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“The best "sonati" restaurant in Tehran”

Aali Ghapou Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 498 Restaurants in Tehran
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
The Hague, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The best "sonati" restaurant in Tehran”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

If you've never been to Iran, or experienced one, then you need to visit a "sonati" (traditional) Iranian restaurant at least once, and out of all of them Aali Ghapou's is the best one. A sonati restaurant is characterized by multiple rounds of food, including fruits, nuts, salads, desserts, and meat dishes, all you can drink tea, accompanied by live classical music. The decor is also intended to resemble traditional Iranian restaurants.

The best things about Aali Ghapou are the following. The interior decor is stunning and unbelievable. Careful attention was given to details and it clear comes through. The service is fantastic, though on a crowded night it can get slow. And the entertainment is absolutely top notch. They clearly higher the best classical Iranian singers and they are entertaining. For non-Persian speakers, the staff is helpful as well. The food isn't the best, but its still good. Most importantly, its the atmosphere you are paying for. Make sure you get a reservation though, because absent one you will not get in.

  • Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great start to experience Iranian culture”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

The atmosphere is full of fun, meal is varied but limited to only grilled food and service is friendly

  • Visited March 2014
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Tehran, Iran
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108 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Chaotic & Noisy but with Character”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

The food quality i good. Some may like the loud music, but I prefer a more peaceful music band giving me more pleasant taste of Iranian music. When the performance begins and someone introduces the musicians and the program for the night, one doesn't feel that it's a restaurant where you can eat and chat with your friends. In a few minutes, you will find out that you've have to be all ears and forget about your friends ...

Visited April 2013
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Thank Rahman M
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Athens, Greece
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331 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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“The top Iranian Restaurant in Tehran”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

Although is located in the northern suburbs of the capital this -always full- restaurant is an old institution for more than 20 years. Excellent kebabs and also various lamb stews. Very good music and a lot of Iranians . Don't miss it

Visited September 2013
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Tehran
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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“Fanfarre!!”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Right spot to get entertained to bones. Iranian music -low key but entertaining- , Dizi and other traditional foods at a relatively costy visit. Nice spot for hasty tourists. Everything except for what is beyond the surface.

  • Visited February 2013
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