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Yayla Bistro
Yayla Bistro

Yayla Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://yaylabistro.com
  • Phone: (703) 533-5600
  • Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Every Day
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater for parties of any size in the greater Washington DC area. Let us do all the work so you are free to be the perfect host.
  • Private Party Facilities: Yayla Bistro is delighted to offer delicious and healthy Mediterranean cuisine to our local neighbors in Northern Virginia.Our floor plan is ideal for private events and parties. Bar area is separate than dining room. Dining room could accommodate up to 50 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Zaza Pasori (703) 533-5600

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lee Highway (Rt. 29)
  • Public Transit: Located just 4 blocks from West Falls Church metro station on the Orange line.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking available on North Westmoreland Street or in the Public Parking garage across the street in the Crescent Towers. The Econo Lodge doesn't mind if we park in the lower end of their parking lot, if it appears that they are not too busy.
A word from Yayla Bistro
“Yayla” refers to the high mountain plateaus of Anatolia which offer the best conditions and freshest climate for animal grazing as well as a cool respite for humans. In Turkish culture “YAYLA” stands for everything that is natural, pure and fresh. At Yayla Bistro we offer traditional and healthy Mediterranean specialties that are prepared with the highest standards of freshness and quality. We provide an unforgettable dining experience by offering a variety of small plates to enjoy with your friends and family.

In addition to our regular dining room, Yayla Bistro has a full-service bar area featuring specialty drinks and a Happy Hour menu. As weather permits, we also have plenty of outdoor patio seating. Come with your friends to relax and enjoy some delicious food together!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "been to this restaurant a dozen times and will return often. the food is excellent and the staff is very friendly. cozy atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Officially they're in Arlington, but at the border of Falls Church City, we'll treat them like the new neighbors they are. So far we've been for drinks/appetizers once, and for a full dinner for group of four Saturday night. We sat outside, but made sure our guests went inside, as the interior design of the restaurant is outstanding. And so is the food. The format is small plates, and our group shared both appetizers and entrees. The chef has a way of infusing each dish with distinct memorable tastes. All were good and we're definitely looking forward to our next visit to Yayla."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "My friend and I had a lovely evening at Yayla Bistro this week. It was raining, so we ate in the dining room (for the first time) and were so pleased with the warm, yet elegant, setting. Our server, Jahid (sp?), was so friendly and kind to us. He recommended the white Turkish wine, and it was delicious. We shared the Chef's Cigars and Grilled Calamari to start and then we had the Moussake and Spinach Pie for our main course. It was all very tasty. The baklava we had for dessert was the best ever. As we lingered over dessert, my husband stopped in and Jahid quickly accommodated our request for another round of drinks and a trio of Turkish appetizers. We had a terrific evening! Love that it is only a few steps away from our house!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Yayla for a romantic dinner. We first sat at the bar where the friendly bartender gave us a taste of wine that they had been trying out that day. We had dinner on the deck. Yayla features a variety of small plates. We chose three spreads to go with the basket of bread. All were delicious and the baba ganoush was the best I have had. We shared the spinach pie and moussaka, which literally melted in my mouth. The indoor decor looked elegant and wait staff were extremely helpful and friendly . Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I ended up going two nights in a row just so I could sample all of the spreads they offer. The Cacik and the eggplant one (not the babaganoush but the other) were my two favorites. Great flavors and still so healthy! The bread that accompanies is great as well. My top favorite small plate I tried was the grilled calamari - awesome. Cooked perfectly and honey-vinegar sauce was amazing paired with the Greek white wine I had. Patio is small but nice, the traffic outside is not bad since its a side street. The server I had (the chef's son) was awesome as well."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We are so glad that Yayla Bistro opened in our community. We love Turkish food, but we've always had to drive to other areas to find it. Yayla's food is excellent, very much like what we ate on a trip to Anatolia some time back. Great tzatziki, cheese stuffed boreki ("cigars"), and the best Turkish-style bread we've had this side of Istanbul. And even a good selection of Turkish wines. Yayla will become one of our neighborhood favorites."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "New restaurant in Arlington East Falls Church. Great food and service. Check it out"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband and I love Turkish/mediterranean food. We have sampled lots of different restaurants around town, but one thing that almost always disappoints is the bread. It is rarely the thick authentic warm and lovely bread that we got accustomed to our old Turkish favorites in cities we lived in before Washington DC/Arlington. So this was a truly precious find! The bread is absolutely delicious. Warm and right out of the oven. The small plates of food are prepared well and are tasteful. You don't find yourself wanting more quantity because the quality-quantity mix here is perfect! We love to sit on the patio, order the turquoise drink and/or wine, and feast on the bread and mezzes. Even as vegetarians, there were delightful options!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This a great new family owned and run place. The food is unusual enough to interest foodies but solid for all, veggies too. And the service is so great, friendly and willing to help. We sat outside on the side and it was quiet and nice."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was as delicious as our first visit. This time we brought our friends. The bread is served with a tasty tapenade. Appetizers of Dolma, Beet Salad, Htipiti (Roasted Red Peppers and Feta) were amazing and fun to pronounce, too (He-Tipee-Tea). Moussaka, lamb chops, Branzino were all fabulous, but leave room for desert. We once again ordered their famous dried apricots, stuffed with walnuts over Mascarpone and a special sauce. If there was one critique it would be that our server, on this second occasion, did not have as much attention to detail and could benefit from a little more tweaking in that area. Seating tip: Avoid the table for four in front of the kitchen entrance."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everything was great, food, service, scene. I love the outside patio. They serve fantastic Turkish food, one of the best. We can't wait to go back and try more dishes."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Although we didn't realize that Yayla Bistro only serves small plates, we were pleasantly surprised by the numerous choices available, including both cold and hot choices. We chose fried calamari, which were delicious which were served with a white yogurt dipping sauce. A good selection of pides as well. The shrimp dish was delicious, although a bit pricey as you only get four; our waitress did advise us of this fact, and with the delicious bread, we were happy to sop up the very tasty sauce. Smaller, but adequate wine list. Inside is pleasant, if a bit dark, and there also is outside seating if you don't mind the cars parked close to the patio area."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Fantastic service. Nice small plates for lunch. Easy to park at meters out front."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This was our first time at Yayla Bistro and the food and excellent were as good as noted on the reviews we read before visiting. The mezzes were delicious and just the right size to try several different options. I have already recommended it to a friend."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We (group of 4) came on a Sat'd evening, July 4th, with few people in the restaurant at 6:30PM. gave us corner table for quiet as we requested, but few people in the restaurant. Appetizers good, but extremely small portions for price. Entrees (fresh fish, chicken kabob) all quite good, and appropriately sized. Red lentil soup excellent. Flat bread very good. Salad and vege's can be purchased separately; and good. Baklava ok, but not tops.. Liked the intimacy, attention, and explanations of the unusual fare... Described by staff as a Turkish restaurant, but greek in the open table listing.... although foods are similar, Mediterranean. Would be happy to go back and try some other items."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I'm thrilled this restaurant is in my neighborhood! I was expecting it to be good, but the experience was the best all-round dining experience I've had in a while. Small plates, entrees and desserts are meant to be shared. Try the Spinach Pide (w/mozzarella, tomato, onion and feta) which is described as a flatbread. I was pleasantly surprised that the bread wasn't extremely thin and hard.... Among my 2 friends and me, 1 had shrimp, 1 had a chicken dish, and I had the lamb chops. Still dreaming about those. I rarely order dessert, but made an exception for apricots stuffed with walnuts in a mascarpone cheese sauce, and finally home made baklava. Go check it out!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Lovely ambiance, superior service, quiet enough for conversation, varied menu, delicious food!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This is the third or fourth time I have been to this new restaurant and it was just as good as the first time. The first time brought me back again. The food is fabulous and the service is wonderful. They genuinely want to please and they function much better than most new restaurants. I'm glad to see that they were busy! I have sent others as well and they loved it. I booked a big party for my Fiance on Tuesday and the group of 8 loved it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Yayla serves Eastern Mediterranean food -- Greek/Turkish/Lebanese. The menu has a wide variety of cold appetizers to choose from -- and we particularly enjoyed the Ezme (like a Turkish Salsa) and Cacik (yogurt-based sauce). We had the Falafel Salad, which was suitable for two people and served in a red vinegar dressing. The falafel was a bit overcooked. We also had the Adena Kebab, which is seasoned ground lamb served on skewers. Not as good as the appetizers or salad; the lamb could have been seasoned better. This is a good neighborhood find, and a 5 minute walk from East Falls Church Metro."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • " A new wait staff was not the same caliber as when we went in April. The place was empty for a Thursday night before 8pm but the waiter was not very attentive-he seemed really preoccupied! The apps, eggplant and a shepards salad were average. The moussaka still is good. The waiter brought our entrees when we were not finished with the appetizers? Maybe he wanted us to leave so he could go home- because my sister was finishing her tea & he came with the check before we asked for it! Also, do not order a martini there. They charge you $3 for the vermouth, which most bartenders never put in a martini! Don't think I will return and its sad since I live in the neighborhood. Not being consistently good is really bad for a business!!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Second time at Yayla -- disappointment not expected and none encountered. One striking note amongst the good food, service, and ambience. There was some terrific music playing in the background but it was low and non-intrusive. Furthermore, it was a mixture of various genres and most enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We were greeted very warmly here, and really felt welcome and appreciated. The decor is beautiful, and the tables are spaced nicely so you are not sitting right on top of anyone else. The menu was nice because it provided the ingredients of the dishes with exotic (Turkish) names. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. The only thing is, my husband and I did not find the food so outstanding that we would rush back. The beet salad wasn't particularly memorable, especially the dressing. The rice was plain. The food was beautifully presented, however, and all tasted good. It's a nice spot, and I wish great success to the owners!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This restaurant gives new meaning to the term "Mom and Pop restaurant". The fare is fantastic, and I haven't had a dinner yet that did not delight or surprise me. The dishes have subtle flavors that come forth as the meal is consumed. The wait staff really know their stuff, and we found it especially fun when we were served by one of the sons or daughters of the owner/chef. I've recommended Yayla to friends, and all have enjoyed the place. It's great to have this dining gem so close to home."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner, everything was delicious and well done. The small plates were just right to allow us to try many things. And oh! the apricot delight!! However, it was loud, loud, loud."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The Branzino and lamb chops we had were delicious! Everything was. It was fun to try the Turkish wines, too. The wait staff is great -- offering to explain the various dishes and encouraging us to try some of his favorites. Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food is mediocre but portions are very small for the price"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I dined here on a Wednesday evening. The food was excellent, service was attentive and not hounding. The prices are very reasonable. The portions are not very big so expect to order 2+ items per each person."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Great food, attentive and friendly service, good classy ambiance…really happy they've opened up in the neighborhood. If you like Mediterranean or Southeast European food, you'll love this place."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening at Yayla Bistro. Relatively new and perhaps they are still working out some kinks. Our appetizers came quickly, but they were both pre-made. It took a while for our main dishes to arrive at the table. They were good, but not outstanding. A bit pricey for what we got."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Everything tasted great and service was amazing once we sat down. Best dish of the night was the Grilled Calamari. Cooked perfectly and seasoned just enough! All the servers were very personable and friendly without being overly in your face. As for dessert, we ordered one of each of the 3 desserts and everyone loved all of them. Dinner for 5 people (3 courses with soft drinks) came out to just about $120 with tip. I don't think you could go wrong at this place. I hope they hire a real hostess to seat guests, and to keep on doing a great job at everything else!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Food is good, fresh but it's expensive. Monday, bottles of wine are 50% off. Good turkish coffee."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The food was great. The outdoor seating was awesome. Very nice neighborhood spot!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food and ambience was great, but we felt rushed throughout the meal. The waitress took up my friends plates even though I was still eating. She came over often to ask if we were ready for our next course or the check and was clearly hoping we'd clear the table quickly so she could sit the next party. It put a damper on an otherwise perfect meal "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Yayla Bistro is a newly-opened restaurant (about 2 months, I believe) which features Greek, Turkish, Mediterranean food. The menu is plentiful, featuring small plates which are just sufficient for a great meal. There were 4 of us, each having a different item and all of us enjoyed our food immensely and will be back again -- and again -- to this lovely addition to the neighborhood. I would give it 4 stars out of 4."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Just moved to the area and had seen this cute restaurant passing through the neighborhood. Thought it looked like an interesting place to dine. Made a reservation for Mother's Day dinner and was very pleased with the service, food, and atmosphere. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with a gold and dusty blue theme throughout with an understated elegance. Our waitress was clear and engaging when discussing the dishes and offered us the perfect amount of time between taking our order and checking in with us after. The dishes were fairly small but our waitress had informed us of this and stated that traditionally, multiple dishes are ordered in essence creating a 3 course meal for individuals. Delicious food and outstanding service!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "A trip to the Mediterranean not in the budget this year? Get an authentic experience at Yayla Bistro! Family run, service oriented, wonderful small plates. Enjoyed Efes lager, cold dip trio, cigar pastry appetizers, Bronzino and lamb chops. All fresh and delicious. Ended with Turkish coffee. Clean, bright, and plenty of space between tables. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went here for Mother's day. The server was nice and personal and made excellent recommendations. Definitely will be coming back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • " A beautiful Turkish restaurant in NOVA. Not something we have enough of. The food and service were also awesome. Nice family run business. They really seem to care about your experience and go out of their way to make it nice. This was our first time here. Glad to find them on Opentable. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Everything about it is 5 star. The food was amazing. The desserts were heavenly. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Dad is the chef and treats the food as if he's feeding friends - with care. Try the various eggplant dips and dishes with a glass of Turkish wine. Hummus was average. Grilled calamari is a must. Moussaka was light yet rich in flavor. Bakhlava and Turkish coffee to end your meal should not be passed up. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014