Lebanese Taverna - Westover

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429 reviews
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Middle Eastern
The original restaurant of Lebanese Taverna, this recently renovated location is a local favorite. 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Consistently good!

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PA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went on a Saturday evening, and they struggled to get us in even though we had made reservations. We were seated about a half hour past our reservations, and it did take awhile for our food to arrive. But they were managing the crowd as best they could, and they were very courteous and continuously communicative to us throughout our stay. They were out of one appetizer, which was no big deal, but they insisted on offering a free substitution, which we gratefully accepted. We had a party of six, from age 10 to 57, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food (even the kids, who aren't adventuresome eaters). Very kind, hard-working staff. Really charming ambiance in a cozy neighborhood setting. We'll be back.

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BK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service and insipid food. Such a disappointment. Some items. It available on menu and waiter abandoned us most of the evening

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s
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at one of their locations outside of their original restaurant. Food quality was on par. Great to see that they were able to expand without losing their quality.

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c
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and food are amazing! You will not be disappointed! Great value great great food!!

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AL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna is a wonderful restaurant. It has been my favorite restaurant for the entire time I've lived in the DC-area. The food is delicious, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is very welcoming and comfortable. I always take visitors here and I dine here whenever possible, but especially for special occasions. I highly and completely recommend Lebanese Taverna.

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FW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to other locations, however not this one and this is the original/first one! Food is always delicious, consistent and great service too!

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ZB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Location could be improved as it is a tad bit small but that doesnt impact their service or the quality of the food. Will definitely be back here again.

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was incredibly prompt even though the restaurant was packed. There were great non-alcoholic cocktails that I greatly enjoyed, as well as a pretty big wine/beer selection. Just don’t order too many appetizers, they’re bigger than you think! We got too many and had to take half our entrees home for an equally as delicious lunch.

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LP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The curtains closing off the door had a gap that caused a cold draft. Additional panels need to be added to ensure warmth when the outside door is opened on a cold day. Thanks.

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SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't been to this local spot for more than a year, partly because the food seemed to have fallen off a bit. We were delighted to find a refreshed menu with a wider range of offerings, including an excellent chicken shawarma salad. They have always had the best hommus around and this time the shakshouky was also exceptionally good.

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OT
Washington DC
102 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Friendly and professional service! Excellent Lebanese and Greek dishes. Look forward to return

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CO
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Comfortable neighborhood restaurant with great food!

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BM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been going here over thirty years. The food is always excellent. The service usually very good. This time, at 5:30 PM on a Friday evening, they were already out of one of their main dishes (hummus special) and at the end of the evening (about 7:45 PM), they had no decaf tea. Lastly, we ordered a desert and they brought us the wrong one. It looked interesting so we didn’t send it back and shared it between the three of us. It was very good. I still recommend it but it has slightly lowered my previous expectations.

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal very much. Our kids enjoy all the flavors of the fresh hummus. Things add up quickly for a family of four though.

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E
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All the food was very good. Nothing stood out a memorable but all good. Tables and seating are very packed in.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I had the beet salad but it was inedible as the dressing was completely acidic. I did not complain as we were with another couple and didn't want to make a fuss. My partner had the lamb in pitta and he left a lot of it as it was very dry. Unfortunate, as we have been here quite a few times and always found it to be very good. The waiter who served us was quite surly.

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived shortly before noon on a weekday and the dining room was nearly empty, so conversation was easy. By the time we left, a little after 1PM, it had filled up and we could hardly hear ourselves talk. I've been going to this restaurant for nearly 30 years and it never disappoints.

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ML
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well crafted Mediterranean fare delivered with friendly service. The lamb and sharma will not disappoint.

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E
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Our waiter was excellent, and my friend who grew up in Persia said it was quite authentic!!!

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JJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

With Lebanese Tavernas popping up over the Washington area, we must say we were disappointed with this one. The food is, as expected, very good. Top marks for food. The pita bread, served puffy and hot at the table, is exceptional. My lamb stew was very good and the kabobs were, as expected, very good. The restaurant was slightly off-peak, but still, the decor is old and needs badly to be professionally cleaned and even updated. The restaurant and the rest areas were nice, but not as clean and fresh as I would have expected. There is room for maintenance improvement here, but it would be worth it.

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FL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Healthy, tasty food. Plenty of vegetarian options. Don't miss the chicken shawarma, hummus, babaganoush, lentil soup, or grape leaves! Consistently deliciously prepared. Small but good beer/wine selection, especially the Sweetwater IPA and Ksara reserve du Couvent Cabernet. Great wait staff, and cozy digs where you can hear each other in conversation. Our favorite neighborhood restaurant.

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

We had not been to this place in several years and were impressed that they have renovated and expanded their establishment. Things were a bit crowded and noisy on a Saturday night at 6:30 but by the time we left at 8, it had quieted down considerably. Reservations are a must -- and maybe at 7 pm or later. Nonetheless, the food was delicious and - except for a mix up on a wine order that was rectified quickly - the service was gracious and impeccable. Parking is a bit challenging. But overall, we do plan to return to this lovely restaurant.

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A neighborhood favorite! If you haven’t had the hummus you definitely need to — it’s to die for.

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NN
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. The original location! Start to finish—- excellent.

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CH
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lebanese Taverna is my favorite Arlington restaurant. Foid and service are amazing. Parking is a pain, but it really doesn't matter, because the dining experience is that good. Craig Herberg

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F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our lunch at Lebanese Taverna/Westover was great! Terrific service too.

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VL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Nice place, the service so so ,food is outstanding . I think they can work on the service . I couldn't understand what she was saying but she got the order right .

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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of four who have been to the Lebanese Taverna restaurants many times. This location is more like small town neighborhood. The food is excellent. We intend to keep coming here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My boyfriend and I made a reservation here before our homecoming dance. Service was good and polite. We had a great dinner to start off our evening

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JH
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My husband and I enjoy Middle Eastern food and this is one of our favorite places to come when visiting Washington DC. Also, convenient because they have several locations around the city. The Chef's platter is my favorite - a chance to try 9 different items on their menu. If you are looking for wonderful, healthy, Middle Eastern Food, then make sure you try this restaurant for lunch or dinner.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and always have a great meal. Service is warm and friendly, food is tasty, fresh, and delicious!

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AM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My favorite shawarma place. Ask for their Shawarma plater!

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AF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We very much enjoyed the neighborhood feel and the delicious food. The variety platter is a great way to start.

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SS
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We are returning customers every time we visit from Florida. Never disappointed!

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JN
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing. We were a table of 6. Service was very slow. They forgot to put in my entree, and when it came it was over cooked. They brought me a salad to chew while I waited (and the rest ate their entrees); but I found out that another in our party didn’t get their salad. We went there with our parents after our daughter’s show. Dinner took close to two hours due to the slow service. Though they didn’t acknowledge the slow pace, they did give us a “complimentary” dessert to share. Food was good overall, but we will not return.

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FM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Other then the noise level being too loud, the food was great, service was good and family was 😆

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TC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious authentic Mediterranean Lebanese food. Nice service, unassuming location and eatery and very casual. Very enjoyable all around and good pricing. A favorite go to place!

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Captain Platter was a wonderful appetizer. Lamb stew was good, but not great.

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CC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Did not have available one of the signature Lebanese dishes. A major disappointment

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