1320 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036Neighborhood:
MediterraneanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.levantes.com/
- Phone: (202) 293-6301
- Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
- Executive Chef: Akif Gezgic
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
- Catering: We have full catering menu good for office luncheons, event dinners, receptions etc.
- Special Events: Special cultural days will be announced soon..
A word from Levante's
The word "Levante" is derived from "Levantine" which describes the eastern Mediterranean coastal region that today includes: Turkey, Greece and extends into Lebanon and Israel. The era of the Ottoman Empire and Alexander the Great, past rulers of the Levante region, is now history, but the culinary and cultural traditions live on.The tastes and flavors of that golden age come alive at Levante's. All dishes are made in the Levante tradition using only fresh ingredients. For centuries, these qualities have allowed people of the Mediterranean to eat well and live long healthy lives. Today at Levante's diners can enjoy the variety, freshness and the natural health benefits of this legendary cuisine. Levante's is the first restaurant group to offer eastern Mediterranean cuisine in a casual dining environment. Natural stone and light wood interiors envelope guests. Open kitchens and wood-fired ovens produce charcoal - grilled meats and vegetables, which are prepared in full view of diners.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
- Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
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Levante's reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
good for groups (38)great for lunch (37)great for outdoor dining (35)fit for foodies (27)great for brunch (22)kid-friendly (18)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (16)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (6)special occasion (5)romantic (5)scenic view (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/22/2014Delicous food, really nice server. Be sure to get the Khachapuri!Special Features:
- Excellent foodSteveVIPDined on 11/15/2014Somewhat slow service...not enough staff for a Saturday mid-day. That being said the food is excellent, especially the breads and appetizers.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Neighborhood RestaurantFayeDined on 11/12/2014Not only is the staff very efficient, but also the request for a special table in the corner by the windows was acknowledged and waiting for us! Food was reliably good, as always. Thank you, Levante's, for being our neighborhood place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Reliably excellentDinerTDined on 11/12/2014Have had lunch here every now and then, most recently a few days ago. Prices are moderate, food and service are excellent. Mediterranean, with emphasis on Turkish dishes, make this a somewhat unique place. We ate outside, then moved inside for coffee because we were getting cold. No problem - the staff accommodated us with a smile.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food, that's itBusinessVIPDined on 11/4/2014Looked for Mediterranean restaurant in vicinity of hotel for business meeting. Restaurant continually shows not much availability so figured was hot spot. When I tried to add guests on line, open table said no tables were available, giving perception it was full. We arrived yo find only one other table of guests in huge restaurant on Tuesday night. Very very limited cocktail list. This place is a neighborhood drop in place but is NOT a place for a business dinner or to entertain! Food was excellent but more of a lunch spot. Forget dinner!
- foodluvrDined on 10/27/2014Dinner Monday night was as good as I remembered...used to go often to the Bethesda location and we were happy to see waiters we recognized from there..enjoyed the evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Birthday Dinner was a HitJames1976Dined on 10/25/2014We traveled to Washington DC for my wife's birthday. We decided to make a reservation at Levante's and was very happy with our decision. I had the chicken kabobs with rice. The chicken was juicy and not overcooked. My wife got the beef kabobs and found them to be very tasty. They were marinated very well and cooked to a perfect medium temp. My wife's friend got the chicken pide which looked delicious. We all tried the pide and thought it was delicious. The service staff was good with taking orders and they were on top of refilling our waters and other drinks. They were courteous to us and explained things well. Overall this was an excellent experience and look forward to returning.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Reliable and at Times DelightfulLoveFoodnSleepDined on 10/23/2014Levante's has certainly stood the test of time. The food is consistently good, and at times outstanding. Service is always excellent. It is pricey, however. Lunch for two -- without alcohol -- can hit the $60-$70 range without much effort.Special Features:
- We had the place to ourselvesFormerFedVIPDined on 10/19/2014At 8 PM on an October Sunday. we became the only diners in the restaurant as another couple there when we arrived finished and left. The staff was clearing off the outside tables as we ate. I started with Dolma (stuffed grape leaves) and she had Lentil Soup, both tasty. I got the Adana Yogurt while she went for the Mixed Grill. I thought my dish was a little shy on the sauce, but very edible. Her appetite failed and she took home most of her meal. Service was attentive. We will return to Levante's.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great spot!OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 10/2/2014My second visit was just as good as my second, and our guests loved it too. Wonderful food and service. Wished I had started coming here sooner.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/23/2014We really enjoyed the Turkish restaurant week menu (wish that had been advertised in DC more), and the service was fantastic.Special Features:
- Excellent KhachapuriT4twoVIPDined on 9/16/2014We went to Levante's to try their khachapuri which we had not previously seen on a DC menu. It was excellent. We continued the meal with two different yogurt kebabs. Both were seriously overcooked, so hard to consider a return visit.Special Features:
- yummyyummyDined on 9/10/2014yummy -all the Med foods that you are craving! good service. nice place.Special Features:
- Hoping for betterluncherDined on 9/5/2014Chose Levante's for a lunch with a friend based on menu and location. Overall, it was pretty disappointing. It was oddly quiet (especially for a Friday at 12:30pm) and the food was lackluster. The falafel sandwiches were a sloppy mess (especially on a pita) and the falafels themselves were kind of greasy and boring. Plus, there was some food stain on the appetizer plate and the paper menu was worn out and the windows could use a good cleaning. On the plus side, the server was nice and attentive and the hot bread they bring out to the table is quite good. Prices are reasonable. Probably won't go back.
- Great experienceDMVliferDined on 8/16/2014The food and service at Levante's is wonderful. We went for a large birthday party and the menu had something for everyone, and the service was great. Would definitely recommend for a large outdoor party!Special Features:
- Not recommendediTalianDined on 8/13/2014Three of us tried the grilled calamari and agreed that they were chewy and tough. I didn't like my baklava either. The rest of the food was mediocre. The waitress was pushy.
- Cold Soup, declining qualityOpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/12/2014This once reliable restaurant is not the same. Our lentil soup was not hot (not even tepid), hummus was not as tasty, bread not warm. Sorry to see it's past it's glory days.
- The following 406 reviews are from the Levante's reviews archive.
- Good Mediterranean food & wineAlexandriaDined on 7/22/2014We had a great time at Levante's - we always enjoy going there for the good mediterranean food, bread and wine. We also like sitting outside. The only downside during this visit: A big truck was delivering goods for CVS across the street, so he parked with the motor running basically the whole time we were eating right in front of the restaurant - which was very noisy and took away a lot from the atmosphere. (and made conversation difficult).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/11/2014Levante's is my go-to place for lunch near Dupont Circle. The food is always good, with plenty of vegetarian options. The service is great, and for lunch I don't think I've ever found the restaurant too crowded. The real draw, though, is the outdoor seating. Even on this hot day when the patio was in direct midday sun, the table umbrellas kept us shaded and a nice breeze found its way through. The one possible drawback is the occasional truck idling loudly nearby, but don't let that possibility keep you away.Special Features:
- Great for brunchDavidaLocaVIPDined on 6/29/2014This place puts on quite a spread for their brunch buffet. I was really quite impressed.Special Features:
- Healthy and excellentRogerVIPDined on 6/21/2014The food was wonder as was the service. Didn't get a chance to dine outside, but will try another timeSpecial Features:
- menu does not explain itemsNYCchicaVIPDined on 6/18/2014Our waitress's was slow. She couldn't explain items on the menu. Our party had someone with a nut allergy but the waitress never told us there were nuts in the dishes we ordered and it's not on the menu.
- Not a good brunch spotOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/8/2014Brunch buffet food items were left out cold and not prepared right. Waffles were not fresh.
- Friendly service very good foodGourmet2goDined on 5/27/2014Healthy fresh mediterranean cooking. Tasty, light, great bread. Acregular for us!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely EveningProsecoVIPDined on 5/24/2014The Bread was absolutely amazing this time. Missed the Seafood Soup but the Chicken Soup was also very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Truly enjoyed!OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 5/24/2014The salmon was excellent; grilled just as I asked. Some of the best hommos that I had. Our sever was extremely attentive as was all the staff. Great dining experience.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 5/3/2014The food at Levante's is always very good, but our waiter disappeared for long stretches, even though they weren't that busy. When he was there he was friendly but it was hard to get his attention.
- brunch was superbvictorgreenDined on 5/3/2014excellent food that came out very quickly. the bottomless deal allows you unlimited drinks and unlimited alacarte menu entree food orders. Strongly recommend the eggs Benedict. Also, the bloody marys pack a heck of a punchSpecial Features:
- Food, service and drinksFoddiePRVIPDined on 4/26/2014Since I got there I felt in a rush, I told the waitress a few times, please let us finish what we are eating, we will let you know when we want to order more food. The food was good, but cold. The mimosas were warm. I order a plate that I did not what it was, so I asked the waitress if the plate was a small dish or a large one, I was full so I didn't wanted to waste food. The waitress said it was a small plate...long story short it was a gigantic lamb pizza, so I told the waitress, I guess I’m taking the rest home because this is a BIG plate. He said NO you can't take it home. If you can't finish it we will throw it away. I said, so this restaurant prefers to throw away food then letting me take it home and eat it later? He said YES.
- Good dinner experience here!NikkigeeDined on 4/5/2014Very good service, good for groups, good food, would come back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Totally enjoyed Levante'sCBR41Dined on 3/29/2014It was a date night and the place was not to busy we only had appetizers and a few cocktails.Looking forward to having dinner again.Special Features:
- Reservation requests ignoredGuysVIPDined on 3/25/2014We were not checked in to our ot reservation but just walked to a table when there was clearly another one reserved for us. I politely mentioned but was already in presence of my guest so didn't want to be emphatic. As a result we sat next to a group of people that got louder and louder as the evening progressed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food; pitiful serviceLadyCheetahVIPDined on 3/21/2014I was in DC for a symposium and took my niece who's at Georgetown, to dinner at Levante's. We both like Mediterranean food so we were excited. The appetizer…a Turkish lamb pizza, was great. Actually the food was really good. Then wine was good, but we waited more than an hour for food. When we finally asked, the server said "oh, you didn't get your meals?" Of course not. He was not on top of it at all. He didn't actually put in the order, it appears. And given that, we felt he should have comped our appetizer at least. But no, he gave my niece some extra bread to take home with her left overs. He never came by to ask of we wanted another glass of wine…just really not on top of it so I don't think I'd go back or recommend it.
- Tasty LunchbrownieoneVIPDined on 3/14/2014First time visiting Levante's and boy, do they have a unique lunch menu. I went with a "turkish pizza boat" ... the actual Turkish name of the item is on the menu (Dime?) ... they have six to eight different ones, and it was a great size and delicious. Two lighter eaters probably could have split it for lunch. An iced tea to drink didn't disappoint, and the pre-meal bread from the wood-fired over was a winner too. We could see the wood-fired over from where we sat. Recommended!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Boring.ChefWhoDinesOutVIPDined on 3/13/2014Don't waste your time or money here. I can't even remember what I had, the whole experience was so unmemorable. I'm surprised they can afford the rent in Dupont. Go elsewhere.
- Best Mediterranean n Washington, DCKyriakiChrisVIPDined on 3/9/2014we have been going to Levante for the last 20 years from their first restaurant in Vienna, Austria where the 2 surgeons started to have healthy eating then here in metro-Washington. The food is as great then as it is now and better. The wine selection fabulous especially the once coming from Georgia, an introduction to a euroasiatic country rich with culture and history as well as good drinks. We enjoyed our meal and I am so glad that the portions were reduced to minimum for less waste and good for calorie count and the bread is still OUTSTANDING!!!!! stay the best!!!Special Features:
- Valentine's Day DisappointmentjmurphDined on 2/14/2014I booked my reservations for Valentine's Day. My boyfriend arrives early and tells me that the restaurant only has a "Valentine's Day" menu -- that wasn't mentioned on its website. But he did say that he saw earlier diners order from the regular menu. We asked the waitress if we could order from the regular menu and we were told "no." So we go ahead and order from the more expensive "Valentine's Day" menu. After we had finished our menu we noticed a couple sitting next to us -- which arrived later -- order from the regular menu. I inquired about about the policy of ordering from the regular menu on Valentine's Day. The waitress claimed that she didn't know. Then we noticed other diners ordering from the regular memu. We felt deceived;Special Features:
- Had a very good experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/13/2014Had a very good experience at Levante's. Food was excellent with a wide array of selections on the menu primarily with a middle eastern focus.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- They let me down this time...IndianFoodieVIPDined on 2/7/2014I've been to Levante's many, many times. It's a favorite place of mine -- it's convenient, the food is good, the staff is conscientious. This time, however, the booth that we were seated in was broken. We asked to be moved, we moved. No problem. However, my friend found a hair in his baklava. He is blond and German -- the hair was dark. The manager just comped one baklava as opposed to both. Considering that I've been there many times, I just felt that the it would have been nice to have both diner's desserts comped.
- nice surprise!DebMcDVIPDined on 1/27/2014I have often passed by Levantes, but never had the occassion to eat there. On a cold winter's evening, the central location was perfect for our party of four to meet at. (Right opposite entrance to south entrance of red line's Dupont Circle station.) One of the party had a suitcase and the very eager server seated us in a location where we could easily stow our coats and bags. The excellent service continued with guiding us through the menu. Very good choices for Weight Watchers - grilled meats and salads. Greek and Turkish dishes are well-prepared. I will be returning in warmer weather where I have been told you can dine outdoors.I would recommend this to a friend.