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DarNa

3.7
42 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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Arlington's newest restaurant,DARNA, which means “our home” in Arabic, melds the traditional elements of the Arabic culture with modern culinary excellence. Come and taste the finest of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine. Indulge in one of our craft cocktails or house made soda's. Experience your meal surrounded by our warm, rustic decor that makes your dining experience unlike any other. Join us this evening, and treat our home like you would your own. As we say in Arabic, “El dar darak,” our house is your house.

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 988-2378
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michel Dawaliby
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wilson Blvd.
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Parking details
Parking for diners is complimentary in our private lot.
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Public transit
Located two blocks from the Clarendon Metro Station.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.6
service
3.8
ambience
2.8
value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 23, 2016

Food was good, but service left much to be desired. The upstairs lounge seemed busy but the main dining room was literally empty; it was a little on the later side (9pm) but the staff did not indicate they were not prepared for dining room service and seated us. White wine was poured without presenting the bottle, which turned out to be room temperature.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

The restaurant was empty on a sat night, which should've been a sign. Wines by the glass were mediocre. Food selection was limited as compared to other Lebanese restaurants. All 4 dishes ordered were pretty bad, chicken was hard and dry. Service was just ok. I would never return.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Took my GF here to ask her to marry me on a saturday night. Not only was it easy to have flower delivered, they called in advance to ask my table preference. Finally they congratulated us with sparklers and a bottle of champagne. I'm sure I'll be coming here at least annually from now on.

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Lynne (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

DarNa is in a great location, decorated fairly nicely, the food was pretty good, but overall lacking. One woman was the hostess and waitress and needed some skill building. The decor is nice, but cavernous -- needs some warmth. (candles on table, something for the walls). For only three tables filled, the service was slow and I got the sense it was the kitchen. A little work overall and the place would be a lot more appealing and could do a lot better. Don't plan to go back.

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vipadh1010 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

This restaurant has extreme problems with serving orders correctly and in a timely fashion. Food either arrives late or doesn't come at all. We went on a Saturday night, and the server kept coming back to tell us they were out of the items we had ordered. Then they brought a wrong order. Other reviews here tell much the same story. The only reason this restaurant stays open is because there is a hookah lounge upstairs. Otherwise it would be out of business. Sadly, I went here a year or two ago and it was good.

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vipRjjarvis (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

We visited DarNa on a Sunday night on the strength of its reviews. What we didn't realize is that it is essentially 2 places: (1) a restaurant space on the ground floor; and (2) a restaurant/bar/music venue/hookah bar on the second floor. The restaurant was completely dead, we were the only ones there, and it made us a little nervous because we were afraid that it would be terrible. It was not. The food was very good in fact, and the service was friendly but slow and inattentive, quite surprising since we were the only ones there. Apparently the hookah bar on top is open until 2am most nights, and while we were dining by ourselves in the rather dark and deserted restaurant below, the place upstairs was hopping. Perhaps all their resources are focused upstairs and they don't have the staff to deal with both levels at once. Don't know whether I want to eat in a hookah bar, but maybe it would be interesting. I would not go back to the restaurant part. Although the food was good, and it appeared clean and nice-looking, the complete lack of anyone there, and the relatively inattentive service offset the generally quite good food. Maybe it's just that it was a Sunday night at 8pm. Apparently nothing about DarNa gets going until much later in the evening. If I were looking for a late night place to drink and hang out, I might come back to the upper part.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
1.0  Dined on October 25, 2015

It was quiet because only two tables were occupied. Still, it took 45 minutes to get food, and the other table left after waiting an hour and not getting any food. It also took 45 minutes for them to determine that items that we ordered were not available. Their real business may be some sort of club on the second floor, because the food we did get ranged from ok to poor.

Manager came down from the club to talk to us, was unresponsive and maybe stoned. You could hear him yelling at the staff ( 2 people).

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CiCi (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

The service was awesome. The ambiance was night. I took my boyfriend to dinner for his birthday and this was the perfect spot. The food was amazing. I would definitely come back.

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Verdigirl (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

My friends and I went to DaNar to celebrate my belated birthday. When we arrived at 8:00 p.m. there were only a few people in the restaurant so I wondered if it would be good. The waitress was very attentive and the food was quite good. I especially enjoyed the hummus. It was really tasty and I believe authentic. I did think the prices were high for the food we ordered. I paid $16 for a veggie kabob with rice. Overall a good experience and I would recommend this restaurant for a casual night out with friends.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2015

Incredible, flavorful, authentic Middle Eastern food.

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Patty (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on June 19, 2015

Great place great food!! Would def eat there again and again !!

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vipellie (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 7, 2014

Food was very good, portion size good since plenty of left over for the next day

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eatarl (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 29, 2014

I must say, if we didn't have Groupon and had to pay full price, I'd not eat there. Obviously, I won't be going back. There were only 2 tables the night we went in for dinner but the service was very very slow. We were also disappointed for the food. We ordered spinach pie and there were only 3 small tasteless pies for $8. My entree was spiced basmati rice ($17 just for rice??) and I added lamb ($5). I had imagined rice with seasoning, slices of almond and some other things but the food came with just some orange color rice and a few pieces of lamb on top with a few slices of almond garnished and a bowl of yogurt dipping sauce. The place looks nice and clean but no wonder there was no other customer

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DiningDanni (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2014

The hookah and the food at this restaurant are five star; however, they need to improve their customer service. It was poor. I'll just leave it at that.

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Crys (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

Service was fantastic, rice needed some butter. It was quiet and the music was soft and appropriate. We had reservations at 615 and received a confirmation call 15 mins prior

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vipLMBF (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2014

Our reservation was for Monday night at 8. We were the only ones in the restaurant although the upstairs lounge was busy. The menu was broad and looked more interesting than many other similar restaurants we had been to. The lamb in the kabobs was flavorful but the rice was dry and the vegetables undercooked. The service was excellent. The waiter bent over backwards to make us comfortable. He substituted veggies for bread when we told him that one of us was gluten free. The prices were a bit high for the quality but we both would go back to try other dishes.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2014

Some friends of mine with family from Jordan introduced me to this restaurant and assure me that the food is legit. Even if it isn't, it's amazing!! We just order a ton of mezze and share - the Lebneh and Za'atar are my favorites. Every time we've gone, the restaurant is practically empty and the servers always seems like it's their first day and they've had no training - they can't answer questions easily and we ordered two different beers only to have the waiter come back and say they didn't have them. But that doesn't bother me, not in light of the amazing food. Try it out, you won't be disappointed!

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food (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 11, 2014

Food was so so. Service was ok. Much fewer parking spaces comparing to the restaurant capacity. Being at an inconvenient and unattractive location, it needs to do better with its food to survive.

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Stuffed (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 29, 2014

The Mezze sampler was excellent. The fava beans were really good and the fried cauliflower cooked just right. The very light pita bread kept us from getting too full. Enjoyed all the Mezze dishes we tried, except the little spinach pies which were really inedible. They comped us a delicious warm chocolate dessert to make up for our disappointed with the spinach pies. Our waiter was very good. We will be back. One thing we hope is changed- the chairs. They are not comfortable! Ask for a booth.

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vipDenzelMog (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 21, 2014

Darna had very good food, which i recommend. The upstairs lounge is a very cool spot for groups to have drinks and food and have hooka. Has music and a few tv's at the bar if you want to watch a game. I recommend

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