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Khyber Pass Restaurant

#380 of 3,791 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
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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San Diego, California
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140 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of San Diego's better ethnic restaurants. The décor is simple but elegant, with interesting art, and the food is amazing. Service was some of the best I've encountered, with the owner working the floor along with the waitstaff.

Thank Darrell92104
Tromso, Norway
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Khyber Pass is one of San Diego's gems. We usually have the shish kabobs, chicken or lamb, typically paired with Qabuli pulao (rice with thin carrot strips and raisins). The decor is beautiful and modern and the service impeccable. Possibly my top favorite restaurant in San Diego.

Thank recurvirostrid
San Diego, California
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the moment I walked in, the lovely decor and tantalizing aromas promised a wonderful dining experience. Khyber Pass features-top notch service, crisp linens, a wide variety of menu choices and delicious Afghan (and Indian) fare. The portions appear deceptively petite-- I found them to be just right. Our party of 3 shared the Tandoori Chicken, the Lamb Sabzi and... More 

Thank D F
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was superb and dish quality was supreme, I had a very savory and delicious dinner. I had filet mignon with spices, chicken with. Sour cherries, pistachio pudding and cherry blossom afghan tea and everything was excellent, I would return there without thinking

Thank alexacme1
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Khyber Pass was most welcoming on a crowded tough to find a restaurant evening. The room was warm, well decorated and the acoustics were good even when the restaurant was full.The service was friendly and efficient. The food was very well prepared and presented. We had seafood and chicken dishes. All were very tasty. The wine list was diverse and... More 

Thank Richard F
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162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

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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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 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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331 reviews
183 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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175 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

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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Romantic
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?