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Rumi's Kitchen - DC, Washington, DC

Rumi's Kitchen - DC

4.8
4.8
1393 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

19:00


Booked 138 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • 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

  • Area

    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

What 1,393 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. SS

    ShahidS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, our waiter was great and very attentive, enjoyed the whole experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love!!! Thanks
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious. Seating was awful— changed from the covered outdoor area to an inside table. The table was RIGHT NEXT TO THE PATIO DOOR. HORRIBLE HORRIBLE PLACEMENT. I froze.
  4. TC

    TomC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Atmosphere! Great food and Great Service. Thank You
  5. p

    pouneh

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I usually get the chicken kabob and I love it. However, last night it was not as juicy as usual.
  6. j

    jamesp

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was excellent. Service was good.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and had a great experience! The food was fantastic and the service was probably the best I’ve ever had.
  8. EC

    EstherC

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Our reservation was made for 7:45pm. We were seated at 8:20pm. We there was not much of waiting area, and the bar was also packed. Luckily the weather was nice enough to wait outside, but the Very Long Wait made us contemplate whether it was worth it to keep our reservation.
  9. d

    donalds

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you always for the amazing food and ambience
  10. WF

    WorldwideFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trenton was great! The music was perfect 🤣. The food and service was so good I am going to Atlanta to try one of the locations there!
  11. DG

    DavidG

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service was amazing - food a delight - we’re vegetarian, so only ate from “tasting” menu, but all excellent, flavorful, unique. Ambience a bit noisy and dim, but ok
  12. L

    Lincoln

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a nice addition to the DC dining scene. We sat in the enclosed, heated annex, and it was just as enticing as the interior. Food was unique and delicious--my duck stew had a very fruity sauce--the service was warm and responsive.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I do not understand why I am charged when I substitute the pared rice for another rice. The rice that is pared with fish is not my favorite. This is my 5th visit. Charging me to substitute the rice maybe a deal breaker.
  14. LC

    LynnC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, small plates excellent!
  15. MG

    MichaelG

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I maybe misspelling this but Gormeh sabzi… very very yummy and excellent flavor
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great ambiance. Staff was also very kind and informative. Will absolutely be going again!
  17. BM

    BettyM

    Vancouver

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 18 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to change ip the DC dining scene. Excellent flavors and atmosphere. Something for everyone. Delicious bread.
  18. J

    Jessi

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Really great meal. Would definitely recommend and will be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    This place has gone down hill. It used to be so classy and delicious. The staff has degraded significantly.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic flavorful food! What an incredible experience, definitely a must eat place every time I come to DC in the future!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Rumi’s was amazing! The food was so delicious and full of flavor and the drinks were really good! Staff was friendly and helpful. They really cater to you and your needs. I highly recommend reserving your table ahead time because it gets packed quickly because how great the food, drinks , service and ambiance is. The only thing that I didn’t like is that even though we made a reservation, and got there ahead of time we still had to wait a bit before we were seated due to no tables being available at that moment. They do do their best to accommodate you as soon as they can if you have a reservation, you get first dibs on the seating. Compared to if you were a walk-in , you would have to wait 2hrs or more. Overall , great first experience at Rumi’s Kitchen and i will definitely be back!
  22. M

    Mike

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant! Layla, our server, was fantastic and everything we ordered, from cocktails to dessert, was delicious. Will definitely be back.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We love coming here and the food is always delicious! Can’t wait to go back!
  24. IT

    InnaT

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall food was delicious. The main course portion is very big, especially side dish. Lots of rice … no need to have big portions for main courses, since its very delicious appetizers!! Lamb kabob was not up to standard, not juicy, not tasty. Duck confit was really good! Drinks - i had marvelous gimlet!!
  25. A

    Atticus

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and great portions. The sea bass was cooked perfectly
  26. L

    Lugo

    Mexico City

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    El pollo al azafrán y limón, junto con el te persa. Imperdibles Vale la pena gastar tiempo, por disfrutar una comida y aromas orientales.
  27. FW

    FoodieWannaBe

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sat at the bar. Trenton the bartender was fantastic! Had the ginormous shrimp appetizer and Chilean sea bass. Couldn't be happier. Will return next time in DC
  28. T

    Tahir

    Toronto

    38 reviews

    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great authentic Persian food with excellent customer service.
  29. FT

    FarbodT

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love this place. We are so grateful to have such a high quality restaurant in DC to present our outstanding dishes to Iranian and non Iranian friends and families. Thank you and will will keep the support!
  30. S

    Samz

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and one of my favorite restaurants in DC!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Rumi’s kitchen. The food is the best Persian food in the DC area. The service is amazing and the ambiance too.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Rumi’s — Every year when we visit DC was visit. Wait staff is always great and food is delicious. Hummus is perfect with the warm bread. My husband ordered the lamb rack and it was perfectly cooked. I ordered the vegetable kabobs and they were excellent. The saffron rice is always delicious. They also easily made my non/drinking husband a non-alcoholic drink similar to my cocktail. This is often a difficult find for a non drinker and he said it was great. The baklava alone is worth visiting. Our waitress brought us extra knives to cut it with without us even asking. We will be back again next January!
  34. k

    kianayeg

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food at Rumi's was excellent. Shoutout to our waitress Gabriell for her amazing service and to the kitchen staff for the delicious Persian food!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing & authentic Persian cuisine!! The best in DC without a doubt. Great service from all the staff.
  36. DC

    DClife

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!
  37. G

    Gourmand

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fav restaurant in dc! The food is spectacular, they are generous with portions, free water, unlimited warm bread and 'sabzi' to accompany, excellent informed staff, warm ambiance (we sat in the heated patio), beautiful serving plates. The Dolma, duck fessenjoon, chicken brac, lamb kabobs, and cardamom cake are MUSTS. LOVE Rumi's.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service from Mauro
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about food and wine. Food was amazing!!!
  40. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was our forth time at Rumi’s The quality of the food and service has gone down, the service was bad ! We were there around 2 pm. It was dark and cold. We I mentioned to the manager her reply was “since the have a grille it’s cold there”!!!!! Also they didn’t bring the appetizers for the next table and they were not happy either ! Not sure if I would go back there .

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Rumi's Kitchen - DC is rated 4.8 stars by 1393 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 138 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

  • Area

    Mt. Vernon Square

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 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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