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
110 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (63)special occasion (37)romantic (25)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (20)good for groups (13)great for brunch (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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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    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.
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    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
  • Attention to detail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Once again, Mourayo excels. I can't say we're regulars, but we go often and have always had excellent food and service. I love this place! On this past visit, we were seated at a 4-top right by the huge front floor to ceiling window, which was open for the unusually cool summer evening. We had just begun to get restless after too much time went by without a greeting from a server when the maître d' reappeared to apologize profusely; he brought our cocktails and told us they were on the house - very nice gesture. The "Symposium" appetizer assortment is marvelous. Thank you Mourayo for not mis-using "entrée" for main course - it means the "entry" to the meal, or the appetizer, people!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always superb.
    GranBosque
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is the best Mediterranean food in DC, period!
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    special occasion
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  • One Special Evening
    ezknoxville
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My close friend was traveling with her grandson and had always assumed he could not go to a nicer unique restaurant for fear of his actions. We chose a late reservation (9:15) in hopes it would not be too crowded and took a risk by choosing Mourayo as it is a very nice restaurant and we would most likely need to leave if it didn’t go well. With their guidance, we choose a wonderful Greek bottle of wine and created a “tasting menu” from several small plates and one main dish. At one point my guest commented she was so impressed when she overheard the Maître d stating softly to one of the servers; “Fresh plates for table 19”. I must say, the food was perfect, the wine was perfect, and overall Mourayo exceeded our expectations in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A visit to the Greek Isles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    BF and I enjoyed this cozy, relaxed bit of Greece on Conn Ave. Started off with wonderful warm pita & olive oil. Shared the tasty Salata Santorini followed by perfectly cooked lamb chops for BF and an amazing ravioli "Vytina" for me. The tender raviolis were stuffed with shrimp and cheese in a delightful light lobster-Greek brandy reduction. The Adoni's Secret of ravani cake was a satisfying way to end dinner on a sweet note. We are skeptical of Greek wines, but after a recommended first bottle was too acetic to our liking, the manager brought over another bottle for us to taste which was so much better and was glad to switch out bottles to ensure our pleasant experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food in graceful ambience
    mimaof4VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Lunch was delicious. Food is healthful, attractively presented in modest quantities. One can enjoy the flavors while not over-eating. Service was quiet, efficient, friendly (but not overly so). Restaurant is small but very attractively designed, with blues providing a sense of sea. Windows opening to the sidewalk make one feel as though eating outdoors.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    beafish
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We loved the food. The service was terrific. The place is loud but SO MANY are. I don't go out nearly as much as I might because I can't take the volume. I want to converse with the people I am dining with. Sigh. Other than that...this is a very good restaurant. The prices are reasonable for some terrific food. Also I am a vegetarian and they have lots of choices. We all enjoyed it.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Too posh for Greek
    MamaPooh
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I'm Greek and my parents own tow Greek restaurants in the town I'm from… I visit Greece every other year… I know Greek food. The food here was really tasty but not really Greek. When I go out of town and seek Greek food I'm really looking for comfort food and this place just didn't have it. If this is your first experience with Greek food please don't think this is what traditional Greek is. It is wonderful fancy Greek food though.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Had a nice dinner with group of 4. Salad was divine. Roasted lamb special was tasty but a slightly dry/tough. My companions enjoyed their entrees thoroughly. Service was friendly and gracious.
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  • pmccroskVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    upscale Greek food, with innovative preparations, done very well. Incredibly well informed server, with attentive but not stifling service. gracious and helpful maitre de. Would definitely return
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I can not rave about this restaurant enough. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The egg plant appetizer was wonderful followed by a steak cooked to perfection and fabulous baclava not too sweet just fine.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous dinner
    yvo3
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    the pork loin medalions with figs etc were to die for; the filet mignon was perfectly done
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Chris0814
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The salted Bronzino is amazing. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and delicious Greek
    Ctvisitor
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    It's all about good food. Some of the best dishes are very simple, salad of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, olives, and feta--well executed and made with great ingredients--as were with pastries filled with spinach, green onions and mint. The meatballs with yoghurt sauce were winners too.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Stick to appetizers
    marybindc
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had some great appetizers here: sardines, anchovies, and sesame coated cheese with mixed vegetables were all winners. Some of our main courses were a bit more pedestrian, unfortunately. The Lavraki me Aginares (Fresh branzino fillet with a sauce of artichokes, carrots, fennel seeds and herbs) was vastly overcooked and tasteless. The pasta with rabbit ragout was fine, but nothing special. The pork loin medallions were plated gorgeously, and were tasty. The server did a good job of recommending a wine to accommodate all of our tastes. The decor is a bit late-80s seafood theme, though if you're near the front of the restaurant it's nice and bright with large windows.
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  • John
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Outstanding Greek Fare! Propmpt and Courteous servcie. We sat at a table facing Conneticut Ave at an open window to enjoy the ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    luvthisplace
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Good but not as great as reviews indicated. Food a little bland and service inattentive. Had to ask for water, wine, etc. What more can I say.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Greek
    DCBoomer
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not your average gyros place. We had a wonderful, authentic Greek dinner here. For our starters my wife had the Melitzanosalata appetizer and I had the Salata Santorini. Then, she had the Giouvetsi stin Gastra (lamb stew) and I had the Pythagoras “Theorema” (pork loin medallions) as our main courses. Dinner was accompanied by a very good Greek wine, too (our first!) - the Mitravelas, Estate, Nemea (Agiorgitiko). Both our meals were prepared perfectly and the mix of flavors was spot on. Service was very good, as well. Our server knew both the dishes and the wines and made sure what we drank paired nicely with what we ate. Will definitely go back.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • great for groups
    ftailVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    And we had a fairly big one. Excellent service, food quite good and a nice variety that well accommodated a range of picky eaters. Thanks for a lovely evening.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek Treasure
    BritinDCVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I've never been a fan of Greek cuisine until now. A group of us took a friend out for his birthday and Mourayo was his choice and we all enjoyed the experience thoroughly. The only critique I will make is that the entries should include more vegetables as accompaniments.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gourmette
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Ate at Mourayo for lunch...Have eaten there a number of times and have always liked it for its focus on fish. Had monk fish with tomato, olives and eggplant, which was excellent. My only reservation was that for some reason the service lagged--we were behind others who came in later. But I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.