Bamiyan - Citrus Heights
Bamiyan - Citrus Heights
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Bamiyan - Citrus Heights

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.afghancuisine.com/
  • Phone: 9167256009x
  • 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 9167256009x
  • Entertainment: Entertainment can be arranged by request.

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

    www.afghancuisine.com

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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Bamiyan - Citrus Heights reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Good but slow
    JackVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great food
    WineandDineVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food very romantic
    SyfyBry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful ethnic cuisine served
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Wonderful ethnic cuisine served by friendly staff in a casual dining environment. Menu is very reasonably priced and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seriously Great!
    SassTravellerVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    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. ; )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    bluangel1956
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice server. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Great food, nice server. The beef filet kebabs are really good. Quiet place, not a lot of business, probably due to location.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed dining at this casual
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just ordinary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Get just a little bit adventurous and find something different. This ethnic restaurant deserves to remain on the local scene.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bamiyan review - April 2013
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Very tasty food with lots of vegetarian options. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was SLOW but worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was slow comming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bamiyan!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    I love Bamiyan. Good food, good service, and it is right down the street from my house. All round perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have been frequent customers
    eatwell
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a terrific restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/25/2012
    This is a terrific restaurant - we ate new things and loved them. The Samosas and the pumpkin were standouts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely restaurant tucked away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    Lovely restaurant tucked away in a little strip mall, perfect service, awesome food, restful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We ordered the feast. All
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great birthday memory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We took a chance on a new
    SuzeWVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely amazing food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • intense flavors that are unique,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have eaten here many times.
    eatwell
    Dined on 11/19/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Made to Order!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've read about this restaurant
    Alan
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food. Quiet - perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2011
    Fantastic food. Quiet - perfect for dinner together. A little hard to find - set back from the road in a strip mall.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Interesting & Fun
    Svetlana
    Dined on 10/1/2011
    Excellent fun place with very interesting good flavor food and not to hot/spicy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not What We'd Hoped
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/23/2011
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarians and Meat Lovers Join
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    This restaurant is certainly one of a kind in type of food, presentation, and options. Vegetarians and meat lovers can dine together here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bamiyan Citrus Heights is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/20/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2011
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The service was attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2011
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The experience was generally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • While the food was very good,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Ethnic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server had no clue how
    NateVIP
    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.
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