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Rumi's Kitchen - DC, Washington, DC

Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
4.8
966 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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Booked 96 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Persian, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 900-9106

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Ali Mesghali

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Cross street

    L St NW between 6th and 7th

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on site or metered on street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 966 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • District of Columbia

    Best Overall

  • District of Columbia

    Best Food

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  1. M

    Mike

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything about Rumi was amazing. Great server who was proud of the food. Excellent cocktails. Sat on the covered patio which was fine but the inside looked much better. Everything we ordered was fantastic and the kabobs stole the show.

  2. f

    fbibbiani

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Our waitress was incredibly nice and helpful. Food was very flavorful. Worth going

  3. JK

    JudyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Graduation celebration

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rumi’s really was an amazing dining experience! Everything we ordered was so delicious and it was a special evening all around! Highly recommend the yogurt duo, lamb kabob, and the shrimp kabob!

  6. AR

    AliR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an excellent lunch yesterday. I have already recommended it to several friends.

  7. ND

    NanD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful restaurant with great food, service and ambience, too hot last night however.

  8. MG

    MillicentG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Impeccable service. Divine food. The hostess warned us of a two hour dining limit. She didnt warn the 4 seated next to us. If I'm dining and spending money I hope I will be allowed to complete my dining experience.

  9. A

    Anahita

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    This is my 4th time eating at a Rumi restaurant. I’ve been to the one in Atlanta a few times and that one is great. This was my second time at the DC location. Normally this location is bustling, but this last time it only had a few other customers so I thought that my service would be quick. Rather, the service was slower than ever. The food was good, but the presentation could be a bit better.

  10. SC

    SharonC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food excellent service!

  11. MB

    MiaB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sat outside but under cover which was perfect! From the apps to desert it was amazing. Persian food Is one of our favorite cuisine and rumis was by far the best we’ve ever had

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Been here twice and the food is excellent!! Both times the drinks took forever and one time just never came with no explanation. Ambiance is amazing!! Servers are kind and knowledgeable.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation

  14. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Delicious dinner and drinks! All around great experience. I can’t wait to come back.

  15. N

    Ndme07

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Went for a work dinner with other colleagues that were vegetarian, so we ended up ordering a bunch of appetizers. We were happy with the selection and the flavors were just really yummy. The waiter and other staff who served were very nice and the location was big but not too loud. Really enjoyed ourselves.

  16. LB

    LanaB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was named Mauro, he was amazing. Great service and knew the menu inside and out. He was personable and very attentive. The food was over the top delicious and portions were huge. Thank you for the wonderful experience, we will definitely be back.

  17. IA

    IAKA

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food is outstanding. Great cocktails. It was fairly busy on Monday at 730 but service was good. Outdoor seating is a nice ambience. Value for the quality of the food is quite reasonable; chicken and lamb kabobs were cooked flawlessly (requested medium rare lamb). Salad and rice dishes also excellent.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service was top notch, the environment was beautiful and thankfully not too loud. Our server was attentive and helpful, the food was absolutely fabulous! Don’t miss the sea bass kebab, delectable!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My best Persian restaurant

  20. GD

    GourmetDiner2021

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had a very nice Mothers Day dinner at Rumi's Kitchen in DC. We were seated immediately upon arrival and our table was ready. The service was exemplary and attentive. The choice of food is authentic. The menu could provide more vegetarian selections, especially in the Entree section, especially since one member in our party was vegetarian. A lot of the dishes were primarily kabobs served on a plate of rice, so a bit more innovation would be helpful. The restaurant is a bit noisy inside but since we were seated on the patio, the noise level was moderate. The lighting and ambience was intimate. Overall, a great experience for a special night out.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I visited Rumi’s Kitchen on Mother’s Day! Gabriella was very generous and patient with us and all her recommendations were great. It was kind of her to have allowed us to taste the wine before we purchased it and she checked on us a few times to make sure we were satisfied and our water cups were full. The food and service was a true 10/10. I will come back for their lamb any day!

  22. N

    Nams

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Mother’s Day

  23. A

    Apollo76

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved, loved, loved Rumi's!! Literally the best kabobs I have ever had, and I have had a lot of kabobs in my time. Started off great with the hummus topped with lamb sausage. The lamb sausage was moist, succulent and very flavorful. An absolute home-run. The entree's were also perfectly cooked with moist, flavorful kabobs that melted in your mouth (tried the lamb, chicken barg and beef soltani). The only minor disappointment was the falooda. It was not at all like the falooda I am used to in Pakistani/Indian restaurants. Rumi's falooda was more like a sorbet. Wasn't a fan. The baklava was quite good. Should mention that our server (Gabrielle?) was excellent. It was a busy Mother's Day but she was attentive, friendly and made useful recommendations. Overall a great experience. Well-done Rumi's!!

  24. JP

    JosueP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rumi’s comes through again! Even on a packed day for Mother’s Day, service was great. Especially our server Gabrielle. She went above and beyond to make our a large group of seven feel welcome, always got ahead of any needs we had and absolutely made the event special for the two moms in our group. Thank you Gabrielle! Also we have grown quite fond of the bartender Jorge, always a great guy, drops by our table to say hello and greeted everybody. Really feels like a family restaurant with amazing hospitality. Obviously the food is top-notch! And great recommendation on the cardamom cake, Gabrielle! So good.

  25. SA

    SoyAliMo

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Rumi's had the best grilled cornish hen ever. The waitress assured me she'd talk to the cooks and she must have as the meat was tender and succulent. A job well done! I wished there had been more light but the ambience was pleasant and our waitress superbly friendly. I'd recommend Iranian food any day.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was mostly great. The shrimp appetizer and falafel were great. My date ordered the lamb entree. Although he asked that it be prepared medium well is so fully pink and very fleshy. He was unable to eat it. The restaurant offered to take the picked over lamb back to the kitchen to regrill his half eaten meat. That suggestion was gross and surprising. Of course he declined their offer.

  27. TT

    TonyT

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding customer service (Samin) and delicious food.

  28. PP

    PatrickP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and great atmosphere. Short walk from gallery place metro stop

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service!

  30. C

    Cucuburu

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Persian food on another level. Everything is always so fresh and delicious! And that Chilean sea bass is what dreams are made of. WOW

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is second visit to this restaurant. Amazing food and service.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Overall, we had a good time. We were hoping for an authentic Iranian food, but Persian fusion cuisine. The staff were friendly, accommodating. Our server was knowledgable, friendly and timely.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    wow!!!! must try the dolmah. was a fantastic experience. kudos to the entire staff.

  34. AC

    AmyC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Rumi's Kitchen never disappoints! The sea bass and sharbat are delicious.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding. We celebrated a 90th birthday and

  36. LK

    LailaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed our dinner. Your food was delicious. Thank you 🙏🏻

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food !

  38. D

    Doom67

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food made with real Saffron!!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great but the music was too loud. Hard to have conversation and came out with a headache.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ! Amazing food

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 966 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 96 times today
Google Map for Rumi's Kitchen - DC

640 L St NW Washington, DC 20001-3615

Additional information

  • Cross street

    L St NW between 6th and 7th

  • Neighborhood

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
    Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Persian, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking garage on site or metered on street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ali Mesghali

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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