Moby Dick House of Kabob

I grew up in the Bethesda area and i remember the first time my Mother took me to Moby Dick.  She was very excited and ended up taking our Persian relatives and friends there at least once every time they visited.   It’s funny because I continued the tradition as a Georgetown student with my friends (by then they had opened up the additional location) and it was so popular that my (non-Persian) friends would always demand I take them there when they visited.  With their combination of mouth-watering kabob, homemade bread and garnishes, Moby Dick has struck gold and managed to bring Persian food to the mainstream in the DC-area.

Cost – $

Service – B
You order your food and pick it up at the counter for the most part. There isn’t really a whole lot to say about the service apart from the fact that I’ve never had any sort of issue with the people working at the counter. When I’ve gone with people who spoke farsi, the people behind the counter always warmed up a lot.  In some ways the overall experience is actually better not dealing with the types of waiters and waitresses you might get at some restaurant where most of the dishes are less than $10.

Food – A
As I mentioned, the kabob at Moby Dick appeals to Persians – but also to everyone else in the world.  If you don’t like eating food at Moby Dick then you literally don’t like to eat food.  Over the past fifteen years I can’t recall one person ever not liking the food there.  In fact, I can’t recall one person not lighting up at the suggestion of eating there.

Decor – C
The decor doesn’t have to be very good but actually they make sure it is clean and sanitary.  You don’t feel like you are eating at some of the other kabob houses I’ve seen in major cities.

Feel – B+
I know there is a level of sentimentality in regards to my feeling for the place but I can’t help but be happy every time I visit the place.  If it were just a little bit healthier (if you order a platter with rice and bread it ends up being a ton of carbs) I would probably eat there at least once per week.  You can go there with your family or you can go there alone (which I’ve done numerous times).  If you are in Georgetown you can even hit it up after you go drinking.  Just a classic DC-establishment.

What’s the Buzz:

March 1, 2005 – Moby Dick House of Kabob (Drift Reality) – Moby Dick has the best Iranian food that I’ve ever had that isn’t home cooked. They bake their own bread and it is out of this world. They have somehow managed to perfect their cooking technique to the point that the kabob comes out perfectly. The Kabob Kubideh is simply mouth watering, as is the Jujeh Kabob. Full Article…

August 11, 2000 – Moby Dick House of Kabob (Washington Post) – “Call me Ishmael,” I said to my friend Jahanshah, “and I’ll call you Queequeg.” We had just entered one of my favorite holes-in-the-wall in Washington, the Moby Dick House of Kabob. Why the name Moby Dick? Avast, seafarer, I’ll keep you in suspense for a moment on that one. Let’s just say that when an Iranian restaurateur started Washington’s Moby Dick chain in 1989, he was building on one of the legends of Tehran, not Herman Melville’s tale of the whale. Full Article…

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4 Responses to “Moby Dick House of Kabob”

  1. JM June 23, 2009 at 5:02 am #

    I had a horrific experience tonight at Moby Dick. I avoid plastic, and, when I asked that they package my pita sandwich in either a paper towel or a piece of foil, they refused. They were extraordinarily uncooperative and the very antithesis of customer-service-oriented. I was very upset and ate elsewhere. I hope you will too.

  2. Jiyan July 8, 2009 at 1:58 pm #

    Hey JM, I’ve been eating at Moby Dick for about six years now and have never experienced anything like that. They haven’t always been the warmest, friendliest people but I’ve always found them to be professional. I’m sorry you experienced what you did.

  3. DGrub March 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    I definitely love Moby’s Kabob. My review for best kabobs in DC including Moby Dick is at I would love to hear any comments on those choices?


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