Sansom Kabob House

4.8
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$30 and under
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Afghan
Great amazing food that anyone will fall in love with from our meat lovers all the way to our sweet vegetarians. Service is great, generous portions & affordable.
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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food was good but not exceptional. There are more flavorful kabob houses around. Great ambiance.

OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious - everyone ordered a different entree and all were happy. Lovely staff!

I
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Airy yet cozy environment. Friendly staff.
Food and service outstanding.

NM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food

PT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food. Tasty and great value. Great service as well.

LG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent, quality food and why we return! Lots for us to still try. Service is hit and miss, but the food is too good to let service be the deal breaker.

OR
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quiet place with amazing authentic food and friendly service.

LG
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect preparation + superb ingredients = Exceptional! We cannot wait to return and eat our way through the rest of the menu. Am salivating at the very thought of getting to try more delicious plates.

KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most unique and delicious restaurants in the city. A hidden gem. The chablee kabob is perfectly spiced.

MN
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal with delicious cuisine that is very hard to come by! The ambiance is charming, the servers are friendly, there's never a long wait for food, and it's all delicious!

PJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Expensive for what it is. Basically tasty truck fare in a nice ambience.

DR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I have been at this restaurant many times and this past time I went for dinner and I felt the portions of the meals have been cut back! Also, when asked for the hummus and bread - there were 5 of us and that's all we got, was 5 small slices of the bread - prior visits we were given a full basket of bread. Not sure if the staff didn't feel like making any! The service was sluggish which was a surprise because there were 2 employees working and there were only 2 sets of tables of people - one of which was us. The food was excellent and we will return, but hoping the next time the portions will be better in size!

OT
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been anxious to try this restaurant for awhile and were not disappointed. The ambiance was very nice and felt truly ethnic, including the music, unlike some other ethnic restaurants. We had no idea what to expect foodwise, but everything was delicious. We will be back!

n
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

R
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food did not arrive hot and was not as flavorfull as I remember it. Our main courses arrived and there was no bread accompaniment. I would view the restaurant as overpriced and the service as amateurish.

RP
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to love this place when they were actually on Sansom Street, where they were a below-street-level local "joint" and was so sad when they closed. But happy again when they opened back up a year later on South Street.

Its current incarnation if a very nice, comfortable, quiet, and delicious restaurant appropriate for midweek or casual dining, including a medium-sized group. The food is really tasty and delicious. I particularly love the Qablee Palaw - lamb chunks under rice with carrots & raisins - really great! The scallion dumplings with yogurt-meat sauce is great (Ashak). And the baklava is a bit different from the usual Greek baklava, with a cardamon flavor that works really well.

It is quiet, comfortable, and very nice service. Very affordable and BYOB. I highly recommend it.

HG
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, good portion sizes so you'll be full and feel you got value but still have room for cardamom ice cream!
Staff was attentive but not intrusive.

CH
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dinner at Sansom Kabob House did not disappoint! We enjoyed several appetizers, including the hummus and sambosa, as well as kabob entrees and meatballs in sauce. Everything was cooked perfectly. Service was warm and capable, and the space is beautiful. We will be back!

A
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and Excellent Service! Great attention to detail, can't wait to go back.

LG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, great service and BYOB is huge plus. 3 of us had ashak, bulani and kadu appetizers. All delicious. I had the Qablee Pilaw which is my go to at Afghan restaurants. It was as yummy as I'd hoped. My husband had the Sansom Chicken Kabob which was also tastey. The baklava was probably the best I've had - not too sticky sweet and crispy.

p
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, quiet place mid-week and the food is good. close to Kimmel, Wilma, etc.

R
Philadelphia
243 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic. Sansom Kabob continues to be a favorite!

k
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food in a nice new setting - so glad that this restaurant is still around.

RF
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early dinner New Year’s Eve. The food was excellent and the service was very good. Not too crowded. Couldn’t ask for a nicer evening.

D
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A tad pricey, but delicious and the restaurant is run by a fantastic family.

R
Philadelphia
243 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. I eat at SKH a lot and am always enjoy my meal. There were 5 of us, and we all loved our food and the friendly attentive service. And being a BYO makes it easy on the pocket book. I’ll be back.

R
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I was told that the dining room was wheel chair accessible. While it is, nobody from the restaurant helped with the door or the loose outdoor carpet at the entrance until we encountered a frightening situation with our wheel chair.

RB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Sansom Kabob House a handful of times and I totally love it! Everything on the menu is delicious and has that warm-hug comfort quality. I often forgo kabobs (although they are fabulous) because I especially love the ashak (scallion filled dumplings, something like ravioli, with meaty tomato sauce and yogurt) and the meatballs (spiced, in a tomato sauce, served with rice) but I love everything I've had there! The entrees all come with bread, spicy chutney and green salad with yogurt dressing--the perfect starter for sure. There's a good sized vegetarian entree section which is awesome. And the desserts (baklava, ice cream, and milk pudding) are all outstanding: floral, satisfying, and refreshing.

I love the vibe (more relaxed than rowdy) and the decor (gorgeous art objects everywhere and a beautiful mural).

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place and food are fantastic. Always have a great experience.

DR
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner in a beautiful new restaurant (I enjoyed the food in the old digs on Samson street often). But the service was inattentive and the evening was spoiled somewhat by struggling to get a server's attention for water or naan, and then not getting the request honoured. But still, the food was unsurpassed and overall, I would return again for a fine meal.

KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was nice and tasty. Service is below par. Server seemed not to helpful or happy. Serving size is average. I like the chapli kabab and Pawal.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Phenomenal. Chicken kebab is legendary as are the salads and sambosa. Ask for extra House hot sauce.

OT
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I had high hopes for my second visit; we were not impressed the first trip but wanted to give it a second chance since it's in the neighborhood. The food is fair but very overpriced for the quality and quantity. No need to revisit.

DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants--love the qablee palaw (savory lamb, rice, carrots, raisins, almonds). Firni (dessert) is delicious.

OT
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Room is handsome enough, and food was acceptable. Could be a neighborhood treat with some polishing in several areas. Service was unattentive, by persons who seemed untrained in restaurant service and unconcerned with diners' needs (and not only our table).

EK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We have been to the Sansom Kebab House many times, and have enjoyed the food and ambience. However, lately the service leaves a lot to be desired. We came with a group of 4 last week. There were no other people in the restaurant. A table had been set for us by the window. Since it was very cold we asked to move. The server said “I already set this table for you”. My husband said he would move all the place settings and glasses to a new table, which he did. The server never offered to help.

Z
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Philly. Just wish I could go there and order something other than the Quablee Palaw - but it is so good! LOVE that dish. Unique flavors - very tasty. My friends love it as well.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My third time here. Very nice, attractive room with plenty of space between tables, high ceiling, not noisy. All the food was excellent. It's a BYO so bring a bottle of whatever you like. Bill was $130 for four people with dessert. Not unreasonable. Our server was efficient and we didn't have to wait long for service.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and delicious food

JS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service and lots of “rules” here make good food an awful experience.