Lebanese Taverna - Pentagon Row

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Located in Pentagon Row, Lebanese Taverna serves authentic Middle Eastern fare in a casual yet stylish setting. The menu boasts over 25 appetizers and salads as well as a variety of grilled lamb, beef, chicken and fish entrees. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes, too. To complement your dining experience, choose from our award-winning wine list or specialty cocktails. The restaurant is child-friendly and great for groups of all sizes.
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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time having authentic Lebanese food, really enjoyed myself. I must say, I was not a fan of Hummus but after my experience at this restaurant will definitely try again.

LE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my husbands birthday. He ordered the zucchini rolls and I got a falafel sandwich. Both were excellent. Everything was wonderful! Beautiful decor, attentive wait staff and delicious food.

b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Atmosphere, Delicious Food and Reasonable Prices.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. My husband is not a fan of lamb and prefers beef to chicken so he had a hard time finding something to try. The wait staff was wonderful. I enjoyed my mixed meats platter very much. I will go back when traveling alone but won’t likely get my husband to go back.

T
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We ordered a bunch of mezzas ... waitress perhaps could have suggested that quantity would have been A LOT for 2 people? Food was delicious ...

EH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went for lunch. Hummus delicious. A little sparse on the meat content of sandwiches; waitress forgot beverages until end of meal, and wasn't very attentive, even though the restaurant was not busy.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

It was very noisy, to the point we found it difficult to talk. We usually love this place, so we’re disappointed.

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Heard that the fries were great, but no such luck. They weren’t worth ordering. Better clarity on vegan fare would have been appreciated by one member of our party. All of the hummus varieties were great!

DO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious. We ate outside and enjoyed the surroundings.

OT
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Make reservations if you're going to eat after about 630. Great food & great prices in a terrific location!

OT
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was very good and service was excellent...but WAY too loud

TW
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We sat outside for a business dinner as it was a beautiful night and it was not busy. He took a full 20 min for a waiter to even approach us. We ordered drinks and appetizers which came out quickly however, I had to get up an physically look for someone to take our entree order. I have always liked the food, but quality of food has taken a nose dive. I then had to track down someone for the check. Service along with so so food will not urge me to come back anytime soon.

CK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love Lebanese Taverna. Delicious food and kind and friendly servers

L
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It's been a while since I've eaten here and I was disappointed. The cocktail and entree were not good. Entree (lamb kefteh) had little flavor.

TW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Took my Lebanese wife and family to the Taverna for a Birthday celebration and found it to be outstanding. The food was excellent. The service was prompt, attentive, and pleasant. The atmosphere was clean and sophisticated. Hence, I would highly recommend the restaurant to all seeking a fine dining experience.

RC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had prompt, attentive service throughout our meal. Usually we go to the LT in downtown DC, but I would definitely go back to the Pentagon Row location - it feels more intimate and cozy.

j
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Plenty of gluten free options! Food was delicious!

NO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the patio seating on a pleasant summer evening — fresh air and much quieter than inside.

L
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lebanese Taverna always delivers great food and service. It’s a regular meet for friends. This time was to celebrate a birthday. We weren’t disappointed.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My family prefers this restaurant for Happy Hour rather than dinner as their Mezze are better than their entrees. The Bottomless Humus and pita bread are winners and we've been going for years to Happy Hour.

PA
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Lebanese Taverna is delicious. Not sure the Pentagon City location is my favorite, but the food is always wonderful. You simply can’t beat their fresh, warm pitas to start off your meal.

DA
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent place for dinner, staff is attentive and does a great job!

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was really excited to come to Lebanese Taverna for dinner after I came across videos of the owner discussing Whole30 options at the restaurant. With several to choose from, I decided to go with the beet salad with salmon (minus the cheese). Perhaps I had spent all day building up this beautiful Whole30-compliant dinner option in my head, but once it arrived, I found myself disappointed. Maybe it was because I found the name "beet salad" misleading with the four measly chunks of beets spread out over an enormous bed of arugula (maybe rethink the name to something like "Arugula Salad with Beets"?). Maybe it was because there were no pomegranate seeds (only offered seasonally). Maybe it was because my salad arrived without the pine nuts the menu promised--and ultimately ended up being a kind of sad plate featuring a bunch of arugula, a couple of beets, and a decent sized piece of salmon. However, once we got the pine nut situation squared away, the food was actually quite delicious, the salmon was perfectly cooked, and I ended up cleaning my plate.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was perfect. Environment was calming.

L
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a fantastic meal.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good

R
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Missed our table reservation ( since you have to actually look for the place and then struggle to find parking)
Had to stand at the entrance although multiple tables were empty to WAIT for the rest of our party. Slightly better costumer service is recommended .

r
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We greatly enjoyed Lebanese Taverna on Father's Day. The service was outstanding including providing a high chair for a one-year old

g
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good experience, will go back.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely patio to sit out and enjoy great company

OT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service.

JE
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

This was a disappointing experience overall. We had asked for a quiet table but when we entered the dining area - which admittedly has a high ceiling and very poor acoustics - we could help noticing how noisy the place was. Although the restaurant was far from full in the early evening the occupants of two tables in particular seemed only be able to shout, not talk. When we asked the manager if we could move to a quiet area he first told us it was "closed" and then subsequently took umbrage when I complained hos noisy his restaurant was. Only later were we were "allowed" to move to a quieter table. Great customer service, huh? Clearly, the guy is in the wrong business - which is somewhat surprising since the chain's blurb has a homely piece on its website that ends with "welcome to my home". Not a home I would recognise.

To start, we ordered a couple of bottles of Lebanese red, the Wardy Les Cedres (@ the princely sum of $72 (including tax and tip) much better than the pretty mediocre Heritage Red at a mere $39 price, and the humus sampler. The humus was fine, as was the wonderful pitta bread that came with it, but I wish we had warned that one of the portions was very spicy. To follow, two of our party ordered the lamb kebab. One of them was supposed to be rare but both came out overcooked and tough. One ordered the salmon harra, which was reportedly very good and I ordered the lamb mouzat, which was a beautifully cooked and spiced lamb shank but accompanied by vegetables, including artichokes but also, unfortunately, about 1lb of green lentils. I would have much preferred some cous cous but this was apparently not available in this Lebanese restaurant.

Despite the noise and the mixed quality of the food, our server was great - friendly, helpful and efficient. But, will we return? Nope. Uptown, Mama Ayesha and Baccus of Lebanon are far superior.

R
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Reservations were made several days before our dinner date. Disappointed that we were seated close to kitchen and bathrooms. Noise level very high Food was delicious.

DK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food here, and like this location best. We live in another state, but are in the DC area a few times a year, and make sure to eat here. The service is always good, even when it is busy. It can be a bit loud on a busy night, but not terribly so. I like the M'Saka best!

AJ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to restaurant - food is NEVER anything but first rate.

BG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

They need to renovate the bathrooms. I was surprised at how neglected the bathroom was, even the wallpaper is hanging off the wall. If the bathroom is this unkempt, what does the kitchen look like?

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go on a Saturday night with a group of friends. Not too loud so great for conversations!

d
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very nice time here. The food was absolutely great and the service was very good. Will definitely return if in the area

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