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Rumi's Kitchen - DC, Washington, DC

Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
4.8
987 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 71 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 987 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. MB

    MariyaB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great family-style meal with awesome service. The food was delicious and we loved the bustling atmosphere. We’ll definitely be back.

  2. EP

    ElaineP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A birthday celebration made even better by excellent service by Jack and a complimentary appetizer and dessert!

  3. RM

    RoseM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous decor, impeccable service, and delicious food! Definitely recommend.

  4. A

    Anon123

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Loud place, but very good food! The service was good until the end of the meal (took about 30+ mins to actually get the check). But other than that, would recomend!

  5. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service - Jasmine was a delight and clearly enjoys her job and is proud of the food - which is well deserving - both lamb kabob and shank were excellent and generously portioned - labne appetizer was also great! ReAlly nice baklava too end the meal - not too sweet - really enjoyable meal!

  6. p

    phoebe

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Exceptional waiter. Delicious food, main-course portions huge. A bit too noisy and dark for my taste, but totally worth it for the food and service.

  7. UR

    UpamanyuR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Food was great. Very good service. Loved the experience.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was perfect! The food was AMAZING and the ambiance was superb. Definitely cannot wait to return!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The food is great but expensive compare to other local Persian restaurants. The ambiance and service are very well managed and they offer good wine list that includes wines from Lebanon to Oregon and France. The kabobs are tender and delicious. Make sure you make a reservation on weekends otherwise good luck. They have both indoor and outside sitting and hostesses are polite and attentive.

  10. CM

    ChrisM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were amazing, and the staff was very helpful and attentive. We had a large party and everyone loved it.

  11. MZ

    MarchelZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and an authentic modern approach to Persian food. It can get really warm in the restaurant though come summer time .

  12. O

    Odyssey

    Washington DC

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal and a wonderful experience! Our server was very helpful and attentive and she recognized that we were celebrating our anniversary with complimentary glasses of champagne. We ordered two kebob entrees (beef and lamb) which we shared and both were excellent. The cardamom cake was a great way to end a memorable dinner!

  13. ED

    EdDC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    This was my second time at Rumi’s Kitchen. The food and the service was amazing. Although a bit pricey for some of their offerings, the quality is outstanding. The only problem that did make the did a bit less enjoyable was the warm temperature inside the restaurant. It was in the high 80s outside and the door to the patio was open. This might have been the reason. Regardless of this, it was too hot inside the restaurant. I will definitely continue coming back.

  14. J

    Junaid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was great here. We started with appetizers and then had the chicken bath which was delicious. The service was also great. The waitress kept coming to ask if we needed anything. Will definitely come back.

  15. C

    Chelle

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Food was absolutely delish. This was our first time here and we truly enjoyed it. The service was great, our waitress was incredibly nice and knowledgeable about everything on the menu. The only caveat we had was that the restaurant seem very tightly packed, as if additional tables has been added. We were very much on top of the people around us. But the food definitely overshadowed that minor challenge. Will definitely return.

  16. j

    johna2014

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The mezza is well rounded with an excellent selection of vegan offerings (a middle eastern cuisine strength). The smoky eggplant spread and mushroom-topped hummus are good examples. The grilled shrimp plate is exceptional. The lamb chop main course was more than enough for two. And the desserts--portions are huge. One order will easily satisfy four people. The Persian ice cream sandwiches (turmeric flavored) were exceptional (and, of course, you can't take ice cream home so we had to finish them).

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love Rumi’s. George has been my server the last 2 times which made it even better. The food is extraordinary. The sea bass is grilled perfectly as is the lamb kabob. Last visit George recommended the cherry soaked rice which was delicious. The Ada’s rice is still my favorite, however. And we shared the baklava for dessert and it was sooo good. It’s usually too sweet for me, but Rumi’s was, again, extraordinary.

  18. T

    Teach

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was outstanding! This was really authentic Persian food! The wings were perfection, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. The roasted cauliflower was perfectly done and flavorful. My husband had the lamb kabobs which were well seasoned and grilled perfectly. I had the filet mignon kabob, and the meat was so tender you could cut it with a fork! The baklava was the perfect finish to a perfect meal! A big shout out to our waiter, WILSON!! Flawless service, great recommendations from the menu, sweet as can be! A big five star review for this place!!!

  19. MF

    MocoFoodie

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great apps and meats. Lots and lots of rice. Friendly and helpful staff.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    By far one of my favorite restaurants in Washington DC, the food and service are incredible. They go above and beyond to make you happy here!

  21. M

    Mike

    New England

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    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.

  22. f

    fbibbiani

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

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

  23. S

    Squinter

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Showed up on time for reservation on a non-holiday Sunday and waited over 30 minutes for a table. Waiter was not very knowledgeable on the wines (simple stuff like if a choice was dry or sweet) and should have at least asked the bartender our question. They were quick to take appetizers plates without asking if we were done (had a bite or two left.) Overall not the worse experience but for the price range and ratings expected more. Ambiance was dimly lit--to the point the menus were hard to read.

  24. JK

    JudyK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Graduation celebration

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    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!

  27. AR

    AliR

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  28. ND

    NanD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

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

  29. MG

    MillicentG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.

  30. A

    Anahita

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    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.

  31. SC

    SharonC

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food excellent service!

  32. MB

    MiaB

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    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

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    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.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation

  35. A

    Alyssa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

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

  36. N

    Ndme07

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    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.

  37. LB

    LanaB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    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.

  38. IA

    IAKA

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    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.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    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!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My best Persian restaurant

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 987 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 71 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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