Ravi Kabob

305 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203


Neighborhood: Arlington, Arlington, Ballston

Cuisines: Middle Eastern

Opening Hours:
Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 1 AM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 2 AM, Sunday 11 AM to midnight.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Nearby Metro Stops: Virginia Square-GMU, Ballston-MU

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Lamb and lamb brains karahi; kebabs, including lamb chops, bone-in chicken, kubideh, and seekh kebab; chana masala; mango lassi.

Price Details:
Appetizers $1.25 to $2.50, entrées $9 to $17.

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

100 Best Restaurants 2009: Ravi Kabob House

No. 87: Ravi Kabob

Cuisine: These no-frills Pakistani kebab houses, across the street from each other, sling some of the area’s best, juiciest meats—whether in kebabs over fluffy rice, sided with a hot round of naan, or submerged in the spicy stew called karahi.

Mood: None. The dining room is flooded with fluorescent light, and patrons order at the counter and eat with plastic plates, knives, and forks. On the plus side: A staffer usually delivers the food and clears your table, too.

Best for: Fast dinners when you don’t want fast food; takeout.

Best dishes: Slow-cooked, charcoal-grilled kebabs: lamb chops, bone-in chicken, and seekh kabob made with minced, spiced beef; lamb-and-seekh-kabob karahi; chana masala, a rich chickpea stew; mango lassi.

Insider tips: Thrill seekers might try a karahi made with lambs’ brains; the contrast of the mild, curdlike brains and the fiery stew—with garlic, ginger, cilantro, and chilies—is wonderful.


Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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