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Zarak by Afghan Kitchen, Vancouver, BC

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

4.8
4.8
246 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.

For groups of 7 or larger, please call us directly at 604-318-3456.

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

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Booked 26 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Afghan, Middle Eastern, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 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

Menu

Spirit Free

  • Parwan$7.00

    Fresh Mint, Brown Sugar, Lime, Soda. Choice of: Passionfruit / Pomegranate / Apricot

    • Nangarhar$7.00

      Granville Island Tea Company Chai Spice, Orgeat, Cardamom, Honey, Tonic Water

      • Kapisa$8.00

        Peach, Jasmine Tea, Mango, White Chocolate Cream Foam

        • Bamyan$8.00

          Kesar Mango Pulp, Fresh Mint, Agave, Lemon, Melona Bar

          Cocktails

          • Kite Negroni

            Fig-Infused Hendrick's Gin, Campari, Odd Society Vermouth, Citrus, Glass Cloche + Smoke

            • 2.5oz$18.00
          • The Silk Road Colada

            Flor De Cana Classico 5 Rum, Pomegranate, Pineapple, Pistachio, Saffron, Coconut Milk, Butterfly Peaflower Tea

            • 2oz$14.00
          • Kabul

            Angosturra Bitters, Wild Turkey 101, Turkish Coffee, Almond Orgeat, Lemon, Aquafaba

            • 2oz$15.00
          • Gulrang Rose

            Aviation Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, Rose, Ground Cardamom, Pink Grapefruit, Soda, Flower Petal

            • 1.5oz$13.00
          • Hairatan Bridge

            Nikka Coffey Vodka, Kahlua, Turkish Coffee, Cardamom

            • 1.5oz$13.00
          • Band-e-Amir

            Empress 1908 Gin, Arbutus Distillery Creme De Lavande, Passionfruit, Lemon, Egg White

            • 2oz$14.00
          • Chasm-e-Pista

            Saint Vivant V.S.O.P, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, Earl Grey Tea, Pistachio, Aquafaba

            • 2oz$15.00
          • Afghan Mule

            Grey Goose Vodka, Zarak Date Jam, Lime, Fresh Mint, Fever Tree Ginger Beer, Aromatic Bitters

            • 2oz$14.00

          Chai Khana

          • Afghan Tea$4.00

            Nazo Green Tea, Ground Cardamom

            • Chai$6.00

              Black Tea, Granville Island Tea Company Chai Spice

              • Sheer Chai$6.00

                Pink Tea, Ground Cardamom, Milk or Minor Figures Oat Milk Substitute

                • Saffron Tea Pot with Fresh Fruit$9.00

                  Herat Saffron, Blueberry Ginseng Tea, Seasonal Fruit, Orange Slice

                  • Turkish Coffee$5.00

                    Continental Coffee House Potenza Blend, Noqul

                    Last updated: February 1, 2022

                    What 246 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
                    • 4.6Value

                    NoiseModerate

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                    1. C

                      Chris

                      Vancouver

                      15 reviews

                      5.0

                      15 reviews

                      Dined 1 day ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Awesome service, our server explained every dish on the menu and gave some recommendations. Food is super delicious, there were 4 of us and we shared some appies and a couple of main dishes. Decor is neutral, was expecting Afghan decor. Have to book weeks in advance, they are very busy !! Would definitely go back !!

                    2. R

                      Riyaz

                      Vancouver

                      22 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      22 reviews

                      Dined 1 day ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Food and service is excellent. The staff are very helpful and pleasant.

                    3. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 2 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Wow! The food was awesome. The staff were so friendly and helpful with recommendations for shared meals for a group with various dietary considerations. The drinks were also creative and fantastic. Overall the ambiance of the restaurant was nice. I found the restaurant helpful and communicative via text message in advance of our visit. I would recommend booking well in advance as the place really fills up.

                    4. BK

                      BryanneK

                      Calgary

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 2 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      It was amazing. Our server (I don’t remember his name) but he was wonderful. The food was incredible and we are so thankful for the experience (and for your kindness even though we were late). We will definitely be coming back again soon :)

                    5. C

                      Caro

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 3 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The food is always delicious, the staff super friendly and helpful, the ambiance super nice! Highly recommended! We love going there!

                    6. M

                      Morleycat

                      Vancouver

                      3 reviews

                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined 3 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Lovely dinner. Every morsel was delicious. I can't wait to go back!

                    7. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      vip
                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 3 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Please increase the seating time to at least 3 hours especially if your party keep ordering drinks .

                    8. d

                      dineoutanddash

                      Vancouver

                      14 reviews

                      5.0

                      14 reviews

                      Dined 7 days ago

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      great food, drinks and atmosphere. it was our first time and our server explained all the dishes to us and we loved everything. all the dishes were packed full of flavour and we want to try their brunch next!! we brought our two year old and was a little worried about the restaurant being kid friendly as they don’t have high chairs. we ended up bringing our own and they accommodated and all the staff were so friendly with our toddler. thank you!

                    9. KL

                      KirkL

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 7 days ago

                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                      Overall very good. Noise from customers an issue. Seems to echo.

                    10. A

                      Alex

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 7 days ago

                      overall4food5service5ambience5

                      The food, ambience, and service was incredible! There was such attention to detail given to every aspect of the restaurant from the decor to the food and even the waitstaff’s outfits. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. My one complaint is I slipped and almost fell on my way in as something was slippery on the floor. Thankfully I didn’t injure myself too badly but I’d be cautious going forward! Thanks for a nice evening; we will be back.

                    11. WN

                      WNInVan

                      Vancouver

                      4 reviews

                      5.0

                      4 reviews

                      Dined 7 days ago

                      overall5food4service5ambience4

                      Loved the general vibe (laid back, not too Instagram-y or trendy), the service was warm and friendly, the food was really good: well spiced, well prepared and presented. Definitely worth making a reservation. Price point is excellent too for a Vancouver brunch. Great value.

                    12. CM

                      CarolM

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined 7 days ago

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      The brunch we had was really good! Great service and nice modern decor. Would recommend reservations on the weekend.

                    13. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 15, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      It was incredible. Food, service, ambiance. Wonderful spot. Eggplant was perfect and the dumplings had wonderful spices.

                    14. T

                      Tombasil

                      Vancouver

                      7 reviews

                      5.0

                      7 reviews

                      Dined on May 15, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      This was our first time at Zarak, but it will definitely not be our last. Great food, great service and a wonderful addition to Vancouver's restaurant scene! The only negative is that the restaurant is so popular you have to book weeks in advance for a weekend dinner reservation.

                    15. FL

                      FrankLee

                      Vancouver

                      5 reviews

                      5.0

                      5 reviews

                      Dined on May 15, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Tasty food and great service in a very nice ambiance.

                    16. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Amazing meal! Very unique and delicious dishes, attentive and friendly service and a very enjoyable atmosphere. We absolutely recommend and will be back again!

                    17. RB

                      RachaelB

                      Vancouver

                      3 reviews

                      5.0

                      3 reviews

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great food, great staff, great atmosphere. Went for brunch and looking forward to trying their dinner service too

                    18. JM

                      JaneM

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great service, the staff were all so accommodating and helpful. The food was amazing and can’t wait to go back!

                    19. HC

                      HilaryC

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Service here is always phenomenal. They make you feel like family. Food is incredible. 10/10 all round.

                    20. M

                      Maryam

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service4ambience5

                      Great food. Loved the dessert and the drink. The noise level was very high and difficult to understand the waitress and the others.

                    21. C

                      Chuckles

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Excellent service and food. Great staff too. A bit noisy but the space is beautiful and welcoming.

                    22. AO

                      AliO

                      London

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Service is beyond amazing here. Helpful recommendations, kind servers, and AMAZING food. Cocktails and mocktails are delicious. Highly recommend for a unique and fabulous dining experience.

                    23. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      We had a fantastic time! Food was wonderful, cocktails delicious and service impeccable and friendly— we will definitely return

                    24. KS

                      KatieS

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      Our server, Taya was lovely and provided lots of helpful suggestions for food recommendations. Our reservation was for 5 pm, when we showed up the restaurant was not open yet but doors opened around 5:15. Happy hour was until 6pm which included lots of lovely cocktails.

                    25. NV

                      NicoleV

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                      overall4food5service5ambience3

                      Great first experience!! Had a wonderful birthday dinner and a great server who was super helpful with going through the menu with us. Great with allergies!

                    26. JT

                      JacquelineT

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Good food ! Good ambience. Will be back to try more dishes

                    27. NY

                      NYvisitor

                      Vancouver

                      35 reviews

                      vip
                      4.0

                      35 reviews

                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience2

                      Good food, but background noise too loud for us to have a conversation without shouting. Service was not as friendly and welcoming as last time we were there.

                    28. P

                      Penny

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      3.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 13, 2022

                      overall3food3service4ambience4

                      We went during happy hour so it was very busy and loud. Service was good. Food was a little disappointing to me, beef and lamb on the tough side and dishes did not come hot but others in our party enjoyed it. Felt very rushed and was reminded of a time limit several times prior and during our meal so not a surprise when we came up against the clock and had to 'down' our wine to keep within the time limit. Very nice staff, lovely space.

                    29. m

                      mariyak

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 12, 2022

                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                      The food, service and decor were really great! I was surprised at the price of cocktails and coffee which were higher than restaurants with a similar price point for food. I was disappointed that we were asked to leave our table after 1.5 hours. I hadn't realised we had such a short time slot when I made the booking online. My 80 year old mom still had most of her $19 cocktail and we just had to stand at the entrance while she finished it. There weren't even any seats at the bar.

                    30. VD

                      VarshaD

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                      It was a great night with family. One of the best restaurants in Vancouver to njoy the perfect Afgan food. The place is very nice n the food was very delicious.

                    31. SA

                      ShA11

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Great food & ambiance - perfect place to dine with friends or family.

                    32. KM

                      KathyM

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                      overall4food5service5ambience4

                      The food at Zarak is spectacular, as is the decor. Staff is friendly, helpful and efficient. As an older couple, my husband and I found the noise level somewhat unpleasant, but much better than most restaurants we go to. The music itself was not loud, and seemed to be focused mostly in the bar area. Given the quality and quantity of the dishes, the prices are very reasonable.

                    33. FA

                      FainaA

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 9, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The experience was incredible. I took my mom there for Mother’s Day and the service was good, the food was delicious and the staff were great!

                    34. J

                      Judy

                      Vancouver

                      2 reviews

                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                      overall5food4service5ambience5

                      Brunch was excellent and our choices of skillet, pakawara and the afgani mix were tasty, and filling. The portions are well calculated and we were not left hungry nor was there any food left to be taken home. Alas. We will definitely be publicising this restaurant and most certainly will be back. The mimosa flight was especially smart and I know now that I'll be forever ordering a lychee mimosa. I had a great afternoon nap thanks to the mimosas !! Many thanks again for a super Mother's Day. judita

                    35. CD

                      CraigD

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Zarak is a wonderful spot for a date night. Our server was excellent, as were the food and drinks. We'll be back!

                    36. S

                      Sarrush

                      Toronto

                      9 reviews

                      5.0

                      9 reviews

                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      The food and cocktails were amazing! We had such excellent service, with great recommendations. We'll definitely be back!

                    37. OT

                      OpenTable Diner

                      Vancouver

                      2 reviews

                      vip
                      5.0

                      2 reviews

                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Excellent dinner

                    38. LW

                      LWilliams

                      1 review

                      4.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                      Absolutely incredible food and good table service. We did have to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time for our table but still has a good experience. Will be back for dinner!

                    39. P

                      Priya

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Amazing food and staff! The drinks are great! Both brunch and dinner menu is fantastic!

                    40. DM

                      DiegoM

                      Vancouver

                      1 review

                      5.0

                      1 review

                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                      Carefully executed food. Creative and balanced cocktail list. Friendly and corto is service. Great storytelling and food guidance by our server Tea. Will def come back!

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                    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 246 OpenTable diners.

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

                    Make a reservation

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                    Booked 26 times today
                    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 10:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

                    • 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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