Lala Rokh
Lala Rokh

Lala Rokh

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lalarokh.com/
  • Phone: (617) 720-5511
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Persian
  • Executive Chef: Azita Bina-Seibel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have 3 private rooms; Qajar Dynasty Room for 16 to 28 people, Textile and Tapestry Room for 30 to 44 people and Persian Topography room for 50 to 66 people. Special menu design and audiovisual equipment available.
  • Private Party Contact: Julie Thomas 6177205511

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Charles Street
  • Public Transit: Red Line to Massachusetts General Hospital/Charles Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 65 Charles, corner of Mt. Vernon & Charles Streets. Public parking two blocks away at the Boston Common Garage. Charles Street metered parking.
A word from Lala Rokh
Lala Rokh, established in 1995, is located in the heart of the historic Beacon Hill, and is the namesake of Thomas Moore's 1817 romance novel. We feature Persian cuisine lovingly prepared and garnished with fragrant herbs and spices that we import directly. The recipes have been handed down from generation to generation to us from our mother who still tastes everything for quality. The restaurant is decorated with our family's one of a kind museum quality artwork. Our staff will do everything in their power to welcome you as we would to our home and provide impeccable service. Our specialty cocktails and wines have been created and picked specifically matched to our cuisine. Winner of numerous national and local awards by Gourmet, Zagat and Boston Magazine.
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Lala Rokh reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (28)romantic (21)special occasion (19)good for groups (12)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Not great this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I was disappointed with the food this time. I hadn't been here for a couple of years and had remembered loving it. The lamb shank tasted old, dessert and appetizers were fine. The server was fantastic and very attentive but the $75 for one was way too much for an unsatisfying meal. I probably won't go back.
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  • Excellent team dinner
    Jean
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The service was excellent, the food delicious. One table was a little loud, but we still were able to have a good conversation. The wine list is impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good alternative to seafood and steak.
    Kamal
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Middle eastern/mediteranean restaurant offering a good alternative to Sea Food and Steak or typical American, French or Italian food. Good ambience and good wine list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food Warrants Another Visit
    AmherstStreetVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our second visit to Lala Rokh. The first time everything was perfect, from service to table location to food to wine. This time, the waiter's erratic attention span spoiled what could have been a perfect evening. When we informed him we were waiting for a third diner, the waiter disappeared for 20 minutes, long after our friend arrived, not offering to fetch us drinks or check to see if he could be of any assistance. We could see him at the other end of the restaurant clearing tables. When he finally returned, he was suddenly in a hurry to not only take our drink order, but our entire meal order. The restaurant was not full, so we don't think we were preventing table turnover. The meal itself was excellent, from hors d'oeurves to main course. Of course, we were not asked if we were interested in dessert. Although we will probably return to Lala Rokh at some point, we will be careful to ensure we are not served by the same waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The owner is kind of rude and such a snub. The food is not bad but not exceptionally authentic Iranian.
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  • Excellent
    luv2eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    All four foodies LOVED La La Rokh. Dining out frequently, we are rarely as impressed. The food was outstanding, the service pace was perfect, not rushed, we enjoyed a fantastic meal. One member of our party is lactose intolerant and they easily accommodated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We've been to LaLa Rokh twice now. The staff are always welcoming and gracious.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous and comfortable!
    gemma
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Our favorite restaurant in Boston: delicious interesting food (especially lamb dishes and the yogurt), perfect service and most of all extremely comfortable...quiet and spacious. We can actually have conversations at dinner!
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • An Overlooked Gem
    Gramps09VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We couldn't remember the last time we ate there but we'll definitely return more frequently in the future. A menu of great variety, well-prepared dishes, attentive service, and a warm ambiance add up to a memorable evening with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • I'll be back for sure
    MPG1VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was terrific. Well prepared, healthy, and interesting. Service was top notch. I forgot my credit card and they used Open Table to get my cell number and call me to come back for it! Great perk of being a member of this site!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Ali A
    Aliash
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Overall a nice place! Would suggest it as a quite place to slow down and enjoy!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs a boost
    TheExperienceVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Experience was fair, at best. The restaurant needs a new shot of energy. The location on Beacon Hill is terrific but the space needs a facelift to bring a new sense of vibrancy. The food was good but not great. It would be nice to see the menu push our boundaries with flavor profiles and unique Persian dishes. The lamb kebab was boring with not much taste while some other dishes were really good . The restaurant needs to bring back some vibrancy for everything from the wine list to the graphic design of the restaurant and even the menus.
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  • Excellent evening
    bos73
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    As usual, Lala Rokh provided a great meal and excellent service. From appetizers to dessert it was all delicious. Our waiter gave us excellent service without being intrusive. He was also very friendly, polite and full of good suggestions. We eat here a few times a year and have since it opened, never disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superlative
    macGoogleVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant has it all; superlative food, ambiance, and terrific service. Of course, it is expensive as well. Expect to pay over one hundred dollars for a meal with wine. Nonetheless, it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I love Lala Rokh!!
    AReviewerNicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I've been there many times, and it's always great! Whenever friends from out of town are visiting, I always suggest it. Food and service are always wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding
    traveller
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have been visiting Lala Rokh for nearly two decades. Each time I have the opportunity to dine at Lala Rokh the experience is nothing short of superb. Exceptional wine and spirits lists, remarkable food, and great staff. The hospitality is second to none.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Persian
    WhereRMyGlasses
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Enjoyed the duck with pomegranate and walnut sauce and braised lamb dishes. Chicken dish was ordinary but well prepared. Mezzes were delicious, especially those with eggplant. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Not inexpensive but not over-priced for the neighborhood and quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent!
    Lalala
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was outstanding and flavorful. Great first experience with Persian food. Visited during restaurant week 2014. Bar area is small with three or four stools so clearly just a place to have a drink while waiting for your table. Waiter was snarky, which wasn't amusing although it appeared he thought so, but we overlooked this with respect to the fabulous meal. I recommend for a unique experience.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    Tierney
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I went with my family during Boston Dine- out weeks. They have good services, and the food was really great. Since I am no expert in knowing if it is an authentic Persian food or not, so I won't comment on this aspect. We ordered from the Boston Dine-out menu, and I love every dishes they served us on that day.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We loved our dinner at Lala Rokh. The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. We were dining early so it was very quiet. As more people arrived it stayed quiet - but we weren't there in a full house. The three person per (with extra stools available) looked very cute. Would love to try that with a couple of friends. The Middle Eastern fare was really good and our waiter gave great suggestions. This was helpful since we know we love Middle Eastern food but do not know the names, what sauce works with which entrees, etc. We had an excellent meal and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go somewhere else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This restaurant was not worth it. The kabobs were dry, the portions incredibly small for the price, service was very slow. There are other places one can spend their money.
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    good for groups
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  • Eh
    BerkerycVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Wasn't that impressed. Neither service nor good was great. Not crazy expensive, but definitely not a deal either. Wouldn't go back.
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  • Disappointing
    ReeseVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was quite disappointing, aside from the appetizers. We ordered many different items, and we disappointed in most of them. We were particularly surprised since the Zagat rating was very good.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 576 reviews are from the Lala Rokh reviews archive.
  • Expected more
    SluggosixtyfiveVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Lala Rokh kind of disappointed me. I haven't been in years, and I remembered it being more exotic and interesting than it was. It looks a little downtrodden and in need of TLC physically as well as in the food department. I had mushrooms over polenta for an all, and it was nothing i couldn't have made better at home (i had it because my partner doesn't eat mushrooms.) My entree (lamb kebab / lamb kofta with grilled veggies and a dollop of grains (bulgar?) was well cooked, but unseasoned.This is not what i expect from "persian" cooking - this was at best the quality of a hole-in-the-wall greek deli.
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  • Wonderful find
    Gypsymuffins
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Staff and chef were so courteous and professional. Cared about the food and our experience and explained everything we wanted to know. Gave a surprise dessert for my boyfriends birthday without me asking. No complaints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MSM2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The ice cream is outstanding, the noise level to which I am very sensitive is quiet so can enjoy a conversations along with a very nice dinner.
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not very good, smells funny
    s1234VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    food was mediocre. the place smells funny. food was mediocre. the place smells funny.
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  • Intimate dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Met here for dinner with an old friend. Great place to catch up and talk as it's very cozy and quiet inside. The server was very friendly and helpful. It was a warm summer night and it would have been nice to have more windows/fans or AC on to cool things down a little inside. Salad was fresh and side dips were good. Portions were on the smaller side for the salad and sides. Sesame bread was good but a little stale.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding!
    sedona93
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Loved the different variations and flavors. Beautifully served and the wait staff were impeccable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delightful place
    sjgahhVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Intimate setting on Beacon Hill. Lala Rokh is a wonderful introduction to Persian food. We all enjoyed the ambiance. Only critique, meat was somewhat overcooked and the polenta dish with mushrooms, the polenta was a bit dry. All in all, however, we would probably come back if we were in this neighborhood...it is quaint and worth a try.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous!
    MetrowestFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Have eaten dinner here before - but not in awhile - and just brought a friend from LA for lunch. The food was outstanding (had a grilled salmon special with a feta/mint/yogurt sauce that was delicious!), service impeccable, and atmosphere cozy yet elegant. Highly recommended! I will plan to frequent it more often for both lunch and dinner, and introduce friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Persian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Whenever we go to Boston, we make sure to have dinner at Lala Rokh.Love their savory seasonings, generous portions, and gracious and efficient service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I enjoyed Lala Rokh. The food was great and service top notch. The only downfall to this place is that it its very, very quiet. There is no music or anything to drown out the extreme silence of Lala Rokh. Forgot about having a private conversation here. You have to whisper if you want to talk to someone at your table since everything is 'cozy'. The tables are very close to each other so you hear everyone's conversation during dinner. Just to be clear, the food and service were great. I just think that this place would benefit from moving to someplace bigger or perhaps playing some light and mellow music.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Great find near Boston Common
    Suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My first time at LaLa Rokh was a suprising delight. I met a friend from California and we enjoyed a leisurely two hour dinner with great tasting food and attentive service. I will be back!!
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • A Taste of Persia
    swatermelon
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was delicious and authentic. The service was attentive and helpful. The management was responsive to our interest in the photographs throughout the restaurant and gave us a tour to see all of the rooms' different artwork. The drinks were tasty and fun, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening, special place
    mtfsp
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had never been to Lala Rokh but wanted to celebrate our anniversary someplace where we would also enjoy strolling on a nice Spring evening. Lala Rokh is in a lovely setting so we did enjoy the stroll. But even better, we had a delicious meal with excellent service.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Worth It
    GhanabaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Picked restaurant on a whim and wanted to try a different cuisine. It was worth it. We will be back. Note parking can be a bear, espacially if you miss the valet, like I did!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been going here for years!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Only get to Boston once or twice a year, but usual make a point to have dinner at Lala Rokh, and have been doing so for over 14 years. Atmosphere is lovely, within walking distance on Beacon Hill from the hotel we usually stay, food is wonderful, and the owners and staff are very friendly and professional. Have never been disappointed.
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    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Persian food
    allieholly
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Waiters able to describe foods served so this westerner could understand. Good variety and great taste. A little disappointed in the side yogurt which was suggested to compliment he rice..it was mostly yogurt with no other distinct flavor. Was seated in a cozy back room as the front had 2 large parties. A little boring back there and good artwork, but not persian
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most dishes were excellent
    Rosso
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Most dishes were excellent as usual -- apps, adass. The special with beef and string beans was dull. Overlooked beans and beef in an uninspired tomato based sauce. Lack of valet parking in Beacon Hill on a Sunday is rough. Will no longer go without valet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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