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Posted by anonymous on 05/23/2009
My friend and I stumbled onto this restaurant while walking along 9th and the food was great! While my meal was a bit dry, there are sauces on the table that you can add to it. The stewed lamb was cooked perfectly and the appetizers were very good. It's a small spot and I wouldn't recommend it for a "nice" dinner, but just for a night out it's a good option, especially if you don't eat pork! I will definitely be going back and recommending it to other people. In fact, I'm ordering from there for delivery tonight!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/14/2009
ariana is like someone's afghani grandmother's kitchen and dining room. it's small, quaint, and the flavors are spot on (more often than not). mind the at times chatty waiter - especially if you are dining as two women!!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/26/2008
The decor is fab, with many hanging Afghan rugs. The visuals are the highlight. The food costs double what it should, especially if it were prepared well. Portions are tiny. The brown rice they advertise is really a non-brown Basmati variety. "Salad" consists of lifeless shredded white and yellow iceberg lettuce, diced tomatoes, a few pieces of onion, and overly bitter lemon/vinegar, oil "dressing." The curried pumpkin was actually interesting, but miniature in portion. I will not return to this mid-town place and advise others to avoid Ariana.
Posted by Marie on 12/25/2008
the restaurant is small but cozy. the menu is not too extensive but varied. The service was very friendly. and the decor appeared authentic. It is a good taste of a Afghni menu. Would recommend it for something a little bit different.
Posted by we liked it on 10/23/2008
after googling afghan restaurants i picked this one for our book group. (I heard terrible delivery reports on the other one so I thought I would give this a try.) Guy on the phone was more than pleasant. Placed order and received order in less than 30 minutes (was very surprised because it was a big order.) They labeled the food for me so I would know what was what. Everyone commented more than once that the food was great. I have to say that all the vegetable side dishes were more than awesome. Everyone went crazy for everything pumpkin pumpkin apps, pumpkin side. Have zero complaints for delivery. Would absolutely order again, as will my friends.
Posted by Samantha on 08/21/2008
Get seated waiter does not bring over lunch menu. Finally brings us a lunch menu when asked. A bit humid in there makes me wonder how the chef's doing in the back with the lack of air conditioning. Ask the waiter to split the bill so we can each pay seperately and he says its impossible. 3/4 of us only had credit cards. Said he doesn't take credit cards only cash! $20 min per person to accept credit card. Funny how it never mentions it anywhere. How frustrating. Then he says put entire tab on one cc ok and walks away. Ultimately we paid with one cc but were upset at the attitude of the waiter. Water that he put out didn't even have ice which made me reluctant to even try it. Then the waiter went on to say how ones mouth can be the gateway to hell. what he was attempting to convey i do not know nor do I wish to know. I would never recommend them to anyone or ever step foot through their door again. No wonder they had us and 4 other people in the entire place during the prime lunch hour time 12-1. Save your self the aggrevation.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2008
I heard absolutely wonderful things about this food, but was very disappointed. I thought the food was basically bland, and expensive. However, the proprietor was very friendly and nice to talk to. But for the food, I wouldn't go back.