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Charcoal Kebab

Certificate of Excellence
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
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394 Elden St, Herndon Pkwy., Herndon, VA 20170-4818
+1 703-435-2400
12:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Smithfield, Virginia
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502 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great kebab place. They now have halem all week instead of weekends only. A must have for the adventurous. This is a great inexpensive place to get a good meal.

Thank cjdotheworld
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Thought I would try a new kabob spot. When I went to pick up my food the woman at the register had a runny nose and was coughing over the open food trays on the other side of the sneeze guard (sneeze guards protect food from customers but- not the workers)... I asked for tazikki Sauce (a kabob must have)... More 

Thank TT11541
Haymarket, Virginia
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144 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I went for a business lunch with clients. This is an informal place but my clients wanted to eat there. The lamb chops were decent, not the best I have eaten but the karahi chicken was delicious. They will make it as spicy as you like. Good casual dining!

Thank Sarab D
Sterling, Virginia
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92 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Great for lunch and they have updated the interior of this place. Great job on that because it was not appealing to the eye before. Place is clean and the eats are very good. Service is very good also. This is my place in the WMA for kabobs!

Thank stm1258
Herndon, Virginia
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This place has been in business a long time, in a very competitive market. The food is excellent and the people are friendly. They succeed by putting out fresh food at great prices. The kebabs are awesome, with the keema/lamb combo my favorite. The sides are tasty and the rice is fantastic. I have not tried the gyro, but it... More 

Thank Gregg W
Herndon, VA
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220 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Not a fancy place, counter service. But they serve a huge, tasty gyro freshly sliced from the cylinder on home made pitas. I've eaten gyros in many places, but this was the best I've ever had.

Thank webbuzzard
Abilene, Texas
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316 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The dining area of the Charcoal Kebab is fresh, clean, and inviting. We enjoyed lamb and chicken kebabs. They were cooked to perfection. The rice was cooked perfectly and the bread hit the spot. The service was fast and friendly. There are two dining areas to enjoy your food. There is a good assortment of side dishes to choose from... More 

1 Thank Richard S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

ok, quickly, I've been around the block in Kebab shops from London to Amsterdam to Frankfurt to Milan. I've eaten kebabs in Kuwait, Qatar, and other nearby places that aren't nearly as friendly. The gist is that I've eaten at a lot of kebab places. This place is the best - anywhere... literally anywhere in the world. You don't need... More 

1 Thank Brad B
Fairfax, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

The food is literally the best food of this type in the entire area and beyond compare. The carry out packaging is unreliable and will stain your car and make a mess every time. They sometime make mistakes so it helps to check before you leave, and there is a "soup nazi" air to the entire process that makes you... More 

Thank R R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We have been going to Charcoal Kebab since they opened, maybe 15 years ago, perhaps a little longer. We try other kebab places and continue to compare those places to Charcoal Kebab, for us it's the go to place in Herndon. They recently underwent decorative changes, including brand new furniture, it all looks very nice. Perhaps the next step to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Middle Eastern, Afghani, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 394 Elden St, Herndon Pkwy., Herndon, VA 20170-4818
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Herndon
  • Phone Number: +1 703-435-2400

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