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Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.7
4.7
631 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 31 times 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

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What 631 people are saying

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

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  1. F

    Farrah

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, great service!

  2. S

    Steve

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    very good food, the service was great. The over fire cooking was delicious

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and service.

  4. d

    donovana

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent ambiance we had a great time .

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday it was amazing!

  6. a

    allenpapp

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always one of my first stops in either Atlanta or DC,. Wonderful food and outstanding staff!

  7. RK

    RominaK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance! We enjoyed a family dinner outdoors.

  8. NE

    NicoleE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is delicious! Highly recommend Rumi's Kitchen.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved the vibe at Rumi!! The staff were friendly and thoroughly explained the menu with suggestions. Definitely going back…

  10. L

    Ladanie

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    We were party of 7 and we all enjoyed the appetizers and main course. The prices are a bit high and the settings is compact. The food qualities very good and in good portion. Our server was very patient and kind.

  11. K

    Kian

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was awesome! Love the food 😋 I will definitely recommend this Restaurant to all my friends and Family.

  12. A

    Ashraf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there with a group of 18 ppl for a birthday celebration and everything was Top quality from the host Manager and the team and the Food was So delicious and the cocktails as well. Definitely Recommend

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience2

    Our reservation was at 9:30pm. We waited almost 30 min to get our table. The place is over booked and over crowded but the food was really good. A must try place… but expect to wait.

  14. LH

    LuisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Persian food I have ever tried! Will definitely come back!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food , good ambiance ,delicious dishes… And cocktails are the best in town 👍

  16. MJ

    MattJ

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and a lovely room. We sat on the patio and had a very good experience. It can be a bit noisy on busy weekend nights.

  17. A

    Allan

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service coupled with delicious, interesting food. Portions were sizable, too.

  18. f

    foodietravlr

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, easy to do family style portions to share. Love that there is an all-weather covered patio outside the restaurant for dining -- perfect for covid times.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was great

  20. TR

    ToscaR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Honestly one of my favourite restaurant. Every dish will transport you away. Love the perfect balance of flavours and really good quality of fresh ingredients! Certainly becoming a regular dining place for us. Atmosphere and staff are lovely

  21. p

    porlier

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Food was excellent. Good wine list. We had to wait over half and hour after our reservation for table; don’t believe manager was aware. Service spotty but friendly.

  22. z

    zendiner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great food in enormous portions and good, friendly service. A real neighborhood asset.

  23. CM

    CMO1

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a wonderful experience! We are in DC to visit family and we organized a dinner at Rumi’s Kitchen to celebrate our being together again. The food was delicious and plentiful. The waiters were very helpful with recommendations and descriptions of each dish. The service was attentive and made one feel very welcome. ..all within a lovely dining area! What more can one ask for?

  24. E

    Elmo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Flexible indoor and outdoor seating. Will go again!

  25. M

    Michael

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Went two nights in a row actually. One of my favorite spots in town. The kabob was dry and cold both nights when it came out.

  26. ZH

    ZenH

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great but there were mosquitos in the outside patio. Better if they could get rid of those somehow.

  27. AR

    AdamR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The wait staff and venue were amazing and the food was all delicious.

  28. RM

    RodneyM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would definitely would recommend, although be careful of the very hot red sauce.

  29. MY

    MichaelY

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really delicious Persian food. Try the Goromeh Sabzi and/or the Fessenjoon for something different than kabobs but those are very good here too.

  30. B

    Birdie

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Made reservation but didn’t like available table so ate at bar. Bartender was great, service wonderful, we weren’t rushed, loved atmosphere - would definitely return

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent appetizers, drinks and entrees. Recommend the Chilean Sea Bass and Lamb Kabobs. Service was outstanding!!

  32. d

    dclover123

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Very good food and large portions. The ambiance was nice even though the restaurant was a bit crowded and noisy. But overall a good experience.

  33. AA

    AlanA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great restaurant , great service . The food was five with exception of Bjorne sabzi and gheyme that were salty .

  34. l

    luv2eat

    Washington DC

    150 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    150 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Great find. The grilled eggplant dip was spectacular. All food was good. Wine list a bit in the high side.

  35. FD

    FfxDiner

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely! Delicious food and warm friendly service. Love the complimentary sparkling water served in fine wine glasses. Really enjoyable Sunday lunch.

  36. P

    Peony

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Thought I had booked outdoor table, and they were busy. However they did accommodate after a long wait. Food was delicious and our server was superb. Highly recommend

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Persian food we’ve had outside Iran. My Persian parents are very hard to please and always find something wrong with someone else’s cooking BUT they couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the barg kabob and jooje kabob are here. Quality ingredients with perfect amount of seasoning and flavor!! Oh and the albaloo polo was out of this world. And nothing like delicious faloode and Persian ice cream sandwich to finish a beautiful meal. We made reservations to come back again during our 3 days stay in DC.

  38. s

    shr480211

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is beautiful and the service was excellent. And most importantly, the food was wonderful. Huge portions as well.

  39. b

    bradbind

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Our server was really engaging with the recommendations which was nice. I loved all of the skewers and the rice sides. The rice with the sweet fruit peel was outstanding. We did have 4+ rices on the table which was a bit much but all very good. Thank you for the very nice birthday dinner. I will be back!

  40. EW

    EricW

    Baltimore

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Despite the Washington Post's acclaim we were not much impressed with Rumi's. They are trying to do "Persian" food in a refined atmosphere, with prices that reflect that aspiration. The food was all good, but not better or more interesting than we've had at other restaurants in the area (including the Moby Dick local chain) at 1/3 the cost. We liked Kashk Bedanjoon and the mushroom hummus (though mostly for the shrooms). The Gormeh Sabzi is a good value if you like this dish. But we did not order fish because the prices are just not sensible. Service was pleasant but rather slow, the atmosphere and presentation are nice. There's a bit of "Emporer's New Clothes" going on here; using trappings to make diners think they are getting more than they really are. Many of these dishes are very inexpensive to make and great versions can be had in the area for a lot less.

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.7 stars by 631 OpenTable diners

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Booked 31 times today
Google Map for Rumi's Kitchen - DC

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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