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About 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.
Boston, MA 02108
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Red Line to Massachusetts General Hospital/Charles Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
As well as the ability to reserve the entire restaurant, two dining rooms are available for private dining: the Ghajjar Dynasty Room for 14-24 guests, and the Shahnameh Room, for 22-40 guests. Special menu design, audiovisual equipment, floral arranging, and valet are also available for your event.
Lala Rokh Ratings and Reviews
We made a reservation but still had to wait over an half hour for a table. We saw our waitress three times: once to take our order, once to give us our food, and once to pay the bill. Their menu is a mix of tapas and all of the food was brought out at once and we were left holding one of the dishes because there was no room left on the table. As a whole, the food was very tasty, but given how poor the service was we do not plan on returning-it was not worth it.
While the food is fantastic, the service at Lala Rokh is getting worse by the month. I in fact had to warn my date of that fact, otherwise there were many inconveniences caused by the service that she would not have expected. The wine, for example, did not arrive well after the appetizers. The server forgot one of the appetizers altogether. We were abandoned for most of the experience and had to seek the help of various people (and there are enough people working at the restaurant to make this kind of negligence avoidable). The check then came late, a good 10 minutes after we had asked for it. And there was no attempt to compensate us for the mistakes regarding the wine, the appetizers and the check itself.
I love the food at Lala Rokh; but something has to be done about the service. I have had similarly bad experiences the last three times I have been there.
Off the main path on Beacon Hill. As soon as you walk into the restaurant you smell the flavors that will provide a very tasty meal to come. Very friendly staff. Lots of options and decision to eat appetizers tapas style as the meal or with a full entree.
The food was excellent, even if the portions were a little smaller than expected. The service was, however, extremely slow. Our server was always pleasant, but it took forever to catch her attention, and it often took her multiple turns to get quite simple tasks done. We waited with empty plates on our table for about half an hour before we could tell her that we were interested in desserts. Then she went away, came back, took our plates, disappeared for a while again, before coming back with dessert menus. A more efficient way would have been to simply to hand us the dessert menus and then take our plates, in one turn. The same thing happened when we asked for the check. We sat around with our empty dessert plates, until she eventually came by to take the plates, and asked us whether everything had been to our liking. When we said yes, she immediately smiled and left, and didn't give us time to ask for the check. We hoped that she would simply bring us the check, since she didn't ask us whether we wanted anything else, or offer us anything else. But no! We waited around for another 10 minutes or so before we could catch her and ask her for the check. The dining room was not full by this time, so all the waiting felt a bit unreasonable.
We live in Back Bay, close the the Public Gardens, and LaLa Rokh is our favorite restaurant in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill area, quiet enough to have a conversation, tasty and authentic Persian cuisine (don't miss the eggplant, lamb's liver and poached pear), and excellent service.
I don't think we'll be back.
On the plus side, the food was tasty and reasonably priced. The waiter was helpful and pleasant. And the kitchen produced the food very quickly.
But we had 3 service failures: 1) our requested "birthday candle" in our dessert didn't happen, 2) we didn't get a beer that we ordered before the meal, and 3) the noise level in the back room made conversation really difficult.
All in all, it was only a fair experience and we know we can do better elsewhere.
Lala Rokh is the most delightful neiborhood restaurant you will ever visit. The food is very unique and is prepared with great care, and the Service is very personable. As a bonus, they have one of the best single malt offerings outside of Scotland! Very cozy, family friendly restaurant, can't wait to go back!
We were celebrating our 43rd anniversary and the meal began with complimentary Prosecco--what a treat! Good menu choices (one of is a carnivore, one a vegetarian). Our waiter couldn't have been more attentive, though he was busy. We'll be back many more times
The cuisine and the service in this Beacon Hill gem will bring us back again and again. Unfamiliar with Persian cuisine, I asked our waiter to put together a meal for me. While this often throws wait staff for a loop, our waiter took to the task immediately and with a gleam in his eye.
The appetizer he chose was lamb tongue. I've avoided eating tongue since childhood but this was truly one of the most delectable appetizers to grace my palette. Each succeeding plate bested the previous one.
We recommend this restaurant highly, not only because it's Boston's only Persian restaurant, but because of the singular cuisine and delightful service.
Do note, however, dear driver from out of town, that valet parking is available on Charles Street right before turning onto Mt. Vernon St. If you make the turn first, good luck to anyone not intimately familiar with the alleyways locals call "streets" in getting back to that valet.
Excellent experience, our first time there. Staff was charming and helpful. We had a variety of mezze -- eggplant dish (Kashk-e bademjan), lamb chop, scallops, quail -- and a salad. Every dish was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. With a $40 bottle of wine, the tab for the two of us came to $112.
We went for our anniversary, and I had requested a nicer table for the event. Although the restaurant was not very busy when we arrived, it did not seem like our table request was either read or remembered. The cocktails and other alcoholic drinks seemed very over-priced. We ordered drinks and then a few appetizers at the same time as our entrees. We waited a very long time for the appetizers to arrive and during that time there was no bread or other food like that provided.
This was our first time at the restaurant. Our waiter Yagmur was superb--well informed, friendly, courteous, and helpful in describing food selections. We started off in a quiet room in the back of the restaurant which we had requested, but during the course of our time a party of six came into the area we were in and the noise level increased. Two of us have significant hearing loss, so this compromised our ability to converse with one another. Nonetheless the food was excellent as we shared several appetizer/small plates with one another, all of which were delicious. We also enjoyed two of the desserts which we also found delectable.
We had a reservation at 6, but the bar was open so we sat there early for dinner. The bartender was knowledgeable of the menu and honest of what his favorite dishes were and he gave us great, attentive service. We ended up getting what he recommended, and they were absolutely delicious. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Great find through Open Table. We didn't know what to expect since we never had Persian food but everything was excellent! I enjoyed my beef dish and side of cauliflower. The trout was excellent as well. Service was warm and friendly. Located in the quiet neighborhood section of Beacon Hill.
The food is very average leaving us craving for flavor. Being Persian, we expected distinct spices and aroma but it did not offer much! Also we went there looking at the menu on OpenTable that had some 'real' kabob options but none in the restaurant menu!
The high point of the place was he cocktails that were suprisingly refreshing and well made!
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