Mourayo
Mourayo

Mourayo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mourayous.com/
  • Phone: 2026672100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Mnday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5;00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Mourayo can host your catering needs. The restaurant can accommodate groups of 20-30 persons in a new section of the dining room without a restaurant buy-out. We can provide set or customized menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8558213819

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S Street
  • Public Transit: RED line metro stop(Dupont Circle, Q street exit)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate parking at 2001 S street ( Laz Parking ).Garage is located between Connecticut ave and 20th street. Validation after 5:30pm Monday-Friday.
A word from Mourayo
“Mourayo” is Greek for safe harbor where fishermen moor their boats. Mourayo offers healthy, fresh, innovatively refined Greek cuisine. Our regional variations on meats, fish, poultry and legumes have been inspired by the traditional Greek and Mediterranean food culture. We aspire to present an original cuisine concept of this coastal land of blue skies and sparkling blue waters with its thousands of islands! Let us sail you to the Aegean Sea and experience Greek cuisine like never before. We validate Parking after 5:30pm at 2001 S Street (Laz Parking) Monday-Friday
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Mourayo reviews from OpenTable diners
113 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (57)special occasion (32)romantic (24)great for lunch (21)notable wine list (20)good for groups (15)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • great p[ace eat;v good food
    fussyfoodie
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    good place to talk and eat. Good food and atmosphere/
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Good Food Terrible Service
    knowfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The major problem I had was with the service. During our main course we were not checked on at all. We wanted to order another glass of wine with our main course. Yet, we were unable to flag down our server for over 30 minutes. Moreover, when we told the busboy that we wanted to order another glass of wine, he told our server and the server still did not bring the wine. When it was time to order dessert we said we wanted to see a menu. It took over 20 minutes for the menus to come, and by that time we were not going to wait to order dessert. At the end of the meal the restaurant wanted to charge us for the wine we never received. Thank god we looked at the bill before paying. Food solid. Mains good but octopus app was chewy.
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  • Good but not great
    Ellysown
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is good, very small portions for what they are charging
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  • Outstanding
    Mindful1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent service, innovative menu, delicious appetizers. Everything fresh. Very accommodating staff. Lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    GoNaBA
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Mourayo is a DC gem. Consistently good and a big favorite of ours. Please do NOT go there. We want it all to ourselves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The whole fish was delicious. We enjoyed a variety of appetizers. The pita bread was awesome.
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  • Delicious dining
    RRNjoysgudfud
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our experience at Mourayo was perfect, from the welcome to the wine to appetizers to main courses. The food was delicious and was presented beautifully, and the service was excellent. It was highly recommended to us, and it seemed to be a popular restaurant, filling up early on a week night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Greek fare
    fussy
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    very delicious food-- all guests at our table were very satisfiedl. and the price was reasonable for quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Great Food, Nice Staff, But...
    OmnivoriousVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Been here many times. Love the food (especially the fish) and the staff is friendly and courteous, BUT about half the time you go there, they simply don't have enough wait staff. On this busy (admittedly) Sunday evening. The poor manager was running around trying to help what appeared to be one waitress and busboy serve at least a dozen tables. The predicatable result is empty water glasses and wine servings that suddenly appear when the meal is almost finished. This place is great, but they really need to fix this issue. I'll still go back, because the voskous (sp?) salad, any fish, and the lamb stew are divine. Just don't be in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FAT
    gooddealVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The veal shortribs were too fatty. Two were completely fat with no meat at all. Others were heavily fatty! appetizers were much better than entrees
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  • Kalorama
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Return visit was even more memorable than before - everything very tasty and well prepared, Greek-inspired but not cliche. Excellent service from waiter and support personnel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and food
    MichaelG
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Really enjoyed the people here, and I loved the food. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek Food
    Travelduo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    All 6 people at our table enjoyed their food. It is gourmet Greek that is not pretentious. We shared 2 appetizers, had 6 entrees, and a dessert platter. All the food came out artfully prepared and tasted delicious. We can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good Greek
    SueF
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Genuine Greek food in a cosy atmosphere - was like being back in Santorini.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Many good small plates. First server was very knowledgeable and offered samples of wine. But as is often the case in many restaurants, could not find a server to help us after our entree was eaten.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A quiet couples evening
    aaaaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Exceptional, professional, and friendly/personable staff. Grilled Octopus in ink appetizer was yummy. The elegant presentation of our main entrees of shrimp filled ravioli and pork loin medallions tasted fine but sadly did not meet our expectations. On the other hand, the recommended wine pairing (of native Greek wine - Adoli Ghis and Malagouzia) was fantastic. I would visit again but would focus on appetizers and wine. Cheers
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    etp10
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Went to Mourayo early on a saturday which was clearly not a prime time. It was empty. The service was great as would be expected when there is no one else. The food was the highlight though, everything was delicious. Would definitely recommend
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Rich
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    It was absolutely wonderful. The food and the ambience were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oasis in DuPont
    GNZmarch
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Charming neighborhood restaurant. Excellent and attentive service. Delicious sampler of pita and speciality dips. Nice assortment of small plates and entrees. Quiet, good place to talk and catch up we friends. Elegant classic wooden long bar. Amid the Connecticut corridor bustle, a welcome respite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Greek, impeccable service
    rpenovich
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Lovely white tablecloth Greek restaurant with impeccable service and thoughtfully prepared food. We ate there for lunch so didn't experience the dinner menu and we would definitely go back for dinner. Wonderful lamb chops; a beautiful Greek tomato, cucumber, olive salad; the best feta we have ever tasted. Many tempting seafood dishes I'd like to try next time, including a whole roasted branzino that the maitre'd masterfully boned and plated for the table next to us. Don't expect gyros or spanakopita. Do expect to eat like you are dining on the Adriatic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious vegetarian sampler
    RandomReviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Lunchtime bonus: one of the soup offerings was carrot, vegetarian. The service was attentive but not imposing. The iced tea a refreshing non-alcoholic alternative to the Greek wines. One of my fingerling potato pieces was a little too brown, and the whole wheat version of the pita tasted a little yeasty to me, but those were minor detractions from an overall wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I liked the food very much and thought the service was good. I do not know a lot about Greek wines, but the waiter recommended one I was pleased with. The quality is well above what is typical along that part of Connecticut Ave. Could be a good spot for a special meal occasion. Noise level a bit high, but if you arrive at 8 or so it soon falls to more agreeable levels. Staff very pleasant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place has the best combination of higher-end dining without a ridiculous price tab and exceptional yet friendly service. Maitre 'd was exceptional.... looked out for our every need! I didn't give it 5 stars because, even though my friend's grilled bronzino was perfect, I had the mixed grill; which was over-cooked and cold when it came out. I didn't mention anything about it, but I have no doubt that they would have taken care of it if I had. Overall, this is a real gem in DuPont Circle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful service, great food
    DCZooVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We don't live far and love greek food. For some reason we forget about this spot, so it was good to find it again on a night out with friends. The food was delicious (especially the whole branzino roasted in salt) and I can't say enough about the server. She was attentive to one in our group with celiac, and though our group arrived at different times, was able to get everyone drinks or food promptly. We will go back again
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  • Great Scallops
    majetc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service was great. Thank you Sofia. The scallops were the best we ever had; moist and flavorful. The seared Ahi was a generous serving; but the combination of capers and kalamata olives proved too salty and overpowered all the delicate flavors. After scraping off the capers, the dish was much more enjoyable. Also, the tuna was a little too done for my taste; I would have preferred it to be very rare. The tuna was cooked to medium; but, that may be a regional thing.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • great neighborhood restaurant
    dannsamjVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I enjoyed the Dupont Circle restaurant very much. so convenient to the Metro and a delicious Greek/Italian menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice Greek food
    HKLand
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great, more upscale Greek food. Service was great and the food was quite yummy! Really good main course dishes in the right proportions. I would go again for sure.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Lovely lunch at Mourayo
    JasmineVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I went to Mourayo for lunch during Restaurant Week. There were a number of great choices on the Restaurant Week menu, and the quality of the food was excellent. What a great deal!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Restaurant Week lunch
    Wayne
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Good choices for specials. We had the salmon and the chicken entrees, soup and bean salad for appetizers, and the yogurt and cake for desserts.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    number17
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not your traditional greek food with souvlaki etc., but my wife and I enjoyed the food at Mourayo!
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  • Above average Greek fare.
    DinersDriveInsandDeb
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time back at Mourayo since my first visit a couple of years ago. Mostly very good, but not as great as I remembered it. One appetizer, the fava beans, was very bland and dry. The meatball appetizer was tasty and moist. The feta, cucumber and onion salad was plentiful, fresh, and tasty, but nothing original or notable about it. The monkfish entree and scallop entree were delicious and perfectly cooked, if a tad over salted. Unless you're familiar with Greek wines or can translate Greek, the wine list can be tricky to navigate, but our wonderful server (sorry, I can't recall her name!) made some great recommendations that suited our tastes perfectly! We were seated immediately for our 8 pm reservation. Service was terrific.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprise
    MorrVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I'd been to Mourayo several times, but not in the past year. I was happily surprised at the refreshing cucumber and yogurt soup and the chicken with herbs and honey.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoyable
    theasp
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We too two summer interns who had no experience with Greek food to lunch for their farewell. They both were young and realitvely narrow and parochial in their food choices. They came out of the one and half hours happy, well-rounded and much more appreciate of adventures in eating. They met and liked taramosalata, tzatziki and several other mezzedes. They are both from ut side the Washington area but I am sure Mourayo will rank high on their list if/when they come back.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent dinner at Mourayo the other night. I had the branzino baked in salt, which is always very good. My guests had the lamb chops and the pork medallions and were very please with their dishes. Service was very attentive but not insrusive.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Mid-week business lunch
    DinnerDivaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The setting worked well for a 3-person mid-week business lunch -- quiet enough for conversation, varied menu to suit everyone's tastes, above-average preparation and quality.
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    great for lunch
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  • Excellent
    AKG729
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have dined at Mourayo for lunch and dinner and had drinks at the bar over the past few years. Always perfect service and delicious and creative food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    foodcomaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Loved the place..Tried the lamb dish and loved it..the servers were friendly and helpful!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek wines
    WillVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Our waiter took the time to give us an impromptu wine tasting of several delicious white wine they were serving by the glass. It was a nice touch and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Total Hidden Gem
    esquirebabeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    You've probably walked right by Mourayo many times (just like we had). But next time you should walk in. And eat. And eat. And eat. We didn't have anything that wasn't superb and lovely. From the oyster mushrooms with tomatoes and feta to grilled octopus to the shrimp in tomato and ouzo to the crabmeat and cheese pastries to the duck moussaka to the dessert platter. And the wines and the service were spot on, too. The latter being helpful and friendly but not pushy. We plan to go back here many times more and bring all our friends and family. You should, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • great food
    Greek1spot
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    It was my birthday and they gave me the best service and awesome food. Everyone had a delighful time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.