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Sameem Afghan Restaurant

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4341 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-2137
+1 314-534-9500
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We were in a rush today for lunch and these guys check off every box. Amazing food (check) Amazing service (check) Food arrived quickly (check) Fair price (check). We enjoyed a lamb shank platter which was a little pricey for lunch but for a lamb shank it was a steal. We also had an eggplant dish. The two dishes had... More 

Thank manofchicago
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

All they are missing is alcoholic beverages. The food is excellent and the portions are generous. We come in at least one a month.

Thank Brian M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Some of the best lamb shank I've ever had! And the most flavorful rice to go with it! I've been to several middle eastern restaurants across the country and Sameem's Lamb Qabelli Palau is one of the best stewed lamb shank with basmati rice dishes I've ever had. The really reasonable price is a great bonus to boot! The chicken... More 

Thank Seaf00dGuy
Chesterfield, Missouri
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121 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The restaurant is on Manchester and there is no parking on the street. However, you can go may be a 100 feet west and there is public prking on north side of the street. With that out, the food is very good. I had Lamb Qabuli on the recommendation of the server and I was not disappointed. It is very... More 

Thank foodman1
Charlotte, NC
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468 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Looking for a lunch place that offered something other than burgers, BBQ or pizza....Sameem Afghan Restaurant was 'perfect'. The wait staff helped me decide between two menu choices and the Butter Chicken was the choice. Oh my...it was one of the best, most flavorful dishes I have even had! The flavor is hard to explain other than delicious. I am... More 

Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
Rolla, Missouri
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99 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

This restaurant offers high quality original Afghan food. Ingredients are great, supreme use of spices, great flavor and light dishes. We loved the hummus and the mixed appertizer! We will definitely come back!

Thank VeraPizzaMargherita
Saint Louis, Missouri
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102 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

While I've had other dishes here, my favorite is the lamb shank, the Qabelli Palau version with raisins and carrots. It adds some sweetness to the dish. This time though I tried the Lamb Beriani version. Don't worry about the "spicy" warning. That means they use a lot of spices, but it is not spicy hot. Huge serving of rice... More 

Thank D3336HDkevinp
Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in this place for a random Sunday afternoon lunch. We ordered the Pakowra, hummus, eggplant appetizer for two for appetizer. For entrees my husband ordered the Afghani Muntoo and I had the traditional chicken Beriani. Absolutely delicious. Flavorful, filling, happy food that makes you want to savor every bite. The service was good; two sisters... More 

Thank GlblTrkr34
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

They have the best Afghan food. The staff is very friendly and proximity to downtown and other St Louis locations make it a gem.

Thank Syed_Global
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

My wife and I happened upon this restaurant on a trip to St Louis. Only my second Afghan meal and her first, so she was a little nervous about it. That changed immediately. The server was really friendly and recommended great dishes for us and the owner even came out to make sure we enjoyed our meal and recommended we... More 

Thank John F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 18
Middle Eastern, Persian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4341 Manchester Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110-2137
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Saint Louis
  • Phone Number: +1 314-534-9500
Sameem is the first and, for the time being, only Afghan restaurant in the entire state of Missouri. Predominantly serving traditional Afghan cuisine consisting of lamb, chicken, hearty stews, kabobs, chops and rice dishes. We also cater to the vegetarian population, offering a number of tasty pastas and vegetarian entrees. Afghan style possesses a very balanced and delicious flavor. When it comes to service, we stand by our name. Our food is consistently excellent, both appetizing and delicious, and we serve very generous portions at reasonable prices. The dining room atmosphere is classic and elegant. Our restaurant has already received numerous awards, such as being named "One of the top 5 new Restaurants in 2005" by The St. Louis Post Dispatch, "The Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in 2006" by River Front Times Magazine, and the "Concierge Preferred Business of 2007" by Concierge Magazine. If you have never had Afghan food, please visit Sameem and you will become forever a fan. History Established in 2005. We are the only Afghan Restaurant in the State of Missouri. We opened in 2005 and have achieved numerous accomplishments such as the best 5 new restaurants, Best Middle Eastern Restaurant, Meet the Managers Qayum Mohammad Fahime Mohammad My brother/partner and I came to the States in 1991 to escape turmoil in Afghanistan. We started our restaurant Careers at Old Warson Country club as busboys and worked our ways up to the ranks of waiter and supervisor. One day my brother bought me a meal to work that his wife had cooked. I shared the food with co-workers who were curious what I was eating. After they tasted it and immdeately said "You guys should open a restaurant serving this food". One Sunday the two of us were taking between shifts break at the employees dinning room and my brother opened The Sunday paper and Noticed a restaurant for sale. He immediately said " I swear if we open an Afghan restaurant there, we will be very successful" And we did so.

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