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About Permanently Closed - Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar
This restaurant is permanently closed.
Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar serves authentic dishes prepared with fresh herbs and vegetables in Decatur. Whether stopping in for dinner with the family, lunch or as an after work spot for cocktails, everyone will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere where they're treated like family.
Guests at Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar offers appetizers, entrées and a full drinks menu. Start off with an appetizer like falafel, dolmeh or mirza ghasemi among others. Main course offerings at Colbeh Persian Kitchen & Bar include chicken kabob, lamb shank, fesenjon and ghormeh sabzi. Vegetarians and those looking for lighter fare can opt for the eggplant stew, veggie kabob and Colbeh dip for a Persian experience everyone can enjoy.
Decatur, GA 30030
Persian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
LIVE JAZZ EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
First off, Colbeh does not appear to be your typical Persian restaurant. The decor is modern, with exposed filament bulbs and cozy brickwork much more commonly found in upscale gastropubs. The restaurant was quiet for a Sunday brunch, but our host was all the more willing to pay special attention to us. The Soltani Kabob I picked for my main was flavorful and filling, with saffron basmati rice to spare. The two ladies in our group shared a platter of options from the appetizer menu and were very happy with the food. All in all, I would definitely recommend this quiet gem of a restaurant.
I've been to Colbeh on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed it, but it seems like it continues to get even better every time I go. They now have incredible live jazz bands on Friday nights, which I can't recommend highly enough! And the food just seems to get more refined. On this last occasion I was there with my best friend and we split an order of the Baklava for dessert. I generally like Baklava, but don't love it because it's usually too sweet and dense. But this was honestly THE best Baklava I've ever had. they served it warm, and it wasn't too sweet, and we loved it so much we ended up ordering a second helping. The rice with the tart cherries came highly recommended, and it was the perfect accompaniment to the salmon kebab. The Brussels Sprouts appetizer is scrumptious, as is the chicken wing appetizer. You really can't go too wrong on anything you order. Plus, the service is impeccable! Super nice, welcoming people in a wonderful atmosphere.
I chose to take a friend of mine to Colbeh for her birthday because I knew she liked Persian food. When I left Colbeh, I was disappointed in my choice and felt that I had not received good value. The decor and ambiance is pleasant and trendy. But the service and food were only average. I had to ask for bread and the server brought our stale bread that was supposed to be soft, but was crunchy. The main courses were okay, but my salmon was overcooked and dry. I did like the generous pour of wine for a reasonable price. If Colbeh would pay better attention to the nuances of serving a mediocre meal versus a great meal, I would go back without hesitation.
I know everybody has their own priorities and preferences when it comes to deciding how much they like a restaurant. Colbeh Persian is basically my idea of heaven!
The space is clean yet warm. Smells fantastic, like a real Iranian kitchen! Decor is neutral and warm toned; I really appreciated the lighting level, soft yet still lit enough that I and my glasses wearing eyes don't have to squint.
Parking is, of course, a nightmare -- but this is downtown Decatur. It's par for the course. Try the MARTA deck!
The staff are friendly and helpful -- they actually LISTEN to you, and you can have a meaningful interaction! At this restaurant, you are not just another chore to get through, you are a guest and a friend. They even told me where I could buy barberries myself, when I asked (and if you've tried to cook Persian food yourself, you'll know this is a big deal).
But I know, I know, it's a restaurant. How's the food? WONDERFUL. Absolutely incredible. If you've never had Iranian food, it might defy your expectations -- it's not HOT spicy, just flavorful spicy. Persian cuisine also uses a lot of sour, sweet, and nutty ingredients, all together with meat, vegetables, and fresh herbs. It's right up my alley.
I'm not normally a kebab type person, but I and my partner got one each of a stew type dish and one of the kebab plates, then shared. Great way to balance the meal. The eggplant starter is huge (and great).
Even their cocktails are yummy -- lots of citrus and gin options, nothing too cluttered (more to my taste than most bar menus around).
I don't know what more to say about this place other than that if you like Persian food, it measures up like Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way.
The food was delicious. It was my first time dining here. I ordered only veggie options with my beloved. Our only complaint and it is a large one was the NOISE level. They unfortunately had a *roadhouse* style band playing insanely loudly which ultimately prevented us from having a conversation. We left as soon as we could because of the NOISE.
We've never had a bad experience here as far as food and service... But the noise of the occasional live music can be overwhelming, even if sitting in the rear of the space far away from the players. Best to call ahead about the nights and times of live performances if you wish to avoid.
We went on a Friday night for the live music. The way the restaurant is set up, if you sit past the bar area, you can't see the band at all. We could still hear the music and it was fantastic, however, I don't think the restaurant was prepared for the success that great live music brings. They seemed to be very short-staffed. It took a long time for our drinks to arrive after we placed our order. It turned out that our server was also the bartender!! Once we ordered the food, there was another long wait. I ordered the salmon and it was just ok. The Moscow Mule that I ordered had everything except vodka in it! Lol! We had a good time overall because the music was so enjoyable.
The food was very slow to come out. We didn't get the appetizer we ordered without reordering. Our main courses came out at different times, so mine was cold when I started eating. It took a long time to get the bill. How disappointing to have this experience as my adult daughter's birthday celebration. We've been to Colbeh before, and this was our only bad experience.
The food was flavorful, the service was excellent, the ambience was comfortable. I would recommend this restaurant to others. Conveniently located in middle of Decatur, easily accessable. Problem is always parking in Decatur which is a deterrent to traveling to Decatur for dinner. I like the convenience of Open Table, very easy to make reservations.
We had a really great time. The food was outstanding! And, our waiter was so helpful and patient as we ordered Persian foods we weren't familiar with. He was terrific at answering our questions, and he made great suggestions. The ambiance was really pleasant and calm. This was the perfect place to take some deep breaths, enjoy a fantastic meal, and learn a little bit about Persian food. We loved it and will definitely go back!
Fantastic, Middle-eastern cuisine right on the Decatur square. The food is flavored perfectly... spot on. Rack of lamb is just so good, best Hummus you will ever eat. Never crowded. Sit outside and enjoy some great people watching too. Seriously just try it, you won't regret it.
My husband and I made an early reservation for a Saturday night, partly due to his schedule but also to avoid a crowded restaurant and potential wait. We were the only patrons, but we were rushed through the meal and in and out in less than an hour. Only two other tables arrived during the time we were there, so there really was no excuse. The service seemed attentive at first, but after the food arrived it felt like they couldn't get us out of there fast enough. My husband's plate was removed before he had a chance to decide if he wanted more (our choices were served family style), and before I was finished the server asked if we wanted take out boxes, packed them up while I continued to eat, and dropped off the check without asking us if we wanted anything else. We ended up going to another restaurant to have an after dinner cocktail.
I share all of this because it put a huge damper on what was overall a lovely and enjoyable meal. We ordered a lamb kabob, and vegetable kabob, and the sampler of three stews, which we paired with three different rice dishes. The rice and stews were excellent, the vegetable kabob nicely charred and the right balance of tender and crisp. The lamb kabob was not as good, a little chewy and overcooked but seasoned well.
Colbeh is a favorite of mine. They have longer service hours than other restaurants in the Decatur area so it is very convenient for brunch, lunch and dinner. Their Barg Kabob and Ghormeh Sabzi are succulent.
I always try to bring my friends who are visiting because we can grab drinks at the bar after dinner or walk around the square and get ice cream.
Me and 6 of my friends enjoyed and awesome lunch and good time at Colbeh - the server Ben was very knowledgeable about all of the food items, and made great suggestions for "first timers" here.
I enjoyed one of the stew selections, it was so flavorful and very well balanced with the the basmati rice.
Appetizers were awesome, and I was almost too full from that to eat my lunch.
You gotta go!!
Really enjoyed the food and the Decatur location. Prices seemed a bit high for kebabs, but I guess part of the pricing is driven by the location in a nice part of downtown Decatur. Good service and the bar looks like there is probably a good scene there at night.
We thoroughly enjoyed the food. Would appreciate the owner being more involved with the diners. Also, our waitress made a couple of mistakes including one person's order being completely wrong. However, the restaurant comped the meal and handled it very professionally. We appreciated their response. We love the ambiance and will definitely return.
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