About Rumi's Kitchen - Avalon

Chef Ali Mesghali"s nearly lifelong love of cooking combined with his love for Sufism brought to life for the first time in Atlanta's culinary scene the concept of Rumi's Kitchen in 2005. At Rumi's Kitchen, Ali has been able to artfully bring together an atmosphere full of joyous energy with attentive and generous Persian hospitality along with the unforgettable unique aromas and flavors of the Persian cuisine which is truly reflective of his simple intention to bring joy and happiness to the overall dining experience of the guests. Every member of the team at Rumi's Kitchen strives in delivering the service that is demanded by such a unique intention and vision. While Rumi's Kitchen is a Persian restaurant at its core, the menu is constantly supplemented by dishes pulling influences from other countries, keeping the cuisine at the forefront of the dining scene in Atlanta.

7105 Avalon Blvd
Alpharetta, GA 30009
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Persian, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(678) 534-8855

Website:
http://www.rumiskitchen.com/

Catering:
From small home gatherings to large events Rumi"s offers full service catering for a variety of budgets. Visit www.rumiskitchen.com for information about catering.

Parking Details:
The Avalon offers on street, valet, and parking garage options for any guests.

Executive Chef:
Ali Mesghali

Private Party Facilities:
For information about private dining visit www.rumiskitchen.com

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Rumi's Kitchen - Avalon Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

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4.3

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4.4

value

4.2

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (64)
Creative Cuisine (55)
Authentic (53)
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Special Occasion (49)
Great for Outdoor Dining (45)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Good for Groups (42)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Hot Spot (41)
Casual (40)
Fit for Foodies (39)
Healthy (38)
Fun (36)
People Watching (34)
Great for Lunch (32)
Business Meals (32)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Romantic (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Tapas (9)
Cozy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Spicy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Organic (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We had a little bit of a wait. The manager made a big deal of it and gave us some appetizers. I told him it was not necessary, we were enjoying the bar. He did it anyway. One of the appetizers I would not have ordered but it was very good. We had a great meal with good friends and the staff was on point.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants. Always crowded...reservations recommend. Two thumbs up!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined 3 days ago

Very noisy and rushed. Great food but not a relaxing evening.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was great. Service was a bit slow, and needs improvement. Thank you for the birthday desert!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We waited 30 minutes at the door, despite the reservation. We were seated at a crammed table, literally touching the people dining next to us. The service was friendly, though slow at times. The food was great and the portions were good. Regrettably, they don't serve cappuccino, so we didn't stay for a desert.
Overall, great potential, but the service needs to improve to be on par with the excellent food.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our service was great and the waiter Rueben was on point. The food was delicious.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Awesome food! Great atmosphere!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was excellent. The seating was terrible. We had a table for two. Our table was no more than 18 inches from the tables on either side. An intimate dinner was impossible. We heard every word spoken at both tables right next to us. To my left, the couple’s food did not come after 45 minutes, and we heard every word of their discussion with the manager. To my right, there was an issue with a gift card, and again we heard every word. This detracted terribly from would have otherwise been an enjoyable dining experience.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We have to wait one hour even after taking reservation. Food was okay

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Inspite of making a reservation there was no place to sit. Waited 45 minutes and left to eat at a different restaurant. I think they double book reservations. Very unreliable.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very crowded; anticipated a great meal based on the wait list and buzz of the crowd. Glad I made a reservation. However was very disappointed. Never acknowledged my special occasion and the food was tasteless. Won't be back. Not real Persian food; lacked seasoning and taste.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had an early 5:30 Friday reservation and were seated immediately at a very nice table along the windows in the front room. Our server was very knowledgeable of each dish, the ingredients, preparation, and origin. Drinks, apps, entrées, and dessert were timed perfectly. By the time we left, the house was full and people were waiting. The food was outstanding and plentiful (we both took near half home). We'll definitely return.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Rumi’s is delicious, one of our favorite restaurants for dinner or special occasions.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and great service. Wish the place was little more spacious. We went on a Thursday night and it was packed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great service! Environment was energetic and this added to my evening. Our servers were awesome.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food and ambiance. My only complaint was that they didn’t seat us for an hour after our Open Table Reservation time (was a mix-up) but the manager generously bought our wine at the bar while we waited). It ended up being a great experience.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellence every time—service impeccable. I love the hummus and kabobs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was really good but I would go a little easier on the salt on the meats and provide salt on the tables for people to season more as they like. Unfortunately we got some burnt bread and this was not the first time! Kitchen should watch what comes out and wait staff should toss out the burnt bread to keep the customer happy!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Rumi's is simply the best overall restaurant at Avalon for a fine dining experience. The food is unique and bursting with flavors. The servers know their menu and are consistently professional. The decor is stunning and the overall ambiance is impressive. The experience is memorable. Last visit we sat more toward the middle of the room and there was some noise. I prefer to sit along the outside wall or near the front wall. Reservations are honored within 5 minutes of scheduled time. Wine and coctail prices are high and the food is not cheap. The food quality is excellent and the servings are substantial. Rumi's is a winner.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We love Rumi’s. We usually go to the Sandy Springs location, but went for a second time to the new spot in Avalon. Same great food, but the service left something to be desired. First, while we had a reservation, a number of parties were seated before us. We were seated at least 15 minutes late and next to the kitchen so we were bumped a number of times by servers rushing to pick up thier orders. Beyond this small issue, the service was not up to Rumi’s usual with 3 meals delivered to the table and the fourth 5 minutes later. Just not the usual.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Third time to restaurant. The first two were great experiences. This evening the server was terrible. The bread was burned as well as the grilled veggies. Will give it another shot as the other visits were fantastic but good thing this was not my first time here

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rumi’s never disappoints but be prepared for a loud and crowded restaurant. Tables are added to accommodate the volume throughout the night and makes the scene borderline raucous. The restrooms are not sufficient to handle the diners being served. The food however is terrific and the servers work hard to keep pace given the crowd but at times the staff is just not adequate.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fun
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food is always excellent, but we would often wait long for our server to ask questions, etc. after finishing our meal, we didn’t see our server for another 10 minutes. Seemed like he wasn’t around half the time. But food is always on point!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was our first time here but we will definitely be back. Bardia, backed up by Tiger, provided PHENOMENAL service, and Bardia have us great recommendations from the menu.

We had a great time.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rumi’s Hasbrouck always had excellent food and service. This past Saturday (Thanksgiving weekend) they were slammed. We had a reservation for 8pm and were not seated until after 8:30pm. The front of house manager was doing her best to clear tables and get everyone seated as quickly as possible. As soon as we sat, she came over to the table apologized and sent over some complimentary appetizers. I understand the crowds during the holiday season can be difficult to judge and I really appreciate an establishment which trains its front house staff to be observant and proactive in dealing with these situations. Kudos to Fatima who handled the situation professionally. Rumi’s should be proud to have her on their staff!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Rumi's can be a very frustrating place to visit. The food is great and the portions are very, very generous. The last two times I visited, the service was terrible. The hostesses are extremely unfriendly and arrogant. Reservations are meaningless, as we waited over 30 minutes past the reservation time to be seated. Our waiter interrupted our conversations repeatedly, and every time he poured water, it spilled all over the table, including into the bread service. Drinks took almost 15 minutes to arrive. I don't think anything will change because the place is always busy, as is everything at the Avalon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Love the restaurant- some of the best food I've had.
However, even with reservations, there is always a 15+ min wait..might just be because the ambiance and people always end up eating slowly, but it's frustrating

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food and service were wonderful once we got seated, but my friend and I had to wait 30 minutes past the time of our reservation for our table. Sort of defeats the purpose of making a reservation!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great lunch place for a casual business lunch.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Service was great, food was amazing! I wa a bit worried bringing a large party due to recent criticism on service, but it was great. Will be back soon!

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Awesome food in a festive environment. The food never ceases to excite the palate.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome food and outstanding wait staff!! Can’t wait to go back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The staff and food is amazing not to mention the restaurant it’s self is beautiful. Make reservations they are always packed on the weekends

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was a disappointment. The server was very rushed, she wanted us to place our appetizer and entree orders at the same time. We barley got the appetizers before the main entrees came. Also, several times servers bumped into the sides of our table and even knocked a boxed item onto my lap and never even acknowledged it or apologized. Good food, but the service is lacking!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great as always...food and service is always top notch.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We gave Rumi's a second chance but again they just don't get it. It's the service. The most off putting thing to me when I have a reservation and arrive at a restaurant is to not be seated if my entire party isn't present. Last night, we took two cars and 2 other people were 5 minutes away but they wouldn't seat us. Why not? Guess what. I might actually order another drink or two that increases your revenue (also making me a more satisfied guest but that seems less important to you). To add to that, the host at check in has a bad attitude. All business. Would a smile hurt?

On to the meal. The food is actually decent. Although limited vegetarian entree options which is odd for a Persian restaurant. With the entrees, you need to know that it's somewhat family style (they never care to explain that though) so warning, never order two salmons or fish entrees (sea bass) if two people are ordering the same dish. The entrees also come with mounds of rice.

Back to the service. Here is the most frustrating part of the entire experience. It's quite evident that management has drilled the wait staff on the importance of turning tables over. To support that bad strategy, the restaurant has dedicated people running around, eye balling your table and determining if something needs to be picked up. The problem with this is this staff never asks if you are done. They just use their own judgement and remove plates quickly. No joke, my father was in the middle of his meal and a taller female roamer took his fork off his plate as he was finishing. By the way, this same woman took our unfinished shrimp appetizer away. It again happened with a third meal. So as you can expect, management has created an atmosphere of speed and flipping tables over allowing customers to relax and enjoy a meal. Fine. I get it but it's not an enjoyable dining experience at all. Maybe the solution here is to always eat at the bar. You can hide from utensil and plate grabbers.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Long lines in weekends so reservation is highly recommended

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The waiting tine as a bit too much but the manager's attentive gesture made up for the extended wait. I congratulate the manager for coming to each table and making sure we were pleased after the long wait. Is a packed place so be ready to enjoy the wait time with a glass of spirit!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Rumi's doesn't disappoint! Had a great get together with friends. Waiter was excellent with his suggestions. Will be back soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was my Birthday and not my first time at Rumi's. We had reservations and had to wait an additional 30 mins our number in our party changed to 4 however to wait an additional 30 mins is a bit much when there were empty tables. We asked the host and she was extremely rude. After we were seated it took a while for our server to come over to our table. Once we placed our order it took a while to get our food. Overall my Birthday Dinner was not a Happy one

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