Lebanese Taverna - Washington DC

4.5
899 reviews
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Middle Eastern
Lebanese Taverna DC is located directly across from the Woodley Park metro, this location offers a 15-seat bar, lounge and seating for 130 people. Great for groups of all sizes and offers a private room for seating up to 50 people.
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food. Shawerma sandwich fell apart...luckily we had other bread at table and I was able to rec construct my shawerma... please stop putting lettuce in a shawema...it doesn't belong.

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San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the Taverna! It was the 2nd time I'd been there. This time there were 3 of us, and we ordered 4 mezze to share, which was plenty. The server was helpful to us in deciding a wine, bringing us a taste of those we were considering. We didn't see a lot of him, it was very busy, but we didn't need him so that was fine. The food is excellent. The hummus was super smooth, the bread "pillows" they brought us were fresh out of the over and absolutely delicious. We also had Shrimp Arak (outstanding!) and mousaka (also very good). I highly recommend this place.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! This was walking distance from our hotel and I'm glad I made reservations. There was a line just a few minutes after we were seated. The food and service was excellent. My husband and I started with the chicken samosas and my two friends started with the hommus trio. Both were great. All three of my dinner mates had the mixed kebabs and I had the Fatteh (lamb). If I have any complaint, it's that I couldn't finish it. Nearly miserably full, we still ordered dessert and the bread pudding was outstanding. Not too sweet. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Far too noisy for our group. Also, restaurant could not find my reservation. Why is this a recurring
problem?

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service!

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RP
Omaha
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and amazing ambiance. Definitely try the falafel sliders and classic hummus!

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K
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always try to eat here on trips to Washington, DC. It never disappoints!

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DB
Canberra / ACT
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow!
Such delicious food
We are trying to get in again tonight!
Thank you Habibs

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Tried several new things as well as old favorites and all were wonderful. We went for dinner before walking up to the zoo a few blocks away.

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t
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My curry was fantastic. Bread was so good, we couldn't stop eating it.

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CS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delightful mezze and meals, excellent Lebanese tea, and desserts to die for!

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LB
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, you can rely on getting authentic Middle Eastern food, well prepared and presented. The portions are very generous and the selection of appetizers and main courses is large. Items of note were the Babaganoush, calamari and the hummus. The lamb and the bronzino dishes were superb. We are looking forward to returning.

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f
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Chicken shearami I was dry and tasteless my friend took it home for her dog .
The baba ganoosh was good as was the hummus but the rest was awful

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter was unnecessarily rude. I think he hoped we ordered more food and alcoholic drinks. We spend $150 plus tip for 3 adults and 2 children.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food took forever but once we did get it it was good

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DD
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We really enjoyed the food and the ambiance.

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WS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Flat and wooden service - somewhat unfriendly and definitely inattentive. Food adequate but taste did not align with price. We were served dessert on coffee saucers rather than dessert plates. Did not compare well to Tyson’s. Only saw men working here.

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SV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family-owned restaurant chain in the area. Food is fresh and delicious, and staff is super friendly!

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E
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food , people , staff , place , drinks , personal service in all the best. The only problem was the time after you get service the waiter Never came back. Not sure if they where under staff but I had to order from different people. But by all means the Retaurant and food in all the best ever.

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RM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great meal, love the hummus trio!!

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JO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

When the noise level is so great that it's difficult to carry on a luncheon conversation, one does not classify it as "energetic." Get real. How about "ridiculously loud?" ...which, of course, impacts the overall experience. Won't be back.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Loved the hummus.

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W
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat to find this restaurant. We were visiting Baltimore from Florida to attend a wedding. The Taverna was within a nice walk from our hotel. The server was outstanding and the food exceeded our expectations.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and full bar. Noise level allowed conversation in a happy hour type of feel.

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ML
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliable. Great food, lots of choices and very attentive and accommodating service.

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ML
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food and good service, but noisy. Would go again, but not on an occasion where I wanted to have much conversation with those who came with me.

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m
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

it is easy for people at meetings at the Wardman and that is the best feature. Nearby. I loved the LEbanese taverna in BEthesda, but it must have closed. the food was OK, just not exceptional.

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ML
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were a group of five friends who had not met for one year and, unfortunately, the noise level was much too loud for us to have a conversation ... I was disappointed with my vegetarian dish which had stayed much too long under an heating lamp ... how can you miss eggplant and feta cheese?????

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N
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

One of my worst experiences at LT, which used to be a favorite, and on my birthday too!!!
Horrible service, clearly understaffed, 20 minutes to take orders, another 20 to remove dishes, never cleaned table, and another 20 to take dessert orders. For a large group, food arrived uneavenly. I finished my appetizers before anyone else got theirs.

No one was happy. Too bad.

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My two sisters and I took our families here for dinner when were in DC over the weekend and it was fabulous! There was something for everyone-- even my picky 10-year-old who has Celiacs. The baba ganoush, hummas and pita were especially amazing.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Helpful staff. The atmosphere was lovely and we all loved the sangria.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Good service, nicely decorated, noise level fine—they just ignore quality cooking. This used to be a favorite. Disappointed.

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f
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Food was decent however the service was bad. Sent us the wrong dish and the drink was terrible (I had bubble sangria).

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

I ordered the Taverna salad with lamb kabob. Salad was about 90% lettuce, lamb kabob was good just 4 small chunks. Salad was a ripoff and boring.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice decor but fairly loud. We enjoy the chance to refill our Lebanese food craving.

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OT
Washington DC
163 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This used to be a great place but the menu has changed over the years and seems to only cater to the hotel crowds. It is an Americanized Lebanese restaurant.

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PK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this gem of a restaurant. Great service, delicious, fresh food, and nice atmosphere. The fresh pita is fabulous, brought to the table warm. We ordered hummus to go with it. We had lamb, seafood, and eggplant dishes and everyone enjoyed their meals. Highly recommended.

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This one one of the first restaurants I went to upon moving to DC 18 years ago. It has remained consistently one my favorites. The service and food have done nothing but improve over time. The best hummus in the universe. Do not hesitate to go.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best middle eastern food I’ve ever had!

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