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Mourayo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://mourayous.com
  • Email: mourayo@verizon.net
  • Phone: (202) 667-2100
  • 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: Greek, Mediterranean
  • 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

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-FridayContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We looked forward to Mourayo because it had been reviewed well recently. We were not at all disappointed with the food, which included a wonderful fresh beet and yogurt salad, a rabbit pasta dish, and a black ravioli in lobster sauce, and other dishes. However, the pace of the service was quite slow. So, we would return for the food, but hope the service becomes a bit more efficient."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Just arrived in the city and picked Mourayo based on trip advisor recommendations and we're not disappointed. Excellent food, knowledgable and helpful bar staff, had a great first evening in DC would highly recommend"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • " The lamb with orzo was very delicious. For the price a vegetable should be included. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were glad we had the OpenTable reservation - the place was packed for a Saturday dinner at 8pm! They saved us a lovely table at the front window which was somewhat protected from the restaurant noise. The special saganaki appetizer was great! I had Salata Santorini and the eggplant appetizer (Melitzanosalata) as my meal, and both were good - but I would have loved a bit more of the salad, it was so yummy! Also - The table next to us had an accident with a water glass, and staff were quick to help and pretty discrete, which was nice to see. Spilling something is always a bit embarrassing."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We celebrated a birthday at the restaurant and all enjoyed the experience. The wine recommendations were good as we were not overly familiar with Greek wines. Service was very good and not pushy allowing us to enjoy our wine prior to getting the appetizer. Food was very good and the choices were not your standard Greek Restaurant menu which was great. Everyone enjoyed their entrees and the octopus appetizer was enough for 3 to share and very good. Since it was a pleasant and warm Spring evening the restaurant had their front windows open and the breeze was pleasant. It was almost like dining outside."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We arrived at 5:30 (quiet then-noisy later), so got the restaurant staff's full attention. We noticed the tablecloths. I wasn't sure which red wine I might prefer & the waiter explained each I inquired about & offered a taste of all 3 in 3 separate glasses so the remains of 1 wine didn't interfere with the taste of the following wines. I was impressed, as that has never happened to me before. The menu had so many interesting appetizers & entrees I could have ordered anything. My friends ordered a vegetarian dish while I ordered 2 appetizers: grilled fresh octopus & a phyllo wrap, both delicious. We all tried separate desserts -- all yummy. I have a sweet tooth so I loved my baklava. I can't wait to try different dishes in the future."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food was very good, the wine excellent & the service terrific. Our waiter was attentive & patient without being intrusive. They graciously accommodated six of us, deftly made space for sharing starters, & gave ample time before delivering main dishes. Everything beautifully plated. The octopus, Keftedakia, red peppers & Haloumi cheese were all very good. The fava puree was a bit bland, (perhaps a bit of infused olive oil - lemon or sage ). The rabbit, lamb chops & shrimp ravioli were all expertly prepared & delicious. The selection of Greek wines is generous and the knowledgeable sommelier's recommendations were brilliant, especially the Karydas xinomavro which paired beautifully with our rich main dishes. We'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We thought there would be one client and it turned in 3 . So they had to get a table asap for me and they did."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Excellent food, good service. Specials really are. Strongly recommend."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Muy buena carta de vinos, excelente servicio, muy rica comida, muy bien situado, muy tranquilo. Sitio excelente para cenar en pareja. Hay que regresar."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "For a really nice night out at a first-class restaurant at very reasonable price for a high-quality restaurant, this can't be beat. Not a place to take your kids. A little loud. for the older set."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The diverse and flavourful appetizers and main courses were fully satisfying. The intimacy of the ambience"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We enjoyed it. The seafood, monkfish and scallops, were beautifully prepared. The Cretan pasta with rabbit ragout was unusual and delicious, lamb chops first rate. The Cretan Shiraz was an interesting wine. Both deserts, the baklava and very dense chocolate mousse were excellent."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I am Greek and I would definitely recommend this restaurant. I have been there several times and I was never disappointed. The food is not the traditional food that most restaurants in Greece have. It is more elegant and it resembles one of the best restaurants there. This is why it is a little more pricey but still reasonable for the quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere. Whoever I took there too was satisfied."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "A quiet pleasant location very suitable for a business lunch. Good food and efficient but low key service"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food is outstanding - including presentation! Service is always excellent. I enthusiastically recommend the grilled octopus (YES!!!) and the lamb chops (YES YES YES!!!)."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We were a party of four and ordered a wide variety off the menu all of which was very good to outstanding and avoided typical approaches to Greek dining. If you are looking for gyro and souvlaki Mourayo is not for you. If, however, you are looking for Mediterranean dishes with twists on traditional ingredients Mourayo fits the bill nicely. The service here was prompt, professional and with a smile. While not inexpensive, I felt Mourayo offered good value for a lovely evening in Washington."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I met an out of town friend here, based on reviews and recommendations. The space is pleasant, with tables having enough space around them to have private conversation and hear each other. For rest rooms, one does have to go downstairs. My friend has a number of food allergies. Our server was patient and pleasant in helping her choose the soup of the day and the lamb chop entree, both of which she enjoyed. My appetizer salad and lamb stew special entree were subtly and well spiced. Water was frequently renewed and we were permktted a long visit before the check was delivered. An extremely pleasant dining experience, very much affected by the excellent service throughout."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Each time I have been to Mourayo I have left extremely happy. Great restaurant, good service, good food, good ambience…"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "One of the things I look for most in a restaurant is a place to get a good dinner and visit with friends without feeling rushed. Mourayo was great for this. The pace of the service was just right, the food was excellent, and they left us alone to talk to our hearts' content without us feeling that we were in their way. These are treasured qualities in a restaurant."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Elegant and traditional with unusual dishes; impeccable service."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "The food and the service were very good, and their wine recommendation was just what I wanted. We got there early and it was very calm and nice, but by the time we left, we had to talk very loud to be heard."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "First time eating here and was absolutely blown away. Great food and service- thoroughly enjoyable and will go again without a doubt."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Mourayo is one of those restaurants that doesn't scream at you for attention. Instead, it quietly offers an excellent dining experience. The food is very good, the wine selection unusual and delicious and the service efficient and good. You can concentrate on enjoying friends while having a great meal -- you can even hear what they are saying to you. We have recently moved to the neighborhood and Mourayo is quickly becoming our favorite spot!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Reserved at this restaurant expecting conventional greek food but was surprised by an original menu, still with some classics, but with the restaurant's own twist. Ordered octopus and grilled eggplant as appetizers, beautiful presentation and excellent quality. Had black ravioli stuffed with shrimp, lamb chops and linguini with scampi as main course, everything was delicious. The waiters were very knowledgeable about the food, friendly and efficient. Street parking and close to parking lots as well. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This restaurant really stood out on a busy Saturday night for its excellent service. The food was fine to good, but both the host and our server were outstanding and really made the evening. After we were seated, a better table by the window opened up. The host came over and offered to move us over there, which I thought was a really nice touch. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly; she always seemed to be close by if we needed something but was never intrusive. Food -- fine -- I think it's actually harder to find friendly, good service these days than good food, so hope to be back soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Usually we don't dine out on Valentine's Day, but this year our theater subscription happened to include a play on February 14, so we decided to head to Mourayo because we know that, no matter how crazy busy they are, the service is ALWAYS fantastic. The meal was fabulous. Chef Yiannis, whom we met on his last visit to the US, is in the kitchen once again and created an amazing menu featuring Aphrodisiac ingredients. The food was amazing, the wine recommendations were perfect, and the service was so friendly. A special evening at a special place in DC."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was on point. Prices changed for items on normal dinner menu simply because it was valentines day. That was the only reason we were unhappy with the experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "A very unique ground duck moussaka that was the best I've ever eaten. I could eat it every week and never get tired of it."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I'm consistently impressed with Mourayo. The food is always great, the service some of the best in the city, and a very nice atmosphere perfect for dates. Their spin on traditional Greek classics like mousaka are particularly great. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The taste of the food was absolutely exquisite! However, the portion to price ration was rather low (thus just four stars). For that reason, while it was worth the experience, I wouldn't necessarily make this a regular spot. Perhaps save it for special events. As an aside, they did have short but interesting list of artisanal beers, from which the waiter was able to recommend a pairing, as well as a separate, extensive wine menu."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Have you ever wanted to have a good meal in a place where the noise doesn't drown out conversation? Mourayo is a rare find in DC! It has authentic Greek cuisine, including interesting Greek wines, and the atmosphere is classy without being stuffy. The service is excellent. I'm a big fan of Mourayo for business lunches and meeting friends over a nice meal."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The nice thing about this restaurant was that it didn't server any Greek Cafe type food, i.e. gyros, flaming cheese, etc. That food can be had anywhere. This is more sophisticated fare which was wonderful."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Disappointing menu choices for Restaurant Week. Would not return for a "special". However, the rest of the menu looked interesting. The cabbage rolls were salty, the black eyed pea w/halumi cheese was just okay. The cheese very rubbery. The deserts, though, were very satisfying."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I recommend this restaurant to everyone. Food is always good and service too."
    Dined on 6/20/2013
  • "I consider this a hidden gem of Washington. Always a great experience. This time we had the restaurant week lunch menu which although just a few selections in each category it was all delicious - especially the cod stew and yogurt dessert - were even better than they sounded."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant. Great food -- if you like fresh, beautifully prepared Greek/Mediterranean food, especially fish, this is one of DC's very best. Very responsive and knowledgeable wait staff. Also very nice ambiance - white table cloths, quiet, attractively decorated -- but warm and casual, not stuffy. My favorite Dupont Circle area dining spot along with IRichi."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "My favorite Greek restaurant in DC. But it's not your moussaka kind of place. They always have something good and unusual. This time it was monk fish. Never had a problem and never expect one. I usually order uzo and it is always good. The service was only good, but they were quite busy on a Saturday night. At other times it was superb. The noise level was just right: we could talk and hear each other, and there was no gratuitous music. If only more places were like that."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This neighborhood restaurant has consistently great Greek food, served in a pleasant atmosphere. Maurizio is a superb Maitre D' and makes everyone feel special and appreciated. Changing specials and an interesting menu make this a place we go back to frequently."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "We took my visiting sister and her family and had another great meal and time at Mourayo! From the gracious host Mauritzio to the wine to the dining room to the entrees - from pasta to fish to lamb - everything was great. It's one of our favorites, and is great for happy hour, lunch or a nice dinner. Νοστιμότατο!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013