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Zarak by Afghan Kitchen, Vancouver, BC

Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

4.8
4.8
658 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

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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

  • Neighborhood

    Mount Pleasant

  • Cross street

    Main & 5th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day - Zarak Tasting Menu

    CA$88.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    This Valentine's Day, Zarak will present our first 7-course tasting menu featuring unique Afghan, and Afghan-inspired dishes we'd previously never served before, created by our favorite chef tag team of our mum, Zohra, and our brother, Ehsan. Winnie, our loved bartender, has also curated the ultimate bar package for this special day as an add-on option on the next page. There will also be a vegan menu available for purchase. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate other allergies and dietary restrictions for the day. This event is non-refundable, but transferable, if given us notice.

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What 658 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TL

    TamaraL

    Vancouver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our third time visiting and once again the food and the atmosphere were truly excellent! Best brunch I’ve had in Vancouver in decades!
  2. n

    norag

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I was so positively impressed with Zarak,s I am ecommending it to all my friends. I found the staff to be particularly friendly and competent. It was an extremely busy weekend brunch and staff handled it all in a warm, welcoming way. I really like the design of the room. My one issue is the noise level. As it is so popular a venue, it gets crowded and noisy. The food was beautifully present and of excellent quality and good value. I will return.
  3. W

    Winnie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and portions were appropriate for the price. Very busy place but it didn't feel hectic and we never felt rushed! Really enjoyed this brunch!
  4. P

    Pharbero

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic, very good service, good ambiance, decent value.
  5. AA

    AyeshaA

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was okay- not very spiced imho. They seemed to have a lot of innovative drinks. The wait staff were very nice.
  6. M

    Michael

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely ambience that was coupled with superb food and hospitality. Highly recommend for brunch!
  7. M

    Maryam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff are so amazing! The food was delicious. Drinks are expensive but that's more of a Vancouver issue.
  8. m

    mgkn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have come once before (first visit was also fantastic), but second time we came for dine out and the whole table was blown away by our food, the portions, the cocktails, and phenomenal service. Will definitely be coming back to try brunch next!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious! A food experience - new aromas and tastes - I highly recommend
  10. m

    michel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary culinary experience with authentic food and friendly and informed services
  11. e

    ellesee

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to have a birthday dinner with the special someone! Romantic and fun vibes!
  12. W

    Wheels53

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very attentive servers, delicious dishes, many of which were new to our group of 4.
  13. r

    rober

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Phenomenal cuisine. Just so interesting and well done. Went for dine out van and it was still incredible. Will def be back. That said, things are not cheap! This is fancy all around. Be prepared to shell out for cocktails...they do come in a smoke screen but still. Lamb shank is 100. Chicken kebab...well if they had it like this at more places I'd be eating lots of chicken kebab lol.
  14. GT

    GinnyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really creative and unique cocktails, and amazing food! Loved the ambience here as well and the service was lovely.
  15. PU

    PUREdollygirl

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, portions were good. One thing to mention was their lamb shank, it was fall off the bone delicious and not dry at all. Loved the Shir Yakh (rose water gelato), it was a refreshing way to end the night. The staff there were all friendly and explained all dish components to us. They were also attentive when we had questions about dietary allergies and made sure to double check with the kitchen when they weren't 100% sure themselves (without us prompting them!)
  16. A

    Azza

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed brunch - the food was all delicious and service was attentive. Definitely recommend.
  17. FK

    FatimaK

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the experience was spectacular - from being greeted at the door to being served by the friendliest and most welcoming group of people. We were a group of family meeting after a long time and appreciated having recommendations and input on the menu and the food and drinks blew us away. We’ve already planned our next visit to Zarak and bringing a new set of friends to have the same amazing experience. Thank you!
  18. v

    vivmar

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    We were having an evening out with friends we did not appreciate being pushed out by the waiter. He informed us that the next reservation was there. We had only been there two hours and had paid our bill and were going to leave soon anyway. The food and service were great but we were really surprised to see the amount the bill came out too. Not a best place to sit and catch up with friends.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Service was ok, very busy night so the server was rushed - not a warm friendly kind of service. Our first course came within 2 minutes of ordering and obviously made ahead. Felt like a food factory. The chicken kebab was overcooked and very dry so we were given a fresh cooked (I hope) order to take home which was a nice gesture but didn’t exactly make up for the disappointing meal. The flavours of the food were not complex. All in all, a disappointing experience and we won’t return.
  20. J

    Joanne

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambience and decor. Staff were incredibly friendly and helpful in answering questions! In terms of pricing, was a little on the higher end but food was great
  21. MS

    MarnieS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, everything about the menu was inspired and unique. Beautiful food presentation complimented by perfectly designed cocktails. Highly recommend any of the dumplings and the kebabs were perfectly prepared.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved everything except noise level was too high.
  23. G

    Grey

    Vancouver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time at Zarak. We were so impressed the first time we went in December 2022 that we had to take our friends to experience the fabulous food, drinks, ambience and service! A must if you are looking for an amazing evening out! We will definitely be going back!!!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great staff. Felt like I was eating in a familiar place, excited to try the dinner menu next time. Highly recommend their brunch menu!
  25. S

    Susanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. I’d give 5 stars if they had more vegan options, but the one they have available is really tasty and the other good items looked great too.
  26. RN

    RigorN

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    First time visit and Service is excellent, they explained all the food that was serve to us. Food is as delicious as well.
  27. l

    lianec

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great service but the food wasn’t worth the money. Wouldn’t go again
  28. S

    Stella

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great place for family dinner or friends -Lots of delicious food to share, especially the Mantu and cauliflower dishes. The Lamb shank is very generous and delicious. Not so impressed with the spicy chicken, but would recommend trying the “tres leche” mama’s special cake -Yumm!
  29. TM

    TMel

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    So many wonderful delights here! Absolutely fantastic service and staff. The drinks are surprising and so magically good (both alcoholic and non). But it’s the food that is really the highlight — so beautifully done with so many wonderful tastes and such care in the details! Highly recommend this experience to anyone.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I just love it..
  31. j

    jeanine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great cocktails and knowledgeable staff!
  32. AC

    ACPH1234

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, highly recommend the spicy Aushak dumplings. Their cocktails are so creative and fun. Friendly and helpful staff as well. Will be coming back soon!
  33. NK

    NazK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit here. The staff ….from our server Sanpreet (?) to Gary and Kassim were all attentive and made us feel warm and comfortable. Thank you all for sharing your time with us even though you were busy you made sure we were looked after and well taken care of. The lamb skewer with rice was the highlight of our meals as was our birthday desert..a rich creamy kulfi that we shared!!
  34. AD

    AshwaniD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    The food is very mediocre. We ordered 4 appies and 2 mains and a dessert- quantity wise it was on par but quality and flavour was just so so . Drinks and ambience was on point though as well as the service.
  35. A

    Allie

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner and experience!! We absolutely loved dinner last night and your service was incredible.
  36. JS

    JenniferS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Best dining out experience I've had in Vancouver in recent memory. Loved it! Feels like a family restaurant with elegance and warmth.
  37. AG

    AyeshaG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Nothing worst in a restaurant than bad service. The food is good, yes. But we felt so unwelcome, wait for it…. Because we had kids! We got there 1.30pm immediately after we ordered they told us it was last call for the kitchen. My brother wanted coffee after his meal. They said they could bring it right then not after. We laughed. So no dessert and no coffee for us because how awkward! To order everything and have it all cold by the time you get to it? Finally as if we weren’t impressed enough with their service. They just kicked everyone out from the restaurant. So Open Table. You may want to say kid unfriendly place, kitchen and bar closes 1.45 sharp no exceptions. You’ll be kicked out before 3pm.
  38. R

    Ruskelmol

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere. We could not decide what to order from all the yummy looking choices. We all loved our meal and the flavours. Wonderful service as well.
  39. D

    Debs

    Vancouver

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had the chicken and waffles and full Afghan breakfast. The chicken had a lot of spices and a mango sauce that was not your typical seasoning. It was good though! The full afghan was delicious as well. I really enjoyed the fruit loops bourbon oat milk drink. I would really like to go back to try their other drinks!
  40. CL

    CalvinL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bring your appetite as all dishes are delicious and flavourful

FAQs

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 658 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 49 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Zarak by Afghan Kitchen

2102 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main & 5th

  • Neighborhood

    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

  • Additional

    Gender Neutral Restroom, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access

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