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Feeling like something different for lunch, I convinced a friend of mine to go with me to Rumi Restaurant

  • Food:I went twice — once I went to their restaurant and the second time I ordered delivery.  The first time, I ordered their chicken doner (first photo).  It was really good, but there was no “Special Rumi sauce” as the description promised.  Then the second time, I ordered the doner sandwich (mixture of beef and lamb).  The pita bread was pretty good and a generous size.  Unfortunately, again, there was no yogurt sauce (as they had promised).  So both of these sandwiches, while they were good, were dry.  If there was sauce on them, I bet they would have been good!

Rumi Chicken Doner Sandwich  Rumi Doner Sandwich

  • Service: They’re pretty quick and polite.  My delivery order didn’t come with the soda though that I had ordered (and paid for). 
  • Atmosphere: The interior completely lacks any character.  It’s fake wood tables and cheap chairs, but they offer good deals and big helpings.  For example, they have a $8 pizza special where they give you two slices and a can of soda (and the slices are pretty big).
  • Attire: Casual
  • Price: $
  • Overall:Next time I order from here, I’ll make it very clear I want the sauce to be included on the sandwich.  I like the fact they’re open late and have an $8 minimum needed for free delivery. 

Here’s the menu to their pizza (Pizza Milano Menu Side A and Pizza Milano Menu Side B) and here’s Rumi’s menu (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4).  Just click on the menu and then click on the photo icon to make the menu bigger.


  • Hours: Sun-Thurs 10 AM-2 AM; Fri & Sat 11 AM-5 AM
  • Address: 2001 L St NW; Washington, DC 20036
  • Ph: 202-331-1922

Thanks to Penn Quarter Living for alerting their readers to Zaytinya’s celebration of being in business for 5 years (a lifetime in restaurant years) with $5 specials on drinks, mezze, and desserts. 

It’s running from October 22-29th.  In addition:

Monday, October 22, 2007, 5-7 pm

Happy Birthday!

Join us for a cocktail party marking our fifth anniversary!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Zaytinya continues its fifth anniversary celebration with a night of premier Lebanese wines from Chateau Musar featuring special guests wine authority and importer Bartholomew Broadbent and acclaimed winemaker Serge Hochar

  • Vertical Tasting, 5 pm

Featuring Chateau Musar Blanc 1994, 1998 and 2000 and Chateau Musar Red 1978, 1988, 1995 and 1999

$100 per person, gratuity and tax not included, reservations required

  • Wine Dinner, 7 pm

A special four-course menu created by Chef Mike Isabella with wine pairings by Serge Hochar

$150 per person, gratuity and tax not included, reservations required

Can join both the tasting and wine dinner for $200.