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Bamiyan - El Dorado Hills

33 reviews
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$30 and under
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Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant brings something rather unique to El Dorado Hills, California that many cities do not get to experience – Afghan cuisine. Lunch and dinner are served. A popular option at Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant is the mantoo – steamed dumplings filled with beef and onions, then topped with yellow split peas and homemade sauce of yogurt, garlic and mint. It is served with your choice of spinach or pumpkin puree and it can be made vegetarian as well.

The shish kebabs are another specialty at Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant with many different options such as beef or chicken shami, sausage, chicken, leg of lamb, beef tenderloin or a combination.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Afghan, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.
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Phone number
(916) 941-8787
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fauzia and Kareem
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Private party facilities
Inside or on our beautiful patio.
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Private party contact
Mousa: (916) 941-8787
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For all occasions.
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Cross street
Latrobe Road
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Entertainment can be arranged by request.

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vipLillianB (New Mexico)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2014

My daughter and I had a delicious dinner on the patio beside a fountain. The food was great -- lamb kebabs, eggplant, spinach, and some wonderful dumplings. The server was gracious and attentive. This place is a gem!

vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on March 13, 2014

The place was empty except for us on a Thursday night. We were there for almost 3 hours and no one else came in other than one couple. Food was average at best for the price. I had much better food elsewhere.

Doug (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

My son had a high school assignment try a new culture of food and write a paper... Since the weather was bad we tried the closest place that sounded interesting. We were surprised to find that we have driven past it many times; just didn't know about them. The ambiance was nice and we were welcomed as soon as we arrived. We tried the traditional guest meal (to get a portion of all the classic dishes) and could not find anything we didn't enjoy... It was great to find out that they make everything we tried from scratch and that they used organic chicken... Everything had good flavor, yet nothing was spicy... We were blown away by the sauteed eggplant and freshness of all the dishes. We will DEFINITELY be back.

MisterMatic (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

My girlfriend has been wanting to eat at this place for awhile, so I made reservations on Valentines Day. Neither of us had ever had Afghan food before either - but we're adventurous.

What wonderful food! We started with champagne (a Valentines special), Ashak as an appetizer, which was delicious! Then onward to my love's seafood combination and my Kabeli Palow, which is a special rice that I had with lamb and pumpkin puree (the puree was fabulous). Desert was rice pudding and Afghan tea. There isn't enough room to describe the wonderful dishes and the terrific service.

I cannot recommend this restaurant more highly - I just hope that they don't get so busy that it's hard to get a table! I look forward to trying more of their menu!

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2013

It was very quiet. Everything was delicious and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. The outdoor dining was nice with the lamps on.

Cathy (Savannah)
4.0  Dined on March 27, 2013

Wonderful meal. Alas it was a Wed evening and we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was our wedding anniversary and as we had driven past so many times, we wanted to try it out. Seems like they are very quiet during the week and perhaps more lively at the weekends. A suggestion would be to do much more to advertise to attract mid week diners, perhaps Happy hour or sample apetizers etc. The food was excellent and people need to know more about this great restaurant on their own doorstep

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 4, 2013

Everything about our visit to Bamiyan was wonderful. It was a very slow Wednesday evening and we were the only diners but the staff carried on and treated us royally. The food was so unique and delicious. I loved the pumpkin puree, my lamb kabobs were cooked perfectly, the sauces were all different but each enhanced the food and the dessert with the Afghan tea topped everything off beautifully. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to visit again.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2013

The food was wonderful. The serrvice was a little on the slow side, but the server was very nice. I had heard the wine selection was good, but it seemed VERY limited to me. Overall it was a positive experience and I'd recommend this to others. I also look forward to my next visit.

bobh (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2012

New Years Eve dinner was great. Very flavorful. We try dine there every two or three months. Recommended.

George (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2012

Jackpot! After years of searching, I have finally found the perfect date restaurant with five star exotic and healthy food that can be savoured. Both meals included deliciously seasoned lamb, chicken, and an eggplant perfectly cooked and seasoned perfectly. Moreover, I noticed that both a carnivore and a vegeterian can love this place unconditionally.

For years I have cursed the local restaurant scenes for boring spices and "usual" dishes that I thought one could only escape by taking a trip to San Francisco. I don't like Bamiyan... I LOVE Bamiyan! I am already planning a return this month to verify their consistency so stay tuned.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on November 27, 2012

Best tea ever

Luv1dine (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2012

Simply delicious. From the moment we walked in, until the moment we left, I had completely forgotten that I had been driving all day. The service was great the meals authentic and cooked with care despite arriving shortly before closing. The rice was indeed spectacular. Be sure to order the hot Afghani tea.

vipallthetoys (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 16, 2012

I get to this area a couple of times a year and enjoy having what I think is authentic Afghani food.

vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on October 11, 2012

First time I ever had Afghan food. Was very surprised by the diversity of flavors. Get the family meal where they arrange everything for you and really make you feel like you are visiting their home....

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2012

Excellent place - waited too long to make the visit. Food is delicious and great value. Service was friendly and attentive. Was a little dark when we arrived, and they cut the lights up a little so we could order. Very quiet. Will return for sure.