Levante's
Levante's

Levante's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.levantes.com/
  • Phone: 2022936301x
  • 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..

Getting there

  • Public Transit: With Metro : Red Line DuPont Circle Metro South Exit
    Georgetown Circulator
  • Parking: Street Parking
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Levante's reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (35)great for lunch (27)good for groups (25)great for brunch (22)neighborhood gem (16)fit for foodies (15)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (12)romantic (8)special occasion (6)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Great experience
    DMVlifer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The 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!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Not recommended
    iTalian
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Three 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.
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  • Cold Soup, declining quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This 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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Levante'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 brunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Great for brunch
    DavidaLocaVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This place puts on quite a spread for their brunch buffet. I was really quite impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Healthy and excellent
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was wonder as was the service. Didn't get a chance to dine outside, but will try another time
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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  • menu does not explain items
    NYCchicaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Our 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.
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  • Not a good brunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Brunch buffet food items were left out cold and not prepared right. Waffles were not fresh.
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  • Friendly service very good food
    Gourmet2go
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Healthy fresh mediterranean cooking. Tasty, light, great bread. Acregular for us!
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    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    ProsecoVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The Bread was absolutely amazing this time. Missed the Seafood Soup but the Chicken Soup was also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly enjoyed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The 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:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 397 reviews are from the Levante's reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The 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.
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  • brunch was superb
    victorgreen
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    excellent 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 punch
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    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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  • Food, service and drinks
    FoddiePRVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Since 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.
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  • Good dinner experience here!
    Nikkigee
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Very good service, good for groups, good food, would come back!
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally enjoyed Levante's
    CBR41
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    It 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.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservation requests ignored
    Guys
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We 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.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food; pitiful service
    LadyCheetahVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I 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.
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  • Tasty Lunch
    brownieoneVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    First 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!
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring.
    ChefWhoDinesOutVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Don'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.
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  • Best Mediterranean n Washington, DC
    KyriakiChrisVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    we 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Disappointment
    jmurph
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I 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;
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    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Had a very good experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Had 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They let me down this time...
    IndianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    I'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.
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  • nice surprise!
    DebMcDVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    I 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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    BusinessLunch
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Returned to Levante's for a business lunch; they were doing "DC Restauarnt Week" specials. Individual portions were rather small, but with 3 courses (starter/appetizer, main, and dessert), we both ate enough. Restuarant Week prices were a bargain (~$20/person; different 3-course specials were avail. with wine for ~$30 each). As alws, the food was very good. The cheese-filled sigara borek were terrific, and the Adana Kebab is authentic. We didn't have wine at lunch, but the wine list is amazing, with one-of-a-kind and unusual offerings. E.g., very good wines from Turkey, Lebanon, Republic of Georgia, etc. The service (Eugenie) was superb! - She was attentive, informative, discrete and cheerful. Try this restaurant -- you'll love it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their glory days may be past?
    Glory
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We went for dinner with the family and all I can say is that the food was mediocre at best considering $160 tab for four!! Nothing special about this Greek haven - at least that's what it used to be when I visited in the years past. Perhaps their glory days are in the past too...disappointing!
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  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Decently priced, wonderful environment, and great Mediterranean food! We highly recommend the cigars. This is not a high end restaurant, but rather one that you feel comfortable, can enjoy the atmosphere, and the good food. It is a place we always enjoy coming back to eat! I hope to try their brunch menu soon.
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for brunch, lots
    nic73
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    great place for brunch, lots of menu items. the drinks were strong worth every penny. also the staff was great.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place for a Wednesday Dinner
    Jelly
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    We had a great evening on Wednesday. Random dinner date in the city. Our waiter was fabulous and they had a special menu that night which allowed us to taste across the menu. We were able to enjoy four courses at a decent price. Nice wine and great turkish tea.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Good time, good food
    Pamuk
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The food here was better than we had in Istanbul, and just as authentic. Very nice waiter. Will return.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    I have not been to Levante for over six months and shame on me. As in the past my meal was fantastic and the wine recommended my our waiter fit their trout special perfectly. I need to make Levante a regular stop.
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    notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, average service
    Foodadventurer
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The staff all seemed very preoccupied. Even when all the patrons were content and involved in dinner. Hard to flag our waiter and tables were super close to our loud neighbors. The food was just ok. We spent most of the evening asking what was being said as it was hard to hear each other. I would try again in a lunchtime setting. Clearly most were not happy to be at work on xmas day.
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  • Christmas dinner
    Pierre
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We had an early dinner on Christmas. Staff was overwhelmed by crowd. At 5:15 they were out of one of the entrees on special Xmas menu. Also out of one of two dessert choices. They needed 2-3 times wait staff on duty, but those present did their best in a tough situation.
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  • Consistent (a good thing in DC)
    shik
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Have been going to Levante's as long as I can remember and it's always been good food, which is probably why it's lasted this long. The pides are are always yummy, and this time I tasted some of the sparkling Georgian wine that was quite good as well. And, we received outstanding service from our waiter.
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  • Consistent success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I've eaten at Levante's a number of times. Consistently good Middle Eastern/Turkish cuisine, a happy reminder of my years living in Ankara and environs. Guest I've taken to Levante's, who don't share my history of living in Anatolia, have enjoyed it as well, which I take as a sign that that the menu is fully compatible with less well-traveled tastes.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Consistently good
    MDFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Despite a number of holiday luncheons all around us, food and service were very good as always. Love the warm pita, fresh grilled salmon, and fresh salads. Perfect for a quick business lunch.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    SpryisleVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    The Food was extremely bad at this restaurant. The rice seemed like it was warmed up from a previous day. The waiter noticed I did not eat my food. I made a comment to one of the waiters and he in turn went to the manager who was in a hurry to leave. I spent at most up to $50 and truly did not enjoy my meal AT ALL. I sat n this review for months however the lack of response from the manager really bothered. Trust me the picture of the lamb chops that you see in photos I can tell you not to expect the same thing in reality.
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  • Repeating the Bethesda Perfromance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    The service was slow and the waiter wasn't helpful at all. The food was terrible and took far too long. A 3-egg omelette looked like a 3-quail-egg omelette. Two bad experiences in a row here - don't need a third.
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  • Calarmari and the falafal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    Calarmari and the falafal appetizers were excellent. The lamb chops were very tasty also. Overall a very nice meal and a nice comfortable (not roaring loud) restaurant. Good for a business dinner since you can have a conversation that can be heard by your dinner mates but not by everyone else in the restaurant. Looked like a very nice open outdoor area although we were inside in a booth next to the cozy open style kitchen. Probably would be a nice choice in warmer weather!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.