612 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Lahore Karahi Pakistani Indian Cuisine
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Indian, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Middle Eastern
Alcohol: Yes, No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Below Average
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I give this place a rating of 3 stars for the following reasons:
The place is tiny, congested and packed (but not sure why since Shalimar, Pakwan and Chutney in the same block are actually better in my opinion.
I tried a few things here. The Karahi Chicken was great, while the Tandoor Fish was average and the Lamb Seek Kabab was not so good.
Again, not worth the wait. Oh and they don't take American Express.
03/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
It is an awesome place. Me and my friend have tried out all the other restaurants close to this place, but nothing is worth the taste that we found at Lahore Karahi. Most of the Indian/Pakistani restaurants have a little bland food. However, the food at this place has a great flavor.
I tried out a couple of veg options and they were mouth-watering. The only prob I found was that it took a little long for them to serve the food. However, it is worth the wait.
I guess they have mentioned that on their website.
01/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
It is casual beyond most places, so make yourself at home, get a glass of water or chai. A couple of nice young guys are doing a much better job of serving. They will get to you and you will get your dinner. Relax. But that isn't why we drive across the bridge to eat here. It's the food. Just so you know-- It is that good.
03/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The service is SLOW, and there tends to be a wait for a table if you go during the dinner rush. But the food is amazing, just like the price. This is a great place to go if you are with someone you can hold a nice LONG conversation with. I will continue to go back time after time.
08/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
how much can one sacrifice for good food? my first time at lahore karahi, my friends and I waited a full hour and a half after ordering until our food came. my second time, was a more manageable 30 minutes. my third and final trip, they stuffed my girlfriend and i into a corner table with no space despite plenty of available tables. i have to say that this place has really good food, but has probably the worst service in the city. take a chance at your own risk. i think i'll just be going to shalimar.
05/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been eating here along time, since 2004, and have seen the community drawn in to the good food and personality that makes of Lahore Kahari. Many people have already said and sang the praises. I'd like to comment on few of the cons listed. The service staff, and I know who you are taking about, is a very sweet nice man. He is shy and he tries but he does struggle with the various customs and dialects that are here in San Francisco.
Its like eating Thanksgiving Dinner with extended family. Sometimes very intimate, sometimes a bit stressed around the edges. The intentions of everyone is good and - again - if you're use to certain protocols of American dining you may have to learn that something like immediate clearing of finished plates is not a universal custom. However, the middle east is extremely unique in its generous nature. Do not be surprised if you enjoy freebies along the way or something made special just because the chef thought you'd enjoy it, no charge.
As for the neighborhood....if you don't look like a ""pro"", a picture-taking tourist from WI, ""flashing colors"", or someone looking to score drugs....the most you might get is ""Hey baby"" or ""Do you have some change."" Yes, things change after midnight, so finish your dinner by then. One block up on Geary between Mason and Leavenworth, there are 3 expensive trendy bars, no less then 3-4 tourist hotels and the open late thai noodle house that seems to be a little hotspot until 2am on the weekends. Its a little seedy around the Jones/O'Farrell area but just walk with confidence. Otherwise, use Geary to walk over to Leavenworth and then walk down the block to O'Farrell.
You will NOT get a quick meal, ever. Plan at least 30-40 min for carryout and 90 min for dinner. Things dont move fast, thats why its good. Grab a glass of chai, talk, relax, etc. While you cannot order drinks here, you can bring beer/wine no extra charge. The ice cream and lassi are homemade.
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02/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I found heaven when I found Lahore Karahi. It is just a couple of blocks from my house so I found myself irresisably draw...often. Amazing that the chef makes everything as you wait, from the naan to the prawn tikka masala. I noticing that I did not order dessert he insisted on giving my some kheer to take home, also absolutely amazing.