Rose Kabob Restaurant
126 Maple Ave. W.
Vienna, VA 22180
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 to 9:45.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Reservations: Not Needed
Kashk-o-bademjan; marinated kebabs of lamb and Cornish hen; lamb shanks with baghali rice; condiments including shallot-studded yogurt and an herb-and-chili sauce; crisp and light baklava.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
This Persian place, tucked in the back of a shopping plaza, has made a deft transition from small cafe to full-fledged restaurant. Though most customers take out rather than eat in, traditional folk tunes and soulful cooking make for a homey scene. In the kitchen, headscarved cooks roll out Iranian flatbreads. Similar to lavash, it is used for sandwiches and ideal for swiping in the wonderful eggplant dip known as kashk bademjan.
Kebabs are juicy and flavorful—the nuggets of lamb are the standouts, though both chicken and kubbideh (spiced ground meat) are moist and savory, too. Gheymeh, a stew of onions, beef, lentils, and potato sticks in a tomatoey brew, provides warmth and comfort.
Dessert—baklava or rose-water/saffron ice cream—is made in-house. Sometimes it’s available, sometimes not. But that’s one of the quirky charms of this laid-back family-run operation.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.