About Yekta Kabobi Restaurant

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.

1488 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Persian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Thursday 11am-9pm

Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm

Sunday 11:30am-9pm

Cross Street:
Congressional Lane

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(301) 984-0005

Website:
http://www.yekta.com/

Catering:
All of our dishes are also available for catering. If you want us to cater your event, please notify us of your order 24-48 hours ahead of time depending on the size of the order. This will ensure our ability to have everything you request. We recommend that you provide us with your own dishes to prepare your order, otherwise, we will provide carryout disposable dishes. Please call us at (301)984-0005 to place an order.

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Yekta Kabobi Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (9)
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Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Healthy (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Cozy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Best Persian food in the DC area.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great portions and service. Highly recommend the lentil rice accompanied by a beef kabob!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Enjoyed the food. The beef kabobs were delicious--well marinated and grilled just right, tender and juicy. The baklava for dessert was so-so, not bad, not great. The restaurant was relatively busy. The wait staff was slim but seemed to keep up with the orders very well. The adjoining market was fun to peruse and shop for many tempting items.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Yekta restaurant is a hidden jewel on Rockville Pike.
I have been here at least 5 times in the last 4 months. The food and service have been consistently good! Fresh, flavorful, and delicious.
Despite being very busy on a couple of occasions, the staff was always congenial and service oriented. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Absolutely awful server. I am really disappointed as I’ve been coming to yekta since I was a kid. Our server didn’t smile and was very rude. He was always in a rush to clear our plates before we were even done and had plenty of food left on the plate! He didn’t greet us, check in on us, or care at all about our dining experience. Miss all of the older kind servers yekta used to have. What an awful meal!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

the server was disinterested in us but it was still great food

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding service, delicious food. Great for special occasions, birthday's, family get together, New Year's Eve, anytime.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food. Great service. Servers were very attentive . And the grocery store connected to the restaurant is a wonderful gem!

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love the food here. Service is great.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

A very average restaurant, at best. Very much a cafeteria setting. No ambience. Kabobs were as Kabobs usually are, of average quality and presentation. Located in a strip mall which defines the restaurant pretty much. Might go there for lunch but not for any special evening dinner. Overrated on OpenTable, which I am trusting less and less.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Did not like what I ordered: both appetizer and enteee

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was good, but service could have been better. Very loud and noise level was very disturbing. I understand it is a small restaurant, but the diners should not be talking this loud. I did not see any manager, asking very loud customers to keep it down. I dine a lot, but this noise level was unbearable.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best service always! Polite and attentive but not smothering.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Yekta always hits the spot with their delicious cuisine, outstanding customer service, and welcoming environment! I look forward to visiting at least once a month.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very good food, noise level was very high and difficult to talk . We enjoyed our dinner very much... portions are large!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very nice food as always! The chicken was as tender as butter and the saffron rice delicious. Wonderful service as well. It can get a bit noisy on occasion, but other than that, a very nice restaurant.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We've been here a number of times before. This evening was a special occasion &they helped to take care of us. Food was serve promptly w
polite attentive service, the food was really delicious nothing was over cooked, sometimes kabobs can be over spiced and dried out but not here. . .was cooked to tender perfection, everyone was happy, we were party of 6. We had salmon, chicken/lamb combo & marinated sliced steak. Desert and coffee. One special wout any onions accommodated without any onion flavor that u sometimes get when they just remove them. Oh there soups are delish!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Ever since 1998, which is when I first came to the restaurant, I have travelled 110 miles from Richmond once or twice a month and try to bring friends along to show them the quality of the food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have eaten at Kabobi many times. The Persian food has never disappointed and the market next door to buy dates and pistachios is top notch!

Tags: Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Healthy, Business Meals, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent authentic Persian cuisine. The Mughlai cuisine (more spicy) in India was derived from this cuisine. Very reasonable prices, very good value for the money. Don't expect the ambience of a five star restaurant, think more of a happy community gathering -- it is attached to a Persian grocery store (interesting to visit.)

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Go for the Kabobs (any kind, but rec the ground beef esp) and the Persian rice - just outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Went for lunch with a friend on a Friday. Service was quick and portions were generous. Delicious food and enjoyed the red wine that was recommended by the server. Will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Yekta is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent and the service is friendly. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We love Yekta! They love kids and they have some items that my kids adore -- yogurt sauce with cucumbers is a huge hit. We like the ground beef kabobs and rice. We recently tried the ground chicken kabobs and they are delish too. The store next door that has middle eastern foods is an added bonus and we often pop over there for some dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We ate late so noise level may be louder than our experience. Friendly service, good Persian food. Entree portion was huge but tasty. Prices reasonable.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This visit to Yetka was as good as always. We both had the salmon kabob. Very flavorful.
The Armenian wine we had with the meal was also very good. Not sure what we expected, but it is a good value wine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Yekta is one of my favorite kabob places in the DMV area. The decor is gorgeous, I've yet to see another Persian kabob place with this gorgeous of an interior. The barg is sooo good and the ice cream sandwich here is to die for. Will be coming back :)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We've been here a few times. Great meat dishes and appetizers!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent food, nice people. Service is pretty efficient. The only issue is that the noise level can be high. So it's difficult to have conversations across a big table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

I've eaten here a few times -- the food is always good. Service is sometimes a bit slow. Good for groups and you don't feel rushed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Fabulous food.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Service was very accommodating. Took friends to try for the first time and they will certainly be back.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

What a good value this restaurant is. The food is more than plentiful and very tasty. The service was slow and you have to be prepared for that. They clearly need another waiter.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent and consistent quality of food. Exelent service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. Unique Iranian dishes that everyone enjoyed. We'll be back again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Always delicious. Make sure you order the fresh bread to start. It's worth the extra money. We had chicken kabobs and salmon, which were both cooked nicely.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great place , wonderful food and service

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food and service were great. So noisy my wife and I, seated next to each other, could not carry on a normal conversation with each other or our server. Restaurant obviously likes it this way because it has been in business for many years and has made zero effort to reduce noise. Every surface is hard from floor to walls to furnishings to ceiling. We will not be returning any time soon.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 5, 2017

3rd or 4th time we've visited - we've loved the food every time. This was a farewell to departing friends, so we wanted it to be at one of favorite places. Yekta didn't disappoint.
Food is exactly what you'd expect from a traditional Persian restaurant - no surprises, just great food (and service).

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Prior to dining, we visited their market next door, which is full of all kinds of Middle Eastern food products. An education in itself. I started with a tasty eggplant spread called Mirza Ghasemi. We then had some small dishes called Kookoo Sabzi (an herb frittata - on the bland side) and Olivieh ( a Persian potato salad - YUM). Main course was a Lamb Kabob with a special rice with lentils and raisins. Really, really good, We had a nice bottle of Greek white wine, and an after dinner Greek wine called Mavrodaphne. All in all, a fun and delicious dining experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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