Rumi's Kitchen - Avalon

4.7
1175 reviews
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$30 and under
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Persian
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Persian, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(678) 534-8855
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Ali Mesghali
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Private party facilities
For information about private dining visit www.rumiskitchen.com
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Catering
From small home gatherings to large events Rumi's offers full service catering for a variety of budgets.
Visit www.rumiskitchen.com/catering for information about catering.
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Parking details
The Avalon offers on street, valet, and parking garage options for any guests.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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C
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very animated place for a Sunday evening. The food has some unusual spices, but it's very flavorful. The portions are pretty big.
The Creme brulle was amazing.

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RD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a reservation for 845 and we didn’t get seated until 9:20 after checking at the front 3 times open table means nothing to Rumi’s kitchen

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Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an hour wait for an inside table when we arrived just prior to our 8:15 reservation, so we were so glad we had used Open Table! There was a server passing 4 oz. Glasses of wine to people waiting and also delicious pita/eggplant appetizers. So, that made for a happy wait for all. We were seated about 8:30. Rumi's is our favorite place for a special night out, but we usually go to Sandy Springs. Everything was great. Friendly, professional service and delicious food. We had the yogurt trio and shared the lamb shank bc we weren't very hungry. It was perfect.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant as does many many others. We made a reservation for 7:45 and finally got a table at 8:50. Tis the season to linger at dinner, but this one took a while. Food excellent, service excellent. Managers and staff always kind and friendly.
It is obvious they all want you to love their place. It’s a winner.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience from start to finish! Every team member that walked by our table was engaging with our 20-month old daughter and they were so genuine. Everyone working was so friendly and looked like they truly enjoyed their jobs and believed in the brand. The food was amazing and the portion was large. Presentation was also fantastic. Cannot say enough good things!

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FO
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartenders help pass the time while waiting-very welcoming and funny! Food delicious as always, and service on point.

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MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food are top of the line. You want to experience Persian Cuisine- this restaurant will definitely not dissatisfy you. However, the noise level is on the high side, def nota romantic place because it is so loud but it will score high points on everything else! I’m a repeat customer for sure!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon is Amazing! Love their food and have never had a bad bite at this restaurant. They are consistently delicious!

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M
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Highly recommend to give it a try.

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V
Atlanta
59 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was meeting friends for a business meeting. We lingered and ordered 2 desserts as well. Food & service always deliciously superb.

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M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Even with a reservation we waited for a table to become available. Then once they offered us a table, it was in the middle of the waiting area for customers. Not happy about our experience

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KE
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere. The Chilean sea bass is like butta!

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DA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family get together

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GV
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to Rumi’s three times and it never disappoints, food, service and a great vibe. Make sure you have a reservation though because the secret is out.

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KP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

As always, food is great but the service needs improvement. It took more than 45 minutes to get our food and when the food was served, they did not give us the type of rice we asked for and completely forgot to bring another one of our orders. Our server never came back after taking our order to check on us so I went to the bar to order another round of drinks.

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OT
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for my birthday. Been a couple times before always consistently good

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YT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Both food and service were fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone.

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MB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rumi's is my current "fav" restaurant - love it for all occasions!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff was very accommodating and pleasant. Overall a good experience.

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SD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal!!! Best Chilean Sea Bass ever! Can’t wait to get there again!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday get together with friends! The lamb was delicious. My third time to dine here. Always exceptional. And the service is five star!

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H
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Busy night on Friday to be expected. The placed was packed and that really raisers the noice level. Food and service was very good and we’ll be back for sure.

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F
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting food served in large portions- great for next day leftover lunch. Bar drinks are served with an honest pour. Best of all was Moe our waiter who actually took the extra time to explain Persian foods. His personality was fun and welcoming. But his knowledge of the menu allowed us to really experience the food. (Moe, sorry for short spelling your name). Our party of four shared the humus ( and not a humus fan) they way Moe suggested using various herbs and spices provided . The Salmon was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The Santani was easy to share so for the meat lovers, can’t go wrong. No one regretted their order. Can get a bit noisy when tables fill up.
Thanks for a great dinner. We’ll be back.

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JS
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good flavors in each dish! Traveling for business, and wanted something new and different, this was terrific!

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CP
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is incredible.

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GE
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service is excellent!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside with the heaters and was lovely

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Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was excellent. We enjoyed our time there.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

X-mas party

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BE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service! My boyfriend and I sat at the bar and had the best service and the food was Amazing!! Best Restaurant at the Avalon!! We will be regulars for sure there!!

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RR
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The only compliant was that we had a 45 minute wait even with a reservation.

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LK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Ambiance was high energy and the place was packed. It was a fun way to spend the evening with friends.

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SE
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food my mom has had in Georgia. She always has a hard time finding quality vegetarian meals. When she returns from Seattle we’ll be back. Great food and atmosphere.

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p
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Rumi's. It is a fantastic restaurant with wonderful middle-eastern cuisine. The sultani kababs are the best in Atlanta.

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S
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat out on the patio. Heat lamps made it almost tropical. Sheida, our server, was professional & knowledgeable. Our meals were excellent as usual. Glad to have spent my wife’s birthday here. Rumi’s was also one of our departed daughter’s favorite resto’s! Bittersweet evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good service and food quality. Pricey but they delivered on price value.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Even though we had a reservation for 7:00PM we only got our table at 7:30, no explanation other than they were setting up the table, in the meantime other parties came in and were assigned a table right away, not even a cocktail was offered to us for the wait. Better focus on your customers impact would help. Other than that we had an excellent experience!!!

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Rumi's now 4 times, and it is consistently great. The latest visit included some of the best lamb that I've ever tasted, and the service is always excellent as well as friendly. I usually eat outside, but was inside on the latest visit and it did not disappoint. More of a spot for couple and/or adult groups than kids, though I know they are welcome. I highly recommend this excellent restaurant.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun birthday dinner!

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JH
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting family in ATL (we live in NYC) for Thanksgiving. We were looking for some place special to celebrate the holidays and spend time with loved ones. Our very food-picky Persian friends in NY recommended Rumi's Kitchen as one of the most authentic Persian restaurants in North America, and Rumi's did not disappoint.

We had a fabulous time from the moment we walked in and greeted by the courteous reception to the thoughtful server (who remembered that it was my husband's birthday and that we were from out of town) to the amazingly tasty foods (generous portions to boot).

The space was lively (packed with patrons until late at night) and the service was impeccable (just enough attention so that you are never waiting for service, but not too overbearing that you feel like your conversations were constantly interrupted).

Recommended dishes based on our dining experience:

Apps
- Hummus
- Smoked Egg Plant
- Lamb Sliders

Entrees
- Chilean Seabass
- Ghorme Sabzi (beef stew)
- Lamb Shank (the meat was so tender it fell off the bone)
- Dill rice (this was incredible to go with everything else)

Dessert
- Chocolate Hazel Torte
- Persian Donut (this has a pretty unique texture - might not be for everyone but worth a try since it's a Persian dessert rather than a western one)

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