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“Great kabob! Best kabob after Amoos!”
Review of Shamshiry

Shamshiry
Ranked #15 of 96 Restaurants in Tysons Corner
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: Persian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great kabob! Best kabob after Amoos!”
Reviewed March 27, 2010

Great kabob! Best kabob after Amoos!

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Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“trust this website on this place”
Reviewed March 19, 2010

I thought it was interesting to find a kabob place rated so highly, but when we went there we saw why. Qualitatively better food than most of the others of this type. Be sure to ask for specials as the servers might not think to suggest them. It got real crowded with long line by by 7 P.M. (Friday night).

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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Solid food every time”
Reviewed December 15, 2009

Shamshiry is the second best Persian restaurant in the entire DC area. As someone who is married into an Iranian family, I can assure you that this place always packs a solid punch. While nearby Rose Kabob in Vienna, in my opinion, is more tasty, Shamshiry is the old favorite -- the place we always call up when family is coming over and we don't have time to cook.

They have the BEST kabob Barg (beef filet) in the entire area and they give you huge portions of perfectly prepared rice. You always know what you're getting when you go here.

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“'Best kabob in the DC area..."”
Reviewed July 30, 2009

Kabob is not sopposed to be a sophisticated meal, and it is refreshing to see that shamshiri is not a 5 star restaurant with a 5 star price.. Kabob is a street food in Iran, and a relaxed atmosphere is how it is served best. With that said, the restaurant provides great service, offers meals at a good price, is nicely decorated, has the most authentic flavored kabob in the DC area, and is by no means a hole in a wall.

Shamshiri is a busy restaurant, but I have never had to wait to be seated, despite the restaurant always beeing busy, and the food is always served on a timely manner. The best idea shamshiri has for service, that most restaurants don't, is leaving a water pitcher at each table--so you never have to wait for a waiter to fill your cup up. That concept adds a laid back-pleasant asmosphere to the restaurant.

The foods are presented beautifully, with the rice having a safron colored top (it's not safron--at least not enough to taste). The koobideh has two large kabobs, and there are slices of white onion next to the meat, all served on a modern designed plate.

The food is cheap, with a kabob koobideh costing $10.00, and the tadhig (cripsy rice) served complimentary on the house--something few persian restaurants offer free. What isn't appreciated is the cost of fresh herbs to go with the meal--this is something that should be included with the meal at no extra price, and is a service that some persian restaurants do offer--unfortunately none in the DC area have cought on. Any persian knows that a kabob without herbs is like serving butter and toast without honey or jam--sure you don't need it, but without it, it's definitely missing something well appreciated.

A nice freshly made bread is also one thing that's missing. Even Moby Dick's, a fast food kabob restaurant ,serves a homemade bread. It is suprising that Shamshiri does not follow suit.

All in all, the food is great, with only a few things missing--complimentary herbs, and freshly made bread. If I had to visit a persian restaurant for kabob in the DC area, Shamshiri would definitely be the place I would go.

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baltimore
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“LOve this place~!”
Reviewed June 14, 2009

Great persian food and great prices- pretty authentic!Definitely try it out!!!

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