Frequented by homesick Persians, large parties (a private banquet hall is available), or just anyone with a hankering for a plate full of beef kabob and lavash, the traditional Persian cuisine at this husband-and-wife-owned eatery can be enjoyed outside in the courtyard or in the main dining room. Located in Glendale, the Persians here are mainly Armenian Persians who are usually seated in large groups enjoying dinner at this massive indoor-outdoor restaurant. Enter from the back, through the alley where valet parking is located, and be transported to what you would imagine a restaurant in Iran would look like. The menu boasts meats (chicken, lamb and beef) and what Rafi's is known for is their gigantic serving sizes. Come hungry and be prepared to share! Once you've fully chowed down on your large skewers of ground beef kabob and filet mignon kabob, known as barg, paired with a variety of rice dishes (we recommend trying the sour cherry rice, albaloo polo), sip on the fragrant hot tea (add mint to help with digestion)—a must-try at this Glendale hotspot.
|Venue name:||Raffi's Place||Contact:|
211 E Broadway
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm; Sun 11:30am-9pm|
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I've been here before but came here again more recently and can't believe I didn't write a review before. I love ethnic food and Persian food is definitely on that list.
Even before walking in, you're instantly transported to Iran/Iraq with all the amazing spices and smells of kabob and rice. The restaurant is designed quite nicely as it's a blend of fine dining and outdoor patio style as it's very open and well designed.
If you're coming here for the first time and in a group setting, go for the family plates as they're a little cheaper and you get more for your buck. My family and I ordered a range of kabobs including lamb, chicken, and filet mignon. We also ordered their specialty rice (I don't remember their names, but one has a greenish tint to it and the other is red).
The food is great! I really enjoyed how well all the items were prepared and the service is on par.