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Permanently Closed - Kabob Bazaar

44 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Kabob Bazaar is delighted to serve the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with authentic Persian cuisine since December 15, 1993.Traditional instrumental Iranian music is played lightly throughout the restaurant, allowing customers to be introduced to a small but significant part of the beautiful Persian culture. Paintings displaying people, places, and designs pertaining to the Iranian culture. Samovars, traditional pots used to boil water and brew aromatic Persian tea, are placed behind the bar. Many customers sit at the bar and enjoy the traditional hot tea while socializing.Kabob Bazaar's delicious kabobs are freshly prepared daily and cooked right before your eyes on our open-fire grill. We also offer delicious daily specials. Our homemade bread is also made to order, crisp and hot in our tanoor clay-oven. We hope to see you at Kabob Bazaar very soon!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Persian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation


Monday - Saturday: 11:0am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm 11:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 652-5814
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Behrooz Sarvghadi
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full service or drop off catering available for any size parties.
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Cross street
Norfolk Street
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Parking details
Parking on rear of the building.
entrance on Woodmount Conner Building. Please park and enter from the rear of the building. Do not walk away from the building at any time while parked there.
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Public transit
One block from Bethesda Metro station
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Key board by Mohsen playing Persian tunes
every Saturday from 6:00pm to 11:00pm and Sunday
from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.0  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2016

Really good Persian food. The lamb chops were amazing. It is a pity that they will close soon. I hope they will relocate somewhere in Bethesda.

ANGELAG (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 28, 2016

The staff was rude and arrogant. He did not come to check on quality of food until my table companions were done. The rice was old and the meat was over cooked and dry.

vipJaniceM (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on May 9, 2016

Felafel sandwich was heavy on the onions. Lamb kebab was good but nothing special.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 17, 2016

Wonderful experience. It was my mom's Birthday and they surprised her with cake and candle while the music of restaurant was playing the "Happy Birthday" song.

viptito (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

attentive service, good food and a nice atmosphere. We will return, specially with parking on the back around bethesda, it's a gem.

vipfoodie123 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

This restaurant is very reasonably priced. The food is very good and the service is excellent. We were served by a very nice gentleman who strove to give us exactly what we wanted. Moreover, it has a parking lot behind the restaurant. Highly recommend.

vip4Yummy (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Kabob Bazaar is tucked away on Wisconsin Ave. and can be easily missed or dismissed on a strip of store fronts that includes Philadelphia Mike's, a Persian rug store and an optometrist. The easiest way to get to it is through the rear entrance of the "mall" in the parking lot located on Woodmont Ave. and walk through it to Wisconsin Ave. So logistics are needed to get there. It's figuratively a small price to pay.

The Mediterranean menu is extensive, with both traditional and creatively prepared dishes, all a delight., whether appetizers, entrees, or dessert. The ambience was so enjoyable--brick walls with arches and niches with photos from the Old Country-- and even though the restaurant was filled and included a number of large parties, the four of us had no trouble engaging in conversation in, well, conversational, volume. Our server, a wonderfully warm older gent from the Old Country, was so welcoming and warm that we all thought, unfortunately as it turned out incorrectly, that he was the owner. And, when the check came it literally was a small price to pay.

You'll want to come back again and again!

DineNGo (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2015

Our first time dining here as we wanted to have lunch before heading over to the National Philharmonic concert at the Strathmore. The staff was very nice and still had our table reserved although we were 30 minutes late due to traffic. The restaurant is just difficult to find if you are on a certain street (forgot the name). Parking is not the best and you have to be careful where you park or you will get towed. Overall, the food was good and the lamb kabob was cooked perfectly. Plus, they had flat screen TVs visible so you can watch the games.

Linn (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

Food was excellent as always. Service was attentive. Love their rices. Favorite place to eat.

Castle (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

This was my second time at the restaurant and the food was top notch each time. The Persian vegetable soup was tasty, thick and different. The main courses were delicious. The two of us both had baklava for desert. It was heavier, dryer and not as sweet as we're used to but very good in its own way. The person I was with was enthralled by a pomegranate sauce noted on an entrée on the menu but didn't want the dish. The waiter brought over a very generous sample of the sauce for her to try. She loved it.

The one downside of the evening was that two groups of college age people (10-12 in each group) were there - one inside and one outside. The inside group was there when we arrived and the outside group came towards the end of our meal. These groups, of course, greatly reduced the speed of service. It was still accommodating but stretched out. The time to get our check and pay it was inordinately long.

In terms of the noise level, we were more affected by the inside group. They were not loud on a constant basis or in any way obnoxious. However, a TV set was on in the dining room with a college football game on the screen. The group reacted to plays as the game progressed. It felt that I was in a sports bar rather than a relatively low key restaurant. I've been to other restaurants that had a TV on in the bar area but not in the middle of the restaurant.

The above will not keep me from returning because the food is really good. However, I might consider not staying if similar groups were there, unless my interest was to watch the game.