Pars Cuisine

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$30 and under
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Persian
Pars cuisine looks a bit like the way you might imagine the inside of a Persian castle.Pars, Albuquerque's only restaurant that offers traditional Persian, Mediterranean Cuisine and Belly Dancers in an exotic and Romantic setting. Pars Luxurious offerings include Samavar Bar,Tea Room and a private room with Audio Visual and Free Wi Fi for your next meeting or any special occasion.
New Mexico Business Weekly title Pars Cuisine PERSIAN PARADISE (vol.17,n0. 31,2010)
Best middle Eastern Food by Alibi Best of Burque Restaurants 9 years in a row.


Best Middle Eastern Restaurant * by Albuquerque Journal in 1998,2003 and 2008,2014,2016.
Best of the City By Albuquerque The Magazine in 2014,2015 and 2016.



Please note for dinner service entertainment nights there is a $15 average minimum per person. Please note: A credit card is required for online reservations of more than 10 people.
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New Mexico
41 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Greek salad was excellent as was the moussaka. Pars never disappoints. Also, try the house made Persian ice cream. It’s terrific.

OT
New York Area
141 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food was typical Persian/Mediterranean and very good and healthful. We were hoping for a peaceful dinner and so didn't expect the Belly Dancer and accompanying music.

RN
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. My family is vegetarian and there were many options for them to eat including a Mediterranean sample plate that was delicious. Great Greek salads, excellent rice.

OT
New Mexico
360 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Delicious food, the service was OK, but worth eating here, definitely.

JI
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Will be back!! Great atmosphere and service really enjoyed it

WD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mediterranean food, freshly made. Great service and a wide selection of drinks.

V
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

DELICIOUS FOOD! Music too loud before belly dancer goes out. Nice Mediterranean ambience. Prices not competitive enough.

MS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was a good experience belly dancers were not there as advertised

PG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, and the service was great. I had the chicken kabob which was tasty. The game hen my girlfriend got was even better.

RB
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional vegetarian food ( not sure how the meat dishes taste). Great middle eastern dishes...great friendly service...nice quiet atmosphere...dancers add to the atmosphere.

R
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Persian food at a good price
They also have wonderful belly dancing several nights of the year

JL
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had dinner with some dear friends and we are able to relax, eat delicious food, and have excellent service. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the servers were top notch!

M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The lamb kebab was very tough. Everything was tasty. Way too much rice (use smaller plates).

GF
New Mexico
37 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and outstanding service. Our server Elmer was extremely knowledgeable and attentive.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The evening was lovely, the atmosphere and service was great, but the food wasn't as good as it normally is.

JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Albuquerque. The food is fabulous.

RP
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always enjoy Pars, so on this occasion we asked 6 friends to join us for lunch. None of our friends had dined at Pars before, and everyone enjoyed there experience. The service was excellent, food was delicious, and the quantity was plentiful.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fav's

JA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was dissapointing, basmati rice and ground chicken kebabs, bland in flavor. Service was ok, I had 2 older children with me, not attemptive.
The belly dancer really good. That was the only highlight.

R
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very attentive and prompt! The timing of the food was great!! The food was very flavorful!! Great atmosphere!!

KT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We could have chosen any number of top rated, well reviewed, farm to table, seared duck breast with cabernet sage pan sauce all we wanted. Fabled steak house. Upscale New Mexican. Instead we chose Pars Cuisine for it's Persian Menu and Bellydancing! These places can sometimes be schlocky with food and dancing at or below average. Based on reviews of food and service, we decided to take a chance. It was just what we wanted. Authentic cuisine. Kebabs, meat and vegetable stews, lots of different rice preparations, etc. And classy authentic dancing. Nice to go to a place that is well established and clearly not resting on it's laurels.

AG
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting ABQ

J
New Mexico
59 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Persian food and superb service by Tristan for our business meeting.

B
New Mexico
41 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The moussaka, which is usually excellent, was very dry, especially the top layer. Hope this is an aberration.

P
Phoenix
72 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pars Cuisine has a perfect location tucked in off 25th way between two hotels and near other restaurants. Staff was friendly, seating options included regular tables or traditional low tables (fun but made husband grumble)- food was tasty, portions were more than generous and inexpensive. The appetizer sampler was actually enough for a light dinner for two. The gyros my husband opted for came with a large Greek salad and my falafel entree came with large Greek salad and rice. Unfortunately then to full to try the Persian dessert or a bit of baklava. Plan to start with dessert on next visit there

J
New Mexico
59 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely business meal where everyone thoroughly enjoyed their delicious entrees and soups. The service was commendable!

J
New Mexico
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday lunch that included great kabobs and superior service.

BF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of four and ordered the Pars kebabs - 5 different types - as well as the Mezza plate. We expected to have leftovers and ate it all - the lamb kebab was the least favorite of the five but was still quite good. The Persian rice with barberry’s was excellent.

CW
New Mexico
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tabbouleh! Lamb kabobs are outstanding and the service warm and efficient. Highly recommend for Mediterranean and Pasrsian cuisine.

MT
Tulsa
34 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good and authentic Mediterranean food.

S
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for Valentine's and it was very nice. The food was delicious and the belly dancers were entertaining.

PB
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant did not honor our OpenTable reservation even though I followed it up with a call. Don't bother using Open Table.

MC
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lot of fun here for Valentine's day dinner. We had the fixed menu of three courses and each course had enough choice for any person. The pomegranate champagne was memorable. The food is always fantastic here and of very good quality. The belly dancers were here also. We would eat here again for special date nights or even for lunch because prices are quite reasonable.

z
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent Middle Eastern Food! Service a bit slow but good when we got the waiter's attention.
Exotic environment and very bountiful menu.

J
New Mexico
59 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and the service by Tristan was outstanding!

WJ
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

I’ve been anticipating the trip to this restaurant for ages. What a disappointment. The food was bland, the meat portions were tiny and there was so much rice on the plate to make up for it. And it wasn’t cheap. $20 for prime rib kebabs which ended up being four little slivers of meat. I just had a gyro and it was tasteless.

BA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

After seating us, no one came to our table for 20+ minutes. We finally flagged down a bus boy to ask for help finding our waiter. More than 5 minutes later our waiter shows up, apologetic but also telling us we'll need to be patient given how busy they were. It took another 10 minutes to get the water we ordered to drink and another 10 to get the bread he said he'd bring over. We ordered falafel to start - wasn't good at all. We ordered chicken and beef kabobs for dinner which was tasty. It took us 25 minutes after finishing our meal to flag down our waiter to get our bill. Needless to say I paid cash because I was scared he would disappear again for a long time with my credit card. We were at the restaurant for two hours. The belly dance entertainment was fun - we enjoyed watching some kids who were mesmerized by the dancer. She was really sweet with them - teaching them how she balances a sword on her head and not minding when they followed her around. Unfortunately we were not impressed overall given the service problems. I hope this wasn't a typical experience there but our waiter seemed to be assigned tables in multiple rooms and was unconcerned about ours.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience for an I prompt New Years Eve early dinner. Delicious appetizers, very good entrees, exceptional dessert, first class service, loved the belly dancers and the decor. We are new in town and knew nothing about Pars before spontaneously choosing it for our early evening celebration on NY Eve. Will definitely return.

PM
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great fun and good food! My husband and I both ordered kababs. We loved the dancing which is a plus on Friday and Saturday nights. Thank you, Pars Cuisine!

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and was everything I expected from Mediterranean cuisine. When I was
asked where I wanted to eat that day, Pars was on the top of my list. I'm on the Mediterranean diet for health reasons, I have been wanting to introduce my family to it. They were very impressed by my choice and they raved about it all the way home. The ambiance and the music was very nice, in fact I really enjoyed listening to the music.

Your Dolmas are better than those I tried at a local grocery store and the falafel and spanakopita were quite tasty. To top off such a delicious meal there was a baklava with a candle on it, it was super good. Thank you for such an enjoyable evening.
Linda

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