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Khyber Pass Restaurant

#493 of 3,767 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Middle Eastern, Afghani
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523 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
+1 619-294-3964
10:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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155 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here a decade ago and loved it but rarely get to San Diego. After 10 years it is still an amazingly good restaurant. Small but lovely inside. Some of the best sambozas I have ever eaten. A mind-blowing lamb curry that the server suggested when I couldn't decide among lamb dishes--and he was right that it was rich... More 

Thank Donald H
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

A friend wanted to see a movie at the Landmark Hillcrest. Usually we go to a different restaurant in the area, but this time she picked Khyber Pass. Wow am I glad she did! My husband and I loved the food, as did my friend. We're vegan; she's not. We all of us thought the food delicious. The Bolani appetizer... More 

Thank TazRad
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Rich and unique flavours and pleasant hospitality. From the lamb kebabs to the eggplant and spinach veggie dishes, everything we ordered was good quality. Afghan food is similar to Indian... One idea is to order sample platters to try all the flavours. Also they have good artwork and murals; nice ambience. The service was personal but slightly haphazard. Slight negative... More 

Thank Matty O
Fallon, Nevada
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329 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

This place was great. Only one of its kind in San Diego. Great ambience, good service, we had a simply marvelous meal. I love Afghani cuisine because it uses fruit and flowers in many of its recipes. Not especially inexpensive but absolutely worth the experience.

Thank MNataro
Palm Springs, California
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173 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Have had afghani food before and I find the flavor of the entree dishes sort of one note. So, best to dine with others and share. The appetizer sampler was just the right amount of tasty items to start. My friend had the Lamb with apricots and basmati rice. My kofta kabob was two long pieces of ground meat with... More 

Thank Jonagold4
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

This is a lovely place in Hillcrest that's been in business in San Diego for 30+ years. The food --- the soups, the salads, the main dishes are tasty with a good variety of vegetarian dishes. The service is gracious, usually by the owners. I love this food, love this place! Prices are reasonable, portions good, presentation excellent. There aren't... More 

Thank FayeG812
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Visited with my family. The food came before our salad. Waitress in wrong industry. Had a chip on shoulder. Bill was wrong. Gave us a look when we pointed out. I would go only for the food.

Thank PlymouthMI
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

We live in Minnesota but eat at Khyber Pass every year when we come to visit my mom and my sister. It is our favorite San Diego restaurant and one of our favorites anywhere in the world. The food is consistently delicious. In twenty years of dining at Khyber Pass, we have never been disappointed. Some meals we like better... More 

Thank CatherineMinnesota
San Diego, CA
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259 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

We went there for valentine's day because I wanted to surprise my husband with something different. However, the lamb was average and we were not told it came with basmati rice, so we ordered another rice dish that tasted like basmati with some seasoning, so we had too much rice. We think the server should have mentioned that we were... More 

Thank jennifer s
San Diego, California
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

I did not expect much but my wife picked this place but we were very please because the service is good and food is excellent specially the rice is very different and good.

Thank Ham N

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 14
Middle Eastern, Afghani
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 523 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-3964

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?