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Zarak by Afghan Kitchen, Vancouver, BC

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

4.8
4.8
384 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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  • Order online

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

What 384 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Vancouver

    Best Overall

  • Vancouver

    Best Food

  • Vancouver

    Best Service

  • Vancouver

    Handcrafted Cocktails

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hot women love it
  2. AH

    AnjaH

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The tastes are so unique and well combined! The cocktails unique and wine choices lovely. Pistachio vegan gelato is delicious. The dark coffee after is divine. Lovely modern and light feel with friendly and attentive service.
  3. K

    Krystl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Our server was attentive and kind and she knew the menu well. The food was delicious and all vegetarian items can be made vegan with was a huge bonus. Tried a watermelon cocktail which was perfect. Will be back for sure.
  4. c

    cherrow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely lived up to the hype! Waiters/Waitresses were very attentive and made excellent recommendations to ensure the first dining experience is memorable! Food portions were very reasonable for the price you pay. Atmosphere was great! Table for 2 is a bit tight if you end up ordering too many small dishes!
  5. JC

    JiheeC

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly and professional staff and amazing food. Highly recommend!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and the best fried chicken waffles! Highly recommend!
  7. RB

    RyanB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, thoughtful service. Definitely recommend.
  8. J

    Jjjh

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere , efficient service and knowledgeable servers. Awesome and delicious healthy food.
  9. S

    Sarah

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely splendid. I’ve been meaning to visit since they opened last year and only had a chance for the first time last night. I love everything about this place. Please go and spend all of your money here. First, the food. We had a good mix of everything they offered. The cold eggplant & fresh bread was a refreshing flavour explosion. The spicy beef dumplings were delicious with a good, mild afterburn. Then, the lamb shoulder main was perfectly cooked, pull off the bone, deliciously seasoned. The front of house staff is excellent. Kind folks, great suggestions, setting the perfect atmosphere for their guests. Lastly, the culture and clientele beaming from this place is such a great representation of the best parts of Vancouver. Folks from everywhere in the world, kids, all ages, just mixed up in a beautiful restaurant enjoying delicious food. They’re doing everything right and creating a space that Vancouverites and visitors can enjoy again and again.
  10. G

    Giovanni

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never experienced Afghan food before. Zarak had an amazing happy hour menu to try a variety. It's now one of my recommendations for the Vancouver area. Can't wait to go try their brunch menu next.
  11. DL

    DanielL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious, the cocktail was tasty and well presented, and the service absolutely above and beyond, highly recommend!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed brunch! Food was delicious and so are the drinks!
  13. MD

    MansourD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best brunch ever had in Vancouver! Will come back soon!
  14. AI

    AndreaI

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blown away by this experience. Beginning to end a flawless experience xo
  15. C

    Cybilistic

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so delicious. Staff were very helpful in suggestions and service was top notch. Already planning our next visit!!
  16. A

    Angus

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Zarak was outstanding. We had never really experienced Afghani cuisine before. I almost regret coming here first because the bar is so high I doubt it could be matched let alone topped. The drinks were amazing, the starters the entrées the desert literally amazing. The host was very personable, polite and really helped make our dining experience a great one. The wait staff were very attentive and helpful navigating the menu. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing. It is a bit loud but once you have a drink and start to eat you don't even notice and I think it adds to the experience. I would recommend a reservation as it's busy, which tells you all you need to know.
  17. KK

    KitKat

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service at brunch. Our server was friendly and gave us some wonderful food recommendations. The restaurant is clean and wonderfully decorated. Would come again!
  18. B

    Bassoondiva

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love how tasty and the Quality of the food. Service at was great and fast! Already booked for dinner next time.
  19. KA

    KathleenA

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, easily accessible in my neighbourhood
  20. S

    Soph

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, fabulous service and great vibe. Great alcohol free and gluten free options. A go-to restaurant in Vancouver!
  21. E

    Eran

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and nice ambience. Service was a bit slow. Note that their default minimum service charge, unless you manually change it ,is 18%.
  22. s

    sandyr

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They accommodated us when we turned up a night early and they were fully booked. Blol, our main server, was an utter delight- warm and personable and somehow his service felt genuine and unhurried even they were full. The food is top notch. Don't miss it if you have a chance to go!
  23. JS

    JeffS

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When you see that a restaurant has only 5 star reviews, you start to wonder. But not for long. We had an amazing dinner at Zarak. We had the owner as our waiter and he was so personal and kind. In fact, all the wait staff are amazing. That, on top of the incredibly delicious food that, we learned, the owner's mother cooked, led to a fantastic evening. Would definitely go back there again and again.
  24. EF

    ExploringFoodWithFamily

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience from start to end was very pleasant. We had a reservation for 8:30pm at the bar and were seated promptly upon arrival. The bartender who was also our server was absolutely amazing. She effortlessly made intricate drinks while serving food and offering support to other servers. She is truly in her element and it is evident that she is passionate about the restaurant. We ordered the mantu, lamb shank, spicy chicken with gravy, and the cauliflower. The mantu dumplings were stuffed with meat but it felt so light. The chicken and lamb were cooked to perfection and really tender. Cauliflower was simply delicious. The portions were bigger than I expected so we had leftovers to take home. I really wanted dessert and to try the Turkish coffee but I was too full. Luckily, I live around the neighbourhood and will absolutely be back to try out the rest of their menu. In fact, I have already made reservations for brunch in a couple of weeks and excited to share the experience with my friends. It is perfectly located near the Skytrain station, which makes it very convenient for planning with friends. It is also surrounded by fun bars and breweries so you can make an afternoon or evening out of it!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and value!
  26. MS

    MissyS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and beautiful ambiance. Air conditioning too!
  27. RA

    RichardA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Sunday brunch! Delicious riff on brunch standards like avocado toast or eggs Benedict, and many more, with an Afghan fusion of colours and flavours that are a melding of Middle East and Indian. Go with an adventurous mind and palate, and enjoy.
  28. A

    Afsoun

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing and the service was superb. We sat outside and they could use some extra plants as barrier to sound and dust.
  29. S

    Sashi

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    was amazing food, server super knowledgeable, clean, drinks are fantastic! Don't sit at the bar when the sun is bright, it will shine in your eyes the whole time dining there. Really annoying, they just need some better blinds or something over the front door to roll down as well. Otherwise fantastic place. Book early.
  30. ML

    MayL

    Calgary

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and creative cocktail drinks. Food is rich in spices and flavor. Very attentive service. Strongly recommend it
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food, nice vibe, excellent service.
  32. LP

    LuluP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for the brunch and they have delicious fission style options. It was delicious, beautifully served and the service was amazing. Very kind and fast staff. I wound maybe don't have the beverages next time and just stick to plain coffee. The chai coffee was a bit of a disappointment. But overall is a recommended place. Will try and go for their lunch or dinner to have a more Afghan food.
  33. A

    Adriana

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, helpful waiter, excellent cocktails
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and experience was fantastic!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. Food was great and our server was top notch! Would absolutely recommend and booking next week for a friends bday!
  36. RL

    RobynL

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday dinner here and it was fantastic. Great cocktails, interesting and delicious food, great service and energy. Definitely recommend.
  37. MF

    MrForbz

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host was visibly and audibly irritated that we were 20 minutes early for our reservation but "made it work" since it was 20 minutes after opening and the place almost empty. The rest of the experience was exceptional, the cocktails, the service, the food... everything. We had a lovely time. It does get a bit loud, but the tables are just far enough apart you don't feel involved in everyones conversations :) We will be back, but not early next time ;)
  38. LS

    LindseyS

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Loved this place and will be back soon!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful experience at Zarak! The service was amazing and the food was really tasty!
  40. PL

    PatrickL

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was not on our radar until recently. The experience we had was phenomenal:from the server to the food quality. To start with, I ordered "the last mango" craft beer to satisfy my thirst and the appetizer "chip pakawra"; we were not disappointed with them. The lamb shank was so tender that it could melt in my mouth, and the chicken kebab+quabuli was absolutely fantastic. Sanmeet, our server, was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable as it was our first visit to this restaurant. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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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 384 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

2102 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Main & 5th

  • Area

    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

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