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Rumi's Kitchen - DC, Washington, DC
Award-winning

Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
4.8
2089 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 108 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Persian, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 900-9106
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ali Mesghali
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Mount 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,089 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

2,089 Reviews
  1. Donoberry

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. It was a little loud, but not unbearable. You can still have a conversation. The high volume does allow you to not hear the table next to you, which gives some privacy.

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  2. L3inDC

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Love the fresh ingredients and super flavorful dishes.

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  3. CaryeD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Highly recommend trying Rumi’s Kitchen - authentic Persian cuisine!

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  4. JinayD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was very good, you are welcomed with the fragrance of Saffron, th server was very knowledgeable about the food and helped with recommendations and it will go well with which drink, we were not disappointed. The best meal of the dinner was the Iranian coffee, it is a dessert cocktail where coffee and whiskey are infused together alongwith different spices, it was perfect.

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  5. KritiKare

    Sacramento

    176 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    176 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really amazing flavors and creative Persian food are in store for you at Rumi's Kitchen. We had a larger party and were treated well by the entire staff. The non-alcoholic offerings were unique and extensive to fit all our tastes. The array of the cuisine is large and varied for all tastes- everyone in our team found great dishes. The portion sizes are actually quite large- so beware for order too much or plan to take home a to-go box!

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  6. Argus

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food, great drinks, good service, but the noise level was crazy loud and you had to yell to hear the person directly across the table and talk directly into the ear of the person next to you.

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  7. TrenaA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Richard was an excellent server. The cauliflower starter was amazing. Loved both the lamb shank stew and the beef dish we shared. The place was PACKED so it made conversation challenging. No one’s fault just LOUD. I would again when it’s not Eid.

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  8. ZainZ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rumis is THEE best Persian restaurant in the DMV hands down. The food, service, and ambiance is second to none, but this recent experience with our server Richard was above and beyond anything we have experienced before! Make sure to get the hangar steak, the seabass, and the Chinjeh, and hopefully Richard is serving you, although the rest of the staff is fantastic as well, especially the bartenders that knew I was fasting and gave me water and dates before we were seated so I could break my fast on time!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Tasty food as always! And this time , it was much less noisy

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite spot in DC! Brought along my colleagues from CA and around the table heard that the hanger steak and potatoes and the salmon was the best they ever had.

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  11. Kian

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was very disappointed with not being able to order TAHDIG!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I could think nothing other than 5 out of 5 for Rumi’s Kitchen! Everything is awesome: food, service, ambiance. We enjoy dining in this restaurant. I wish there would be more branches of it in Maryland.

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  13. Ramy

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food! Everything we tried was amazing...have been there four times and it never disappoints. Must go!

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  14. Robster5000

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The place is amazing. The food is incredible. It is just overly packed. I have no idea how they are allowed to fit so many people in such a small place. You can barely hear your self in the place. Other then that the pace is very nice.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Too much noise . There must be some improvement to decrease it

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Richard made the experience wonderful.! He was very patient as it was a tad bit noisy and explained in detail the menu and his favorites. Although we arrived before our reservation there was an extended wait time and very little space provided to do so. I will definitely fine here again and will personally request Richard as he made our experience memorable.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first visit and for my birthday Celebration dinner! Everything was amazing! Food and service! Will definitely be back!

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  18. SinDC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Sean was great! Wonderful food as well.

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  19. Lerbvan

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to all at Rumi's Kitchen for making our family Easter lunch a memorable and great one. The staff, service, food, and energy were all fantastic. We hope to see you again in the near future.

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  20. StarvingActor

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambience. Great food - awesome roasted Salmon, Mirza Ghazami.

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  21. Tuscangirl

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a favorite, the food is consistently delicious, one of the best restaurants in DC

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Soltani, it wasn’t like always. Both side was over cooked and not eatable.

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  23. SarahT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food!! Make reservations early.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing service and food was delicious! The ambiance was great and the staff were very nice.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was Excellent! Never had Persian food before and we loved all of the different flavors!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is great Food is fantastic and our server Shawn was so attentive Big pretty plates only to be surpassed by taste

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, great service, good vibes. So glad I went !

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  28. ClaireM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend Rumi’s Kitchen for an amazing dining experience! The service was excellent and the lamb kebabs were out of this world! This is a must for a Washington DC trip.

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  29. saml

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great kaboob.......................................

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  30. Hannah

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our waiter Fatima. She was amazing and attentive! Overall great food and ambiance.

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  31. kurtj

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Get the Chilean sea bass. You won’t regret it! Pretty noisy and crowded because the tables are super close, so no first dates here lol but I will definitely be back for the sea bass.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The only thing we didn’t like was the noise level and our table was pushed up against a pole and backed up into the path of servers going back and forth to the bar, other than that it was great!

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  34. FeliciaC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot overstate how much we loved Rumi’s Kitchen. The excellent food, attentive service, and vibrant atmosphere were top-notch. The holy trinity. Upon arrival, we were treated to individual baskets of pita bread, freshly baked in a traditional tandoori oven, accompanied by a plate of herbs, radishes, walnuts, and feta to cleanse our palates. We then tried 3 of the many spreads — the za’atar labneh, kashk badenjoon (fried eggplant), and the hummus with generous chunks of smoky lamb merguez sausage. For our main course, we had the Soltani Kabob, a combo of two classic dishes - ground beef “koobideh” kabob and tenderized filet mignon “barg” kabob. This was, bar none, the best meat I’ve ever had in my life. Imagine the most tender filet you’ve ever tasted, dipped in butter. Because we were sharing this entree, our thoughtful server divided the dish into two equal plates - a seemingly small gesture that made a big difference. This dish comes with saffron basmati rice, with the option to choose from their six different rices, or even a half-and-half combination! We opted for half saffron basmati rice and half shirin rice, with orange zest, pistachio, and almond. Despite every table in the restaurant being full and buzzy, our server remained attentive, considerate, and helpful throughout the meal. Clear your calendar and book your reservation pronto!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have delicious authentic Persian food. We especially loved the in house baked bread, kashkeh bademjun, Duck fesenjune, beef kubindeh, the variety of rices, the persian brewed tea and cardamom cake. Thank you! Those who come to DC must come to this restaurant.

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  36. LeandroR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excelent server and food very goog enviroment and locación.

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  37. AnaghaD

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a most enjoyable dinner again at Rumi’s Kitchen. It was very busy and noisy since it was Navruz, but our server Richard gave outstanding service and made the meal memorable. Rumi’s always a favorite of ours due to their delicious food and ample portions, but Richard made it so easy to share the meal at our table of six. He was very attentive to all, especially our friend with gluten allergies. Kudos, Richard! And we will, of course, be back.

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  38. Sami

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I dine often at Rumi’s and always had worse service but I have to admit this was the first time I had excellent service experience. The server (Richard) was amazing, and punctual! Rumi’s need to hire more servers like Richard to give their customers fine dining experience! Thank you!

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  39. Curiousdiner

    Chicago

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly delicious food!! Interesting menu with good options for dairy free or gluten free diners. I would’ve posted 5 stars but the timing of the service was delayed or “off”for every stage- the mistakes made are not ones you expect when you’re paying $48 for sea bass or lamb rib chops. And our table was right next to a server prep station. Our drinks were not delivered until after the appetizers. The one main meal plate and the rice that comes with it were so large in diameter that we had to eat off Salad plates which were hanging over the edge of the table. The food was amazing but the slow and unusual problems definitely impacted the experience

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  40. SANAZM

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience at Rumi! We have been wanting to go for a long time and finally glad we went. The ambiance is great, customer service exceptional, and the food was just perfect. We started off with signature cocktails- Shazdeh garden made by Yasmine and Magdalena. Excellent choice and very refreshing and not too sweet. We ordered zaytoon parvardeh and kashk bademjan followed by tadik with gheymeh and ghorneh which were both excellent traditional Persian stews. We were so full but couldn’t leave without eating their kabobs. Artoush suggested the barg and chicken barg with rice and it was just perfect melted in our mouth! Amazing experience thank you Mike, Magdalena, Yasmine, and Artoush!

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 2089 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 108 times today
Google Map for Rumi's Kitchen - DC

640 L St NW, Washington, DC 20001-3615

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    L St NW between 6th and 7th
  • Neighborhood
    Mount Vernon Square
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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