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Ariana Restaurant

Allston, Massachusetts

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15 November 2019

We had a great experience at Ariana. We were a group of 6 people. The selection of meals was really good and had a unique experience. Over all highly recommended and we would return back. More...

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13 November 2019

Food and atmosphere was excellent.

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10 November 2019

First time trying Afghani food and it was wonderful! Servers were very welcoming and offered suggestions on what to order. They basically just said everything was good but they were not wrong.Ordered one of each of the appetizers and we were not disappointed by any - each had their own flavors and they were really delicious. I don't have pictures except one because we ate everything so fast.Had beef, chicken, lamb, and vegetarian entrees and everyone was happy with their order. I ordered the Mourgh Challow and it was a simple dish but  had a lot of flavor. Had some of the Chopan which was especially great and I am not usually a fan of lamb. Would probably order that next time. More...

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19 October 2019

love ❤️the rice qauly and tika kabob.

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16 October 2019

I've eaten at Ariana twice recently, and both times I had the same impression: good food, lovely and quiet atmosphere and attentive staff. I liked that there was an extensive vegetarian menu, along with delicious meat dishes. And everything had a distinct and interesting taste. (No feeling that they poured the same sauce over multiple dishes.) I'm sure that the desserts were lovely, but we got too full when we ordered interesting appetizers along with our main courses. Highly recommended. More...

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4 October 2019

Simply Amazing!  Absolute GO-TO when I want great good and great service. Food, service and atmosphere are TOP NOTCH.  My go-to's on the menu:-  Appetizer:  Kaddo and Aushak (with beef sauce).  Truly tasty and amazing- Entree:  I'm not a fan of lamb but will come here to eat the lamb ANYTIME!  I often order Chopan.  But, if you feel like having beef instead, the Chapendaz is pretty amazing.  Perfectly cooked and seasoned- Dessert:  Feereny.  Light and delicious.  Perfect way to end a meal More...

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3 October 2019

Reasonable price with lots of seat available. Hahaha, just several minutes away from hotel.

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1 October 2019

I am very happy I found this place. very quiet and food is delicious. Everything we orders was tasty and I didn't feel like we wasted our money (sometimes I have this feeling after ordering some untasty food)Gazie, sono molto contento!

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30 September 2019

Food was good but portions small and food pricey

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26 September 2019

Great food, formal yet comfortable atmosphere

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23 September 2019

In the past few years, I've heard that Helmand had sadly gone downhill, and Ariana had moved from its outpost on Brighton Ave. What I had not realized was that Ariana had planted itself on the ground floor of a new construction on the block before Brighton Mills Shopping Center with its McDonald's and Spring Shabu Shabu.  The new space is larger than the old, with a greater depth, and nicely decorated with bright and cheery yellow walls.  It is located directly across from the Shield System Car Wash.  Parking is non-metered street parking only, so read the signs.When it ain't broke, don't fix it...Yeah, I ordered up their Kaddo appetizer $6.95 (pan-fried baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar then baked and topped with ground beef sauce.  Served on garlic yogurt sauce.) to go, and it came in a decent sized portion in a styrafoam clamshell with 3 pieces of their flat bread in a plastic bag.  Yum!I was well satisfied not only with the sweet soft orange gourd with the savory meat sauce and the tangy yogurt sauce, but with the generous portion.  I was also surprised by the bread, but I made good use of them by consuming them along with the soft sweet appetizer.  I was happy and content.I also went back for another order for my parents to sample.  The portion was still quite good, as was the taste.  Oddly, however, it came with 2 pieces of the bread vs the 3 I received the first time. More...

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23 September 2019

delicious food.

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21 September 2019

Cozy, airy restaurant serving delicious food. We’ll be back.

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28 August 2019

A top notch dining experience for a reasonable price. The Qabili was excellent and a sizable amount as well. I’ll be back as often as I can.

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22 August 2019

Just awesome.Fabulous taste of food.Its a must go restaurant.

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1 August 2019

The best Afghanistani food in greater Boston area. Nice, relaxing, yet elegant environment, great service and really tasty food. The only restaurant where I would go to have really tasty food. My favorite dish used to be Kofta Chalow until I tried Qabuli palow. Next time I would eat one and order the other for to-go. More...

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29 July 2019

I absolutely loved this place. Looks like fine dining room but prices are moderate. The food was delicious and very authentic. Definitely worth going there.

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11 July 2019

Very nice and friendly Afganistan Resturant! We have been here at least 3 times with friends and family. Everything is delicious. Surprised that it's Not crowded for such nice food More...

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9 July 2019

One of my favorite restaurants in the area serving a cuisine that deserves much greater presence on the US culinary stage. The kaddo (pumpkin) dish is a must-try if you enjoy a little sweetness in your savory dishes - it is perfectly tender and is complemented by an enticing blend of spices. The mantu and aushak are also delicious dumpling options that again feature a unique spice blend and are also quite light thanks to the thinness of the dumpling wrapper. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very calm and comfortable, and I have never felt rushed here in the several times I have gone for dinner. The entrees can be a bit heavy on the rice but are also very tasty. Highly recommend! More...

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29 June 2019

Delicious food, prepare for a mind blowing culinary experience!

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29 June 2019

I really love Afghani food and this place is the best in Boston.Try the Mantu and Qabili, it is so yummmmmmy!

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29 June 2019

Food was great and atmosphere was refreshing and welcoming.

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29 June 2019

Loved the lamb soup

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29 June 2019

Afghani food and service here is great. Service is typically above par. It has a good atmosphere. Like a restaurant in Washington I liked.

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23 June 2019

The food was delicious. The bread was homemade and we kept on asking for refills. The owner works there and wants you to enjoy the experience. There are several options that are delicious as a vegetarian prepared.  All of us enjoyed our meals and will definitely return.  The wine list was respectable and I was pleasantly surprised. More...

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17 June 2019

Always amazingly delicious. Staff is super nice and environment is quite and comfortable. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston!

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16 June 2019

I really love Afghani food and this place is the best in Boston.Try the Mantu and Qabili, it is so yummmmmmy!

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12 June 2019

I never knew food from Afghanistan could be so delicious. This is a great restaurant with a pretty formal ambience. The owner is very nice and helpful In helping me select food since I had no clue what I was ordering. I'll be back and they have take out too. More...

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11 June 2019

The flour product was awesome. Staring with our complimentary "bread", coming warm, crispy outside and tender inside. With one bite, the delicious flour tarde enriched my mouth. We had one of the appetizers - bowlawni which was a twin pastry shells. The stuffing were spicy potatoes and chives. The pastry skins were extremely crispy.For the main course, we chose chopan which was the rack of lamb marinated. The lamb chops were grilled perfectly, not burnt, not raw. The eggplant sauce provided flavor for this course.In addition, the lamb soup was also worth trying, since it had a great smell of lamb.We ended up with pineapple cake as our dessert. The pineapple taste was not strong, but I loved the pistachio crunch on the top. More...

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6 June 2019

A lovely restaurant with attentive but not overbearing service, tasteful decor, and flavorful food. We're grateful to have it in our neighborhood!

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2 June 2019

This restaurant is a hidden gem in Cambridge. I accidentally stumbled upon it last night and gave it a try and I can say it was the best meal I have had this month. The food was great and the dessert was even better. Service could use a little improvement but overall it was Awesome. More...

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13 May 2019

Hands down, one of the best places I've ever been in Boston (and I'm a native). Quality food. Authentic flavors. Relaxed, colorful ambiance. Nice owner. They don't rush you. Go here! More...

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8 May 2019

Great food and excellent services. I have been a regular customer for 3 years. It's a hidden gem. I recommend the Qablli rice with Mentu and the grilled mix. They had a delicious appetizer with Pumpkin!! So good More...

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29 April 2019

Very good food, well explained menu, various options, beef, fish, lamb and vegetarian. Would recommend.

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29 April 2019

Flawless; I don’t think I have enjoyed better cooking and presentation at an Afghan restaurant ever, and I spent my childhood going out exclusively to Afghan places. Took me right back. I’d forgotten lamb could be so tender and yogurt so versatile. So recommended, especially if you’ve not had Afghan cuisine before; it is very distinct compared to other Middle Eastern cuisine. More...

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29 April 2019

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service. Lovely artwork.

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30 March 2019

Everything was absolutely delicious and staff were warm and courteous. Great ambience. Highly recommend the aushak, mantu, and murgh challow.

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29 March 2019

Delicious Afghani food. The meat was succulent and perfectly cooked and the veggies and sabzi fresh and flavorful. The service was prompt and attentive. Their menu has a reasonable level of variety and that should make visiting again very worthwhile! More...

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29 March 2019

Pretty amazing food. Customer/table service could be better.

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29 March 2019

Delicious food and friendly environment! Top notch restaurant. Highly recommended.

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29 March 2019

Beautiful, delicious food. I had not had this type of food before but I will return. Experienced, warm service. How is this place not crowded every night? What a hidden gem.

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10 March 2019

Vs. Helmand: More modern decor. Less crowded. Good food, not as tasty as Helmand. Better service. There's parking nearby.

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8 March 2019

Good Afghani food. Service is great. Love their Kaddo and Bowlawni in appetizers. Should totally try them. In main entrees, Qabili, Chalow and Mantu are the best. Its the kind of place where you can experiment with anything on the menu and you will not be disappointed. I always take my friends to experience the food here. Never have I ever heard a bad review from any of them. Free street parking makes it more convenient to get to the place. More...

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28 February 2019

Their quabili is fantastic. They give you generous amounts of tender lamb and flavorful rice. My boyfriend and I scarfed it down in minutes haha the Afghan bread is also really good, and the green sauce is our favorite of the three

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28 February 2019

Small place, but nice ambience.Went there on a Saturday evening in a group of 4.Servers were very kind. We had Mantu and Bamiya (okra) as appetizers. Both tasted very good and everyone liked them. The Mantu was slightly spicy (mild).I had Sabzi Challow, which came with a side of Bamiya. It was really delicious (I mean the lamb, spinach, and Bamiya). However, I wished that the rice was more flavorful or had the Afghani touch of the nuts, carrots, and raisins (I think this is the Pallow rice, which I wished it accompanied all the entrées). The rice (Challow rice) was bland white Basmati rice.Same kind of rice was served for my friends who had Mourgh Challow and Kofta Challow. More...

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29 January 2019

Pleasant atmosphere, good Afghani taste

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