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Neyla Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.neyla.com
  • Phone: (202) 333-6353
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday : Closed

    Full Bar/lounge : 5:00pm - late night

    Happy Hours:(Bar menu available)
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Abdullah Hash Housh
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Neyla is available to cater your private, corporate event and luncheon
    please contact General Manager Chris Wilson to discuss your needs, as we will create a personalized menu tailored to your personal tastes.
  • Private Party Facilities: A fabulous combination of artistic lighting elements and silk drapery adorn our restaurant.
    Buy-outs: Neyla may be used to host a cocktail reception for up to 250 guests and 200 for a seated dinner.
    Our private dining room (Tent Room) is decorated in Mediterranean tones that are reminiscent of a Romanesque villa. The TENT ROOM may be used for up to 80 guests for a standing reception and up to 70 guests for a seated dinner. The TENT ROOM is available to host your next event. Let us assist you in enhancing our spaces with customized floral arrangements and additional décor.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris Wilson (202) 333-6353
  • Entertainment: House/lounge music every night, Arabic/international music late Saturdays.

    Neyla offers a belly dancer on Saturday nights starting at 9:30 pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please feel free to contact our Special Events Coordinator Rebecca Feldman by sending an e-mail to rfeldman@capitalrestaurants.com or calling 202-333-6353.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wisconsin Ave. & N Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The nearest public lot can be found one block away on Prospect Street.
A word from Neyla
Meet Neyla, the Mediterranean spirit of prosperity, abundance, and success. The restaurant that celebrates her is a treat for the senses and social graces. Both elegant and comfortable, Neyla is inspired by Romanesque Mediterranean villas, and influenced by the myriad peoples who settled in that wondrous part of the world. Neyla is a delightful mix of exotic cultures, inspired in the homes, hearths and taverns of the rugged land known first as Phoenicia, then the Ottoman Empire, and later the Republic of Lebanon. From nomadic Arab tribes, Ottoman Turks, Egyptians, Greek and French rulers, Neyla's food melds the best of all the Mediterranean cultures. Vegetables, salads, grilled meats and fish are set off by light, and subtly spiced sauces. Coriander, cinnamon, basil, thyme, Turkish pastries, coffee with cardamom and of course the renowned Lebanese mezzas tell the tongue a story of four thousand years of culinary history.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent food. Unfortunately we were the only ones in the restaurant on a Saturday at 2.00!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had an early dinner on a good weather day making the outside experience very good. It was not loud and there was a breeze. The food is always good here and we have never had a bad dining experience at Neyla."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had an early dinner and thought we would be gone quickly. The food Was so good we took our time really enjoyed their many dishes. Do not miss it!!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Neyla for our first year anniversary. It was a great night for us. Thank you for all your service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for a birthday celebration for the belly dancing. We opted for inside seating for the entertainment. The belly dancer never showed up. They were out of half of the wine on the white wine list. Yusef our server made was attentive and apologetic about the no show belly dancer. I wld recommend for a romantic dinner on the patio but not for a celebration."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Delicious food, beautiful presentation, friendly waitstaff."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I saw Neyla while I was walking through Georgetown one evening and was immediately drawn to their amazing patio. The food is great and our waiter was so friendly and very open to describing items on the menu that we had never heard of without making us feel silly. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Excellent modern middle eastern cuisine, good wine list, attentive service. The outside patio was very nice. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Have been going to Neyla for several years, as it is one of the family's favorite restaurants.. even with some changeover in personnel, they continue to provide exceptional food and service.. highly recommend the Tasting for first time diners."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had the tasting sampler for an appetizer and the chicken shish kabob which was delicious. My problem with the experience is that they must have had 19 people working, 17 attending to the outside diners and we sat for 20 minutes with dirty empty plates in front of us. I finally got up and asked one of the people standing around to clear the table. Also, they were out of all Chardonnay except one bottle and they were also out of Bourbon and tried to pass off a maker's mark with Scotch. Food was good. Next time I will sit at the bar with Jose where you get one one one impeccable service."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very nice Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant on N just off Wisconsin. Convenient to parking garage at the Shoppes at Georgetown and other public parking. Easy to walk up to from shopping hot spots on M. Very attractive, large patio. We didn't sit there as it was a bit chilly but would be a fine place to eat on a warmer day. Very nice mezze menu."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Arriving at Neyla I was greeted by a charming young man who to my delight waited on my friend and I at our cute and comfortable window seat. An appetizer of piping hot ,warm,soft, freshly baked pita bread with equally delicious hummus arrived quickly. Lost in laughter, smiles, and conversation our Shish Kabob with Filet Mignon cooked medium rare arrived. The accompanying whipped garlic dip allowed this mouth watering dish to melt in one's mouth with even more divine pleasure. My eyes were bulging as dessert came !! Baklava freshly prepared.. no frozen dough here, with 2 juicy,ripe,sweet strawberries and authentic Turkish coffee. It was a magic carpet ride to a palace in Lebanon where one is treated as royalty!Try it and bon appetite !!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Neyla a disappointment. Mezza is the key to dining Middle Eastern, but Neyla's mezza are bland and uninteresting. Service is somewhat erratic, although they appeared to be trying hard. Outside dining is a plus, but would recommend not taking a table next to the alley. It's a well-groomed alley, but it features rather healthy looking rats. Ugh!! Better outdoor dining and certainly better mezzo at Bacchus in Bethesda."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "took our moms out for the mothers day. great food, service and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "On May 10, 2014 we dined at Neyla. Neyla has become a part of our drop off/pick up routine for the past three years now. We were lucky enough to dine outside on a very nice evening. We were under cover when it started lightly raining. The service was outstanding, never intrusive but there when needed. We ordered a number of the small plates for sharing, instead of ordering large entrees. Their food is very good, and was served quickly, allowing us to dine at a leisurely pace. Three of us had drinks with dinner. It's a bit pricy, but worth the expenditure for the great outdoor dining, great service and very good food. We look forward to going back in the Fall, when we bring our son back to Georgetown for his Senior year."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was marvelous. Specially the meat kebab, the baba-ganoush and the lamb. Great vibe in the restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Our drinks were watered down and that started things off poorly. The appetizer platter of a variety of mezzas was just not right and tasteless. More unfortunately, during that course, and while seated in the outdoor area, we noted a large rat going up and down the alley way carrying food from the area down the alley. We lost our appetite and didn't order anything else. The servers were too pushy, trying to get us to order more before we even started the appetizer platter of mezzes. The pitas were stale and hard. Not recommended for a return. Nice outdoor area however. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Visited DC and stopped at Neyla. We had great service, enjoyed many delicious appetizers, and had multiple fresh drinks! The restaurant interior is also top notch! I would highly recommend this! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My daughter and I booked a table at 8:00 and due to extensive traffic, called to say we'd be late. The hostess was very helpful in moving our reservation back and calling to check in with us as the new time approached. When we arrived we were ushered to a back room with only one other table occupied (they soon left). The food was great, the service was very friendly and professional but I wished they had seated us in the main dining room with the other patrons. Next time I will ask for another table."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Best falafel I have had since moving here 3 years ago. Just wish there was a falafel sandwich. Hummus was outstanding, drinks were great, service was awesome, I love this place! Nom nom nom!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We have dined here many times. Service is great Food is different and good. Location is fun. If the weather is good sit outside. It was a little chilly when we went so we sat inside. The service is great from the moment you walk in the door and a greeted. This restaurant has it figured out . The host/hostess always happy and smiling. Server was excellent and offered lots of suggestions. Fun experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Lamb chops were excellent. Appetizers were amazing. VERY good staff and friendly service. Good location and not bad parking for Georgetown."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was really disappointing. It was also so loud we were shouting across the table to our friends. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "As a Lebanese I can definitely say the food is average at Neyla, and it is really very expensive compared to the quantity of food served."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We are visiting DC and stumbled on Neyla. My husband's mom was Lebanese so we know what this food is supposed to taste like. Food was fresh, not greasy, good spice. Excellent server. Decor was a little tired but that didn't matter. Recommend it!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed a nice meal, on the recommendation of our city-dwelling daughter, who likes Neyla a lot. She was right, as the service and food were just right."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Our experience was not terrific. A couple of the starters were excellent (yoghurt/cucumber & tabouleh) but the mains (both shrimp kabobs) suffered. Mine from soggy accompanying salad. The prices are high for the type of food that is being offered and our overall impression was not favourable. If you are in the area, it may be worth a try. It would not, however, be worth a cab ride to get there in my opinion. There are just so many other choices in DC."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Dined at Neyla on a Saturday and was able to secure the reservation earlier in the afternoon that day. The restaurant is very dark, and the sound system loud, think crowded bar scene loud. Service was prompt and professional. I had a mint/lemonade slushy drink that was very good, a bit sweet, but good enough that I ordered another. Our dinner consisted of many of the small plates which were all acceptable. The one stand out were the lamb chops, so very tender, and perfectly spiced. There was a belly dancer performance towards the end of our meal. She was entertaining, engaging, and interacting with the diners. I would return to dine, a bit earlier in the evening to avoid the noise level."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food is bad, drinks are bad, service is bad...if you cannot find any place to eat in gtown, go home and don't eat there. Waste of money...."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Both comfortable and energetic from the moment you walk in til the moment you leave. Service and food are exceptional. Chris, the manager, is absolutely the best"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good find in crowded Georgetown. Excellent service, very attentive but not pushy. Mezza choices were all excellent."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Every time I've been to Neyla, it is a lovely experience. This lovely neighborhood gem is my go-to when entertaining visitors from out of town. They get a little tour of Georgetown and they are guaranteed delicious, authentic Lebanese cuisine. The wine list does not disappoint, and the cocktails are made with original recipes and infusions developed in house. The prixe fixe dinner options are great for both couples and parties of 4 or more, and offer a nice sampling of the menu hits."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Neyla's never disappoints. The food quality is always top notch and consistent, authentic Lebanese. Love the ambiance and service is always good. Highly recommend for a date night, any kind of special event or someone just looking for a great meal. You will love Neyla's!"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Food was good, service was good, our waiter was a bit pushy, but we had a good time with a group of 8."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were looking for an interesting restaurant to have dinner in Georgetown and read about Neyla. Very tasty food, good service, AND a belly dancer! Big surprise for us. The decor is very pretty."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Almost painfully loud and scandalous; fast-food style service ~ not personal or calm and caring. Food is mediocre and the restaurant seriously overuses labneh (yogurt). Asked for a nice mint tea.... Were brought green tea. No mint tea at a Lebanese restaurant? Told the waiter we couldn't have it because it has caffeine ~ he said "I'm pretty sure it doesn't, I'll go check." Umm, we're not asking, we're telling you that green tea is loaded with caffeine!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I went to Neyla on a Monday night and I was excited to try it.! I'm a fan of Lebanese cuisine so I figured I would give the restaurant a try. The food was very good (not the best, but still tasty) and the ambiance was very Mediterranean. I will say, I went on a Monday at 730 and we were the only diners in the entire restaurant! So that was a little strange. The service was good at first and we were enjoying the meal. However, about ninety minutes into the meal, the server started rushing us out. It was just a little abrupt and unexpected, as we were the only ones there and the restaurant wasn't set to close for another hour and a half! I'd go to Neyla again, maybe on a weekend night to see what the difference is in diner attendance."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I selected this restaurant because my guy and I wanted to try a Mediterranean restaurant during restaurant week. And, Neyla had pretty good reviews. The food was delicious and the service was great! I would recommend the Chicken Shish Taouk and the Jumbo Shrimp Kebab entrees. And, if you like dessert, the Baklava was also delicious. We'll definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We went on a Saturday night during Restaurant Week. The menu selection was limited and only fair. It was very noisy. Several big groups, but it was Saturday night during Restaurant Week. We are not likely to return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I had read a few Yelp reviews regarding the food provided by Neyla. I was excited to try it, but it wasn't as great as I had hoped. After taking our drink orders, our server returned and simply asked us if we were ready to order. He didn't mention his name, nor did he recommend anything off of the menu. Upon his return, we had decided on 6 different mezze plates that we wanted. After we ordered, the food arrived surprisingly fast which was nice. The only problem with this was that all of the dishes we ordered arrived to the table at the same time. It was somewhat overwhelming. Most tapas/mezze restaurants I've been to serve the dishes sporadically. I did enjoy the atmosphere and location."
    Dined on 1/10/2014