Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC
Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lebanesetaverna.com/
  • Phone: 2022658681
  • Hours of Operation:

    Serving Lunch:

    Monday - Sunday: 11:30a.m. - 4:00p.m.


    Brunch:

    Saturday - Sunday 11:30a.m. -4:00p.m.


    Serving Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

    Friday & Saturday 4:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.

    Sunday 4:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.

    Happy Hour:
    Monday - Friday 4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. in the lounge and bar. Appetizers and drinks $4-$6.00

    DJ Dance Nights Friday & Saturday NIght starting at 10:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Comfort
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Let us bring Lebanese Taverna to you! Catering by LT, our full service catering division, offers our authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as seasonal American dish with Middle Eastern flavors. From the food, the rentals and the servers Catering by LT will make your event memorable. The Catering Department can be contacted by calling (703) 841-1503 or by email at events@cateringbylt.com
  • Entertainment: DJ Dance Night - Friday and Saturday starting at 10:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Calvert Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Red line - Woodley Park
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary garage parking available for lunch and dinner. Please see the hostess for validation.
A word from Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC
Lebanese Taverna DC is located directly across from the Woodley Park metro, this location now offers a 13-seat bar, lounge and seating for 130 people. Great for groups of all sizes and offers a private room for seating up to 56 people.
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Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (30)great for outdoor dining (30)great for lunch (29)special occasion (18)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (11)romantic (10)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Two times in one Day
    FamilyskitripVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I ate here two times in one day. Lunch and Dinner - great food both times and everyone enjoyed it. Enough Said!!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • redo and increased noise level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Regular meeting goer in DC. Frequently stay in Woodly Park area. Love the LT, however, with its stunning renovation, the noise level is out of control. you can only comfortably talk to the person next to you and directly across from you. adding sound absorbing materials would be very beneficial. Food continues to remain outstanding as is the service. Have been dining at this venue for more than 25 years. Always try to squeeze in a meal at LT and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    RichnKathy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My wife and I have been to Lebanese Taverna a number of times and we've never been disappointed. We took a friend who was in town for a convention to dinner and she had a wonderful time! The food was delicious(as always), and the service was wonderful! We would never hesitate to recommend your restaurant to friends because we know you guys get it done! Thanks again for a wonderful dinner experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    Leahgrrl
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I picked this place for dinner while in DC for a conference. The food was really excellent quality, tasted authentic, very fresh. A little noisy in the restaurant, because it was busy, but we still got good waiter service, and they accommodated the 2 extra people in our party even though we only had reservations for 3. I'm still thinking about that food, and now all my friends love Lebanese food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great
    Deuce15VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great little place - very authentic. Just down the hill from the Marriott
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently delicious
    Lindalovesfoos
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love the food here. The service is always friendly and attentive. Recently we have begun taking our children, 6 & 9 here and the whole family enjoys dinner. The tabouli is fresh, the eggplant fatteh, is a favorite and my children love the platters. We always have a good time, never feel rushed and always leave satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • busy because of conference
    worldtravellerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    food is fine but the wait, even with an open table reservation took a long time. No where to wait and the place was packed
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for lunch
    msfwdc
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The food continues to be wonderful and innovative. Prices are very reasonable, especially for the quality and variety of the menu. I've enjoyed Lebanese Taverna since it first opened years ago. Service and food at the various locations is consistently high quality. The settings are attractive and well maintained. They would be suitable to a more formal meal but the warm and welcoming atmosphere is good for casual dining as well. My friend who is also a long time Taverna patron agreed. We always look forward to dining there and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is the third time I've had the privilege to dine at Lebanese Taverna and, once again, it was worth the wait. My go-to choice (the falafel sandwich was refreshing and perfect for a warm summer day) did not disappoint; my husband enjoyed the chicken shawarma, but admitted he's had better. The fig liqueur-based cocktail was AMAZING: a pièce de résistance! Though I've only had lunch here, I imagine the ambience at night/on the weekends would be stellar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • abandoned by server
    Dancingbear
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    On Friday on the patio our server had difficulty keeping up with his orders and we could not get his attention. Half way through lunch our original server abandoned us and we had to engage another server to finish the meal service.....
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    lebanese
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food. However the outdoor service needs improvement. I dined here before and the service inside was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxing
    Eleanor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We ate outside on a pleasant summer evening. We enjoyed the two sampler platters which had many Lebanese specialties, all prepared and presented beautifully. The waitstaff was welcoming and professional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Janice
    Janice
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I had not been to this LT location in quite a while. The interior is quite lovely and the food good as always. But the bathrooms are an abomination! Seriously, they need to rethink the unisex idea and go back to separate womens and mens stalls. Three of the stalls I entered had little puddles of pee at the base of the toilet! Come on guys, aim better! The stall I finally settled for had used toothpicks on the counter. One of the friends I was with was equally disgusted by the filthy stalls. I would not go back to this location because of the bathrooms!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    foodlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I had high expectations but have been by and large disappointed. The appertizers were good, especially the falafel, but the bread was too crispy (as if it was left in the oven for too long) and the main course (mixed grill) was a big disappointment, especially the lamb and the ground meat (the chicken was OK). As for deserts, the baklawa was not a match to those I ate at other restaurants.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    beafish
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Lebanese Taverna has been the go to place for Middle Eastern food in DC for so many years and they do not disappoint. Lots of choices for a vegetarian and meat eaters as well. The service was swift and no waiting. The dining room is very large with high ceilings. The outdoor seating was packed and is great and very lively since there are several outdoor restaurants along this block. Parking is challenging so avoid driving if you are able, walk or take the Metro which is right across the street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    FoodieFish
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    My friend and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. The service was outstanding as well. Get the Shrimp Arak for an appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good / Service excellent
    FOODIE
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Overall, the food was excellent. Our waiter, who is originally from Turkey, was excellent. He was extremely friendly, which made our dining experience at Lebanese Taverna a very memorable one. I will def go there every time I visit D.C. going fwd.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We're here - again.
    TribecaLuncherVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The chicken and beef shwarma, tabbouleh, hummus, babaghanoush and bread are so delicious. Whenever we visit DC, having lunch or dinner at Lebanese Taverna is always on our agenda. Good food, nice decor, friendly service, close to the zoo, great location - right across from the Adams Morgan/ Woodley Park station (red line). We keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amsterdam
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Lebanese Taverna is a place to go with friends and family. It is the best Lebanese food I've ever had in the USA! Service can take a little long when it is really busy, but it is worth waiting for. The manager is very accomodating, and people are gentle and friendly. I'd highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great job of feeding gf folks
    ILoveBaroloVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This place never fails. great place to meet friends for a quick bite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable as ever!
    Yorkster
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Can't beat LT at what it does! And the DC location was terrific all around! Varied and interesting menu, great ambience, reasonable, etc., etc. only surprise: Open Table indicated validated parking in private lot, but was told at restaurant no validation at lunch. Still, beats feeding meter every hour on street. A++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not-so-great prices
    givlcae
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I loved the food and the environment. Our server was great too, injecting humor and personality without trying too hard. The pricing, however, did compare somewhat unfavorably to peer restaurants, but it won't break the bank. The baklava was very good, and I had delicious gin cocktail as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food, better service. The service during this visit was definitely the best we've received from LT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A welcome relief
    sk8ladyVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    About half a block from the Omni and even closer to the Marriott, this great little family-owned place is a delight. I had the hummus trio and it wound up being my whole dinner, along with two fabulous felafal.Two thumbs up!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hrsgurlVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The ambience and authentic feel make Lebanese Taverna a standout among Mediterranean restaurants in the DC area. We tried a sampler of hummus and a sampler of Lebanese fare coupled with Lebanese beer. Outside dining is available but quickly became a challenge due to a sudden torrential downpour. Service staff was great and got us situated inside pretty quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty food;Service a tad slow
    Like2Ski
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I loved the location right near the metro so an easy place to meet a friend. I enjoyed the food, but the service was a little slow. I would eat here again though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TravelWriterSpousr
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    So for old-timers, this new, modern restaurant doesn't have the cozy charm of the original. The current menu has been stripped down and removes the mystique. That a said, the food is as wonderful as ever. The artichoke starter exceeded my expectations and the mezzo platters were delicious.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks!
    Anth
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Working in customer service myself, I always appreciate attention to detail. Both the hostess and server said happy birthday after I had mentioned on open table that we were celebrating a birthday. Our server Abigail made some awesome recommendations which we really enjoyed and then topped it off with a comp dessert for the birthday celebration. Thanks again for the great night, great food, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good experience
    TheWiseBard
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We weren't quite sure what to expect, but our dinner at LT was a winner. Living in Wisconsin, our opportunities for really good Middle Eastern food are quite limited, and the relative elegance and refinement of LT's dishes and ambience were impressive. We loved the plate of appetizing filled pastries, and the hummus sampler was fun, especially with the delicious, just out of the oven pita (who knew?). Entree of whole broiled fish was not quite up to the ultra fresh renditions I've had on Greek islands, but was nonetheless delicious. Not crazy about their distinctive baklava, but a bread pudding concoction brought a delicious and satisfying end to the meal. Service was uneven, and not always prompt, but the food carried the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails
    TribecaLuncherVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food in Lebanese Taverna is delicious. Babaghanoush, tabbouleh, chicken and beef shwarma or kefta are our top picks. This is conveniently located across the Woodley stop. Nice middle eastern decor with a modern touch, vibrant crowd. This is our favorite restaurant whenever we visit DC. ...Wish they were in NJ.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 456 reviews are from the Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC reviews archive.
  • Best Lebanese food
    Lobee
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were visiting from California, and wanted a good place for a special dinner after graduation. The service was friendly and responsive. But best of all, this was the authentic Lebanese food we remember from Sita's kitchen. Try the grape leaves and the Kibbee. What a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for special occasions!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I went here with my family as a celebration dinner on a Sunday night after graduating college. As part of an asian family, we personally did not like to stray far from asian cuisine. Lebanese Taverna, however, satisfied the palettes of all my family members. The food was all deliciously flavored, light, and refreshing. The waiter we got was extremely helpful in recommending what to order and explaining the menu. All the meats we got were fantastic especially the sea bass and grilled lamb. Noise levels were pretty high, but it was crowded. l This is a great place for special occasions, but not a place that I would go weekly. At the same time, I would not hesitate to come here again to show people a different cuisine they might never had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meet up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I met up with a few friends staying at the Marriott across the street. We were very pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere and quality of the food. We found a new spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as good as I remembered...
    PatfromDerwood
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The new decor in the Lebanese Taverna is modern but we miss the ambience of the restaurant pre-update. Plus it is nearly impossible to have a conversation because it is incredibly loud. That was not a problem before. And our waiter must have been new because the service was lacking. We used to enjoy helpful suggestions regarding the menu and what should be tried and shared. That was not forthcoming this time. The food remains quite good, thankfully.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Dinner
    DanW50
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great place to take Mom and Dad after an afternoon spent walking around the zoo. It was a nice day for sitting outside. We had some main entrees and some mezzas. Everything was good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous brunch!
    LogicGalVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wow! We had brunch here for Mother's Day. What a treat! We love the food here, but because of the fixed price menu and the great variety we were able to try dishes we hadn't had before. There was no limit on the quantity we could get. Our server was SO lovely and attentive! It felt like she was excited for us to have the opportunity to try their various dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Woodly Park
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Try the spicy/garlic humus with small beef/lamb sausage links and Lebanese beer-very good!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for brunch
    Cliss
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good food, fresh bread, beautiful restaurant and not expensive
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perrfect food and quiet ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    I had not been to this Lebanese Taverna since a lovely renovation. It's a classy place. The food is, as in the past, nicely and consistently done Middle Eastern. For a tiny lunch for two, we shared a combination plate. Service by young Ryan was perfect -- friendly, knowledgeable, just the right amount of table time. The noise level was great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • traveldyne
    traveldyne
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    delicious mezze and great kebab..............................................................
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate