Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
234 Reviews
$31 to $50
Persian
Rumi's Kitchen first opened more than a decade ago in Atlanta, the result of years of development by Chef / Owner Ali Mesghali. Showcasing the flavors of Iran -- fresh herbs, kabobs cooked over an open-fire grill -- quickly won loyal guests at the original location in Sandy Springs, GA and set us on pace to open our first restaurant outside of Georgia in 2020. Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet whose words and life teach us how to find inner peace, happiness and love. We invite you to Rumi’s Kitchen where fresh, healthy food and attentive Persian hospitality await you.
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PayamGh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere in every way as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very kind staff. Great service. Waiters are well trained and know about the food they are serving. Food was excellent, did not have to wait long but also not rushed. Dessert was excellent (ice cream sandwiches)!

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RichardS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The ambience outdoors was as good as other outdoor dining sites in DC. All 4 of us thrououghly enjoyed the dinner, would come back again and would recommend to friends . Food portions were very ample, allowing for leftovers to be taken home.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience!

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vipCraig
Washington DC
776 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a complete delight. Was recommended by a friend. I grabbed a late lunch. Sat inside even though it was nice enough to do so. The decor is great.

Food was absolutely amazing. Andres suggested the options and they were great. The boiled tomato for the rice blended in beautifully. Expect to take food home and enjoy it again.

Thanks to Andres, the chef, hostess and all of the staff.

Couldn’t have asked for a better meal!

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LeahA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so deliciousous and the cuts of lamb and the fish of the highest quality. Persian ice cream sandwich not to be missed! Great wine by the glass selection. A real treat all around!!

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vipMParis
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The Koobideh was tasty but saltier than usual. Barg kabob was not as good as the previous time. The herb plate and bread was removed after the appetizer.

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CJWR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love visiting Rumis! I day dream about the sea bass 😍

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just wonderful. As someone who was raised eating a lot of Persian food, this place is totally worth going to! Appetizers and drinks are lovely as well, and service was fantastic. Can’t wait to go back soon!

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YoungFoodie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Food was amazing.

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SinaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

* Awesome food and place *
The service was great!!!

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MickiW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s Day here and it was fantastic!!

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PayamGh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding venue, service, food in every way. Very glad we have such place in DC metro area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Persian food! The service and food was excellent. I would recommend for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1 st time food was amazing lots of flavor so delicious
Service was outstanding

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jeanbean
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delish Persian food! Kabobs cooked perfectly. Our server was great. I would definitely recommend it.

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TaraB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - not only were the staff really nice and attentive, they also remembered my request for a dessert for my mom's birthday and brought it out with a candle. Great team and ambience and not to mention the delicious food! 100% will come back.

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AnaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time! The staff were superb and attentive! Food was great! I loved our experience. Will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Bad service , they dint have dessert and food was bad

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Hector
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a vibe at this setting, can never go wrong!

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vipIlanaC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was incredible and flavors delicious. Staff was knowledgable about food, very accommodating and adhered well to Covid protocols. Outdoor seating is superb. Will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Persian fathers are the most merciless perfectionist critics known to mankind. Hence, when my dad recommended Rumi's I knew it was going to be absolutely INCREDIBLE! The food was spectacular, the service phenomenal, the presentation immaculate, the experience legendary.

I'm not in the restaurant industry but as a veteran business owner I can't express how much I appreciate the owner and staffs fastidious attention to detail and execution. The koobideh, joojeh and barg were all succulent and excellent. The Mirza ghasemi is smoky with just the right amount of garlic and Persian ice cream tastes like heaven. My favorite part the Tahdig (crispy rice) was fresh, light and so perfect.

I've lived in LA and have been to 28 countries, this is the best authentic Persian food and exceptional service you'll find outside of Tehran. Everything from top to bottom was literally magnificent. Some of the self-proclaimed "fine-dining" DC restaurateurs should come dine here and take lessons from a bona fide master.

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TGSHAW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very, very delicious lunch with very friendly and helpful service. In order to decide on a,wine our server suggested we have a taste of a couple. Our server was extremely helpful in suggesting what to order.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Persian food. Love the place.

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NahidE
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and service
Our waiter Leo was amazing
Definitely suggest it to my friends

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vipSussanS
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, foods are delicious.
Will return for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I came to Rumi’s Kitchen for his birthday and we’re wowed by the friendly and welcoming service. The staff was knowledgeable about every dish on the menu and made sound recommendations for us. The food was exquisite and the meats were tender and juicy. We enjoyed the dessert and the ice creams tasted homemade and delicious. Highly recommend you to try!

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MonaK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciated the excellent service and food despite the closure around the restaurant and the fact that there were only 4 customers at the time.

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vipdcfoodie
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are excellent.

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vipDCISOGREATFOOD
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service is excellent & I appreciate the patio heaters! The food is tasty (I’ve had kebabs, cornish hen, eggplant, shrimp). The one negative is the overly high price point which makes it difficult to visit here often (I.e., even splitting an entree with small appetizer was $50!). While the entree portion was a good size, the appetizers tend to small and not worth prices.

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vipTiffani
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff were very helpful abc friendly! There were too many great options to have in one sitting. We will definitely return!

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YektaG
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service, all that one can ask for

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Sia was amazing - the sweetest and very helpful when we asked her questions about the menu & specific dishes!

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Delrahim
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Highly recommend it to anyone with any taste.

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Shwan
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice

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HansZ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am Iranian/Persian and have lived in Washington DC area for the past 30 years. As of December 2020, I can't recall any better Persian cuisine resturant than Rumi Kitchen.
Food is excellent and the service is great. Keep up the good job!! A+

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vipDenzelMog
Washington DC
74 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rumi’s Kitchen was great. Amazing food and service. Great for groups.

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DemetryP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Food and Service are good. The prices are high compared to what is received .

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great ambiance, delicious food, and wonderful service!

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.

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