Yekta Kabobi Restaurant

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499 reviews
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Persian
Yekta is the star Persian restaurant of the DC metro area. Family owned and operated since its doors opened in 1979, Yekta offers authentic Persian cuisine and hospitality. Sample delicious kabobs, specialty rices and a curated wine list surrounded by antique crystal chandeliers and wall murals depicting the beauty of Persian culture. We invite you to experience Yekta’s upscale casual dining and customer service that have delighted customers for decades.
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4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Came here for lunch with a colleague. I ordered the shrimp kabob which was very delicious. However, I only got four pieces of shrimp. My colleague got the combo kabob and received much more chicken and beef. Overall, good ambiance and service. I enjoyed the hummus starter very much.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good for the price, although the mixed platter costs over 30$, it is still ok given the location and cost to run the shop. Points of concern are that certain "guests" who may be known by the owners were seated and served considerably quicker than other "regular paying" guests. Overall, the food and service, are mediocre and nothing to crave another visit. Also, I was not the only one who noticed certain guests being greeted, seated, and served much quicker as one can see the reactions of other guests due to the seating organization.

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SS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding -- so flavorful and tender. My only concern was how long it took the food to come out.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is delightful to find somewhere with such a different menu. Some items we thought might be a bit overlooked but the fried eggplant, the appetizers, and the pastries were beyond delicious. And add the ability to shop the market? Great—

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EW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THe quality of the food is excellent, there are no complaints.

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RJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great evening - everything is delicious there. Price of a few items seem to be a bit high but always quality.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place provided great experience with authentic Persian food.
Love the place and will always come back
Thank you !

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B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Some kabobs are better than others. Lamb kabob was tasty but overdone compared to requested cooking, and not very tender.

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R
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is consistently good at Yekta. If the fresh bread is available, you should order that. But make sure it's made on that day. Kebabs are always a good bet.

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G
Washington DC
124 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

We frequent this restaurant and on this occasion had a waiter who was inattentive (asked for more Persian bread and he did not bring it, did not ask how our meal was) and just 'not there', didn't refill drinks). This is not usual for this place but the waiter was obviously new. The food was great as always.

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WL
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yekta is fantastic. The food is great and the service is attentive. The hummus and Yekta special are our favorites. A great dinner place

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

decent food. service from the host and wait staff need lots of improvement.

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n
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yekta Kabobi has a Middle Eastern atmosphere. We went on Thursday night and it was pretty busy. They had 2 lentil soups of the day. We tried them both. They were different but very good! I had a lamb shank in a delicious broth. I kept adding rice to the broth . What a meal. My companion had an eggplant and bean melange that she enjoyed very much. All in all, excellent.

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Lots of gluten free options. Kabob was very moist and juicy. My friend got the salmon and said it was delicious.

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KH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the waiter very friendly and helpful. A good place to have dinner with discussions. Love the dessert too

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L
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The main courses were excellent, as always. The hummus, however, was not good at all, which was unusual.

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LP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have been several times but I took my family in from out of town this time. The food is delicious - always cooked perfectly. I love their hummus and kabobs. Also, the prices are reasonable for the amount of food you get. The market next door has so many things to choose from. Worth a visit!

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s
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were very good. Most of the main course options are kabobs/grilled meats, and they are served with plenty of rice and vegetables. The entrees are a good value for the money, and the place is authentic and nice inside.

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EH
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very good. But my diet was limited so I didn’t get to try all their delicious flavors.

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DT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was amazing. He was very attentive and gave us great advice when ordering! We loved the appetizer sampling of 3 different spreads. This was our first time and we will be back!

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m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My lunch with my friend at Yekta was superb. The food was perfect, and service was good. The noise level was a bit too high for me, as I wear hearing aids and try to sit in a quieter spot. Overall the experience was very good.

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SF
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Middle Eastern, particularly Persian cuisine, I highly recommend Yekta for its authenticity, quality, and deliciousness of their dishes. I had the Kubeedah combination with barberry/saffron rice and it was done to perfection. It was rich in flavor and the rice was a wonderful accompaniment to the meat. I also added a basket of Taftoon and butter (flatbread). I finished off my lunch with a hot cup of Persian spiced tea.

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WR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not bad, not great. Had great expectations but didn’t meet them. My wife said her friends all recommend it. I suggested she do a friends night out and give it another try.

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AF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We found this restaurant online and decided to take a chance. It was well worth it. Everything we ordered was brought to us beautifully plated and well prepared. We enjoyed the food so much we decided to go back three days later. My husband ordered the salmon kabobs the first time and I enjoyed them so much I ordered them the next time. I had the lamb kabob the first time and enjoyed it too so he ordered the lamb chops the second visit. The servings were a nice size too, and we ended up taking food home for a second meal each time.

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JS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. I also believe it was s terrific value as there were six adults in my party and we ordered drinks and appetizers and the total cost was very reasonable.

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R
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always delicious. We favor the kabobs. It's also nice to get the fresh warm bread, but they are often out of it. Good for casual gatherings.

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OT
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Place was small, so very loud.

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IT
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Consistently good food and ambiance. One of our favorites. Service this time wasn’t as good as usual.

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R
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always delicious. The kabobs are juicy and tasty. And they make very good rice.

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DT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our meal was tasty and wonderful as always ! Have brought many friends who also love Yekta.

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DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Management of wait staff was lacking. Waiters cover tables in car ends of the room and are not able to be attentive.

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FR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been to Yekta Kabobi with both friends and family. We and our guests have never been disappointed. The food has always been delicious and plentiful. Only problem is the noisy atmosphere - people talking. In spite of that, we have been able to have a conversation with our table companions.
After dining, we have enjoyed visiting the adjoining market and frequently buying authentic Persian and Middle East delicacies.

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JR
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was good. However thought it was petty to charge $1 for 1/2 and 1/2. Also refused to bring some of the white sauce for myself. Had to order bowl for four servings to get that. Finally, brought 4 small pieces of bread for the four of us. Good thing it was dry, so didn’t need more. So while the main course was good, it was overshadowed by the pettiness, making it less os a dinning experience.

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W
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue. I love the variety on the menu. The market on the premises is a real treat.

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RL
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic cuisine, most dishes if not all are gluten free, fabulous rice options, beautiful atmosphere and great service. I have eaten there twice in the past couple of weeks, the food is delicious.

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EE
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food; perfect combination of spices and herbs. Beautiful presentation of food on an elegant china. Great dessert menu - the pomegranate cheesecake is excellent. Good wine selection to complement the meal. Very professional and accommodating servers.

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s
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Lots of interesting flavor combinations. Two of us tried the stews - the celery stew and the pomegranate molasses one. Different and tasty. Don't skip dessert - especially the pistachio brittle!

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AB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food fresh and epic in Rockville. Every time you go your never disappointed. It should be a 5 star restaurant

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JL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! The food was excellent and we always have a good time there.

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n
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

What a pleasant surprise! I never had Persian food and fought to go somewhere else but the majority ruled and all 9 of is ended up here. So glad we did. The portions were generous and the food was well seasoned and delicious. My only criticism was the limited dessert menu. However we tried 3 and weren’t disappointed. I will definitely be back.

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