and the rest of the dish was filled with bland hash browns. Too pricey for the location and quality/quantity they serve.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent! food is delicious, service is great. I love their brunch menu! I would absoultely come back many many times in the future.

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  21. Mmmmmm

    Vancouver

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Good friendly service with delicious food. The only downside is our food did not come out at the same time. There were 5 of us, and 3 main dishes came out together. One of our friends’ side dish came but the main dish came out 10 minutes later. And another friend’s main dish also came out later as well. Our reservation was also delayed for 10 minutes. Overall, we will still go back. Keep up with the changes on the menu.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Have been there many times. Would be nice if they offered decaf coffee/espresso.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food options for Brunch!! Great timely service!! Will definitely come back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was spectacular and the food was delicious.

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  25. Robert

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second time in a few months and still amazing service, drinks, food and ambiance. They’ve added a few new menu and drink items and they’re just sublime. Kudos to the team at Zarak for keeping it fresh and new.

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  26. Tiran

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing first time experience! I loved the food, the drinks, the service, and everything about this place. I'm definitely going back! I also loved chatting with the owner who was so kind and lovely! Kheili Mamnoon.

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  27. Cyrille

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance and service. The food and drinks are great. I highly recommend the Bolani.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose to have my birthday dinner at Zarak as I knew it would go perfectly! The taste of the food and service is absolutely great!

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  29. Rosa

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great reco’s from the server and overall lovely experience!

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  30. ManuelaVR

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the third time that my friend and I went to Zarak; the previous time had been for brunch and prior to that, dinner. We wanted to enjoy dinner there again, as there are so many delicious options on the menu (more variety than for brunch). To share, we ordered one serving of the bolani (potato flatbread) with its delicious yogurt accompaniment, the lamb shoulder and the insanely addictive balsamic oyster mushroom kebab. . . Portions were totally reasonable, and we couldn't finish it all (we are not dainty eaters lol). That said, we couldn't resist trying dessert: the dirty chai brownie was a perfect choice to share, as it's quite rich and decadent. The server surprised my friend with firni served in a jar (milk pudding with blueberry compote and fragrant cardamom), when she found out that it was my friend's birthday. The service was attentive without being overbearing, and every single server at Zarak was pleasant, friendly, and thorough in explaining the dishes (ingredients, etc). The ambiance is great, and the decor is lovely. We plan to go back soon and bring more friends along to try it out!

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  31. Fancypants

    Vancouver

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    vancouver's weekend brunch scene never disappoints, especially when shared with friends. despite reservations requiring a credit card and a $50 charge for no-shows, the ambiance at this mount pleasant spot, nestled at the corner of main and east fifth, is worth it. the staff's warm welcome, attentiveness to dietary needs, and insights into popular dishes like dumplings and lamb enhance the experience. the venue's modern and vibrant atmosphere, adorned with captivating artwork, adds to the ambiance. for those unfamiliar with afghan cuisine, the full afghan dish, complete with lamb sausage and fried eggs, comes highly recommended for an authentic culinary adventure.

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  32. PruC

    Tokyo

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been back a number of times at Zarak. It’s good to see a restaurant keeping busy with happy customers, one that continues to update its menu. The servers were energetic, attentive and cheerful. We had the half roasted chicken and the slow cooked lamb shoulder as main last night. The meat was so tender and juicy! Will definitely go back again!

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  33. Farooq

    Vancouver

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service. A little different from their sister restaurant, Afghan Kitchen in terms of their menu.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly creative & delicious brunch offerings in a very sleek & buzzing atmosphere!

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  35. AmanG

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really amazing experience! Good was beyond our expectations! Had one of the owners assisting us with the menu and she was such a gracious host. We really needed something different in Vancouver and Zarak does just that! Will definitely be back! Thank you!

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  36. BarbaraT

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful cocktails. Excellent service.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Took 3 requests to get another napkin otherwise service was not bad. Servers were friendly. Really liked the fried chicken appetizer and the tomato lamb shank main. Drinks were intriguing but a little expensive. Overall a good experience!

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  38. ParastooP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was very excited to try this restaurant, but I can only rate my experience as average! Food was good but nothing exceptional, and very expensive. We didn’t get any drinks, still ended up paying 50 CAD each.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience at Zarak. Food was flavourful and beautiful, the desserts are an absolute dream. The staff team made us feel so well hosted and at home. The decor and vibe is magical.

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  40. ChristineN

    Edmonton

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food quality, service, and ambience. Slightly higher pricing but worth it!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Zarak by Afghan Kitchen using the Order Online button. Zarak by Afghan Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 318-3456.

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen is rated 4.8 stars by 1270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 p.m.


Booked 38 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

2102 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Main & 5th
  • Neighbourhood
    Mount Pleasant
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Afghan, Middle Eastern, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
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