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Bamiyan - Citrus Heights
Bamiyan - Citrus Heights

Bamiyan - Citrus Heights Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.afghancuisine.com
  • Phone: (916) 725-6009
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Afghan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Najla Amiri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering for all occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining, corporate lunches, and private parties on Sundays.
  • Private Party Contact: Mousa Amiri (916) 725-6009
  • Entertainment: Entertainment can be arranged by request.

    Check our web site for upcoming events, live music, fire dancers and more.


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mariposa Ave.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking lot with plenty of parking.
A word from Bamiyan - Citrus Heights
Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant is very unique and one of its kind. It brings the wonderful and delicious taste of the 5000-year historical world flavor in today's lifestyle.

If you haven't been to Bamiyan you don't know what you are missing!

To the Health Conscious
Afghan cuisine at Bamiyan Restaurant is a collection of authentic traditional recipes, a blend of tastes, which are exotic. Afghanistan is a land-locked country, and cooks rely on meats,
freshwater fish, vegetables, dried peas, beans, fresh and dried fruits, yogurt, noodles, rice, and a distinctive palette of seasonings. Afghans do not use butter or heavy cream in their cooking. Vegetable oil, corn oil or olive oil are used for cooking.In almost all the recipes in Afghan cooking, a small amount of herbs, spices and seasonings are used to flavor the dish and add a sensational taste, not too overwhelming.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a family-owned restaurant in an aging strip mall in a modest commercial stretch in Citrus Heights. We went there for convenience but our expectaions were not too high; in the end we were pleasantly surprised. The Afghan cuisine was inventive and carefully prepared, especially the side dishes, bread and sauces. The slow service is likely the product of individual fresh preparation and a couple of large tables that came in just ahead of us. Nonetheless, I would anticipate a leisurely dinner but good, nourishing food in healthy proportions. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a fabulous meal here. We had almost forgotten about this place (possibly because we had bad service at the EDH location 4-5 yrs ago) but we were glad to find it on Open Table and get in for what was a last minute dinner for 2 on Valentine's Day weekend. We had the Mantoo as an appetizer and then we each had a lamb entree. While the meat was prepared to perfection, the eggplant and pumpkin side dishes are the real draw. If you are adventurous with food you will love the Afghani cuisine. They do have a decent variety of wines but if you like to bring your own (we did) you can pay a nominal corkage fee. As another reviewer said the location in Citrus Heights is quiet and easy to miss if you don't have the address."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Delicious food! We did go on valentines day so the service was pretty slow. Plenty of wines but food was delicious. Tried the pumpkin and spinach rice with chicken kahbab and I could have taken another order to go. They have on the floor seating which looked really fun."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Wonderful ethnic cuisine served by friendly staff in a casual dining environment. Menu is very reasonably priced and service was excellent."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Hidden away right in front of us! Located in a somewhat dark and rundown shopping strip on Greenback. We live about three blocks away and never noticed Bamiyan was even there. Just stumbled upon it on Open Table. What an incredible find. Warm, friendly neighborhood spot with FANTASTIC food. While the shopping mall Bamiyan is located in is kind of run down, the restaurant itself is charmingly decorated in Afghani theme, cozy and spotlessly clean. It is all delicious but do not miss the eggplant! And the special hot tea was a real treat! And the people were so nice and helpful in migrating the menu. ; )"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "I could eat there everyday and the food was so tasty. This restaurant needs to come to Rocklin, CA. The service was excellent. The restaurant is like a home setting."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Great food, nice server. The beef filet kebabs are really good. Quiet place, not a lot of business, probably due to location."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Enjoyed dining at this casual Afgani restaurant. The service was very friendly and quite helpful reviewing an unfamiliar menu with us. Bamiyan has a nice variety of vegetarian main dishes. The food was tasty and well prepared."
    Dined on 6/15/2013
  • "Get just a little bit adventurous and find something different. This ethnic restaurant deserves to remain on the local scene."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "I was pleasantly surprised to find this little restaurant in Citrus Heights. The ambiance and decor was classy and the food very exciting. It was topped off with outstanding service. What more do you want?"
    Dined on 4/24/2013
  • "Very tasty food with lots of vegetarian options. Excellent service."
    Dined on 3/27/2013
  • "The service was SLOW but worth the wait. The set menu was was a lil high priced for the amount we were served. Quality was exceptional!! The lamb was amazing. By far the best part of the night was the feernie a milk custard. Out of this world!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "The food was slow comming and cold the cook was new and was very slow I do beleive he will get much better in time It was a shame that there were some new people to the resterant and did not get the full efect of the place"
    Dined on 2/13/2013
  • "I love Bamiyan. Good food, good service, and it is right down the street from my house. All round perfect!"
    Dined on 1/15/2013
  • "We have been frequent customers of Bamiyan for years. The food is always freshly cooked and delicious. The servers are very welcoming. It's a quiet, off-the-beaten-path gem. Suitably decorated with Afghan rugs which are also for sale."
    Dined on 12/8/2012
  • "This is a terrific restaurant - we ate new things and loved them. The Samosas and the pumpkin were standouts."
    Dined on 10/25/2012
  • "Lovely restaurant tucked away in a little strip mall, perfect service, awesome food, restful ambiance."
    Dined on 8/13/2012
  • "We ordered the feast. All the food was well prepared and delicious. The server answered all our questions as to what was in the dishes. This was our third time and quality was still excellent. Highly recommended for exploring new tastes and combinations."
    Dined on 7/12/2012
  • "I was looking for something different than my usual favorites--I now have found a new favorite! The setting was quiet, cool and comfortable and the food was delicious. All of the food was wonderfully seasoned without being too spicy. Everyone at my table enjoyed their appetizers and entree and although we rarely order dessert--we decided to top off our dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2012
  • "We took a chance on a new restaurant (for us it's new - it's been around a number of years). We'll definitely be back and will bring our friends. Food extremely good, unusual flavors (in a good way), very fresh ingredients. One dish (an Afghan version of spinach ravioli) was clearly homemade and yummy."
    Dined on 6/18/2012
  • "Absolutely amazing food!! You must try this restaurant. Great Afghani food. The eggplant in particular is out if this world. Had the chicken kebab and it was fantastic. Would definitely come back to Bamiyan."
    Dined on 6/15/2012
  • "intense flavors that are unique, yet still have a familiarity. the eggplant and pumpkin are my favorites. the staff is friendly. don't pass it up just because of it's off the beaten path location. go inside, it's warm, friendly and delicious."
    Dined on 12/2/2011
  • "We have eaten here many times. The food is excellent - very fresh & wonderfully spiced Afghan cuisine. The hosts are very gracious. The interior is quiet & attractively furnished with Afghan rugs & hangings, some of which may be purchased. It's in an out-of-the-way spot, but worth looking for."
    Dined on 11/19/2011
  • "What a gem! I can't eat anything spicy or with pepper. The first time I went I didn't know it would be spicy. I called ahead the next week (I adore Afghani food), and asked if the meals could be prepared without pepper. My two favorite items are eggplant and Mantoo. The waitress personally prepared a special sauce that was mild and still delicious. I will frequent this restaurant and recommend it highly as a special place to dine. As a bonus, make sure you order the custard for dessert. Very light and refreshing."
    Dined on 11/15/2011
  • "I've read about this restaurant and seen the great reviews. It just took a while to get ourselves out there. It is certainly tucked away in a plain strip mall. The food was excellent! My wife ordered the lamb, and just thought it was very fresh."
    Dined on 10/15/2011
  • "Fantastic food. Quiet - perfect for dinner together. A little hard to find - set back from the road in a strip mall."
    Dined on 10/3/2011
  • "Excellent fun place with very interesting good flavor food and not to hot/spicy"
    Dined on 10/1/2011
  • "We are searching for good, inexpensive reatusrants and when we read the glowing reviews for Bamiyan, we were excited. We expected something special in terms of the food (we don't care about decor, fancy presentation, etc). In reality, it was not bad, but not great, either. My lamb, described as "juicy" on the menu, was actually dry. The pumpkin that accompanied my wife's chicken was sweet enough to be a dessert. Overall, the food was lacking in vibrancy and freshness. We each ordered an entree and we shared an appetizer, and, with tip, spent over $ 50.00. I'd say the meal was worth about $ 35.00. There was only one wait-person and service felt distracted. We were disappointed and won't be going back."
    Dined on 7/23/2011
  • "This restaurant is certainly one of a kind in type of food, presentation, and options. Vegetarians and meat lovers can dine together here!"
    Dined on 6/25/2011
  • "Bamiyan Citrus Heights is in a strip mall. If I hadn't read reviews of their food I probably never would have stopped there. The place is clean, but looks like more of a Country Kitchen than a fine dining place. The food is very flavorful, but priced more like fine dining than coffee shop. The lamb kabob was wonderful, as was my husband's combo kabob (chicken/beef and lamb) and the pumpkin puree was terrific. I have had better Samosas elsewhere. We were there fairly early (6:30pm) so that may have been why it was so quiet, but it was still quiet when we left. It is well worth searching it out if you have a craving for middle eastern food."
    Dined on 5/20/2011
  • "I went for a special event on a Saturday night. They had a live band and that was my reason for going; so I can't judge their normal atmosphere, but the food was awesome. I sat by myself and the staff was very attentive. I ordered the Chicken Shammi Kebab with brown rice & squash; it was spicy for me (I'm fairly unexperienced when it comes to spicy flavors), but delicious. They also gave me afghan bread & dipping mixture, not sure what was in the dip, but it was really good. I also had the House Dessert, which was absolutely divine, but the portion size was not worth the price I paid for it."
    Dined on 5/14/2011
  • "The service was attentive and the food was delicious. Luckily we had an early dinner and were one of just a few people dining, so everything was very quiet. As we were finishing up a HUGE group came in (I think for a special occasion) so the noise level was probably louder after we left! We will definitely be coming back to try more dishes! Don't let the strip mall location fool you - inside it was very nice and the food was well worth it."
    Dined on 4/1/2011
  • "This place was very good. Service was very slow since they were unusually packed, but the food is absolutely amazing. I couldn't believe such a good restaurant would be hiding in that area of town. I am definitely going again.. soon!"
    Dined on 3/26/2011
  • "While the food was very good, I was puzzled why the management did not seem to know about our reservation. I had asked for a place for 8 people, and, after some minutes, shown to a place set for 13. Then, it took a while for the staff to begin serving us. This was not my first time at Bamiyan, but this was the first time that has happened. Apparently, some miscommunication had occurred."
    Dined on 2/5/2011
  • "The experience was generally very good. The food selections were very satisfactory. The prepared food was delicious and nicely presented. We enjoyed the relatively quiet environment. Service was friendly, but very sparse and slow. Perhaps it was because it was a busy evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2011
  • "The best ethnic food find I've found anywhere in the Rancho Cordova, Orangevale, Citrus Heights area. Bay area transplants will be happy there. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 1/15/2011
  • "Our server had no clue how to use Open Table. She asked the only other server there and she said her husband would do it eventually. Several days later, I got my points. The food was quite bland compared to Indian Curries but very tasty. I'm not sure if we'll go back. Maybe to try something different."
    Dined on 1/15/2011