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Ariana Afghan & Persian

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2 Midlothian Road, London E3 4SE, England
+44 20 8981 8266
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really cannot understand the positive reviews about this place. However, looking around at the other customers may explain this - there were very few Afghan / Middle Eastern patrons eating during our evening visit. The overwhelming majority of the clientele here was English, and with respect I would suggest they just don't know enough about authentic Afghan / Persian... More 

Thank Sierra165
London, United Kingdom
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336 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Mixed bag here. Some mediocre food and some really good food but nothing my husband and I would go out of our way for again. The staff though is nice and even when we left, a man rolling the dough for the flatbread gave us a sincere thank you for coming. The decor is also very cool, with walls painted... More 

1 Thank genibre69
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

It was our first time here and it will not be our last. Really enjoyed the food and the staff were wonderful. Thanks you.

Thank Darshake
Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great food, lovely atmosphere and super service. Went with a party of eight and took our own wine. Shared a mixed starter with their home made bread. Four of us shared the mixed grill which was massive! Everyone enjoyed their food.Nothing too much trouble for the staff, would definitely go again.

Thank Adrian P
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I've been to Ariana twice with my non Persian friends and both times they loved the food. The price is sensible comparing to the huge portions and the quality! Definitely will go again very soon :) don't forget to get the black tea afterwards, enjoy it with some baklava ;)

Thank Hadis F
Brisbane, Australia
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57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

A group of us enjoyed picking out meals from the great array of starters and mains. The starters had great vegetarian options including the freshest herbs (#1), smooth humous and more aubergine options than I knew were possible. It was great going in a group of seven as the meal suits shared plates and we were able to sample a... More 

Thank JMtravelling2013
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

It looked nice from the outside and we were keen on having Persian/ Afghan food. We were very disappointed about the plates, the portions are big but it is not elaborated. We had seas bass and lamb kebab. Both plates were respectively accompanied with heavy tasteless potatoes and very boring simple rice. The fish had to taste and no way... More 

Thank Alessandro G
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Went there with family and friends I couldn't be more disappointed, staff were friendly but not a clue what good service is! "Away with the fairies" got the orders wrong few times, waited ages & ages for the main! Food is bland& very dry although the meat cooked well. Brought the starters & the main togethers to the table next... More 

Thank Sam M
Barking, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing! The food is brilliant and very very large portions and great prices too! Upstairs is beautiful you dont even think your in barking! Upstairs is a shisha bar/restaurant decorated and also blocks the outside scenery with music of their country. With fresh fruit juices! Highly recommend. Only downside service is slow because theres so many people... More 

Thank Laura B
Reading, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I have been to Ariana a bunch of times and have never been disappointed. The Qabli pulao and Mantu are by far my fav dishes. The staff are very polite and helpful. The resturaunt has a very nice feel to it. Highly reccomended.

Thank Saqib K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Persian, Afghani, Middle Eastern, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Midlothian Road, London E3 4SE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 8981 8266

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