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.

97 Mount Vernon Street
Boston, MA 02108
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Persian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
Charles Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 720-5511

Website:
http://lalarokh.com/

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.

Public Transit:
Red Line to Massachusetts General Hospital/Charles Street

Executive Chef:
Azita Bina-Seibel

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, High Tea, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (15)
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Cozy (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Healthy (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Went to Lala Rokh to celebrate some friends visiting from Dublin and to show them the holiday lights on the Common just steps away. Couldn't have asked for a better meal, more charming service, and a more delightful locale. Everyone was raving about the choice of restaurant later, and I'll definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Cozy, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

Fantastic service and culinary experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Really wonderful!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We were a group of 6 work friends/colleagues and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Lala Rokh. The food is really outstanding. Very fresh and tasty. The waitress was very nice and explained all the options to us.

One thing which is excellent too is that the restaurant is not noisy at all so you can actually have a conversation even with a group of 6.

The restaurant is very stylish and nicely decorated. Maybe not as cosy as some other restaurants on Beacon Hill. More modern.

Tags: Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Lala Rokh is awesome. Great service, delicious food, and atmosphere. Going there for more than 15 years and will keep going

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Delicious meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Used to love this place and this place has been there forever. however, this time the experience is diff. I ordered the Cornish hen dish, which I did not realize they cut into pieces...then it tasted dry. I don't think the value is worth it. will not be back there again.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food and friendly service! We really enjoyed eating here.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant in the Beacon Hill neighborhood - from the art on the wall to the comfortable dining areas it is a great spot to enjoy delicious persian food. We enjoyed the small plates - the borani esfanage (spinach) and the zeytoun (olive, walnut, pomegranate) dips. The meygoo (shrimp in garlic lemon), dolmeh (stuffed zucchini) and the lamb shish kabobs, mirza ghasemi (smoked eggplant) were all delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Awesome food and ambiance. Unique experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time and was very pleased. Food was good and service was excellent. Will be back...

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent purveyor of Persian cuisine for 20+ years in South End and now Beacon Hill.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Absolutely lovely service at the restaurant. The staff was extremely accommodating and full of knowledge about what dishes would work best for our group.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great from beginning to end. This was our second time in a month it was such a great experience

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We've been many times and like it more every time we eat here. So many interesting menu choices and wonderful unusual flavors. Easy to talk, wait staff are charming and attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Some food was sublime (roasted eggplant with mint oil) but most of the dishes were only good. They should up their game with the meat: more subtle spicing. Iranian food is one of the finest cuisines in the world.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our server was very attentive and helpful - he explained the menu and made some suggestions of what to order for our first time there. All the food was amazing and I can't wait to go back and try some of the other items.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food was amazing. Our server was very patient. Explained everything on the menu, including the wine and painting on the wall. I had a great time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Organic, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Never disappoints! Great Persian food! Staff is awesome!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First visit here for a Birthday gathering and we were not disappointed at all!

Food was delicious and we'll come back again.

Great service and time was adequate between apps and dinner.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

always a wonderful experience. We come here a couple of times each year

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Spicy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Service was good. Waitstaff was attentive. Main course was not as good as I expected and certainly not worth the price. Appetizers we're good but pricey for the amount of food.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great food choices. Recommended

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went for a birthday, large group. Had an excellent time, service was superb, food was excellent. The waiter was so kind to assist ordering and planning the small and large plates for the group, and dessert was so good!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely love this place. Great food. Awesome place for a date

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Wonderful food, very tasty. We really enjoyed the lamb dish and many of the appetizers

Tags: Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I went with my family to celebrate my birthday. The food, service and atmosphere was just perfect! Our waiter was attentive and very knowledgeable about the wine list and menu. The whole experience made my dinner clebration extra special!

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

The appetizers are so good we hardly had room for the entrees. I especially recommend the tahcheen. Next time I will just have tahcheen, scallops and the pear dessert. Delectable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Not the greatest decor or lighting for a date.
When not very busy you can hear everyone tables conversations across the room.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our meal was excellent and the service was wonderful. The traditional recipes are fantastic and some have become my all time favorites. The art collection in itself is worth a visit to Lala Rokh.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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