Always consistently good food,
Always consistently good food, a great restaurant to have in the neighborhood.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is my second visit and
This is my second visit and just as the first the service and food were outstanding. Will definitely visit again.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Server was very attentive
We loved Sophia. She recommended great suggestions, and when she didn't know about the wine, she brought someone who did. We wished she would have joined in a glass with us.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good ambiance. Great, friendly service. And the appetizers, salads and soups were exceptional. The entres weren't quite as spectacular, but were solid nonetheless.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine Greek Dining
We were very pleased with Mourayo, we were in town taking a class at the Textile Museum. It was also a birthday dinner for my wife. My mother who is very discerning loved it. The food is salty, but it is true to its Greek roots so we were expecting that. Some Greek food can be heavy and fatty but this was light and delicious.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I made a reservation for dinner
I made a reservation for dinner with a friend based on the recommendations of buddies who live in the area. We were not disappointed. We had a terrific eggplant starter; my friend had ravioli with shrimp and I had lamb chops. Both were delicious. The staff were polite but neither pushy nor unresponsive--the perfect tone. My only gripe would be that when we finished the bottle of sparking water we had to start the meal, our waiter brought and opened another without our asking for it, and, sure enough, it showed up on the bill. However, that's a small thing and does not distract from an excellent meal in an elegant and charming setting.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best dinner I've ever had!
We were on vacation in DC and looking for Greek food. We struck gold! The service was amazing and the food was the best I've tasted. Clearly there is an educated and creative chef preparing meals and not just cooks warming up food from Sysco!
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mourayo is a great local restaurant that serves excellent food by friendly people. the service was superb. I had lamb for lunch and I felt fabulous afterwards. Perfectly cooked and perfectly presented. I love this place--and you should too. Many menu choices...
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love everything about this restaurant!
Amazing food, The fish baked in Salt in to die for.
wonderful host. great atmosphere
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I were staying at a bed and breakfast in the Dupont Circle area, and the inn keeper recommended Mourayo. It is a great neighborhood Greek restaurant. My husband had the lamb chops and I had the pork loin with figs. Both dishes were excellent, and the service was impeccable. I would highly recommended this restaurant.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I decided to try this place for restaurant week and am so glad I did....service was slow, but good, but the food was excellent. Unique flavors and interesting combinations. If it hadn't been for the price fixed menu, I wouldn't have thought to try some unusual dishes like the squid pesto salad, which was surpringly good. Regular prices seem on par with upscale DC places. I'm sure I'll be back to this one!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Return of the Native
Returned after 2 year absence for Restaurant Week. Wound up ordering off main menu. Could not pass up pork medallion and sea scallop entrees! Started with double order of taramasalata. Passing plate of Salata Voskou drove us to share one before entrees came. The dollop of red pepper spread on the top was unexpected pleasure. Both entrees hit the right high notes. The portokalopita we ordered came with excellent preserves but somewhat salty cheese (daily quota of salt having been filled by feta in salad). All of this was accompanied by a never disappointing bottle of Retsina. Was a pleasure to dine in a civilized age-diverse dining room and see that not every place must be a din to be successful. Hats off to Natalie!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, Mourayo has never failed, it's always been a great experience with top notch service and great food. If you have not been, you are definitely missing out!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Up until I ate here Saturday for restaurant week, I thought the Greek culinary repertoire was limited to gyros, souvlaki, and spanakopita. This place totally impressed me with the simple ingredients but creative recipes. My part of four loved the food and service was great. For the appetizer I had the water melon and feta cheese salad, which was suprisingly delicious. I had never had that combination before. However, it is a bit overpriced for what you get, so I will probably only eat here during DC restaurant week. :(
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This neighborhood restaurant
This neighborhood restaurant always pleases. Excellent food and service.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Greek food in DC
Great starters to share with. Lamb and monk fish were the min dishes and as always outstanding dishes! If you like Greek food, this is the best in DC
8/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice ambiance with very friendly wait staff. The menu is not your traditional Greek fare but cleverly composed dishes that are delicious. I ordered from the vegetarian portion of the menu and was not disappointed. The highlight was the eggplant appetizer. I would definitely return to explore more....
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
An easy trip to Greece
Mourayo is always a pleasure. The seafood is fresh, and often unusual (e.g., fresh sardines, fresh anchovies). Calamari steak appetizer is outstanding. We shared the calamari and the veggie mezzo platter for two. More than enough food, and everything was delicious (especially the ethereal mushrooms). Very good iced tea, spiced up with cinnamon and cloves. I've never had a bad meal at Mourayo, and I'm always pleased when I bring new people to try it out. They set the standard for quality re both food and service.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jantar a dois
Ótima opção para quem se hospeda em dupont circle. Pratos impecáveis, preço compatível com a qualidade dos pratos e sem sobressaltos. Voltaria outras vezes com certeza.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
New Twist on Greek
Very interesting and tasty menus. Branzino was fabulous, in a very tasty aromatic broth. Food presented beautifully. Raves also for the scallops! Unique food I haven't encountered elsewhere.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment we arrived, the service was excellent. The host/manager Maurizio was very attentive. He suggested several dishes, vhose a wonderful wine, and basically made sure our entire experience was fabulous. The shrimp appetizer , grouper special and black ravioli were all excellent as was the dessert sampler.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
other than the service...
The food was good, the ambience was nice, but the service was a bit off. Aside from having to find our waiter whenever we wanted something, we were also given someone else's bill after our meal. Without even an apology, the waiter walked off with it, and returned to just drop our bill on our table. Not the service that I would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the best meal of our
We had the best meal of our US trip here. My octopus was beautifully presented and delicious. The moussaka looked rather unappealing but tasted fantastic. Portion sizes just right for European appetites. Friendly advice on choosing unfamiliar Greek wines.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We met two out-of-town visitors
We met two out-of-town visitors at this delightful and attractive restaurant. While we waited for one of our party to show, we had drinks at the bar where there was a terrific bartender. At the table, we tried several hors d'oeuvres and main dishes, and had several glasses of retsina. Delicious Greek-inspired food with a modern twist, friendly wait staff, terrific atmosphere. We'll go back, and we'll recommend it to our friends, too.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Greek seafood
We had monkfish and lobster ravioli with some fabulous Greek wines (Assyrtiko!). Right above Dupont Circle. Great place!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful for lunch
I dined here one afternoon with my sister to celebrate her birthday and it was a delightful experience. The wait staff were attentive and helpful when we had questions about the menu, and processed our bill quickly when we realized our parking meter was about to expire. I ordered the grilled manouri cheese with cranberrry coulis appetizer and the pork loin medallions with fig/almonds/manouri cheese/honey sauce entree ... both were spectacular. It was also lovely that it was quiet so we could have a conversation, unlike in so many other restaurants these days. I highly recommend it!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
never has disappointed!
This is my favorite Dupont Circle place for lunch.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful relaxing evening with friends here, unusual creative Greek dishes We had grilled octopus appetizer and each
of us choose different entrees to share. The pork was my personal favorite, so flavorful and cooked perfectly, and duck was also good.
Nice well rounded wine list.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Greek Food
Our first, but certainly not last, time here. All of the food was outstanding, in particular the stefato and the chocolate mousse. Sofia, our server, was efficient and knowledgeable. Reasonably priced and good sized portions.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We booked for six and only arrived with four. Our table was ready for us on time and they could not have been nicer in re-arranging things. Service was excellent. My duck moussaka was very good, although at $25 it seemed a little pricey (maybe this is just DC). Others in my party were very happy with their meals.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this restaurant. The chicken with raisins and honey was wonderful; The Lamb stew with the orzo was also fantastic. Service was just fine and the vibe was perfect. Food is fresh and well prepared. Would love to return someday.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Greek food and wine
In Washington DC for two days, we were looking for different kind of food. Mourayo was exactly what we expected.
Atmo was great, owner welcome us and spent a few time with us at bar. Just the time to advice us a really good bottle of Greek red wine. Food was also good and full of flavor.
We simply enjoyed our time there. Place to be recommended.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner, if a bit noisy
We had a delicious meal at Mourayo the other evening. The cuttlefish and fava bean appetizers were excellent. The branzino with fennel had a wonderful aroma and was perfectly cooked. The monkfish was served with a tomato sauce that complimented its fishiness well. Dessert was also a standout. We had the sampler (Pirasmos), which came with Greek yogurt and thyme honey; baklava; and a delicious citrus custard (Galaktoboureko). Recommend one of the xinomavro wines - ours was nicely tannic and went well with all the food. Although we found it a bit noisy, we'll definitely be back.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Amazing Greek Place to Eat!
Having traveled many times to Greece because I love the food, I was amazed to find this restaurant down the street from my office. The Kalamaria Stin Shara (grilled calamari steaks) as an appetizer was an amazing start to my lunch and the Htapodi Sti Shara Me Fava (grilled octopus) is the reason I will visit this place whenever, I think about Greece. Whenever I travel there, I always enjoy the grilled octopus (grilled extra for a nice crisp outside and a flavorful delight inside). What an amazing experience.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu looked good on-line, but we had no idea what a treat we were in for. The food was tasty, sophisticated, and beautifully prepared. The baklava was far from the usual glob of sugar and filo pastry, not overwhelmingly sweet and with an interesting, less papery texture than ususal. The pork loin was in the form of medallions all dressed up with good complements and looking pretty enough to go out on the town. The price was good, but these were lunchtime prices--could be a bit pricey at dinner. We had a friend in from Chicago; and he was very grateful to be introduced to Mourayo--to be able to return the next time he comes this way.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was cozy, and the service was top notch. I will definitely be coming back.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Understated yet Equisite Charm
The booth at the back of the restuarant are perfect and cozy to get away from the low din of the crowd. The cuisine is high end Greek mediterranean and artfully crafted and rich in flavor. The staff and hosts are attentive and charming. It is the type of dinning experience that you will always treasure.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dupont Circle Greek Restaurant
We had a lovely dinner at Mourayo this past Saturday evening. The selections on the menu are varied and there are a number of vegetarian options. The plating is appealing, the bread basket tasty. Our server was very sweet and well informed.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
bright Greek food!
lovely neighborhood restaurant, with just the right ambiance of casual and relaxed and cool.
delicious greek food, including grilled octopus and sautéed monkfish.
definitely going back!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
waiter doesn't mean wait
Good food. Was given very nice table. Nice atmosphere. But I must have asked three different waiters over the course of the evening to find our waiter. He was really poor and it diminished an otherwise very nice experience.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
go with what you know lamb lamb and more lamb. Wines were great! Scallops were excellent tender and buttery. Lentil soup was very good. The dessert menu is huge not just 2 or 3 items a full menu of goodness. Enjoy!!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very authentic. Love it.
This was my second time to Mourayo and in between visits I spent time in Greece and can confirm the food is absolutely authentic and beautifully prepared. Portions are excellent and service is extremely friendly and efficient. Wine list is 100% Greek but the owners have gone to great lengths to have a wide variety of offerings; servers are quite knowledgeable about the wines and food pairings. Our party had fish, ravioli, and lamb and everyone was very happy. Salad and soup also very good. Excellent bread service. Will absolutely return on future visits to the Dupont Circle area.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mourayo: Almost a 10
Overall, mostly enjoyable experience on first visit. Wonderful food, pleasing decor and ambiance. Convenient to Phillips Collection.
Service needs some fine tuning:
No one was at the lectern to greet. Had to look around ... (He was behind the bar getting a drink for a diner.)
After being seated, server/busboy (?) brought water but did not ask, "would you like a cocktail, wine, etc."
Halfway through the meal, I asked for a glass of wine. It was ages until I got it.
I'll give them a second chance.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great menu to chose from and great food. The service is wonderful.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Greek food. Perfect service, charming Maitre'D
Took friends for lunch and had a great experience.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I met a few friends for dinner-was more interested in the conversation than the food but was pleasantly surprised. We had a delicious meal and conversation we could hear, close to a metro no less.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
good food at a reasonable price
Mourayo is an excellent place for lunch with a friend, especially if you plan to go back to work or shop in Dupont Circle.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful meal of appetizers
We were four friends and we were all really delighted with our dining experience. We ordered four appetizers (roasted eggplant with tomatoes and feta, oyster mushrooms ragout, grilled Manouri cheese with cranberry soulis, sesame-crusted Haloumi cheese) and a fresh beet salad with apples, walnuts, and yogurt. Everything was delicious. The service too was excellent.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of DC's Best
There are few restaurants in DC where you can count on a great experience every time you go. This is one of them. The food is excellent, the service attentive without being too attentive, the space is nice and super well-located, and the wine list is interesting yet also affordable. Highly recommended.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
There was a mixup with our reservatiob but we were seated with a minimal delay. The waitress was very knowledgeable and there was a nice selection of wines including some from Crete. The kavouropita was excellent filled with delicious soft cheese and the keftedakia were moist and tender. I had the pork medallions which were moist with a great accompaniment of figs, honey and almonds. My partner had the lamb chops which were moist and flavorful. The Adonis ravani cake was saturated with honey and melted in my mouth. The Portokalopita was a bit too dry for my taste. i will definitely return as I had a difficult time deciding on allmy selections!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM