Babani’s Kurdish Restaurant

 Kurdish Restaurant in Minnesota? — You betcha!

Have you had Kurdish food before? Probably not! Have you even heard of the Kurds? Well you have come to the right place! Babani’s is the first Kurdish restaurant to open in the United States! We have been serving the twin cities with delicious Kurdish entrees since 1997!

chicken tawa Babani’s offers a selection of tasty soups and salads along with 10 entrees, vegetarian or sauteed chicken/beef in delicious spicy vegetable dishes. Basmati rice, salad or soup, and fresh Kurdish bread.

Chicken Tawa  is one of our popular dishes”The  chicken is slow cooked in lemon broth and it’s fall off the bone tender”

dowjic soup


Our Dowjic soup, a textured chicken-and-rice soup infused with pepper, basil, and tangy lemon is a hot hit!

We also serve a number of traditional Kurdish dishes, like ”  Kubey Sawa, Kubey Brinj and vegetarian Dolma”


Babani’s dishes represent food from the Kurdish cuisine of Kurdistan Region of Iraq, or what we Kurds call it “Southern Kurdistan”

Babani’s is highly rated and recommended on several social media and food sites, like Yelp, Urban Spoon and Trip Advisor. Please recommend us:) 

Babani’s is very conveniently located at  544 St. Peter St.  in downtown  St. Paul at the corner of 11th St. and St. Peter’s St.

Babani’s Kurdish Restaurant | 544 St. Peter Street, St. Paul (corner of 11th and St. Peter, across the street from St. Joseph’s Hospital) | 651-602-9964 | Hours: Mon–Thu lunch 11–2:30, dinner 5–9; Fri lunch 11–2:30, dinner 5–9:30; Sat dinner 5–9:30; closed Sun

15 thoughts on “Babani’s Kurdish Restaurant

  1. Babani’s is one of my favorite restaurants! the food is always good and fresh!

  2. Some of my friends and I have been eating at Babani’s for quite some time ( a couple years?) and we have never had a bad experience. Two of my friends even had Babani’s cater their wedding reception because we love their food so much! I can’t say enough good things about this place. The staff are friendly and competent, and the food is excellent for carnivores and vegetarians alike. As a matter of fact, we’re planning on going there tonight!

  3. Yay for Babani’s! I crave this food, it’s my favorite place in the twin cities. I moved to boston last year and this is the ONE thing I have to have when I come home for a visit. There’s nothing quite like it. I wish they would post a few recipes, I’ve been trying to reproduce their omani lemonade for years, but I can’t get it as good as theirs. Mmmm, and their lemon chicken soup. Other places have similar things but they are pale, lifeless impersonations after you have had this version. I miss you, Babani’s!

  4. This is by far the best fresh food I’ve ever eaten in any restaurant. The home made soups and bread are incredible and unique. Once you’ve eaten at Babani’s, you’ll want to come back for more. Keep up the great work and pleasing my taste buds.

  5. I have eaten at Babani’s since I worked downtown St. Paul back in 1999 and have always loved it. My favorite meal is the Dowjic Soup, Nareen, and a Salad. It’s so fresh and flavorful – unlike the food at any other restaurant I’ve been to! Thank you!

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