A reasonably priced Afghan restaurant near the entrance to Granville Island. This Vancouver landmark has been around since the 70s and is popular for its vegan platter, kebabs and casual Afghani dining atmosphere.
I'm Middle Eastern and Afghan horseman food reminds me of home! The food is great and the restaurant is amazing whether you are going with a large group or as a couple. First time I went there with 20 people and we didn't have reservation but we were accommodated nicely even though the restaurant was full when we got there! They had belly dancer. I went there twice after that with my bf and we enjoyed it. We were setting in the cushion room which is comfy and romantic. I love this restaurant. Worth the money.
I haven't been to the Afghan Horsemen since they moved from Broadway and Cambie, but the decor is much nicer and more spacious than the old place. The patio they have would be quite nice when the weather gets better as well.
They have both sit on the floor and table seating available - we went with the floor seating. We had the humus, the potato cakes, and one main course, the mixed kabobs. That was more than enough food for two people and we even had leftovers. Everything was tasty and service was also quite good. Would recommend.
This place is great ~ the food is great ~ and the service was OUTSTANDING!!!
My friend was visiting here from Texas and i took her to this restaurant and she loved it! The owner was very sweet and checked on our table frequently and even gave her a free drink sample when she was curious about how something tasted.
The food portions are big and delicious ~ a great deal for the price i think.
The ambiance is really beautiful and unique. I really recommend this place to anyone who wants to try something different and tasty!
The food was amazing. You can't really go wrong with the menu...the share platters are good and have more than enough food. The ambiance is cool, but a bit old school and cluttered. Be prepared to take off your shoes as may sit on a the ground. Service was alright, not very fast, but the servers were really helpful as we weren't too sure what to order.
We called ahead and were seated promptly when we arrived in a large booth. Food and ambiance were above average. In fact probably the best Afghan/Mid East food I've had in a while.
The belly dancing is a great show if you can make it on a Friday.
Definitley will go back, didn't even feel like I was in Vancouver for part of the dinner!!
Love the cusions and curtains with nice dim red lighting setting and such great mixed culture food choices. It was like a mix of indian and european just as the location of afgan on the world map. i was surprised as it exceeded my expectations.
We didn't know what to expect from this restuarant, but were pleasantly surprised. Every dish we ordered was savory and rich, and we couldn't resist dessert even though the portions of dinner were very generous. Ended up spending quite a lot, but as a special treat it's a great choice.
Went here for my birthday with a small group. Sat in the pillow room, very cozy. Looked at the menu online before we went and was expecting greasy Greek-like food. Was very surprised at the tastey dishes we were served. A nice balance of herbs and spices with a variety of textures. Really impressed. Wait staff was accomidating without being overly friendly (hate wait staff that wants to be your best friend). Only complaint were the people we were seated next to. Weird woman in the party next to us that just stared and stared. We even said hi but no response. Kind of funny, actually. Beacause of the seating you can't really ignore the other people in the room. They (and you) are the view. Definitely going back for an outstanding meal. No wonder they've been on Broadway forever!
i went to the restaurant with a lady-friend of mine. the ambiance was really nice - rustic and reflective of the afghan culture. we also really enjoyed the food. the fried potato was very delicious even though it may not be the most healthy food in the world. i had the lamb shank, which was quite tender. the service was friendly though they somehow forgot our appetizer. i regret that i didn't make the reservation early enough so that we could sit on the floor. btw, we had the mighty horsemen drink. try ordering for two, and u'd be suprised how they serve it.
My boyfriend and I came here out of curiosity. So far we've been impressed.
Food: I had the karahi (lamb pieces and fried eggs on a sizzling platter with onions, peppers and tomatoes) and my boyfriend had some kind of lamb kebab plate. I'm pretty impressed with my karahi (though it's quite oily) as all the flavours were just sizzling in my mouth. I tried a little bit of my boyfriend's lamb kebab and I couldn't believe how tender it was! He said his plate was pretty good (that's as far as his praise goes, he's quite picky with food so this is a good enough impression for him). We also had the 3-dip combo, with golden-brown pitas served with humous dip, spinach dip, and some kind of yogurt dip. I couldn't get enough of the spinach and yogurt dips, but there's just something about the humous--it's like they mixed it with some kind of nut that I can't put my finger into.
As for dessert, I had a milky pudding with cardamom seasoning, and my boyfriend had something the same, but with almonds. For small portions they're quite pricy to my liking.
Service: Pretty good, except when it was time to order the dessert the server seemed to have disappeared for 10 mins.
Ambiance: Very afghan. When you go there you have a choice of sitting on a table-chair setting, or they also have the cushions-on-floor setting. We're lucky that we got a spot on the floor; it's pretty comfy and it's tempting to stay there after you've finished your food.
Overall: I'm impressed. I wanna go back again (and I'm going to try that afghan ravioli with cheese topped in spinach and ground beef, yum!).
I first went therein 1981 and have been there a number of times since. It's a wonderful place. The food is terrific and the service both friendly and quick. I recommended this restaurant to an out of towner at a conference and they were extremely impressed.
My first time at this restaurant was this past weekend and everything that was written was true! The food was great, and lots of it! The platters are amazing (very filling and heavy) and the atmosphere, from the decor to the staff is terrific. Nice place to go with a group of people. Call for reservations always on weekends, and ask for a booth with cushions to add a nice touch.
The ambiance, service and food at the Aghan Horsemen is inredible. The servers get to know the regulars by name and really make you feel welcome. (Michael is the best server, by far)
We always order the Horsemen platter for two. I will never figure out how they make the chicken and lab so tender and tasty. Also, the potatoes with the dipping sauce is amazing.
Sitting on the cuchions on the floor is a comfortable way to eat, it's really cozy. the music they play is great.
Overall this is mine and my husbands fav Vancouver restaurants and we keep coming back, year after year, month after month
It’s all about the food, and the Afghan Horsemen has consistently delighted me with their excellent cuisine. I have been there with my boyfriend and with friends about 4 times now, and we order the Horsemen platter every time. It’s a got a little bit of everything from the menu, and you won’t be disappointed. The lamb is so tender it melts in your mouth. The chicken and beef kabobs are trimmed with pakora, rice, eggplant etc, and everything is infused with wonderful herbs, spices and mouth-watering flavours. We occasionally order the Ruffino Chianti which works wonderfully with the meal.
The portions are large; in fact, we took quite a bit home and had it for the rest of the week. [No complaints here.] The prices are reasonable. The service is genuine, welcoming and attentive. They even squat down to talk to you or take your order if you’re sitting on the cushions.
Perhaps the most note-worthy aspect of eating at the Horsemen aside from the fabulous food is the atmosphere. You have the choice to sit at a table, or on cushions on the floor underneath what looks like tented ceilings. Sitting on the cushions is a fun, intimate and romantic experience enhanced by the dim lighting and the Afghan music playing in the background. They sometimes have a belly dancer during special occasions, which we found very entertaining.
The Horsemen is definitely one of our favourite restaurants. Can’t wait to go back.
We had to go early on a Saturday night as it was fully booked later on.
The food was very tasty. We took the easy option and went for the special mixed platter for 2, at just under $45. The appetizers were breads with a tasty and incredibly fresh salad with some dips.
The main platter included tasty chicken and beef kebabs, cabbage roll, amazingly tender lamb and other Afghan delicacies. I don't think it was the healthiest of meals but it was scrumptious!
The setting, in the cushion room was intimate and romantic and perhaps the best part of the experience. It is a great setting for a romantic supper!
Take someone special!
Great food and good atmosphere. They have a seating area on the floor with lots of comfy cushions. A great place to go for a romantic date. The food was delicious and they have good combination plates for two.
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