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Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
4.8
681 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 1 time today
  • 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

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 681 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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  1. GB

    GregoryB

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience, service and food. Portions are very large and can feed two or you have a meal the next day.

  2. L

    Linda

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Reliably good food. Crowded, noisy but cosy interior. Caring staff.

  3. k

    ksd1

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food and reasonably-priced. Good vibe in the restaurant - bustling, but not obnoxiously loud. Fairly-priced wine list and good options, including some nice Lebanese wines. Will definitely return.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food was salty.

  5. DF

    DusanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food, authentic Persian food with great service, background music is a little too laud for my taste, absolutely loved it!

  6. MM

    MoonM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    I’m Persian myself and this was my first visit to Rumi’s. First of all, I’m glad there’s finally a nice persian restaurant in our area. The ambiance was great and food was good… the only thing that was missing was there was no saffron on my baghali polo which if you’re used to Persian food and cooking, you would know it’s a must.

  7. LR

    LRGN

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Wonderful food and ambience. Busy on a Saturday night so we were constantly rushed to finish our meal - note if you want a slower experience maybe come on a weekday!

  8. H

    Hfoodie

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I loved it here. The vibe was cool and the food was fantastic. I got the best falafel I’ve ever had there. The Kashk Badenjoon was excellent. We split a chicken soltana dish and still had enough left over for lunch for both of us the next day. Our server Julian was incredible. He was friendly, polite, and attentive (but not overly so!). He explained each dish to us and was so helpful in selecting our meal. He really helped make the experience so pleasurable. I wish I lived in DC, just so I could go to Rumi’s all the time!

  9. MA

    MichaelA

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was amazing, highly recommend the mushroom hummus dish. We also got a combo kabob with beef and chicken that was the way to go. One main dish was split between two people and we had leftovers.

  10. MF

    MajidF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food

  11. ST

    ST16

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of my new favorite places…the food is consistently amazing and service is always top notch- cant wait to go back

  12. K

    Kamelot

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always great service, loved the food

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Service was fantastic. Sat outside. Heating lamps worked well despite it being cold outside. Sat next to the door that went into the restaurant and had to hear it banging shut constantly. Would suggest to sit inside.

  14. PP

    PeykanP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Persian food in DC/VA/MD….

  15. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    Fantastic food and service. Will definitely dine again. One of the best Persian food restaurants in the area. Highly recommended.

  16. F

    Farah

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    The food was average. Food presentation was nice, the service was great, but the price of food was unreasonably high.; $45.00 for Rack of Lamb was outrageous. But, overall my experience was good.

  17. D

    Dimitry

    San Francisco

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice find, close to conference center. I went for lunch. Very friendly service, good atmosphere, easy to have a conversation. The falafel and hummus: supreme. The kebob (I tried lamb and beef) out of this world!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is delicious! It was our first time trying Persian food, so we asked the waiter for recommendations and what he brought us was perfect. Even our (somewhat picky) kids loved it!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great birthday celebration.

  20. CW

    CWill

    South Dakota

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience. The lamb was fantastic.

  21. CJ

    CarieJ

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had a great time at Rumi‘s kitchen! The food was very good along with the drinks. The drinks were pretty slow arriving at the table though. The wait staff was awesome. Would definitely go back again for the shrimp appetizer and the roasted cauliflower. The entrées were quite large.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Julian was a FANTASTIC server. Very attentive, quick service, and extremely knowledgeable. Can’t wait to come back!

  23. E

    Enkay

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, generous portions, pleasant semi-outdoor surroundings, great service. Wonderful experience overall.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Julian was so lovely! Definitely ask for him when you go :)

  25. FI

    FoodieInDC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Good food and nice service! I would go back and recommend the restaurant to friends.

  26. AR

    AzadehR

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best Persian foods I have had in the 13 years I have been in US. Flavors are rich and complex and ingredients high quality. The service was prompt and our server very friendly Highly recommend and hoping to be back many more times!

  27. GL

    GonzaloL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, nothing else to say. just AMAZINGGGGGGGG

  28. FD

    FfxDiner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious! Wonderful vibe! Amazing service! A perfect evening!

  29. u

    unionlawyer

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the food and very attentive. Food was interesting. Best hummus I have ever had! Rice was delicious and I liked that you could try different types.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    The food and service was very good as their reputation goes, however it all went down the drain when they rudely asks us to vacate the table because they had another reservation waiting. We were finishing our after dinner tea when they basically asked us to leave. That is not Persian hospitality, as a matter of fact that is not hospitality in any culture I know. It’s seems all the management cares about is turning over their tables as quickly as they can. To hell with the patrons!

  31. A

    Anne

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about our meal was exceptional! The food and drinks were amazing and our great server Pablo went out of his way to ensure that it was a memorable birthday celebration! Thank you, Rumi!

  32. S

    Seth

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit to Rumi. The service was great and ambience set a relaxing tone, despite there being a fair number of diners, which was good to see. We’ve both had and enjoy Persian cuisine, and everything we ordered was spot on and very flavorful. We are adding Rumi to our favorite places to eat in the District!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Staff was very nice.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, service, and ambiance!

  35. S

    Suze

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Everything was good. However the food was overly salty. The chef may have gone overboard with the salt that particular evening. The manager, Michele, who took care of us was excellent. We had an issue with our bill and she took care of it ASAP in a very professional and courteous manner. I was super impressed

  36. I

    Isha

    Savannah

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    The server told us about the most popular dishes. We ordered 2 of them (kebab platter & sea bass) but then also asked about the duck with the pomegranate sauce. He said it wasn’t as popular and that it was a sweet sauce. We then decided not to order the duck. When the food arrives, it’s the duck that we didn’t want, and the sea bass. The kebab platter is now going to take a while….so we say forget it. The duck was the worst thing I’ve had at a restaurant. The sauce was beyond an acquired taste. Should just be removed from the menu. Server should be paying better attention bc he essentially discouraged us from getting the duck, and rightfully so, but then brought it anyways and there wasn’t a lot of effort on his part to make it right. The sea bass was amazing.

  37. R

    Rico

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience2

    Our initial impression was met w/ rudeness and a dismissive attitude by the hostess. It was my third time there, but the first for my wife. My wife wasn’t impressed at all, especially with how the hostess made it so difficult to select a seat that was accommodating to us. We were early for our reservation, so we were able to be seated quickly, however, the first option given was right in front of the kitchen. I kindly asked if we could sit away from the kitchen and closer to the patio door entrance, mind you the restaurant wasn’t full at that time, she said no, they’re for reservations. Perplexed, I asked, are we not reservations? Fix the attitude, especially since the hostess is the first line of customer srvc upon entering the establishment.

  38. VM

    VicMC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    Ok. I am going to start by saying how excited I have been to come here. This is a restaurant I have been planning on visiting since it first came on the scene. I will also preface by saying that I intend to give it another try. I simply cannot be left with the experience that I had the first time. To begin with, our waiter was completely and totally lost. When we asked for dish recommendations, he seemed to have absolutely no idea what he was talking about... so be it. We went ahead and ordered what we thought sounded interesting. For starters, the waiter brought out what I presume to be the equivalent of a bread basket: a plate of herbs/cheese and some flatbread; we assumed they were to be eaten with the entrees we ordered as a garnish. About 15-20 minutes later, after our entrees arrived, he saw that we had not touched the plate of herbs and only then decided to explain how it was to be eaten. We started eating our entrees (braised lamb shank and duck). I will start with the lamb shank, because I am still in disbelief with how bland that thing was. I honestly do not think a single grain of salt was used. No spices, no flavor; nothing. We then moved on to the duck fesenjoon which was served in a thick, pungent "pomegranate and walnut stew". To have gone from the bland lamb shank to one of the most powerful dishes I have ever eaten was really just overwhelming. The flavors in the fesenjoon were delicious but seriously overpowering. I took home the leftover sauce so I can water it down and use it as a marinade... The most comical part was when the waiter came over after we had reluctantly finished our entrees to drop off a tiny ramekin of spices that were supposed to be sprinkled over the dishes to "give them more flavor". Right... I will be going back as previously mentioned because I do want to believe that we ordered the wrong things and that our waiter was simply too new to have a clue what was going on. Overall, though, really disappointed.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was just plain wonderful.

  40. BE

    BunmsE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service. Food was tasty with very large portions! Recommend sharing the feast or be ready to take leftovers home with you!

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 681 OpenTable diners

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640 L St NW Washington, DC 20001-3615

  • 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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